What works for your blog? Here are tips from the “Sleepy Blogger”

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“Write your own blog post everyday, but spend twice as much time reading other people’s blogsย — and comment,” That was just one of the valuable suggestions discussed by theย Sleepy Blogger, akaย Robyn Tippins, who visited my PR class at San Francisco State when we first started to learn about social media back in 2009.

Here are some of the quotes students remembered after her presentation:

“Once you get out there, people start to refer to you and this is how you become influential.”

“It’s important for your blog to create a niche so that the right people can read the right blogs and leave the right comments for the benefit of the overall conversation.”

“Word of mouth has a lot to do with success in the blogging world as it is for business in general.”

“Paid advertising on your blog can hurt you rather than help you because of all the clutter and distraction.”

“Research is essential — it makes you credible and relevant.”

“Key words and meta tags make it easier to find your blog.”

“Spend more time visiting other blogs than writing your own.”

“Get your ideas out there and personalize some of your posts to keep yourself real.”

What works for your blog?

Who are your favorite bloggers — and why?

[content taken from early post 5/2009 – but still very relevant today]


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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   8 June 2011
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Jun 8, 2011
8:17 am
#1 Barbara McDowell Whitt :

Shari, I participated in a Webinar on blog design in March. It was sponsored by Judy Dunn whose blog is Cat’s Eye Writer and Carol Tice who writes the Make a Living Writing blog. I received enough feedback from them that I was able to give my blog an extreme makeover. I remain happy with the results.

In May I took part in the 2011 WordCount Blogathon sponsored by Michelle V. Rafter who blogs at WordCount. Nearly 200 bloggers accepted her challenge to write a blog post every day in May. I learned a lot about blogging from Michelle and the other participants.

Author Jun 8, 2011
8:50 pm

So, Barbara, here’s another challenge . . .
How’d you like to write a Guest Post for me listing the Top Ten things you learned while writing a blog post every day in May.
I’ve given myself that challenge and have been publishing daily for a week now. And, yes, one can’t help but learn tons by practice, practice, practice.
THX for adding your comment.

Jun 9, 2011
12:58 pm

That’s what I usually do. I try to write a good article every day, but I think i read too many blogs especially if the content interests me. I know it’s not a problem as long as it’s not keeping me too busy to do my work.

Author Jun 9, 2011
5:16 pm

David, reading your comment reminds me of how I am currently involved in so many face-to-face networking activities that it is often difficult “to get my work done.”

Jun 9, 2011
3:29 pm
#5 Valerie :

Hey Barbara I must commend you for being able to post daily I can not keep up with that. But I do try to visit other site regularly.

Jun 12, 2011
4:27 am
#6 Rosemary :

Shari, Great post, I agree word of mouth is so important for your blog as it is for offline business as well. I will be back to your blog. All the best Rosemary

Jun 12, 2011
9:17 am

I just keep these things in mind when writing a blog post:
I just create a lot of drafts of blog posts and publish only 5% to 10% of them, and then flesh out the posts that will have an impact.
i write about things that get me excited.
I just make sure that each post focuses on just one idea.

Author Jun 16, 2011
12:22 am

Great ideas, John. Actually I use these tips for my English composition students, especially the one to write about subjects that excite them.

Jun 12, 2011
1:57 pm

Hi Shari, I am in the online casino affiliate business and there is nothing new to encouraging your visitors by giving away incentives and bonuses is a normal practice. I love doing contests and giving stuff away.
Regards. Arthur

Author Jun 15, 2011
11:59 pm
#10 Shari Weiss :

Hey, Arthur, what type of incentives work best? . . . or doesn’t it matter? Free is Free?

Jun 13, 2011
9:00 am

There are so many articles out there that have just been slapped onto the site for links, pretty hard to find something decent I reckon

Author Jun 13, 2011
4:28 pm
#12 Shari Weiss :

Too True, Karen.
I hope my articles are of value

Jun 13, 2011
3:50 pm
#13 Deb Augur :

Hi Shari,

I completely agree that you should spend twice the time reading other blogs and commenting than writing, though I’m not convinced you need to write a blog post everyday. Like Barbara (#5 comment) I have taken part in blog challenges and three times during the past year I’ve taken up writing a post every day. My mind just isn’t convinced that, at this point, I need to do that on a continual basis. Sometimes, I just don’t have anything all that great to say! LOL. But then, I’m not a full time, professional blogger, and I’m sure that makes a difference!

