Blogs started out as diaries with online access – a place where people could rant and rave as they wanted. Eventually, Internet marketers realized the huge commercial potential of blogs and the rest was history. Nowadays, even those maintaining personal blogs are looking for ways to monetize their little corner of web space. Unfortunately, it’s an objective that can only get harder and harder to achieve with more people trying their hands on blogging. If you want your blog to stand out and enjoy consistently or even steadily increasing traffic, then you need to work on making your blog more interesting – in all the best ways possible. Here are a few proven blog optimization tips that will you make your blog more interesting and stand out from the crowd:
Integrate Photo Services With Your Blog
Think along the lines of Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest. These continue to be the hottest photo-oriented sites on the Internet today, and the best thing about all of them is that they are absolutely free to enjoy. They offer multiple ways to “spice up” your photos and if you share or upload them to your blog, then your blog entries have just gotten more exciting.
Pictures don’t say a thousand words. They can scream it, whisper it, or sing it. All those are more effective at getting your reader’s attention than just writing a couple of words and then passively waiting to catch their eye with it, don’t you think?
Then again, if you are going to give your blog a good shake-up to make things more interesting, why not go all nine yards for it? Why not include audio clips and video postings as well? Just make sure that you choose wisely.
Those can take some time to download and your readers will be very annoyed if you made them wait for nothing. As much as possible, keep those files below 10 minutes or so. You can post a link to their extended versions if you feel you have to.
Make it Interactive
A one-way relationship is never a good thing. There must always be interaction in order to keep the “spark” alive, and you need to keep that in mind when you are blogging as well.
Your posts will grab readers’ attention more effectively if they are written in a way that your readers would feel it is vital for them to answer, to give their two cents, or even just to say ‘thanks’ because you shared something they find absolutely brilliant.
Just remember to return the same courtesy they’ve shown you and respond to their comments as soon as possible. Make your responses count, too!
Debate But Do Not Argue
Debates are fun. They are informative and interesting – they will definitely keep your readers coming back for more. Just make sure that you don’t cross any lines while you are at it. Even if you are in your blog and it’s your rule that matters, it does not mean you should ignore the rules of common courtesy.
Debates are all about exploring the possibilities while just being plain argumentative is about ignoring all possibilities except yours.