Whether you are just beginning your blogging career or you already have a well-known blog with lots of traffic, there are always ways to enhance your blog content and make it even more engaging.
Performing a Google search will in a matter of seconds, enable you to find useful texts on the Internet recommending interesting tools, applications and add-ons that will help you spice up your blog posts.
Here are six quick tips and accompanying tools that can get you started and give you some ideas of how to improve and enhance the presentation of your blog content.
Research and take notes
No matter what your blog is about, it can take time to find a topic that is worth writing about. There are great resources that can help you with that. If you are a more visual type of person, you’ll want to check out websites where people share collections of images, videos, and presentations like Pinterest.
Zemanta is another excellent website that suggests ideas, articles and videos related to any topic you want to search for at their website. You can always find inspiration on other people’s blogs who write about similar things.
Even if you are writing about a subject that you think you know well, it’s always better to do some research before starting to write. When you type in the keywords for your topic, lots of articles will pop up, but you won’t be able to use them or read them all at once. There are many great tools that save resources and help you organize your writing. Tools like Evernote and Instapaper can be great for brainstorming and jotting downing notes as you research potential blog post topics.
Enrich your posts with images
Your post won’t look too appealing to potential readers if it’s nothing but a dense block of text. Most bloggers like to include at least one interesting image that can not only intrigue readers, but also make the blog posts more presentable and easier to look at with wincing. Two of the largest sources for free images are Flickr and Stock.xchng, but there are many other smaller ones too if you are not creatively inclined to create your own visuals. If you are good at art and graphic designed, you can embed your own personal photos and drawings in your blog, and there are amazing tools for creating, editing and converting images online that can help you create captivating images.
Another way to make your post more engaging is to include an infographic, or create a whole post in the form of an infographic. This is a very creative and effective way to deliver information, especially if the information is not too interesting in and of itself. Some very good infographic creators to check out are Visually, Easelly, and Piktochart. You can get ideas for infographics at dozens of blogs and websites that specialize in them, such as Daily Infographic.
Add audio and video
Tools that convert speech to text are brilliant aids for students, seminar goers, book reviewers, or anyone who wants to translate their notes or whatever they are reading in hard copy to text online. These tools actually come in handy to anyone not too fond of typing. Adding audio content and video content can also improve and diversify your blog greatly. Audio and video podcasts are great tools that will keep your content interesting and give people a break from all of the words on the page without having to refrain from learning something from your blog. However, both are used best in moderation. Adding too much audio or video to your blogs can not only get annoying, but it can also slow down your loading speed and make your blog look very bulky and hard to follow.
Quality control is essential
Though you surely have a spell-checker with your blogging platform, there are free proofreading services online that offer a bit more than simple spell-checking. For example, PaperRater will thoroughly analyze your text, look for possible plagiarism problems, suggest new vocabulary and rate the overall readability of your text. Quality over quantity needs to remain a priority for you, no matter how much your blog grows. Make sure to proofread and look over your blog posts multiple times before posting them. Having a free set of eyes to read your posts is also a good idea that can offer you different perspectives on your writing and what you can do to improve it.
Link to excellent outside sources
Your own ideas are most important at your blog, but linking to quality outside sources can never hurt. If you are looking for interesting content within your niche to help enhance your blog posts, check out sharing sites like Reddit and Delicious for the latest and most interesting articles being written in your niche. Sharing the contents of other bloggers within your own blog could also potentially lead to cooperation with these blogs and maybe even reciprocation in the form of these other blogs linking to quality content from your site.
Sprucing up your blog and making your content more interesting and engaging does not have to take a lot of effort. All of these tips are very easy to implement and furthermore, every one of these tactics will help you to become a better blogger in the long run.
What others tips would you recommend for enhancing the quality of your blog posts?