I was asked by several people on Twitter to post some blogging tips, so here is part 2. You can go to Blogging Tips Part 1 as well.
1. Be personable with your readers. If you have the ability, send birthday cards, encouraging cards, or a thank you card in the mail. You can use a comment form that your readers can voluntarily fill in so that you can send them a real, paper card via snail mail.
2. If you use Firefox, you can use all kinds of add-ons to make life easier. The one I really love, is called Clippings. It allows you to highlight words and then save them as a new clipping. If there are phrases you use all the time, you can use a clipping and it will paste the phrase for you and it’s always saved. Right click and bam! There it is!
3. Comment on other blogs w/i your niche. Part of blogging is the community. We are building relationships out in the cyberworld. Leaving a quality comment and letting someone else know you enjoy their work is a big deal. Writers want to know they aren’t writing to themselves. And Christian writers are praying that they are helping someone out there. If that someone is you, let them know it!
4. Do-follow – make sure your blog is set up as a do-follow blog. If it is a wordpress blog, then it is automatically a NO-follow blog. Part of bloggers commenting is to share some of the link love. A NO-follow blog, does not allow any juice from the owner’s site to benefit anyone on their blog. I personally think we should share the love and help each other out so I have a plug-in called Wp-Dofollow so that my blog is a DO-follow and a win-win for my commenters and bloggy friends. However, my comments are ALL moderated due to the sensitive content here so the spammers who hit my site do NOT get published and do not get any link love. There are rules to follow for do-follow and no-follow when it comes to advertising and reviews. You’ll need to google this one and read up on it. I’m not tech savvy enough to explain it.
5. Join a group of bloggers. I happened to catch #blogchat on Twitter one Sunday night and I was sold. I got a whole world of new information opened up to me. Bloggers helping bloggers. You’ll make some new friends and learn a lot! It starts at 6pm PST every Sunday night. Go into Tweetchat, type in blogchat in the very top and it will load only the #blogchat so you can see everyone at once and respond. It also allows you to pause the chat, which moves very fast. I pause it and read the page, respond to questions and comments, and then unpause to allow another full page to load, and then I pause it again. There are several awesome folks who save the transcripts from each blogchat and they post those so if you missed something, or need to reference something, you’ve got it right there! They also edit out the retweets, so all you are left with is the solid comments and tips!
6. Pictures are important to your blog and your posts. Check out Lightstock for images Christian writers need and want. They are royalty free. There’s a small fee for images but they are worth it. They have one FREE image each week as well. PicMonkey is my favorite image Photo editing site. I pay $4.99/month so that I can use the premium services and create images that are worthy of Pinterest. Pinterest brings more traffic to my site now than any other source. I also use Pix-o-sphere for safe, family friendly photos. Always remember to give a source for your photos! You don’t want to be caught stealing photos.
I will continue this series as things pop up. I’m no expert and I’m still learning but I wish I’d had these types of tips sooner!
What are your blogging tips? Do you agree or disagree with anything listed?