8 Blogging Rules for Writers

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If you read Search Engine Watch you might have seen 8 Blogging “Rules” You Should Probably Ditch. It was a catchy title that easily tempted me to find out which hallowed blogging rules I could now drop.

Here are the “old” blogging rules and the corrections.

8 Blogging Rules for Writers

1. Post Five Times a Day to Increase Traffic

I’d never heard of this rule, thank goodness. I don’t think I would have had time to write my books if I’d been focused on writing five blog posts a day. What I have heard, and I believe it still holds true, is that bloggers need to be consistent. If you can only add new posts once a month – which isn’t ideal – then stick to your schedule.

However, if possible, attempt to post once a week at a minimum. If you can squeeze in another post and write twice a week, that would be ideal.

Sign up for Google Analytics to determine how your posting frequency affects traffic. Does posting twice a week double your weekly traffic? If you post three times a week, does this triple your traffic or does it not have any affect? Review your analytics to determine how the frequency of your posts impacts your website traffic.

2. Leave Blog Comments

Apparently, Copyblogger no longer accepts comments on its blog. It instead encourages its followers to start a dialogue about a post on social media. Alternatively, followers can start a conversation on their own blogs and refer back to Copyblogger.

This doesn’t make sense to me. A blog post is the start of a conversation that continues in the comments. To take the conversation elsewhere seems to defeat the purpose of creating a community around the blog.

Copyblogger cited spam as a reason for its new policy and this is understandable. However, you can use a plug-in to quarantine those messages. Or you can do what The Future of Ink has done; they installed a Google+ plug-in for its followers. The comments then appear on the blog and on each follower’s Google+ account. CHECK THIS

3. Outsource Your Blog to a Professional

As someone who writes blog posts for clients, you might think that I am going to be biased and say, “Of course you can outsource your blog posts.” Well, I’m not.

It’s always best to write in your own voice and no one can do that better than you. If you have trouble fitting blogging into your life, then hiring a professional to write it for you is a better than not having a blog at all.

If you decide that you don’t have time to write your posts then I suggest that you work closely with the professional writing articles for you. For example, my clients and I discuss article topics and agree to an editorial calendar. Before writing the post, I check in with the client to ascertain I’m still on the right track.

After I write the post, my clients review what I’ve written before I add it to their websites. This is their opportunity to edit and revise it as they see fit.

4. Always Write 100% Original Content

Writing original content trumps repurposing, but that takes time. If you wrote a nonfiction book, rewrite and update the chapters as blog posts. If someone wrote an article about some great tools for writers, select the ones you like the best and write a post about them. Your content doesn’t always have to be 100 percent original.

5. Not Every Post Needs to Have an Image

This is a rule that needs to be tossed with the trash. Always use images on your blog and when possible, use more than one. We are increasingly moving toward a visual social platform so don’t get left behind by neglecting to include a variety of imagery with each of your blog posts.

6. Stick to One Type of Format

You might have noticed that I included a short video in one of my recent posts. Soon, I plan to start podcasting and will include a link to those recordings here on my blog. Use video, SlideShare and other forms of media on your blog to reach a wider audience.

7. Write a 500-Word Blog Post

I have never subscribed to this rule. My posts tend to run about 750 to 800 words. I’ve even written 2,000-word posts for Joel Friedlander’s blog, The Book Designer. The length of your blog post should be dictated by how long it takes to cover your chosen topic. Just like your book.

8. Don’t Publish Your Articles on Third-Party Sites

I have completely ditched this rule. As soon as LinkedIn made publishing an option, I started adding my blog posts. Within six weeks, I more than 2,000 people following my blog on LinkedIn. So if you write a blog, don’t forget to add it to this platform.

There is a caveat to this new rule and I suggest you follow the advice from Search Engine Watch: “Promote your content on reputable third-party sites, which provide a link back to where content was originally published, and also give an author bio tied in to your G+ profile. You can wait a week or two before giving your content for republishing. That’s enough time for search bots to know where and when the original article was first published. Include links within your article that point back to your site to drive traffic.”

What blogging rules do you adhere to?

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Blogging & Social Media Tips for Writers

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How To Turn Your Written Content Into Video Content by The Future of Ink: When it comes to marketing, content is still king. Content drives sales of your products and services, and keeps your customers engaged in your business. However, content is also a hungry beast that must be fed – constantly. In order to stay visible and relevant, you have to continue to “feed the beast” and consistently crank out new content and material. That’s why it’s such a great idea to r epurpose your existing content and give your old material new life.

20 Top Productivity Tools For Bloggers: Increase Your Productivity Immediately by Blogging Wizard: I don’t have time. Have you ever said this to yourself or to someone else? I’m sure most of us have at some point in time, even the best of us. It’s a self-limiting belief which stops us from being more productive. It’s not that we don’t have enough time, it’s that we need to find ways to do more with the time we have. In this post I will show you tools to help you become more productive. Whether you want to stay focused while writing, organize your time better or automate tedious tasks.

8 Blogging “Rules” You Should Probably Ditch by Search Engine WatchAs with everything digital, blogging is an evolving field. What was once an accepted blogging practice may just not work in today’s changed landscape. So it may be time to sit back and evaluate whether generally accepted blog best practices still apply to you or not.

The Most Effective Social Media Channel Is… by Rachel Thompson for BookPromotion.com: Easy: the one you like to use the most! Sounds basic and simple, but with all the advice flying around about ‘author platform’ and being everywhere at once (not possible, I’ve tried), what’s an author to do?

