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7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers
Copyright 2005 BizSuccessOnline.
Blogging is IN!
And it's here to stay!
Blogs are easy to set up and use.
And you can create a good blog by writing out the thoughts that roam in your mind and presto - and you'll be blogging like a pro before you even know it!
Here are 7 essential habits you should develop if you want to be a highly effective blogger:
Blogging Habit #1 - Determine Your Purpose
Highly effective bloggers blog with a clear purpose in mind.
So decide on a purpose for your blog.
Blogs exist to filter information, organize business information, share news and profitable content, establish professional identities and bonds, discuss social issues, or muse about life in general.
Beginning in a focused manner is one of the best ways to start a blog.
And knowing your 'mission' will help you accomplish more with your blog.
Blogging Habit #2 - Define Your Audience
Highly effective bloggers understand their target audience.
Their wants, needs, likes and dislikes, and possible reactions and responses.
So always reflect on your anticipated audience.
You conduct yourself differently with friends than you will with professional associates, strangers, customers, or family members.
Knowing who you're writing to beforehand, allows you to adopt acceptable and appropriate tones in your blog journals.
Blogging Habit #3 - Blog With Passion
Blog with passion!
And the best way to achieve this is to write on a topic you are most passionate about.
And the more you're passionate about a topic, the more it'll show in your writing.
Remember, a blog is the place for voicing opinions - Your Opinions!
So, engage your readers with a passion and make your writing interesting.
Blogging Habit #4 - Blog Frequently
Highly effective bloggers understand the importance of blogging frequently.
Your aim, as a blogger, is to get interested readers to return to your site to see the latest scoop, what's new and what's not, the 'ins' and 'outs'.
To this end, aim to post several times a week.
If not, at least once a week.
Frequent posting creates dialogue that invites your readers to return to your blog.
It will increase the 'stickiness' of your blog i.e. the ability to attract returning visitors.
And they'll keep coming back if they like what you write about.
Blogging Habit #5 - Blog Honestly
Credibility counts, so be honest.
Respect your audience and all bloggers.
Words can live forever on the net so be courteous too.
Manners never go out of style.
Ethics and integrity are necessary and keep your own standards high.
So stick to them!
Blogging Habit #6 - Encourage Interactivity
Blogs should not be a 'one-way' communication tool.
As far as possible, always encourage feedback by encouraging your readers to comment on your blog postings.
Allow your readers to air their own views.
Whether or not they agree with you.
Turn your blog into a virtual community and platform for exchanging of ideas, views and opinions.
Blogging Habit #7 - Link to Other Blogs
Highly effective bloggers understand the importance and value of linking.
Linking to other blogs allow your readers to expand their realm of knowledge and experience beyond what you can offer.
Because you want your readers to have more than a 'single' opinion of the topic in question.
And readers will appreciate your openness and reward you through return visits to your blog.
Bloggers actually amplify each other's voices when they cross-link with each other, forming a grassroots network of information sharing that can form social alliances.
Most blog audiences start with small numbers, but with frequent and regularly scheduled updates, your audience should grow.
Put into practice these 7 blogging habits and transform yourself into a highly effective blogger starting today!
About the Author
Fabian Lim is a Web Analytics & Internet Marketing Consultant.He helps organizations and individuals succeed online. Visit his website at http://www.BizSuccessOnline.com and blog at http://www.fabianlim.name