Five Tips to Write a Successful Blog Post

A blog post is worthless if the reader clicks off after reading a few sentences. But with nothing more than a few paragraphs of text, how can a writer truly connect with an audience? Often, through improving their blogging style, decent writers can transform into amazing writers and build audiences that keep coming back for more. These tips will help writers kick their blog writing skills up a notch, making them better able to connect with their target audiences.

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Improve the Tone

Blogging is an excellent medium to connect with an audience, yet it can also be greatly abused by those who know nothing about writing. Because anyone with basic computer skills can put up a blog post, readers often find poor writing and are turned away from a particular post. Bloggers who want to make a good first impression on their readers can do so through well-crafted pieces. Those who need additional help to hone their writing skills can consider taking online classes in creative writing.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!

One simple typo can turn a blog post from something informative and helpful to something laughable. Proofreading may seem tedious, and it’s certainly not the most exciting part of the writing process, but it must be done. Bloggers need to proofread everything they post at least twice, and they may want to have someone else read through it once as well to be certain they have caught everything.

One way to proofread more successfully is to read the post out loud. Often, when a writer reads his or her work aloud, or has someone else do so, poor wording or confusing sentence structure pops off of the screen. Blog posts should be conversational and easy to understand, so reading them aloud can shed light on sections of text where the wording is awkward and detracts from the message.

Create a Killer Opening Sentence

Internet readers often skim an article to determine its worth before actually reading it. The opening sentence of a blog post needs to hook the reader. A great lead sentence will compel the reader to read the entire post. A good opening sentence will ask a question, use a statistic, present a quote, make a claim or tell a story. Spending time on that opening sentence is always a wise idea when writing a blog post.

Write Short Paragraphs

Blog writing is different than academic writing in that readers have different expectations. When writing a paper for a college professor, long, carefully crafted paragraphs are expected. This is not the case with blogging.

Readers prefer short, crisp paragraphs. Now, this doesn’t mean the paragraphs shouldn’t be structured well. It does mean, however, that the paragraphs need to be short and to the point. This also helps make the article easy to scan, which is beneficial to online readers.

Part of the reason this is important is that reading on a screen is harder on the eyes than reading on paper. Whereas a reader might be willing and able to persevere through a long paragraph in print, online it just serves to make the reader feel tired. This often translates into the reader clicking away from the blog post.

Focus on One Topic

Blog writing is a bit more informal than other types of writing, but that can be detrimental. Bloggers can too easily slip into rambling, and a long-winded, aimless post is boring to read. Writers who keep their posts focused on one particular concept or main thought will have a better chance of connecting with their readers.

When it comes to writing a blog post, clarity and brevity will keep readers interested. Add to that a grammatically accurate post that is thoroughly proofread and has a winning opening sentence, and the writer will succeed in connecting with the reader within just a few paragraphs of text.

Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education on behalf of Colorado Technical University. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

Another New Floating Facebook Like Box Widget For Blogger !

facebook like box widgetRecently we shared simple yet stylish floating facebook like box widget. Now we came with Another New Floating Facebook Like Box Widget For Blogger ! This will Floating Facebook Button when to move your cursor on it it pop out with stylish floating facebook like box. This will help you to increase facebook likes. You just need to put small code to your blogger blog.  Currently this widget is only for Bloggeer/Blogspot blogs. We will soon share about WordPress in our next post. Now lets move to how you can add this in blogger I will show you How You Can Add Another New Floating Facebook Like Box Widget For Blogger?

Live Demo

Add Floating Facebook Like Box Widget To Blogger !