Author Jun 13, 2011
4:30 pm
#14 Shari Weiss :

Hey, Deb, after a monthlong break from my own blog, I did do the post-a-day and actually saw a huge spike in readership/commenting. But, as you point out, this just isn’t “humanly” possible for me on a consistent basis. One of the main reasons is because I DON’T want to do what Karen [comment below] suggests that there are too many “slapped out” articles.

Jun 14, 2011
1:32 am

It is important to write unique posts for your blog to be popular. Dont repeat anything. That’s very hard today but possible.Research and reading other blogs help to trace out new tendencies and new developments in your field of interests.

Jun 29, 2011
4:14 pm
#16 Chan Iem :

First time blogger here and these tip here help show what to blog about. I feel that blogging is a way to get yourself known. Also understanding the purpose of commenting on other people blog is valuable. I will try to read more blogs and get a feeling how a good way to attract people attention. I’m not much of a skillful blogger but I will try to post a good one that other can understand and relate too.

Aug 2, 2011
5:10 pm
#17 Beth Hewitt :

Hey Shari,

I think all of the points above a really good. I think it is important to keep up with the blogging as well as making sure you read and comment regularly also.

But If you don’t blog regularly, when people return the favor and you already out of date, it wont do much for your credibility.

Thanks for sharing,
Beth ๐Ÿ™‚

Author Aug 2, 2011
8:06 pm
#18 Shari Weiss :

Beth, believe me I know . . . and am unfortunately experiencing “life situations” that are keeping me from keeping to a regular blogging schedule. Every once in awhile, time allows the consistency I think is right for me, about three times a week. But too often, my blog is playing “fourth fiddle” to a slew of other responsibilities.

Sep 22, 2011
1:59 pm
#19 Theuns :

Hi shari

Great blog.

Yes i agree with all the points.
If you belong to a tribe that give love and you give love back then people come back again and again ๐Ÿ™‚ <3


Oct 6, 2011
12:32 am
#20 Veronica Cervera@miami rental :

What brings success to different blogs are different but there some things which work almost on any blog. Writing each day keeps you active and you are able to think of new ideas each day.I agree that it is wise for any blogger to read other blogs and get new ides.I wonder why your blog does not accept my URLS? ๐Ÿ™‚

Mar 23, 2012
2:36 pm

Nice tips, one addition. Keep it in simple and user friendly because it’s a Blog.

Apr 14, 2012
5:39 am

Great article.I agree with you all the points and also remember these points thanks for posting.

Jun 16, 2012
5:50 am
#23 Seo Services :

One thing to say that your writing style is some thing special and all above point are really useful and some are new for me.

Jul 1, 2012
4:09 am
#24 batting :

I think the most important thing is research. If you work very hard success will definitely come. Reading other famous blogs is making you a wise to write article cleverly. so I’ll suggest to everyone to read read and read.

Sep 24, 2012
11:22 am

Great tips, I find that engaging with other peoples blogs through commenting and just reaching out to them is so helpful for building your online community.

Feb 11, 2013
1:12 pm

I think it’s necessary to comment on other blogs. We can’t live in our secluded nutshell. Can we ?

Mar 3, 2013
2:02 am

Yes, it is important to spend a little more time reading blogs than writing them. This will help expose you to new directions and creative material for your own blog. One of my favorite bloggers is Mariel at grokdotcom. She is great and very helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

May 2, 2013
3:07 am
#28 Pitt Goumas :

I agree with you Shari. We should spend more time reading other people’s blogs and commenting on them than writing our own blog posts everyday. Reading others’ blogs helps to understand how people think and what they want.

Author Mar 22, 2015
9:39 am
#29 Shari Weiss :

Pitt, I’m re-doing my blog. Stay tuned.

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