Second month here on Blogger! || Blogging Tips from a newbie
Today marks my second month here on Blogger! Just to give you a bit of overview about my past blogging experience, I actually "blogged" over Tumblr for almost 4 years. I've made great connections and even met a great friend on that website. I had fun, but something was lacking. As I've mentioned before, I blogged over at different sites (like the kind of blogging that I do now, only a tad bit more mature haha) but Tumblr was different, most people didn't actually 'blog'. My dashboard's filled with funny memes and 1-sentence posts. I tried doing that for the past few years and I had tons of fun, but I eventually felt the need to move on. I've known about Blogger for a long time but I never bothered starting a real blog because it was too intimidating for me, getting used to Tumblr and all. I actually used to have a very personal site on Blogger, no one knew about it except for myself. But I ended up deleting it anyways, so don't try to find it ;)
Long story short, I eventually made a new account and started this little blog :) It took me AGES to come up with this url, I literally spent endless nights thinking of a good one, something that will totally apply to me. Fortunately, I came up with this one and alas, Lovely Serendipity was born :D
Now, I'm going to tell you some tips and comments from a newbie's perspective. I know you've seen this type of post from almost every blog but I just want to add some stuff so here ya go:
1.) Design - let me start with the most obvious one. If you think that as long as your content is great, people will start following your blog, then I'm sorry my friend but that's NOT how it works. You need to invest on your design, whether it's your time (if you're a savvy designer) or money (if you're not that confident with coding and other stuff) The moment that people see your blog that is a total... disaster (I'm sorry) but they won't even bother reading your recent post. I am not talking about spending hundreds of dollars on extravagant designs, just keeping it easy to read with a bit of design that will show your personality is enough. In my case, I use headers to give my visitors some hints about myself. My first header was this and I'm confident enough to showcase it to everyone because that's me, that's what represents everything that I will write on this blog.
2.) Advertising - This somehow relates to my previous point about design. Just some friendly tip: If you decide to start sponsoring other blogs, make sure that your overall design + blog button are pleasing to the eyes and attractive. Imagine paying $40 to sponsor a big blog with a poor blog design, it's a total waste of money because people will just click the 'x' button. This also applies to swapping ads btw.
3.) Join BBN/Blog Hops - I've established friendships here on Blogger by signing up on BBN and joining blog hops. Bloggers are SO friendly, they are always willing to help newbies settle in blogosphere! Make sure to click around as well so you can meet other bloggers, it's never a one sided friendship, guys! You need to make the effort too.
4.) Leave GENUINE comments, always - Bloggers love getting comments, so long as they're genuine ones. Personally, I think it's rude to comment on a post saying that you like her blog and just slamming your url at the bottom. This clearly shows that you didn't even read it! What's worse is when random bloggers say that they've followed you and that they would love you to follow back, only to see that their profile is nowhere to be found on your GFC. Only leave comments when you have thoroughly read the post. Bloggers (including myself, of course) take a lot of time and effort in typing up a post, please be considerate.
5.) Turn off the damn CAPTCHA! - I love commenting on other blogs but it kinda bugs me when I need to type random words on blogs that enabled captcha :( I know that some may say that it prevents spammers from bombarding their comment boxes but is it really worth it to drive away lots of precious comments? There are days when I seriously can't be bothered typing them, especially if I've already hit the refresh button several times and I can't still read the damn thing. Remove it now. If you're a bit lost, google it. Take my word, guys.
6.) Don't be too vague on your title posts, be creative - Your followers follow heaps of other blogs too, so make yours stand out. There's a big chance that they will just scroll past your newest entry on their dashboard if your title isn't that catchy. Ask yourself what title would trigger you to click a certain post, that always works out for me.
7.) Tell everyone that you're offering free swaps - I gained readers through free swaps, honestly. If people know that you're offering it, there's a big chance that they will swap with you! Just another friendly tip though, please understand that there's a fine line between being friendly and somewhat rude. If you've only started and have about 30 followers, don't ask people who have 500+++ followers to swap with you because that's just not fair. I'm sure they offer affordable advertising rates, so if you really dig their blog and want to get your name up there, purchase one :)
8.) When you really love a certain blogger's post, shout it to the mountains!!! - Promoting other bloggers through social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook is a good way to show co-bloggers that you appreciate them and their effort. A simple tweet which says "I love @(insert name here) post! Check it out at (insert url here)" will SURELY make any blogger smile. I know that they will appreciate it and feel more inspired to blog :)
9.) Make a Twitter and/or Facebook account - This really helps. Sometimes, your GFC followers might not see that you've posted a new blog entry. Twitter is a perfect tool to remind everyone that you've posted a new one for them to read! ;) It also helps in getting to know your favourite bloggers. Of course, they won't post on their blog about the most random bits and piece of their day, but there's a high chance they they will tell about it on Twitter! Bloggers also give incentives such as discount, promo codes, etc to people who follow then on Twitter/ Facebook. This also helps if you're a big fan of joining giveaways. Oh and how can I forget, this can promote your blog too!!! If other people retweet your funny tweet and whatnot, you are exposed to THEIR followers too! The list just goes on, sign up and you will find out more about it soon :)
10.) Enjoy the ride - Be yourself and never let those numbers you see on your sidebar affect you. ALL of us started off with one follower. If you persevere and put your heart and soul into your blog, everything will turn out just fine. Just a lil' bit of patience and you will see the result that you want :)
I hope this helped you, especially the newbies!!! There are tons of other tips which you can read from other bloggers who have better experience in Blogger World (google it!) Have a good friday, guys! xx