Before I begin, I just want you to know I’ve only been blogging since October 1st. However, when I started my blog, I was writing online publications for a few other sites, and loving it. And recognized my passion for writing.
So, I dove into the blogging world. I don’t know it ALL. Heck, I’m not even sure if I even know all that much, but each day I see a new idea, see something that’s really worked, and am just awestruck of the possibilities of what a blog can do, how far it can reach, or how fast one can be face planted into nowhere land too 😉
So, I just wanted to share some tips that I have discovered since I’ve begun my journey into blogging.
1) Have a CORE group
Connect with a group of bloggers that you really enjoy their company. You take the time to read their blogs every day or every other day. You network with them, you connect with them, you go to them if you have questions, etc. TRUST me, having this core group will make your entrance into the blogging world easier.
2) Recognize the power of TWITTER
When I logged onto twitter 2 years ago I honestly didn’t get it. I wanted to connect with friends, people I already knew. The majority of the people on twitter are not people I knew. It was way before my time. When I logged onto twitter 6 months ago, and recognized my talent of writing, I began to see TWITTER differently. I also had a better understanding of how important networking is.
3) Read Blogs.
I’ve gained some awesome new followers this way. It starts with one post that grabbed my attention. I leave a comment. I know if anyone takes the time to leave a comment on my blog I automatically follow up with them at their blog, or take a peek. I try to reciprocate a comment onto one of their posts I found interesting. I know on a daily basis, I read anywhere from 10 to 20 blogs. I make the time for it because I know the time and effort that is put into a blog so I try to give notice of hard work by leaving comments on people’s blogs.
4) Partake in Link Ups.
In the future I’m going to be writing a post about some of my favorite link ups to partake in, but in the meantime, connect with other bloggers, and learn about the link ups that are happening around the blogosphere. Link ups are great opportunities to introduce new people to your blog. You share a post related to the link up topic, and voila, people will visit. BUT, please make sure you take the time to read the blogs partaking in the same link up as yours.
5) Link back to old posts!
Okay. I admit I need to work on this, and this is one of my goals for my blog this coming year. But not only does it help the SEO practices for your blog, but it lets incoming new readers read previous posts you’ve written to keep them on your page longer. When I go to a blog and see a link to another page, my curiousity gets the best of me, and I want to click that button to see what they’re talking about.
6) Attend a TWITTER Party
There is a twitter party for everything these days! The key is to find your niche, and participate in one. Twitter parties are another great way to network with other bloggers, but also other people on twitter. If you formed a connection, most likely, they’ll take the time to check out your blog too. And who knows, you could end up winning something if they have fun prizes!
7) Attend a Conference!
I have yet to do this, but it is another goal for this upcoming year. Each week I learn about a new blogging conference. For those lucky enough to attend Blissdom in the next few weeks, have fun! For those, like me, who have yet to attend a conference, take it as a chance to learn, network, and get word out about your blog. Although, I must admit, a conference sounds pretty intimidating to a first time blogger attendee especially with all these pro’s running around!
This is just my own little learning curve. I have found that giving each day a specific theme has made it easier for me to come up with content for my blog. On the days that I have free range to write about anything I find that I can’t focus and choose a topic, but on the days where it’s THEME related, the posts just come to me. These theme days help to establish your blog too, and give a better idea to your readers on what you’ll be talking about and representing.
9) Cite, Cite, Cite
I find if I get inspired by another blogger, I must link back to the post that inspired me. One, it’s giving credit where it’s due, but it also gives background into what spawned the topic. It’s basic blogger courtesy!
10) Comment Back
When someone takes the time to leave a comment on your blog, try to comment back. I understand that WE all get busy, but blogging is meant to be interactive. Some blogs give an email out for when a person replies to a comment. Through that reply, the person will come back again just to see what you said. It starts a conversation, and another way to network with your readers. It’s hard to comment back to everything, trust me, I know, but the fact that you took the time to go through comments shows readers that you do care and are taking the time to read their comments.
Just a few insights into the blogging world thus far. What has helped you with your blogs? Any advice for up and coming bloggers?