100 Blogging Tips For Beginners

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Check out these 100 Blogging Tips For Beginners (even if you’re not a beginner) and make sure your blog is living up to its full potential.

DESIGN
1. Get your own domain name. If you need help choosing one, just make sure you’re not using any of the Worst Possible Ways To Choose A Domain Name

2. Use WordPress.org instead of WordPress.com, a self-hosted blog gives you much more creative control. Save some money by using my free WordPress Blog Installation Service.

3. Take the time to have a logo or custom header designed. A little professionalism goes a long way with establishing your credibility.

4. Stand out with a unique and professional looking design. If you can’t afford a web designer, a Premium WordPress Theme is an affordable and effective option.

5. Design with your audience in mind. A blog for teens or college students shouldn’t have the same look as one that’s geared toward stay-at-home moms.

6. Use colors that are easy on the eyes. Stay away from bright/neon text on a dark background or light text on a light background.

7. Make sure your blog doesn’t have any horizontal scrollbars! They’re the mark of a web designer who has no idea what they’re doing.

8. Get rid of placeholder text (“Lorem Ipsum…”). If a page of your blog is unfinished, just hold off on publishing that page until it’s done.

9. Keep your sidebar clean and uncluttered. There’s no need for it to have a calendar, hit counter, picture of your cat, or a badge for your hosting company.

10. Don’t put important info at the bottom of the page where no one can see it. Anything that you absolutely NEED your visitors to see should be visible without scrolling down on the front page.

11. Don’t go plugin-crazy, only install the plugins you absolutely need since unnecessary ones can make your blog load slowly.

12. Have an easy way for readers to contact you, like a Contact Form.

13. Introduce yourself on your About page (include a current picture), your readers want to know that you’re a real person.

14. Put your blogroll on a separate page, don’t clutter your front page with links.

15. Sans serif fonts are easier to read on a computer screen, keep this in mind when formatting your posts.

USABILITY 
16. Link the logo in your header to the home page.

17. Your blog’s page navigation should be easy to find and use.

18. Make sure all of your links work.

19. Make it easy to subscribe to your email list.

20. Make it easy to subscribe to your RSS feed.

21. Make sure your blog looks the same in different browsers.

22. Make sure you can view your blog on an iPad, iPhone, or Smart Phone.

23. Link to your archives in your sidebar to help visitors who want to visit older posts.

24. If you have a lot of posts already, use a Related Posts Plugin that displays recommended reading at the bottom of each post.

25. Ask a few friends to visit your blog and let you know if everything is user-friendly and easy to understand.

26. Consider keeping your blog ad-free until you start getting a significant amount of traffic.

SEO
27. Use Google Keyword Tools to see what people are searching for the most so you have some ideas of what to write about.

28. Sign up for a Google Analytics account so you can check your site stats.

29. Don’t stuff so many keywords into your post that it reads unnaturally.

30. Use your keywords in your individual post URLs.

31. Try out the All-In-One SEO plugin.

32. Use the Google XML Sitemap plugin to help your blog get indexed faster.

33. When you upload images, always fill out the Alt Tag and Description field.

34. Have a Privacy Policy page if you’re displaying Google ads.

WRITING
35. Find a niche and stick with it! If your blog is about dogs, don’t post about the stock market (unless your dog gave you a great tip that made you a million bucks).

36. Practice writing daily, even if you don’t post everyday.

37. Post on a consistent basis and as often as you can provide useful, quality content.

38. Be interesting. Don’t let your personality get lost in your blog.

39. Write from personal experience. Your stories are way more interesting than secondhand anecdotes.

40. Interview prominent and up-and-coming bloggers in your niche, you can learn a lot and get great content to share with your readers.

