How to break into the blogging world!


I’m the first to admit I’m no expert when it comes to knowing everything about how to become a great blogger! I, once upon a time ( just under a year ago!), started blogging for “REALS” myself and started off like so many of you! I was excited to record and share my adventures and wondered if anyone else would even care!

Over time I’ve learned a few tricks and discovered that there definitely were some rules to follow and ways to grow my blog and reach the goals I set for myself!

I’ve been receiving a ton of emails lately asking for advice on how to break out in the blogging world! After answering a handful and seeing a huge interest in knowing more I came to conclusion that I needed to write a post about what I’ve learned!

So take it for what it’s worth! Here are a few tips and tricks that have brought me success when it came to growing my site and gaining an amazing readership…

  • Figure out what your blogs main focus is! Define your niche and hone in on it! What’s your angle? Are you an amazing cook? Do you love fashion? Are you refining your domestic skills? Are you passionate about green living, home schooling or raising exotic Birds? Narrow in on your specialty and dive head first into focusing on THAT! You will be more identifiable if you have a focus! You’ll see why a little more later!

  • It’s important to get the word out that you’re starting up this new adventure! Start where you already have an audience! Announce it on your family blog, on facebook, twitter or in an email to family and friends! Simply let others know that you’ve started a blog where they can see your thought on ( fill in the blank!) This is an important start! It’s best to get the support of those who know you best! They will be your most loyal and most proud of your new gig!

  • Now branching out and gaining new readers! The best way to get your new site out there is to register it on as many search registries as you can! It’s as easy as registering on sites under the category that best fits your topic! This is why having a specific topic is important! In my case I register under “Hobby” or “Craft” as my category! This way when people go to these popular search sites and want to find a new “Hobby Site” they can now find you listed! Here a just a few sites you can register your blogs on…

http://www.themomblogs.com/
http://www.topmommyblogs.com/blogs/index.php
http://www.5minutesformom.com/our-readers-blogs/
http://www.mommyblogs.com/
http://www.liquida.com/
http://www.thesitsgirls.com/
http://www.mormonmommyblogs.com/
http://www.blogupp.com/

  • Link! Link!Link! Another great way to get seen is to link at other sites that share your same topic! Chances are that their readers will be interested in what you’re working on too! I link to other linking parties every day! It’s one of my daily tasks for promoting my site! I’ve gained tons of new readers because they came to my site via a link and took a longer look around to see what else I had done! They liked what they saw and have become loyal followers! Check out THIS LINK to see the many other sites that have linking parties going on throughout the week! And if you ever plan on hosting a linking party on your own site
    PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! use Mcklinky!!! It’s the most user friendly and makes it easy for your visitors to link up multiple posts! Trust me! The other linking features out there make it harder to link up and I tend to skip over those parties because it’s so much more work!

  • Create a button that others can grab and throw on their blogs! I know! I know! I’m the worst example of this trick! My buttons have been under constructions for months! Consider it free advertising! Create an attractive button that they can easily grab its html code and post it to their site! Check out THIS LINK to learn how to create a “Grab my button” code!

  • Make your blog attractive and welcoming to others! Think about the blogs you love to visit! Besides their content I bet you like visiting because it’s tidy, easy to navigate and orderly. Be sure to have commonly looked for features like a way to contact you! I hate not being able to find an email address! I’m also less likely to visit a blog if it’s cluttered with all sorts of distracting buttons and too much going on. This may just be my personal taste but if you look at all of the top ranking blogs you’ll notice a clean look that is less likely to take away from the real purpose of the blog which should be their great content! Here are a few ways to help tidy up a blog:
  1. Create internal post that can highlight info that may bog down your blogs main page. Thing like linking party buttons and a blog roll. Create Tabs that take you to that information rather then having them displayed in individual posts or in side columns.
  2. Avoid flashy and rotating banners or buttons or at least multiple ones. Too much movement can be distracting.
  3. Use consistent sizing when considering ad buttons and other tab sizes. If things look uniform and fit nicely together it will be more appealing.
  4. Try not to change your site too often. People like to know where they are when they come for a visit! It’s like moving the furniture around…People get used to sitting in the same place and then all of a sudden the favorite seat in the house has gone all switch-a-roo! If you find a layout and design you like stick with it for a while!

