Successful Blogging Secrets!


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You want to know a couple of secrets to getting more readers to your blog every time you post something?

There’s a ton of ‘em out there.  Most of the information you run across is targeted at SEO-seeking business bloggers, or professional bloggers, who depend on hits to their advertisers to keep their income stream alive.  But every so often a nugget comes around which makes me sit up and take notice, and let’s me know someone I read is doing it right … which is why I keep reading them.

People Want Lists

If you give ‘em lists, they will come.  You can list your

  • favorite software packages for editing photos
  • favorite restaurants in town
  • all-time favorite albums

And many more!  It doesn’t matter what the list is, someone out there is looking for it.  If you list it, they will come.  A great example of this is me and my top five Firefox plug-ins post.  Folks loved it, and it’s still popular.

People Want Secrets

If you give them a secret of some kind – the secret to writing a novel in thirty days, the secret to cooking fool-proof smoke-roasted chicken, the secret to getting viewers to their blogs – people will come.  They want the scoop, the low-down, the inside track.  If you’re giving someone a secret, they’re going to show up and read your blog to find out what the secret is.  Doesn’t matter what kind of secret, but don’t give away the farm in the title of your post either.

People Want to Be Personal

Get personal on your blog.  Share your heart without revealing too much.  Sounds like quite a trick, doesn’t it?  It is.  No two ways about it, it’s a fine line to walk. How do you know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em?  What do you show, what do you hide, how much is too much?  (TMI will hurt you in more ways that you can imagine.)

I don’t know the answer to this one.  It’s different for each reader and each blogger.  But I know people are intrigued and interested in bloggers who make personal contact and reveal enough of themselves to be intimate, personal and special … without giving their hearts away.

Great, GREAT examples of this are mapelba, WIGSF, and Sherri.  Very intimate feel to their blogs; great, personal anecdotes; and yet not too much revealed at the same time.  Brilliant blogging in all three cases.

People Want to be Informed

People want something from your blog, whether it’s just to find out what’s going on with you, the blogger, or some bit of advice, tidbit of information or the best sales prices in town.  Sometimes it’s very useful to give the reader something back for the time they spent on your blog.  One way to do this is to provide useful, insightful information.  Be an expert on something.  Tell people about what you’re an expert in.  Give them tips, helps and shortcuts.  They’ll flock to you.  Are you a great cook?  Teach them how to make simple and great meals they can’t mess up.  Are you a great mechanic?  Offer some of the wisdom of your years under the hood.  A voracious reader?  Tell them about the books you’ve read, which you recommend, which you don’t.

A fantastic example of someone giving really, really great advice, is Courtney Vail over at Creative Burst.  Check her out, writers.  Good stuff.

People Want Interesting

Another great way to keep people coming to your page is to be interesting.  I’m not, so I can’t give a lot of information about how to do that, but I can point you to an example: Leafless over at Pen of Passion.  He’s interesting.  You’re going to come away from his posts with something cool, so spend a few minutes and you won’t regret it.

Well, that’s it for now.  Hope this information helps you all somehow, but remember, I wrote this because I had nothing else to post about today and needed to fill the space.

God bless!

-JDT-

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7 thoughts on “Successful Blogging Secrets!

  1. I’ve noticed a surge in hits on my blog recently on the posts in which I discuss my unsuccessful love life. Soooo…

    Top Five Ways Women Confuse Me

    5. They flirt with me regardless of whether or not they want to have a relationship with me.

    4. They tell me they want honesty then lie to my face.

    3. Single women tell me what I’m doing wrong and why I don’t have a girlfriend.

    2. Married/involved women tell me how wonderful I am, knowing full well that they never have to act on their words.

    1. They tell me they’d like to see me again but never do see me again.

    Now THAT’S an epic list. Post this on your blog and watch your readership skyrocket!

  2. Great post! I’ve never really thought about any of this. Maybe I should. I’ve noticed my traffic has been very low the past week with the exception of one day when apparently somebody “tweeted” about my blog. I don’t tweet, so I’m not even sure how this works. I just saw a bunch of twitter.com referrals on my stats page. Hopefully they said something good. 🙂

    How could they NOT say something good? 😉 Try Twitter; it’s fun and it’s free. What more can you ask? 🙂

  3. Great things to consider. Thank you for the insight Darc.

    Just another “I have nothing to write about” post, Jaymie. Plenty more where that came from. 😉

  4. I love how you worked “secrets” into your blog title. 🙂 And thank you so much for your kind mention! I feel like I reveal way too much, but there are some topics that are off-limits. Marital trouble, child trouble, other people’s secrets (ran into some trouble on that one, a while back). Legal trouble, if I had any. Personal growth seems to be a safe topic so far.

    But I’m really a terrible blogger. I hate to put in links, I hate to mess with images, I don’t like to research, don’t want to provoke anyone. Today’s post just about killed me. 🙂

    LOL, you do just fine. You’ve got that intimate feel to your blog, so even if you’re not giving away the farm it feels like you are. In a good way.

  5. Secret to Successful Blog:

    Write without wanting anything in return. Writing in some case is cathartic.

    If you write it they will read if they dont, well you got some things out of your head and off your chest…people read but may not comment….

    Lastly its the new way to make friends. Lets you go outside of your comfort zone without going outside ahhahaah

    Zman as always

    Great stuff there, Zman. Lots of my friends I made through blogging! Should’ve mentioned it sooner I guess!

  6. You don’t think you’re interesting but you are. That post made me laugh out loud. Great information. I’ve always wanted to know more on SEO and you provided some great points. Thanks so much for the plug too. Glad you like my blog. Maybe I should go back into some of my posts any put the word list. I have tons of lists; I just never thought of it that way.

    I’m glad you got a chuckle from it. No one else seemed to get it but you did! 😀

    I’ve been dealing with a busted hot water meter all week. Flooded basement. Lots of cleanup. The new tank came today. Thank God! Trucking everyone to my parents’ for baths and showers wasn’t fun.

    Ick. That sounds about as much fun as having your gums scraped. Glad it’s almost over for you.

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