If you want to learn how to blog, you’ll get a lot out of these 7 basic blogging tips that are geared mostly for the WordPress platform.
- Write your blog posts in a saved document rather than within your blog editor.
There’s always a chance that something will go awry when you hit the publish button and that you’ll lose the post (It happens to bloggers all the time!). You’ll want a copy of that masterpiece somewhere so that you don’t have to reconstruct it from scratch!
- Back up your blog.
Things can also go awry with entire blogs so it’s important to back-up your site so that you can easily re-build if the unthinkable happens. Most hosting services offer features within your blog’s control panel to let you do this automatically on a timed schedule.
- Monitor blog comments and respond to them.
When people comment on your blog and the comment is worth publishing, it’s also typically worth replying to. This is a great opportunity to connect with your audience and to turn a one-time visitor into a subscriber. Search engines also give more attention to blogs with plenty of comments so this can help you get more traffic to high-volume comment posts.
- Install a spam filter.
Askimet is a free plug-in for WordPress blogs (you can find it in your control panel at example: www.yourblog.com/wp-admin and then select plugins. You should be able to find this easily. Askimet will save you a lot of time as it does help detect a good majority of the spam comments you’ll invariably get. That’s the thing about having a popular blog…it’s great to be popular but with that popularity comes trolls who want to siphon some of your site’s link juice! Don’t let comments through that have spam in them, such as links to unsavoury sites or blatant advertisements as this will bring down the perceived reputation of your blog with readers and with search engines.
- Create a social media account on Twitter and on Facebook for your blog.
Then post links to new blog posts on the social media accounts. You can gather traffic, social media followers, and search engine rankings this way and this can drive your popularity level up sky high. There are free plug-ins that help you do this and from Twitter, for instance, you can grab a badge for your website from your profile that allows you to insert some html code into your widgets (within your dashboard) section.
- Learn a bit about HTML.
There’s a great free tutorial at http://www.w3schools.com/html/. You don’t need to be a programmer to learn how to blog but learning about HTML can help you tweak your site and the appearance of your blog posts and make things look better.Most blogs have WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors nowadays but it never hurts to learn HTML and there may be times when this knowledge will help you clean up a problem with a blog post that doesn’t look so great and basic skills could help you with your off site promotional efforts, too.
- Never stop learning about blogging. There’s a lot to learn. Once you learn the basics, keep learning and you’ll continually improve your blogging skills as well as the online experience of your readers and this can translate to a successful blog. You’ll find blogs about blogs, video tutorials, e-books, and online courses that can all help you continually increase your knowledge and skills.
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