Tips For Bloggers

Tips for Bloggers
Tips for Bloggers

ARRRGGHHHH!!! That was me screaming when I first started to blog, so much advice, by so many people saying so many different things and always all about the same thing! It is no wonder people find that first blog hard. Lots of this blogs readers have been asking for blogging tips when really I know very little about it, so this page is for all us bloggers because by learning from each other we can all improve, even myself.


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Do you have some advice to offer people? Well if you do just drop me a comment right here or drop me a E-Mail: dailymagazine@theverybesttop10.com and I will not only place your tip here but I am happy to also give you a link back to your own blog so people can see how good you really are! So the first 3 are from mine and the rest of these tips for bloggers are written by some of the best bloggers around! So please do get in touch because this page is for EVERYONE!

Tip (1) = Is your blog not getting the traffic you want it to?!? Well here is a news flash for you, unless you are already famous your blog is not “The field of dreams.” If you build it they will not come. But if you go and get people and introduce them to it them I’m sure they will love it! So go on Twitter and FB and find people who love talking about blogs relating to yours. All social media sites have a search option, so search for the things you like “craft, sci-fi, UK” whatever and follow them, become friends with them! Only then will you start to grow. You already have a public blog so go out there and SHOUT ABOUT IT!
From: MYSELF

Tip (2) = Pick a lane and stick to it! You only see crazy drivers all over the roads so why do it with your blog!?!? Just stick to what you know and DON’T CHANGE IT! If you just want to blog random things about your life then do it because loads of people including myself love to read them. But in the same week don’t start talking about how to make money using twitter or some junk like that. One road + one path = One Goal!
From: MYSELF

Tip (3) = Don’t give up the day job! Blogging will can only make enough to live on for a VERY SMALL amount of people who to be fair to them were mostly already famous writers or famous in their chosen area of writing.  Can you make money blogging? Yeah sure! But unless you are one of the already mentioned ‘Famous’ or ‘Expert’ people there is only one way to do it and here is the absolute truth…IT TAKES YEARS OF HARD WORK!!!
From: MYSELF

Tip (4) = my initial readership dwindled when my computer was broken…after a few months I replaced it…I started posting again but no one was visiting…so I rebooted the blog this year and that seems to have worked…so I would say post regularly and stay relevant.
From: http://tjtherien.wordpress.com 

Tip (5) = if you don’t get as much attention as you expect when you try your best – don’t give up. Find another reason for blogging apart from generating traffic (such as proving that you can commit to something on a long-term basis, etc) and stick to it. And then all the attention will eventually come.
From: http://lizatemir.wordpress.com

Tip (6) = If you want to increase your readership one way is to read other people’s blogs and leave comments. Try and engage other bloggers and contribute to their debates. You will soon find bloggers reciprocating and your traffic will start to rise.
From: http://jwdwrites.wordpress.com/

Tip (7) = My tip is to do what I am doing today. Spend some time looking at other blogs, liking and READING other people’s posts, commenting when it moves you. Then have a look at the blog directory widgets or links that people have. Are you listed? If not, then spend a bit of time adding your site and the reciprocal link. One of my earlier posts resulted in someone reposting me to their site (BlogDogIt.com), and since then we have become reciprocal fans. I send him traffic, he sends me traffic. We appreciate each other’s efforts. To me, that is the key. Networking with real people. Sincerely. That is how you get long-term readership, and friends.

From: www.journeyofmixedemotions.com

Tip (8) = How do you expect to receive anyone to come to your blog if you don’t announce it to social networking websites? That’s like having a yard sale in the middle of the woods. Unless you live near the city or a reasonable suburban area, you might find that browser or blog surfer (homeless bum or hiker) walking through.

In addition, it’s quality over quantity. I have written roughly around 60 blog posts that have an average word count of 999 words per post. Now, this sounds like a lot to read. Well, that’s another thing to consider. Should you post every day for an entire month? Well, is your content worth coming back for more? Lastly, your restaurant might serve the best food in the world. Does it look promising on the outside? Although looks can be deceiving, make your blog reasonably presentable. I think just my layout alone can attract people to continue reading.

From: http://prinzecharming.com/

Tip (9) = My tip is one that may not be popular with some bloggers — don’t be afraid to go personal.  I was told once to stay away from the personal.  While that is partially true, because reading a far too personal blog can be downright scary, it also makes a blog real.  It helps keep your blog focused because, well, you are writing about what you know best (hopefully) which is yourself.  Care must be taken, however, when writing about the other people in your life.  They may not appreciate being thrown unknowingly out into the very public world of the web, so you had best be cognizant of your family’s wishes.  Otherwise, you may be in for a world of hurt!

From: http://shenrydafrankmann.wordpress.com

Tip (10) = Don’t be afraid to be controversial and write about topics some might be uncomfortable reading about (I frequently write about gay rights/marriage for instance).. but just make sure anything you’ve written has been done in a well thought out way, makes sense, and isn’t an attack on other people’s beliefs (whenever possible). If you’ve posted something that is somewhat intelligently written with clear opinions/explanations/debate points, then there should be no reason for someone to get offended by what you’ve written.

From: http://martinpwilson.wordpress.com/

Tip (11) = Have fun with it! It’s sometimes easy to get a little stressed about making sure you post regularly, having good content, checking stats, increasing readership, etc. But don’t lose sight of the fact that you should be having fun writing your posts and connecting with other bloggers!

From: http://heatherpaquette.wordpress.com/

Tip (12) = Add depth by adding topics or categorizing your post. So you are interested in politics, technology, family AND like to keep up with the latest memes? By categorizing your posts you can feel free to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment in areas that may otherwise have your current readers scratching their heads, wondering who has taken over your blog.

I try to keep several topics going on my site and find if I get bored contributing in one topic area I can shift gears and focus on one of the others. If I can’t stay interested I can’t expect my readers to be for long. By offering categorized posts you allow your visitors to “change the channel” with-out leaving your site.

From:  blogdogit.com

Tip (13) = Be original. Not many people want to look at a blog that is just a copy of another blog. This is hard because of the number of people that blog, and the number of topics that are blogged about. Pretty much, don’t make an exact replica of someone else’s blog with the same theme, the same topics and other stuff. You could make a blog that goes into more detail than another person or focuses more on one thing, but don’t outright copy their blog.

From: http://nolensnecessary.wordpress.com/

Tip (14) = Customise your page. I’m not saying go out and spend $100 to have you own custom design page through wordpress, but instead change the settings on the free page layouts to make your blog more personalised to you! It will make your page seem much more original until you can afford to go crazy on your own page design.

From: http://mononicole.wordpress.com/

Tip (15) = Find a catchy but original Title for your blog. Make it stand out from the crowd. Make sure that it’s the right title to match the lane that you’re currently driving down. People will see the title and say and say to themselves, “this is something I’m interested in.” You have to get people coming past and interested and the first thing they read is the title of your blog. If you don’t get their interest from the title how do you hope to get their interest from the content of your posts?

But once you have your interesting and original title do a search for that same title. Probably there are already blogs out there using that same title or very similar. Either run with the title because it still covers exactly what you want to say or make changes to make yourself stand out so that people can see there is a difference.

I thought I was being really original calling mine, “Listen to me Write!” as it is about me using the speech recognition tool Dragon Naturally-speaking to do all my writing. A search reveals half a dozen or more using pretty well the same title although as far as I can see I’m the only one where the title relates to speech recognition. Searching beforehand might have helped me come up with a different title that was unique and still covered my theme.

From: http://ilox101.wordpress.com

Tip (16) = Short isn’t always bad. Don’t post one or two sentence posts but you can be concise  I often don’t like or want to read 1-2 thousand word posts. Just an interesting, thoughtful paragraph or two will do it just fine.

From: http://forecasterjack.wordpress.com/

Tip (17) = A picture speaks a thousand words. Try to illustrate your post with something visual – a photo or drawing, for instance, and give it a good caption that’s relevant to the subject of the post.

From: http://www.livinginruralmallorca.com

Tip (18) = (Blog layout) – Critically evaluate your final layout. Can your reader navigate easily around your site to find your latest post, your archived posts, your “About me” page? Having got them to your site, make sure they don’t leave because they can’t find other posts and pages.

From: madoqua.wordpress.com

Tip (19) = (Writing posts) – keep your post content vibrant. Most people won’t stay to read a long tome with thousands of words and no images. The web is about color, images and information. Combine these things and keep your posts to a reasonable word limit and your readers will stay to the end.

From: madoqua.wordpress.com

Tip (20) = When first starting out, there is the desire to make your blog completely special and unique. News flash! Someone is probably already doing what you want to do! Go forth anyway. Once you develop your voice, it will be unique. No one is saying what you say in exactly the same way. People will choose to follow your blog over another with the same idea because they like your style. And be genuine. Folks aren’t afraid to unfollow if your posts leave them with a bad taste in their mouths.