41. Always have a great picture to go with each post.

42. Learn how to use Flickr Creative Commons to get free images for your blog.

43. Don’t skimp on your headline. Make it bold and interesting.

44. Be honest, blog what you know.

45. Don’t be afraid to share your opinions.

46. Have a sense of humor!

47. Keep at it, it takes time to build a readership and a successful blog.

48. Use reader feedback from your most popular posts to get ideas for future posts.

49. Use Pinterest or Tumblr to bookmark sites, posts, images, and quotes that inspire you

50. Keep something to write on handy at all times. Inspiration can strike at strange times and in unexpected places.

EDITING
51. Use an editorial calendar to get into the habit of having a regular posting schedule.

52. Use subheadings, many blog readers scan a post before deciding to read the whole thing.

53. Use large fonts for headlines and subheadings.

54. Get rid of fluff. If a sentence isn’t directly furthering the point you’re trying to make, scrap it.

55. It’s better to post one great post in a week than 5 mediocre ones.

56. Give yourself plenty of time to write. Write a post then let it sit for a day before editing it again.

57. Break up long paragraphs into smaller ones.

58. Consider splitting one really long post into a series of shorter posts.

59. Spell check every post.

60. Be sure you’re not making common grammar mistakes.

EMAIL LIST
61. Get an Aweber or MailChimp account.

62. Sign up for a Feedburner account.

63. Personalize your welcome email so your subscribers know what to expect from you and how often.

64. Consider using RSS-to-email for your subscribers who want daily updates.

65. Don’t spam your email list. If they sign up for weekly updates, don’t email them daily.

PROMOTION
66. Never post the same content on more than one blog.

67. Quality links are better than the quantity of links. If you’re going to add your blog to directories, only use the top ones.

68. Never pay for backlinks.

69. Never respond to random emails asking you to trade links.

70. Add a link to your blog to your email signature and social media profiles.

71. Learn how to use Digg.

72. Learn how to use StumbleUpon.

73. Learn how to use Pinterest.

74. Promote your blog offline. Get business cards and tell friends and family members about it, be creative.

75. Set goals for your blog. Write down where you want your blog to be 6 months and then 1 year from now.

76. Realize you don’t have to use every social network out there. Experiment then stick with what works best for you.

NETWORKING

77. Use Twitter and Facebook for more than just posting your own links. It’s about building relationships and community, not a one-way promotion machine.

78. Retweet interesting and useful content whenever you come across it.

79. Get to know other bloggers.

80. Read other blogs (both inside of outside of your niche) and never stop learning.

81. Join a couple of forums in your niche, they’re a great place to learn and meet other bloggers. Manage your time wisely, it’s easy to get sucked in.

82. Offer to write guest posts for larger blogs.

83. Ask for help when you need it. You’d be surprised how many “A List” bloggers would be happy to give you advice.

84. Take your time when leaving comments on your favorite blogs. Provide useful feedback or ask a question that wasn’t answered in the post.

AFFILIATE MARKETING

85. Know that running Adsense ads are only profitable if you get an insane amount of traffic.

86. Never try to sell your readers something they won’t find insanely useful.

87. If you want to use your blog to promote physical products, look into becoming an Amazon Associate.

88. Consider joining ClickBank, Commission Junction or ShareASale.

89. Always disclose your in-post affiliate links to your readers (the FTC requires this and your readers will appreciate your honesty).

90. Research affiliate programs before you join; one might work better for your needs than another.

91. Don’t rely on affiliate banners in your sidebar to make money.

92. Write honest and helpful reviews of (or tutorials for) products or services you’ve used that will help your readers then let them know they can use your link to buy.

INTERACTIVITY

93. Give your readers an easy way to find you on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

94. Respond to comments on your blog as often as possible.

95. Encourage readers to email you, some people are too shy to ask questions in the comments section of your blog.

96. Have a clear comment policy so your readers feel safe sharing their ideas and opinions.

97. Don’t delete a comment just because you don’t agree with the commentator’s opinion.

98. Ask your readers for advice, ideas, and opinions.

99. Treat your readers the way you’d like to be treated.

100. Give credit to people, places, and resources that have helped you succeed.

101. “Hey, I thought this was a Top 100 List!” I want to hear from you. Did I leave anything out? If you think I did, share what you think #101 should be in the comments.

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