  1. Go to Design > Page Elements.
  2. Click Add A Gadget.
  3. In Add A Gadget window, select the HTML/Javascript .
  4. Paste the following code inside it,
<script type="text/javascript">
 /*<![CDATA[*/
 jQuery(document).ready(function() {jQuery(".abtlikebox").hover(function() {jQuery(this).stop().animate({right: "0"}, "medium");}, function() {jQuery(this).stop().animate({right: "-250"}, "medium");}, 500);});
 /*]]>*/
 </script>
 <style type="text/css">
 .abtlikebox{background: url("http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mMtB2ANqowQ/T6es-PuSR2I/AAAAAAAAAjM/LDamrUnMJJc/s320/fb1-right.png") no-repeat scroll left center transparent !important; float: right;height: 270px;padding: 0 5px 0 46px;width: 245px;z-index:  99999;position:fixed;right:-250px;top:20%;}
.abtlikebox div{ padding: 0; margin-right:-8px; border:4px solid  #3b5998; background:#fafafa;}
.abtlikebox span{bottom: 4px;font: 8px "lucida grande",tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif;position: absolute;right: 6px;text-align: right;z-index: 99999;}
 .abtlikebox span a{color: gray;text-decoration:none;}
 .abtlikebox span a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}
}
</style>
 <div class="abtlikebox" style="">
     <div>
     <iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/likebox.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Ffacebook.com%2Fallbloggingtips&amp;width=245&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;show_faces=true&amp;border_color=white&amp;connections=9&amp;stream=false&amp;header=false&amp;height=270" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="border: white; overflow: hidden; height: 270px; width: 245px;background:#fafafa;"></iframe><span></span>
     </div>
 </div>

5. Click on Save button and done !

Note:-

Replace allbloggingtips With Your Facebook Page URL or User name.

What’s Next !

Visit  your Blog to see it floating facebook like box at the right side of your webpage. I hope this widget surely helps you in increasing number of your Facebook Likes. The widget code is customized and improved by Ammar.

Add Retweet Button Below Post Titles In Blogger

Twitter is one of the fastest growing social networks in the recent days. Many feel it drives a lot of traffic to their blog, especially when they have a large number of followers. We should some how use this twitter to improve traffic to our blog, So how are we going to do that? Simple, just by adding a “Tweet This link to our blogger posts. There are certain blogs that include Tweet this in the footer of their posts, that is, at the end of the post as a social bookmarking icon.
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But I recommend you to place Tweet This Button at the top, next to the title of your post.
  This post basically explains, how to add tweet this and also a retweet button to blogger posts. Many blogs have links only for “Tweet this” but not for “ReTweet“. This post includes both Tweet and ReTweet option, there by, driving more traffic to your blog and making your posts more effective. Now lets move on Adding Retweet Button Below Post Titles

How To Add Tweet And Retweet Button Below Post Titles

  • Login to your dashboard. Navigate to “Template>Edit HTML” from your dashboard.
  • Make a back up of your template before you do any changes in the template.
  • Make sure that you have a tick mark in that “Expand Widget Template“.
  • Now, do a search using “CTRL+F” for the following line, if you want to show the button below the title of your post:
<div class='post-header-line-1'>

Else, search for the following piece of code to add the button at the right end of your blog posts.

<div class='post-body entry-content'>
  • Paste the following piece of code just after the above line(either below the title or embedded with your blog posts).
<div style='float:right; margin-left:14px;'> <script type="text/javascript"> tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>'; </script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>
</div>
  • Save your template. That is it!! You Are done with the installation. Very simple I think!!

Another Stylish Mashable Style Subscription Widget v2

Another Stylish Mashable Style Subscription Widget v2Recently we shared Mashable Style Subscription Widget v1 with you. Lots of our readers found this great widget. Some asked us to improve this and add some more cool features with more social profile likes like Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, RSS.You can add Mashable Style Subscription Widget to your wordpress or blogger/blogspot blogs easily.  Mashable Style Social Subscription Widget v 2.0 is an attractive subscription form that will further increase the number of your Email subscribers. To Check demo copy and paste given below to our html editor

Features Of New Mashable Subscription Widget v2

  1. Facebook Likebox
  2. Recommend us on google+ button
  3. Twitter Follow us Badge
  4. Social Icons like RSS, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+
  5. Feedburner Subscription Widget

Live Demo

Adding New Mashable Style Social Subscription Widget

You just need to place a code to your blog widget Follow following steps to add New Mashable Style Social Subscription Widget to WordPress and Blogger.

Adding To Blogger

  1. Go to Design > Page Elements.
  2. Click Add A Gadget.
  3. In Add A Gadget window, select HTML/Javascript .
  4. Copy the code below and paste it inside the content box.
  5. Save the gadget.
  6. Drag the gadget and reposition it under Blog Posts gadget.
  7. Click Save button (top right hand corner).

Adding To WordPress

  1. Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Available Widgets.
  2. Drag Text widget into a sidebar.
  3. Paste in the code.
  4. Save.

Download Code Here!

