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No matter what the intention may be when first starting to blog, it always seems to end up with wanting to become a pro blogger, possibly because it’s a challenge but most likely because it’s addictive.
I, like most other bloggers have made my share of mistakes along the way but from them I also learned some very valuable lessons. So if you want to make it up there as being known as one of the blogging guru’s, then there are three key ingredients that you need to start to master right from the start.
1. A Picture is Worth a Thousands Words
It doesn’t matter how interesting a topic or post may be, you need to break it up a bit, and the best way to do this, and it makes it far more interesting, is to have something to glance at. You really want to put an effort into finding pictures that pertain to the topic you are blogging about.
One of the mistakes I made when I first started blogging is when I was talking about how we need to clean up the environment. I posted a picture of my most beloved cocker spaniel along side my article. Cute? Yes. Applicable? Probably not as it really didn’t have anything to do with the serious topic at hand. Although with a stretch of the imagination I guess, cleaning up after your dog would be applicable to the topic. Pictures and images are powerful and attract the impatient user to read your post.
2. Link Your Way to The Top
People that are reading your blog are interested in your topic otherwise they won’t go beyond the title. To be a pro blogger you need to make what you have to say worth reading, and have lots to offer the reader. You can only write so much information, but you can certainly provide tons of meta data through the right links. This means doing some work on your part and researching appropriate information that has value to the reader.
I don’t think there is one post I have seen with tons of links that is not useful in some way.
3. Ideas Tend to Shine
Nothing is more irritating to a reader to start off reading a blog with two or three great paragraphs then spend the next six reading everything you have already said. You are insulting the reader’s intelligence when you do this, making them think that they were not clever enough to understand what you had said the first time.
There is no hard and fast rule that says your blogs have to be 500 or 600 words long. If you have run out of interesting content, then stop. Make it short and sweet if you have to, far better than repetitive rhetoric.
Pro bloggers tend to discus many similar but different aspects of an idea in their post and therefore keep it interesting. When you write your post follow with your associations and keep it interesting!