From: http://sydneylikesfood.wordpress.com/

Tip (21) = Spell-check, spell-check, spell-check! And find a friend who will glance over your writing before you post. A lot of people (me included) won’t take you seriously if your words are littered with wrong spellings and grammatical errors, no matter how catchy your prose.

From: http://jennifernicholsongraham.wordpress.com/

Tip (22) = Blog about what you care about most on the morning of writing your post (for me it’s weekly). Much like catching the tail end of a dream on waking, my ‘hunch for the day’ is a springboard for the post, and keep it my focus. There are always other things I could write about, but by letting a bit of serendipity in, the post benefits. And close editing helps.

From: http://haywardhelen.wordpress.com/

Tip (23) = Get your readers involved! Encourage them to share their thoughts and experiences relating to your post in the comments. If you’re stuck for a topic to write about, ask your readers for one. That guarantees that your post will have at least one reader. Also, respond to their comments so that they know you actually read them.

From: http://tpenguinltg.wordpress.com/

Tip (24) = Establish yourself as an online brand. Personal branding and self syndication can go a long way towards generating sustained traffic volumes. Taking myself as an example, I’ve chosen to brand myself online under the label “SoftwareByDefault”. My WordPress blog forms the core of my brand, supported by various online profiles under the same title. I try as far as possible to reference my WordPress blog when engaging in online activities. My blog is focussed on software development, I therefore maintain profiles on sites like MSDN, Codeplex, SourceForge, CodeProject, O’Reilly Media, Twitter, Github, StackOverflow and a few more, all labelled as SoftwareByDefault.

From: http://softwarebydefault.com

Tip (25) = Dont forget performance management is key to a good ranking as well. Measure, analyse and improve. Do it as a monthly task. If using WordPress cache your website, if you want managed services performance consider http://tinyurl.com/aa2r4nr

From: http://bonsai.ie/

Tip (26) = Don’t mislead people. Your title is a headline just as in journalism. It should grab the attention of people interested in your post. If it’s tailored to attract people who probably aren’t interested, then you have brought someone to your blog who’ll be looking for the “I really hate the way this blog has wasted my time” button instead of the “Like” button. You don’t get a follower, and you’ve been very, very annoying. Same goes for tags and categories.

From:  http://wegway.wordpress.com/

Tip (27) = Punch up the number of your followers instantly by enabling notices of your WordPress blog posts to your Facebook, Twitter and LInkedIn accounts. In the 12 days I’ve been blogging at http://www.ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com I have posted 9 times. I have 28 blog followers from WordPress, 661 Facebook followers, 36 Twitter followers and 95 LinkedIn followers. WordPress sends a short notice to my contacts on the social media sites with my avatar, the name of my post, the first sentence or so of the post and a link to the blog post. Many of my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn contacts follow my blog avidly now that they receive automatic notices of new posts.

From: http://www.ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com

Tip (28) = Pick a time to write at. For example, you could write posts daily, weekly or even monthly. This should make your followers and you happy :) !

From: http://technoteamblog.wordpress.com/

Tip (29) = Always keep your views in the loop.Like,if your going on holiday,tell your viewers so they will be happy and will know when you come back.I you don’t,they might not come back.

From: http://technobullet.wordpress.com/

Tip (30) =  Learn basic SEO,it’ll really help you in the long run.

From: http://technobullet.wordpress.com/

Tip (31) = Try and get your readers involved with a poll or something. This lets your readers get involved with your blog more

From: http://technoteamblog.wordpress.com/

Tip (32) = Don’t just add lots of writing to your blog, because that will just make your readers bored! Try uploading some videos or pictures or something like that.

From: http://technoteamblog.wordpress.com/

Tip (33) = Before guest blogging or asking a blogger to guest for you, always check out the guest’s site, first! You don’t want to find out that their values are grossly different than yours after asking for or giving a commitment. In other words, look before you leap!

From: http://www.thewritesteph.com

Tip (34) = My tip is find a room of your own you feel comfortable in and make it your sanctuary to write – as Virginia Woolf wrote, all writers must have a room of their own where they can ruminate and create. Well, she didn’t say it exactly like that, but I think that’s what she meant!

From: http://bonniejtoomeydotcom.wordpress.com

Tip (35) =  “Follow the visual hierarchy. If you look at Apple’s website or if you go to http://www.splashthat.com, you’ll find not just stellar typography but near-strict adherence to this rule.

The basic rule of thumb with the visual hierarchy is that your second-most prominent feature needs to be half as “heavy” on the page as your first-most prominent feature. And then your third-most prominent feature needs to be half as heavy as your second (or one-fourth as heavy as your first.

In other words, your first feature is the general that gets “paid” the most (gets paid the most attention that is). You second features have not worked hard enough to get to that first rank though, so it only earns half of that pay, and etc. for the third, and fourth.”

From:  An Apple A Day

Tip (36)= Add your blog address to your signature when using email, to let people know that you are blogging.

From: http://ianbcross.wordpress.com/

Tip (37)= When I started blogging, I used wordpress for writing and reflection, google plus for photographs and fotopedia for themed photographs. This approach was too complicated. Stick with one vehicle, even though it means you run out of free space on wordpress.

From: http://ianbcross.wordpress.com/

Tip (38)= Don’t be so hooked up on the number of views in you stats page, especially when your blog has just started. Instead, watch for trends and take note of them. If your content appeals to your viewers, they will likely come back. The key here is patience. You can’t expect results in a week, much less overnight.

From: http://tpenguinltg.wordpress.com/

Tip (39)=  If you’re going to blog, you need to develop thick skin. This is especially true if you’re presenting information from the point of being an “authority” on the topic. When you receive a sarcastic comment, how you respond will affect how your readers view you – and if they are going to continue to follow you, as well! Besides, your readers will more than likely come to your defence!

Remember, a soft answer turns away wrath. In my case, my first attempt at blogging was shut down because of one such comment. Thin skinned, I decided that I didn’t need that kind of hassle, and quit; but not before I thanked the person for their opinion. In part, he had a valid point, so I edited the post – and credited him for the correction at the top of the article. Then I used my reply to further explain my point of view for my readers.

To my amazement, in his reply, he stated that he wished he could respond to his critics in such a way. He still didn’t agree with me, but the tone of his comments changed.

Every person who visits and comments is considered a guest, in my book. I treat guests in my home with courtesy and consideration. My blog “home” is no different. If my followers go on the attack, I may privately e-mail them, thank them for their support, then explain my philosophy about guests, and ask them to respond in that spirit.

A blog that feels like a knock-down, drag-out fight is not inviting. I rarely go back to visit ones that are tense.

From: http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/

Tip (40)= Write about the things that you love and blogging would be a breeze but you can take it to the next level by doing a little bit of SEO. You can start by using keywords generated from Google suggest — those search terms automatically generated by Google when you start typing to their search box. That way, you can determine what people use to search for a particular topic and use it to your advantage. What I do is use a suggested phrase as part of my article’s title.

From: http://www.geekgonegirly.com/

Tip (41)= Join in “blog hop” events or “blog party” events, or create your own with help from a few like-minded blogging friends. They get you out there to a wider audience who potentially share similar thoughts/opinions/beliefs/whatever. Try and be consistent with participation – if there’s a monthly blog recommendation/suggestion, do so, even if it’s just a few lines on the theme. Make it a pictorial entry if you can’t come up with words. (Pictures and thousand words adages!) A really good example of the blog party is the “Practical Magic Blog Party” run by Frosted Petunias – http://pmparty2011.blogspot.com.au

From: http://cauldronsandbroomsticks.wordpress.com

Tip (42)= If a fellow blogger nominates you for an “award”, thank them by participating, and creating a link in your response to their blog. Display the image somewhere on your page if possible – if nothing else it makes for interesting side-bars. If you really don’t want to participate in the entire process, at least head back to their blog and thank them. They clearly felt your blog was something worth sharing around to others, even if you perhaps don’t feel the same!

From: http://cauldronsandbroomsticks.wordpress.com

Tip (43)= Make sure you add your blog web address to your Gravatar page so that people can link back to your blog. The page does not automatically have it, you have to add it yourself. That way, when you leave a comment on someone’s post, when they click on your image and get taken to your Gravatar to check you out, they can follow the link to your blog as well. It is surprising the number of Gravatars I have clicked on, only to find no link back to their own blog page.

From: http://qualityofbeing.wordpress.com/

Tip (44): If you are offering downloads and look like you may run out of free space on your WordPress blog, open up a free gmail account and store your larger files on Google Drive. Upload smaller thumbnail images only on your blog, then get your readers to download the image in full resolution from Google Drive.

From: http://papergiftsforestefany.wordpress.com/

TIP (45):   I find that no matter the topic, you have to have fun writing it. Readers will always know. And if you have fun, so will they!

From: http://tkmorin.wordpress.com/

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  39. Very much so. I think the reason is that most us bloggers know how hard a profession it is and always like to try and help. So your comment is much appreciated.

