Blog Success and NBA Signature Moves

Although I have only been blogging for three months and consider myself a newbie to this game, I’ve noticed some key signature moves successful bloggers use. You may not have invented the move or do it as well as others; if you practice and employ them in some form, I strongly believe you will obtain some blogging success. With the NBA All Star Game coming around the corner, this reminds me of NBA signature moves and being a successful basketball player. The player may not have invented it or be as very skilful as others; if they use it in some form or other, they will increase their odds of scoring and having a successful career. Who would have thought there is a parallel between basketball and blogging?

Bold Critical Points: Finger Roll

George “The Iceman” Gervin added some flair and style on his way to the hoop. Rather than go in for a basic layup, he would gracefully swoop in and at the last moment flick the ball up over the defender for the bucket. In blogging, you could just make your point by basically typing out your words, but why not add some pizazz? Make it pop and stand out of your page by bolding your critical points. This will wake your reader up, hit the message home, and make a stronger impression!

Refer Previous Posts: No Look Pass

Magic Johnson, the leader of Showtime, mesmerized defenses and the crowd with his signature no look passes. Now you see it, now you don’t! He was literally a magician with a basketball. While you write-up your current post, make a no look pass to previous posts to back up your point. You showcase another article to your reader, you get an extra link, and you’ll leave your audience gasping for more!

Make Poignant Comments: Ally Oop

You see this all the time. The point guard leads the break and before the defense can settle in, the ball is lobbed toward the rim where a soaring teammate ignites the crowd with a thunderous SLAM DUNK! Pure teamwork and chemistry, this also translates to the blogosphere. Add your thoughts, opinions, and stories to your fellow blogger’s post, but make sure there’s some substance to it. Not only do you enhance the post, you also get to show your skills as a writer. If you’re lucky, you’ll attract new readers as well!

End With Questions: Skyhook

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the reigning scoring champion with his patented skyhook. Virtually unstoppable as he sets up his defender one way and then hooks the ball over his head and over his overmatched opponent’s block attempt. After you are done so eloquently making your points, hook a few thought-provoking questions at the end to get your readers thinking, engaged, and commenting. Make sure to follow-up and if all goes well you will have multiple conversations and more traffic flocking to your site!

Topic Twist: Dream Shake

Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon left many opposing centers in the popcorn machine with his dream shake. Catching the ball deep in the low post, he would fluidly fake one way and then make a little chip shot the other way.
Just search for his abuse of David Robinson and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I don’t see it all the time, but when a blogger does a topic twist, it makes a huge impact. I came across an article where the blogger listed all the reasons why you shouldn’t open a Roth IRA. At the end of it all, you’re amazed and get his point of why you should. I also refer to this as the M Night Shyamalan special. When done correctly, it’s a highly effective and a lethal way to grab more traffic, get people talking about your topic, and your twist!

Guest Post: Killer Crossover

Finally, Tim Hardaway left defenders looking silly as he faked one way and crossed over his dribble in the opposite direction. Turning on the jets, he coasted relatively free to an easy basket. When you crossover and guest post on other blogs, you introduce yourself to a new audience. Hopefully your killer style makes an impression, thus attracting new readers back to your site!

Like I said before, if you practice these moves regularly and use them in your own blog, your posts will be more effective and entertaining to read. It will be like watching an NBA game. With practice and hard work, success will be right around the corner because your blogging will be FANTASTIC!

What are your favorite blogging signature moves?

This post comes from Buck Inspire who tries to live a fulfilled life within his means, delves into personal finance, and adds a splash of dining, entertainment, pop culture, and travel.

75 thoughts on “Blog Success and NBA Signature Moves”

  1. Samuel says:

    Awesome post. I love the style of the post. My favorite is the guest post: killer crossover. Thanks for sharing. Have fun 🙂

    1. Hey Buck Inspire,

      Like Samuel I like your style very much. My style is different but variety is beautiful to have.

      I may decide to practice some of the moves you suggest with my own spin.

      1. dotCOMreport says:

        The amazing thing about the points Buck Inspire listed is that they are points most bloggers already know. But they were brought out in a way that made one think. Now, bloggers are more likely to implement these moves in their next post. Good job.

