Aug 7 2007

10 Quick Blogging Tips


I hope to compile even more helpful lists for bloggers, so I am starting here. I put together 10 quick blogging tips, in no particular order.

Have Your Own Domain

Blogspot can only take you so far. There are successful blogs that stay on blogspot, however if you are looking at two identical sites. I would chose the one with the domain name.

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Update your Blog Daily

This may be important to you if you value stats. It’s not vital, but it’s good practice to update your blog regularly. By offering new content, your visitors will keep coming back.

Make your Feed Easy to Subscribe to

When I discover a new blog, the first thing I do is subscribe in the RSS feed. If the feed isn’t easily available, a less patient person just might skip over your blog completely. I read that many “webmasters” and bloggers do. Bloggers are busy, keep everything as easy as possible.

Make an About Section

The first place a new reader will look is to the about page of your blog. Unless they start reading your blog on your very first post, they need to get caught up. Make sure your about section is informative and descriptive. Tell them what your blog is about, without boring them to stop reading.

Comment on Other Blogs

The way I have started reading several blogs, and even found a few authors, was because they found me first. Then, they started commenting on our blog regularly. The more you see a person, the more inclined you are to visit their site. 90% of the people (ever) who has left a comment on comment friday, got a personal blog visit by me. This has turned into blogs I read and contribute to often. Get noticed!

Comment on Blogs with Do Follow and Top Comment Lists

but, DO NOT SPAM. That is key. By leaving genuine comments this not only gives you link love, but you are also contributing to their blog. I often contribute comments on blogs with do follow and top comment lists and it has definitely boosted our blog rankings.

Use Social Bookmarking Sites

You never know you may make the front page of digg, or get 1,000 stumbles from stumbleupon. Stumbleupon gives us a huge boost in traffic every month. If you like our posts, make sure to give them a stumble!

Join Blogging Networks

My favorite is still mybloglog. Our community generally sends us 100-200 visitors per month. We have built a great community with very little effort. However, I have noticed a small decline in mybloglog since it first was created. There is a lot of competition now, it can’t hurt to try them as well

Take Part in Blog Promotions

If someone is offering a free linkback for just mentioning their blog why not? Especially if they have a pagerank 5, and you are brand new and don’t have one yet.
Or perhaps a blog is trying out a blog carnival and are looking for posts that have to do with apples. You happen to write a post on apples. Go ahead and submit it. The more links to your article the better. Both ideas are a great way to build more links and traffic to your blog.

Be Friendly

Last, but not least. Be friendly. People will be more inclined to link to you if you are nice. If people feel like they know who you are, and would consider you their friend. Try posting a picture of yourself, and make sure to respond to the majority of comments. I am less likely to comment on a blog that never answers previous comments I’ve made.

There you have it, my 10 quick tips turned out to be lengthy, but I hope they help someone!

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  1. derek said:

    Great list of tips and thanks for the link! One of the tips that I need to follow more regularly than I do is to take advantage of scheduled posts. This allows you to plan out a batch of posts and can make you more productive.

    August 7th, 2007 at 7:08 am
  2. Madhur Kapoor said:

    Great Tips buddy . There is nothing more i can think of right now .

    August 7th, 2007 at 9:23 am
  3. chrisblogging.com said:

    I love quick tips, and these are some of the best! Thanks tons!

    August 7th, 2007 at 10:52 am
  4. BeachBum said:

    MyBlogLog sends me close to 10 visitors per day. MBL is the only one that I add contacts to daily.

    I agree about adding comments and hate to see when someone leaves a 1 sentence comment with a link. Why bother, as if I will approve a 10 words and a link.

    Great blog content, I have been following you for about 2 weeks now.

    BeachBum

    August 7th, 2007 at 2:51 pm
  5. Rhys said:

    Regarding the blog daily. I disagree, at least have the capacity to POST daily. Write a few backup posts to get started, that can be post at any time.

    August 7th, 2007 at 3:29 pm
  6. Tish said:

    Great tips, Matt! I agree with them all, and I’d like to stress how important it is that the RSS feed button is easily accessible. There have been a few blogs that I wanted to keep visiting but couldn’t locate the feed. Google Reader is usually pretty good at locating the feed when you do a search, but sometimes that doesn’t work.

    August 7th, 2007 at 5:05 pm
  7. Matt said:

    thanks all

    i dont think you HAVE to post daily, because I dont.. but its useful

    August 7th, 2007 at 10:21 pm
  8. K-IntheHouse said:

    Here is one more:

    Use Google Alerts to monitor your blog name/domain name, so even if the other blog software have trackback/pingback enabled, you will know who is talking about you and thank them immediately. Monitoring your incoming links is equally important to build your network.

