Top 6 Things I’ve Learned in a Year of Blogging | Part 2
“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Original French proverb
- Think hard about your domain name. See mine? It’s laavventura.wordpress.com and it’s pretty lame. At this point I’m not changing it. In hindsight we see our errors, right? I hope I can help you prevent the same mistakes I’ve made. I have no idea what I was thinking when I choose the domain laavventura. I really didn’t know what a domain was then. Avventura being my second name and email account, I was trying a lame attempt at an Italian sounding domain. I should have put: My Sardinian Life. Ah, hindsight it’s a wonderful thing.
- Study. Yes, study. If blogging is what you really want to do as a career, you will need to study. Know your facts, stats, how-to’s and how to nots. In recent months I’ve felt like a college kid again. Learning the ins and outs of writing, blogging, structure, grammar, social media, networking, content and more content. Know your niche, know your content, write well, publish.
- Learn from your favourites. Look to other blogs that you frequent. Why do you click their link? Do you take some inspiration from their words? Are these top blogs doing something you are not as a blogger? Do they know their niche, inside and out.
- Submit your URL to Google. This helps people find your site when they search for something using Google.com search. I’m not a professional in exactly how this works and I certainly don’t want to give advice on things I’m not educated on. So, if you need more information on how people can find your blog head to Google.com and search for something like ‘how can people find my blog?’
- SEO. These are powerful words or phrases that make your post or blog stand out from the rest in search engines. Try to write your article with the ‘keywords‘ at the beginning of your piece, you are likely to rank higher on the search engines this way. When scanning results on Google.com we read only the first few lines of the link, are your searched keywords in those few lines? Get those keywords at the beginning of your article and tied in with your title of the post.
- Have fun. Enjoy what you are doing. Write from your heart. Don’t allow the blogging/writing stresses to creep in. Get out for a walk or run, bring the camera. Enjoy the day.
See yesterdays list: Top 6 Things I’ve Learned in a Year of Blogging | Part 1