How to Know If Your Blog Is Producing Quality Content or Not?

Quality contentYou might have heard that – Content is King. So you may ask yourself a question- What this king looks like? We often hear that we should be writing Quality content instead of focusing on Quantity because Google loves Quality not Quantity. I always heard this during the starting days of my Blogging journey and believe me I was like – What the hell is quality content? This happens with most of the newbies; i.e. they can’t determine the quality of the content.

But why should we bother about the quality of our content?

The answer is simple – Because people love it + Google loves it.

So writing quality content gives you loyal readers as well as high SERPs. That’s why it becomes necessary to determine the quality of our content.

So, How to check the quality of our content?

Well, there is no such tool to check the quality of your blog content but you can get an idea about your content. Below are some measures which give you an idea about the Quality of your content.

1. Your Google Analytics Account

Google has the solution to every problem. It has some great tools for bloggers to increase their Productivity like Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. So why not make use of them? You can track the user behavior on your site with Google Analytics. You just have to put a piece of code on your blog and it starts tracking every single visit and the behavior of your readers. So, how to exploit the features of Google Analytics fully? Use the following parameters to know more about user behavior on your site and to determine – whether your blog is producing quality content or not?

Page Views: Track the number of page views on your site. If it is increasing, then chances are that you are writing quality content. But this is not a perfect measure of quality content. But yes it is a major factor to determine the quality of a blog.

Bounce Rate: Keep track of bounce rate of your blog. Bounce rate is the measure of readers who visit only 1 page of your site and then they bounce, so your bounce rate should be low. If it is high then you are doing something wrong and readers are not satisfied with your articles. So what should be the ideal value of bounce rate?

Well, there may be several possible answers to this question but I say “There is no such value”. Instead, try to reduce it every day and compare it with the previous results. If it is decreasing then users are engaged with your content and they are happy with you.

Avg. Time Spent On Site: You should keep track of the avg. time spent on your site. Again there is no ideal value as some niche attracts more reader’s attention like photography blogs can have more avg. time and tech blogs have less avg. time but compare it with the previous results and it should be increasing.

2. Number of Blog Comments

How comments can help in determining the quality of your blog content? Well, this is really easy. People start commenting on your blog if you do some good job on a topic. If you are getting more real comments on your blog then chances are that you are good at writing.

But remember most of the people comment just for the sake of backlinks so how to filter out your loyal readers? Well, if your comments are being converted into a discussion and readers are coming back to reply the comments then you are writing quality content.

3. Number of Real Subscribers

Real subscribers are another measure of quality content. More number of subscribers means your blog has inspired many peoples and they want to follow you. But remember some people subscribe to your blog just for guest posting and spamming so don’t consider those subscribers. You can easily find the real subscribers by taking a look at their email IDs. If they are from Gmail, yahoo and Hotmail then 90% chances are that they are real but if they are having email IDs like example@o2.pl, example@pl and other email IDs like example@domain.com, then they are spammers or guest posters and they are not interested in your content (there may be some exceptions).

4. Getting Trackbacks and Pingbacks from Good Blogs

This is another sign to determine the quality of content you have written. If people are linking to your content automatically, then you are writing quality content on your blog. But getting trackbacks and pingbacks from Spam sites doesn’t mean people are linking to you. Check all the links you get trackbacks from and if the blog is a good blog then only consider those links as good links.

Here, automatic means people are linking to you automatically without asking for any favor like money and link exchange. That is because they want to give you credit for whatever you have written, so they are inspired by you.

5. People Asking for Suggestions and Help

If people are following you on Social Media and you get too many mails like: “Please, Take a look at my blog and give some suggestions”. Then you have inspired a lot of people and this is another sign that you are writing quality content on your blog.

So it seems that there are various measures to determine the quality of your content. So what must be the actual measurement because some of these criteria may not be fulfilled by a blog? Well, if your blog has all these qualities then – Your blog is producing quality content.

But if it fails to satisfy some conditions then you need to work more upon your content because every good blog has all these qualities.

7 Essential Tips To Produce Creative Quality Content

Creative Quality ContentProducing quality content for your blog is essential. Content is king, is a true axiom that resounds especially over the Internet. The quality of your blog’s content, whether it’s an article, a video or a podcast interview, eventually determines your success as a blogger.

Unfortunately, many bloggers remain clueless when it comes to producing quality content. That is the main reason why only 1 or 2 percent of all blogs on the Internet can be considered financially successful.

In order to help bloggers produce quality content, the following are seven tried and tested tips on how to provide our readers quality and informative content.

1. Set up a weekly writing schedule

Haste makes waste and do this regularly and you end up with posting garbage. Setting up a weekly writing schedule is the main starting point of every successful blogger. Writing is a tedious task and proper planning is required. For that reason, it’s imperative to set up a regular writing schedule. For instance, devote at least one or two hours a day for researching topics and producing quality content.

2. Keep a running list of future topics

Keeping a running list of future topics is a genuine way of preparing yourself from writer’s block. Every conversation you had, every book you read, every story you heard, every video you watched – basically, almost everything is worthy of being turned into a blog post.

3. Don’t be afraid of covering controversial topics

Best-selling author and real estate guru Robert Kiyosaki isn’t afraid of being controversial and it literally paid off. Kiyosaki says that he doesn’t mind being controversial if that is the way to get more people to read his books. His first book, you may ask? It’s titled “If you want to be rich and happy, don’t go to school.”

4. Write articles about successful people within your industry

Writing feel-good stories about successful people within your industry is another simple and effective way of getting noticed in today’s competitive world of blogging. People love heroes; they always seek for one.

Satisfy their thirst for motivation by interviewing people they admire most – it could be a local politician, a rags-to-riches businessman, an entrepreneur who skip college or even a freelance writer who left his job and took the self-employment plunge.

5. Write in a friendly, conversational tone

While most writing gurus advice writing in a professional third person voice, it might not be applicable on the Internet. Internet readers are average people who aren’t familiar with jargons and other industry-related terms – always remember Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

6. Start writing your thoughts – proofread later

Writing is different from proofreading. With that said, you should write your thoughts when you’re writing and at least for the meantime forget about proofreading. Writing your thoughts help you keep the words flowing.

7. Proofread your draft at least one day after it’s written

Proofreading should be done at least one day after your draft is written – why? Firstly, it allows you to scan over your draft with fresher eyes. Secondly, it helps you clear your mind and provides you with a fresher perspective.

This article is written by Kim Willis. He is an SEO Consultant and works with online businesses. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

You Blog. Should You Guest Blog?

Guest BloggingGuest blogging is cool.You write your article and someone publishes it. You already have a stage with nice and loyal audience to perform. If you are having your own blog, then it is conventional to translate “guest blogging” as ” increased traffic” or “free advertising”. Increased exposure, RSS subscribers, backlinks, Twitter followers, profits and so on. The blog where you guest post gets one article, most probably a killer article, or at least a high quality article without the owner of that blog spending much time and effort.

Guest blogging is difficult. Not everyone can write guest articles. It is not just you who reads the article and decides to publish it, because every article of yours can seem to be a killer article to you. You have a big blogger (not by physique, or may be too!) reading, reviewing and short listing your article, which is one among probably hundreds of submissions. You will be turned down initially when your guest articles bounce back, but then slowly you will get used to it. It is really hard to keep up with the motivation to continue writing guest articles this way. For the blog owner it takes quite some time to review the guest submissions, make sure the article is unique and does not violate copyright and so on.

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