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7 Simple Blogging Habits That Will Separate You From Newbie Bloggers

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You may have just started a blog and want to turn it into a successful blog. Yet, you look around and see so many others who have just started blogging as well. Everyone is out there giving you advice for free but who do you trust, really? What’s the difference between your blog and the thousands of blogs that are already out there? How do you make your blog into the next big thing? How do you gain followers, increase your traffic and create a popular blog?

While there are many experts out there on the blogosphere, blogging is part science and part art. The best part is that it’s a lot easier than what others make you think. It’s not rocket science. You can become a successful blogger but it may just take a little bit of time, consistency and persistence. You can do a lot of little things to stand out very quickly in the blogosphere.

Here are 7 tips to help you stand out from newbie bloggers:

1. Blog consistently

The best way to gain traction on your blog is to show up regularly. Just like your favorite tv show or magazine, you want to publish on a regular basis so that your readers know when to expect your posts. I’ve tried my best to post weekly but I’ve found that I received the most traction when I write on my post twice a week. You can write more often but even 2 posts a week will take up a lot of time and effort. Whatever you do, try to stay consistent. Show up when people expect you to show up. Publish on the days people expect you to publish.

 

2. Connect with other bloggers

The difference between blogging and writing is that there are deeper connections and networks in the world of blogging. Other bloggers can help you take your blog to the next level. Other bloggers can provide advice, support, camaraderie and more. Other bloggers, if you help them, will post your guest post on their blogs, share your content, answer your interview questions or help promote your next creation. The key is not to ask your favorite bloggers to help you do things but simply to become helpful to them first. Build up the relationship and deepen your connection with your friends online.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

3. Find out what your readers want

One of the big differences between new bloggers and experienced bloggers is the focus of the blog. Newbie bloggers focus on themselves. They share their problems. They write posts that help them. They want others to share their posts. The focus is never on the reader. If you want to stand out, simply change your focus to the audience. The way to do that is to find out what it is your readers want and the way to do that is ask. Email them, message them on social media, send them surveys, analyze their comments. Try to get a better idea about what interests your audience and what they want to learn.

 

4. Write posts that solve problems

After you find out what issues your readers are facing, write posts that help them solve those issues. Be helpful to the struggles and challenges your readers are facing. Use the questions they pose and the emails your readers send you as ways to understand what your readers are confronting. Once you understand their problems, walk them through the solutions. Help make your readers’ lives easier. Keep your focus on your readers, instead of yourself.

 

5. Be sure to collect email addresses

A big mistake that new bloggers make is they pay little attention to collecting email addresses. They value traffic and social media more. The blogosphere is like one big mall. Your blog is like a store in the mall. There could be hundreds or thousands of people who walk by your store without ever coming in to buy something. Value readers who return regularly more than visitors who are walking by. Value readers who want to read your content regularly and want to support you. Value them by collecting their email addresses so you can send them more of your content.

 

6. Communicate with your readers regularly

Once you have email addresses for your readers, be sure to stay in contact with them. Don’t simply collect addresses and forget about your readers entirely.  Your readers signed up because they liked what you had to say. Be consistent and habitual about reaching out to them. Send an email every week or a monthly newsletter. Use a regular communication channel to build a relationship with your readers and subscribers. When you do communicate with them, ask them to read your blog, share your posts or to comment on the posts that you do write.

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” – Brian Clark

7. Promote your posts after you’ve written them

In the early days, not many people are going to be reading your blog. To get the word out, you have to do some marketing. Marketing is simply letting others know that you’ve written a post. You can do this by emailing your friends to let them know you’ve written a new post. You can also send your posts out to your regular readers on your mailing list. Then, you can share your posts on your social media networks. Use Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to let others know about the post you’ve just written. The more you get the word out initially, the more eyeballs will read your posts. Few will find your post by themselves. You have to help them find your writing by sharing your posts far and wide.

What blogging strategies are you using to stand out? Please share in the comments below!
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Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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