Refining Your Writing: How to Become a Blogger

Refining Your Writing: How to Become a Blogger

There are so many people who are excellent writers. They can make the simplest, tamest topics interesting and engaging. There is something special in the way they use the words.

However, only a few of them can express their skill in a way that’s easy to identify with. Some of them realize that they have this ability when they start to write, and afterwards they start dreaming of becoming famous bloggers.

If this sounds like one of your ultimate goals with your writing, take note. One thing that can stop an amateur blogger from fulfilling his or her dreams is the wrong blogging platform. You need to find and learn to use the best program for your purposes to avoid wasting your time and dashing your dreams. After reading this article, you’ll gain several ideas about how to become a blogger and apply your talent to a worthwhile online pursuit.

Finding the Right Platform

The first thing you must do to achieve your goal of becoming a blogger is to find a platform that can present your writing to readers in a way that’s straightforward and attractive. Finding readers is a hard job, so once you start getting them, you want to make their experience on your site as pleasant as possible. Aside from offering great writing for them, having a cohesive, appealing theme or look is an excellent way to increase your credibility and keep them coming back for more.

You can use trusted platforms like WordPress and Blogger to set up a blog, or you can make a completely new website for yourself. Websites like Blogger and Tumblr offer free services, but don’t jump to conclusions yet; once you monetize, these sites take almost half of your earnings and you are a sub domain only. WordPress is one of the leading platforms; there is a free version of it available but you can pay to get WordPress.org, which has more features and offers you your very own custom domain.

Selecting a Category for Your Blog

Before you start blogging, select a specific topic. Pick something that you can write a lot on or that you have a lot of information or expertise about. Take your time deciding the theme. It’s pointless if you make a blog about a topic you don’t know much about unless you’re really passionate about learning or your blog is about your journey towards discovering more about the subject. Don’t count on a theme that has worked for other people because it might not work for you.

Learning About SEO

A frequent problem that writers face is that their writing is displayed at the very end of the search results in a browser. You want your blog to come up first in search results when a prospective reader looks for your topic in a search engine. Additionally, a lot of readers won’t put as much trust in search results at the bottom of a page.

So how can you get your blog on top of the list? Platforms use different techniques to display the best and most relevant content at the top. They do so by checking the keyword density in the articles, and the article that meets certain criteria gets the first spot in the list of search results.

Search engine optimization, or SEO, writing means that you incorporate keywords so the search engine sees your writing as the most related piece. When you use specific phrases throughout your writing enough times, search engines will bring up your blog first when a reader searches for those phrases. It’s important to learn how to use SEO phrases naturally, because it increases your chances of being seen. WordPress also has options to handle the SEO for you.

Writing Something Different

Every time a user types something on his or her browser and hits enter, this reader can get more than a billion results. It’s impossible for him or her to view all of these pages. That’s why readers often skim through all the results and pick the content that has:

  • An appealing title
  • Something new in it
  • A user-friendly and an attention-grasping tone
  • Information expressed in easy-to-understand language

The title is the first impression on the reader, and your first impression is the last impression. If you can write a title that immediately catches a reader’s attention and gets the person to click on your blog, it’s perfect. It doesn’t always have to be fancy, because there are times when you read an article with a simple heading. In general, however, this is usually only appropriate for how-to articles.

Your articles should be unique, original content, as your blog can be closed if you plagiarize. Don’t even think about copying and pasting anything written by someone else unless you give that writer credit. If you want to take something from another website, re-write it in your own words and acknowledge where you sourced the information from. This saves you time and your job. Your content must have something new and unique that can grasp the reader’s attention.

Try to avoid using complicated language, and keep the text simple. Making your writing complex can divert readers away sometimes, especially if they’re not native English speakers. Write the way that you talk, and go back later to edit.

Getting Readers

One great way to obtain readers is to write SEO text, but that is not always enough. It’ll get you some readers, but you have to do more to start really drawing in the crowds. Try posting your link on other websites, either in comments on other blogs or as a guest post. You can also use social media sites as an advantage. Post your website links through different sources so more people know about your blog.

Writing Frequently and Consistently

It takes you about almost half an hour to write a small article, while it only takes a reader about five minutes to look it. After this, the reader is going to search your blog for another post (if he likes the first one) and if there are not enough, you risk losing his attention.

If there are large time intervals between your articles and you’re publishing once a week or even less frequently, then you’re going to lose readers.

When you’re starting out, try to post at least once a day or every other day. You should be consistent too. If you post once a day and you have two articles to post, keep the second one for an emergency or for tomorrow.

Gain a bit of information and start working on your blog today. You should never leave the work you can do today for tomorrow; the sooner you begin, the better prepared you’ll be when your content goes live. It’s going to take some time for you to get published and recognized, so be patient and don’t give up.

If one blog does not work, try another, learn from your mistakes, and try not to repeat them. Read other famous bloggers’ posts, study their ways of writing, and then add a touch of yourself to get an amazing article every time.

4 Comments

  1. Awesome information here. I am not that much of a writer but you explained nicely how it all works and great advice. Thanks for sharing,
    Donna

    • Donna, Thank you for stopping by and I am happy to hear that I may have passed on some useful information to you. Always looking for ways to help like minded bloggers create a successful online business.

  2. As you pointed out, that if one is looking into how to become a blogger they need to be on a platform that fits their needs and is easy to use on their part.
    There is a little learning curve in all this SEO, getting readers and if we don’t waste time we get thru this pretty easy.
    With that being said I think you hit it on the head with the consistency of you writing. If you love what your blogging about then it shouldn’t be a problem.
    Good to see you pointed out what we need to do to be a blogger.

    Thanks

    • Markus, I appreciate your comment.
      Yes, it is critical to the success of a blogger to be passionate about what they are sharing with their readers as well as creating not only quality content but also relevant and interesting content to keep their readers coming back.

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