    Nice tips, Matt!

    August 8th, 2007 at 5:59 am
  9. Erin said:

    I think your frequent posts suggestion is a good one. To add to that, I think the posts need to be quality content. If a blog is nothing but paid reviews I’m going to skip over it and not keep coming back to read.

    Great tips.

    August 8th, 2007 at 6:22 am
  10. Lynne said:

    Thanks for these easy to follow tips. I am doing my best to follow all of these. Your blogging posts are really quite helpful to a newer blogger such as myself. I am currently subscribed to blogcatalog not bloglog. Is one better than the other and why?

    August 8th, 2007 at 9:42 am
  11. chrisblogging.com said:

    You are totally right about blogspot. It may be free, but if you are serious you need your own host…

    August 8th, 2007 at 10:01 am
  12. Rose said:

    Great list of tips. I had a contest going but no one participated.

    August 8th, 2007 at 12:49 pm
  13. Matt said:

    check out

    http://blogaboutyourblog.com/2007/07/12/6-great-tips-for-hosting-a-blogging-contest/

    this may help, i’ve hosted several successful contests on this blog and others as well as served as a contest “promoter” so any questions you have let me know

    August 8th, 2007 at 1:13 pm
  14. Paul Hancox | InternetInfluenceMagic.com said:

    Some useful quick tips. Although I don’t know whether posting daily is necessary – sometimes I can get a bit overwhelmed by blogs that are so regular I can’t keep up.

    Having your own domain name is critical, though. Actually, I have two domain names for one blog. My “regular” one, and a “shorter” one which re-directs to my normal one, for verbal promotions etc – an “easier to remember” one.

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    August 8th, 2007 at 3:23 pm
  15. Matt said:

    I was trying to get BAYB.com for the longest time, but its become near impossible

    August 8th, 2007 at 3:30 pm
  16. Brown Baron said:

    Solid tips. I think I have to work on my About page, it’s too bland haha.

    August 9th, 2007 at 12:05 am
  17. Charles Lau said:

    great tips there! I will look into all of them! haha

    August 12th, 2007 at 12:34 am
  18. TheMarinader said:

    Great tips, I’m just getting started so I’ll be sure to commit these to memory.

    August 13th, 2007 at 9:57 pm
  19. MyBlogContest said:

    Great tips! espically, Take Part in Blog Promotions.

    Check out MyBlogContest.com for more blog contest info.

    September 4th, 2007 at 4:59 pm
  20. Steven Snell said:

    All good points. My blog is a do follow blog and I definitely think the conversations have picked up since I removed the no follow tags.

    September 16th, 2007 at 5:52 pm
  21. Marenda said:

    Wow this is a great list of tips thanks for such an informative post keep it coming :) I took your advice on making it easier to subscribe by adding a more prominent image :)

    September 21st, 2007 at 10:16 am
  22. Clarke said:

    Hi
    These are very useful tips for blogging specially No 2, 3 and 5 are great tips.

    October 3rd, 2007 at 2:15 am
  23. Brian said:

    Thanks Matt. This was very helpful.

    April 5th, 2008 at 8:25 am
  24. Chris said:

    I love these tips! The only one that bothers me is the first one about Blogspot. I am new to blogging and I am on Blogger. What is it about being on Blogger that makes people say to get away from it? Maybe I’ll just have to hang in their and find out myself. Thanks.

    May 26th, 2008 at 11:30 pm
  25. Btb Sales Training Ireland said:

    I have just started blogging so a big thank you for the great tips and advice. In relation to updating your blog daily and I am specifically talking about business blogs here, I am finding that it can be difficult to get the quality versus quaintly balance right. I was wondering if you have any advice to offer in relation?

    July 4th, 2008 at 5:00 am
  26. indianhomemaker said:

    Wow this was good. Thanks :) I do try to reply to most comments and enjoy doing that too. Don’t know how to Digg and stumble and all though. Should take a look!

    indianhomemakers last blog post..There’s still time. Consider yourself warned.

    October 8th, 2008 at 7:57 pm
  27. Jhangora said:

    Useful tips for a beginner like me. Thanx a lot.

    April 29th, 2009 at 3:01 am
  28. Dorset web design said:

    I can add youtube vids on my myspace without a problem, just copy and paste the embed code. But whenever I try to publish a post on my blog it doesnt work. Any ideas?

    June 1st, 2009 at 1:34 pm
  29. neeZhom said:

    Really great tips!! thanx so much, have nice days ahead :)

    June 26th, 2009 at 2:07 pm
  30. Bisnis di internet said:

    Be Friendly is a good tips, because with blogging we build community and friendship.

