Have you started a blog or thinking about starting one? Not sure how to get more readers, build community and grow your blog? Here are 5 Blogging Tips from 5 Blogging Pros to help your blog take off.
Recently, I wrote about my experience winning the Best Business Blog in Australia and shared 11 tattoo-worthy blogging tips for helping to grow your own blog (tips from 11 savvy bloggers who had mentored me in some way, and who had shaped the growth of Socially Sorted). I asked a handful of those bloggers if they would share their Number 1 tip for new bloggers and (if you already have a blog), helping it to take off.
Here are 5 tips you can easily implement, straight from 5 of my favourite people. Listen to them. They know what they are talking about and all of them have a track record for sharing their best tips, so you are getting the insider knowledge right here:
5 Blogging Tips from the Pros
#1 Amy Porterfield
Amy is one of the world’s leading Facebook Experts at AmyPorterfield.com, the co-Author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies and a great friend and mentor. When Amy recommends something it is always her best advice (no holding back) and it is advice developed through experience. Here is what she said:
Since blogging consistency helps to create a loyal audience, “batching” is one of the best ways to ensure you are constantly creating new content. Schedule the time in advance and work on writing multiple blog posts during one writing session – that way you won’t feel that you are constantly hustling to get your next post up! – Amy Porterfield
Melonie is Canada’s Number 1 LinkedIn Expert, the founder of Top Dog Social Media and author of the new Amazon Bestselling book The LinkedIn Code. Melonie is one of the most consistent bloggers I know and she consistently produces great content (really helpful content) week in and week out. Listen to her:
The #1 tip I would give to new and even seasoned bloggers is only blog as often as you can create great, quality content. It’s better to blog less frequently and create a stellar piece of content. People really enjoy in depth “how to” blogs so make sure when you are writing that you leave the readers with some tangible things they can use and implement immediately – Melonie Dodaro
Rebecca is an accomplished podcaster and blogger at Professional Content Creation. She is a super savvy content creator. In fact she is sought after by the world’s top social media and marketing experts to help them craft content across a range of platforms, and she does it very well. Rebecca gave this wise piece of advice about creating content:
The most vital thing any blogger can do is PUBLISH. Don’t let learning take the place of doing, and don’t worry about being perfect! – Rebecca Livermore
Ian Cleary built one of the most successful blogs in the Industry in just 6 months and has been a two time winner of the Top 10 Social Media Blogs by Social Media Examiner with his blog Razor Social. Ian knows how to create quality content and how to get that content shared. Here is what he had to tell you:
Writing quality content is not enough. You need to build relationships with other bloggers, build a process for blog post promotion and leverage tools and outreach techniques to stand out from your competitors. – Ian Cleary
I left one of my favourites till last. Nikki Parkinson is the founder of Styling You, the winner of the Best Australian Blog 2011 – and author of Unlock Your Style due to be released very soon! I talked about Nikki’s impact on my own blog here, but she has been a long-time proponent of blogging to build community and to build that community organically. She gives a great reminder for any budding blogger to think of your blog in terms of community and to be willing to invest time to allow it to grow:
Don’t be urgent to make money from your blog. Focus on building your community. Build your community and then the opportunities to earn an income off or because of your blog will happen. – Nikki Parkinson
Now what? Go and do what you are told (I mean this in the nicest possible way of course!). These tips have helped to grow my blog and they can help to grow yours too – no matter what niche you are in, whether you are a product-based business, tourism operator, restaurant, health professional or marketer. The principles of blogging remain the same and these tips will work for any industry and for any blog. So, jump to it!
What about you? Do you have a blog? Thinking about starting one? Leave a comment below to tell us what you will change up on your blog after reading these tips!
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Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, the Business Category Winner of the 2014 Best Australian Blogs Competition. Donna helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to get more reach, referrals and results in their business. She is a contributor to Entrepreneur Online, Social Media Examiner and Social Fresh, and has been featured in Forbes, NBC and Yahoo.