After download and pasting code kindly Make these important changes:

  • Replace AllBloggingTips with your Facebook , Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest ID
  • Replace http://feeds.feedburner.com/AllBloggingTips with your feedburner  link.
  • Replace Google+Profile Link with your Google Plus profile link

5.   Hit save and you are all done!

Visit your blogs to see it working just perfectly.  if not drop comment below with problem and screenshot ;)

I have set the width of the widget to 270px. If in case your sidebar is small or big, you may then have to adjust the two width values in brown highlight color. The first will set the width of the entire container and the second value will set the width of the subscription input box.

Credits:

You are most welcomed to share this widget with your readers. You will have to give credits to AllBloggingTips blog by attaching a link back to this post. You may also give credits to the author for the wordpress version of this sharing plugin. :D

jQuery Popup For Facebook Like Box With Timer!

After our previous jQuery Popup For Facebook Like Box  version1 ~ version2. Today we decided to present some cool jQuery Popup For Facebook Like Box With Timer for wordpress and blogger blogs.

This one includes a time counter and instead of likebox it displays a like button that links to your Fan Page and an attractive Image that also links to your fan page letting your visitors to either join your fan page by clicking the like button or by simply visiting your fan page by clicking the image. It also include a timer too! The JavaScript code for this plugin is created by kakiheboh termed as “LikeBox FB Fanpage Pro”. Installation is totally simple just follow following steps to add jQuery Popup For Facebook Like Box With Timer to WordPress and Blogspot blogs.

Tip: Copy the code given give below and paste it inside this editor to see live demo.

Popup For Facebook Like Box With Timer

Adding Popup For Facebook Like Box With Timer (Updated!)

You just need to place a code to your blog widget Follow following steps to add Like Box popup to WordPress and Blogger.

Adding To Blogger

  1. Go To Blogger > Design > Edit HTML
  2. Backup your template
  3. Paste the following code just above </body>

Adding To WordPress

  1. Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > Header.php
  2. Paste the following code just above </body>
<style>#fblikepop {    background-color: #fff;
    display: none;
    position: fixed;
    top: 200px;
    _position: absolute;
 /* hack for IE 6*/
    width: 450px;
    border: 10px solid #6F6F6F;
    z-index: 200;
    -moz-border-radius: 9px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 9px;
    margin: 0pt;
    padding: 0pt;
    color: #333333;
    text-align: left;
    font-family: arial,sans-serif;
    font-size: 13px;
}#fblikepop body {
    background: #fff none repeat scroll 0%;
    line-height: 1;
    margin: 0pt;
    height: 100%;
}

.fbflush {
    cursor: pointer;
    font-size: 11px !important;
    color: #FFF !important;
    text-decoration: none !important;
    border: 0 !important;
}
#fblikebg {
    display: none;
    position: fixed;
    _position: absolute;
 /* hack for IE 6*/
    height: 100%;
    width: 100%;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    background: #000000;
    z-index: 100;
}#fblikepop #closeable {
    float: right;
    margin: 7px 15px 0 0;
}#fblikepop h1 {
    background: #6D84B4 none repeat scroll 0 0;
    border-top: 1px solid #3B5998;
    border-left: 1px solid #3B5998;
    border-right: 1px solid #3B5998;
    color: #FFFFFF !important;
    font-size: 14px !important;
    font-weight: normal !important;
    padding: 5px !important;
    margin: 0 !important;
    font-family: "Lucida Sans Unicode", "Lucida Grande", sans-serif !important;
}#fblikepop #actionHolder {
    height: 30px;
    overflow: hidden;
}#fblikepop #buttonArea {
    background: #F2F2F2;
    border-top: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
    padding: 10px;
    min-height: 50px;
}#fblikepop #buttonArea a {
    color: #999999 !important;
    text-decoration: none !important;
    border: 0 !important;
    font-size: 10px !important;
}#fblikepop #buttonArea a:hover {
    color: #333 !important;
    text-decoration: none !important;
    border: 0 !important;
}#fblikepop #popupMessage {
    font-size: 12px !important;
    font-weight: normal !important;
    line-height: 22px;
    padding: 8px;
    background: #fff !important;
}#fblikepop #counter-display {
    float: right;
    font-size: 11px !important;
    font-weight: normal !important;
    margin: 5px 0 0 0;
    text-align: right;
    line-height: 16px;
}</style>
<script src="http://www.google.com/jsapi"></script><script>google.load("jquery", "1");</script> 
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
//<![CDATA[
 kakinetworkdotcom01username="allbloggingtips",
 kakinetworkdotcom01title="Join us at Facebook!",
 kakinetworkdotcom01skin="04",
 kakinetworkdotcom01time="20",
 kakinetworkdotcom01wait="0",
 kakinetworkdotcom01lang="en"
//]]>
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn.allbloggingtips.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/popup-with-timer-codez.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
//<![CDATA[
 $(document).ready(function(){$().kakinetworkdotcom({ closeable: true });});
//]]>
</script>

