When I started blogging, I had no idea how many little bits and pieces came with it. There was so much information to learn, and I’m honestly still learning. I thought today that I would compile a list of problems bloggers face and posts they can read to fix them. These may be great blogging tips for beginners or just good blogging tips all around. Wherever you are in your blogging journey, hopefully these can help!
1. No-reply bloggers
If you use Blogger and your account is connected to Google +, you may be a no-reply blogger. This means that when you comment, an email with your comment is sent to the blogger, but the blogger can’t respond directly to it. Other comments are sent to the blogger’s inbox, and that blogger can respond directly via email. For example, if you comment on my posts but never receive a reply back, it’s because you’re a no-reply blogger.
2. Media kits
Media kits are a great way to have your statistics and information at easy access. Plus, it’s so much more professional than just listing the details. I have both on my advertising page and update the written materials more frequently than the media kit because it’s easier to do that. But having the media kit available is easy and rewarding (hey – look how awesome I am! Appreciate my awesomeness! Woohoo!)
3. Use images in your blog posts
It’s something talked about all over the blogosphere: break up your posts with images so that you don’t have large chunks of text in a row, or else your reader will get bored. But you also want to have good quality images, and preferably wide ones. It’s not always possible to take these pictures yourself, so use free stock images. If you don’t have image-editing software, use PicMonkey!
4. Comment on other blogs
Comment on other blogs to connect with the bloggers and to get your name out there. But comments like, “Great post! – Kate www.katethealmostgreat.com” aren’t good. They can honestly be annoying. Definitely include your URL if you want to, but leave a thoughtful comment. Commenting is also a great way to build friendships and connect with others.
5. Pay attention to blog statistics, but don’t obsess
It is so easy to get obsessed with the numbers in blogging, and that’s probably because for most bloggers the numbers are important to a certain extent. For me, I want to know what kind of my posts are popular so that I know what my readers like. I want to know where my readers are coming from and where (generally) they are in the world. For example, the majority of my readers are Americans, which is why I do sometimes speak generally about us Americans. But if it was split pretty evenly, I would probably speak more generally and about more world issues.
A good way to read the statistics without your head exploding is to simplify Google analytics and/or pick a purpose for looking at the numbers. Trying to figure out what your readers like? Wanting to know where they’re from? This is a good way to do it without doing a survey.
6. Search engine optimization is actually worth it
After a certain point, in order to reach the audience you’re looking for, you should probably start using search engine optimization. This basically makes it easier for new audience members to find your blog posts. You don’t have to be really intense about it. Just the basics will take you a long way, and so check out these SEO blog tips.
7. Pages are your friend
I’m talking about pages on your blog like About Me, Advertising, etc. This makes it easier for readers to quickly find information they’re looking for and/or information you want them to find. For example, my writing is a big part of my life and who I am, so I have a writing page. If you want to start advertising in some way, you should definitely have a page for that.
8. Social media is necessary
In this day and age, if you don’t have and use social media, your blog isn’t going to grow. It’s as simple as that. Having and regularly updating your social media pages will grow your audience and your network. In order to avoid going crazy, you should develop a system for efficiently using it. Otherwise it can be really overwhelming!
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9. Dealing with writer’s block
As a writer of blog posts, articles, novels, short stories, and more, I have dealt with my fair share of writer’s block. At some point in blogging, you will experience it. That’s why it’s important to have on hand a list of potential blog post ideas.
60 blog post ideas – Kate the (Almost) Great (hey, what’s wrong with promoting my posts here if they are applicable?)