5 tips for a greater blog challenge experience
- Bring a group of interesting authors together and give them fodder to grow their blogs, improve their SEO, and enhance their Web presence.
- Help establish myself as a leader in the “book marketing for self-publishing authors” industry.
- Meet new people.
- Have some fun.
I feel I accomplished all those goals, and then some. I also noticed some things in reading the participants’ posts that prompted the following – 5 tips that might be helpful to bloggers participating in just about any blog challenge, including the Ultimate Blog Challenge, a quarterly challenge that begins today.
- Trust the process. If there are prompts, the host probably had a reason for selecting them. If you choose to follow the prompts, trust the process. If you allow yourself to go with the flow and follow the prompts to their organic conclusion, you might be surprised with your results.
- Put dates on your blog posts. I don’t for any reason understand not dating one’s posts. You might also consider creating a specific category for posts written for the challenge.
- Use good keywords in your blog post titles. Allowing the blog service to generate a random code for your post title works against your SEO. Write creative, inviting headlines that include your keywords for best results.
- Use your imagination and be playful. A prompt is just an idea to trigger your imagination. It needn’t be followed literally or to the letter. Your readers might love to see your playful side if you give yourself a chance to let your creativity run riot.
- If you’re in it, be in it. Focus beyond just posting your own stuff. Also read the rest of the participants’ posts and comment/contribute (other than complaints) via the Facebook group or whatever post-sharing mechanism the host has in place.
As for the next Author Blog Challenge, I think I may be somewhat stricter about the rules:
- Minimum 250 words. An image with a description does not qualify as a post.
- No reposts; to qualify, each post has to be new content.
- No reblogs; to qualify, you must write the content yourself.
A blog challenge offers all kinds of opportunities, including growing your readership and improving your SEO. Here’s to making the most of it!
Have a great Challenge!
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