Sunday, September 20, 2009

Making your blog BOOM!

So, everyone knows that the future is the Internet. Heck, it's the present too! Everyone and everything is available online. It's actually a hard pressed thing not to be Google-able.
Ever notice when you meet someone, one of the first things they say before they part is.. "Are you on Facebook?" .. There's a reason for this..

Looking at how we all gather information, relax, entertain ourselves and others, it's all computers. Everything is online including BOOKS!! Look at the Kindle by Amazon.com. This is a little doo-dad that needs to find it's way into my Christmas stalking this year!! Depending on which one you buy, it holds from 1500, to 3000 books, magazines, newspapers and BLOGS!!.. Yes people, even blogs are being advertised on this little contraption.

What does that tell you?! Anyone, anyone?? I'll tell you, it means you should have a blog!! Yep.. See, I've told you all before different little ways that can help you further your careers as makeup artists, designers, hair stylists, fashion stylists, models etc.. All I'm trying to do is help you all be better at what you already do and get NOTICED for it.

We can all be the absolute fiercest at what we do, but if no one knows about it, it doesn't matter. Those of you that know me know my saying "I'm my best cheerleader", or "I'm a networking freak" and it's the truth. You really can't put me in an area where I have the opportunity to meet and speak with people and expect me to sit in a corner by myself. It's just not going to happen.

Yes, some will say it's the fact that I'm an Aries, and that might have something to do with it, but I feel that it's because I believe in ME. I trust ME. I know that if I say I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it. I give 110% or nothing at all. I won't do anything half way. I won't allow anything to have MY name attached to it if it's not what I consider THE BEST. I have to be proud of what I'm involved it or I'd rather pass.

That being said, I came across another bit of information that will help those of you who are in fact jumping on the blogging bandwagon with me, before it passes you by.

It's called, "7 Steps to Better Blog Entries" and it goes a li'l something like thiiiiisssss... HIT IT!! lol..

Let the Reader Know How You Feel

Show some attitude when applicable in your posting, after all it is your blog. Readers will enjoy your display of 'personality' and so will you since it will make your writing a lot more fun and therefore easier for you.

Keep Post Brief

Your post does not have to be article length but in fact it would usually be better that it isn't. A composition of about 250 to 300 words will work just fine. This will help maintain the readers' attention long enough to read the complete post and it won't be as much effort for you to write.

Riveting Headline

Do what you can to capture the readers attention. Since the headline will be the first things they see try to insure it is an accurate 'portrayal' of what the content holds for the reader.

When possible the use of shock or humor will work wonderfully but be sure to deliver to the reader what your headline may promise.

Be Passionate

A show of enthusiasm or passion in your writings will serve to get your reader more involved in what they are reading. If your tone sounds bored it is only natural that the reader will quickly adopt this feeling and probably quit reading.

Also if you are passionate or excited about what it is you're writing this will only make your efforts seem more like play and less like work.

Reader Friendly Format

Make your posts easy to read by following a layout that is easy on the eyes. Avoiding long paragraphs will lessen the eye strain of your readers.

The use of bold letters or underlining also makes it easier for the reader to scan your post for the highlights or important points of the post itself.

Also when possible, try to present your points in a listed fashion whether thru the use of subtitles, numbers, or bullets points.

Optimize Your Post

Consider what it is your post is all about. By identifying the main point of the post you can isolate and select keywords or keyword phrases. By optimizing your post in such a way you now have made it easier for search engines to find your posted material.

The end result when you properly optimize your post will be more readers will now find your post when they conduct a search for content such as yours.

More readers - sweet deal!

Ask For & Encourage Comments

At the end of every post ask readers what they thought of the information you provided. This encourages helpful feedback for you and more interaction by the readers themselves.

The feedback is something you can use to improve your blog while the increased interactivity by the reader will be more satisfying to them.

Your blog entries are the foundation upon which you will build your site. When you first create a blog your focus should be on any blog comments left at your site. There is no better barometer as to how your blog site is being received by readers online. By following the 7 blogging tips we discussed above you can position yourself to become one of the top blogs in your niche. There will be other techniques like the blog design, linking and SEO that will also help but remember it all starts with the content you put on the site.

As you can see,it's some pretty useful information. I subscribe to Site Reference because it's just good sense sent right into my inbox. Lets face it, if I could shop like that I would..LOL.. It's just easier than searching far and wide for useful information that can help you fabulous people do what you do:)

So, keep on keepin on ya'll. It's a dog eat dog world out there, but if we as artistic folk can pull together and HELP each other, instead of cold shouldering each other, we'll get far... fast!!

Hope this helped:)

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