September 8, 2011, 6:00 am

Five Cool Moves You Can Make With Your Blog

by: MD    Category: Alternative Income
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Cool Moves You Can Make With Your Blog

I have lots of respect for bloggers. The hours are long and the work never ends. There’s always something new that a blogger wants to do. If only bloggers had as much time as ideas available.

As a blogger you know that need to keep up with the times and trends. Things are always changing and the landscape is becoming more competitive than ever. This doesn’t mean that you should give up. This jsut means that you should be willing to try new things once in a while. As Pat Flynn once said, “you need to make bold moves with your blog.”

Let’s look at five cool moves that you can make with your blog right now:

Start podcasting/video blogging.

It’s time that you got more interactive with your readers. They deserve it. Podcasts and video blogs really can add a personal touch to your blog. It’s also really fun to put a face/voice to your favorite blogger. It doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Use your default voice/video recorder and just have fun with it. You’re bound to get better at it as time goes on.

I made the classic excuse of not knowing how to do the technical work forever. This is why I put off starting my podcast for over one year! Now that I started doing audio interviews I love it and regret not starting sooner.

A podcast/video blog is a really cool thing that you can add to your blog.

Hire a staff writer.

I got sick of the plethora of garbage guest posts (aka free text links) that come in on a daily basis. I knew that I wanted a different perspective on my blog. I also knew that I wanted to reach a new audience. This is why I went out and hired a staff writer.

Sure this will cost you money, but it will add a unique touch to your blog. There’s only so much that one person could possibly cover before it gets redundant. You also get higher quality posts when you hire a staff writer that actually knows how to write for a blog audience.

Reply to every single comment.

As much as I want my blog to explode, I never want it to be so popular that I don’t have time to respond to my readers. A blog should be all about the readers. I love it when I see a blog like Financial Samurai or Smart Passive Income. Both blogs receive crazy amounts of comments. Both bloggers take the time to respond to most comments. I think that’s really cool.

Email all new readers.

I love to email a new reader and thank them for stopping by. No I’m not talking about the generic-standardized email that goes to everyone that leaves a comment. That’s just lame.

I love to email new readers because I remember how I felt back in 2008 when I started receiving emails from real people when I would shoot emails to the owners of my favorite blogs.

I try to send a quick thank you to all new readers that come by. One cool thing that I’ve seen is a customized reply to comments via email. That person turned me into a follower.

Work on a huge project.

You could put some serious life into your blog by putting out a huge project. This can be a premium product, a free eBook, a new series or whatever your imagination comes up with. Some of us are meant to put our energy into huge audacious tasks. Do you have a huge project that you’re working on?

What are some of the cool moves that you’ve made with your blog lately? Go ahead and show off!

(photo credit: sue richards)

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The video blogging and big project suggestions were really good ones. But, it seems so difficult to do (at least the video blogging). How might you recommend we go about it?

I think big projects help good blogs stand out from the rest – it helps to show that the blogger is really invested. In order to mirror this idea, I just published a new ebook that is free to my subscribers. I am also in the middle of a 10 week series titled, ‘5 ways to cut costs.’

Mike, Great point about making the extra effort to respond to all comments it really does make a difference. I try to do it at CNC and my new blog DDIY. It really helps engage your readers and let them know their comments aren’t just falling on deaf ears.

The staff writer idea is great too. In fact I just hired a new one at CNC and can’t wait to see how it works out (I think I was kinda getting redundant myself 🙂 ).

I am working on eBook number two under the “big project” category. It is hard work but I am hoping it will pay off in the long run.