A blog is a type of website that shares news, thoughts, and opinions. A successful blog is a written post in the form of words or images on different topics ranging from celebrity gossip to politics and everything else you can think about. In this guide, we will be telling you how to start your very own successful personal blog!
In short: A blog is a great way for people who have something important they want others to know to get their message out there without any filters through writing articles called "blogposts." Here is how to start a successful blog, whether you are planning to make one or merely curious about how it works.
Choose your niche or industry.
Choose a topic of interest to you and be regularly posting on that topic over a long period.
Compile an email list from your subscribers, for example, if your blog is all about "How to..." then use your niche keyword search terms in the title when possible or in the anchor text of links pointing back at different articles throughout your site so that people can find it on search engines like Google.
Link your content to other blogs.
Link out to other blogs that are related only if their content fits with yours and will add value to what you write; otherwise, why bother? You don't want to do any harm or look desperate by providing crappy links throughout your site as either spammy link juice (helping them instead) or as a sign of destructive quality content.
Comment on other blogs and sites.
Comment on other blogs, discussions forums (like this post), and article directories where you feel comfortable adding your input, which adds value to the conversation, or it will be spammy for everyone else who reads it. They are not links (or cheap link juice for you), but they are a way people can find out about what you have written because those sites will probably provide a hyperlink back to your site in their "Directory submissions" section.
It is also easy traffic when they submit a link to Google. The more traffic, the higher the chance your blog result may show on page one of search results for related keywords.
Make link directories.
Link directories, web 2.0s, social bookmarking sites, article directories, and blog carnivals are a good way to do this, but only when you have content to share back (as actual value, not as links); otherwise, they will be useless.
Use blog writing tools.
Setup Google Webmaster Tools for your site and submit it there. Once done, you can see what keywords people are searching for and if they are finding your website off the first page of search engine results by checking the "Search Queries" section of your webmaster tools dashboard from time to time.
You should also use keyword research tools like Google AdWords Keyword Tool, Search Term Spark, or SEO Book's Free Keyword Suggestion Tool. Hopefully, free traffic could bring more visitors to your blog over time since you would rank higher for your niche-related searches. The higher you rank, the more traffic Google thinks is referring back to them from your site, and they will rank you higher for those terms in search engines over time.
Do on-page SEO.
Onsite SEO, when done correctly, can impact how much value a web page can provide by including better links to multimedia resources, graphics, CSS tutorials, and more. In addition, it increases visitor retention by helping people navigate easier since people love video content nowadays on the web. Plus, it makes good usability sense to have relevant images included with the text that you write.
By doing this, you may increase search engine rankings also, but only if your website has popular unique content seen as quality content on the web (helpful information), so why do SEO if no one wants to read your articles and you have nothing valuable to say? If your content is already popular, then org. backlinks(inbound links) from other websites(high-quality sites) will help you rank it
Use SEO wisely.
SEO can be hard to do right, but some free tools that may help include Google PageRank Changer, SEO for Firefox, Yahoo! Browser, and The Anti-Google Toolbar. There are many other free or paid services out there, such as Moz Community or WebPosition Gold which I hear are good resources if you are willing to pay the price for their service.
Create unique and exciting content.
Write unique content on your blog only, otherwise don't waste time trying to rank other people's sites, especially when they barely have any relevant content links all over their site(s), which could harm both of your sites' rankings instead of helping them in most cases that I have seen (unless they are paying to be included in a quality directory).
Study how Google or other search engines work.
Learn how Google's Search Engine works, read books about it and understand that it is not only based on keywords but other factors too, such as the popularity of sites, phrases, and what links relate to your site/pages. Over time, it can help boost your rankings for those terms in the search engines if people find real value in reading the content you write on your blog.
You can also visit Google using different accounts and see what happens with their "My Web Search" feature. You can do this by clicking on the menu bar where you usually enter a query or click on Yahoo! Answers or the AllTheWeb search box at the top of the page(when logged out). This tip can be helpful as a tool when trying to understand how search engines work.
What makes a successful blog?
It's not just a blog that gets successful. It takes your passion, creativity, and knowledge to engage the community with it for you to be able to reach success! With informative content, there is no limit on how many posts can help connect readers looking for what you have to offer them- all they need is an exciting read.