118 Five Ways To Make Your Blog Stand Out From The Crowd

By Leslie Samuel | Blogging

Jun 25

Is your blog like everyone else's?

Do you ever wonder if you'll ever be able to STAND OUT?

The fact is that there are over 200 Million blogs in existence today. If you're starting a blog (or if you've been working at building your blog) and you want it to be successful, you can't just do what everyone else is doing. You've gotta be a bit different.

Listen to This Episode

That's exactly what we're going to tackle in this week's episode. I'm going to be sharing 5 tips that can help your blog stand out from the crowd, and sharing specific examples to help us all understand how simple things can really help us all build better blogs.

In This Episode

What are the five ways to make your blog Stand Out from the crowd? I'm glad you asked:

  1. Be as YOU as you can be, and be unapologetic about it
  2. Share your story
  3. See what others in your niche are doing, and make a decided effort to do something different
  4. Do something unexpected
  5. Do Extensive Research

Ok, I know what you're thinking. You're saying to yourself – “Leslie, that's too simple, and you gave it all away in these short show notes. I don't need to listen to the episode”.

Trust me when I say this – it's not as simple as reading those five tips and moving on. There are specific ways that you can implement them to have maximum impact, and in the episode, I give very specific examples of how I have used some of these tips and how others are using some of these tips in very effective ways.

So go ahead and have a listen.

Announcements

I've been working on the restructuring of Become a Blogger and I'm very excited. As a part of the process, I'm looking for writers who are knowledgable about blogging. If you'd like to write for Become A Blogger, please fill out the Writers Application Form and we'll get back to you soon.

I just came back from speaking at the Savvy Blogging Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I had a meetup with some great people. Thank you Butch GibsonVickie SceifersAnita Edwards. It's just awesome to be able to connect with people in person – especially people who have been impacted by the work you do with your blogs.

Yes, I'm a firm believer that we can Create Content, Inspire Others and Change the World and this fine group of people have really reinforced that concept in my mind. Thank you guys. YOU ROCK!

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Listener Questions

  • Mark from MassBassin.com called in to ask about how to manage internal linking to your archives
  • David called in to give a great suggestion about how I can vary my intros, and yes – I take his advice
  • Cynthia Sanchez from Oh So Pinteresting called in with feedback on my Interview with Michael Stelzner
  • Joseph Anzai from FolderPrinters.com calls in with his feedback on the direction that I'm taking Become A Blogger

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for the show, feel free to call the hotline at (888) 835 – 2414

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Transcript

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About The Podcast

Learning With LeslieLearning With Leslie is a podcast dedicated to helping you build a business around a blog. No, not one of those blogs that will fall by the wayside when Google has a mood swing, but one that will thrive no matter what gets thrown at it.

I share tips and strategies that I’ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

If you’re a blogger, thinking about becoming a blogger (pun intended) or are not even sure if blogging is right for you, go ahead and tune in to see what this blogging thing is all about.

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  • Vickie says:

    So excited I’m your first comment on this particular post!!

    It was so great to meet you in Cincinnati last weekend. I must admit I get a little “star struck” when I meet people in person that I’ve “met” online and you were no exception! And thank you for being exactly like how you are online! Authenticity for sure!

    Looking forward to seeing how the blog develops. Sound like an amazing plan.

    Vickie

    • Well thank you for your comment Vickie, and thank you even MORE for coming to the meetup. It was GREAT to meet you in person, and I hope to connect with you again!

      Blessings!

  • I love your tip on doing a Rearching and Survey within your industry. Definately something I am going to implement.

    • Thanks Vivienne. I’m actually thinking about ways to implement that here at Become A Blogger too. If you do it on your blog, make sure to come back and let me know how it goes.

      Blessings!

  • John Tanedo says:

    I remember back 4 years ago when I first learned about become a blogger. Back then it was Yaro who did the videocasts and podcasts. The first time I watched a video on how blogging has done such big things for Yaro, I was blown away! From that day on I knew I always wanted to have my own blog, and share my knowledge about web design. But 4 years ago I did not really have the skills I have now, although I was very passionate about my craft I really did not have the experience and online reputation to give people tips and teach web design.

    But still I bought a hosting and a domain for 2 reasons:

    1.) I used it as a playground to practice web design and development
    2.) I just wanted to start writing about my ongoing projects on web design.

    Now I finally have my own blog about Art and Design in which I write mostly about web and graphic design but also feature Artists and Designers from all categories. Although it is still a new blog, 1 month to be exact but I already had more than 16k page views. Hopefully that is not bad 😀

    I am looking forward to learning more here on become a blogger and using it on my blog. I am even planning to do video tutorials and podcasts soon.

    • Bad? That’s AWESOME! Keep up the great work. Glad to hear that you were able to get your blog going and that you are doing so well. Keep it up man. That’s AWESOME stuff!

  • Great episode Leslie! Thanks for the tips and the fun resources!

  • Carol Manser says:

    I was tempted to click on your link to Most Awesome Squeeze page ever. Are you kidding? I hated everything about it. Everything!

    My take home message: be yourself, and don’t copy others unless you like what they do. Then try to do what they do, but in your own way.

    • LOL. Hey – it was given as an example of being Unique, and it was definitely unique. It made me laugh, and yes – I did opt in. I hardly ever opt in to ANY lists these days, but this one was different – and it got me.

      Will it work for everyone? Nope. Will you like everything I like? Nope. And this is the beauty of your last statement. We are free to be ourselves. Isn’t it great?

  • fpjoseph says:

    Leslie, your passion and commitment for helping others truly shows. I can tell that you live by your five steps to stand out, especially the “Be as YOU as you can be”, and your talent for telling your amazing stories. Thank you so much for what you do and keep up the great work. As I said in my voice message to you, I will be there August 1st and I cannot wait to what you have done with the new Become-a-Blogger.

    Warm wishes,

    Joseph Anzai

    • Joseph, thanks for your encouraging words, both on the hotline and your comment. I’m excited about August 1 also. This will be an interesting journey and I’m glad to have you along for the ride 🙂

  • Dan says:

    Bloggers always seem to be afraid of doing something different. Every post is about SEO or ROI. When I see one that’s about a different topic, it’s like a breath of fresh air.

  • Charles says:

    Hi Leslie,

    Great blogging tips! Thanks.

    Charles.

  • Simon says:

    Great article.
    I would add 1 further point.
    Be interesting.

    A blog has to be interesting enough to ensure that people come back regularly to check for new articles.
    Marketing 101, it’s easier to keep a customer than trying to continually attract new ones.

  • Entreb says:

    Nice tips! I would recommend focusing on content marketing. We have to create super awesome blog posts to stand out from the crowd. Content is vital in SEO, social media marketing, email marketing and in almost all of online marketing strategies.

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