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How to Be Taken Seriously as a Blogger in 2016

Blogging has come a long way since the phenomena first started. If you’re and old school blogger, you’ll remember for sure the “darker” times of blogging on free platforms with limited resources and doubtful ownership for your content.

What has started as a way to share thoughts and personal opinions with close friends and family has evolved into a profitable way to boost our self-image while making a solid income. This doesn’t happen easy and you need to work hard to achieve a status of trusted or experienced blogger.

If at the start of this new technology era people were more focused on sharing personal stuff, blogging is now all about niches and reaching targeted and relevant communities. At least that’s how it should be, right?

There are still people using free blogging platforms but can they be taken seriously as bloggers or they are just some people who like to write blocks of text on the internet. You don’t need a lot of experience for people to see you as a “real” blogger but you’ll need to work to get this status.

How to be taken seriously as a blogger

You decided to make blogging an important aspect of your lifestyle, but what should you do to be taken seriously as a blogger? Please note that the following ideas are personal and there are some exceptions (although really hard to find) to the rules. What we know for sure is that if you want to take blogging seriously, you’ll need to respect the following guidelines.

Start by using your own domain and hosting

Starting a blog on a free platform such as blogspot.com or wordpress.com seems like the way to go, right? If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger, you’ll need to think more about the distant future and less on the present day. Sure, not paying anything seems like a good plan but when you analyze their services, you’ll notice that you need to pay for many things.

You should start by buying your own domain and hosting services. This will be a solid investment to your dream of becoming a well-known blogger in your niche, and here’s why:

  • You can personalize your website address, making it easy for people to know and remember you. Having a short web address is way better than a long one.
  • You won’t depend on free platforms to install any add-ons to your website.
  • You’ll be paying a small fee each month for hosting services but you can create more websites (depending on your hosting plan).

When you use your own domain and hosting services you can install a blogging CMS  (content management system) such as WordPress that will allow you to further customize your blog. You can do this by choosing free or paid themes and plugins that allow you to transform your blog into your online home.

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Follow these blog design guidelines.

Focus on a simple, responsive blog design.

When you’re using WordPress as a blogging CMS, you have the option to install free templates or pay for custom themes. You can easily start by using a free theme from the WordPress repository and customize it for your blog.

If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger, you’ll have to use a simple but responsive design that allows visitors to view your blog on all devices. Even if you have the possibility to install a lot of plugins and add many widgets to your blog sidebar, don’t do it. Choose a simple blog template that will showcase your content.

Publish quality content frequently

Blogging has evolved from being used to share “how I spent my day” thoughts to a solid website that provides quality information and is seen as a credible information source by its visitors. If you want to be seen as a serious blogger then you’ll need to publish quality content and respect a blog post calendar.

When you’re going to do this, you’ll find out how hard it is to write 2,000+ quality blog posts and respect publishing dates in your WordPress calendar. The good news is that you don’t need to write only cornerstone content and you can successfully use curated content to keep your visitors interested.

Create an account on Curately, add your trusted news sources and discover great blog posts ideas. It only takes you a few minutes to set it up then you can use some of the best ideas from your niche to create your own quality content.

Hint: You should read our blog post on 7 Easy Steps to Create a Quality Blog Post in Under 60 Minutes.

Create and maintain a professional online image

They days when you could publish blog posts under some cheeky pseudonym have passed. Well, you can still do this but nobody will take you seriously as a blogger. Create a powerful image for yourself and for your blog by using identification elements in your blog design and maintaining healthy social media profiles.

Depending on your niche, you’ll want to separate your personal profile from your blog’s page. Better said, your personal opinions won’t necessarily reflect your blog strategy so be careful why sharing your thoughts on Social Media.

When maintaining and interacting with your fans on social media, don’t transform yourself into that person who only talks about himself. Share your content but also provide your fans with useful information from other sources, just like you’re doing with your blog curated content.

Not sure what social media platforms are better for your blog? Check out this blog post on How to choose between 11 Social Networks to grow your blog.

If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger, you’ll need to work hard and pay attention to what’s new in your field of work. You want people to see you as an authority in the field, the place where they find all the answers.

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