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I am so excited to introduce you to Anna from Learn Like A Mom. Anna is a client and friend, and she even contributed a chapter in my book! When Anna started her blog, she had so many questions. She was always thinking ahead to the next step, and had very small learning curve because of that-she’s a natural. Because of this, she is a valuable resource for new bloggers. I’m excited to be posting her list of 10 things to try in your first 6 months of blogging (but I think all bloggers could benefit from this list)!
Ten Things to Try in Your First Six Months of Blogging
One: Get organized! Create or download a planner if that’s your style. Have a blogging bulletin board if that’s how you roll. Just try to contain all of those notes, ideas, and lists in one place.
Two: Follow other successful blogs. Study what they do and how they do it. Participate in some of the socializing aspects to get a feel for it even more. Simply commenting, liking, tweeting, or linking can help you network without any cost but time. Sometimes bloggers even share their secrets–keep your eyes out for these posts!
Three: Link Up! Find Linky Parties. Make sure your content is appropriate, follow their rules, and remember you are creating a name for yourself that will follow you everywhere! There are linky parties for content, social media follows, and even giveaways.
Four: Host a giveaway. This will give you a chance to learn how to use Rafflecopter if you so choose, learn how to make nofollow links, and advertise in this format if it appeals to you. At first, you may have to hunt someone down and offer advertising in exchange for a review and/or giveaway. (I partnered up with people in direct sales.) People love free stuff, so it’s a great way to build the social reach for both of you.
Five: Attend a Twitter Party. As you follow people of interest on Twitter, you’ll find that many of them host, co-host, or participate in Twitter Parties. They are short and you’ll spend so much time keeping up with the conversation that the hour will be over before you know it.
Six: Be Pinteresting. Follow all of Becca’s tips on using Pinterest. Be Pin Friendly on your site by having “Pin it” sharing options on posts, pages, and images, and think about having a Pinterest area in your sidebar. When adding your pictures to your posts, fill out the alt description, include the URL to that specific post, and hashtag the keywords. Here’s a great article about making your pins go viral!
Seven: Instagram! It’s another fun one because of its simplicity. Follow people. Search for topics by hashtag. Like other pictures. Comment on posts. When you’re about to post something, search through the hashtags first to see what’s being used the most for your topic. Then, Hashtag away!
Eight: Remember Suggestion #2? Well, do the same for Blogging Networks. There are a ton of Blog Networks out there, so if you want to see what’s going on, follow them. Keep up with those feeds and pay attention to what they are doing, offering, and encouraging.
Nine: Not all bloggers care to make money, but some would like to. One of the first things you can do is look into affiliate programs. You’ll have some affiliate links and images in posts and your sidebar and you’ll start learning about contracts and how partnering with brands and products can work for you.
Ten: Try to contribute to a blog with a larger audience. I was lucky and knew Sara, from Mom Endeavors before I started my own blog. When she offered me the opportunity, I jumped on it. It gives the host more quality content they didn’t have to create and provides the guest with more exposure!
Eleven: What? Eleven? I thought this was a list of ten. Well, guess what? This bonus suggestion is a keeper for new and seasoned bloggers alike. Read on my friend, read on!
Eleven: Take a break! This is very important. Almost more important that every other suggestion on this list. If you are starting this to have fun, make sure you’re having fun. If you find yourself writing about things you don’t care about. Stop. Regroup. Start again. In the blogosphere, you have to create your own limits. Humans are not machines. Once in awhile you need to shutdown and restart yourself.
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thanks for the tips I didn’t know about the twitter party. thanks again
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What an awesome post. I’ve just started blogging so tips like this are really valuable.
What a evergreen article even after one and a half years all things mentioned still intact. Nice one
Great list! I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now and still found some of these useful!
Would you still advise joining link parties if the blogger is only a young teenager?
A year and a half later this post is still helpful! Thank you so much for imparting your wisdom and secrets. This will help me so much! I definitely under estimated the power of networking with other bloggers.
I’ve been blogging for a little more than three months now. I’m glad to see I’ve already gotten into most points on this list! One thing I still don’t understand though are Linky Parties. I don’t really know how they work and I don’t know where to find them either. I’d really appreciate some inputs!
Thank you for all the great tips! I’m trying to improve my blogging and these are really helpful. :)
Thank you for the great post! I just recently started my own blog and would love to gain some followers! I’ll keep all of your tips in mind :)
Great tips thank you! I especially loved the information on Pinterest. I just recently started my first blog and know that Pinterest would be a great outlet for me but could not seem to get any repins! This helped tremendously! THANK YOU!
Great tips for bloggers!
Thank you so much for sharing these ideas. I am new and doing it for fun. I love seeing what others have to share so that I won’t look like an amateur.
Thanks so much for this, very helpful information. I’m definitely new to blogging and appreciate any help I can get.
Great read! Thank you for this post! I wish I had seen it before I started my first blog about a year ago. Some of the stuff in your list I am only starting to do now – like utilizing Pinterest as one of the best traffic generators and participating in Twitter parties. In fact I participated in my first Twitter party not long ago and it is so much fun! Again, thanks for this list, it is very helpful!
Thanks so much for this list!
I’m a newbie to the blogsophere. I realize I have a lot to learn, but I’m ready. (:
I appreciate this post!
Oh my thanks so much for the tips. I am in much need of this info. There is so much to learn about blogging!
This was a very helpful post since I am new to this whole “thing.” I am trying not to get too overwhelmed early on, especially with the social media element.
Awesome post ! I’ve just started a blog, But the big problem I’m facing is how to attract more traffic to visit my blog.
I’m seriously only just starting but this helps and reassures a lot – Thank you so much !! I love the name of your blog too btw. I shall be keeping this easy little list handy among a ton of others!