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.
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.
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.
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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