  40. Thank you for your excellent tips, which I will surely endeavour to follow.

    This is one of the factors I love about blogging, most people, if not all, are always willing to help other bloggers, something that is not always so in the perceived real world.

  41. Thanks for following me because I now get to read these amazing tips! Thanks for putting this helpful blog page together.

  42. You really gave really good advice I will most definitely take in consideration, you gave out so many pointers which is so awesome

  43. Many wise words here, I especially like No 11.

    Tip (11) = Have fun with it! It’s sometimes easy to get a little stressed about making sure you post regularly, having good content, checking stats, increasing readership, etc. But don’t lose sight of the fact that you should be having fun writing your posts and connecting with other bloggers!

    If your not enjoying blogging, or have no interest in your subject, then your post will be boring and bland which doesn’t make for good reading.

  44. Thanks for the tips *thumps up*

    one thing I struggle with is the stink to a single lane; I’m into several topics. I’ll try to write different things but make them similar, somehow!

  45. Make good use of “white space” on your blog. Think of your blog pages as a newsletter. If all the photos and words a squeezed too close together, it makes for a very difficult page to read. Don’t be afraid to space things out! The “white space” is a rest for your eyes and your mind. Your photos and content may be worthy of attention but remember that there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing! You may need to break a post down into two separate posts. Also, if you do that, let your readers know that there is more to come on the subject!

  46. Some fantastic tips and advice there’s they’ve given me hope and reaffirmed what I’m trying to do. Thank you.

  47. Very, very cool post! These are great tips you are sharing with us, thank you for the time it took to write it all down! Indeed, I find that no matter the topic, you have to have fun writing it. Readers will always know. And if you have fun, so will they!

    I look forward to your future posts! 🙂

  48. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am just taking a look at yours and as a new blogger I find these blogging tips really useful.
    Thanks

  49. *LOL* Yep that was me once as well, everyone else site look amazing and mine look like a plain blog, I might as well have wrote it on toilet paper.

  50. These tips are fantastic, thank you! And thanks for the follow. I’m struggling with the technology side of things, working out how to use the platform most effectively. I cant even figure out how to put a “Like me on Facebook” link or widget or whatever the $%$##$ it’s called!

  51. Super helpful tips! I haven’t read them all yet, but #1 and #9 I’ve been struggling with as a new blogger. Thanks for the guidance (and for following my blog!).

  52. Thanks for the tips! I think I am on the right track but I will certainly return to this list to make sure that I also stay so in future:-)

  53. Thank you so much for creating this page. It’s really helpful and a good reminder when traffic isn’t as high as one hoped. I can see myself visiting this page several more times future. 🙂

  54. Hey Russell aka Nerd,
    Thank you for stopping by, so I could do the same. Super lists. This one, too. Cannot give any tips though, as my two tips are taken! When I decipher the tough tips, I will give them a go.
    From the Non-Nerd

  55. Hi Russell.

    I’ve noticed that on the WordPress.com Reader when you visit your blog page a logo comes up in the background of your title area. I’m just wondering how you do this.

    Thanks,
    Tom

  56. Hi Russell, thank you for recently following my blog. I have checked out a couple of your lists so far – the fireworks one was great! I am now following you too.
    I have a tip you might like to add to this page:

    Make sure you add your blog web address to your Gravatar page so that people can link back to your blog. The page does not automatically have it, you have to add it yourself. That way, when you leave a comment on someone’s post, when they click on your image and get taken to your Gravatar to check you out, they can follow the link to your blog as well. It is surprising the number of Gravatars I have clicked on, only to find no link back to their own blog page.
    I wouldn’t have known to do this without being given the hint from John at dougdoeslife.com
    (thank you John!)

  57. Russell, you are truly a man after my own heart! Your blogging philosophy is inspiring and thank you for these amazing tips! Since I am just starting out I need all of the (good!) advice I can find! Thanks for stopping by my blog; I’m thrilled to have found you, and please don’t ever stop posting the hilarious animal pics…seriously, I could spend the whole day here…and I think I just might!

  58. Thank you soo much for the follow, it helps a lot and we both really appreciate it 😀 loved this post and have taken some of these tips which I’m sure will help us both as bloggers 🙂

  59. Thank you for finding my blog and following.I’ve been reading your tips and hoping to put some ideas in practice

  60. Sorry Mate… didn’t mean to ruffle your feathers.

    I’d offer to do the proofreading for you, but you don’t know me from Job, and would probably turn me down. 🙂

  61. I have said this many, many times before, if people don’t like the way I spell or my poor grammar then don’t read it! I am who I am and I type how I type, nothing will ever change that. I try to spell and grammar check as much as I can but it will never be good enough. I can’t afford to pay anyone to do it for me because I don’t have or make any money from this blog, so until that changes nor will my writing.

  62. I tried to find somewhere private to contact you Russell, but had no luck.

    Here is my tip… Proofread.

    I noticed some spelling mistakes and some grammar mistakes on your 10 Ten Blog.

    Love the blog by the way.

  63. I know this web site gives quality based content and extra
    stuff, is there any other web page which gives these information in quality?

  64. Very useful tips especially for newbies like me just starting out. With so much different sources of advice and tips , this compilation is very useful. love it!

  65. Great Post! From Copyblogger, I’ve learned that you won’t have to work as hard to get people to come to your blog if you write about the topics that solve their problems. I stick to that rule and it works.

  66. Thanks! These are great tips! I have just started blogging and I am hoping to learn from this
    Thanks for checking my Blog and following it.
    -Harini
    itsabusylife.wordpress.com

  67. Excellent post! I’m glad I came across it, I want to improve my own blog and these tips were very interesting.
    Thanks for checking out my blog and following it!
    Have a great day!
    🙂

  68. A couple of tips I’d like to offer:
    1) Join in “blog hop” events or “blog party” events, or create your own with help from a few like-minded blogging friends. They get you out there to a wider audience who potentially share similar thoughts/opinions/beliefs/whatever. Try and be consistent with participation – if there’s a monthly blog recommendation/suggestion, do so, even if it’s just a few lines on the theme. Make it a pictorial entry if you can’t come up with words. (Pictures and thousand words adages!)
    A really good example of the blog party is the “Practical Magic Blog Party” run by Frosted Petunias – http://pmparty2011.blogspot.com.au

    2) If a fellow blogger nominates you for an “award”, thank them by participating, and creating a link in your response to their blog. Display the image somewhere on your page if possible – if nothing else it makes for interesting side-bars. If you really don’t want to participate in the entire process, at least head back to their blog and thank them. They clearly felt your blog was something worth sharing around to others, even if you perhaps don’t feel the same!

  69. 🙂 I agree. Indeed they are. So, will read them tonight. Was reading on phone, so lost patience.

  70. Too many tips – so read only the few at the top of the list. Really insightful!

  71. Great idea to ask bloggers to contribute rather than come up with your own. I emailed to you my contribution I hope you can add them here.

  72. Thank you for sharing all this useful information. My blog is on it’s second “life” – the first only lasted about 2 months. This time around things are very different. I’m already using some of the tips listed above (visiting other sites & commenting, consistent writing, and writing about personal experiences). Doing these three things, the number of followers is increasing quickly. To my delight, after just a couple of months, I have over 300 followers, and the number increases daily. After all, if no one is going to read, why write?

    One tip I would add is this:
    If you’re going to blog, you need to develop thick skin. This is especially true if you’re presenting information from the point of being an “authority” on the topic. When you receive a sarcastic comment, how you respond will affect how your readers view you – and if they are going to continue to follow you, as well! Besides, your readers will more than likely come to your defense!

    Remember, a soft answer turns away wrath. In my case, my first attempt at blogging was shut down because of one such comment. Thin skinned, I decided that I didn’t need that kind of hassle, and quit; but not before I thanked the person for their opinion. In part, he had a valid point, so I edited the post – and credited him for the correction at the top of the article. Then I used my reply to further explain my point of view for my readers.

    To my amazement, in his reply, he stated that he wished he could respond to his critics in such a way. He still didn’t agree with me, but the tone of his comments changed.

    Every person who visits and comments is considered a guest, in my book. I treat guests in my home with courtesy and consideration. My blog “home” is no different. If my followers go on the attack, I may privately e-mail them, thank them for their support, then explain my philosophy about guests, and ask them to respond in that spirit.

    A blog that feels like a knock-down, drag-out fight is not inviting. I rarely go back to visit ones that are tense.

    From: http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for asking!
    o/
    Praise Jesus!

  73. We have only been blogging for a little over a month now and it is nice to see someone with more experience sharing their wisdom and advice. It can be overwhelming as there is so much to learn about the blogging world. Thanks for all the tips, as well as for visiting our site! Take care!

  74. These have actually been incredibly helpful (especially for somebody who has just started blogging for the first time in his life), Russell! I never would have found your blog or these tips if you hadn’t followed my blog this morning. I really appreciate it, and I have officially bookmarked this page for reading anytime I’m in doubt of my own writing/blogging skills. Thank you so much!

