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The 3 Things You Need to Learn About Blogging

Warner Carter November 17, 2011

There are hundreds and thousands of blog-related articles on the Web. A lot them teach how to blog differently and uniquely among others, and some even offer crazy Web tricks to get clicks and readers. They always reiterate that we should think outside the box, with a clear goal in mind, a specific target niche and market. These are good ideas and reading them repeatedly on the Web is helpful as well. But all these things can be simplified and summarized into three simple essentials.

Learn SEO

Whether you like it or not, if you really want to have a decent place in every leading search engine, you have to learn the basics of SEO. There are still bloggers who see no good about search engine optimization, but if you are into business and not just casual blogging, having at least the rudiments of it is an advantage. Nowadays, it really is hard to rank without knowledge of proper keyword research, sturdy link building network, and organized traffic management.

Also, having a knowledge of search engine optimization is like protecting yourself from ubiquitous Black Hats and spammers that may invade your site for harmful reasons. If you understand SEO, you’ll understand how this frauds work and you’ll definitely learn how to wedge them from invading your blog.

Respect Online Reputation

Since your blog operates in the online world, you should understand online reputation as well. If you want your blog to get a positive name on the Web, you should be extra careful in promoting it in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, especially in replying to your follower’s queries. Remember that one wrong reply or wrongly conveyed message can lead to a massive online reputation downfall. Moreover, you can utilize the newly launched “Me on the Web” by Google to track the status of your identity on the Web.

Be mindful not only with your offsite interactions but also with your onsite moves. Your blog is still the most important part of your online reputation, so better be careful in replying to your commenter’s comments, posting your articles, and even commenting on other blog post as well. You should know by now that once Google has indexed a page ( a post, a comment, or anything) from you site, it would take months and years to completely make it unsearchable; deleting won’t even help. Therefore, you should always think before you click anything.

Write by heart

It sounds a bit off compared to learning SEO and respecting online reputation, but this is the most important thing in blogging. Blogging about things that don’t interest you is like doing a job that doesn’t fit your qualifications and skills. If you blog, always write about the things you like by heart. In addition, you should find your own voice and never copy some other else’s writing technique and style.

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13 comments
Taran
Taran

These are so important thing to learn for blogging.Great post to share.

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down or just me

Thank you for sharing it with us . I believe comments are extremely valuable in connecting with your readers.

Noel Addison
Noel Addison

Passion, skills and knowledge these go hand in hand and makes up a perfect blog. My recent post 5 Things to Look for in a Web Dev Company

Lew
Lew

Hey Warner, Since I am a newbie in this blogosphere, been searching for articles and blogs that could give me some useful and relevant things and strategies that I could utilize and add on my blogging strategies. It worth my time reading this article. Thanks. My recent post Popular Types of Asian Massage

Frank Bowes
Frank Bowes

Hi Warner, Some great points there. As blogging babies (So to speak), we tend to go all out dropping links where ever we can. I totally agree about writing what's in your heart, otherwise you begin to procrastinate and put off writing altogether. Luckily for me, I have a lot of interests so I'm seldom lost for material. My recent post Princeton Watches Coupon

Wayne Morrise
Wayne Morrise

You've got a great point, learn to respect and be careful for what you are saying in your social communities, just enjoy everything. This will lead you to have a great reputation online that will benefit not only your website but also yourself.

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Razer Naga Epic

That's right Mr.Warner! SEO is very important for bloggers to improve their post ranking in Google. And online reputation is as important as in the offline world. If it's gone, the vast majority of audience will go with it! My recent post Click one of the post titles above to include it at the end of your comment

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Learning SEO would be next to writing with your heart. It's not easy to be consistent in writing but you need to find motivation to do so and at the same time valuable articles can build up your reputation. Learning how to value relationship would be better. My recent post Average insurance premium rates listed by state

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lacarpet

Hey Warner, Being a beginner in this blogosphere, It is really necessary for us to search for some article that could gives us a qualitative and informative tips and guides for us to implement on our ways of doing a blog. I am so eager to read your article and so glad that I had this basis on my notes. Thanks. My recent post Proper Crawl Space Ventilation Can Improve Living Space Air Quality Inside Your Home

Hunter
Hunter

When I started blogging, social networking sites are basically non-existent yet so I practically lived on the 3rd item. I learned SEO later on. My recent post Af: Julie

Treadmills
Treadmills

Great resource. Technical writing can be tricky sometimes but having these kinds of information will surely save you a lot of headache.

Paul Profitt
Paul Profitt

I studied what other bloggers were not doing. Before starting my own blog. So I quickly picked up on how important SEO is and having a keyword rich domain name.

Tory McBroom
Tory McBroom

Some good tips for the beginner Warner! And I gotta agree with writing from the heart. A few of my early niche sites that I updated regularly were on topics I could care less about. Needless to say they didn’t last very long…

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