I have been blogging for one year now and in some respects I feel like I have always had my blog.
In one short year, blogging has given me so much that I am so grateful for.Things that I didn’t expect when I wrote my first post. I have written about how blogging is like therapy for me. I have been asked to review some wonderful products, have captured big and small moments in Baby’s life, been invited to great events, but also most of all I have met some fabulous new friends.So with all this in mind, I thought I would share some of the blogging tips that I have learned during the past year. Even though I still have so much to learn, but I thought it would be helpful to share what I have learned so far.
Here are 50 blogging tips you need in your life
1. Install the editorial calendar plug in. For me this it vital to visually see your posts in calendar format. You can drag and drop them about and your drafts are at the side and can be easily dropped in.
2. Schedule tweets. There is no point in writing a great post and then not promoting it or just tweeting it out once. If you can imagine a timeline with 3000 people’s tweets on it, that one tweet isn’t going to be seen. In the past I have used Buffer and Twuffer, but I now use Social Oomph. I pay a small amount (couple of dollars a week) and there are no limits and I can set a schedule i.e tweet every four hours forever, or tweet every 3 hours x 10. This saves me so much time on imputing. Remember the times when you are asleep but the US is awake!
3. Create twitter lists. I follow about 3k people and if i didn’t have lists then i would miss most of the tweets I want to see. So I created a list with all my friends in it and I add to this list when I have interaction with people.
4. Evergreen old post scheduler. This is a WP plug in that posts links to your old blog posts on twitter. It is fully customisable, you can pick the frequency, categories, tags and age of post. I set it to tweet on the hour, any post older than 30 days.
5. Draft posts – if you have an idea then create a draft post, you can then develop it and thrash ideas out, but the post is there and you won’t forget about it.
6. Social sharing- make it easy for people to share your posts. I have sharing options at the end of each post, courtesy of a plug in.
7. Pictures. Pictures grab the readers attention and help tell your story. I rarely (if ever), publish a post without a picture. They also help break up the text, a huge chunk of text can be off putting to the reader.
8. Pinnable images. This won’t always be possible, but where appropriate, try to create pinnable images. Portrait images with the blog post title written on. Think of what would make you pin something.
9. Use your networks. Promote post via all your available networks, a pic, with text on Instagram letting people know you have a new blog post.
10. When installing a plug in, check when it was last updated and try to install ones that have been updates within the last few months.
11. Join in with Linkies. This will help you build relationships with other bloggers and give your post more exposure. I published a Linky List yesterday, which might help you get started.
12. If you want to work with a particular brand/company, just email them, what’s the worst that can happen. You never know you might get lucky! I got my BritMums Live sponsorship from speculative DMs.
13. Sharing is caring. If you like a post, why not share it as well as leaving a comment? The blogger will really appreciate it.
14. If you don’t use a plug in delete it and make sure all the active ones are kept up to date.
15. Use Hashtags when tweeting, or posting to Instagram, to help you reach a wider audience. Remember hashtags don’t work on Pinterest, so don’t waste your time including them.
16. Blog Clubs – If you want to get more involved in the community and receive more comments, then consider joining in with a blog club or commenting post on Facebook. It is an investment of time, as you have to comment on all the other posts, but it is a good way to build your community.
17. Pic Monkey – I edit most of my pictures with Pic Monkey, it is really user friendly and can do quite a lot. It is free, but you can pay a few dollars a month for an upgraded version, which I have.
18. Phonto – is an android app, that allows you to write on pictures, which you can then upload to Instagram, great to tie in with point 9.
19. Stay true to yourself and your voice. Other bloggers will do things differently, some better, some worse. Just stay focused on what you want to write and how you want your blog to look.
20. Run giveaways – giveaways can help bring additional readers to your blog. I use Rafflecopter on all the giveaways I run, which allows you to customise the entry requirements.
21. Canva is a free picture editing and graphic website, that is great if you fancy a change to Pic Monkey.
22. Plan general posts depending on the time of year. Think what do people want that month – i.e in January they want bargains, resolutions and to lose weight/eat healthier. October time could be good for starting Christmas planning posts. Also look for Nationals days, as you may be able to tie a post in with one of those.
23. Re-purpose an old post. Update the SEO, make it prettier, re format it if necessary or maybe offer it as a guest post.
24. Use nrelate plug in. Which places thumbnails of similar post on the bottom of each post.
25. Make sure your blog is mobile friendly. Have a look at it on your phone to double check things are where they should be.
26. Write about what is trending if it interests you (Twitter, Google, Yahoo homepage will show trends).
27. Check your post twice before publishing. We are all human but spelling mistakes look awful.
28. Include a call to action or question at the end of a post. It might improve shares or help start a conversation.
29. Readability – Is your font easy to read, does the background make this difficult. Try to keep things simple and clean. Handwritten style fonts are often harder to read.
30.’ Top ten’s’, ‘How to’s’ and recipe posts always go down well and are very pinnable.
31. Back up your blog! I use the UpDraft plug in, which I set to back up to Drop Box.
32. Facebook Page – Try to engage your Facebook fans, not just post blog links. Create a community.
33. SEO – Optimise your posts so that people can find them. I use the WP SEO by Yoast Plug in, which is super easy.
34. Try to meet other bloggers face to face. It will help you to build relationships and you will learn lots.
35. Try to make your titles attention grabbing.
36. Make it easy for people to comment on your post. Try it yourself and see how it works. Captcha can put people off, so can systems that require people to log in and authorise apps.
37. Post regularly and if you go away schedule posts, tweets and other updates, so things keep moving in your absence.
38. Write a personal ‘About’ page with a picture. People are inquisitive and like to put a face to the name!
39. Write a series of posts. That way you will encourage people to visit you again for the next instalment.
40. Make your pictures as large as your template allows. Large pictures are more aesthetically pleasing.
41. If you are serious about your blog, move to self-hosted. You have more control over the appearance and can earn money when you are self-hosted (if you wish!).
42. Install Akismet – it will monitor your spam.
43. Link to another of your posts in any new post.
44. Have a spare post. That way if you are due to publish a post but haven’t written one, you can pop in your spare.
45. Start an email list, which could then develop into a newsletter mailing list.
46. Install Jetpack (Self hosted WP Plug in). This gives you all the features that WP blogs have automatically, so your editing area will look like it did before you went self hosted.
47. Install Comment Luv. This allows readers to leave a link to their most recent post.
48. Your contact details. Make sure people can quickly and easily find your email and your twitter handle. If they have to spend too long looking, they may not bother.
49. Examine your stats to find out what type of posts are most popular, so you can tailor your posts accordingly.
50. Have fun!
I hope you found some of these tips useful. What would be your top tip?