  75. really like your site – could become one of my top 10 distractions, quite easily 😉

    and all that advice…now I just have to follow it – ahem

  76. Wow. What helpful information. I’m just starting out and everything you listed makes so much sense. I have to watch out for being to wordy, staying focused and grammatical errors. Thank you so much for the great information. Have a wonderful weekend!

  77. Hi Russell,
    I’ve been glued to to your blog this morning, thanks for sharing all this very useful Information! You confirm what I thought and I’ve learned a lot by going through your pages. Very inspiring indeed!

    Greetings from the Far North
    Dina

  78. I’ve got another one for you:
    Don’t be so hooked up on the number of views in you stats page, especially when your blog has just started. Instead, watch for trends and take note of them. If your content appeals to your viewers, they will likely come back.
    The key here is patience. You can’t expect results in a week, much less overnight.
    From: http://tpenguinltg.wordpress.com/

  79. here’s what i think, cuz you would luv to kno, russell deasley, you rock!! for gathering and sharing tips, your wit, & your insights via your blogs.

  80. Well that is a lot of subject matter, but then again look at my blog, it is full of random things, so maybe find a style like daily tip about DIY, children, home improvement, art that way you will have 7 (provided you post every day) very distinctive paths.

  81. Thank you for this, very helpful, especially for a beginner like me. I am writing to see if you have an advice for me. In your Tip # 2 you said to pick a lane and stick to it. I think I will find that quite difficult, and that is something I have to figure out. Here are things I am looking to write about – DIY, tutorials, publish some of my diaries and my penpals letters, children, home improvement, teaching Art and Maths, etc. Thus I called my blog Olga the Eclectic, which I am thinking of renaming Hectic Eclectic. Do you think those are too different to insert into one blog? Should I skip some? Thank you so much for your time! I appreciate any help I can get. 🙂

  82. Once again, I’m amazed by your thoughts here, I could only read up to Tip #11, I’ll continue another time but for the most part, your right about how to gain readers and sticking with a niche. Thanks for the tips! As a beginner blogger as of Feb ’13, this will def come in handy.

  83. Tip: Add your blog address to your signature when using email, to let people know that you are blogging.

    Tip: When I started blogging, I used wordpress for writing abd reflection, google plus for photographs and fotopedia for themed photographs. This approach was too complicated. Stick with one vehicle, even though it means you run out of free space on wordpress.

    From: ianbcross.wordpress.com

  84. The eleventh tip’s a good one, like Iris said. Besides that, your second tip is my favorite. Pulling all the photons in together–that a lightbulb would normally disperse–can form a laser that will cut through a thin piece a steel.

    Before I finish this comment, would you like another tip to add? If you’d like, here’s a suggestion for Tip #34:

    “Follow the visual hierarchy. If you look at Apple’s website or if you go to http://www.splashthat.com, you’ll find not just stellar typography but near-strict adherance to this rule.

    The basic rule of thumb with the visual hierarchy is that your second-most prominent feature needs to be half as “heavy” on the page as your first-most prominent feature. And then your third-most prominent feature needs to be half as heavy as your second (or one-fourth as heavy as your first.

    In other words, your first feature is the general that gets “paid” the most (gets paid the most attention that is). You second features have not worked hard enough to get to that first rank though, so it only earns half of that pay, and etc. for the third, and fourth.”

    Let me know if this helps, because this alone can transform the look and feel of your blog–even if you don’t know the ideas behind simplicity, contrasting font-families, color theory, etc.

  85. I know EXACTLY how you feel, you have to stand by with how you want to run your blog and your beliefs because otherwise what is the point in blogging!

  86. Thanks so much! This happened to me. I invited an indie author to post before I read an exerpt from her book. The day I was supposed to post, I read it and was like, “What?!? No way can I endorse this!”

  87. Tip #11 is my favorite. This is so true especially in my case. I blog because I want to share what I know and get some stuff from people who know better. This is a long post and yet informative and helpful. It’s worth my time reading the entire piece. Thank you!

  88. Hi! Thanks for sharing many blogger’s great blogging tips. I don’t know how many times I check and recheck and still miss a typo – it is a lot of work, but I think it is worth appearing credible as a writer and also is very good discipline. My tip is find a room of your own you feel comfortable in and make it your sanctuary to write – as Virginia Woolf wrote, all writers must have a room of their own where they can ruminate and create. Well, she didn’t say it exactly like that, but I think that’s what she meant! Keep up the great posts, thanks.

  89. Hi Russel, thanks for checking out my blog. These tips are awesome, as is the rest of your site as far as I have seen so far… I can’t wait to read more!

  90. Hey Russell! what a fun site you have here! thanks for following my blog 🙂 I noticed that you like the Hello Kitty strawberries, that would be SO FUN if they ever made it onto one of your posts!! This post of blogging tips is great, and will be a good reference to have! Thanks!

  91. thanks Russell…..we are a very small town in the mountains…but we do have our fun! Your blog is so fun, we are sharing with all our Sumpter blogging friends too! cheers!

  92. sure appreciate your visit to our humble blog Russell……always nice to meet people from “across the pond” cheers!

  93. Shocked that you’re following my blog, but thankful I found yours because of it. I’m figuring this blogging thing out all on my own, so I appreciate the tips!

  94. I agree, Pinterest is the best! I love finding out when I’ve been pinned. It is a nice way to know I write things worth recalling later.

  95. *LOL* Well that was fast! FYI it was the DIY tag, I love looking for blogs that show how to make things, and make our own things of products. But it was mostly for my other half because she loves making her own health and beauty stuff. So anyway I guess I should say welcome to wordpress of something like that.

  96. Russell! I have no idea how you stumbled upon my blog, considering I started it barely two hours ago – but I am honoured! 🙂 I just sat and read through all the tips and comments and I’m feeling good! 🙂 THank you for compiling and getting other bloggers to add too! Like any other newbie, I’m bright eyed and bushytailed and can’t wait to produce more content and have fun 🙂

    Thanks again!
    Sachi

  97. This is a great list. I will be back if I need to do the reboot or restart the blog. I never heard of that.. I love pools so I am going to do that one soon. I have lost track of that idea. the only thing you have on this list that has not worked for me is social media with FB. When my blog is shared I receive very little likes ever and no one ever clicks on the link? I have 600 “friends.” A lot of them do not seem to get there is life outside of FB.

  98. Now i know one of the reasons many people read your blog. :d you are very down to earth, wow. *handshakes

    now, i have an entire week to “write” thank you cards. I might have been pretty much too occupied with postings. 😀

  99. I especially love the personal branding tip. I’m an aspiring author (and almost done with my first novel!!!), so for me, personal branding is key. Great article!

  100. These are good tips, thank you for visiting my blog. My blog is off to a good start with a little bit more then a dozen followers so far, which is pretty good considering I just started. I have a few things to figure out still, like how to link back to my own posts for how to references, but overall I have a good groove going. The one thing I’m having difficulty with is pace! I have SO much to say but I’m afraid I’ll say it all too fast and run out of things to talk about! Although, I do talk a lot so that probably won’t be the case. Of course, I must stick to a theme, right? I could talk about politics all day long but that doesn’t belong on my blog about holistic nutrition LOL

  101. Tip: Before guest blogging or asking a blogger to guest for you, always check out the guest’s site, first! You don’t want to find out that their values are grossly different than yours after asking for or giving a committment. In other words, look before you leap!
    From:

  102. Thanks for all the great ideas (and wonderful comments from everyone). For us newbies to the blogging world, it is much appreciated. (i.e. I still have to figure out what a widget is…sounds like a Spanish Inquisition torture device…but probably more useful…and less dangerous.)

  103. I have no qualifications at all. Just me, 1000 blogs about it read, and hours upon hours of you-tube videos and talking to people that do know what they are talking about.

  104. Thanks Russell. I’m still getting to grips with the fundamentals of word press to be honest! SEO is the next step. I was wondering, do you have any formal qualifications in digital marketing or is it all just self-taught from interent resources and such? Bit of a big topic for a comment but I’m trying to work out how best to take my next career step! Phew.

  105. This is fantastic, I’m brand new to blogging and I started one to improve my skill set – plus I love to write and had no where to put my articles. I hope one day I will be just like you, SEO is my passion and I just want to learn more. Starting with how to market a blog.
    Thank you!

  106. I have ANOTHER tip.

    My tip: Never start a blog about something that you’re not interested in. Because if you write about something you’re not interested in, your readers won’t be interested in what you write.

    From: technoteamblog.wordpress.com

    Thanks!

  107. I’ve just thought of another tip!

    My tip: Don’t just add lots of writing to your blog, because that will just make your readers bored! Try uploading some videos or pictures or something like that.

    From: technoteamblog.wordpress.com

    Thanks!

