13 Free Blogging Tips For Every New Blogger

If you are new to blogging or are even thinking about starting a blog, here are my thirteen quick blogging tips to get you on your way.

It’s all about me

Ensure you have an ‘about me’ page. Tell visitors a little about yourself and at least give them a name by which they can call you. Make sure you do not have an ‘about me’ page that starts off by saying ‘This Is An Example Of An About Me Page’ and contains no information.

Click here to read about setting up an ‘about me’ page and what it should include.

Make some journeys outside of your blog

I’m always amazed by what information is out there in the blogging world. I’ve learned how to self-publishing a book, how to use social media and make it work for me, how to bake gin & tonic cupcakes, take great photos and, of course, picked up lots of blogging tips.

Reading other blog posts can also give you ideas for writing your own posts. Even if you can only spare a few minutes a day, make sure you visit, read, and comment on other blogs.

Get talking to other bloggers

When you leave a comment on another blog, other readers will read and see your comment and may then come and visit your blog. However, ensure that the comment you leave is relevant to the post and at least proves that you have read it.

Try and avoid leaving worthless comments such as ‘Great Post.’ Instead, tell the author what it was that made you think it was a great post or why you enjoyed reading it. They will appreciate your thoughtful comments and may then visit your blog and become your next follower.

#BloggersBash #Bloggers
Some of the Bloggers from The First Annual Bloggers Bash – London, August 1st, 2015

Treat others how you’d want them to treat you

Don’t ignore anyone who has taken the time to read and comment on one of your posts. However, most importantly, never ignore anyone who has taken the time to leave a comment on the ‘about me’ page of your blog. Think about it like this. You’ve invited a guest around for coffee and completely ignore them when they arrive. That’s almost like ignoring comments left on your blog.

Treat everyone who visits your blog as a guest and ensure they are made to feel welcomed. After all, with millions of other blogs out there, they can always go elsewhere…can’t they?

Not all links are seen as friendly

Speaking of comments, never leave a link to your blog in a comment unless it is either relevant to the post you have just read, or you have been invited to leave a link.

When I first started to blog, I learned very quickly from other bloggers that leaving uninvited links was frowned upon and seen as spammy. What would you think if you owned a coffee shop and, without your permission, somebody from a rival coffee shop came in and left a load of leaflets about their coffee shop? It’s not your blog to leave details of your blog on unless it’s relevant to the post or you have been asked to leave a link.

Take a challenge

There are lots of writing and photography challenges in the world of blogging. Don’t be shy, have a try. Not only will it help you with your writing and/or photography, but other participants will come over and read or look at your take on the challenge. It’s a great way to make new friends, have fun, and gain more followers.

Join a party

Blog parties are a great way to introduce your blog to many other readers and for you to discover new blogs to follow.

This is where the host will either invite you to leave a link to your blog, one of your own blog posts or to introduce a blog that you follow. I’ve hosted and joined blog parties and have always found them a great success.

However, the rule of most blog parties is that if you leave a link to your blog, then you must at least visited some of the blogs of the other people at the party. It’s a great way of showing how friendly both you and your blog are.

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I met hundreds of new bloggers and gained lots of new followers at my first ever blog party.

Make sure you’re contactable

Can you imagine a TV or movie producer, an editor of a magazine, or another blogger wanting to contact you to invite you to write an article, and they can’t find a way of reaching you?

A lot of bloggers dream of making some extra cash with their blog, so if you don’t have a ‘contact me’ page, and they can’t find a way of contacting you, then they’ll probably move on and give that opportunity to somebody else. Click here to learn how to set up a ‘contact me’ page.

Invite a guest blogger

I’ve contacted and asked other bloggers to write a guest post that can be published on my blog. Many are happy to do so. Once published, the guest blogger may reblog the post on their own blog. They may even ask you to write a guest post on their blog, putting you right in front of a brand-new audience.

Don’t be shy. Ask other bloggers if they’d like to write a guest post.

Take up an invite

On the other side of the coin, take every opportunity of writing your own guest posts for other bloggers. Remember what I said previously about being put in front of a brand new audience? Time for the spotlight to shine on you.

