Blogging is useful for both businesses and people looking to have a voice online. Blogging is a valuable marketing tactic that many businesses see as an essential way to drive traffic to their site and increase sales. Anyone can start a blog, so people looking for a way to share their content with others often turn to blogging. Blogging has become so popular, that millions of blog posts are published every day. With so many blogs and bloggers, people sometimes wonder how to get attention for their blog. In this article, we will discuss seven ways to make your blog stand out.
- Choose a Niche
Before starting a blog, you must first decide what it will be about. Make sure your topic is focused. The more you can pinpoint your niche and define your subject matter, the better.
In life, you can have as many interests as you want – cooking, exercising, gardening, marketing, fashion, travel – but, in blogging, it’s best to choose one topic of interest to guide your blog. If your blog is too broad, it’s much harder to capture a dedicated target audience. Your readers may love to cook but don’t care about marketing trends. Having a focus helps you grow an audience quicker and stand out as an expert in your niche.
- Know Your Audience
Once you’ve identified the purpose of your blog, you then want to determine who your target audience is. Think about who you want to reach, and be specific. What’s the age range and gender of your target audience? How much money do they make? What do they care about? What problems are they facing? What time of day are they accessing your information? What tone of voice do they prefer, more professional or more casual? Do they like longer or shorter posts? Higher word counts may appeal to Google, but does your audience prefer them?
Once you know who they are, you need to know what they want to read. Again, don’t make assumptions. Learn about your audience, do the research, and apply what you learn to your blog.
And finally, engage with your audience. Appreciate that they’re taking time to read what you write. When you make them feel valued by interacting with them on social media and in your comments section, you increase their feelings of goodwill and loyalty.
- Have Great Content
Having a niche is essential, but having great content is what sets your blog apart from others in the same niche. A great blog starts with a good, well-thought-out headline to catch people’s attention. With content everywhere, it’s crucial to grab your reader quickly. And once they’ve noticed you, you will want to keep them.
Successful blogs have information that people want. Rather than just guessing what your audience wants, do your research. Sites like Google Trends and Answer The Public can give insight into what people are searching for. Ask yourself: “What do people in my niche want to know?”
Scoping out your competitors can also provide valuable insight. Is there a popular blog within your niche? Read it, learn what they’re writing about, and notice how they engage with their followers. Your goal is not to be a carbon copy of another site but to take cues from their success and make it your own.
It’s also important to ensure your site is filled with accurate information. Reference reputable sources, include data, and maybe even add some of your own research. Remember to update your blog posts when new information becomes available.
Another way to capture your audience is to make some of your content exclusive. Require readers to leave their email addresses to access certain features of your site. Doing so gives you another way to reach your audience and gives them the feeling of getting special access — and who doesn’t like to feel like a VIP?
- Make It Visually Appealing
First impressions go a long way. When people access a site, and it’s difficult to navigate or isn’t visually appealing, it’s easy for them to click away and get their information elsewhere. Start by using a good website template to create your design, and make sure that your website is easy to navigate.
In your blog posts, incorporate visuals into your articles and use headings. Both break up the text and make your posts easy to scan. Also, remember to stay to date on trends. What worked in the past, doesn’t always continue to fuel success. You can remain authentic to who you are while adding elements, like videos or infographics, to your blog to keep it modern and relevant.
- Show Your Personality
It’s important to learn from successful people, but don’t just try to replicate them. Your uniqueness makes you exciting and interesting, and when you show your personality on your blog, it makes it similarly exciting and interesting.
Have a personal writing style and share stories that show your personality. When people read your blog, you want them to know that they can count on a consistent voice. There are many different ways to present yourself online, but make sure that there’s consistency throughout your site.
- Keep Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in Mind
Be educated on SEO and keywords, but don’t fall trap to keyword overloading. Knowledge of how to improve your ranking on Google will benefit you, and actively using those tools to increase your blog’s success will help you get noticed in a crowded market. At the same time, remember that keywords should complement great content, not dictate it. Choose a certain number of keywords to incorporate into each article, remembering that longer posts will naturally contain more, and then focus on making your content engaging.
Getting “backlinks” from reputable websites has become an important factor to improve your search rankings. Remember that relationships matter. Build relationships with other bloggers in your niche, and reach out to them about guest posting and highlighting your blog. Include links in your own posts to other blogs, and more importantly seek out links back to yours.
- Be Consistent
One of the most undervalued tips for creating a successful blog is consistency. Have a regular publishing schedule so your audience knows when to expect posts, and so you continue building a library of articles.
Remember your brand voice and keep language, imagery, and color schemes consistent across posts. Extend the same theme to other accounts that are connected to your blog, such as any social media accounts, to make your blog instantly recognizable across platforms.
And finally, don’t give up. Many new bloggers give up before their blogs have time to gain traction. Give yourself and your blog time to find your stride, learn the ropes, and see what makes your unique site successful.
No matter how great a blog is, no blogger has ever become famous overnight. Blogging is a long-term commitment, but there are ways to help your blog gain traction and stand out from the rest. Choose a niche, have great content, know your audience, make your blog visually appealing, show your personality, keep SEO in mind, and be consistent.
Continue to practice these strategies to help your blog stand out, and trust that your dedication will pay off.