    June 29th, 2009 at 9:44 pm
  31. used tires said:

    Many new bloggers have made the mistake of using a free domain. If you are planning to make money, its best to have your own domain. You will not want to go through the hassle of switching mid-way either. About sections are really important. I definitely check out the about section when I look at a new blog.

    till then,

    JEan

    July 6th, 2009 at 12:12 am
  32. Linda McFadden said:

    You make a lot of good suggestions. The nice thing about most of your tips is that they are easy to implement. I am fairly new to blogging & I am just starting to realize the importance of interacting with your readers and with other bloggers. You give some good suggestions to help establish these relationships. Thanks for sharing.

    July 10th, 2009 at 6:28 pm
  33. shams@Make Money Online said:

    I am new to blogging and I am on Blogger. What is it about being on Blogger that makes people say to get away from it? Maybe I’ll just have to hang in their and find out myself

    July 29th, 2009 at 11:07 am
  34. oes tsetnoc said:

    this is cool tips to blogging. i will add them to my blogging strategy. as of now, i am keep practicing blogging, it will help to my blogging journey

    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:28 am
  35. Oracle said:

    Be friendly – it is good tip – beginners don’t remember about this!

    November 5th, 2009 at 11:36 am
  36. sikatang pinoy said:

    your right !. this article is what newbie must read

    December 26th, 2009 at 10:12 pm
  37. sikat angpinoy said:

    It is good to be friendly to get more links from your friends. This is the best key. Blog log is good networks same with stumble upon.

    sikat ang pinoy

    January 16th, 2010 at 3:58 am
  38. Ryan said:

    Some great tips here! Long live Blogger lol.:D

    February 6th, 2010 at 10:44 pm
  39. Indian Homemaker said:

    Just dropped by to say this is an awesome site.

    April 11th, 2010 at 1:12 pm
  40. Felix said:

    I think I should add to the tips that make sure you promise what you can give in your blog. Don’t use flowering words that doesn’t fulfill any promises.

    April 19th, 2010 at 12:02 am
  41. IronMan said:

    Well I forgot that aside from not promising what you can give, make sure you provide a real and tried tips not just a guess or a hunch.

    April 19th, 2010 at 12:03 am
  42. pams@childrenschristmascustomes said:

    Those blogging tips leaves me a direction on my effectiveness to do blogging as a beginner.I really appreciate those guides mentioned.I now know the essence of true blogging.Being sensitive to your reader is the most important……

    April 19th, 2010 at 5:59 am
  43. Bisnis Internet said:

    First : I like this post.

    Second : Thanks

    April 21st, 2010 at 12:50 am
  44. bisnis internet said:

    nice tips I’ll try

    May 6th, 2010 at 7:55 pm
  45. Video Character said:

    Great tips but the most important thing on the list is BE FRIENDLY :) How can one have followers for their blog if they weren’t friendly, right?
    We have to add followers BUT gain friends.

    May 10th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
  46. Naruto Manga Spoilers said:

    The nice thing about most of your tips is that they are easy to implement. I am fairly new to blogging & I am just starting to realize the importance of interacting with your readers and with other bloggers.

    May 15th, 2010 at 4:27 am
  47. mrbgie said:

    Thank you for posting the 10 quick blogging tips, the tips you’ve mentions are truly helpful. I love the last but not the least part which is “Be Friendly”, this is the most important thing we should never forget in our daily living.

    May 19th, 2010 at 9:28 pm
  48. mrbgie said:

    Your 10 quick blogging tips are truly inspiring and of course very helpful in many aspects. Thanks for the great post

    May 19th, 2010 at 9:30 pm
  49. marya said:

    This is one great post, the tips you’ve mention on your post are all true especially the last but not the least part which is “Be friendly”

    May 19th, 2010 at 9:32 pm
  50. car battery said:

    Great tips you have posted. Keeping your blog updated on time is very important for sure. But also just as important is to keep the content fresh and unique so people chose your site over a competitor in a similar niche.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 12:58 am
  51. Andy said:

    Thanks for the helpful tips. Keep blogging ;)

    December 28th, 2010 at 8:02 am
  52. foredi gel said:

    I like the tips and if there is cheap domain again, please let me know.

    Denis

    January 10th, 2011 at 8:40 am
  53. phd guidance said:

    We rarely think about commenting on other blogs if we are not serious about PR. You just want to blog because you like to blog. You don involve in any seo work on your blog. You take up or start with a free blogger for this.
    And if you are a serious blogger/And If your blog is going to fetch you money, you would be desperate to promote it. I don’t know how many of you would agree with my point.

    January 18th, 2011 at 4:29 am

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