Reblog and share

I no longer use the ‘reblog’ button but, instead, use ‘Press This’ to share posts. I also share posts on my social media platforms, especially if I have enjoyed reading them.

In return, many bloggers will share my posts which mean they are putting me and my blog in front of thousands of other readers. By sharing the blog posts of other readers, you are putting yourself in the position of the possibility of having your blog pushed to the front where you may be discovered by new followers.

Social Media: The highway to your blog

Using social media to promote your blog can bring your blog lots of extra traffic. But don’t take my word for it, check the following screenshot to see what additional traffic social media brought to my blog in 2017.

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6 of my top 10 referrers for 2017 were social media platforms

Get ready to land

What’s the first thing you’d like a new visitor to your blog to see when they visit you?

Click on the home button in the menu at the top of my blog to see what new visitors to my blog will see when they arrive here out of the blue. Make sure your landing page is something that will persuade every new visitor to stay, rather than leave and never come back.

Do you have any other tips for new bloggers you’d like to add to my list? Please leave them in the comments section.

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322 comments

  1. I hadn’t even thought about the guest blogging concept. This was so super helpful Hugh, thank you so much for sharing your wisdom for new bloggers like myself.

  2. Excellent list, Hugh. I would add that it’s critical to make sure your blog links are up to date in both your gravatar and WP profile. I can’t begin to count the number of visits that I can’t return because links are absent or don’t work. Wishing you a happy new year of blogging fun. 😀

    1. Thanks so much for adding to my list, Diana. It’s a great point. Nothing worse than broken links on a blog or not being able to find one to connect to the person who has left a comment. I often reported broken links on blogs to their author’s yet some still don’t do anything about it. It could be that they don’t know how to fix them. Then again, maybe they just don’t want to. 🤔 I always appreciate it when somebody lets me know if there is something not working correctly on my blog.
      Happy New Year to you. ✨ Wishing you lots of writing success.

      1. Defo – most of my analogies make sense I think although some are a bit random. I’m sure I wrote a post about that a few years ago, I’ll have to go back and take a look at it. I seem to recall it was called something like Kiss My Analogy for some reason lol

  3. Thanks Hugh! As always, your blogging tips and hints are so useful. I am going to read up on Press This. It sounds like a better option to me. Have a fabulous 2018 🙂

    1. Thank you, Raili. I enjoy sharing these tips. They even act as a reminder to me. 😀
      Having discovered the benefits of ‘Press This’, I would never go back to reblogging. However, I realise that many bloggers still use it, more so because of time restraints.
      Happy New Year to you. ✨

  4. Hi Hugh,
    Great tips LOL; seriously, of all your valuable tips, the one I really want to emphasize is hosting guest bloggers. Many bloggers don’t have time to do all they need to do and they get frustrated. Hosting guest bloggers will enable you to create content, network, respond to comments, and promote. For this reason, I feel there is definitely overlap between your
    tips. Happy new year!
    Janice

    1. Thanks, Janice. Yes, I completely agree about hosting guest bloggers. I didn’t do it nearly enough last year, but that is set to change this year.
      Did you notice any of the tips I learned from you in this post? My heading for the post was something I certainly learned from you.
      Happy New Year.

  5. You always offer up the best blogging tips my friend. I’m drafting this with ‘press this’ to reblog at a later date to refresh everyone’s memory, lol. I also share your posts to FB, which I know you’re no longer there but at least your posts are. ❤ Happy New Year my friend! 🙂 xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Debby. I always appreciate all the sharing you do, especially on Facebook (given that I’m not on there anymore). As you can see from the screenshot I included in this post, Facebook brought me a lot of traffic last year.
      Happy New Year to you both as well. ✨
      xx

      1. For sure Hugh. As annoying as FB can be, it’s still a great medium for authors. Colleen Cheseboro and I just opened a new group – The Literary Diva’s LIbrary where writers and readers share book reviews and promotions, it’s doing awesome in only one day! LOL 🙂 ❤ Thanks for the wonderful wishes again. xxxx

        1. After my account got hacked, I had terrible problems with Facebook, Debby. Plus, I never seemed to have the time to use it. Other social media channels were bringing me in more traffic. As I didn’t have time for all of them, something had to give. To be honest, I don’t miss it at all, but I know how much many other bloggers and authors value it. That’s great news about your new Facebook group. I wish Colleen and you much success with it. Onwards and upwards 🚀 😀
          xx

        2. Thanks Hugh. Believe me, I’ve heard plenty of stories from many about FB. And of course, every social site has its benefits individually for authors. For me FB and Twitter are my most interacted sites so until someone comes up with some FB competition I’ll be sticking around there lol. 🙂 xxx

  6. Awesome tips! I think my mistake has been not visiting other blogs often enough. I guess I will start doing that more. What are these blogging contests you speak of and how do I find and join one? Thanks!

