How to Succeed in Blogging

Helpful tips about how to become a successful blogger.

How to Succeed in Blogging
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Blogging has become quite popular lately, which is no wonder considering the growing demand of users for quality and valuable information. It doesn't really matter what topic a user is interested in nowadays - he/she can find any relevant information in dozens (if not even hundreds or thousands) of blogs. But that's not it! It's not only users, who benefit from using the blogs, but it's also their owners, who pursue their own goals of blog creation and use these resources as the major tools of reaching these objectives. Thus, the importance of blogs should not be underestimated and if you are right about to launch a blog of your own, you are bound to find out as much as possible about the most successful ways of their creation. Let's discuss the major features of a successful blog and the most effective ways to launch the one of your own now.

Things That Make a Blog Successful

Things That Make a Blog Successful

If you've ever browsed through various blogs on the web (I bet, you have!), then you don't have to be explained that blogs are available in different sizes, shapes, topics and presentations. There are business blogs meant to boost the popularity of a company and there are also personal blogs that are specially created by people, who have different hobbies and are looking for the most effective ways to establish their online presence and build an impressive online community of co-thinkers. Whatever blog type you need, it should draw the attention of users and contribute to your online success at the same time. Below are the major features a successful blog should have:

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Stunning Design

To attract the attention of users and stand out from the crowd, your blog should initially be visually appealing. Stunning design is the best way to reach this goal. If you blog looks too simple and doesn't have a single feature that is its highlight, people might think that you are too lazy to bother about such details. Thus, they may not be interested in your content considering it too plain as well. 

Focus

Your blog doesn't have to contain articles covering versatile topics at once. A blog should have a clear focus that will appeal to the target audience. 

Regularly Updated Content

If you don't update your blog content on a regular basis, your visitors won't be encouraged to visit it and follow the updates. They will quickly switch to another blog, the owners of which will be able to update it more often. 

Devoted Community

Take a look at successful blogging platforms and you will notice lots of fresh comments following each post.  Devoted community is one of the major indicators of a popular blog. The more users feel encouraged to comment on your blog posts, the more successful the platform is going to become. 

It Is All About Content

Your blog is the content you publish. If you write stories that describe your everyday experience, they will hardly remain interesting with the lapse of time. Tutorials and how-to articles, for example, are going to remain popular for a long time. It also makes sense to let your visitors download useful files from your blog. Thus, think about the content to make your blog a success. 

 

There are several options you can choose from to create a blog nowadays. WordPress and website builders remain the most popular of them. Both of these options come with their pros and cons and, thus, have to be discussed in details. 

Building a Blog with Wordpress: Pros and Cons

Building a Blog with Wordpress: Pros and Cons


WordPress is undoubtedly the most popular and quality web building platform you can use to develop websites of diverse complexity levels. Launching a blog at WordPress is free, while the result will exceed your expectations, but… only if you have certain web building skills, knowledge and experience. Some of the benefits of using the system include:


  • Affordability. Although, the system is considered free, you will still have to buy hosting and domain name to get your blog going. This is also true about some plugins and widgets available on the web. However, the prices are quite affordable and you will not regret the choice.
  • WordPress offers powerful blog customization options. This is done by installing free or paid plugins you can find on the web. 
  • The platform is convenient and easy to use, but you need to have coding skills to cope with blog building.

The most obvious demerits of using WordPress for blog creation include:


  • WordPress has the open source structure that can be changed by modifying the code of the selected theme. Thus, you will hardly go without coding knowledge and skills to create a blog on your own. 
  • WordPress is downloadable. You'll need time, skills and effort to do that.
  • As far as the platform implies the use of plugins, it may not be altogether safe to download them from the web. 
  • There is no official customer support, but you can always make use of free online tutorials when needed.

Building a Blog with a Website Builder: Pros and Cons

Building a Blog with a Website Builder: Pros and Cons

If you feel that you lack coding skills and web building experience, but still need to launch your own blog, it makes sense to look for a simpler solution, such as website builders. Let's have a look at the pros and cons of these systems. Among the reasons that make website builders so popular these days, it makes sense to mention the following:


  • Website builders are very simple and user friendly. You don't have to be a web design pro to launch a blog of your own. Just follow the guidelines and enjoy the process!
  • Availability of templates. Almost all website builders you can find online these days, offer an amazing variety of templates, many of which are responsive. They can be customized with regard to your needs without any coding at all!
  • Systems of this type are safe. It is you, who are responsible for the design and content uploaded. The rest of the issues (hosting, administration, updates etc.) is left to the managers of the platform.
  • Website builders are cost-effective. Most of them offer a free trial to let you decide on the best choice, but the paid plans they provide are very affordable and offer a wide range of options and features.

The disadvantages of using website builders are minor and include:


  • Website builders have many templates, many of which make websites created with one and the same platform similar in structure. The availability of customization options, however, brings this similarity to the minimum, giving your website personalized look and feel.
  • Free plans come with specific restrictions, but it makes sense to upgrade your plan to avail the features you need. Fortunately, the plans are versatile and created with users' convenience and functionality in mind. They make it possible to buy hosting and domain name, increase the amount of storage space and obtain other privileges a web designer cannot go without.

Building a quality blog is the key to your success. It should possess a number of features to attract the attention of the target audience and it also has to be built in a professional way. I've discussed the pros and cons of using WordPress and website builders. It's up to you to make your choice now! Good luck!