What sets you apart?

Filed as Features on January 9, 2008 8:00 am

What sets you apart from other bloggers? There are millions of bloggers out there, and there are tons of great ones no one has ever heard of. What is the thing that will cause you to be more successful than another blogger who is an equally good writer and has equally interesting content? It’s something you must think about if you’re at all ambitious for your blog to do more than muddle through in obscurity, never receiving the attention it deserves. Chris Garrett recently discussed this question, and suggests that aside from creating unique, innovative content, a writer with “charisma” will automatically stand out from the rest. I agree with Chris, and would like to suggest a few more things that will help your blog to get noticed.

Networking

Above all things, networking with other bloggers will do more for your blog than anything else you can put your time into (besides writing great content of course). Spend time developing relationships with other bloggers. Link to others in your niche at every opportunity. Write posts about bloggers you admire. Spend time in forums connecting with bloggers, both within your niche and outside of it. Find ways to be helpful to others with no expectation of anything in return. All of this effort will pay off in the end. Eventually, providing you are writing quality posts, these bloggers will link to you and add you to their blogrolls, which will help build momentum for your site and gain new readership.

Self-promotion

You may write the most interesting stuff in the world, but it won’t do you any good if no one knows about it. Use the relationships you’re building through networking to promote your content. Send e-mails to other bloggers letting them know of posts they might be interested in. Submit your posts to social networking sites and ask your friends to help promote them. Use your Twitter account to promote your posts. Don’t be obnoxious about it though- a little self-promotion goes a long way.

Design

The design of your site gives an instant impression to visitors. When you visit sites like NorthxEast or FreelanceSwitch for the first time, for example, you have an immediate impression that the content is probably going to be worth reading. Of course, not all of use have the money to spend on a professionally designed, custom theme, but there are many very reasonable premium themes available that will give your site a custom look for little expense. There are also many excellent free themes that can be easily customized with a logo or other touches that will give your site a unique, sharp, professional look.

Consider two candidates for a job who are equally qualified and interview equally well – if one is dressed inappropriately or sloppily, and the other arrives dressed professionally, the professionally dressed candidate will be the obvious choice for the job. In the same way, the design of your blog can make all the difference in your ultimate success.

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  1. What sets you apart? | Links MakersJanuary 9, 2008 at 11:17 am
  2. By Joseph Bernard posted on January 10, 2008 at 12:11 am
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    Thanks Randa for the great reminders.

    I am coming up on my first year as a blogger and I find I need some encouragement for growing my traffic. My writing seems to be in a very good flow but the numbers are static.

    I checked out the two blogs you said were impressive and they were. My lacks the pro look but my content is full of gems as a self-development professional for 30 years.

    I will use some of your ideas immediately. Please keep writing good stuff like this.

    Joseph Bernard
    http://www.ExploreLifeBlog.com
    http://www.peace-together.com

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  4. By JD posted on June 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm
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    As someone new to the blogging world, I found your article both inspirational and helpful. Thanks for the advice!

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  5. By asykral posted on August 27, 2008 at 5:19 am
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    thanks for your writing.. ı started to blogging yet.. ı wonder ur new posts.. your blog helps me.. thanks again.

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  6. By Jesse posted on September 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm
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    This is definitely useful advice. I’m a week-old blogger who sees all the things my peers are doing (and doing WELL, I might add), and aspires to do those things someday, too.

    I guess this could be considered part of the ‘Networking’ tip, eh?

    Thanks again, Randa.

    -Jesse

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  8. By Scott Stacey posted on January 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm
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    Nice post. I’m currently helping some folks out with internet marketing and the topic of blogging always seems to get skimmed over despite being recognized as an integral part of modern day internet marketing. I’m going to save your concise but well-written post. The “self promotion” section in particular caught my eye because it’s easy to overlook the fact that developing real relationships can work online as well as face to face. Thanks for a great post!

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  9. By qwert posted on January 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm
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    Thank you very much for the post. However, I think, website usability is the most important role. Because, even if after the promotion of a site in social networks where people will know about a particular site, namely usability is a factor that will be crucial in order to return a person to this resource or not.

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  10. By Mobile Themes posted on January 13, 2010 at 8:53 am
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    Self-promotion…seems to be successful one as far as we are concerned…This make a good sort of communication and at the same time sharing of ideas…
    Great that you shared this one..

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