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So when you start Blogging what do you need to know ?
Lets Start with the basics : What platform to choose
Blogger or Wordpress - Many people have there preferences but here are my views .
Bits I like
Easy to use
Good Selection of Temple
The Basic Gadgets that you need
Built in Stats
Bits I don't like
limited to 10 static pages
Not As many gadgets
Limited with the Customisation
My View on Blogger is that Blogger is a great starting platform and what I would it describe as plug and play .Its very simply to use and get going on offering a good range of gadgets and templates.
Bits I like
Massive range of Templates
Massive range of Widgets
Much more customisable
Massive community making fee addons and Templates
Bits I don't like
Can get a bit confusing with all the options
A lot of widgets functionally are confusing
Overall you need a greater level of understanding to use it to it full potential
My View is wordpress is great if you know the basics about blogging and a bit of code , it is easy to setup a basic blog with wordpress but can get confusing once you get into the nuts and bolts .
If you want more functionally and better control then use wordpress as it has much more developed tools and functionally .Blogger in my opinion is a great plug and play blog and is very easy to setup and start blogging .
Blogging best Patrice
Well these are the best practices:
If you post daily then post at the same time so that your readers will know when to expect your content .
Keep your promises
If you say you are going to blog about a particular topic do so , people will come back if you say
Have the Posts Ready
Have one or two post ready and queued up ready to go , as you never know when you will not be able to write a post for the day.
Engage With your Readers
Do you ask a question in your posts ? If they comment then respond to each of the comments people like to know that there comments have been well recived and if you enage with them they will coem back and comment again .
General Tips for Bloggers
Commenting on other bloggers Posts
This is a important one , make sure the comment is relevant and not spam but by commenting on others posts it shows your reading and it will encrouge the blogger to look at your blog and people to wonder who you are . If you ad a good comment then people well want to see more
Make posts on forums , not just quick yes no answers add meaningful content to the community that you post on this will help give you move viability and people will want to see more
Offer to do guest posts on other blogs ,It will allow you to get seen by a different reader base and with more people seeing your style of content then people will hopefully want to read more .
Carnivals or Shared topics
Make sure you join in these types of posts where one blog will invite you to post about a particular topic and then link your blog along with lots of other entries
A a couple of suggestions here if you add someone let then know you have added them , also don't be afraid to ask to be added to someone else's blog.
Talk to the other bloggers and do colbaration do a series of posts together or do posts in direct answer to someone's post . By working together you are exchanging readers and expanding
Social media and Feeds
Make sure your feeds are easy to access and in a clear place for your readers to sign up to , also don't cap your feeds as some people want to read them while at work and wont be able to access your site
Make sure you have share button people share alot of links via facebook and Twitter so make it easy for your readers if they want to share your posts .
Get a Twitter account and get tweeting ,it takes time to build up followers but its agreat platform that people can see when a new post come up .Also look at the different services that will auto tweet for you so if you are out and a post goes live it will then Tweet it .
Hope that helps