WARNING! All the tips mentioned below are based on Paolo’s own blogging style. If at any point you think that my tips aren’t in accordance with what the experts say, please disregard the expert ..they are flawed.
In the essence of making-minions-who-blog-like-me, here are tips:
1. Keep your narratives short
Your readers dont like novels. If they did, they’d probably just buy one. If you wont be able to read a lengthy post, there’s no reason for you to write one. Keep it brief and concise.
- Bullets make your posts easy to understand.
- Use it often
- But do not exaggerate
- Your readers might get pissed.
3. The title says it all
Regular readers who are more interested with your content may not take your title to importance, but to the passer-by it makes all the difference. This calls for your title to be eye-catching, note-worthy and sometimes even mentally disturbing (the ones that put random images in your head)
4. Separate yourself from the crowd
To gain readership, you must learn to blog about what interests people. But you shouldn’t forget that that’s exactly what the newspapers and tabloids are doing (and tabloids in the Philippines are as much a source of the news as the broadsheets).
5. You should’ve listened to your teacher when she taught figures of speech.
A simile is like a metaphor. That’s a pun. Get it? Wise usage of words make your posts notable because it allows your readers to interpret what you say relative to how they feel. Though it may not be how you intended it to be, the readers’ interpretations allow them to connect to your article.
6. Throw all the clutter away
Unless you wanna drive the focus of your readers away from your articles, you should try to keep your site clutter-free. Try to present uniformity even in your decorations, videos or images. If you cant ..well ..just keep it organized.
7. Connect to your readers/fellow bloggers
- Bloglines or Google Reader allow you to see your fellow bloggers latest posts.
- With tagboards people can drop lines like “link ex” or “blog hop.”
- Google ads could generate income to your blog.
- MyBloglog allow you to scour the pinoy blogosphere.
- Technorati is a misnomer, I only use it to follow who’s linked to my blog.
I find myself editing blogs that I’ve written even weeks ago. Editing is a good thing specially with blogging because it stays in the web. Those that you wrote years ago can still come up in some dudes computer.
9. Photos, Videos, Podcasts
I try to have at least one image every post either for break points or visual aid. Some of my captioned photos have become the article themselves. For videos I have at least one per week, all musically inclined. I used to podcast.. and that’s a bittersweet memory I’m trying to undo.
10. Expect haters
You cannot please everybody ..shet! cliche! But it definitely applies. The best way to approach haters is to kill them. But I only advise it if you’re not gonna get caught. Otherwise, silence makes them the lowlife.
To those expecting tips on how to get more readers that’ll eventually lead to ad clicks for your blog to earn, I got this to say – readers come first, not ads. dont expect humans to read your posts if they’re made for robots.