Thursday, May 23, 2013

10 Things All New Bloggers Need to Know!




1. Blogging takes time:
A great blog doesn't become successful overnight! It takes time, development, networking, and a little bit of money. And most importantly, you need to blog consistently and with good content!

Stick with it, keep writing!

Sometimes it's beneficial to set a schedule of 15-45 min. a day to focus on your blog. It will pay off!

2. Network, network, network!
Social media:
So you have a great blog with great content but no one is reading it? Turn to social networking! Having a Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. can really bring in a ton of traffic.
(don't forget to use hashtags on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram! They can really make a difference!)

Bloggy networks:
Another great way is to network with other bloggers on various sites that cater to bringing bloggers together (topmommyblogs, bloggers, etc.) ...no matter which niche you're in there are bound to be blogging networks out there for you to join! I also advise joining "Blog hops". So start google searching!

Guest Post
Host a guest post or write one! Both are beneficial in that they provide a new audience and receive more promotion.

3. Interact with your readers:
If someone leaves you a comment, RESPOND!
If someone sends you an email, RESPOND!
Interacting with your followers is so important for building a relationship and getting readers that want to return. Be appreciative that they took time out of their day to listen/read what you had to say.

4. Know where you want to go with your blog.
Are you looking to make money? Is this a hobby? Who do you want to read this? 
Know what you want and which audience you hope to capture; it can really help focus the blog and improve the content.

I also advise buying a .com once you have established that you seriously want to blog! It looks more professional.

5. Try hard to use spell check/ proper grammar.

6. Be yourself! The more genuine you are, the better!

7. Share pictures!
I personally love getting to know bloggers through the moments that they capture and share.
It makes the blog more personable, fun, interesting and can even spruce up the page a little bit.
You don't have to have a fancy camera...even a camera phone would suffice!

8. Be versatile!
Blog about a variety of topics that you know about. Not only will it make your blog a more interesting read, it can also bring in a variety of visitors that become potential followers.

9. Be smart when designing. 
That font you love might look cool, but we can't read it.
Avoid harsh colors- they can be painful to look at! Go for colors that are friendly and easy on the eyes.
Ask friends, family and other bloggers to give you an honest opinion!

10. Have fun!
Blogging can be challenging at times...but it can also be a lot of fun!
Don't forget why you started your blog and what your goals are for said blog!
If you get stressed out, take a little break BUT remember to come back!


What advice would you give new bloggers?



38 comments:

  1. Great post, thanks for sharing! I need all of the help that I can get.

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    1. Thank you, Katie! Hope this helped! :)

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  2. I've only been blogging for two months - good advice :) We all have so much to say, and then we just need to find people to say it to!

    Come visit me @ www.mamamusing.ca

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    1. Definitely! Thank you for stopping by Shannon! Looking forward to checking out your blog. :)

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  3. Hey, thanks! I am slowly but steadily growing my blog, tips like these are really helpful :)

    http://www.ATableforFive.com

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    1. Thank you, Alyca!!

      Glad you found this post helpful! I hope your blog continues to grow :)


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  4. Thanks for posting this! It will come in super helpful!!

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    1. No problem! Thank you for reading :)

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  5. Thanks for the great advice on blogging!
    Please take a look at my blog! www.thestyledchild.com
    I would love feedback!

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    1. Thank you so much, Alessia! :) Just checked out your page and will gladly give you feedback!

      Thank you for reading! :)

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  6. Love this! Question, how do you get buttons for your blog? pictures etc. My blog is fairly new, so I'm still learning. ( From MBC )

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  7. Hello there! :)

    I wrote a post a while ago about blog buttons...so here you go! Hope it helps :) -
    http://www.journey2milfhood.com/2012/08/10-easy-steps-to-create-grab-button-for.html

    If you need any help/advice I'm here! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. This is great advice and I've never heard of blog hops!...I Googled it and by the looks of the main page, I will be surfing for a while!!
    Thank you!!
    Allie

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  9. No problem!! :) Thanks for stopping by, Allie! Just checked out your blog and YouTube videos! I can only aspire to be as fit as you someday! lol

    Thanks again!

