Blogging Tips from Bloggers

So you want to start a blog or been blogging and don’t know your goals yet? Here are some great blogging tips from Bloggers who have been in your shoes.

Blogging is quite daunting especially if you are very new and have no idea where or how to start. There are a lot of things that you need to set-up, you maybe force to learn basic HTML codes, SEO and social networking. These are some lessons I learned along the way.

Blogging Tips from Bloggers

1. Blogging is hard work.

If you happen to read my post 5 Realities About Blogging – I mentioned there that Blogging is a lot of hard work, commitment and sometimes overwhelming. You have to have perseverance and patience. As you go along with your blogging journey, remind yourself why you are blogging in the first place. This helped me a lot not to feel disappointed and frustrated. It kept me going even when there are times that I just want to quit.

2. Join Linky parties

On my second year in blogging, I wanted viewers and increase my readership. I was so lost how to do this. I kept asking my family and friends to visit my blog and begging them to leave a comment. I think most of us have been in this kind of situation. Building blog audience is not easy. I joined linky parties which actually helps a lot in bringing traffic to my site. Slowly, I meet new friends who are also newbies at that time. Keep socializing and know your Bloggy friends. If you are a newbie blogger, you must understand that comments will come in time. If you want comments, start commenting with other blogs. For sure, there will be Bloggers who will check on you and leave comments in return. Aside from that by leaving comments you are already putting your name out there that will potentially gain clicks from other bloggers or visitors of that certain site.  Be sure not to leave spammy comments.

3. Make sure to have an account on big social media sites.

As a Blogger, you should have accounts at major social media platforms like FB, G+, Twitter, You tube etc.  You may want to promote your post at these social media and meet new friends along the way. Some blogs make it hard for their readers to follow them. Some of them do not have a social media buttons. Gosh! I want to follow you but how? Please place it above the fold where it can be seen easily. I have noticed also that some blogs do not have Author/ blog owner’s name in it. When I comment, I usually address the author by their name. It is more casual and friendly way of connecting with the writer/blog owner unless if you want to be address by your site’s name.

4. Reach out to your audience.

As a Blogger, you need to reach out to your audience too. Stop writing like you are the only person in the world. Ask your readers what are their thoughts. Encourage them to leave comments. Go to social media sites and socialize with your followers. Most of my followers are bloggers as well. For example I go to G+, share their post, comment or +1’d their post etc.  In twitter, comment, re-tweet or favorite their tweets. These are just examples, I am sure you’ll do more at one media site or another.

5. You need to know your niche, voice, and what your readers want to read. 

I am lucky enough that when I started I already know what is my niche but to some bloggers they are struggling on this part. Find your inner blogging voice, I am still struggling and working on this area. It may take time,  ask yourself if you are a reader of your blog what would you want to read? Does your blog sound too negative? Do want more specific topics? What are you good at doing?

6. Invest in your blog

I have learned along the way that you also need to invest in your blog. When I started blogging, I never think of giving give-away, advertising my blog with other blogs, or co-hosting.  Newbie or not so newbie we want to grow our followers. Give-away is a great way to kick the numbers in short time.  Aside from that, it is a great way of saying thank you to your readers for sticking with you. Co-hosting is another great way in increasing followers. Some bloggers may charge a co-hosting fee like me :) Blog owners has to pay the monthly or yearly fee for using the service. So, the co-hosting fee actually helps the owner shoulder the cost. Text linky tools is free but of course it is very nice to use the thumbnail version especially if you have fashion, photography, recipe, crafts or sewing party.

If your blog needs a facelift, then you might want to contract a web designer. You can still do it with blogger but WordPress has a lot to offer. Tons of plug-ins that will help make your blogging experience easy. I have started a series Why I moved to WordPress part 1You might want to consider moving to wordpress. Blogger is also great but I find WordPress awesome :)

7. Use good images. 

Always make sure that your photos are great if not good. Make sure it is not blurry or dark. Put cute labels and watermark them. I usually put my blog address ( Your image should be Pin worthy to make your readers pin your image. Why would you do this? Well, simply because Pinterest will bring good amount of traffic to your site. My number one blog referrer is Pinterest on top of the other major social media sites.

8. Publish useful content. 

Creating blog content that will interest your readers needs research.  A content that solves a problem is a great one like How to’s or tutorial. People love solutions to their problems, big or small.

