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The Simple Do's and Don'ts of Blog Writing

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Consistent blog writing can be a difficult task in that it requires that each blog post be creative, unique, well written, informative to the reader, and SEO optimized. In addition, managing the blog writing team can be challenging task as well.

Try employing some of these techniques used by professional bloggers to ensure that your readers find your content to be interesting and beneficial as they read through your various posts. By creating content that stands out you will give yourself the edge you need to develop a solid and ever increasing readership base.

Useful Do's and Don'ts to Consider When Writing Blog Posts

Do: Refer to Others' Content

Try typing your article's title or subject into a search engine before you start. Chances are someone else has written an article or posted a blog that may be similar to yours. Try using some of their sources and ideas to develop a structure for your article. One of the best ways to do research is to let someone else do it for you.

Don't: Plagiarize

Be careful to keep your content significantly different from anyone else's. Using information that is too similar to someone else's can get you into serious trouble. Though there are ways to effectively use someone else's work as a reference point, you should be developing your own unique arguments and conclusions.

Do: Keep Your Content Interesting

Most Internet surfers skim articles and scan for the important information. This could be very bad for you if your content is not relevant to your topic or interesting enough to read. Spark up your articles with interesting information, humor, and uniqueness. Most people read articles based on the title, so try to align your content as best as possible with your subject to maintain relevancy.

Don't: Use Controversial Evidence

When researching your topic, make sure that your sources are accurate and that your information is generally accepted as fact. Using anecdotal evidence or biased studies will only misinform your readers and damage your credibility. If you want your readers to trust you, try to maintain objectivity within your content.

Do: Take Breaks

Though some studies show that your brain does not require breaks from work, it may do your psyche some good to take one once in a while. Try setting some sort of goal, maybe completing one article, and reward yourself with a short five or ten minute break. This will help combat an information overload and can help you maintain focus during the more monotonous moments of content creation.

Don't: Procrastinate

Short breaks can be good, but you should maintain focus on content creation. Procrastination can be fun, but putting work off too long can cause more stress than you started with. Maintain a good work-break ratio by setting and reaching consistent and challenging goals.

Do: Listen to Music

Jamming out to some tunes can be a good way to keep up a quick pace and can even help you maintain focus if used properly. Though some people may feel distracted by some background music, you may find it to be a helpful work tool.

Don't: Fill Your Articles with Useless Information

People tend to be able to recognize fluffy content when you give it to them. In Internet content especially, try to maintain a clear focus within your content and give your readers solid information that they will find helpful. Eliminating filler information will make your article more effective and interesting.

Do: Try to Enjoy Your Work

Sure, creating Internet content may feel like a lot of work sometimes, but informative content creation does not have to be joyless. Find ways to keep yourself interested in your writing to avoid boring yourself and your readers. Pick topics you find interesting or try to lighten the mood with a joke or two.

Mike Quayle

Posted on 28th January, 2011 by Mike Quayle

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Mike Quayle is a SEO, content writer, and marketer from Seattle, Washington.

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