5 Tips for New Bloggers
|October 25, 2012||Posted by Carrie under bloggers, FitFluential|
I’m no expert in blogging by any means, there are plenty of websites out there that have great information on how to blog. Go check out Blogging Basics 101, Blog Genie, ProBlogger and others for advice from the experts.
But, I have been blogging for more than 2 years and I’ve come to learn a few things, some that the experts don’t always talk about and I wanted to share them today – my 5 Tips for New Bloggers.
1. Be you. Don’t try to fit into a mold of how “bloggers should be”. Talk about what you want to talk about. Be real, be you.
2. Don’t use Captcha Code on comments. Seriously, this is the biggest pet peeve of almost every blogger out there. Yes, spam comments suck. But, there are better options. Even if you’re using a free blogging platform, there are better options. Turn on comment moderation, but please, please, please don’t use Captcha. And, by the way, if you aren’t sure if you have Captcha enabled, please go to your webpage and try to comment.
3. Make friends: find some blogging communities that are filled with people in your niche. Some healthy living/fitness blogger places to start are Fitfluential, Healthy Living Blogs or Mamavation. Most of these communities have a Facebook presence, go find it. Read other blogs and leave comments. Many bloggers end their posts with some questions, just hop in and answer.
4. Comment back when people leave comments on your blog. You can create relationships with your online community by both answering the comments left on your blog and also visiting the commentor’s blog and leaving a comment. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when I comment on a new blog and then see that blogger come visit back and leave a comment. I’m likely to go back and visit their blog.
5. Don’t apologize for talking too much or too little. If you haven’t blogged in two weeks, that’s fine. If you write 1000 words a day that’s fine too. Back to #1 – be you. Blog when you have something to say. When you don’t have anything you feel like talking about, check in with #3 above and spend your time visiting other blogs and making new friends. But, please – if you haven’t blogged in 3 weeks or 3 months, don’t start out your next post with “I’m sorry I’ve been such a bad blogger”.
I hope these tips are helpful to you new bloggers out there and maybe experienced bloggers learned something too. Do you have any helpful advice to add to the list? (see there’s a question – see #3 above – jump in and answer, now’s your chance)