I hope you’ve all had a good Sunday, I’ve had a lovely day which was, shockingly, spent in my jammies, haha.
Last night was a really exciting night for me because I reached 200 followers on the blog! I was so so pleased and can’t believe that the blog has that many people wanting to follow it, I set myself a goal of 200 followers for after a year, and I’m thrilled to have reached that number already and just want to say a massive thank you to everyone following and supporting the blog, every like, comment and follow means so much to me, so thank you! The next thing for me is setting a new goal for myself, if any of you have any ideas I’d love to hear them!
So today, I thought I’d share the top blogging tips I’ve learned over the last 5 months, I still have so much to learn about blogging but here is what I’ve learned so far!
1.Plan-I roughly plan out each blog post and write them in my diary, for the first 2 months I planned nothing and that was definitely a difficulty when it came to posting, this way I have an idea of what I’m posting when, I don’t always stick to it but it is a huge help to have an idea of what you’re going to be posting.
2.Write down any ideas-I’ve found this to be really useful, I always make sure to write down any ideas I get for posts as soon as I get them, this helps me to remember any good ideas I come up with and stops me getting frustrated when I can’t remember them later.
3.Set goals-Another thing I’ve found to be really useful is to set realistic goals for myself with the blog, this gives you something to work towards which I have found is a good motivator when I’m posting. It encourages me to post often as well as posting content that I think people will like.
4.Post often-When I first started I wasn’t posting very often, I quickly realised that posting infrequently wasn’t going to make my blog successful in any way because it wasn’t encouraging people to visit and read the blog, I aim to post every 2 days, but that isn’t always realistic depending on what is going on in my life, but I will post a minimum of twice a week.
5.Don’t put too much pressure on yourself-Everyone wants their blog to be successful but don’t put too much pressure on yourself! If you can only manage one post a week that’s fine, it’s better to post 1 good post a week than 5 rushed ones that you aren’t pleased with, putting too much pressure on yourself will take the fun out of blogging, be realistic with what you can do and don’t beat yourself up if one week you’ve been unable to achieve what you intended to!
6.Interact with other blogs-I follow so many tags on WordPress and a lot of blogs, commenting and liking other peoples posts is a great way for them to find out about your blog, asking people to check out your blog is a good way too, but make sure you aren’t spamming them, personally, I’m much more likely to check out someones blog if they actually ask me too. Commenting on other posts is great because it lets other bloggers know you like their content as well as letting them know about your blog, this is definitely one of the best ways to get your blog noticed.
7.Advertise your posts in other ways-Using other apps and websites as a way to get your blog noticed is something I’ve found to be really useful, I use Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Quora and StumbleUpon to promote my blog content and it is a really useful way to increase views, StumbleUpon alone enabled me to get over 2000 views on one of my posts which was amazing!
8.Proof read-This is really important, I try to read over each post 3 times to make sure my spelling etc. is correct, at the end of the day you don’t want to upload a post that makes very little sense. Of course no one is perfect and you won’t always upload a post that is error free but we’re all human so don’t stress if you have the odd mistake.
9.Limit any distractions-I don’t have a specific work place for writing posts, but I have found that writing them somewhere where there are minimal distractions is pretty useful, I find it much easier to write a post that is of good quality when I am somewhere where I won’t be easily distracted than if I am talking to someone, watching TV etc. it really helps me to concentrate and get what I want to say written much clearer.
10.Have fun-This is probably the most important thing I’ve learned, blogging should be something you enjoy, upload the content you want and have fun doing it!
So there are my top blogging tips, comments and feedback welcome!
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