I wish I knew someone had given me these blogging tips and tricks when I started out. I have been blogging for the past 6 years and over time I have gathered a few blogging tips which I randomly share with people who are starting out. This morning I decided to compile the entire list and share it with you because I know there is a beginner out there wondering where to begin; how to make their work visible in a world full of bloggers and how to keep readers coming back for more. Take out your pen and paper and get ready to take note of these blogging tips and tricks which by the way fall in no particular order.
- Choose a user-friendly blogging platform. When I started out my first few posts were on Blogger.com it didn’t make me happy so I changed to WordPress after a friend recommended it. (best decision ever!)
- Proof read your work over and over again. You don’t want to be that blogger who publishes work that has typos or grammatical errors. Even after publishing your post it’s important to read through it to make sure everything is in check.
- Keep it short and sweet. You don’t want to overwhelm your readers with too many words. Yes, sometimes it’s okay to write up a lengthy read but remember we are living in a time where your readers attention will easily be distracted by something else.
- Explore new adventures. Whenever I hit a writers block I try something new. It can be taking a walk using a different route, eat out at a new restaurant, visit a friend in a different part of town or write about a deep dark secret that I haven’t shared with anyone. (this depends on how brave you are)
- Read, reblog, share(on your blog or on other social media platforms) and comment on other blogs. That way you get conversations going and other readers will visit your blog to read what you’re about.
- Don’t bombard people with your links on social media once your blog post is out. I used to be guilty of this. Tagging a million people on my blog post link. From experience most people actually won’t read it so it’s best to tag a friend or two that you know will actually read your work.
- Connect with your reader. Each time you decide to write a post ask yourself if it will teach something, make someone laugh, inspire them, have them remember a similar incident, make them sad? In short whatever you decide to write make sure it brings some form of emotion.
- Plan. Write down how often you want to write, what time, which topics and get on with it. Have some form of a routine which your readers will get accustomed to. It can be writing twice or five times a week whatever you decide do it religiously.
- Write about what you are passionate about. When I started I asked other bloggers what I could write about and most of them suggested I have a blog that was set in stone. I am a versatile individual and I knew that sort of blog would soon have me running out of things to write. I decided to have a lifestyle blog instead. That way I am able to write about any and everything. I look forward to writing on my blog and sometimes I have to stop myself because I end up oversharing…But you get where this is going right? Make your blog something that you enjoy and write the sh*t out of it otherwise your interest in it will soon waver.
- Follow other bloggers on the blogging platform you choose as well as on other social media platforms. My personal favourite place to find new bloggers from across the globe is @AfroBloggers
- Use images on your blog posts. Never ending text gets boring.
- Respond to your readers comments as soon as you can. I try and not let a comment go for 3 days without being answered. You want your readers to know that you appreciate them and this is a sure way of doing it. If you ignore their contributions whether good or bad chances of them reading, sharing your work or even coming back to your blog are close to none.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Unfortunately you can’t be good at everything and it is perfectly okay to ask other bloggers how to do certain things. I didn’t know how to add Testimonials to my blog but thanks to a fellow blogger I can now do it with my eyes closed.
- Use catchy titles for your blog posts. You want your reader to get curious and click on your link to read your post. These are my two personal favourite blog posts that got my readers going crazy! 30 Things Women Want Men To Know and 8 Wallet Friendly Date Ideas.
- Read! I can not stress this enough. I think every good writer out there reads a lot. You will be exposed to a wide range of words, you will get to read other styles of writing and it will give you some ideas for your blog as well.
- Choose an attractive theme. You want your blog to stand out and also have your readers come back for more. I have probably changed my theme 4 times to date and I am currently loving the current one, it looks fresh!
- DO NOT PLAGARISE. People work hard on their blog posts whatever you do always give credit to the owner’s work if you choose to use it and that includes pictures.
- Reschedule your posts. Sometimes you write up a blog post that doesn’t get enough traffic and it’s perfectly okay to reschedule it for another time. You don’t always have to write up new content.
- Self promote. You are your own biggest cheerleader. Whenever you get the chance to mention a blog post that relates to a certain subject on social media platforms be sure to have links ready to share. Tell your friends, family, social media fans about your blog post until they know the link by heart.
- Be 100% YOU. I can not stress this enough. If you try and imitate someone else you won’t last in the blogging world. Keep your blog authentic and you will never run out of inspiration.
*BONUS TIP* Use tags on your blog posts. Don’t just leave that area blank. When bloggers search for certain words you want your blog to also be a part of of the links that show up under the search.
These are my blogging tips. I was hoping to keep them short but it seems I just couldn’t stop myself from sharing more blogging tips. This is just how much I get carried away!! I strongly feel that if you specialise in something then by all means share information so that you can help the next person grow.
I know there are other blogging tips that I left out and I would love to read any additional ones that you might have in the comments section.