Blogs are everywhere. Blogs are about literally everything. People write a blog for a variety of reasons, as an ongoing diary or commentary by an individual, to promote a business, as a way to reflect on life or for a plenty of other reasons. Blogs are a great to express your opinions and attitudes, but when writing a blog you have millions of competitors. In order to build an audience, you have to avoid few things that can seriously hamper your progress toward your goal.

1. Uninteresting Posts

Before you start your blog, think about your goals you want to accomplish. Define your target readership and don’t forget that your future readers are common, real people and that you need to write posts that people enjoy reading and they will reward you by returning to your blog regularly. Getting the visitors is easy, making them your regular visitors is hard. Write in a conversational style and on one particular topic. Don’t worry about blog traffic but focus on quality contents.

2. Ignoring Search Engines Optimization

You should follow a basic but important search engines optimization tips that will make your page perfectly optimized like:
-Your blog URL should contain the primary keyword you want to optimize for.
-You should use your primary keywords in the title of your post and your secondary keywords in the body of your post.
-You should use your keywords in the anchor text of links in the body of your posts.

3. Off to a Vacation Every Week!

Write often and write regularly so readers and search engines will visit your blog more often, post on weekdays, because there are more readers and than post on weekends, because there are fewer new posts. Even if you keep a low pace of posts, say 5 posts per week still be available for your readers most of the time.

4. Terrible Design

There are two things that your blog design should not be: complicated and visually unappealing. If your blog design is complicated it will make readers distracted from reading your content. It also can slow down loading and will drive impatient visitors away. But if your blog design is simple and visually appealing it will be more attractive to your regular readers and also you can submit it to some CSS gallery site that feature great designs and get some extra traffic from there too.

5. Not Spreading the Word About Your Blog

Don’t just post on your blog and leave it like that. Comment on blogs, write useful content and make good friends on forums, submit articles and post a reviews to newsgroups. You must work a little bit harder and be active to generate traffic, read lots of other blogs, leave trackbacks, simply you should become part of the community.

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I recently came to know about a fantastic competition going on at Premium Mod. The competition is about modded premium themes and if you have modded any premium theme (100% GPL though) then you can head over to that post and you can take part in the competition. The good thing is that there are some great prizes and collectively the worth of all the prizes is over $2000! read full article →

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Few months ago for some reason Mayank wrote a post about stretching. After the initial amazement from the unusual post and the video there (I just wish all of the presenters were women :)) my thoughts began to swirl. There are many tutorials that can teach a beginner how to write a good blog post but there are also few important things about writing that even the experienced bloggers seem to forget.
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Does your blog design really matters after all or is it just a luxury toy for the ultra-rich bloggers?

Well, it plays approximately the same role in representing your blog to the world as looks do for women. A pretty woman will definitely be “right” at the moment she appears in front of the people. Later on, she may turn out to be stupid, boring, or even malicious, but she has won the first battle anyway. The same goes for your blog. You may have the best of the content however if you don’t have a good blog design, you’ll still lose a lot of readers just because the presentation of the blog isn’t that good.

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I’ve been literally running away from my duties since long time now, one of them being that I should post daily on this blog and one of the cause was the writer’s block that I’m sure every blogger gets to see. Anyway, that was one of the mistakes that I did while running this blog, there have been other mistakes that I shouldn’t have done to ensure that this would have been one of the more recognized blog around the world. Anyway, here is the list of mistakes that I made while running this blog and if you’d be wise enough, you will not repeat the same mistakes.

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Daniel has written a wonderful post explaining the change in the algorithm of Google and how the search engine giant handles the infamous “nofollow” attribute for the links. He gave an example to explain the change that was done around 1 yr. back however, only came into highlight after Matt Cutts (Head of web spam team at Google), discussed about it at latest SMX event.

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I’ve already written few articles on how partnering with other bloggers or people in general helps develop great blogs and many a times great corporations too! I was tempted to write on this wonderful topic once again when I saw this blog post from Enk, 6 Reasons why You should NOT Blog with a Partner!

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