        1. Buck Inspire says:

          Don’t let the cat out of the bag! 🙂 I agree, a lot of this material is readily available. I think the challenge these days is to provide your own style, twist, or flavor. Do you have a favorite move or something not on this list?

      2. d3so says:

        I can’t wait till the all star game. I liked killer crossover 😉
        Interesting writing style.

        1. Buck Inspire says:

          Killer crossover, eh? Hope you have been guest posting, too. All Star Game!!! Gotta watch out for Blake Griffin, modern day Shawn Kemp! 🙂

      3. Buck Inspire says:

        Thanks much! I look forward to seeing your own spin. Which is your favorite move?

    2. Yea it’s a good post, but he had to use Hardaway as an example.

      1. Clay Burt says:

        One thing about this technique is you might alienate people who are true fans, but using Hall of Famers reduces the chance people still hold grudges 🙂

        1. Buck Inspire says:

          Hmmm, good point. Guess can’t please everyone. Might have to make a Hall of Fame edition later. Thanks! 🙂 Do you have a favorite move?

      2. Buck Inspire says:

        I know, I know. 🙁 Who would you have used as your crossover example?

    3. Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I’m beginning to love the guest post: killer crossover, too. Especially when it’s on John Chow! 🙂 Have you been guest posting?

    4. ibnujusup says:

      awesome sharing… i dont know there is a relatedness between blogging and NBA 🙂

  2. Wasim Ismail says:

    Some good tips here for all, such as ending with a question, and Guest posting, both contribute to successful blog….Nice Work

    1. Fairooz says:

      Yep, I agree with Wasim! That point is a good contribution for a successful blog

      1. Buck Inspire says:

        Glad you agree! 🙂

    2. Buck Inspire says:

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m still trying to learn the game, too. But like I said before, a lot of this is already out there. I’m just trying to add my own twist to make it more entertaining. 🙂 Do you have a tip, not on the list?

  3. Nice post

    I liked the way you used NBA moves

    Whats the name of the writer ?

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Inspire, Buck Inspire, at your service. What’s your favorite sport besides the NBA?

  4. Ending with questions is a big hit. I have tracked the responses I got, and the posts which ended with questions got many times more comments than others. Not only more comments, but they also built up a more loyal group of visitors.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Find A Language Teacher,
      Thanks so much for sharing! I actually don’t pull this strategy too much, but will definitely give it a shot now!
      All the best,

    2. I agree

      Its works just great

    3. Buck Inspire says:

      Great point about building your loyal visitors. Do you have any tips to share? I even find asking questions in comments beneficial because it builds relationships and the community. 🙂

  5. Justin says:

    My blog is fairly new, so I am still in the “developing my style” stage. I will use any relative advice that I can get at this point. Thanks for the advice.

    1. Abhik says:

      Yes!! Being as a starter, you can surely adopt some of the ideas.

      1. Buck Inspire says:

        Terrific! 🙂 John gives awesome advice. Even though you just started, what’s your favorite move?

    2. Buck Inspire says:

      Glad I could help. I’ve actually learned a lot from John so you’ve come to the right place. Also feel free to email me anytime. 🙂

  6. Hah, I’m not to interested in basket ball, but a neat look at the two.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree. I’m not really into basketball, but found a lot of value in this post. 🙂 I feel like I’m really good at referring to older posts but can work on some of the other points.

      1. Buck Inspire says:

        Thanks! 🙂 Not into basketball? So besides blogging, what are you into?

    2. Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! 🙂 If you could compare it with another sport or activity, what would it be?

  7. Gyanguru says:

    Nice and interesting article…

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Do you have a blogging tip to share?

  8. fas says:

    Associating sports with blogging is a good idea.

    1. Even i liked it very much

      Nice idea by the writer

      1. Buck Inspire says:

        Thanks! What do you compare blogging to?

    2. Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! What other sports are you into? I take it from your gravatar, you would compare blogging with cars!

  9. Hotdogman says:

    This post was a perfect example of your first point: the finger roll. Your article was filled with good advice that’s already out there but you “gave it some pop” and made me (and many others) look at it from a different perspective. Good job.

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Wow, thanks for putting it so eloquently. Exactly what I was hoping for! 🙂 What is Hotdogman’s favorite blogging or NBA move?

