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10 Things Every Blogger Should Know

June 10, 2014 | By Dee Ann Rice

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When I think about blogging there are many things that come to mind that I think every blogger should know. If you are a seasoned blogger I am sure you can come up with quite a list yourself. I love reading lists like this as they help me to stay on track. I will sometimes overlook doing something that is really important and reading a list will remind me to do that particular task. I hope that my list will at least be of some help in reminding you of something that is important when blogging. If you are a new blogger maybe these 10 things will help you as you start out. When I started out I had no idea what I should know or do as a blogger. I loved lists that gave me insight into blogging. Just in case you were wondering this list is in no particular order.

1. Headlines

Headlines are extremely important. They are what attract people to your post and make them want to read what you have to say. I will say I am not very good at writing great or even good headlines. There are a lot of ways to become better at headlines. One really easy way to start creating good headlines is to start a swipe page. Whenever you see a headline that you like copy it and keep it. Later on when you need a headline just go and look at your swipe file. You can pick one of those headlines that you liked, alter it to fit your post and you will have a great headline. There are also lots of courses out there that will teach you about writing great headlines.

2. People Are Going To Leave Rude Comments

Rude comments are just a fact of life when blogging. The thing you have to remember is you are in control of just what comments show on your blog and what ones get deleted. I have had some rude comments that I actually left on my blog. If I am writing about something that is controversial I know that I may get some comments that are totally against what I have said. In this case I will decide to leave the comment if it is adding value to the post. If I get a comment that is not adding anything of value to my post I will choose to delete it. What comments to show on your post is totally a judgment call on your part. Just don’t take rude comments personally and let them get to you. It happens to all bloggers.

3. Always Use A Call To Action

If you want people to do something you need to ask them to do it. This is a very basic principle for dealing with people. Most people do not do something unless they are asked to do it. If you have ever been in sales you know that the Call To Action is a very important concept for making a sale. If you never ask anyone to buy what you are selling, you will never make a sale. It is the same in blogging. You need to put a Call To Action at the end of your post and ask people to make a comment or share your post with their friends. Your followers will most likely make comments on your post as well as share your post but, if you want others who come to your site for the first time to do anything the Call To Action is very important.

4. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

This one is really simple. If you quote someone or use an image that belongs to someone else give the other person credit.

5. Have Goals For Your Blog

Just like everywhere else you need goals. Goals give you a direction and a plan. If you do not have a plan for your blog, your blog will not have any direction. I love the following quote and think it is really true.

“Those Who Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail”

6.  Make Sure Everything Is Set Up Right

I think this is really important and something that many people overlook. There are lots of things that need to be set up on a blog. Something I see being missed many times is the social share buttons. Some of these buttons, like Twitter, need to have your information added to them. If this is not done people can not share your post properly on Twitter. It is very frustrating to go to a blog where there are broken links or the social share buttons are not functioning so make sure you check everything out.

7. Use Social Share Buttons

Be sure to put social share buttons on your blog. Without these buttons no one will share your post. It is not that your post can not be shared without the buttons but, if you do not make it easy most people will not do it. Remember, your followers are very busy people. They probably have a blog of their own that they are maintaining and many will have a full time job as well. This makes them very busy people so make everything as easy as possible for them. They will be more apt to leave a comment and share your post if you make it easy.

8. Back Up Your Blog On A Regular Basis

I can not put into words how important this is. I have written a couple of posts on what has happened to me because I did not backup my blog. You can read them here if you would like Oh My @$#%^&%#, I Just Deleted My Entire Blog!!! and My Blog Has Been Hijacked!!. I have also written posts about backing up a blog and restoring it from the backups. I tell how to backup a blog in Oh My @$#%^&%#, I Just Deleted My Entire Blog!!! and how to restore it here How To Restore A WordPress Blog From A Backup! I would highly recommend backing up your blog on a daily or at least a weekly basis.

9. Be Consistent

This coming from someone who has been very inconsistent due to some family issues over the last few months and is seeing the effects of that first hand. Being inconsistent is the death of a blog. I will say that there are times when being consistent is very difficult or even impossible but if you want your blog to make it and be successful you need to make the times of inconsistency as short and few as possible. If you are consistent you will survive and your blog will do really well.

10. Network With Your Blogging Community

None of us can do this alone. It takes all of us to make our blogs survive and become successful. We are not in competition with other bloggers instead we are a team so become friends with your fellow bloggers. Support them and they will support you. Your blogging community is the most important group of people to your blogs success. I have a great blogging community who have supported me through many trials and I don’t know what I would have done with out them. So, get out there and network!

There you have it! 10 things I think all bloggers should know. If you are just starting out this is a great place to start. If you are a seasoned blogger maybe you will be like me when I read lists and find one of these that reminds you of something you have let slide. Either way I hope this helps you in your blogging journey.

