Blog Writing Tips – topics, ideas

One of the most common questions we get when it comes to blogging is: “What should I write about?”. The topic came up because we were sort of debating about whether blog posts should be about you personally and what you are doing or should they be tips and tutorials about how to do something.

The most beneficial and effective answer is: “Why not both?” Let’s talk about that here.

You must have at least five personal posts to each one tutorial type of post. Based on the experience of different bloggers, the tutorial posts are what attract people over to your blog and the personal posts are what keep them coming back. If you’re boring and not offering something of value, they will most likely click their mouse away from your blog.

Now, if you do have too many tutorial and tip posts, your blog can be compared to eHow.com. In this case, you are just basically giving away information that people can find anywhere else on the web.

With the addition of your person

al posts, you can discuss your personal goals and add your own personal touch and connecting with your readers. Tutorials are great to bring in readers from social networking and social media websites but it is the personal touch that brings them back and makes them care of the things you are sharing.

So when you are creating the content for you blog, always remember to post about three to five personal interesting to every one tutorial type post.

Take note that the tips and tutorials will bring them to your blog while the personal touch will keep them as your returning loyal readers.

Avoid These Mistakes In Website Creation

Just yesterday, I received an email from a friend and she asked: What makes you stay or on the other hand click away from a website? Aside from content, it is the web design which holds a major factor why a visitor will decide either to stay on the site or return over and over again or will just click the mouse away.

There are some easy steps we have to make in the process of creating the site. One of these critical factors is making sure that the design is well-placed so as not annoy your visitors with bad appearance and in the end keep them interested with the content and what the site can offer. The content is important but if the whole design itself is not properly designed then the site may have some problems. You may have precious information and attractive offerings but if the visitors are turned off from the homepage then there is no use of the website.

Never forget that font is something not to be forgotten as a lot of viewers are giving a second priority to the contents of the website. Make your font style & size more appealing to your intended audience. That is why one should avoid using the unpopular font styles & sizes.

People complained from text that does not have enough contrast from the background, multi colored text, as well as white text on black background. Though the white text on black background has a very pleasant and contemporary look, for a lot of text it becomes tricky to read. No one will spend the time to read the text if it tires the eyes and frustrates them. So if you want your text to be read, go for properly colored background and text coordination.

Do not make the navigation of the website very complicated as most viewers never appreciate difficult browsing experience. If you are involved in online business, your procedures in sale & purchase processing must be clear and easy. You should make an easy process for the same to cater new customers as well as retaining the old customers.

Colors used in the website also play a crucial role in attracting viewers’ attention. In case you have used very fast and sharp colors that could hurt the eyes then there is a big possibility that they will just click away to other good websites. That is why you should use those colors which make the ambiance of the web page friendlier and easy.

One last important thing to take note is how fast the loading of your website is because slow loading sites will definitely not be good to get viewers. For example if your site is heavily laden with so many applications, the loading rate can be affected. Remember that we should be enticing viewers or the customers to stay and enjoy the site.

So make your site full of good contents as well as make the experience more pleasurable and easy for your viewers.

Basic Techniques: Making Your Blog SEO-Friendly

Not making their blogs or websites search engine friendly is one of the most important mistakes a lot of bloggers are making. We have to remember that search engines are the biggest and  the easiest source of traffic. If you look at your first blog post URL it will be Domain.com/?p=1 when you really want it to say Domain.com/how-to-make-your-links-seo-friendly.

You want your URL’s and blog post titles to be what you expect people to be searching in Google, not something that always sounds good to you. Whether you like it not, we have to be in consonance with the artificial intelligence of Google.

To make your links search engine friendly like we want it to be, log-in to your WordPress Admin and then go to Settings and then click Permalinks located usually on the left side. Modify the settings to Custom Structure and then use the code /%postname%/. Basically, this is one way to get your blog and your posts become a SEO friendly.

