What Is Blogging?
A blog, a term derived from “Web Log”, is a collection of thoughts or analysis on a topic or topics of the person running the blog.
There are now tens of blogs started every minute of the day. This obviously means it is now a crowded market, which makes it even more important that a blog is good enough to stand out from the crowd.
In the yesteryear, well, actually not that long ago, but when blogs first started appearing on the internet in the 1990’s, they were often a simple a collection of thoughts from individuals, often on the daily happenings in their lives. No matter how dreary, they were often compulsive reading, something I guess, typifying our big brother culture.
However, more recently, blogs have become much more commercial with topics that have greater commercial value. People have started to realize blogs, especially popular ones, can make substantial money for the proprietor from advertising revenue.
Potential of a Blog.
There are certain characteristics that are shared by popular blogs no matter which topic(s) they cover.
Why do you Need a Blog?
People love something for nothing. If you provide regular advice and helpful tips on your blog about something, then it is likely to draw regular visitors. Free helpful information – even if it’s a collection of links to other sites/blogs can still attract lots of visitors. The key here is to find such information on a regular basis to attract many repeat visitors.
This will also result in increase in popularity of your blog through natural linking – the equivalent of marketing through word of mouth. Links, especially on other high traffic sites or blogs about your blog will lead to a steady stream of traffic from these links, but they will also boost your search engine rankings because major search engines put a lot of weight onto natural linking patterns.
How to Build a Successful Blog?
1. Write your Heart.
One certain way to attract large traffic is to either provide tutorials that people find extremely useful which they will link to, or providing free downloads of useful tools. These tools can be anything such as web tools for people to develop their sites and blogs or help to improve the quality of offerings on their sites or blogs, free financial tools to help people better analyze their income and expenditure, etc.
2. Add Personal Value.
In addition, it greatly improves your reputation on the Internet as so many people start recommending your blog. Of course, with so many people linking to your site, which acts as a “vote” for your blog from everyone linking to you, the search engines will take that as an affirmation that your blog is of great value and move your rankings higher.