7+ 1 Habits of a Highly EffectiveBlogger

The Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Blogger, and one.

  • Focus and set some goals. Don’t spread your topic too thinly that readers might get confused what your blog is all about. Your blog title and description should fall true with at least 80% of your post. Realistic goals allows you to achieve milestones that you can use to measure your blog’s growth.
  • Daily but surely, blog regularly. Keeps people coming back to your blog (and in some cases, several times in a single day). (More on Yugatech)

Measuring Blog Growth

How does one measure blog growth? I notice that most bloggers would post their end of the month blog stats as some sort of metrics for blog growth. I’d like to point out some more considerations I use to measure my blog’s growth:

  • Total pageviews – this is the number one figure that’s being looked at by most bloggers.
  • Unique visitors – this is a better metrics compared to pageviews, IMO.
  • Repeat visitors – this should indicate how many regular readers you have.
  • Per visitor pageviews – this is the average pageview a single visitor contributes to your site. (More on yugatech)

Doing a SWOT analysis of your blog

On the last day of our workshop, I was requested to do a session on SWOT analysis of party websites or blogs. All delegates from 10 countries took part by participating in identifying the 4 elements in SWOT analysis. To those who don’t know what a SWOT is a planning tools which means – internal strengths, weaknesses, as well as external opportunities, and threats.

One can do this on a blog too and its a good way to assess its current state for further development. Here’s a sample:

Strength – professional blog theme, regularly updated entries, own, domain and hosting, mostly original content, clear niche, good uptime/fast load time, relevant topics, etc.

Weaknesses – poor & commonly used fee theme, no about page/author, too much ads, no personalized domain, poor CMS/blog software, etc.

Opportunities – add RSS/email subscriptions, forums/message board, regular newsletter, blog contests and promos, schwag giveaways, better site search, other non-invasive monetization options, add a podcast.

Threats – readership retention rate, search engine indexing/delisting, hacking, blog burn-out, etc.

Some items can be a strength if properly done or can be a weakness if not executed correctly. This is somewhat of a bigger overview. If you track back on our previous entries under the problogging category here, you’d see more details discussions there.

by: Mr. Abe Olandres

Originally Posted at www.yugatech.com

Why blogging really matters?

The emergence of blogs or online journal in the Philippines is being rapidly becoming widespread as it is in other parts of the world. Its importance and impact is being felt in its greatest extent in the so-called “online community” and can be seen through the increasing numbers of blogs being managed by Filipinos. Undeniably, the Philippines has again recognized a new and interactive tool of promoting freedom of expression.

 

However, the Philippine “online community” we are referring to is rather small when compared to a big population illiterate of online technology. Access to the internet is invariably present in urban communities but only few people are utilizing it much in depressed areas wherein development is nowhere to be found. Therefore, those who have access to the internet should learn how to utilize it effectively.

 

Three of the most well defined features of access to internet are information, communication, and interaction – these are found in blogging.

 

Traditionally, we used to acquire up-to-date information from media, be it newspaper, television, radio, or online news. However, with the existence of weblogs, new sources of information are coming out provided outside of media groups, by people who write and have enough knowledge in managing a blog. Creation of new blog means additional information accessible to all.

 

Blogging widens the opportunity of everyone in expressing ideas, through debates, discussions and understanding the opinion of others. In other words, a weblog helps us communicate ourselves and later on maintain a substantial discussion on various issues confronting our lives, be it personal, social, economic, or political matter.

 

Through blogging we also practice our writing and eventually professionalize it. At first, we are interested in writing our stories, and then we feature other’s lives in our blog. We “blog hop”, leave our comments to their posts and wait for their responses and then we respond back. We also give our opinions on controversial issues of the day in our country, which we usually are not interested in because of lack of opportunity. Nevertheless, because of blogging all are possible and even encouraging, and so we write a commentary and we argue for it. We write and respond to other’s writing – that is what we do in blogging.

 

Having these benefits, we should encourage others especially young Filipinos to consider this strategic alternative of freedom of expression – we should educate others on the importance and specifics of blogging. I think that is one of the many responsibilities of a blogger. And yes blogging matters. Why? Create your own blog and ask yourself why.


Empower Yourself, Blog now!

By: Eric D.C.

 

(Originally Posted at www.ecaliboso81.blogspot.com)

 

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