9. Set goals for your blog. 

Let me ask, do you use a blog planner? If not, maybe it is time to start using it. Blog planner will help you plan your strategy, things you need to do, get to know and keep track on your statistics, jot down your thoughts before it fades away in the air etc. Set goals by knowing what is the standing of your blog, what do you want to happen next? Do you have a target Alexa ranking? Do you plan to monetize your blog? What are the things you should do to achieve your target?

Every last week of the month, I sit down and brain storm on things I want to happen in my blog. I write all the posts I want to publish and lay them in my Blog calendar. I jot down all my ideas. I record my statistics found in google analytics and alexa rankings. From their, I strategies and set my goals. I have a blog planner ready for download here, feel free to use it.

I still have a lot of things to share with you, but I decided to break it down by topic. Stay tune for my next blogging tips.

Learn more tips and ideas from other Bloggers that I compiled from Pin It Monday Hop Party (a linky party that happens every Sunday 5pm CSTuntil Friday midnight). This collection is full of information, anything you want to know about blogging. I love these Bloggers for sharing their experience, knowledge and ideas.

I hope this will help you in your blogging journey the same way it did to me. You can help other Bloggers by pinning this post and or sharing them at Twitter, FB or G+. Enjoy and Talk to you soon.

  • Alanna August 27, 2013, 9:49 am

    This is so helpful! Thank you for the tips and advice I will definitely be referring back to this as I continue to blog.

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    • Judy August 28, 2013, 2:21 am

      Hi Alanna,

      Thank you for checking this post out. Glad to be of help.

      Have a nice day!

  • Emily @ My Love for Words August 27, 2013, 4:45 pm

    I was happy with the 9 tips you provided and overjoyed when I saw all the links to other resources. Thanks for putting this all together! Pinning for continual reference (and excited to be cohosting with you throughout September. woohoo!) :)

    stopping by from the Smart School House link party
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    • Judy August 28, 2013, 1:57 am

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for reading my tips. Enjoy browsing other great tutorials and tips from awesome bloggers. Me too excited to have you in the team :)

  • Selene Galindo August 27, 2013, 8:51 pm

    Wow…great tips!! I just started blogging in January and quickly discovered tip #1 to be true…it’s work!
    I’m off to check out your other blog related posts!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Judy August 28, 2013, 1:43 am

      Hi Selene,

      I’m glad that you stopped by. Oh yes it is a lot of hard work than we think :) Enjoy browsing other great tips from bloggers :)

  • Lizzy Allan August 29, 2013, 7:54 pm

    What an amazing list of tips! Thank you so much, Judy :)
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    • Judy August 30, 2013, 4:25 am

      You are welcome Lizzy. Thank you for checking it out :)

  • Mothering From Scratch August 30, 2013, 6:47 am

    {Melinda} Fabulous tips! Each one is right one. I have had two blogs. The latest one is so much more doable and enjoyable because I had a plan and I knew to have patience.
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  • Darcy August 30, 2013, 8:18 am

    Thanks so much for the great advice! I will be pinning this so I can refer back to it!

  • Holly @ Holly's Helpings August 30, 2013, 6:14 pm

    I really like your idea of setting goals for your blog. It’s so obvious, but I had never actually thought of it!
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  • bettyl August 30, 2013, 7:38 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. I found a lot of them by accident!
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  • Amila August 30, 2013, 7:39 pm

    thanks for sharing these tips,very helpful.I follow most of these tips,but no.9 is something I am going to follow from now on!Though I have goals for each month,I dont write them in a paper.Thanks for the tip!
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  • Jessica August 30, 2013, 9:45 pm

    These are fantastic tips. Pinning now! :) Thanks!
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  • Author Bek Mugridge (@bekmugridge) August 31, 2013, 6:58 am

    Wow, fantastic blog post and so much information and tips and even all the linked up ones too.
    Thank you for putting all this together.
    I am definitely going to start a blog calender what a fantastic idea and way to be more organised.
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    • Judy September 12, 2013, 8:24 am

      Hi Bek,

      Thank you so much for reading this post and I am glad to be of help. I strongly suggest using a calendar would be great to keep you on track. Have a great day!