  108. Thank you for the tips and for liking my post. I know very little about this but I am enjoying learning

  109. Thanks for all of these, I’ve only been blogging for three weeks so I am still having to learn so much. The lingo, the softwear and SEO etc is a lot to take in but I’m getting there. Loving it so far and especially loving how supportive the blogging world seems to be, that’s my kind of people! I hope to be able to add tips for others when I come up with some 🙂

  110. Oh yes, sorry! I almost forgot to tell you my other tip!

    My other tip: Try and get your readers involved with a poll or something. This lets your readers get involved with your blog more.

    From: technoteamblog.wordpress.com

  111. Here’s my tip,always keep your views in the loop.Like,if your going on holiday,tell your viewers so they will be happy and will know when you come back.I you don’t,they might not come back.

    My other tip,learn basic SEO,it’ll really help you in the long run.

  112. Here’s my blogging tip:
    Tip-Pick a time to write at. For example, you could write posts daily, weekly or even monthly. This should make your followers and you happy :)!

    From: technoteamblog.wordpress.com

  113. This was so incredibly helpful! As much as you try to focus on the content at the beginning, it’s hard not to look at those stats when they’re always just right there! But it’s the little things like your ‘like’ that make it worth it, so thanks 🙂

  114. Thanks Russell – started my blog about 6wks ago – appreciate the like, the follow and this article on tips. You’re right, there are 100’s of tip articles out there – this one is great. 🙂

  115. Thanks for visiting my blog. Reading these tips I realise I still have a long way to go 🙂

  116. I am grateful for your Top 100 blog tips! I am new to blogging and still trying to figure out how to make my page worth visiting. I read the first 10 and I’ll be back to read more! Great job!

  117. Thanks for following my blog, Russell…I’m honored. I’ve really enjoyed getting up to speed on your blog as much as time allowed today and I’m looking forward to my daily dose starting tomorrow. You’re an entertaining, insightful read… 🙂

  118. Thank-you for becoming my first blog follower Russell! This article is great and has made me realise I need to work on my profile, keep up the interesting work, Maeve-ann

  119. I do envy your ability to cover so many topics and apply so many taglines and search words. I do stick myself with the most difficult…literature…in a world quickly turning non-literary. So it goes.
    Later…

  120. Well stick with it because I think you well know that you have a great blog, it will grow and grow as time goes on, mine only grows faster because I can cover a very wide range of keywords and tastes.

  121. Thanks for this. I hate to admit it, being an English professor for a few minutes, but I write as fast as I can, and always seem to have at least one glaring grammatical error – never spelling, only grammatical. Saw a writer once who said some people are hares, and some are tortoises…I am a hare – writing as fast as I can think then posting. I know from teaching writing, and being an editor, that people will see what they meant to say and write, and not what’s on the page. I need a proofreader, I think. Where’s that wife of mine…probably at the pool. I’m lost.
    Later…

  122. Hi thanks for visiting my blog, and thank you for those tips!! It is useful to know. I am pretty new at it. I worry that I write too long posts…….. and I post every day pretty much. I always have so much to say, really appreciate the advice!! 🙂

  123. Thank you Russell for all the tips. I love your site. I got a chuckle out of a lot of the pics. You are very clever. Where do you find all that stuff??!! I have been adding pictures to my site and I find I am getting more people into it. If you have any suggestions to make my site even better feel free to say.

    Janice

  124. Wow – everything nicely said.I enjoyed it not being so formal. Thanks for the good tips!!
    Susan

  125. Definitely, I think it’s also really important to interact with the people who do follow you. With a past blog I built quite a sincere relationship with a few of them and we could bounce off each other. I must admit I did un-follow a few after being ignored time after time, it’s just plain rude (keep that in mind lol – though you’re managing to keep up at the minute) 🙂

  126. Great page! I only set my blog up a few days ago so maybe if it’s successful I’ll send you a tip, in the mean time reading these were really helpful 🙂 I think even if you don’t set out for followers it’s always nice to watch those stats grow.

  127. I love the blogging tips and have bookmarked it as reference. I have been blogging for a while but it was on a provider home page and not a site dedicated to blogging so the information is enlightening. Thanks for the post and thanks for checking out my blog
    “Don’t Read This Blog….if you hate laughter”

  128. TY Russell – blogging tips are always appreciated, and this list is even more so for some unique ideas I haven’t seen before. Keep up the good work!

  129. Tip: Punch up the number of your followers instantly by enabling notices of your WordPress blog posts to your Facebook, Twitter and LInkedIn accounts. In the 12 days I’ve been blogging at http://www.ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com I have posted 9 times. I have 28 blog followers from WordPress, 661 Facebook followers, 36 Twitter followers and 95 LinkedIn followers. WordPress sends a short notice to my contacts on the social media sites with my avatar, the name of my post, the first sentence or so of the post and a link to the blog post. Many of my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn contacts follow my blog avidly now that they receive automatic notices of new posts.

  130. Very generous share Russell. There are millions of blogs out there and like you said if your not already a well know writer or celebrity or write about them, your post are like shouting into the Grand Canyon and only hearing your echo. That being said I’ve been blogging for about 6 years and I do so for one reason only…FUN. Traffic to me is simply the chance to meet and read the thoughts of others which is a joy for a wilderness hermit. I click LIKE if I like a post and always comment on good content and effort because it’s enjoyable to do so. If a recipient never responds to any of my posts it doesn’t matter. I’m simply having a great time.

  131. Tip: Don’t mislead people. Your title is a headline just as in journalism. It should grab the attention of people interested in your post. If it’s tailored to attract people who probably aren’t interested, then you have brought someone to your blog who’ll be looking for the “I really hate the way this blog has wasted my time” button instead of the “Like” button. You don’t get a follower, and you’ve been very, very annoying. Same goes for tags and categories.

    From: http://wegway.wordpress.com/

  132. The reading other blogs is soooo important. You get ideas on how to present topics, get ideas for your own blog and most importantly, find out about people doing some amazing things.

  133. Tip: Dont forget performance management is key to a good ranking as well. Measure, analyze and improve. Do it as a monthly task. If using WordPress cache your website, if you want managed services performance consider http://tinyurl.com/aa2r4nr

    From: http://bonsai.ie/ I am getting load times on average of 3.2 seconds

  134. Tip (24) = Establish yourself as an online brand. Personal branding and self syndication can go a long way towards generating sustained traffic volumes. Taking myself as an example, I’ve chosen to brand myself online under the label “SoftwareByDefault”. My WordPress blog forms the core of my brand, supported by various online profiles under the same title. I try as far as possible to reference my WordPress blog when engaging in online activities. My blog is focussed on software development, I therefore maintain profiles on sites like MSDN, Codeplex, SourceForge, CodeProject, O’Reilly Media, Twitter, Github, StackOverflow and a few more, all labelled as SoftwareByDefault.

    From: http://softwarebydefault.com

  135. Love your tips, especially the one about being mindful of family, friends when posting about personal issues. As a former journalist, who also filled in for vacationing columnists, I was always conscious of the fact that this was my day job, while it was my friends’ and family members’ lives. I was paid to live in the spotlight. They didn’t volunteer just because I was having writer’s block. Thanks for visiting my blog, by the way. Fun to have new readers.

  136. Tip: Get your readers involved! Encourage them to share their thoughts and experiences relating to your post in the comments. If you’re stuck for a topic to write about, ask your readers for one. That guarantees that your post will have at least one reader. Also, respond to their comments so that they know you actually read them.

    From: http://tpenguinltg.wordpress.com/

  137. wow there’s some really nice tips here =) also thanks for stopping by on my blog and following it =) I never have had the intention to get a lot of followers, but of course it is very nice to know that some people are interested in what I have to say. I will read more of these tips and see what I can improve about my own blog. Thanks again =)

  138. Thank you for stopping by and liking my newest blog, The Rented Home. I am branching off another blog of being an expat and as an expat – we rent! expatstateofmind@wordpress.com. Something for bloggers to try is adding a poll. I added a couple of polls to my blog which has created more traffic but I had to announce it to a expat forum I am a member of. I am reading and learning each day and really enjoyed reading your above post.

  139. These tips are very timely because today I have a note on my calendar to jazz up my blog. Now I have some things I can take a look at to see if they might help. Thanks!

  140. Thank you for these valuable tips. I am an “old dog” trying to learn new tricks. Blogging is a totally new experience.

  141. My tip no 22, if your site would allow me to upload it in the right spot (doubtless my problem not yours) is this:
    Blog about what you care about most on the morning of writing your post (for me it’s weekly). Much like catching the tail end of a dream on waking, my ‘hunch for the day’ is a springboard for the post, and keep it my focus. There are always other things I could write about, but by letting a bit of serendipity in, the post benefits. And close editing helps.

  142. Spell-check, spell-check, spell-check! And find a friend who will glance over your writing before you post. A lot of people (me included) won’t take you seriously if your words are littered with wrong spellings and grammatical errors, no matter how catchy your prose.

