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What Makes a Good Blog

April 15, 2018 in Lifestyle, Tips - 3 min read

If you are a blogger, you already know this… Blogging isn’t easy and the hardest part about blogging is getting views/readers. If you are looking into starting your own blog, now you know. However, having a good blog can really help you gain lots of traffic and here are ways to make your blog welcoming…

A SIMPLE THEME

Green, purple and brown may be your utmost favourite colours but they don’t have to be on your blog. Keep it simple and bright – you can never go wrong with a white theme and black font. Also, make sure your title and content font are legible – save the pretty, cursive and curly fonts for your Instagram stories to invite people to your blog.

ATTRACTING TITLES

Think of yourself as a fisher, the general public as fish (wow, this is terrible) and your title as the bait. You are not going to put a piece of potato on your hook as bait, right? Think of something that will definitely get the fish (oh my goodness) rushing to your bait. So, if you want to tell us about something crazy cool that happened today, don’t title it “My Day” because that’s just like using potato as the bait. Instead, say something like, “And I Thought Today Would Be a Normal Day”. Sounds better hey?

INTERESTING CONTENT

You want to make sure that your readers keep coming back for more, so write exciting content, something out of the ordinary, something relatable, helpful and/or thought-provoking. Have a variety of content too – post about your personal life, good movies, work/school life, places to visit, workout routines, useful phone apps… Everything and anything as long as keep it interesting.

WELCOMING AURA

Make people feel welcome to read your blogs and to share their own personal feelings towards your posts in the comment section. Respect their comments even if they oppose your opinion/thoughts and respond kindly hence they come again next time. Put a piece (or a huge chunk) of yourself in your posts so that readers do not mistake you for a robot with no personality. Be yourself completely and everyone that reads your blogs will feel much comfortable when reading and commenting.

EASY NAVIGATION

Do not let your readers get lost because they will never come back. Make your Menu clear – don’t make your readers go on an unplanned scavenger hunt for where your blog posts are and where your About or Contact page is. Have a simple menu too, having 16 pages on your menu isn’t so helpful for your readers especially if those pages are highly related.

CONSISTENCY

Stay in one pace and grow steadily, don’t over-work yourself on some days and do the bare minimum on others. Don’t post 18 blogs this week and decide to disappear for 3 months then come back with 2 more posts on that week and disappear again. Instead, set up a realistic schedule for yourself – you can decide to post every Tuesday and Thursday or once in 2 weeks or daily. Whatever you decide on, stick to it.

40 Comments

  • Cherylene April 15, 2018 at 02:26

    Well written!😊 Definitely thought provoking points. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mbalenhle April 17, 2018 at 09:43

      Glad you enjoyed Cherylene!🤗 Thank you!

  • Jirah Merizz April 15, 2018 at 02:40

    Aww thank you so much for these tips!! Loved this post!

    • Mbalenhle April 17, 2018 at 09:44

      Thank you too for stopping by 🤗💕

  • howikilledbetty April 15, 2018 at 02:48

    Thanks for these great tips! I wonder what is a normal average amount of followers and likes? I’m not hung up on it, I’m curious … is it a time related thing? Some have thousands of followers though!

    • Mbalenhle April 17, 2018 at 09:45

      I don’t think there is such a thing as average likes and followers when you have a blog. What really matters is the quality of the content and the aesthetics of the blog 💫

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  • theorangutanlibrarian April 15, 2018 at 04:58

    Really great advice!

  • shellypruittjohnson April 15, 2018 at 19:05

    This is great advice, Friend! Thank you.

    • Mbalenhle April 15, 2018 at 21:56

      Thank you so much Shelly💕. Glad l could help💫

  • randomthoughtsbyhaya April 15, 2018 at 19:23

    Great tips!

  • Deshi Nenkinan Nehemiah April 15, 2018 at 21:31

    Wow So Mbalenhle is now a consultant on blogging 😂😂😂 That fish analogy sounds like Jesus telling the apostles they will be fishers of men!
    Great post Baby!

    • Mbalenhle April 15, 2018 at 21:55

      Woah, lol what a way to look at it! Nahh, I’m judging from the good blogs I’m subscribed to and look up to.

      😂🙆Now l wish I had read the bible prior to posting hence l don’t feel so bad for calling people fish😅

      Thank you so much Deshi 😄😊

  • SpiritualJourney17 April 16, 2018 at 01:37

    Great advice! I enjoy the community and bonds I’ve created.

    • Mbalenhle April 17, 2018 at 09:47

      The blogging community really is wonderful hey. Thanks for reading 🌼

  • Lillian B April 16, 2018 at 06:39

    Cool tips dearie

  • wizzymedpower April 16, 2018 at 08:45

    Thanks for that wonderful write up.. I am blessed…. Israel Onyije @ http://www.wizzymedpower.com

  • Encourage Courage April 17, 2018 at 00:20

    Thanks for this post! Reading this was the push I needed to finally work on mine. Purchased the domain and published just one blog this entire year. Thanks for the tips!

    • Mbalenhle April 17, 2018 at 00:40

      I’m so glad you felt encouraged by this post💫! Thanks for reading and all the best💕

  • T. April 17, 2018 at 10:24

    love all the advice although i’m not quite sure i’m keeping up with the very last one! xD

  • philomenascanlon1 April 18, 2018 at 22:17

    Good advice !

  • Ash April 19, 2018 at 01:28

    Thanks for the tips! They’re extremely helpful especially about creating a consistent routine and having more variety in topic areas 🙂

    • Mbalenhle April 20, 2018 at 03:02

      I’m glad l could help Ash 🤗💞

  • Tracy Muso 💕 April 21, 2018 at 19:42

    I agree with you absolutely, especially on the consistency part… ♥

  • robertcday April 23, 2018 at 13:19

    Loved the one about using interesting titles as bait. Made me look at some of mine.

    Here are the last five:

    – Musings of a Morosoph
    – The Latest End of Summer
    – The Illusion of Going Somewhere
    – Ten Seconds
    – Clean

    Yeah, you’re right – I think some of these certainly need some work. 🙁
    Thanks for the heads-up and for the interesting article.
    Robert.

  • sportingpak June 6, 2018 at 17:55

    Great tips for me as rookie

  • sportingpak June 6, 2018 at 17:56

    It would be great if u go through my posts , if possible

  • Bhavna Saurabh Sharma June 7, 2018 at 17:37

    Thanks for this article.

  • laureninmilwaukee June 14, 2018 at 02:32

    Great tips! I’ll definitely be using these on my own blog

  • Aiswarya,Pashionably Intelligent June 19, 2018 at 05:20

    Truly helpful ! Thanks alot

  • ahearthome September 23, 2018 at 10:57

    Thank you for the tips. Hope I keep up with all of them. I just joined a few days back. If possible, please check out my first post.
    https://aheart.home.blog/2018/09/23/beginning-of-the-beginning/

    • Mbalenhle September 25, 2018 at 02:30

      Thank you so much for stopping by, l shall visit you too💕🤗

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