A lot of what I know about blogging, I learned on my own through trial and error. The rest? Other bloggers.
I few weeks ago, I was reading a post on Design Your Own Blog that I found hugely motivational. Honestly, I can’t remember which post it was, because most of them do that for me. But I remember thinking: my readers would love this. How can I deliver similar content to them?
And I settled on a round-up, because there is no way for me to explain some of these great blogging tips as well as some of these amazing bloggers do it.
So here, in no particular order, is my list of the most helpful blogging posts I’ve read lately.
30+ Incredibly Helpful Blog Posts About Blogging
I could have used this YEARS ago. My brand name is actually “Budget Girl,” but I chose “diy budget girl” as the URL because “Budget Girl” was taken on the free version of WordPress. BIG mistake, I have regretted it ever since. Once of many, many reasons I’m looking forward to rebranding (if I can ever settle on a new name).
To be fair, at the time I wasn’t interested in blogging as a career when I first started. I just wanted something to do.
We’re likely all guilty of at least one of these. It definitely comes with the territory if you’re a new blogger. Live and learn.
I don’t know if I’d say mine is brilliant, but I took a lot of great tips from this lady.
I’ve been working on page speed for quite some time. Browser caching is DEFINITELY the big one for me. This seems to have helped.
I am awful at keyword research, but this was incredibly informative. It’s something that confuses all newbie bloggers, but it’s also something you absolutely need to learn about.
The only thing missing from this list is Evernote. ABSOLUTELY LOVE Evernote.
I use the Pomodoro technique all the time. I do 25 minutes of work and then a 5 minute break. However, my rule is that the break has to involve me doing something while standing. Which usually means I wind up making the bed or washing dishes or starting a load of laundry. So I get my work done AND I get a clean apartment. Win win!
I took a lot of this into account when choosing a color scheme. But at the end of the day, I love red. And I’ve gotten tons of compliments on it!
The bit at the end of the post blew my mind. I need to install that plugin!
This isn’t the only post you should read from Design Your Own Blog. After reading that post, I went rummaging through her archives and everything in there blew me away. If there’s anything I can think to say, she’s said it better. Read this website!
I bet I had you at “income tracker,” right? Actually, the whole thing is so valuable. Lisette did a great job with this.
This is practical even if you don’t want to make money!
I use Pixabay ALL THE TIME. They are so helpful when I’m doing a post like this one and I don’t feel like taking my own photos. 😛
A lot of people complain that using stock photos will make their site less unique. The only solution to that is to learn how to take your own photos or stop whining. Of course they’re being used by other people. That’s the point of a stock photo.
A lot of these tips can be used outside of food photography, by the way.
This post helped me out a lot a few months ago when I was considering turning off comments. And she wrote it in a way that didn’t sound condescending (which was a problem I had when I went to my Facebook groups to ask for their opinions). She addressed a lot of things I hadn’t considered and, ultimately, I decided to leave them on. Probably a good choice. 😛
One of the best things I’ve done for both of my blogs is making items in my archives more easily accessible. These are some great tips for doing that!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed the kind of posts I click on tend to fall under this list. Even if I know the blogger posting them has really low standards for what s/he considers to be “amazing.” I walk away thinking, “That was a disappointment,” but the headlines always pull me back in. You’d think I’d learn.
What are some of the best blogging tips you’ve received? Any posts you want to share? Leave it in the comments!