  143. This is definitely helpful! Thanks for having this on your blog 🙂 I’m still relatively new to the blogging game and I’ve found it a bit of a minefield so far. Although a lot of that confusion comes from the fact that WordPress is a nightmare for the anti-techy… I’m still mourning the Nokia 3210, so you can see why I’d be struggling! 😀

  144. Definitely good tips for the new bloggers – I needed a lot of help when I first started with NO IDEA what was going on, and I’m still changing things up. I’ve probably gone askew a bit sometimes as my advicey blogs got good attention so I did a bit more of that, but the main ouvre is ranty diatribe. I am going to experiment with my next few in posting long blogs in several pieces, though, as I know my posts are generally too long to keep all readers’ attention. Will see how that goes!

  145. Good point for me it is tags! I always go looking at other people blogs with cat tags, animal tags or something similar. Good to hear you got a little something out of them anyway.

  146. They are good, I have heard some before and just intuitively new some like posting to others brings people to your blog. But I need to work on adding pictures and such to break up the walls of text I tend to write.

    Another thing I like to do is check out any blogger who likes or comments on my blog. I look around and see if they have anything I like then try to give them a like or comment back. Reciprocity is too often forgotten in the self centered world of the internet.

  147. Well yes, they are here so we can all learn together and help each other, after all that is the right thing to do when people are a little lost. (like I once was)

  148. What great tips! I have one that might be useful:

    When first starting out, there is the desire to make your blog completely special and unique. News flash! Someone is probably already doing what you want to do! Go forth anyway. Once you develop your voice, it will be unique. No one is saying what you say in exactly the same way. People will choose to follow your blog over another with the same idea because they like your style. And be genuine. Folks aren’t afraid to unfollow if your posts leave them with a bad taste in their mouths.

  149. Thanks for the great tips! The one about commenting on other people’s blogs is definitely true. I’ve found that they’ll come to my blog probably just out of curiosity after I left a comment on theirs and it turns out we’ll have similar interests and give each other feedback. It’s really useful! Also, I found that writing about current events increases the amount of views. For example, I wrote about the shooting back in December in Connecticut and my stats went through the roof. I’m still very new to blogging (and still in high school), so I have no clue what I’m doing, but your post here was great!

  150. This is a great blog entry Russell! I am very happy that you followed my blog so that I could find it. Thank you for following. I really like your blog, the content and the pictures. It is very cheery. It makes me feel happy. I like how varied your top ten lists are. But back to this entry. I really appreciate that you took the time to compile this list and make it available to other bloggers. I am sure you have helped increase others traffic because of it. Thanks for being awesome!

  151. Nice tips. I am very glad that I spent the time to search for the blog names I originally came up with. I tried a number of them and found that others already had that name. I wanted something original so I kept brainstorming until I landed one nobody else has.

  152. Thanks for supporting me and following my blog. I will definitely use the tips you and others wrote about. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

  153. These tips are extremely helpful. Apparently, I need a tip on how to use WordPress in general! I’ve clicked to “follow” you two or three times now and it doesn’t seem to hold in my reader. So I’m trying it one more time. I didn’t want you to think I was a loon if you saw in your notifications that I keep following!…Argh!

  154. Saw the earlier references to LinkedIn groups. As such, to help us test things out in that regard, I’ve just posted a reference to this blog post (and blog-site) in a LinkedIn technology-in-practice focus group we run that has over 700 members in it. So it will be interesting to see what traffic you get over the next day or so, Russell (although response to posts can be slow – and I suspect depends on when LinkedIn group members receive and read their digest updates, as well as whether they click on links) – and is “testing how a post goes in a particular group (irrespective of whether a Facebook, Google, LinkedIn or other type of one)”, somehow a tip too?

    Indeed, it would be good to test out having the same group on Google, as on LinkedIn, and comparing reader response rates (although presumably two different audiences in some way??) – and am I being too scientific here anyway?

    Incidentally, through its partnership with the 7C Alliance, the OPTN has access to quite a few LinkedIn groups. This includes quite a few connected with IT contracting – and amounting to several thousand members in the UK, Europe and South Pacific. The right sort of blog post, geared to that audience, could be very good for some bloggers with interests in targetting such technology practitioners – and would love to hear from such bloggers with thoughts and suggestions for good and relevant posts.

    P.S. Also posted about this blog and blog post on our OPTN Facebook page too.

  155. Ah, thank you, I see the problem – I somehow transposed some of the numbers in your email address last time. Forwarded the original to you

  156. This is what I advised, more or less, a while back. The discussion groups are key for attracting visitors to a blog-site.

    P.S. Russell, did you receive my email about collaborating on The Top Ten Most Unusual Cafes?

  157. Thank you, Russell, you are a gentleman and a great blogger! We will equally be sharing and caring for you and yours too – and will be sharing a link to this blog post, hopefully leading others on who like the whole thang (like I do – and perhaps as “you know who”?).

    P.S. Here is the end-result of our exchange, that I trust helps explain more clearly where we’ve come from, what we are about, and who you’ve just been “talking” to: http://wp.me/P39OHH-1K

    (And thank you again for querying the purpose that made me check back on this – all suggestions are welcome on how to improve the content and design of this siite, and are greatly appreciated)

  158. For sure! What’s more I have partnered with this amazing couple, who develop apps for smartphones and tablets, to see what we can do to add apps into WordPress and generally smarten WordPress blog-sites up too – so it’s especially for bloggers who use WordPress to blog with (and does “add in an app” perhaps even count as a catchy tip too somehow?)

    It’s not just for bloggers though, but for anyone that needs or wants to:

    * use some form of technology in their practice
    * share something about best practice in doing that, including getting tips on’t (much like you have posted here for blogging);
    * trade on that, such as independent practitioners (perhaps like yourself?) who have passion and take pride in what they do and want to exchange the products of their passion (blogs, or even tips on blogging) for something – and note that that something does not strictly have to be money, but just for something that they will gain value from in return…

    Ideally the site will be consumerist technology-wise – and so be about people helping one other by connecting online over the World Wide Web to share and care about what is best for use and success in their practice.

    The concept is that we are all “opting in” to what makes us and our practice(s) better, if not “the best”. So I hope people will come to OPTN to determine what they need to opt in to being and doing better (and ultimately happier) through what they use to do it, and how, as much as what they simply do.

    P.S. Indeed, I am going to change the “About OPTN” to say the general part of this comment! So thank you for inspiring me to do that – you muse, you! 🙂

  159. Great tips!! Would like to “mention” about this particular post on the brand new OPTN mix of web- and blog-site, as it’s doing a good job getting others’ sites noticed – and hopefully your own site noticed in the process, of course. However, your site getting noticed in return must surely come down to the variety of “like” and any other impression it can leave on its own, without qualification.

    As such: my tip, in observing the approach taken by yourself and others in similar regards, is about how a blogger can distinguish between “a random like” and “a good like”.

    A “good like”, in my view, is one that comes with a comment as well.

    The comment will ideally demonstrate genuine interest in either that specific post’s content or in the site’s content at large.

    The value of “a good like” (like + good comment) is in the increased likelihood that the commenting blogger will receive a visit to their blog-site and a good like in return. The values of doing this, as much as value, really comes down to 2 words: empathy and rapport.

    So to make it a catchy tip:

    “For empathy and rapport, don’t just “like”, leave a comment to ensure”

    (and did you see what I did there with “rapport” and “ensure”? yeah, sure you did – as another tip is not too be afraid to be a littel provocative as well! lol)

    Of course, there are no guarantees you will receive a good “like” in return – but the odds are that a good comment will lead to receiving one.

    P.S. I think this tip may be akin to the concept of “karma”, but I’ll leave that to someone to advise who knows about such things better than I do (and perhaps including this Silk Road Collector guy whose blog-site I really like too – and which really makes me think, whereas nearly every one of your Top Ten posts tends to make me smile, and often think as well!). So: lol-like, and think-like!!!! 🙂

  160. Hi there! Thanks for taking time visiting my blog. After perusing this post, I considered your visit as a way of helping me out with my site. I’m still 1 month to this stuff and I find these tips very appealing. Actually, a friend of mine suggested to try this out since she earn her job through blogging. She works as an SEO for 2 months now, and like her I’m working my way out to be an SEO. A successful SEO like you. I’m honored to have you as my guest in my blog house. 🙂

  161. Make sure you sign up for LinkedIn “groups” that you think might read what you write. The key is to post to the groups, not your profile page (which it will do automatically anyway).. Good Luck.

  162. Thanks for visiting my blog. After perusing this article/tips, I considered your dropping by my blog is a way of helping me out with mine. I’m still 1 month in blogging and these tips are very helpful. I actually blog just for a way of easing out myself with the day’s stress. A friend also suggested to try this out, since I am also seeking for online job. She works as an SEO for 2 months now and tipped me that she was discovered through blogging. Anyways, I’m really honored to have you as one of my guests.

