The International Bloggers Association is a group of bloggers from around the world. We all have a part in helping each other to make our blogs awesome. This is what Let’s Make Your Blog Awesome, A Learning Series for Bloggers is all about.
There are so many blogging tips I could share and I have only been seriously blogging for 23 months. I swear I am learning something new every day. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not. When it’s not, I am like, “Oh goodness gracious! I wish I knew this months ago!” With this in mind my latest question in our IBA Facebook group was What are Your Best Blogging Tips? I hope the answers I received below, from a variety of bloggers, will help you with your blogging journey. Maybe it will even save you some precious time and a bit of sanity 😉 Keep in mind as you read the following that these are only opinions. Take what works for you and pass on the rest. It won’t hurt our feelings 🙂
Always include a Pinable image AND a Facebook shareable image in every post. Make them similar versions of the same branded graphic. Don’t forget to include your logo or blog name in the image! ~ Orana from Crazy Little Family Adventure
Write what happened. ~ Alyce from More Time At The Table
Don’t try to compare yourself to anyone or any other blog. Recognize your uniqueness and niche from the start. Always be true to yourself and your goals and standards of success! ~ Joanne from What’s On The List?
Edit, edit, edit and I am not just talking about blog posts. Every so often I go through my blogs ( I have 6) and clean up my sidebar and get rid of anything that is outdated or might slow down the upload speed of the blog. If people have to wait for content to load, they will click and move on. I also revisit old posts and try to clean up broken links or delete stuff that just is no longer relevant. Besides blog aesthetics I try to come up with ideas to reward new and loyal blog readers. For example right now new and existing subscribers get a chance to be entered into a monthly drawing for a 16×20 inch custom painted digital portrait. Offers like this are nice incentives that get people to follow and read my blog. ~ Enzie from Portraits By NC
Take your own photos and write about what matters to you. ~ Catarina from ByCatarina.Com
Always be true to yourself and write about what matters to you. Never try and copy what someone else is doing because then you’ll only ever be a second rate version of that person. Just believe in yourself. ~ Jonelle from Tyranny of Pink
Always link to another blog post on your own blog near the top and at the bottom of each post. Make sure the new posts open in the SAME window (not a new one) so that people stay longer on your site. Helps your SEO! ~ Jeanne from Home Garden Joy
One of my blogging tips, even though I’m fairly new, is to have original content. Be unique. DON’T copy other blogs or plagiarize. It will come back to haunt you in the long run. I was just made aware of someone who did that 🙁 Someone I thought was a great photographer of a food blog turned out to be fake and was banned from a few places. I stopped following them. ~ Magdaline from Momz Cuisine
Those who read your blog want relevant information and not useless words. Therefore, make sure you do not write long descriptions and introductions which may bore your readers. Provide them with valuable information, even if it is short, but up to the point. What people look forward to when reading your blog what information and nothing personal. ~ Nischal from Blaber Blogger
1. Be witty and informative in every post.
2. If you read an article you think is helpful for you share it with your readers. It helps the other blogger, and it helps your readers by informing them.
3. Engage with your followers/readers. This is the biggest difference of blogs and websites. Bloggers can interact with their readers so that they know they are valued.
4. Too much ads everywhere can disorient readers so make sure to put tolerable ads in the right places.
~ Hazel from Awaiting Disaster
Now tell me, What are Your Best Blogging Tips? Leave me a comment below, and stay tuned for the next edition of Let’s Make Your Blog Awesome coming October 2nd.
Have a wonderful week wherever you are in the world! Signing off, Tina