Sharing a few blogging tips to get your blog off to a good start
Getting a blog off of the ground can be a slow process. It’s always a good first step to let your friends and family know about your new venture. Sharing yourself, or what you do, in a blog is a fun form of expression. You make wonderful friends and connections and you receive joy from expressing yourself. I am happy to share blogging tips with you. When I started blogging I read books and watched a few youtube videos. But, I didn’t have anyone to share information with me directly. I researched for 100′s of hours and learned a lot of blogging tips through trial and error.
I am happy to share blogging tips with you, I try and keep this section updated with new information so I invite you to stop by once in a while for new info.
Blog post topics run in all different directions. I try and maintain a theme when blogging. But there are no rules about what you can, or should ,blog about. At Katherine’s Corner I keep it personal, with lots of sharing, recipes, photographs, crafts and life stories, etc.
Choosing a Blogging theme is a personal decision driven by your blog goals.
Make your blog inviting, it should be pleasant to visit and encourage your readers to stay a while. Your design is the first thing they see. Give them plenty to look at ( not over whelming) Never underestimate the power of a nice photograph and a nice layout. I can help you with this one Visit my page Custom Blog Art Click HERE I am anxious to help you make your blog look just at you envision it ( sorry shameless plug here)
Photos, blogs are visual first , content second. Have clear focused photos. Remember to tag your photos with the accurate descriptions.
About Page, you must have an about page. It matters, I often visit the about page as soon as I land on a new blog. It lets you know the author. Be honest, be humble, be truthful. Your readers will appreciate it.
Be Yourself- no explanation needed here
Blog hops- are a great way to meet new bloggy friends and share your blog too. Hop on the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop every Thursday here at Katherines Corner and visit the hop page to find some others too. See topic below for how to have a blog hop.
Be Social- social networking is a great help in the world of blogging, twitter, facebook and other social sites help you connect with like minded people and those interested in what you have to share. Make Sure your social icons are easy for your readers to find.
Don’t ask someone to follow you just because you will follow them back. You want them to follow you because you have something they want to read, learn, or experience through you.
Be Patient your readers will grow as your blog grows.
Moderate- moderate your comments, or add a spam checker if it’s available( wordpress plug in.) Capchas can be a discouraging for readers and may stop them from leaving comments.
Comments yes, they make us happy. But alas ( yes I used the word alas) there are some meanies out there. I strongly and I mean strongly, recommend moderating your comments. The delete button is your friend.
Your Domain- It is such a good idea to have your own domain name. A blog address that states your name is wonderful. Try and stay away from blog names that include your blog host name.
Join-Join some online blogging groups or other social groups.
Engage- Your readers, ask questions, make your bog post interactive, provide something for them to respond to within your content.
Respond to comments as often as possible. Respect your readers.
Giveaways are a fun way to say thank you to your blog readers and to help draw attention to your blog too. Everybody loves the opportunity to win a prize.
When you create a giveaway. I suggest offering a variety of ways to enter. Tweet, facebook, post the giveaway button, visit your shop, website, blog about it, etc. You should always one mandatory entry “follow this blog”.
It’s important that you verify each entry. A few people will say “I posted your giveaway on my blog”, but when you visit the blog its not there. It’s unfortunate, but it does happen. Use a verified drawing process like random.org to select your winner and be sure to post how your winner will be selected in your rules. Keep good records, Announce the winner. I I use Rafflecopter, but a pad and paper or excel spreadsheet to list the entries is sufficient, just make sure you use a reputable random draw system.
If your giveaway prizes are “sponsored” verify your prizes have been received by the winner. I know it is hard to believe, but some may promise a prize without fulfillment. I prefer sponsors send the prize to me so I can ship it. But sometimes that isn’t an option or does not work with the type of prize offered.
Please let me know if you are having a giveaway on your blog. I love to enter too and you can add your giveaway link to my Win It Page too. If you need help creating a giveaway button? I can help.
Reminder I have a new giveaway every month!!!
Check and Double Check- the importance of checking, and rechecking before you publish your post.
Check your spelling
Do your research
Credit your research
Use images with care ( copyright etc) add your image source information
Use a relevant title to your post, grab the reader with your post titleTag words and keywords are very important. remember to use them.
Blog Hop Getting Started and What Is A Blog Hop
A blog hop is a link up list that invites other bloggers to introduce themselves and broaden their online community.It introduces others to your blog while providing a link up list for other blogs to join .
When joining a hop pay attention to what you are allowed to link. Link up your blog post ( unless otherwise noted)
Hosting Remember you must set it up first and then use the hop’s page perma link to create the button html.