  163. What a great result for me! But I do have to say that Google analytics shows almost nothing coming from LinkedIn and that is why I have never bothered with it. but I have to say that after reading this I think maybe it is time to look at it again. Thank you Beverly.

  164. Russell, great job on this post. My posts can appear on up to 6 social networking sites, but I get the biggest views/comments/traffic from LInkedIn. The ability to send my post directly to one of their many “discussion groups” gives me a targeted audience who I know upfront want to read what I write. I was so happy when I discovered it.(Well, actually,one of your other commenters, Wendy, told me how to do it. Give credit where credit is due!) I’ve seen a sustained bump in traffic since I began sharing my posts there. Yay to you, and Yay to Wendy!!

  165. Wow, wish we’d read this before we started the blog. Up until now we’ve felt a little like we’ve been stumbling blindly through the woods, but you’ve both reassured us we’re on the correct path, as well has providing new ideas to go and be creative with, thanks!

  166. You probably will never be a megablogger. Don’t sweat it. A small audience of people you know something about is a very rewarding experience.I do OK, but I don’t fret too much about numbers. Quality of readers above quantity..

  167. Thanks for compiling these tips! Great stuff. I do think that beautiful photos is a way of getting people interested. So when I decided to write a blog I invested in a better camera – I’m still learning to use it though 😉

  168. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. As someone who just came back from a 5 month hiatus due to a broken computer, I will most definitely be paying much attention to this list!

  169. Thanks Russell. Still pretty new to the blogging world…I put some photos up on my blog, but i do really need to write a little more really. Thanks for your suggestions!

  170. As a new blogger, I think this is great! And I never thought I’d love blogging as much as I do. Now I just have to find the time to check out all the great blogs out there. I like all the dorky things you post, as I’m a bit of a dork myself. A cool one tho 🙂

  171. If I was you I would download a book on how to do it like I did. That way the step by step images will help you understand! Or maybe watch a you-tube video on how to do it and that will help you as you will be able to pause your way through the hard bits.

  172. These are all wonderful tips! Thanks so much for liking my blog post and following my blog. I’m still trying to figure out how to write categories. Everytime I try, it puts a check mark by the word category and won’t let me type in a category. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.

  173. The one path rule is the best, make sure you only talk about one line of stuff. Life blogging, blogging about writing and that way Google seems your blog as the “Authority figure” and puts it top!

  174. Thanks for all the good advice. I just started blogging, various things that happen and a lot of stuff I think might be interesting for readers. I will think of your tips while writing and posting in the future.

  175. What it is saying is basicly use the tags correctly! Don’t call a duck a duck if it is a picture of a duck! Call it a “picture” and “duck” and is the post “happy, “Sad” which?!? Just use the tags to call it what it is that id the ONLY way people will find you.

  176. I guess I started my blog as a way to tell people about viking re-enactment……but as that only takes part of the year I also wanted to share the beautiful places I’ve seen – I blog mainly for the fun of it. Creating the posts gives me a chance to revisit those places when I can’t get there 🙂
    Thanks for dropping by and following me – I hope you enjoy my journeys!!

  177. Hi! Thanks so much for following me. I found it really interesting that you SEO expert, because my reason for starting this blog is for an Advanced Comp class and my professor talked about SEO the day after you followed me. So now my posts are full of meta-tags in hopes of web crawlers making me famous. Anyways, thanks again!

  178. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog! I like your tips a lot, & tried to “like” it, but my computer is telling me that “the pop-up is blocked.” I went in to the settings & everything looks right to me. Can’t figure this out. I’ve always been able to “like” things before, but for about 3 days, I haven’t been able to like some of the blogs– only some though. If you have any thoughts about how to fix this, I’d so appreciate it! Thanks, Mollie

  179. Well please keep in find the tips on this page and you might like to know that every Sunday I had this blog over to other people! So if you do a top 10 I can book it in to share it with everyone. That way it will help get your blog noticed and give you some great feedback. It might be something you are interested in anyway.

  180. Thanks for stopping by my blog Russell! I’m not sure where I really want to go with my blog but have to admit that although I started writing it as a personal space for friends and family and for military spouses to get to know me, it’s also pretty addicting to get on the site stats and see how many people are reading it and from where. I appreciated reading your blog tips, thanks for sharing them!

  181. Hiya Russell,
    Great collection coming together here!
    Getting very popular too… since posting my tip here (see Tip#12) I have been seeing a good deal of traffic coming from this page. For that I thank you! In appreciation I have created a button for TheVeryBestTop10.com and included you in my friends link exchange (see Tip#7)

    I encourage everyone to swipe that button from BlogDogIt.com and include it on your site too.
    If you want to grab it to give away here, Russell – by all means please do.
    Keep up the goodness!

  182. Thanks for follow and these great blogging tips. This tips are really helpful for a new blogger.
    Thanks again.

  183. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for some great tips, Russell, and am quite sure I’ll need some further advice in the near future. Really got a chuckle out of the Cats series, by the way! Thanks, too, for the nod on my “First Snow” post. Appreciate that.

  184. hehehe! Your blog is so funny! Top 10 Animals in drains!? Who even thinks of that? So funny!Love the blog tips!

  185. Thanks for the tips and follow, I like your blog- its something different.
    You definitely have my attention. . Thus my interest to follow this blog.

    Cheers,
    Vin.

  186. Great tips! I think I’m doing pretty well so far, 1) Name of my blog. Interesting, personal ,and relevant to all aspects of my blog (depression, anxiety, and opening up a dog training business). 2) Commenting and liking other’s posts. Check! 3) Interesting layout with custom-made personalized title and icon for my title header. Check! 🙂 Thanks for the rest of the tips, I’ll check out other’s widgets and stuff.

  187. Thank you for finding my site and ‘liking’ it. It has led me here and as I really don’t know much about blogging, I have learned from your site already. There is so much to take in! I also enjoy a good laugh with your Top 10’s! Everyone deserves to laugh because it can be tough world to be in sometimes.

  188. Thank you for the like and for following my blog. I have just been poking around your blog and this tips page is great! I started my blog with your tip #5 in mind (don’t give up just because of low traffic) like you said, it gives me something to stay committed to!

  189. I’m seldom surprised; you managed to achieve that state of mind. An upbeat person enjoyed a posting by an aging, skeptical boomer… so thanks for the visit. Everything I do online is under a pseudonym. Here is a rather point- blank view I have Re: privacy. I was motivated by the very first tip on this post.

  190. Thank you for liking and following my blog. Much appreciated! The blogging tips on this post are very helpful. Thanks for posting! 🙂

  191. Tip: Find a catchy but original Title for your blog. Make it stand out from the crowd. Make sure that it’s the right title to match the lane that you’re currently driving down. People will see the title and say and say to themselves, “this is something I’m interested in.” You have to get people coming past and interested and the first thing they read is the title of your blog. If you don’t get their interest from the title how do you hope to get their interest from the content of your posts?

    But once you have your interesting and original title do a search for that same title. Probably there are already blogs out there using that same title or very similar. Either run with the title because it still covers exactly what you want to say or make changes to make yourself stand out so that people can see there is a difference.

    I thought I was being really original calling mine, “Listen to me Write!” as it is about me using the speech recognition tool Dragon NaturallySpeaking to do all my writing. A search reveals half a dozen or more using pretty well the same title although as far as I can see I’m the only one where the title relates to speech recognition. Searching beforehand might have helped me come up with a different title that was unique and still covered my theme.

    From: http://ilox101.wordpress.com

  192. Tip – not the most original tip (said before) but keep it honest, and real. I think people will get a sense if you are blowing smoke and won’t check back.
    It also must be an interesting read for the most part, well written to garner their attention and keep it. And of course the topic has to interest readers, and ……. , the list goes on. We are a fickle bunch.

    From: skidaddy.wordpress.com

  193. Hey there,
    Just wanted to say thank you for following my starter blog, and I appreciate you sharing these tips! I am already feeling better about my decision to start a blog!

  194. Great advice by all! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so glad you did, because now I’ve found yours. Looking forward to the top 10 lists 🙂

  195. First up thank you, and I am happy to read you are getting something out of these tips because so did I . As for the questions…

    1) This is all down to choosing a “theme” that has this already or adding a directory “widget” from the “Appearance” settings.
    2) No. This could well take time away from your blog and thus create a blog that is not as good as it could be. Stick to what you have here in WordPress but work hard at it! One path = One Goal.

  196. Hey Russell, thank you for this… it is really really helpful! I especially liked tip 9 – the one about not being afraid of making your posts personal. I think that ever since I started making mine a bit more personal, people started liking them more! I have a hard time posting every day because it’s about art and I like to write.. which means it takes time; plus, I feel that when I write from experience I get better results. Any tips for that?

    On the other hand I wanted to ask you 2 things. 1) I don’t understand what the widget directory is on other people’s blogs? and 2) would you recommend having a FB ‘like’ page??

