27 Ways to Grow an Audience for Your Beat Blog

1. Have something to say. Say it well.

2. Break news.

3. Be a novice. Be an expert. Be a guide.

4. Carve out a niche.

5. Write with an honest, personal voice. Consider:

“Great bloggers speak with informed, personal authority through an honest, lively voice. Their posts often engage readers in a productive conversation through comments posted to the blog. To write a great blog, write about what you know – your passion, well researched and reported. Employ the skills of a news columnist, crafting a personal, first-person voice that readers will find engaging, comfortable and honest. When you don’t know something, do not be afraid to admit it. Great bloggers see their posts as the first comment in a conversation, rather than the final word on that particular topic.”

From the How to write for the Web Wiki by Robert Niles – Online Journalism Review

6. Create original content.

7. Digest information and spit it back out in a way that is more useful for your audience.

8. Post often.

9. Create a regular feature. Keep them coming back for more of the same.

10. Write with variety. Keep them coming back for the surprise.

11. Write descriptive, compelling headlines that use key words.

12. Link. Link. Link.

13. Expand your blog roll.

14. Give credit to others. And link to them.

15. Email your friends, relatives, co-workers, and professors and tell them what you are doing.

16. Use social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

17. Tweet your blog posts. Here are instructions for how to add a Twitter feed to your WordPress blog.

18. Use categories. Use tags.

19. Contact the experts. Do a Q and A. Profile them.

20. Email your story link to anyone you write about.

21. Post intelligent, substantive comments on other blogs.

22. Submit your blog to search engines like technorati.

23. Join online networks, groups, meetups.

24. Pay attention to your Blog Stats.

25. Edit yourself.

26. Keep at it.

27. Learn from others.

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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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