There are many rules to blogging:
- – Keep it brief
- – Leave it solid but open ended for counter views
- – Use visuals
- – Use humor to lead to the promised land
- – Don’t insult the audience
blah blah blah… there’s a hundred of these, but none of these address why your post sits there, traffic doesn’t move and seems to never grow- why? Because your attempt to network using blogging is just that, an attempt.
This article was first published on AgentGenius.com on October 17, 2007.
In order for your blog to be anywhere near growing you must stop clicking refresh over and over again hoping for progress in your ‘mybloglog’ for gratification. You must look instead at your blogroll, and yes, click one of the links- yes, you must actually leave your home and go out. Don’t panic yet, it gets even worse.
Once you’re out in the blogoverse you’re actually going to have to read others material. I know what you’re saying- this sucks man! Why can’t they just come to me naturally? It’s simple- You don’t exist.
Think you’re so popular, I must be talking to the newbie blogger? Keep reading…
Networking requires you to listen up for a conversation of interest; it then requires you to step in, say hello, and say either hell yes, I agree, or hell no, you’re wrong and here’s why. In networking, you show your stuff by adding to the conversation- this is real world application, and it applies online too. Even if you could care less, engaging lands clients- we all know this, it’s what we do for a living (some of us anyway).
If you’re not out commenting on others blogs, clicking in and shaking hands, who is ever going to even notice you standing there? There’s no such thing online as a wallflower, in fact, you simply do not exist.
So add these three rules to the long list of blogging DOs and make it cardinal in your approach to success.
- Write a great blog? Then get out and promote it by engaging other conversations on other blogs. People click on your link when your point of view is of interest.
- When networking, never ever allow yourself to be the invisible wallflower. If this is your idea of blog networking, you simply do not exist.
- You are never to good to comment- do it. I don’t care who you are, how successful you are in blogging or at life. You’re nothing without your readers- support great writing by commenting, even if you could really care less. Networking requires nothing of you but to support others so that they may find value in supporting you.