Another important SEO change is your page title and description, I personally use a FREE plugin to do this called All in One SEO Pack but as you guys are just starting, you may just want to edit these details from your WordPress Admin by clicking General under Settings. It is really important to choose the right page title, if you look at Retireat21.com you will see the title is “Young Entrepreneurs Making Money Online” — it says what the website is about and it has my 5 more important keywords and you should do the same. If you domain is 55street.com and is about Street Dancing, then you don’t want your title to be 55street but instead Learn to Street Dance.

You also have a Blogroll on your blog which can be one of the most effective ways to start building links and traffic to your website. Find 5 to 10 blogs under your niche and ask them to link to your site and you will do the same for them. You can add or edit your blogroll by clicking Links in the sidebar of your WordPress Admin. It is also important to have a SEO friendly link, so instead of getting them the link as “55street” ask them to put the text as “Learn to Street Dance.”

This is just one of the very basic things you should learn on Search Engine Optimization.

How To Choose a Free Blogger Template

Blogs and the activity of blogging became popular in the late 1990s. Many blogging platforms exist today with each one offering different characteristics and cost. Blogger is a free blogging platform owned by Google which allows a user to set up a free blogging account. From this account, a blogger can create one or more blogs.

A blog can be tailored to meet a user’s needs both in functionality and overall design. The blog content’s physical arrangement and display are controlled by a template. The template is the HTML code which controls how information will be displayed on the blog.

Users with strong technical skills can edit this code or write entirely new code. For users with less technical skill, many Blogger templates exist. Before downloading a free Blogger template, there are several considerations that should be reviewed.

How To Pick A New Blogger Template

Before selecting a Blogger template, consider the type of content and focus of the blog. Understanding how the blog will be used and the image it should portray will be important in deciding which blog template is best.

  • Visual Look of Blog – A blog’s aesthetic or visual look will determine how readers respond to it. If a blog’s design features dark colors and anime-inspired graphics, it may harshly contrast and not work well for someone who seeks to write about parenting and child development. Consider appropriate colors, graphics, and overall design which closely match the content of a blog.
  • Layout and Content Arrangement – A blog’s physical arrangement of content is also a top consideration. Blog templates now come in a wide array of formats typically ranging from one to four columns. The blog posts are usually in the largest column but can be arranged to the left, center, or right depending on the design. Identifying what other types of content will appear on the blog will help to understand how many extra columns are necessary.
  • Supported Functionality – Blogger provides a list of functionality that can be added to any blog. Some blog templates provide additional custom functionality or creates spaces for specific content to appear. A blogger seeking to display advertising may seek a Blogger template which comes prepared with areas pre-specified for standard advertising units to display.

One of the most important and often overlooked considerations is from where the Blogger template is coming. Blogger provides a basic set of free templates but many more templates are available through searching online. While these templates may seem like a bargain, it’s best to consider templates which have a specified owner who will provide support for questions on installing and updating the template. When using an anonymous free template, it may not function correctly or may require updates at some point in the future.

Blogger provides a set of free templates which can be used. Once an account is created with Blogger, a user is given access to a dashboard allowing for customization of the blog. To select a different Blogger template at any time, a user can do so by selecting the “Layout” dashboard tab, then selecting “Pick New Template” from the sub-menu (see Figure 1 below).

From the Pick New Template menu, a user can select from 16 blog designs with a variety of color schemes and layouts. The desired template is selected and then the “Save Template” button is selected. The new blog template will now power the blog.

How To Upload A Custom Blogger Template

Once a custom Blogger template is identified on the interest, it should be downloaded to the user’s computer. Before uploading it to Blogger, make sure to first download the existing template being used in case it is needed in the future.

Select the “Layout” dashboard tab, then select “Edit HTML.” From this sub-menu, select the link “Download Full Template” (see Figure 2 below).

Once the existing template is safely downloaded, the “Browse” button shown on the sub-menu page is used to search the user’s computer for the new Blogger template that will be used. Once selected, the “Upload” button is clicked to import the new template design. The new template will now power the blog.

Easy To Change A Blogger Template

Blogger provides an easy to use dashboard which allows a user to quickly change from one template to another. Whether using a Blogger provided template or seeking to use a free template, consider first the function and overall design the blog should portray. By following the steps above, a new template that perfectly matches the blog content can be changed in a matter of minutes.