  10. Clay Burt says:

    Nice post – using analogies, storytelling, etc are a great way to make people relate and remember! Next time you might want to throw in some more recent players though – or at least include Bird, Jordan, etc 🙂

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Oooh. You got me! Pretty blasphemous without mentioning Jordan in a NBA signature move post. I actually was thinking of using his jab step, but I thought the others were more recognizable to the general public. Bird? Not sure if he had one. Do you know?

  11. Kirk Taylor says:

    Very entertaining. A new spin to the game….

    1. Neon SRT4 says:

      Yes, it looks good entertaining.

      1. Buck Inspire says:

        Thanks! What’s your favorite sport?

    2. Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Is basketball your favorite sport?

  12. nicedl says:

    I like “Guest Post: Killer Crossover”, It’s interesting.

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Thank you. 🙂 Do you have your own favorite move?

  13. Abhik says:

    Ah!!! Nice Post..
    Some of the points are really interesting.

    1. ikki says:

      (y)(y) nice and interestint and useful tps

      1. Buck Inspire says:

        Thanks! Do you have a useful tip to share?

    2. Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Who’s your favorite blogger and NBA player?

  14. Allen Walker says:

    Ha ha. Great post! 😀

    But how could you leave out Michael Jordan, the king of basketball? 😛

    My favorite blogging signature move: Slam Dunk from the Three-Point Line

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      I know!!! 🙁 Greatest Player of All Time!!! The tricky part with that awesome signature move is thinking of its blogging counterpart. I’ll sleep on it. Thanks! Who’s better Jordan or Kobe? 🙂

  15. ikki says:

    interesting article

  16. ikki says:

    to a blog success, work, time and contance

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Agreed! 🙂 Who in your opinion follows this formula of work, time, and consistence?

  17. I always considered myself to short for basketball, but I might have a fighting chance at this one. This is a good sports analogy, and I do agree ending with a question is a great idea and can be used as a subliminal call to action.

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Nah, man. It’s all in the mind! Look at Mugsy and Spud Webb! 🙂 Glad you liked it. Wow, never thought of it as a subliminal call to action. Guess you’re right! Do you have your own favorite move?

  18. I have been blogging for quite some time and yet a few of those “moves” are something I have little experience with. The descriptions provided though give you great visual examples that help to put important details into perspective. Thanks again.

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      You’re welcome and thanks for sharing! I’m glad you found this post useful. Do you have a favorite move? I’m encouraged and will continue to look for other tips for myself and others. Thanks again! 🙂

  19. Musculo PC says:

    Thanks for share this, i love this blog, you are a great person to follow 🙂


    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! 🙂 What’s your favorite move?

  20. Now that’s a great guest post. The tips given are unique and well organized. Often, tips given aren’t unique, I’m impressed.

  21. Buck Inspire says:

    Thanks and glad you were impressed! 🙂 What has worked well for you?

  22. All great ideas…. presented in an entertaining format. I have found that by ending the post with a question seems to garner more responses. Good job Buck!

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Questions are great. However, the right questions need to be asked as well. There were times when I asked questions and I got no responses. 🙁 Still learning. Do you have a favorite move not mentioned on the list?

  23. Jackie says:

    You make those blogging moves sound beautiful — I especially liked the topic twist idea.

  24. Buck Inspire says:

    Thanks for the kind words! 🙂 Like I said before, I haven’t seen it often, but when done properly, you’re like woah… Do you have a favorite move that you use?

    1. Jackie says:

      Nope still working on that!

  25. I like the NBA style post. I actually know all those guys too, I used to watch basketball a lot more back in the day. Now I’m more of a football fan. (Go Falcons!) Do you think you could write something related to that?

  26. Buck Inspire says:

    You’re more into football? That’s cool. Let me put on my thinking cap and see what I can match up with Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Roddy White! 🙂 Do you have a favorite blogging move yet?

  27. Great post… sorry it took me so long to find it!

    Denise @ The Single Saver

    1. Buck Inspire says:

      Better late than never! 🙂 Do you have a favorite move?

  28. christina says:

    Nice comparison with NBA and blog

  29. singer divya says:

    i love to watch NBA, here you made the comparison, really great.

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