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Royal Wedding, Barbara Walters, T-Mobile, and Blog Tips

Don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not a total blue blood geek. But it’s hard not to get a little sucked into the soap opera, pagentry, and the worldwide media coverage. I got a delicious appetizer before the main course courtesy of Barbara Walters’ Royal Wedding 20/20 special.

Popular Current Events

With the media going crazy for next week’s Royal Wedding, it reminded me of how to improve my blog posts. I don’t like writing for keywords, but if you expertly tie your posts to popular, searchable events of the day, your post might get some extra search engine juice.

Bite Sized Chunks

Now that I am a blogger, I feel I am part journalist and part entertainer. What better way to improve my journalistic side than watching one of the best of the best? In her one hour special, Barbara Walters broke down her story into chapters. Break your post into easier to read sections rather than writing one, long, never ending post.

Unique Perspective

In the middle of the special, Barbara reminisced about her good friend Princess Diana. In the mid 90′s the People’s Princess sent Barbara a note that she needed to speak to her. In a few days, Barbara was there at the palace where Diana vented that her in-laws thought she was unstable. A year later, Diana sent Barbara a lovely Christmas card with her sons and her nieces. I had no idea Barbara was so close to Diana. Remember to provide your unique insight. It may not be as earth shattering as Barbara Walters, but there is only one of you so make your point of view stand out.

Controversy

In one guest segment, Barbara had two guest experts debating the whole institution of the monarchy. The first one rattled off how expensive it is and that it should be done away with. He joked, “Charles doesn’t squeeze his own toothpaste!” The Queen has 83 servants and 3 chauffeurs. It costs 290 million dollars to maintain. Woah. The second defended the institution. It only costs every person one dollar. This institution is known worldwide and it is critical for England’s tourist industry. In your posts, bring up controversial topics to spur debate from your readers. You will get more comments, which will bring you more traffic.

Laugh Out Loud

Let’s face it. The royal family members are very British, proper, and somewhat boring. Just like how T-Mobile made this popular institution fun, you should inject the same spirit into your posts. Besides teaching a valuable lesson, why not brighten your reader’s day with some laughs? Ironically, T-Mobile themselves are practicing the first tip of relating to popular, current events. This has to be the commercial of the year. For my personal finance readers, they are getting better than Super Bowl commercial coverage for a fraction of the price!

Are you going to watch the Royal Wedding? Do you have any additional blog tips from the Royal Wedding, Barbara Walters, or T-Mobile?

Stay Inspired!
Buck

Note to Newbies

I have been blogging about three months and joined the Yakezie Challenge for about a month and a half. I couldn’t be happier with where I am, but if I had to do it all over again, here’s what I would do differently. Hopefully a newbie blogger can benefit from my growing pains. I don’t have any regrets as I learned a lot from my missteps, but perhaps this list can make your process more fun and more efficient.

Bread and Butter

No matter what, since you are creating a blog, make sure you work on good quality posts. This does not apply if you have some time to kill and just want to vent your mind. But nothing will kill your traffic faster than stale, uninformative, or uninteresting articles. Do not stress on stats (traffic or money), focus on your bread and butter and everything else will fall into place.

Invest In Yourself

If you are using a free blogging site, cut to a self hosted one, IMMEDIATELY! The only exception to the rule is if you are not that serious about your blog. You find enjoyment just writing and posting your thoughts. However, if you are serious, you need to move to a self hosted site to show you mean business as better opportunities await you in the future. You look more legit. Advertisers want to work with people who look more legit. If you take the Yakezie Challenge, the sooner you cutover the better as your Alexa ranking will be reset. This reset almost derailed me from the start. But because I did it early I was able to persevere and make up for the lost momentum. If I cutover later down the line, it would have been way more difficult resetting my better Alexa ranking and I might not have even gotten off the ground. Also you actually feel more legit as you continue along your blogging career.

No Wallflowers, Be a Social Butterfly

Similar to real estate’s golden rule of “Location, location, location”, in blogging make sure you “Comment, comment, comment”! Second to producing good quality work, you have to get your name out there by leaving good quality comments, interact in community forums (setup your signature with website and social media links), participate in blog carnivals, and look into guest posting. On top of this, make sure you tap into your different social media streams by selflessly promoting others while continuing to expand your network through reading and wait for it… commenting.

Monetize

Although my passion for writing drives me to post, what’s wrong with getting rewards for your effort? As you expand your network and grow you readership, you can get some returns with AdSense and affiliate links. If you are just in it for the money, like a lot of other career paths, you will not be a happy camper. Blogging requires a lot of hard work and dedication and you may discouraged by the slow trickle of funds. But like I said before, if you stick to your bread and butter and you setup some monetizing options in the beginning, you don’t have to worry about it in the future.

Buddy System

Blogging is an adventure. But it is even sweeter with a good support system. Besides your immediate friends and family, make sure you lean on your blogging buddies. For me, I couldn’t have made it this far without the help of my friends at Yakezie. I must have asked countless questions and never once did I feel inadequate or dumb for asking. By selflessly helping others with support, guidance, advice, and links, we are all growing together as a community. Just like how Iron Man couldn’t do it all on his own, you don’t have, too either. Whether it be Alexa rankings, advertisers, fighting SPAM, or drones, make sure someone has your back. Yakezie Assemble!

Do you have any advice for newbie bloggers?