Best Practices for Blogging

haute-chocolate-valentines-day-celebration-2016-64-final copy

As a blogger and small business owner myself, I would like to think that I am pretty aware of the best practices of blogging including how many times a week you should post, what you should post about, and the like.

To niche or not to niche? 

Depending on what type of blog you have, you may want to niche down and only post about a few topics. If you’re a hobby blogger, then you may not need to niche down but if the blog is attached to a business or something you are interested in turning into a business someday, it may be helpful for you to niche down a little.

Because I have two blogs, both are handled differently in terms of having a niche. For my lifestyle blog, I write about travel, beauty, fashion and some personal posts. Although lifestyle is a niche, it is not very specific but it works in my favor.

My business blog is definitely more niched down as I only talk about blogging, business, and social media tips. Because it is attached directly to my social media marketing business, you will not see anything off brand being posted on the blog.

How many times should you post each week? 

Personally, I post 2x a week on my lifestyle blog and 2x a week on my business blog. I am still trying to build up content on my businesses’ blog, but once I reach 100 posts I will scale it down to one post a week so I can focus more on client work instead of consistent content creation.

According to Moz, you should be posting regularly – at least a few times a month to keep the content on your website fresh and up to date.

Other Best Practices for Blogging

According to Alaniz Marketing, some of the best tried and true blogging practices are writing for your audience, keeping your brand in mind, being smart about SEO, including calls to action, and more.

In 2017, you should really be focusing on strategically picking your keywords, optimizing for mobile, blogging more often, being social, linking wisely, utilizing long form content, using a lot of visuals, and participating in guest blogging opportunities.

The most important practices that pop out to me are writing for your audience, using long form content, strategically picking keywords, and optimizing for mobile.

Writing for your audience 

If you’re blogging in hopes to make some sort of a profit, you have to always keep your audience in mind. If you write about only what YOU want to write about, then your readers will not stick around.

Long form Content

Search engines prefer long form content so if possible, you should be writing at least 800-1000+ words every single post that you publish. This will give you the opportunity to rank higher in the search engines for those specific topics.

Picking keywords

Strategically deciding on your keywords is so important to help you rank higher within the search engines. With more and more bloggers popping up daily, it is so important to select your keywords wisely.

Optimizing your blog for mobile

Because these days so many people are browsing the web using their phones it is necessary to have your blog looking good on mobile in addition to the desktop. Finding a theme that converts to both is so imperative.

What are some of the best practices in your industry? Feel free to let me know in the comments.

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Best Practices for Blogging

  1. Hi Jenny,

    Great job here. The one point that really stood out to me was your section on making sure that you’re speaking to your audience. It’s very easy to write things in our own wording and messaging but not everyone thinks the same way we do. Not only must we be knowledgeable about the topic we’re addressing, but we must also know about the audience that we are trying to reach. Because once we’re able to successfully speak to and with our our target market, that is when we can truly grow our brand.

    -Dylan

    Like

  2. Jenny:
    Great post. It is so true that one’s niche and audience is key when developing a blog or blog post. The groundswell has aided in the monetization of blogs and other social media platforms. It is also very important that blogs are mobilized since many individuals access information on-line via a mobile device.
    Adrienne

    Like

  3. Hi Jenny,

    You’d done a great job on this post! It’s clear, concise, yet readable and engaging. I would agree with all that you’ve written. I’ll admit, for my day job, it’s not as overwhelming as building a personal brand. But, in order to stay ahead, you have to be consistent, target a certain audience, and create content that engages that audience. Tools like SEO and mobile responsiveness are necessary to achieve this. I once heard someone say that you can’t talk to someone about anything if you don’t even know who they are. That’s how important a target audience is. I think you’ve really captured that here. Good job!

    Like

  4. Hi there!
    I definitely agree with many of the best practices you have described. I think it is very important to post a certain amount of times per week. If you have people that follow your blog religiously, they will be waiting and expecting a new post at specific times. it is a great way to keep followers and gain new follower.
    Great Post!
    Amy

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s