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  10. I think all of these are great advice. Especially interacting with your readers! Comments are crucial in my opinion.

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    1. Thank you! Interacting with your readers is VERY important! It's simple, and fun...yet something people forget to do sometimes.

      Thank you for reading! :)

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  11. These are great tips! It think that first one is the thing that new bloggers need to know the most - it takes time (and hard work).

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    1. Absolutely! A successful blog doesn't happen over night...time, hard work, and patience are key!

      Thank you for reading, Tracie! :)

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  12. This is a wonderful post to share :) I greatly appreciate all of the blogging advice and tips that you give. Blogging does take time and effort, but if you truly put your heart into it and stick with it it can be a rewarding experience. It is also very therapeutic!
    SouthernMessMoms

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  13. Thanks for sharing this post! I really do need more help that I want to admit. I added your button to my blog :)
    http://todayscommoncents.blogspot.com

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  14. Great tips! I think the hardest thing for a new blogger to get is to network. You really have to take the time to put yourself out there, meet other bloggers and respond and slowly your name will grow!

    xoxo
    Kristine
    www.beautyinthebuff.com

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  15. Love the tips! My advice is to never stop learning! I try to have one topic each month I research and learn more about in my spare moments. The blogging world can be so complex that giving yourself something to focus on each month keeps you moving forward without it being totally overwhelming!

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  16. Great advice! Found you on the SITS forum and I'm now following!

    www.MommaCandy.com

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  17. I really love this article and think it's important for newer (and a good reminder to those who have been blogging) bloggers to read this. One of the key things to blogging I have learned in number 6 for sure. Being yourself is a huge part of blogging in my opinion. Again, great tips!

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  18. I'm visiting today from The Sits Girls. This is an excellent article!
    I'd love for you to share at a Link Up I co host if you have the time. ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me at my NEW party!! Open NOW (Sat thru Fri) @ DIY Showcase Link Party

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  19. Great post and great advice! XOXO
    www.stephperson.com

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  20. Thank you so much, Ladies! Glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for reading :)

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  21. I really loved this post as I am still a little new to blogging. So I will be sure to put in effect some of these suggestions. Thanks!

    Stop by sometime in my Skinny Fiber World
    http://skinnyfiberwithpeta.blogspot.com/

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  22. Great post! Thank you! Fingers crossed I think I'm following the advice given, hopefully it pays off!! Would love some feed back
    Http://ourlittlelife13.blogspot.com

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  23. Really great advice. I have been blogging now for almost a year and love it! My one piece of advice would be take pleasure in your blog - it will come across in your writing.

    I would love for you all to check out my blog www.bangkokgirlblog.com


    Anna x

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  24. I am a new blogger... great suggestions! I would love for you to check out my blog if you have time - www.debbiedunlap.wordpress.com

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  25. thank you for the tips! my blog is 3 weeks old and seemed to be doing ok, but has stalled out the last few days. I will try these tips. :)

    ~Megan aka http://meaningfulmommy.wordpress.com/

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  26. Great advice! I just started my own Mommy blog http://www.thegoodmama.org and I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I'll be following!

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  27. Thank you so much. I just started to blog and I am very excited, but I just don't know where to start. I don't know that much about any of this stuff but I am ready to learn.

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  28. Hey! That's great advice! It's always nice to see bloggers helping bloggers! I saw your post on TMB. Cute blog :) Please check out mine when you have a chance. http://mybuttercupblessings.blogspot.com

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  29. Thank you for this post. I'm just getting started blogging and this is very helpful. Please check me out at Onechaoticmom.com.

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  31. As a pregnant woman and new blogger, I spent ten minutes crying over my lack of knowing what I want to focus on. I registered destinationhappysoul.com and am trying to figure out how to focus my blog. I am a mom to 5, pregnant with #6, a cancer survivor, a stay at home mom, a mom to a son with Autism, and write children's books and fiction novels. It is really overwhelming to figure out content purpose and what exactly I am trying to say. Any ideas on how to figure out how to create a targeted blog?

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