blogging tips

If you're starting out with blogging  and want to make it grow maybe these tips I've picked up (the hard way!) over the last few years could help you out:

Making contacts and online buddies is the way to grow your blog – read, read and keep reading blogs until you find ones you like.
  • It’s a good idea to focus on smaller blogs, as it can be easier to build a personal relationship there – both with the main blogger and others commenting on her page.
  • Make sure you have a few posts on your blog before you start commenting, that way people have something to read when they follow your link back.
  • If you like taking pictures, find what’s called a ‘carousel’ or ' blog hop' where lots of bloggers come together once a week to post photos of their favourite topics. Try these ones or start your own: Wordless Wednesday and Image-in-ing.
  • Use free photo-editing sites like PicMonkey or Fotor or this latest UK-based site The Canvas Prints to have fun with your pics. You can put them in collages, create frames or add filters- just don't go overboard! 
  • Find blogs you like, and read a post from one of these blogs, and comment at the end making sure to leave a link to your blog too. You can use a site like ‘Bloglovin’ to keep links to your favourite blogs in one place. Or find their social media pages and connect that way.

getting online love from search engines

  • One good way to do this is by using the "Alt text" button for your photographs. After you upload an image, right-click on it. Choose "properties" and a box titled Alt-Text should come up. This is what the web-spiders read as they pore over websites finding ways to index them. If you use lots of photos but no Alt-text all the spiders see is blank space. Use key-words like "name of your sport" or "name of the athlete" of "the place" or "the event".
  • The other secret is not so complex - write regularly and as often as your lifestyle allows. 
Get in touch if you have any questions.


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