Why Do Kid’s New Blogs Fail? What You Are Doing WRONG Right Now
Blogs can fail for several reasons. For you kids, you probably have two main objectives: to become popular as a blogger and have your posts read, and to be able to make a bit off of your blog. Neither of these two tasks are easy, and they actually involve quite a bit of work. However, we’ll try to break it down into all of the things you are doing wrong so that you can fix them IMMEDIATELY!
Your Posts Just Aren’t Long Enough: How Long Should They Be?
Every blog post can be different. However, you can’t have all short blog posts. A few here and there is okay, but short posts are what we call “Thin Content”. While this can be good for readers, search engines don’t like short articles. And if your blog is going to be successful, you need to be seen in the search engines. Try going for blog posts that are over 400 words. 600 words or more is best!
You’re Copying and Pasting Content: PLAGIARISM IS A NO NO!
If you are copying and pasting from other websites, you should not be blogging. This might sound mean, but this is also called Plagiarism. It’s a form of stealing. Write everything in your OWN words, with your own opinion. Copying and pasting makes you boring anyways. Your readers want to see YOUR personality, not someone else’s. Oh, and all of the search engines will delete your site from their searches if they find out, and the original writer could land you in big trouble.
You Have NO or FEW Images: How Many Should You Have?
Having no images is a death sentence for a blog. A blog is boring without them; pictures bring them to life. One picture is better than none, and two is better than one. If I were you, I would aim to have 1 image for every 100 words of the post. However, I would cap out at 10 images if possible, otherwise your page load time (how long it takes your blog post to load for readers) will suffer.
- Try using 1 image with every paragraph.
- There should be a minimum of 1 image for EVERY subheading.
- Each image should be relevant. If you are writing about a guitar, then your images could be of guitars, musical notes, bands, etc.
- Try to opt for professional looking, vibrant, colorful photos.
You Are Using Images ILLEGALLY: How to Find Legal to Use Images?
Never, ever, ever, EVER use copyrighted images. Only use creative commons images. These images are free of copyrights, and can be used royalty free. Some might require an attribution (where you credit the photographer and/or website in the description of the photo), but you can use them freely. Finding copyright free creative commons pictures is easy; check it out here. Using images illegally could result in being sued. When in doubt, just take the photos for your blog yourself. It’s so much easier sometimes.
You Aren’t Using Social Media: What Accounts Should I Have for My Blog?
You should always have social media accounts for your blog. Get friend to connect to them, as well as readers. Make sure there are easy access links to all social media accounts on your blog, that way readers can follow you! You should have an account on each of these sites:
- Facebook: This is the #1 social media platform. Almost everyone has an account, and this is where many stories and blog posts go viral. Every link has a title, description, and photo attached when it’s posted. Sharing is easy for readers.
- Pinterest: This website is ALL about the image. It is highly popular for how to’s, Top 10 lists, fashion, and cute photos. In addition, images are saved as “pins” on “boards”. They don’t disappear in a newsfeed after a day or two. They’re easily accessible by everyone.
- Instagram: This one has become super popular, so it’s good for sharing the latest image on your blog.
- Twitter: This is a great place for quick shoutouts. It is a gold mine for information in a flash. Links, videos, news, photos, and more are flying through the tweet feed every moment; it’s a good place to get quick visitors.
You’re NOT Writing for the Reader: How to Write In a Way That Brings Readers
If you want readers, to have to make sure you’re writing about something that they want to hear. Now, this doesn’t mean they won’t love the tales about your day, or the coolest little puppy you met. It just means that you have to give them something that will provide help with their own daily lives, too. How to posts, reviews, funny posts, experiences, informational posts, and top tens are all wonderful ways to offer something insanely useful for the average reader. As they continue to visit, they’ll grow to know you more and more, meaning they’ll enjoy reading about who YOU are too!
20 Blog Posts Every Blog Should Have
About the Blog
- Top 5 Favorite Bands
- 10 Best Movies for _________
- How to Build a _________
- How I Did _________
- About [Your Favorite Passion]
- Cool Things to See In [City You Live In]
- A Recipe
- A Book Review
- A Few News Posts
- Reviews of Youtube Videos
- Animal Related Posts
- A Beauty/Hair Tutorial
- Tips and Tricks
- Any Life Hacks You Learn
- Holiday Blog Posts
- Survival Tips (school, home, family, work)
- Checklists (for field trips, vacations, dates, sleepovers, etc)
- Personal Style Guides (Things you love to wear together, etc)
- Home/Room Design/Decorating