You can smell it right? A few more days and this year will be over. As the holiday craze starts, let’s give some thoughts on how to prepare our blogs for the New Year. This year was indeed a challenge and the recession changed the business landscape a lot.
We can’t predict what will be in store for us in 2010. But we can do the necessary preparations to stay ahead of the game and to explore opportunities that can help our communities grow more. Influence, as we all know, is a major currency in the social web. Let this too be one of our goals.
So, here are some of the things that we should give some thoughts.
Still Writing For Google. We got so SEO obsessed that we already forgot how to write for people. If people love your content, I guess Google will love it too. Create compelling content that people will love and put SEO after.
Too much Ads. Your blog is starting to become an advertisement highway. With all those banners and blinking colors, one may have the wrong idea that what you have is a site for a circus. Are you that obsessed with making money with all the affiliates we know?
Make Money Online. One of the oldest pitches in the book and you’re still shouting about it. Yes, we all want to make money online and it has been proven many times. The way we help people accomplished this has changed in the past years and yet your methods haven’t
Obsessed With Statistics. Your blog almost has all the statistic widgets available on the net. I understand, you want to see some accomplishments. And you want to see how your blog is performing. There’s a better way to do this. Ask people, look at the quality of your comments and ask Google.
Engage With Your Readers. There’s nothing more valuable than to be valued by your readers. As you spend time in creating great content, they too spend time in giving thoughts about it. Return the favor by answering them back and keep the conversation alive.
Utilizing Social Media Channels. It’s not a must but it will be good if you can connect with your readers using other channels like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This becomes a necessity for those who are building their online influence.
Being Authentic. One of the things that most of us haven’t really accomplished is bringing an authentic face in front of our followers. Authenticity determines how people will accepts us and how we establish relationships.
I believe this New Year will be more challenging. Businesses are waiting for signs of recovery and once that spark appears, it will be another race. So, what better way to start our blogs’ New Year by preparing it with this ever changing time? Or you might consider getting a copy of the 31 Days To Build A Better Blog to help you prepare.
What preparations will you be making? Care to share some ideas?
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