Since I’ve been doing this blogging thing for over ten years now, I must have learned some things about it right? Not really. Just kidding. I’d say I have, though I wish I knew more. Blogging is an ever evolving practice and therefore can be a really confusing undertaking.
There are some simple things I’ve learned that make blogging more meaningful to me. They don’t necessarily improve traffic or income. I’ll leave those tips for the pros to give.
Here’s a short list of 20 things I came up with that are helpful to me, use ’em or toss ’em:
25 Blogging Tips
- Define what you want out of blogging.
- Set goals.
- Measure progress toward goals.
- Create a cool “About” page.
- Create attractive titles using related search terms.
- Pick a simple theme (I recommend one created by WordPress.org ie; Twenty Fifteen) and test, test, test.
- Use paragraph breaks about every 10 sentences or so. Do not write a whole page with no breaks.
- Embrace the mentality that posts have a 12-24 hour shelf life. Don’t expect it to be read after that.
- Write posts expecting them to be read years from now.
- Read other blogs.
- Subscribe to blogs that subscribe to yours.
- Comment on other blogs.
- Pay attention to what your “niche” is and become the resident expert.
- Use pictures when possible. Get yourself a good camera or get good at iPhoneography.
- Value real readers over “click through” traffic by replying to comments and commenting back.
- Provide entertainment.
- Every year or so, get a good quality profile picture on your blog.
- Be relaxed when you blog (it shows).
- Use Google Analytics or other service to find out which topics get the most reads.
- Enjoy yourself, try to not make blogging a chore.
- (bonus) Try blogging from Starbucks.
If you have any tips, please share with me in the comments!