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1 Adrienne
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June 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Hey Dee Ann,

Welcome back and good to see you again. You are spot on with these tips too I might add.

Let’s see, do I have anything to add to this. Not off the top of my head. I will say that all of this really is important, I don’t want to say one is more than the other because they all play an important roll with blogging.

I think this is just a winning combination. Way to go!

Have a great week.

~Adrienne
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2 Dee Ann Rice
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June 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Adrienne,

I am with you. I don’t think any one of these is more important than the other. That is why I did not even try to order them.

I know I need to be better at some of these and if I were my blog would be doing better than it is.

I will get there though. I has been a really rough spring. That is over though and I am on to make my blog better than ever this summer.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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3 Jens P. Berget June 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

I’m struggingle with one of the 10 things. I just can’t seem to add a call to action to my posts. I know that I should, but many times (most of the time) it just doesn’t fit with what I’m writing. I could probably just end with something like; please leave your thoughts in the comments.

-Jens
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4 Dee Ann Rice
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June 20, 2014 at 10:04 am

Jens,

Really all the call to action for a blog needs to be is to ask people to leave comments. That is really what you want because when people leave comments it adds content to your blog.

The search engines like it when lots of content is continually added to blogs but, people also like going to blogs where there are lots of comments because it make you look like an expert in your field.

Some people will not leave a comment unless they are asked to for one reason or another so asking for comments will benefit your blog.

Hope that helps.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann Rice
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5 Petunia Parks June 11, 2014 at 6:35 am

Hi Dee Ann :-)

As a new blogger I think your article is outstanding. I like your site and will be back! If you do visit me your insight will be greatly appreciated.

Your new friend,
Petunia

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6 Dee Ann Rice
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June 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Petunia,

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am glad that you found my post helpful to you as a new blogger. I will be over to your blog and look forward to seeing it.

Thanks for your comment.

Dee Ann
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7 Julie June 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

This is a great list. I have set it up that my blogs get updated everyday and the file sent to me. I like this because I don’t have to worry about anything happening to them. Call to actions are really important too.

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8 Dee Ann Rice
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June 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Julie,

Glad you like the list.I think most of the important things to do on a blog are on there.

I think call to actions are really important but I also know that many bloggers fail to use them. It is something that a lot of people do not see the need for. I think if they would use call to actions though they would see the benifits.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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9 Mi Muba June 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hi Dee Ann
For successful blogging it is necessary to take care of certain things without whom it is not possible to make a big success.
The ten things you mentioned in this post are very important points to remember and do them perfectly for effective blogging.
I like point no 4 and 9 specially which speak of giving credit to those who deserve it and stay consistent to achieve your goals.
Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful post.
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10 Dee Ann Rice
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June 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Mi Muba,

I think the two things you liked are very important also.

It is really important to give credit when using something that someone else created. Not just for legal reasons but also because it is the proper thing to do.

If we are not consistent then our blogs are not going to do well.

Thanks for your comments and for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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11 Kyle June 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Hello Dee Ann,

These are actually great points you have here, especially the first two. Headlines are supposed to catch the reader’s attention. It’s the façade. The pretty face. Then again, no matter how much effort we give, how beautifully we write our articles, there will be those who think otherwise. It’s always important to be a good sport and not give in to these kinds of comments.

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12 Dee Ann Rice
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June 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Kyle,

Headlines are so important. I wish I was better at headlines. It is something that I need to work on.

If you have a good headline your traffic will really go up as so many more people will want to read the post.

Glad that you found my post helpful. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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13 Ray June 17, 2014 at 1:01 am

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion whether it’s nice or not, but they do amaze me sometimes. And, those are just the ones I do see. Who knows how many I don’t see that were removed or deleted.

The big news media sites seem to have a very active following of rude commenters. So much now that I tend to skip reading comments on these sites completely most of the time.

But what do you do? Do you remove or delete them? Some people claim it’s not right and you are censoring and not allowing free speech. While others say absolutely. It’s your site you can do whatever you want. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to come back. I am kind of in the middle on that one. I can see it both ways to some extent. Luckily the ones I have removed were spam anyway.
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14 Dee Ann Rice
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June 25, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Ray,

Personally I remove and delete any comments that I don’t want there. I guess some people can claim that it is free speech and no comments should be removed or deleted. I consider my blog to be private property. I own it and am promoting what I want to promote on it. In the end I hope to make money based on my blog. I do not want rude or unappropriate comments on my blog. Since it is private property I feel that gives me the right only allow what I want on my blog.

Those are just my thoughts . I think anything that is rude or unappropriate fulls under the catagory of spam.

Dee Ann
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