Blogging Key to Success

[kc_background_pac_2_highlight_11 size=”30″ color=”#000000″]”How to Blog for Fun & Traffic”[/kc_background_pac_2_highlight_11]
this is from one whom I admire to the max. Joel Comm has been one of my idols for years, because of his constant willingness to give to his readers and expect nothing in return.

He starts off saying that “there have been more articles written about blogging that just about every other topic.” Then he goes on talking about the key to long term success in blogging, then he follows it up with 6 “observations and pointers to help you make the most of your Blog.”
See Joels’  full blog post at the link below.

http://joelcomm.com/how-to-blog-for-fun-and-traffi.html

1 – Publish original content
This may seem obvious to many people, but you cannot build a following if you don’t have something to say. Joel has been beating the drum for original content for years. He goes on to say “It’s amazing how many people still ask me if it is a good idea to build a site using the stack of PLR content they just bought for a song.” He continues by saying “PLR content is fine to supplement a Niche Site, but it should never be the primary source of content.” He finishes this with, “When it comes to PLR, less is more.”
I agree, with PLR you have got to change it enough that is sounds like something that you would have written. Not being a good writer myself I struggle to write content and the use of PLR often times helps me get through tough times of writers block.

2 – Be Real
I like what he says here and I will add to it by saying be true to the cause, as not everyone will be able to find Joel even tho he is a big name in the industry. This is my part of being real by bringing you top quality information worth reading. He finishes by saying “People will appreciate your unique voice and you will have an easier time creating content.”
I will counter with a yes but, some people are meant to be gathers of information and I am one of those and by being that type of person I can “Be Real” by bringing you lots of high quality information from a number of sources that you probably never would have seen. This is my gift, and I am sticking to it.

3 – Be Consistent
I fail this test to the max, the only thing that I can do is to step it up and be that Consistent where I will keep my readers coming back.
He finishes this part with, “As I have become more consistent in posting content, I observe my traffic levels increasing.” Me too, it is called search engine love, the more consistent you post the higher ranking that you are given, plain and simple.

4 – Keep It Interesting
I don’t have a problem with this, I don’t think, as I am always looking for the HOT topic and try and stay in that realm of information. This is not a place that I want to share my personal ramblings just because, the name of this site is “the New Marketing Basics” and not Thoms musings.
Now keeping marketing interesting is a challenge as to me at times this can be VERY boring, so this is where I try and add just a little of my corny humor to liven up the post.

5 – Don’t be afraid of Controversy
Controversy is a great way to get comments. You say the Stop sign is white and then someone will comment how much of a dumb ass you are by reminding you that Stop signs are always Red. It is also a way to see if you readers are really reading your posts or they just have that page open looking at the pictures. You don’t need to do this all of the time but just often enough to see that people are reading your posts and that they are really alive and well.

6 – Use Social Media
According to Joel, “Be sure to incorporate social media share buttons on your site(s) so others can easily share your content.” He continues by saying that he needs to place a Google Plus” button on his site and then saying that he needs to practice what you preach, and I agree. I am really falling down there and there is no reason for that as it just takes a few minutes to implement and then the time to maintain that part of the business.

I am finding that trying to maintain a number of sites requires a schedule and then being able to keep that schedule. That is easier said than done.

My thanks to Joel Comm for the original  article that there is a link to at the top of the page. This is my attempt at a version of content curation, where I bring you articles written by other people and I give you my version of their article. In my mind this gives you the reader 2 views to each article.