How To Make Every Piece Of Blogging Advice More Effective by Blogging Wizard: There’s a fatal flaw in the way we apply advice about blogging. It’s gotten to a point where the lines are blurred. We are applying advice, it’s not working and we’re giving up. Or in some rare cases we apply advice that does more harm than good. But the truth is that it doesn’t have to be that way. There is an approach we can take to help us focus our efforts and make the advice we’re given work for us. In this post I’ll show you how.

How to Get People to Read Your Entire Blog Post by HubSpot: Once upon a time, you wrote an article. It was a good one. It took you four and a half hours, required a ton of research, and maybe cost you a very late night. After you wrote the article, proofread it, edited it, added images, and published it, you felt good about yourself. Clicking the “publish” button gave you a huge sense of satisfaction. Then, you sat back to wait for the accolades, the reads, the shares, the engagement, the fame. Let me interrupt this fairy tale with a cold, hard fact. Most of the people that see your article won’t read the whole thing.

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About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

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Blog Promotion, SEO and Twitter for Writers

Blog Promotion, SEO and Twitter for WritersThis week’s Roundup encompasses the Holy Grail of book promotion: blog promotion, search engine optimization, Twitter for writers, and social media in general. These articles will help you to better understand SEO, improve traffic to your blog, keep you updated on changes with Twitter, and educate you about the science behind hashtags. I hope you enjoy them!

The Definitive Checklist For Effective Blog Post Promotion from Blogging Wizzard: We all want more eyeballs on our content right? But, the challenge that we all face at some point is that it’s just not as quick and easy as we would like. Sometimes, in the pursuit of promoting blog posts better, it’s easy for us to feel like we’re just spinning our wheels, not really getting anywhere fast. I’ve been there, we all have. The truth is that without a solid checklist to work through – we’re just throwing our time away.

3 Twitter Basics You Probably Don’t Know About from BookPromotion.com: Twitter is hands down my favorite platform for authors. Again, and as always, not for tweeting BUY MY BOOK links repeatedly (which is not only annoying but also against The Twitter Rules we all agreed to), but for connecting with readers, book bloggers, and book reviewers, as well as other authors. There are few tools I find particularly helpful when it comes to sharing my work and the work of my clients on Twitter.

Content Creators Ranking Checklist: How Quality Scores Influence from Search Engine Watch: Scoring influence has never been so important, as brands, consumers, search engines, and social networks figure out ways to rise above the content clutter. It all started when everyone voted content king. It goes like this: Content creators need to pay attention to emergent authorship, as Google, LinkedIn, and other media companies continue to focus on actual content creators versus an entity (business or website). Great content creators (that includes public relations professionals) and marketers recognize that original, engaging, and informative content by real authors may be the future of SERPs.

7 Easy Things You Can Do Right Now to Get More Blog Traffic from The Write Life: So you’ve been blogging for a while, you post on a regular schedule for a budding readership, and you’re sharing valuable content. Now what? Once you have an established blog with consistent posts, it’s time to examine how to get maximum impact from your site. Make the most of the eyeballs that land on your blog to draw attention to your work. After all, the goal of blogging is to showcase your writing abilities and other services, right? Here are seven easy ways to make sure each of your posts gets as much exposure as possible.

A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them from Social Media Today: Internet language has evolved considerably over the past few years as social media has taken off. Hashtags are a huge part of this evolution. What once was a telephone button is now a social media phenomenon. No wonder people are curious.


About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for theWomen’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and theBay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

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Curation, Kickstarter, Getting Visible and Hummingbird

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This week’s Roundup includes a potpourri of articles from different corners of the blogosphere. Search Engine Watch posted a great article on content curation tools while MemeBurn did an excellent job of explaining Google’s changes to its algorithm. In between, you’ll find a post by Social Media Revolver, Copyblogger and David Gaughran. I hope you enjoy these!

26 Free (or Free-to-Try) Content Curation Tools from Search Engine Watch: Content is still king, but it isn’t always practical or cost effective for marketers to produce brand-new, meaty, thought-leadership level content pieces on a regular basis. That’s where curating content can come in handy.

NoiseTrade: Build Audience While Boosting Your Mailing List from Let’s Get Visible: What if I told you there was a cool new way to share your work with the world that could help you build audience, boost your mailing list, and make money at the same time?

A Warts-and-All Guide to Kickstarter: What Works and What Doesn’t (Plus Where We Royally Screwed Up) from Copyblogger: These are the lessons we’ve learned so far while promoting our own in-progress Kickstarter campaign. It’s been very successful … but that’s happened in spite of some serious blunders on our part.

25 Quick Tips How To Use YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Reddit and Flickr In Your Marketing from Social Media Revolver: If you are thinking about adding videos to enhance the visibility of your website, then you have an array of options to choose from.

Memeburn presents: the ultimate guide to promoting your content online from MemeBurn: With the release of Google’s Hummingbird came a great change in the world of SEO. Although many digital agents consider that the changes were to be expected, it has become quite difficult for businesses to promote themselves online. The SEO landscape is not the same as it was ten years ago, and this basically means that companies have to work harder, and invest more time and money in expanding their online credibility. The Hummingbird and Panda algorithms love high-quality, compelling content that truly adds value to the World Wide Web.


About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for theWomen’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and theBay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

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