Helping you 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. Use 200-500 words per post.
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 :-)Please visit my services 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) Get a few Blog Design tips Click here
Photos, blogs are mostly visual first and content second. Have clear focused photos. Remember to mark ( watermark) your photos with your blog name or copyright information. If you are using a photo that does not belong to you be sure to credit your source and link back. Once you have drawn the reader in with a photo they will read on.
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. See below for how to set up a 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. Never leave your blog url in a comment! Search engines including goole,will mark the blog as SPAM.
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.) Don’t use Capchas, they can be frustrating and 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. Also, do not judge your reach by how many comments you have. Many may read and few may comment.
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 network 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.
Policies- Create and post your policies, and disclaimers especially if you are writing reviews.
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,
Post Title Use a relevant title to your post, grab the reader with your post title. Tag words and keywords are very important. remember to use them.
How To Set Up Giveaways Click HERE
How To Set Up A Blog Hop Click HERE
The Technical Stuff Explained Click HERE
The Business of Blogging Click HERE
Selling Ad Space On Your Blog Click HERE
Blogging Etiquette Click HERE
Pinterest and your Blog Click HERE
Dear Blog Click Here
List Your Blog On Search Engines google, bing and yahoo
Remember you are just getting started. Do not, and I mean DO NOT, compare your blog to another. Especially a blog that has been around for 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.
Need even more information? I invite you to visit the blogging and website experts at First site guide also has a free detailed guide on how to choose the right domain name for your blog or website. It is an especially nice resource to help web beginners in building their own website. You can see it HERE. Need some tips on hosting? First Site Guide can help, please visit HERE
You can find Katherines Corner listed in the DIY bloggers to watch in 2015 too ( scroll down a while and you will find me ( wink)