Standing Out In The Age Of Blogging
Just about anyone can start a blog in this new golden age of technology and information overload. How are you going stand out among the 1000’s of design bloggers?
After studying several top graphic design bloggers, I’ve come up with 5 vital habits to pick up in order to increase your chances of long term success.
1. Create Original Content
Inspiration is one thing. Copy-paste is another.
With so many design blogs popping up, it may seem nearly impossible to introduce original blog posts or articles. In most cases, you probably aren’t the first person to write about the subject. When I’m writing, I always try to put my own personal experience and touch on the content provided. Your learning experience is valuable to others and may save them time. If you borrow or add to someone’s lesson just be sure to give them credit. I’ve made this mistake myself, and it will catch up with you sooner or later.
2. Write Quality Content
Almost every blogger is guilty of posting endless lists of inspiration and resources linking to other sites. It’s with good reason, because they draw crazy amounts of short term traffic. However, you won’t gain much respect or return traffic without putting in some real time writing informative articles.
Anyone can grab a couple links and throw out a snazzy title with a number in front of it.
3. Publish Regularly
Readers won’t come back unless they expect to see something new.
Traffic levels will often build up with regular publishing habits. New articles create small spikes in your blog analytics. Posting frequently (every 2-3 days) should help to keep those spikes leveled out, keeping your traffic up. Building traffic is key to opening up the opportunity to sell advertising space.
4. Stay Persistent
Don’t lose your blogging steam!
Not all blog posts will be big hits. But if you learn the best times to publish you can increase your results. Tweaking your blog is a part of being persistent, so keep at it.
5. Genuinely Interact With Others
Jumping in on the conversation is part of the blogging job.
Your feedback is just as vital to others as theirs is to you. Be sure to stop by other design blogs to leave your input and they’ll likely do the same. When the followers of your favorite blogger read the conversation they are surely going to stop by and check your credibility. If you are up to par, then you’ve actively shared a fan with them.
Did I leave something out? Be sure and let me know with a comment below!