Merry Christmas in advance friend, hope you’re planning it big:). It might interest you to know that I’m already on my way to the village as I’m typing this, i wanna celebrate the season with my family so, i will be away for a while.
If you noticed, i didn’t publish any post at all last week and, its because i was so occupied with many things so, I’m sorry for being away. The post you’re about to read is a guest post from a friend and, I’m sure you will find it interesting. I will also publish on Thursday as usual after which i will take some break to come back on January 2014. So, lets read the post.
WordPress is the most widely-used open source blog platform in the world and users post millions upon millions of blog entries daily. Getting noticed on WordPress is hard enough, but what if you’re writing about one of the most popular blog topics online, too? Is there any hope anyone will ever read your blog entry?
Here are a few tips for getting noticed on WordPress when you’re trying to be heard among a sea of popular bloggers.
If you’re writing about TECHNOLOGY, GADGETS, or DEVICES…
Technology is by far the most popular blog topic on WordPress at the moment. First and foremost, when writing about tech products online you need to be specific. Don’t talk about your “new phone,” talk about the “Samsung Galaxy S 4” and exactly which features you like/don’t like. Another great way to set your posts apart is to include real-life photographs or screen shots. People searching for technology info either want tutorials or opinions…give some!
If you’re writing about TRAVEL…
Travel is an incredibly popular topic on WordPress because everyone with a smartphone considers themselves a travel photographer. The way to set yourself apart in this crowded industry is to do something different. Two great suggestions: write about places that aren’t already flooded with posts (i.e. instead of talking about your trip to Paris, talk about what there is to do in Cleveland.) Also, consider ways you can give advice, not just a recap of your trip. For example, write a “10 Best Things to Eat in the Charlotte Airport” post that people will find when they’re searching for specific help.
If you’re writing about MUSIC…
Music is tough enough to write about and even harder to get noticed in. One smart way to set your posts apart is to combine your music posts with another popular topic like photography or pop culture. For example, don’t simply review Beyonce’s new album, talk about how her new album is important in this particular time in pop culture – reference her feminism, her new platform, and her music videos.
If you’re writing about FOOD…
There are many different ways to food blog: recipes, restaurants, and overall foodie culture. The trick is realizing that no one gets all that excited reading about how food tastes because, well, they can’t taste it! You’ve got to do something different whether it’s using a LOT of sarcastic humor, taking many photographs of the ingredients pre-recipe, or even dealing with the science or nutrition of the food rather than the end result. The only way to set yourself apart in this crowded field is to do something pretty much no one else is doing which may take some time to research.
If you’re writing about SHOPPING…
The key to getting noticed in the fashion blogging industry is to become an expert on something. Maybe you only write about purses or perhaps you focus on clothing that’s sustainably made. Whatever you’re interested in, immerse yourself in that area and learn details no one else will take the time to learn. That’s the only way you’re going to create blog posts that are interesting and informational enough to get shared and read widely.
The key to cutting through the clutter is to do something no one else is doing. Whether it’s your format, your photos, or even your overall content, being a better blogger means having something readers can’t find anywhere else, even if that thing is your scathing sense of humor! Once you find out what you have to offer you’ll be able to blog more naturally.
Ryan Currie is a product manager at BizShark.com, with 5 years experience in online marketing and product development. In addition to web related businesses, he also enjoys the latest news and information on emerging technologies and open source projects.
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