How to Up Your Blogging Game

The internet is full of abandoned and neglected blogs, some full of wonderful content. Worse still many disappear forever only existing in the archives of the wayback machine or perhaps the hard drives of their authors for years to come. However it doesn’t have to be like this, a little work can bring your blog back to life.

You probably had all kinds of hopes for your blog, but then no one seems to notice. Then, if you’re keeping track, you see that the majority of your visitors only check out your site for a moment and then leave. You could hardly be blamed for wanting to quit the whole business. The fact is, however, that there are many successful blogs out there, and there’s no reason why yours can’t be one of them. It’s not that difficult, to create something like this, as we’re about to show you.

Have you noticed the amount of love that bloggers display for linking within their posts? You’re capable of the same thing but it is important to use a smart approach. It is not a very good idea to link to something that isn’t relevant simply so that you can put a link there. There are a couple of destinations for your links and you need to mix them up in a good way. Link to other content on your blog because it’s good for internal structures. Then, of course, there are the links to external sites which can be quite useful both for your readers as well as yourself. This can be helpful for your SEO, sure, but it also proves that you’ve done your research.

Plus, you will help your readers get access to better and more detailed information–something that can always be helpful. It is important to proofread what you are about to post on your blog before you publish it. Although looking for spelling errors and grammar problems is good, there are other things to look for. Proofreading can extend into a dozen different areas when looking for things to fix. Typically, about 100% of all bloggers would avoid fixing these errors even if they were right in front of them. Make sure that organizational elements are all in place when you proofread. Whatever you are writing about, all of the ideas need to flow in a logical order from point to point. When people see these problems in your blog post, it will be more hurtful than if they found a misspelled word. People will not want to go through jumbled content that makes no sense at all. When you write content that is this bad, you can almost guarantee that your readers will go away, never wanting to return.

Remember that writing for college or for a technical job is not the same as writing for your blog. You cannot or should not ignore everything, but there’s a lot you can and your blog will be better off for it. Compared to most jobs or academia, you should use a casual, conversational style in your blog.

Using a scholarly style is appropriate in certain settings, but not if you’re chatting with a friend -or blogging. Nobody wants to hear that sort of talk because it’s so formal and stilted. Blogging in this manner is not the way to attract readers who will return. So keep your style casual and informal as you write your blog posts.

Remember that building a popular blog takes time, and also keeping it updated consistently. Starting a blog is not quite as simple as it seems, as there are many steps to follow and you want to get everything just right. Keep your initial motivation in mind as you steadily build your blog and before you know it you’ll be reaping the rewards.

Further Reading

Back in the USA – Reverse Proxy

Some of you might have read my technological revelation discovered a couple of posts back.  To cut a long story short, I basically got stuck in Rome without any cash and the internet wasn’t being much help.  I had preplanned to be able to use  my online accounts to shuffle money around as and when I needed, but when I tried to access these accounts from Italy it wouldn’t work.  Turns out that many banks (including mine) block access to web banking based on your IP address.  For some reason they figure nobody takes holidays and needs to access their banking online.

Anyway I managed to sort it out by switching my IP address to a US one by using some sort of proxy/VPN system.  I am not quite sure which one but it worked ok and got me accessing my bank accounts from my hotel wifi again.  But when I returned it got me thinking, that we often get blocked accessing stuff online and perhaps this method could work in other areas.  You’ve probably seen it yourself – tried to watch a video on YouTube or accessing some media player site somewhere and being told it’s not available in your country and stuff like that.

Well I have lots of time and figured if I could change my IP address to a US one for online banking – then I could change it for other reasons too.  My hunch was right and after some online searching I found that thousands of people were doing just that – for example to watch UK TV in America.  Suddenly the possibilities seems to open up for me, learning French by watching French TV online, accessing the BBC Iplayer and all the TV stations in the UK I love so much.  The reality is it’s quite simple and easy to do, for every blocked service I’ve tried to access using my proxy/VPN service has worked.  I even watch the Irish news on their national station RTE whilst sitting in a coffee shop in downtown LA.   Suddenly I felt the internet had got bigger again and what was better it was being controlled as much.

If you’ve ever been blocked from watching or doing something online simply based on your location – I urge you to check these tools out.  Just search for online VPN/proxy programs and you’ll find loads of them – most are pretty reasonable and the best ones have servers in many countries for you to use.