    1. WordPress holds a weekly photography challenge that they issue every Wednesday. I’ve participated in it many times and have gained a lot of followers through doing so. They will be issuing a new challenge today.

      Here’s a link to another photography challenge.

      https://ceenphotography.com/2018/01/02/cees-fun-foto-challenge-t-needs-to-have-two-ts-anywhere-in-the-word/

      There are also weekly writing challenges I sometimes enter. Here are a few links to some. I recommend you follow the bloggers who host them so you can participate in them.

      https://scvincent.com/2017/12/28/thursday-photo-prompt-blue-writephoto/

      https://carrotranch.com/2017/12/28/december-28-flash-fiction-challenge/

      I hope that helps.

  7. I was curious to read how you were to define “success” in a blog. I don’t know how to define sucess but I suspect your blog Is such.
    I liked your suggestions especially the one about leaving commmets so the blogger knows you have been there.

    1. As bloggers, I think we all define success differently. Many see it as the number of hits their blog gets, or how much money they make out of blogging. For me, it’s more about how many comments a blog gets and whether the host blogger responds to those comments.
      Visiting other blogs and reading and commenting on posts is so important. Being a part of other blogging communities is one of the keys to being a successful blogger for many of us. I’ve even been lucky enough to meet up with fellow bloggers who’d I never have otherwise met had I not left comments on their posts and struck up an online friendship.

    1. Thank you so much for those lovely words. I really appreciate them.
      I’m always happy to help fellow bloggers with any questions about blogging, although I’m still in the learning process as well. There is so much to learn, but it’s all great fun.

  8. Great tips! I especially hope the one about replying to comments is read and followed by anyone who wants to keep their followers engaged. It drives me crazy when a comment I’ve made goes unanswered… I might even call it rude. Thanks for the kick in the pants about having a Contact Me page. I’ve been meaning to add one and look forward to following your How-To.

    Best to you for a fabulous New Year!

  9. Great tips Hugh! I’m starting over, slowly, but I’m getting there. My blog is plain right now, I need to make it more friendly. I just saw you copyright 2014-2020! Why 2020? Have a great week my friend!

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth.

      My copyright notice used to be dated yearly, then somebody said to me why didn’t I just extend the date? It was a good piece of advice and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it myself. Many bloggers seem to follow the same rule. Now I just need to remember to change it at the end of 2020. 😀

  10. Hi Hugh,
    This is great advice. It is a shame we have to remind people to be polite to each other. However, when I first started blogging, I was unaware of the etiquette. It was you or someone else that did a similar post. Now it is common sense. I know how to use “press this” on other peoples’ sites, but do you have instructions on how to put it on your own site. I can’t find a widget, etc. that sets it up. (I have JetPack for my other widgets). Do you have to have a premium site to have ‘press this’ listed with your social media links? As always, thank you for your continued support. HUGS

    1. Hi Chuck,

      I’m not sure about the ‘Press This’ widget when a site is self-hosted. However, I would recommend that you speak with Debby Kaye about it as I know her blog is self-hosted and that she uses ‘Press This’ on it. Here’s a link to Debby’s blog, although I do believe you already follow her blog.

      https://dgkayewriter.com/about/

      I’m sure she’ll be able to help you. 😀

  11. I always enjoy reading your posts Hugh and learn something new each time, despite having a few years under my belt at this blogging game. I agree with your tips and it’s a great refresher for us all, especially the About me page and contact pages.

