When I first started the Blogging Tips series earlier this year, I was not sure what to expect. Because I always want to learn more and push myself to obtain new skills, I thought it would be beneficial to dabble a little in BT posts. Since then, I have to admit, I have found out a lot of interesting information from both you and the Internet. My blogging has not changed drastically, and I still do not have millions of followers, but I do now pay attention to things that I previously have not. It is my hope that you were able to gain some knowledge through this series as well.
If you have missed a previous installment of the Blogging Tips, or just want to refresh your memory, feel free to check out:
JANUARY – rules; an introduction.
FEBRUARY – tells you how to get the most comments.
MARCH – provides tips on how to promote your content.
APRIL – gives excellent advice to newbies and reminds us of the basics.
MAY – reveals what TO DO to gain a following and what NOT TO DO if you do not want to lose the audience you already have.
JUNE – showcases the most popular niches if you are trying to pick one for yourself, or if you are looking to re-brand.
JULY – presents some surprising trends related to WP usage. See if you can relate.
AUGUST – divulges how much time we spend on WP so you can adjust the length of your posts accordingly.
SEPTEMBER – reports the frequency with which most people post.
OCTOBER – provides crucial information on how to compose your titles. Bonus – title generators and analyzers included!
NOVEMBER – highlights the importance of images in your post.
I hope you find some things there that will help make YOUR blogging world a better place.
What makes you click on a post to read? Is it the image, the title, the blurb, or something else?
If you have not read November’s BT post and would like to know what happened, click on the link above and then come back here once you finish reading last month’s post. The below sentence will contain spoilers.
October’s question dealt with the importance of images. Last month, the speculations were confirmed. Images are overwhelmingly preferred in blogging. That prompted me to dig deeper. Are images what makes us click on a post?
The answer is: “No.”
While images are important for a minority of the respondents, it is the title that plays a crucial part in deciding whether we will read a post or not. To up your title game, take a closer look at October’s BT post.
Featured images seem to be important when they represent the author’s artwork, if they are particularly captivating, or if they contain crucial information regarding the content of the post.
The blurb seemed to come in as a close second when November’s question is concerned. More and more people seem to be aware of titles becoming more of a clickbait, so they look to the first few sentences or the blurb to see if the content is something they want to invest their time into.
What I found particularly interesting was that people click on a post when they see a lot of “Likes” on it already. It intrigues them. I used to say that I do not care about “Likes” on my posts all that much. Well, now, I take it back. Please hit that “Like” button whenever you can. Providing that you do like what you read, of course.
One blogger said that she does not use images because she likes to paint a picture with her words. She wants everyone to be able to “see” something different. Something that is valid to them. It makes that “image” so much more special. It made me realize that by inserting images, we can easily steer people’s thoughts into certain directions. If that is what we want, great. But if we want their imagination to run wild, we might want to re-think things regarding images.
Another blogger made me aware of the minimal margin of error that we, as bloggers, have. There are so many blogs out there. So many posts being published every hour. There is so much content! One simply cannot read everything. She said that as she goes through her checklist of image, title, blurb, she might decide to stop and not proceed farther at any time. The image and the title might be perfect, but if the blurb is not, then she moves onto something else. That is a great reminder that we cannot just push out mediocre content. We cannot solely focus on a single component of our post. Everything needs to be in perfect harmony.
How do you use tags?
- (How many tags do you use on average in your post?
- How do you come up with your tags?
- Which tags do you think get the most exposure?
- As a reader, what tags do you search for most often?)
If there is something about blogging or the community that you are wondering about, feel free to reach out via my Contact page, and your question might be featured next month. Everyone would be answering YOUR question. Take advantage of it. If you do not feel comfortable shooting me an email, you can also leave your question at the bottom of your comment here today.
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