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

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32 comments :

  1. Gia, I love this post. I've been on Tumblr for a few years now as well, as although it's a great way to gain a following and interact with others that enjoy the same things you do, I feel like it's less blogging and more re-blogging. You have such a great eye for design and I couldn't agree more about design and aesthetic being on the same level of importance (if not more important) than content. The first thing readers see when stumbling upon your blog is the design.. If it looks messy and pixelated, I won't even bother going any further. Can't wait to read more of your posts!

    How I Dwell Now

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  2. these are the best tips! i agree with all of them..especially CAPTCHA! your blog is the cutest. XO

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  3. Thanks so much for offering genuinely helpful tips. I am also new to the blogging world and i have much to learn from you! so thanks again!
    -Ragan

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  4. These are really great tips! I didn't that you have only been blogging on Blogger for such a short period of time. I guess all of your experience at Tumblr really seasoned you! Definitely saving this post.

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  5. I love this post! Especially about leaving genuine comments and turning off the captcha haha!

    I get turned off with bloggers who comment "nice outfit + blog url". There are even those who ask something about the photos I posted when all the details were written on my blog. Some obviously don't read what was posted. :))

    Happy second month on blogger, Gia! I really love your blog! :)

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  6. I Loved this! I'm from BBN and I'm really bummed that no one really makes the effort to follow back.
    But when i started I was excited to see your new look with your blog! and I love it!
    thank you so much for this!
    And yes I agree with CAptcha, drives me nuts!
    have a beautiful evening!

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  7. I like this post. This is really true specially the No. 5. This is very helpful :) Happy 2nd month blog to u. :)

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  8. and these tips are perfect true. i love your points on number 4 and 5. but i also prefer bloggers leaving their links on my blogs, so I would just copy and paste their links on a browser and read their blogs ;-) im kinda lazy. lol
    with joining BBN and exchanging link, hmmm i really find it hard to change my blog design, much more to add more elements and more links. it'll make me crazy

    just me,
    www.phioxee.com

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    1. Oops! I think you've misunderstood my point a little bit :) I don't mind people placing their links on comments! In fact, I actually like it when they do. I'm just having a bit of issue with those who just place their links alone for self-promotion :)

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  9. Let me offer my two cents worth. Have the courtesy to at least reply to some of the readers' comments, even if that is just to say thank you or a word of appreciation. Nobody enjoys posting comment after comment and not receive some response from the blog owner/author/admin. That is a sure way of losing some otherwise faithful readers who care enough to comment to your posts. Nobody likes to talk to a wall, so to speak. Unless, of course, you have tons of response to your blog posts that make it hard or impossible for you to reply/response. Just my two cents. You can pay more if you want to, and of course I would appreciate more. Just joking. Ha ha. But serious, about showing you are there and not just some dumb ass who wants only for people to say good things about your posts and not even having some courtesy to reciprocate readers's effort. Of course the blog belongs to you and you can do anything about it the way you want to, and nobody can say anything except not to visit anymore. Ha ha again.

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    1. I agree, and thanks for bringing that up because I forgot to add it on the list. I've tried replying to other bloggers but turns out that they're a 'no-reply blogger' Meaning, they haven't placed their email addresses on their blogger profiles so they won't be notified about my reply at all. I only reply to comments that have specific questions, and if they're a no-reply blogger, I try and stalk them on Twitter just so I can answer them. In your case, it seems like this comment won't go straight to your inbox either so I hope you'll visit this comment page again to see if I've already replied.

      I appreciate your comment and I will do my best to reply to all the comments that I receive - no offense taken. Have a great day.

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    2. Response as you are doing here. In other words, just use the reply button. Not need to reply via e-mail. Other readers also want to read what you have to say, unless a personal private reply is more appropriate. Happy blogging!