    I am interested in the landing page idea though as I notice you have one and I can see the benefit but just not sure. I’d appreciate some more info on this if you’ve got a moment to share. Thanks for you ongoing support and I’ll be sharing this on social media 😊 happy 2018 to you

    1. Thank you, Deb. You’re right. These kinds of posts do also act a reminder to those bloggers who have been blogging for a while. I even remind myself sometimes. 😀

      I learned that the landing page of a blog is important as it gives visitors, who get to a blog without clicking on a particular link to a post, the first impressions of what a blog is about. For me, the ‘about me’ page is the perfect page to do this, although I do know that bloggers would disagree with me. Also, some bloggers make the mistake of using a link to a home page when creating a pingback. When that happens the blogger whose blog has been linked to gets no notification that a Pingback has been created. Therefore, the landing page needs to be a very important page on a blog in order to get anyone arriving there interested in staying and finding out more. I hope that helps, but feel free to ask me any more questions. I’m always happy to help.

      Happy New Year to you, too. ✨

    1. You’re welcome. I’ve written a few posts about ‘Press This’ and why I think it’s better to use than Reblogging. The post can be found here –

      https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/09/04/how-to-use-press-this-on-wordpress-bloggingtips/

      But then WordPress went and changed things, so I wrote another…

      https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/11/06/the-wordpress-press-this-sharing-button-is-back/

      For me, the main advantage of using ‘Press This’ is that, unlike when reblogging, there is no fear of copyright infringement with any images from the post being shared. I know of one blogger who was fined for using an image from a post she reblogged which had an image on it which was not free to use. As bloggers, we need to be so careful with what we share on our blogs, especially when it comes to photos and images from other blogs or the internet.

      Yes, I categories all my blog posts. Why? Because it makes it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for. You may find this post useful.

      https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/01/29/13-weeks-13-quick-blogging-tips-week-2-how-to-add-delete-and-manage-the-categories-of-your-wordpress-blog/

      I hope that all helps? Please don’t hesitate to ask any further questions.

  12. Great tips, Hugh. One of the most annoying things is when one leaves an erudite comment on a blog and then there is no response. Even a “like’ as poor a response as that, is better than nothing. If a blogger is not in the mindset to communicate with their readers then they should close up shop. Happy New Year. look forward to 2018.

    1. I couldn’t have put it better myself, John. In fact, I’ve also written about it on my blog. I’ll have to check, but I think it was one of my top 10 posts of last year (A new post coming up from me). 😀

  13. I love these helpful posts, Hugh. Even bloggers that have been around for a while forget things and need to be reminded. It is also helpful for new bloggers to start off in a positive way. I know I always appreciate any tips about blogging 🙂

    1. I agree, Judy. Even I find these posts useful, as I write them, as they remind me to do something I thought about and forgot to do. Plus, I enjoy sharing these tips with everyone, and I’m still learning all about the world of Blogging.

  14. Great tips and reminders, Hugh. I’ve shared them on my social media.
    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!

  15. Hi Hugh, you were the first blogger to give me so many good ideas on blogging. And still continue to do so. I don’t post half of what i should but your reminders are always a welcome nudge in the right direction.

    1. Thank you, Judith. I’m always delighted when people tell me how helpful my ‘tips’ posts are. I’m still learning a lot about the world of blogging, but I promise to continue sharing what I lean with you all. These posts even act as a gentle reminder to me. 😀

  16. Thanks for all the tips, Hugh. You’ve reminded me I haven’t done the contact me bit on the new blog! And I forgot a pic of me in About. I put one in, decided it was too big and removed it then forgot about it.
    Why do you use Press This instead of re-blog? I’m sure I’ve read a post you wrote about this but I obviously didn’t take it in.

    1. The two downsides of reblogging are copyright infringement and the taking up of valuable storage space in our media libraries, Mary. I added some details to this post about it.

      https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/09/04/how-to-use-press-this-on-wordpress-bloggingtips/

      The method of using ‘Press This’ has since changed, but I wrote this post which includes a video on how to use the new ‘Press This’ feature.

      https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/11/06/the-wordpress-press-this-sharing-button-is-back/

      I hope it all helps, but don’t hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.

  17. One of my goals for 2018 is to figure out a way to open up my blog to more voices. I’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to guest on other sites. I would love to return the favor. Great tips overall.

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