  • Rub shoulders with other great bloggers! A great way to do this is by featuring others, blog swapping and inviting other great sites to participate in some way on your own site! It give you a chance to hopefully draw from their readership and link creative communities!

  • Be approachable and nice! Kindness goes a long way! I have developed some wonderful new friendships and relationships with some of the biggest bloggers out there! A lot of their success has to do with the fact that they are kind, willing to help and encouraging! If you want to be big like they are some day BE NICE! It’s important to blog kindly, email kindly and be aware that people care what you think of them! Just because we don’t have face to face time with each other you will be responsible for the relationships you create with your readers! This is more important then you think!

  • Always be in control of your content.Never endorse a product, person or site that you don’t want to no matter what you might gain from it! If you host another blogger on your site and feel their guest spot isn’t representing the integrity of your blog remember that it’s YOUR BLOG! Edit, shorten, kindly ask for a revision but don’t forget that everything that appears on your site represents you!

  • Great content speaks for itself! The proof is in the pudding people! The best way to grow your site is to have great content! You can’t fool the masses! If you have great content the readers will come! Be true to yourself when you blog! Blog how you talk in real life! Be original! Give credit where credit is due and take good pictures!

Again… I’m no expert! These are just things that have helped me along the way! It’s not a fast road to instant success! I tried a few things that didn’t work but these tips have! It’s hard work people! It’s also incredibly rewarding! Opportunities will open and relationships will be made all because of your crazy idea to start blogging about something you love!

So go for it my friends! Good luck and happy blogging!


64 Comments

Comments

  1. 1
    Rafahi Family says:

    Thank you! I have been "trying" to keep up at my blog, but with life always getting in the way I am terrible! I hope I can sit back a little more and get motivated.

  2. 2
    Martina Masini says:

    That was a great post, thank you. I've not been blogging for long and don't post that often…time flies. This gives others an incentive. Thanks again :)

  3. 3

    Thanks for the post. In your usual style, it was very down to earth, but it actually contained ideas I've never seen mentioned in similar posts on other blogs.

  4. 4
    Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Hi, Becca! This was a good post. :) My only other suggestion would be along the lines of linking and rubbing elbows….it's nice to do those things, but I really think that leaving thoughtful, genuine comments (not "Hi, that's cute. Come and visit my blog today.") is the easiest way to invite more readers.

    When you link up to a blog party and just leave your link up without checking out some of the other entries, you miss out on not only finding some great new blogs to read, but also the potential to gain some new readership. Chances are that by leaving a friendly comment on another entry, that person will return the comment favor and end up loving your blog. :)

    Just my two cents…sorry so long!

  5. 5
    Kami @ Sweet Charli... says:

    Wow, thanks so much for all the grat info. Your timing is perfect!!

  6. 6
    Kami @ Sweet Charli... says:

    great, not grat! haha!

  7. 7
    Calamity Anne says:

    Great ideas…even for the seasoned bloggers!!!

  8. 8
    Amy @ The Bell Family says:

    Thanks so much for this post! It was so full of useful information, and presented in such an engaging way. I really appreciate it, and I will certainly be implementing some (or all!) of these ideas!

  9. 9
    [email protected] The Picket Fence says:

    Such great tips Becca–thanks for taking the time to share!

  10. 10

    Thanks so much for sharing this info. I'm heading over to register my blog now!

  11. 11

    Thank you! Great tips!

    Nancy

  12. 12
    Kristina P. says:

    Excellent tips. I need to start having children immediately, so I can start linking up to more of those Mommy blog aggregates.

