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.

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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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325 comments

    1. You’re very welcome. The best way to find blogging parties is to do a search for them on WordPress. At the top of your WordPress ‘Reader’list, you’ll find a search bar. Type in blogging parties, and it should bring some up. However, check when they ended before you join any, as some of the results may be old.

      I’d also recommend you join some blog challenges. I have a page on Flipboard and Mix.Com which contain all the latest blogging challenges I have found. The links are below.

      https://flipboard.com/@hughwroberts/blogging-linkups-l2b2svh6y

      https://mix.com/hughwroberts/blogging-linkups

      I hope they help.

  1. What a useful post! I plan to ‘press this’ after commenting and will definitely be re-reading. I have very few followers and I think I need to take more time to interact, rather than blogging and leaving.
    I just have to set a time limit or I would be here all day…I wish I could do that!

    1. Thank you for sharing the post, Julie.

      I set myself a limit as to how long I spend blogging. However, some of that time is allocated to networking with other bloggers by reading and commenting on their blogs. It’s one of the best ways to make friends, gain more followers, and build our blogging communities. Some days I will read and comment on just one post. On other days it could be five or six.

      I’m glad you found the post useful. I hope some of the tips do work for you.

  2. Very helpful tips Hugh – I have yet to set up a contact page – other WordPress bloggers and I have used the “user info” to get an e-mail address to send items with attachments that cannot be sent in a regular comment so must be sent by e-mail. So I have saved the link you referenced. Thanks for the tips … always something to learn, and I will be blogging six years next month.

    1. Hi Linda, where can find the ‘user info’, you mentioned, on their blog? I know that the email address of those leaving comments is contained within the comments section of our blog’s dashboard, but if somebody who has never left a comment (or you left one on their blog) wants to contact you, how would they contact you other than by leaving a comment? For example, I had a radio station contact me to ask if I would like to appear on one of their shows. They contacted me discreetly through my ‘Contact Hugh’ page because they did not want to leave a comment that other readers could see. I’d be interested in knowing, as it could be something I’m missing. Thanks so much.

      1. Hi Hugh – the only “user info” is the actual e-mail as you mentioned it, which appears when you right-click on the comment section interaction … to be honest, I didn’t know it existed and I had followed someone’s blog and they sent me an e-mail to thank me for following their blog – I instantly wondered how they “discovered” my e-mail address as I don’t display it and didn’t have a “contact me” page . For the first 4 1/2 years of blogging, I had only a handful of e-mail subscribers, then suddenly in November of 2017, someone in the WordPress world “discovered” my blog. I was not savvy about using tags and didn’t start until the 5th anniversary of my blog (February 2011) … I was just writing for the enjoyment of it and I shared my blog with a few friends – only two regular commenters however. I am on Facebook but don’t post my blog posts … clearly my small circle of friends were not interested enough to comment, so I don’t promote it there. I am only on Facebook to follow the news, nature events and contact a few friends who don’t use e-mail anymore. Then WP bloggers discovered my blog. That is the only personal user info – I should have clarified better. I need to tweak my blog a little and was going to do so over this Winter … up to this weekend, we’d had some beautiful Winter weather, so, as a walker, I seized the opportunity to walk and take pictures and write long posts. We have a bad Winter storm this weekend. My WP theme is no longer offered and I am reluctant to part with as I do like it, and at some point about 18 months ago, the font size was much smaller – I contacted WP and they said they had not altered that 2010 theme. So, I enlarged the font size, but need to play with that and reduce it a little as it’s too large, including the photos, plus add to my photo gallery and I will put a “contact me” on. I’ve only had people contact me through the “About” page … I have had several bloggers that I noted to them that they never had their name on their blog, so I asked them what their name was? I was guilty of sending one of my blog posts unsolicitied … I was a little red-faced when I read that part of your post yesterday, but I was not being pushy, just sharing an item of interest, especially for a fellow nature lover … there is a certain etiquette to be followed isn’t there? 🙂 I wish I’d made the foray into blogging long before I did, but I didn’t begin the walking regimen until late 2011. I’m off to see if it is a “walkable” morning – I hear it is a little slippery out there, so we’ll see. Have a great day Hugh.

        1. Thanks for the information, Linda. I did wonder if it was something I didn’t know about, so you’ve confirmed what I thought. Not having a ‘Contact Me’ page will mean that people who don’t want to contact you via a comment, or who have never left a comment before, won’t have any way in contacting you. I recommend that every blog has a ‘contact’ page because you just never know who may stumble upon your blog, read some of your posts, and have an opportunity for you to make some money, or be offered some free promotion. Of course, not everyone wants to be contactable, and that’s fair enough, but I think the majority of us would like a way of being contacted. It can mean getting lots of extra emails, but I think the benefits outweigh the negatives of that.

          Congratulations on having one of your posts ‘pressed’ by WordPress. That’s something to be very proud about.

          As for leaving uninvited links on other blogs, I always ask first if I can leave a link if I’m linking to something similar in the post. Many bloggers appreciate it. I always edit comments and remove any links in the comment if they have nothing to do with my post or I haven’t invited somebody to leave a link. It helps and stops the same people trying to leave links all the time, especially those you know haven’t even read the post or have no intention of reading any of your other posts. They soon move on.

        2. I am going to work on my blog this Winter and do a few tweaks Hugh – I also bought a DSLR camera last Summer and aim to learn how to use it with the manual settings rather than automatic – hopefully I can accomplish this as well over the Winter, especially if it drags on as long as it did last year. The Winter months leave me inside more than outside most years.

    1. You’re welcome, Indira. Yes, try and leave comments that a blogger will really appreciate. Comments like ‘Great post’ or ‘Brilliant read’ can be expanded into some of the reasons why you thought it was a great post or an excellent read. For example, did the post help and, if so, how?
      Good luck.

  3. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    Not only are these fabulous tips for bloggers but it won’t hurt those who are being featured on blogs who don’t have a blog of their own to read.

  4. Love your blog! So many helpful tips. Ive just been reading all of your posts instead of getting out of bed to get ready for class ! Haha I’m definitely gonna take your advice. Am a new blogger so I’m still figuring things out.

    1. I’m sorry to have made you late for your classes, but I’m glad to hear that my blogging tips posts have been helpful. We were all beginners once. Finding your way through the blogging world is not all as clear-cut as many think. However, I followed great advice from professional bloggers and now find myself still blogging nearly five years later.

  5. This post was very helpful! I am BRAND NEW to the blogging world and excited to dive in! I didn’t even know anything about blog parties or having guest bloggers. That is so neat that you can do that! Thanks for your insight! 🙂

  6. These are all great tips Hugh. It is really hard for new bloggers to find their way alone. Going to blog parties really helped me get off the ground. I have made so many great friends through blogging. It is great therapy…

    1. I agree, Brigid. Blogging parties are an excellent way to make friends in the blog world. If I hadn’t attended them then I’d not know near as many friends as I do here in Blogland. I’ve even thrown a few parties myself. It can be hard work playing host, but it’s always great fun.

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