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Stocking Stuffers is a series for the busy writer/blogger this holiday season.
We know time is in short supply, so each day leading to Christmas, we'll offer 5 simple, smart tips on an important topic to writers, helping with craft enhancement, revision and social networking!
Today's Stocking Stuffer: Honing your mad BLOGGING skillz:
1--Provide share buttons to Twitter. I can't stress how important this is! Writers look for great articles to tweet about, which brings traffic to your blog...yet many bloggers don't have a share option available on each post. Blogger now offers a social network bar: Go to 'Design', then edit ‘Blog Posts’. Select ‘show Share Buttons’. Other host sites can find share buttons like this one to embed in posts. Make it easy for others to link to your blog content and attract new visitors!
2--Link to your blog in the ‘signature line’ of all your forum profile accounts. Write a short, compelling tag line about your blog to go with it. Every time you post in a forum, other readers will see your signature link, driving traffic to your blog.
3--Don’t make your blog about you, make it about your readers. Understand who your target audience is, what they need most & then provide it for them. Not only will they become loyal readers, they will pass on the word that YOU are a resource worth following!
4--Discover high traffic post ideas by reading writing-related #hashtags on Twitter, and by visiting Writing Forums. Are there questions out there that people are asking, and not finding much info for? Do some research, write a post on the topic and then spread the word. Great topics will always draw readers!
5--Remember blogging is a two-way street. Visit other blogs, comment and socialize. Look for blogs that have a similar target audience as yours and visit the people who comment. Also, consider asking a question at the end of your blog post. This opens the floor to reader participation.