Make following important changes:

  • Replace this AllBloggingTips with your Facebook username.
  • The timer is set to 20 seconds to change it simply edit timeout: 20
  • The widget appears immediately after a visitor enter your blog/site. If you want it to appear after one minute or more then edit wait: 0

 Credits

This New Popup For Facebook Like Box is first shared on AllBloggingTips. Bloggers are requested to link back if they are going to share above widget with there visitors.

More Widgets:

5 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Are A Blogger

question markSummary- Ask yourself few questions that are used to make a blog containing relevant content and information so that it is always appreciated by the search engines and receives better traffic.

Nowadays, blogging has become very popular among a large group of internet users. Blogging is a social platform which connects a huge number of internet users together with a block of info. It is the parent of social networking media, which is very popular these days. Blogging is not only done to share information, but also to promote business & services among internet users. Bloggers around the world are blogging comprehensively to provide all kind of information on news, and updates to the users all over the world. There are many personal blogs that are meant to share personal profiles, like for instance a celebrity blog is meant to connect with fans across the world. Read Also: Why you develop a blog?

There are many blogs that are ranked high on different search engines, while there are some which don’t have high traffic and visitors. A good blogger always updates his/her blog with fresh and unique content. A blog with relevant content and information is always been appreciated by the search engines, hence receives better traffic and visitors. Although there are many factors that rate a blog based on its content quality. So, while blogging you must take care of all those factors to rank your blog higher in web. There are few things that you must ask yourself before starting blogging and some of them are:

1) What’s my objective?

This is the first question which needs to be answered by yourself before you start blogging. You must have a clear objective that what exactly will be the purpose of blogging. If you fail in determining the goal for your blog, you will never become a successful blogger. Setting the right goals will help you to monitor the progress of your blog. The goals will depend on the subject that your blog will be based on.

2) Who will be my target audience?

After setting the goals the next job is to decide the demographics for your blog? Demographics mean deciding the territory that your blog will carter to the people. Whether you want to target masses or niche of people or may be targeting the particulars category like Information technology, Health, Business, Travel etc. You must also determine the age group of your target audience, because based on that only you will need to post contents.

 3) Who will be my Blog host?

This is very critical thing to answer and you should have atleast basic knowledge of blogging to answer this question. There are many blog hosts which offer blog space free of cost while some of them are paid. The wordpress, blogger and blogspot are some of the popular blog hosts offering blogs with avid features. These blog hosts offer various plug-ins and widgets. Based on your requirements you can have those upgrades on your blog to make it more attractive.

Read Also: How to Choose the Best Web Hosting

4) How frequently I will post in my blog?

An ideal blogger must have the complete plan for posting contents in his/her blog. It depends on the subject about which you are posting in your blog. As soon as you have the latest updates on the subject post it and make it available for your audience. You must take care of the fact that you will only post content which is unique, fresh and not copied from any other source. Google is been very strict in their policy of banning those web pages which have altered or copied content from other sources. If you adopt such practices you may get your blog banned permanently by search engines.

Read Also : How to Make Your Each Post Look Refreshing and UniqueEach

5) How will I monitor my blog’s progress?

After getting through all such technical stuffs, finally your blog is ready to launch. But, launching blog doesn’t mean that you have done it all. You need to have a right set of plan for the promotion of your blog by various mediums. You can have good quality back links for your blog by submitting it in directories and social bookmarking sites. You can also use social networking channels like Facebook; twitter etc for the promotion of your blog in order to increase visitors and traffic.

Evelyn Gragg is from Test4prep. Looking for Test4prep exam help? Let’s take advantage of Test4prep self paced Hp Certifications  pass your it exams on first try.