  13. 13
    Amy {The Red Chair Blog} says:

    Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  14. 14
    MitziMakes says:

    Thanks for tips!

  15. 15

    Great tips! I need them that's for sure :)

  16. 16
    a little bit of everything says:

    I follow your blog and invite you to do the same. I found this info very helpful and have listed my blog on some of your suggested sites. Thanks for sharing!

  17. 17
    The Girl Creative says:

    Great, great post, Becca and so helpful! I'm definitely going to take some tips from you. :)

  18. 18

    Great advice Becca! And so true. I hope you are doing well. Have a great week!

    XOOX
    Jen

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    she wears flowers says:

    Thanks! I read your blog daily and have been trying to figure out how to get others to want to read mine daily! These are great ideas!

    tammy
    shewearsflowers.blogspot.com

  20. 20

    good advice, i so agree with not having so much stuff on there you can hardly find the posts and about not changing it, you click on it and if it is different you are not sure you got the right one. and giving credit where it is due! love your blog, your doing something right!

  21. 21
    MaryJanes and Galoshes says:

    Thank you for the bit about guest blogging and guest bloggers, this is something I have been thinking about lately. What do you do if you don't think the guest post is suitable for your blog even if you edited it? How do you be nice and tell them that you don't want to post it?

  22. 22
    [email protected] From the Heartland says:

    Wonderful advice Becca. Thanks so much for taking the time to share all that great information with us!! I had no idea about the registering, etc! Thanks again!!

  23. 23
    Pink Martini says:

    Very insightful. Thanks. If you could give an example of linking that would be great. I'm not sure how to do that unless providing a link to another blog in a post I write. Is that what you meant? :) Recently I added a link directly to my email and as I will attest have gotten much more mail. :)

  24. 24
    Christina says:

    what the HEY!? so funny that you JUST wrote this–u must have been inspired woman–my friend and i are JUST putting up a full on blog–this is GREAT INFO!!!!

    you will love our blog/website–HIL…AR…IOUS!!!!

    thanks girl–luv ya!

  25. 25
    Lesa McMahon says:

    I love your blog but I don't see any place for me to subscribe via email. Is your feed burned through Feedburner?

  26. 26

    Thank you so much for all your ideas and help.. I'm fairly new to blogland and I'm having such fun.. and need all the help I can get…
    Sandy

    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

  27. 27
    people diaries says:

    thanks becca. I started a blog, last week and already feel discouraged even though I only have two posts! :/ I am rethinking my blog objective, but THANKS so much for the tips! they really helped and saved me a trip to the google search engine. :)

  28. 28
    Army Wife Quilter says:

    Thanks, I have started to do some of the things you said to do and I am starting to see more people visit my site but is slow. I will perserver is that how you spell that maybe not. oh well thanks

  29. 29

    Thank you Becca. This information is so helpful!! I started blogging in October and am trying to build my readership…I'm just not if I'm doing it right. I know you are super busy, but if you have time to stop by my blog, I'd love to hear any suggestions you might have.

    Have a great week!

  30. 30
    TheOneTrueSue says:

    Becca – this is a FANTASTIC post. I'd never thought of some of these things before! {facepalm} Great advice.

  31. 31

    Great tips and a very timely post! Thanks!

  32. 32
    Infarrantly Creative says:

    Well said Becca. Agree Agree Agree! Kudos to you for working hard and becoming one of the crafter powerhouses in such a short time. You rock!

  33. 33

    Great post Becca!!

  34. 34
    Kustom Kreations by Elisha Akram says:

    Thank you! Great Post!

  35. 35
    Melissa E Photography says:

    Great tips, Becca!

    I think I'm going to try the mclinky thing on the photoblog. Great ideas!

  36. 36

    Great tips. I am going to start applying some now.

  37. 37
    Carmie, the Single Nester says:

    This is a great refresher for us bloggers!

  38. 38
    Queen Bee says:

    great post! TFS!

