Thursday, 8 January 2015

Running And Maintaining A Blog: Beginners Tips

This is not my first blog and whilst this is the blog I've been most happy with, I've been growing as a blogger for quite a while so I've picked up a few little tips and sort of blogging hacks along the way so I've decided to type as many of them up as I can as a mini Bloggers Guide For Beginners.

My first tip would be to set up a schedule, for example; I make sure I post about nails on Monday, Fashion on Friday and a weekly playlist on Saturday. Anything else that is posted tends to be lifestyle because I mainly label this blog as a Lifestyle one with the addition of Beauty and Fashion. If you have any returning readers or subscribers they will look out for certain types of posts so my top tip would be to keep a diary to schedule it all. There are Blog Planners available to save and print out if you don't want to go out and buy a diary, you can even just use your phone for memos or notes but I find it more helpful to use a diary.

Social media is a large part of the blogging community and whilst it can seem intimidating at first, most bloggers are more than happy to help out and give feedback. I personally use Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and most recently Pinterest. Twitter is used to host bloggers chats such as the #lbloggers chat, the #bbloggers chat and the #fblchat which are all useful because a certain topic is picked each week and it gives bloggers a chance to get to know each other and share content. Facebook is fantastic in terms of groups and pages because there are plenty of share feeds and pr requests that occur on that platform, it's actually quite a steady source of traffic.

Speaking of traffic, it's important not to focus on traffic but getting page views and comments is gratifying so all you can really do is focus on content. I tend to check out the#lbloggers, #bbloggers and #fbloggers tags on Twitter to find post inspiration for blog posts rather than Pinterest which I'm told is fantastic for that but I'm not massively familiar with the site. If you're focused on gaining traffic then I suggest finding trends in social media for when to actually post, timing is key for the goal of increasing traffic. I like to post either around lunch time or at about 5pm because that's when more bloggers seem to be looking for links but it's also a good idea to post during a bloggers chat and tag it appropriately. 

Try to add photos to as many of your posts as possible but don't add a photo if it doesn't have any business being where it is, some people prefer block content but others prefer to have it broken up with good quality images. You really have to find out your audience for this purpose, you can always create a survey with Survey Monkey or whatever else to ask your readership what they would like to see.

These have been my top tips for running and maintaining a blog, are there any that you would like to add? I'm always looking for extra tips and feedback.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these tips. Today marks my first week of blogging, I've really enjoyed the week and am just starting to get a grip on what I need to do. The twitter chats you provided I appreciate, I've been on Facebook the last week finding pages for bloggers, this will save me sometime when I hit Twitter. :)

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    1. Good luck! If you need any help at all, my email address is on my 'Contact Me' page. I'd love to hear about how you are getting on.

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