Visit click on other blog names or pictures on the list and hop around and visit/ meet as many new friends as possible! Encourage your hop participants to leave a comment .
Remember to leave a comment when you hop over also. Let the blog you visit know that you have hopped over from “ the blog hop name” to visit them.
Promote your hop with partners ( if you have partners posting the hop on their blogs be sure to ask your participants to follow them also) and online social media.
Decide if you will be hopping on a specific day of the week, on the weekend, or once a month, etc. So your participants will know to keep coming back.
It’s nice to decide on a hop theme. Will you be sharing crafts, recipes, giveaways, or just blog hopping for new friends? Any theme is great and helps to identify your specific hop from others.
Create a hop button with an html code for copying; I can help with that!
Select a “linky” provider ( the form that creates your blog hop link up list). That is the host site where you will create your list for people to participate. The most commonly used are www.linkytools.com, www.inlinkz.com and www.blenza.com/linkies. You will need to set up an account to use these services. There may be a small fee, some charge for their service and some don’t.
Establish your rules. You do not need to have a bunch of rules but you should have at least one-participants who link up must follow the hop host/hostess blog.
It’s up to you if you want any other rules. Like no advertising, or blogs that link up must fit the theme, must follow on twitter, etc. Encourage your hop participants to post your hop button ( they will copy it from the html code (I personally do not feel this should be mandatory but it is a nice option.)
Some blog hop host/hostesses even pick a random blog from the hop link up list and award a giveaway prize through a random drawing. The prize can be a post about the blog selected, or something tangible. You decide if you want to offer a giveaway, this may be something to consider after you have a few hops under your belt.
There are some wonderful hops out there. Mine is one of them Every Thursday join us for Thursday Favorite Things! I have a blog hop list here too to get you hopping.
Search Engine Optimization, this is how the little web crawlers ( robots, etc) discover your blogs information for distribution in search on the web. Through google, bing, yahoo. etc. Contents are scanned and the search engines pick out what is relevant to their search users. Think of keywords or phrases you would search for and be sure to include them in your tags and in your blog post.
Back It Up
Make sure you are updating your blog with all of the latest updates ( verify your plugins are compatible with the newest version). WordPress and other blog services keep things updated for us to help keep the integrity of our blogs safe.
as long as I’m on the topic of searching always remember to have a search bar available on your blog.
is the actual address on the internet of your blog, the blog post, etc. the universal resource indicator
are the areas within your blog that define the topics of your posts
are the keywords ( no more than 15) that are relevant to your blog post and are used for search
You see it everywhere throughout the internet but what is it?
HTML is the building block each website is created with. It is a series of elements called tags and angle brackets like this
all buried with the contents of the page.
HTML tags normally come in pairs like
The first tag in a pair is the opening tag and the last is the closing tag.
Web browsers analyze the tags to interpret the content of the web page, blog, etc.
HTML is also what allows embedded objects and images to display and to be interactive ( click to go to location). Like for blog buttons.
I am not an expert on HTML codes. But, what I don’t know I can always research and find out.
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The Business Of Blogging
Once your blog is up and running and gaining popularity you have the opportunity to earn some money on your blog to help offset the cost of having a blog. Many bloggers use affiliate programs. They can be the easiest ways to make money with your blog. You usually just have to sign up to join the program. You can pick and choose which widgets (links) you would like to have on your sidebar. Most are simple click and get paid style. When someone clicks the link and makes a purchase, you’ll get a commission or a few cents (sometimes only 1 cent). Keep in mind that each affiliate program has a different method. It will be up to you to determine what works best for you.
Just a few more tips about monetizing your site. Keep your ads relevant to your blog topic or theme. If you are writing about home decorating a widget for lawnmowers would probably go unclicked. Do not flood your sidebar with a bunch of blinking ads or more than about 4 affiliate ads. That is precious real estate.
Here are a few affiliate options I found for you ( I do not endorse any particular affiliate, please do your research before joining) share a sale, link share,commission junction there are many others.
When you have a nice following above 2000 followers you can consider offering ads for sale on your blog . I do recommend strongly that you keep your prices affordable. Keeping your prices reasonable can help you to have a steady ad revenue and repeat advertisers. Also consider ad swaps. Someone can put their ad on your blog in exchange for your ad being on theirs. provide a Media Kit for potential advertisers. ( I will share a sample in the future) :-)
you are just getting started. Do not ,and I mean do not, compare your blog to another. Especially a blog that has been around a while. Lastly, it’s a blog, not your life. Move away from your computer, live your life. Then sit down and share it with us. We look forward to reading about it.