Blogging Basics – Part 4 {Content #2}

Hi! Thanks for stopping by and welcome to part 4 of my new Blogging Basics series!

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…you’re an absolute Blogging Newbie
…you just started blogging and you feel like you could need some helpful tips and tricks
…you have been blogging for a while but somehow feel like you might have missed out some vital steps
…you have been blogging for years but somehow you have trouble getting people to read your blog and subscribe

Last time I told you some blogging basics on your blog’s CONTENT. Since that post was getting wayyy to long (so much to say about content – yes, it’s important!), I decided to split it into two parts. Here’s the second one!

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Part 4: Content (continuation)

#10 Avoid plagiarism & copyright violation.

Don’t copy ideas from other blogs. If you really like something and want to write about it yourself always reference, quote and provide a link back to the original source. It’s not only about infringing copyright but about being fair and respecting the ideas of others.

Besides, just copying is such a bore. Be creative, be innovative!

#11 Shorten your paragraphs.

Write in paragraphs. The shorter, the better. Writing in 500-1000 word blocks scares away readers. Using subheadings helps break up long text blocks. Pictures are also great for splitting a long text into shorter paragraphs. They also improve your posts layout a lot.

If your blog post becomes wayyyy too long, consider breaking it up in Part 1 and 2. Having sequels also helps getting people to come back to you blog.

#12 Picture quality matters.

As mentioned in my post about Layout, picture quality matters. Using pictures in your blog post is a really good thing. Looking at a magazine or website, the eye always wanders over the pictures first.

Use a good camera and try to improve your photography style over time.
Good photos are the icing on the cake for a good blog post. Be careful however a bad photo can ruin the best writing.

#13 Using pictures as cover for your posts/ photo captions.

When possible, I always try to use a cover picture for my posts. As mentioned before, pictures are a real eye-catcher. If you’re using a post teaser plug-in (what I really recommend, no more scrolling like crazy!), it’s helpful to get people to click on your article.

Good pictures always are a good hook.

#14 Get attention.

Nail your headlines. Keep them short. The title should consist of keyword phrases upon which the column is focused. It should be easy to understand, clear, content relevant and interesting.

When I started blogging, I liked having headlines that were some sort of quote, a book title or name of a movie related to my post’s content. I still think it’s nice but it’s also really distracting. People are more likely to read an article when they know what it’s about.
Having keyword phrases in your headline is also really helpful for search engine optimisation. Search engine optimisation (sometimes called SEO) is how search engines like Google look for your blog.

To support a good headline, you can use pictures as post cover. It’s also nice to include captions. You can easily add them with Photoshop or other software. Choose a nice, legible font and add some spice to your headline.

#15 Use keyword phrases when linking up.

I don’t always think of it myself, but you should try to use keyword phrases or action words for links instead of “click here”.

Always make sure the links you set up work and open in a new window. Otherwise, you run the risk of people forgetting how to get back to your blog.

#16 Proofread! (!!!)

Always, always, always proofread your posts.

I know. Sometimes you just want to get done. You have spent enough time on editing the picture already. But high quality content won’t be high quality if it’s full of spelling mistakes and grammar errors.

Sure, sometimes tiny errors hide somewhere in the text. That happens, and it’s ok.
But if your posts are teeming with spelling and grammar errors, your readers will have the impression that you just don’t make the effort to read your own writing or that it has been written on the fly. Why should they spend their time reading what your not taking the time to write.

What helps is writing your blog posts a week before publishing them. This gives you more than enough time to proofread and edit.

#17 Stay true to yourself.

I think it’s really important to be who you are. Refocus your content and get inspired, but:

Do not blog about things you do not feel comfortable with. If you write something and you really don’t enjoy it, that comes through in the writing.

Create a blog you’d enjoy reading. Create a blog you would love. Write articles you would love to read and share.

Blog from your heart.

Read Part 1 {Get People to Look at you}
Read Part 2 {Layout}
Read Part 3 {Content #1}
Read Part 4 {Content #2}
Read Part 5 {Invest your time wisely}
Read Part 6 {Grow your traffic}
Read Part 7 {Make your blog legal}

Liked it? Have feedback? Please do tell me!

And stay tuned…Part 5 of my Blogging Basics is coming up next week! The next part will be all about time management! x

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Heather! Keep up the good work. Even with food – content is king! (Although picture quality also matters – especially with food posts!)

  1. Thanks for all of this info! So useful :-)

    I’m pretty new to this blogging and love the hints and tips you suggest!

    I’ll definitely be back to read your 5th post about it! Thanks!

    • Thanks, you’re welcome! Glad you like it. Love your Valentine’s piano sheet idea…unfortunately couldn’t leave a comment…Need to get an OpenID account!!x

  2. Thanks. This was really quite helpful.
    I think I started blogging in May of last year.
    It was very spotty, here a little, there a little.
    since I changed my style from random crafts
    to writing silly stories about my week,
    I’ve felt more inspired to write.
    Thanks again!

  3. Brilliant tips – thanks! I started blogging a week ago and wanted to get some good content up and make my layout more attractive before I started sharing the link – I’m much closer to getting there now thanks to your tips.

    • You’re welcome, glad you like it. Make sure to come back next weekend, I’ll be giving some advice on legal stuff!

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