That Bloggy Feeling, Blogging Tips
That bloggy feeling has overwhelmed me since the middle of last night.I often get bloggy ideas in the middle of the night. I blindly scratch down my thoughts on a notebook I keep by the side of the bed . I thought of more bloggy information to share with you to help make your blogging experience a positive one.
Pinterest- Lets talk about pinterest for a minute. It’s a great way to share and discover. I don’t ever seem to have enough time to spend there, but I always enjoy it when I have a pin happy hour. No cocktails are served but I’m sure I could find some on pinterest. Are you ever curious what things are being pinned from your blog onto pinterest? If you type “pinterest.com/source/putyourblognamehere” ( do not include the quotations) in the address bar at the top of your screen you will see all of the pins from your blog that people have pinned to their boards. You can also click on your analytics page on pinterest to find the most recent activity. Now I bet you are getting that bloggy feeling too
Comments- When people are browsing the internet they are searching for blogs they feel are legitimate. Blog comments are often the evidence they need. Readers may assume if people are taking the time to comment maybe it is worth spending some time visiting the blog and commenting too. This may sound a bit contradictory, but while I’m on the topic of comments, did you know that 90% of readers visit your blog quietly while enjoying your content and only 10% of your readers comment regularly? Even blogs with many subscribers, readers and followers still only see a few comments on each post. Please do not be discouraged. Respond to comments in as timely a manner as possible. Of course the more comments you have the slower you are to respond. I know I’ve said this before but get rid of your CAPTCHAS, moderate your comments instead. If you make it difficult to comment, well, then, you won’t get any. Keep your blog user friendly.
Side note- I normally respond to comments via email ( if available). But, starting this week I am going to be responding within the comment thread itself. Please check back for a response to your comment or subscribe to comments . I am currently looking for an updated notification process. Something that sends an email saying your comment has a reply. and includes my reply. I’ll let you know when I find it and you can use it too.
How do you feel about this decision? If YOU don’t like it I will change back to emails.
Subscribe-Readers and followers are the pulse of your blogs heartbeat.♥ It’s important to have a variety of ways for your readers to keep up with you. Do Not count on only one method. I was using a paid service to send out my daily posts but the cost just became to overwhelming. I am grateful for my other ways to follow. Paid services can get very expensive, especially if you post regularly and have over 500 subscribers . I recently changed to a subscription service provided through jetpack. The downside was that I had to enter each subscriber’s email in individually , but fingers crossed everyone will get the note I emailed for them to click to follow. Your blogging platform probably has several ways (besides your RSS feed) to follow, take advantage of them. Remember when people follow on your social network they are following your blog so keep your social network updated.
Blog Design- Many of you know that I provide a blog design service, headers, etc. But, there’s something you can do to your blog design yourself. Update your blogs footer area. If people read through your blog and get to the bottom, have something for them to see or read there too. DO NOT make the footer your “dumping ground” for miscellaneous buttons, etc. Have something for your readers to click on, search or discover.
Your Sidebar- Your sidebar is prime real estate and needs to be treated as such. Keep it relevant to the theme of your blog. Do not fill it up with blinking ads! For more about the business of blogging I invite you to visit my Blogging Tips Page.
Consistency- consistency is the key to growing your blog, I do not encourage posting randomly. Post daily, post bi weekly, post weekly, but post consistently.
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