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  10. I agree with your comment about tumblr! This post is really helpful! I learned a lot! Thank you so much :)

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  11. This post is really helpful especially for me, I am a newbie in this blogging thing. Thank you so much! :)

    jEn
    xoxo

    chocooby.blogspot.com

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  12. This is great advice for anyone in the blogging world. Many of times I just want to tell the new bloggers to keep on keepin' on. It's so easy to get discouraged when your follower count is below 20, but just like you said.. In time, with patience, and some good hearty posts, they will come and follow!

    xo, oolalalauren.

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  13. Found you on the Aloha blog hop - I'm a new follower! Would love a follow back at http://www.toeuropewithkids.com.
    Thanks!

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  14. Really great advice, I couldn't agree more about the Captcha there's nothing more annoying than having to make five attempts at posting a comment. I think these types of posts are really helpful to new bloggers I wished I'd have read something like this when starting out, it took me sooo long to work everything out and was just a lengthy case of trial and error in the end xx

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  15. Bahahaha I agree whole heartedly with the CAPTCHA Comment!! Should be banned, after like 2 tries at one of those stupid little things, I just turn around and walk out of the imaginary "was totally going to leave a nice comment on your blog" door.

    I really enjoyed this post & some of your points were super useful so thanks ;)

    AR

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  16. I love this post! This will be very helpful!

    http://nettiesolon.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks Gia for the tips! One question I do have - is it better to answer comments within the blog post or via email. I tend to answer via e-mail and if the comment comes from a no-reply mail I reply with the reply button BUT what I don't know is if people actually come back to the blog post and read the reply I wrote to the comment. so email or blog post reply?

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    1. Hmm I tend to do both if it's a general question like this ;) But if someone asks me a personal question (example: can we swap ads? or can you do this for me?) type of stuff, i usually just email them :)

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  18. I'm a newbie too. These tips are great! I'm going to SHOUT IT OUT! LOL! Truly.

    New follower from Aloha Friday Blog Hop. Come by 100lb Countdown, Like Me on FB Push 2 a New You or Follow Me on Twitter @100LBC

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  19. I would like to add that sharing on Twitter and FB should be easy and include the handle of the original poster. Every extra step discourages people from sharing.

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  20. Useful tips :) and Congrats on your 2 months :D

    I am a new follower from Blog Love Therapy Blog hop :) You have a lovely blog and lovely design :)

    xoxo
    Cristina

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  21. Coming from another newbie, these tips have come in so handy for me!
    I really hate that CAPTCHA thing as well.. I even found a blog where the CAPTCHA made me do math-MATH! I feel bad saying it, but it's such a turn off and most of the time, I leave without commenting..even if it's a blog that I enjoy!

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  22. Hi lovely~

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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  23. This was so insightful! Thanks for the awesome tips! I personally get really annnoyed by the catcha too haha :P Glad I found you via the Blog Love Therapy Blog Hop! Now following xx
    natalielovesbeauty.blogspot.ca

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  24. Spot on tips! I just found your sweet blog today and I am your newest happy follower!

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  25. I read this when needed. some great tips! I'm a newbie too, so these are welcome.

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  26. Definitely some good tips. I've actually held a blogger for awhile now. That said, I REALLY need to redesign it. It's hideous, in my opinion, haha. But, over the years, I think bloggers learn appropriate etiquette. It's interesting how, in this social media world, that we have rules about what is good, about what is polite, about what to do to make friends. When it comes to responding to blog comments, I usually go to the other's site and comment there. I know it makes me happy when I see some re-visit my page, and I love to return the favor. However, if they don't have a blog, I do my best to track them down via email or twitter or something. And then, when I've run out of those options (usually not typical), I reply on my own page. I do like what you said about blogging titles, though. I always have a hard time with them for some reason. I don't know why. I should just be more straightforward. There's no point in making references to things no one else would recognize. :) My biggest problem right now, admittedly, is branding. I'm a little confused as to how to brand myself, my little lifestyle/online journal/blog. Have you ever had that problem?

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  28. Great post, thank you for sharing. I'm new to the blogging world so any advice is greatly appreciated. Blessings April
    Filledwithgodslove.blogspot.com

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