  • Jenn@Two Gals and a Blog August 31, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Thanks for all the great tips! My friend and I just started a blog recently and we need all the tips we can get :)
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    • Judy September 12, 2013, 5:26 am

      Hi Jen,

      Glad to be of help. All the best to your blog and welcome to Blogosphere ;)

  • Jann Olson September 1, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I appreciate all of the research you do and share with SYC.
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  • Brooke September 2, 2013, 6:50 am

    Thanks so much for the great tips/reminders, Judy. Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed with everything blogging entails, but if I want to make something of it, I need to stick with it and keep up on the things you’ve listed. Thanks for the motivation. Happy Labor Day!
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    • Judy September 3, 2013, 7:24 am

      Hi Brooke,

      I am very happy that you stop by and glad that I was able to give some motivation somehow :) As Dory of Finding Nemo said..”just keep swimming” :) and one thing that I have learned that kept me from being overwhelmed is to not rush and pressure your self. Our Blog can wait.

  • Linda @ Mixed Kreations September 2, 2013, 9:34 am

    Hi! That’s for the great tips. I have been trying to increase the traffic to my blog. I did a giveaway to bring in more traffic, and it did bring in some. Guess I should try another. Thanks for the tips! Have a great week!
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    • Judy September 3, 2013, 6:59 am

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks for stopping by. There are a lot of other ways to increase traffic. Try some and see which one works best for you :)

  • Meredith September 2, 2013, 10:03 pm

    I found you through The Scoop, and I liked all your tips. Thanks for sharing them. :) I also struggled with my blog for the first 2 years, and then I discovered the How-Tos and the Linky parties. Every blogger needs a little help at first, maybe a mentor per se.


    • Judy September 3, 2013, 2:32 am

      H Meredith:)

      Thank you so much for checking out my post. Oh yes, I have to agree. It would be awesome if we can get a blog mentor during our early days of blogging.

  • Michie September 3, 2013, 2:43 am

    useful tips, I also having a hard time for niche i want on my blog.when I just started,I blog everything like food,travel,book and my personal point of view.Then after a year I create a blog for my books.

    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Hope you can visit my Friendship Friday
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    • Judy September 3, 2013, 3:05 am

      Hi Michie,

      Thanks :) Glad to help you thru this collection. Followed you via bloglovin :)

  • Kathy September 4, 2013, 4:42 am

    Very good tips – yes, it is hard work, but well worth it!
    I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  • Kaz @ Melting Moments September 5, 2013, 12:27 am

    What a wealth of knowledge, thank you!
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  • Samantha @ Five Heart Home September 6, 2013, 5:39 pm

    These are great tips, Judy! And it’s extremely helpful that you included all of the blogging post links from other bloggers as well. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and wisdom with the rest of us!
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  • Gardenchef's Needle and Pen September 6, 2013, 7:23 pm

    Great tips indeed for growing bloggers! Thank you! Coming from What’s Cooking Love link up.
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    • Judy September 11, 2013, 12:28 am

      You are welcome and thanks for stoppin by :)

  • Alicia O'Brien September 7, 2013, 3:37 am

    Thanks for the awesome tips and resource of blog posts. Starting to blog is definitely a learning curve, and keeps me way more busy than I thought I would be. You’ve nailed it on the head with this post :)
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    • Judy September 11, 2013, 12:14 am

      Hi Alicia,

      You are welcome :) It is nice to know that we have the same experience in blogging. I am now trying to prioritize things which I can do within my time frame. I have a tendency to finish everything in a day which burned me out. What about you?

      • Alicia O'Brien September 12, 2013, 3:46 am

        I tend to take my time and not feel too stressed if I am not linking up or posting when I feel I have to. The world isn’t going to end if I don’t. Being happy in real life, spending time with my family, is way more important than keeping up appearances online :)
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        • Judy September 12, 2013, 5:09 am

          I have to agree Alicia :) Striking balance in blogging time and personal life should be achieved. Blogging can be addictive and may consume family time especially if gearing towards monetizing our blog. That’s why planning and sticking to schedule should be followed. Indeed, blogging can wait. It will always be there. There are other ways though to achieve online presence while spending time with family one of that is hiring virtual assistants (if willing to shell out some money) or scheduling post and social media post.

          Thanks Alicia for the visit and I appreciate your thoughts on this.

  • Nicole September 7, 2013, 3:53 pm

    Hi! Judy, visiting from the wondering brain blog hop. I am also following you too, stop by and say hi! If you ever need design posts/craft blogger posts i would love yo.


  • GiGi Eats Celebrities September 14, 2013, 7:44 pm

    I do believe I follow your rules, with success! :) I love linky parties – not only is it a place to share my content but I get to be introduced to bloggers that I would never know existed otherwise!
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