My plan for giving them expert blogging advice failed.
I was hoping to start a Frequently Asked Questions page on my site. You know, a FAQ.
There was only one problem. No one left any questions about blogging, so I took the page down.
However, I am driven to help my fellow bloggers. If they won’t bring the questions to me, I will bring the questions to them, and I have.
I have spent the last several months collecting common questions that readers have asked. I present them to you now with the answers.
Too many bloggers are confused about routine blogging tasks. If you read these tips, you will be able to blog like the experts quoted in the article.
6 Frequently Asked Blogging Questions and Expert Advice
Question 1: I was wondering if you have a post (or could recommend one somewhere else) about creating lists. I keep reading recommendations that blogs should create list posts (such as top 10 lists), and I’m curious about whether there’s an easier way, such as a WordPress plug-in, for creating them.
Q3: I wanted to see if you had any suggestions on possible ways to ask an influencer to be a mentor.
A3: How to ask an influencer to be a mentor:
For a price, you can ask Jon Morrow. His blog is BoostBlogTraffic. He charges $600.00 for his year-long guest blogging class, and I think $2,000 to mentor people. I also have a mentorship program.
For free: I don’t think you could get influencers to mentor you; however, you can get them to promote your writing to their many followers.
1. Find the influencers in your blogging niche. Topsy is great for this.
2. Follow them on Twitter and Google+.
3. Include their name in your blog post. This could be in the reference or “sources” section, or you could embed a quote from one of their articles in the text of your post.
4. Send it to them on Twitter and Google+.
5. If they don’t share it, politely ask them to share it “if they have a moment.”
As far as other tips for growing your Email list, networking really does go a long way. Find like-minded bloggers, people who’ve visited your site or other’s sites that you visit. Visit them and respond to their articles.
Q4: Should photography be put on Pinterest boards?
A4: Yes, absolutely! Travel photography is one of the most sought after articles on Pinterest, according to Pinterest expert Beth Hayden. Photography showing food is the most popular type of photography on Pinterest. Make sure you use a hashtag in your graphic description, so people searching Pinterest can find your photo. (For more information on using text to describe your photos, see the answer to Question #6).
Q5: How long should a blog post be?
A5: I can answer that in one word– long. There are articles out there that will contradict this advice. However, the blogging experts say the longer the better for search engines to be able to find and rank your article.
Neil Patel writes that he never publishes a post under 2,000 words. Kevin Duncan will not let a guest author post on his site if the article is less than 1,500 words. According to James Chartrand, 500 words may not be bad, but by today’s standards is not very good. Mary Jaksch agrees that Google ranks longer posts higher.
According to Chartrand, with 152 million blogs to choose from, readers want thoughtful, high quality, informative, interesting, well-written content.
Q6: We need to teach bloggers how to appropriately add text to their pins. It is very simple, when uploading images to add text in the alternative text box. A blog in the making perhaps?
A6: I wrote a tutorial explaining how to do put an image in a blog comment. In the post, I included a screenshot showing how to add text to the alternative text box. It is crucial bloggers fill that in if they want their graphics to be found, yet many skip filling it in. I would advise taking every opportunity you have for searches to find your work.
Clicking the pencil icon will enable you to edit your graphic and add a relevant hash tag and description to the alt text box.
In closing, if you follow the tips in this post, you will blog like the experts quoted in the article.
Readers, clearly, I no longer have a Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have any additional questions, please add them in the comments section. Do you know any additional answers to these questions? I look forward to your views.
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