As an Aniblogger there are many ways to make your blog stand out from the rest and grab the interest of your fellow bloggers and build up your audience.
And, from my own blogging experience at least, there are several things I always try to do to make sure my blog and its content stand out and keep everyone interested. So today on the Listless List, I’m going to share 5 tips that I think may be useful to other Anibloggers out there when it comes to improving their blog and content.
These aren’t necessarily foolproof, nor are they the only methods out there, but these are always things that I personally always set out to do. I’d love to hear your own tips too, so feel free to leave your own below in the comments!
5. Be prolific and post regularly
Posting regularly can be a tough thing to do, especially if you have an extremely busy life outside of Aniblogging due to working a full time job or other similar commitments. However, scheduling around these activities where possible, and posting content as regularly as possible, is one of the best things you can do when it comes to getting your Anime blog noticed.
Not only does it help to retain your audience and keep them interested, but it also gets all of your different ideas out there which increases your chances of getting the post out there that may very well be the big one that will reel in a lot of new readers and get a lot of attention.
And of course, it’s also one of the best ways to continue improving your craft and get better as both a writer and content creator. There’s no better way to improve than to continue practicing and producing content on a regular basis.
If you take a look at the many of the best bloggers out there, many of them post regularly. Some even manage to post every single day. Consistently. For months! Some how. It’s crazy stuff!
4. Post a variety of content
But while being prolific is most definitely important, the content itself matters far more, and having a large variety of ideas is a sure way to keep your readers interested and gain some new ones.
Take my own blog for example. I have various different series that I try to run regularly. Be it my Lethargic Rambles, the Listless List or even some good old First Impressions, I always try to keep my content varied and do my best to avoid posting samey content.
Variety keeps your audience guessing and makes your content less predictable. If you post about a variety of different topics, your blog is guaranteed to have far more reach and has the potential to catch the interest of a larger audience.
Try to come up different ideas for specific series on your blog. I’ve seen a lot of cool ideas out there, such as posts that compare two similar Anime series with one another, or posts that take a look behind the meaning of a characters name and exploring how it relates to the personality of the character themselves. There are tons of great ideas out there!
And while I don’t do this myself because I’m incredibly lazy and hate scheduling, setting aside a specific day of the week for a particular series on your blog can really help with this. Do a list every Tuesday. Post a review on Fridays. Write a big editorial over the weekend. I’m told it works wonders.
3. Post content that is unique to you
And while we’re still on the subject of your own content, you should always be aiming to post content that is unique to you.
Simply regurgitating something that someone else has already said, sharing the exact same opinion as another content creator, or talking about a subject that has been discussed to great lengths already isn’t the way to go.
You should be posting your opinions and making content that no one else has even considered making.
It makes your blog stand out from the rest and makes you someone that your readers will remember fondly and look forward to reading every time you release a new piece.
That’s not to say that you should restrict yourself to posting solely unique content, there’s nothing wrong with doing the odd First Impressions post here and there, or having a few weekly reviews scattered throughout the week, but you should have something that is unique to you, even if it’s just a series or two. It helps you stand out from the crowd!
2. Title your posts uniquely as possible
It may seem like a minor detail, but the title of your post matters. It matters a lot.
The title of your post is always the first thing that your readers will see, and having a good title can make all the difference when it comes down to whether or not someone decides to give your post the time of day.
Even if it’s just an episode review, give your post a title with some flair and personality. I know for a fact that “Netsuzou TRash – NTR: Netsuzou TRap Episode 1” is a far more interesting title than the much more simple “NTR: Netsuzou TRap Episode 1 Review”.
It’s a very small thing, but it makes a world of difference.
My personal tip for this one would be to leave the title until last. Once your post is written up in its entirety, you’ll have a much more concrete idea of the point you were trying to make, and should be more capable of coming up with a flashy title that sums it all up perfectly than you would have been in the beginning.
It works. Trust me!
1. Interact with the Aniblogging community and your audience
And the most important, and most obvious, thing you can do to improve your blog, is to regularly interact with both your fellow bloggers and your audience.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to be a part of the community and engage in discussions with other Anibloggers. Every piece you write is, in some way, a part of the large discussion that keeps this community thriving, and making yourself a part of it is the best way to promote your work and get yourself noticed.
Engaging with the work of other creators will not only inspire them to do the same with your content, but it also gives you the opportunity to sit back, relax, and read some really interesting and awesome content about the medium we all love and care about so much: Anime. You may even make some new friends along the way. I know for a fact that I’ve made some great friends on here!
And of course, your audience will be more likely to share their thoughts on your post if they know that you read their comments and take their feedback on board. And of course, replying to comments keeps the discussion going, which is good in itself.
I don’t always find the time, but when I can, I do my best to interact with my fellow bloggers as well as my readers. Because I enjoy the discussion and I love reading everyone else’s posts. It’s arguably the best thing about blogging, besides creating my own content, and it’s both enjoyable and rewarding.
I hope these 5 tips, while small and fairly obvious, prove useful to some of my fellow Anibloggers out there. Let me know what you think, and thanks a lot for reading!
In the next Listless List, I’ll be posting doing a follow-up to this post where I’ll be giving tips to help you overcome procrastination and get into the groove to write about Anime. Stay tuned for that in the coming days!
Thanks for reading folks!