  39. 39

    Thanks so much for the great post with all the helpful hints! I've been blogging over here in Northern Ireland for about half a year now. Blogging is only really starting to kick off for us over here and I'm really trying to get my blog out there as much as possible. I'll definately be following your advice!

    http://starfishesbelfast.blogspot.com/

  40. 40

    Thanks for the great tips. I'm just starting ou in the blog world myself and I'll take all the help I can get!

  41. 41
    Sweet Little Smoothie says:

    Thank you for this great post! I'm 3 weeks into my blogging adventure and this was so incredibly helpful!

  42. 42
    Sweet Craft Cakes says:

    Hi Becca,

    I love your site, it's very inspiring. Thanks for the blogging info. Are you registered with all these sites? I don't see them in your sidebar.

  43. 43

    Thank you so, so much for this tutorial! You're so helpful and sweet to take the time.

  44. 44
    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    Ooooo, thank you so much for this post! This was an answer to an email I sent you :) You are awesome and I will be taking your advice TODAY!

    ashley
    http://littlemissmomma.blogspot.com

  45. 45
    [email protected] says:

    Becca – thanks for the information. Although I am not in a position yet to get my blog up and rolling – your insight has helped me alot in my preparation. Do you recommend any other sites or blogs that have more information to share? If so, would you care to pass that along? I'd greatly appreciate it.
    Elaine

  46. 46
    Abigail-Madison Chase says:

    Thanks for the advice. I have been trying to grow my blog since May and it just does not seem to be working. I am going to try some of your suggestions and see if this will help!

    Thanks

  47. 47
    morganmadeit says:

    Thank you for the helpful post! I would love to hear more about getting sponsors. Maybe a future post?

    I love your beautiful, straight forward site.

    Morgan
    morganmadeit.net

  48. 48

    Thank you so much for your tips! I’m new to the blogging world and everything helps.

  49. 49

    Thank you for the blogging tips.

    Now I’m off to check out the rest of your site.

    Have a nice day!

    • 50

      Thanks for the great advice, this as been very helpful since I just started blogging myself. It’s refreshing to hear that a blogger like yourself once started off as a beginner :)

  50. 51

    Thank you so much for these wonderful tips! I am a new blogger and new follower :-)

  51. 52

    Thanks for all the tips. I have been blogging for a couple of years, but can’t seem to generate many
    “friends”, and I don’t know what my problem is? I am a new follower of your blog…it’s great.
    Peace and Blessings,
    Nancy

  52. 53

    Thanks for the tips. I just started a new blog, and it can be overwhelming to try and learn everything. It’s nice to have places to reference. I just started following you and I’ll probably spend way too much time hanging out on your site today! Thanks!
    Shannon

  53. 54

    Thanks, that is really helpful!!

  54. 55

    This is such a great post. Thanks for sharing! :)

  55. 56

    I know I’m a bit late to the game on this post but I just wanted to say thank you for all the fabulous tips. I am currently reconstructing a blog I started last year to reflect some of the great advice I’ve read recently from experienced bloggers like yourself. Thanks so much for sharing your blogging wisdom. It is greatly appreciated.

  56. 57
    Jamie Lawrence says:

    how do I get my blog to be sooooo pretty lol

  57. 58

    A lot of good information. Thank you so very much. I’m new at blogging and I’m having a hard time just figuring out how to put the buttons I want. I have people clicking, but no comments left. I wish people would leave comments helping me to know what is good, bad, indifferent and what I can do to make improvements.
    Thanks again.

  58. 59
    Charmaine Kruger says:

    Hi Becca, this information of yours is super. Thank you so much for putting it out there. I have been searching high and low for info on blogging and how to start up. Could you tell me are there any do’s and donts regarding seeing crafty things or recipes for example on the web and trying it out, taking photos of it and putting it on my blog page? I dont want to go ahead and start up a page and find I’m in trouble because of that. Thanks again.

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