    Once again, thank you for the tips. Hopefully I’ll be able to contribute some day!!

  197. Customise your page. I’m not saying go out and spend $100 to have you own custom design page through wordpress, but instead change the settings on the free page layouts to make your blog more personalised to you! It will make your page seem much more original until you can afford to go crazy on your own page design.

  198. Thanks for the tips! 🙂 I like that you took something you liked and made it better. Very unique and classy. Definitely one of my favorite blogs now (: Oh, and thanks for following me, too! I appreciate it 🙂

  199. Just read your tips. They are very helpful. Blogging at this point is keeping me out of trouble but I could always do a better job.

  200. Great list. It is true, relevancy, consistency, currency and building a network are so important! Seems like this post is legitimizing itself….

  201. Hi Russell, Thanks for stopping by and ‘following’ and ‘liking’ my blog. I am crazy about your lists. Such a lot of work has gone into them, but it must be fascinating. I am looking forward to keeping up with the new ones to come. Thanks again.

  202. Hi Russell,
    I have a tip for people.

    Tip: Be original. Not many people want to look at a blog that is just a copy of another blog. This is hard because of the number of people that blog, and the number of topics that are blogged about. Pretty much, don’t make an exact replica of someone else’s blog with the same theme, the same topics and other stuff. You could make a blog that goes into more detail than another person or focuses more on one thing, but don’t outright copy their blog.

    From: http://varun321.wordpress.com

  203. Oh yes… my tip.

    Tag tag and tag some more! My first few posts went unnoticed until I tagged a new one. All of a sudden I had one follower, and then another and now not even a week later I have 17!

  204. Hi! Thanks for being one of the first followers on my blog! This post reminded me that I shouldn’t be shy to go shout about my blog on fb :)) And your top 10’s seem to be addictive I’ll be back to discover more! 🙂

  205. Great post with lots of good advice! Made me feel good that I am already using some of these tips!

  206. Hello Russell! I’ve taken some time this morning to read your blog, and so far this is my best post (apart from the About Page)!

    Big thank you for all the likes on my posts, I appreciate them.

    About this SEO thing, I would really love a real life overview (a tad tired of articles I cannot relate with); would you by chance have an hour to chat about it sometime? Please?

  207. Hello Russell! I’ve taken some time this morning to read your blog, and so far this is my best post (apart from the About Page)!

    Big thank you for all the likes on my posts, I appreciate them.

    About the SEO thing, would you by chance have an hour to chat about it sometime? Please?

  208. After “failing” many times at blogging I finally realized it was better to have more than one blog, each with a different theme so that there was cohesion and to set up a schedule of categorical posts so that I post on a more regular basis. Thanks for all the tips, I am going to try and implement them in my blogging from here on out.

  209. One of the best things to do is to read other peoples blogs and when you see a style/ font you like copy it and paste it into your own blog, and then using the HTML viewer you can change the text to whatever you want! It is a great way to learn all the tricks and tips that I myself are still learning. But anyway good luck and I will be keeping an eye out for future posts.

  210. Hey Russel,

    Thanks for the visit, I herewith repay in kind.

    I really appreciate the tips as I only got started a short while ago. Now my only issue trying to figure out all the html thingies when creating the posts. 😉

  211. Hi Russell, so glad I found your blog- it’s truly great! My tip would be to always have an about me page and preferably with a photo of yourself. I find it so much easier to connect with people when I can put a face to a name and I think that readers really appreciate you putting yourself out there. It’s like an added level of commitment to what you are presenting to them. That’s my 2 cents anyway! Cheers, Kathy

  212. Nope, only this year really – I wanted a space to put things (photos) that I wanted to share, without giving out my facebook, etc. I kind of like the idea of sharing what I see people who are interested in seeing it.

  213. I like your tips. 🙂 I also wanted to let you know you are the first person to follow my blog since I put it up. So congrats! 😀 And thank you!!

  214. Thank you! And thanks for compiling this list, incredibly helpful for bloggers like me, who really don’t know what we’re doing.

  215. I am sure. Enjoy your weekend. Busy writing this weekend, catching up on 3 novel which won’t write themselves. Managed to finish the co-write recently, so that is with my co-author working on her parts, so not been blogging much as rushed off my feet.

  216. So much to take in and so informative, great to spend time going through, so I shall be back to browse at my leisure. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog and following, appreciated. I shall be back soon and take in some more words of wisdom and advice. Enjoy your weekend.

  217. Yes, please feel free to add it in. If you can credit it to http://optn.co.uk then that would be great – as that’s going to be the public face of the group that I am working with a couple of business partners to develop off the back of the discussion group we started on LinkedIn .

    It would also be great if I could reblog your page on the OPTN site too, if that’s OK – as you will then get reciprocal traffic from there as we build that site.

    Indeed, I couldn’t see any mention of reblogging on your list of tips from just skim reading back over that now – and so maybe that needs to be a tip too, including how the principle of it works?

  218. All Great Ideas! Here’s my two cents:
    Add depth by adding topics or categorizing your post. So you are interested in politics, technology, family AND like to keep up with the latest memes? By categorizing your posts you can feel free to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment in areas that may otherwise have your current readers scratching their heads, wondering who has taken over your blog.
    I try to keep several topics going on my site and find if I get bored contributing in one topic area I can shift gears and focus on one of the others. If I can’t stay interested I can’t expect my readers to be for long. By offering categorized posts you allow your visitors to “change the channel” with-out leaving your site.

  219. Hi Russell
    Thanks for the great advice! As a new blogger it is always hard to know where to start. So far I have used the most logical resources I could think of to advertise my blog – asking friends and family to spread the word! Now you have given me some food for thought regarding the next step. Cheers!

  220. Yes, good, honest and fairly shared tips – just like the broadband from Yorkshire!

    I reckon you should add LinkedIn to the list of social media sites to get involved with – as well as the others mentioned in your very first tip.

    I am new to the whole game too – but found a good group for Aspiring Writers on LinkedIn too that people can get ideas on how to improve writing generally as well as perhaps publish that first full-on book too. I got a few of my initial followers on Twitter from that group.

    I am also a mix of business and technical consultant in my day job, and have an extensive professional network on LinkedIn related to that – but please note that that includes a small but burgeoning group on there tied in with earning and learning how to help large scale enterprises make money online. It would be great to have you join that group as an advisor prepared to help out and even coach an individual in finding their way about online, including (but not limited to) making money from blogging about what they know about or observe. Look up The UK and European Open Practice Technology Network (OPTN) on LinkedIn, as well as check out the ECOM subgroup of that specifically.

  221. Thanks for the tips! I’m a new blogger and working on establishing an audience. It’s so frustrating at times! But I’m sticking with it. Your following my blog shows there are people out there who like my work, and it’s a motivation to keep writing. Thanks again!

  222. Thanks for the follow! I wouldn’t have expected it after bothering you like that! Still working on my layout. It’ll get there… Thanks again!

  223. Thank you for the “like” on my blog. Love yours and am following it now! Here’s my tip for blogging – Have fun with it! It’s sometimes easy to get a little stressed about making sure you post regularly, having good content, checking stats, increasing readership, etc. But don’t lose sight of the fact that you should be having fun writing your posts and connecting with other bloggers!
    http://heatherpaquette.wordpress.com/

  224. Hi Russell, thanks for the follow. One thing I’ve found to be very helpful is the stats page. And not just for the self-gratification of seeing how many views you’ve accumulated. If a certain style or topic seems to be getting more positive attention than another, your stats can help you to fine tune your style and narrow down your subject matter.

  225. Thanks for the follow today! It’s very much appreciated.

    As for a blogging tip.. Hmmm, most of what I try to do has already been covered, but one thing I would say: Don’t be afraid to be controversial and write about topics some might be uncomfortable reading about (I frequently write about gay rights/marriage for instance).. but just make sure anything you’ve written has been done in a well thought out way, makes sense, and isn’t an attack on other people’s beliefs (whenever possible). If you’ve posted something that is somewhat intelligently written with clear opinions/explanations/debate points, then there should be no reason for someone to get offended by what you’ve written.

    Loving the top 10 lists (mmmm… bacon lol) and the blogging tips. 😀

  226. Cheers for the like Russell, Bloggy News is a work in progress for the moment so please check back in later in the month for some real content. 🙂

  227. Just what I needed to keep me going… Honestly was gonna give up at a point but this is helpful, lovely tips… Thanks Russell

  228. Great idea, I’ll read it with interest for sure.
    Thanks for ‘like’ing and following my blog, readers like you inspire me.
    Cheers,
    Dwayne

  229. It is no problem. One thing I will say is that only 5% of all the computers in the world are Mac the other 95% are PC’s and sometimes it is best to work for the larger market. But I am sorry I can’t help you any further.

  230. Does my page look okay to you? Or very amateurish? (So sorry to bother you!!!!! If you don’t want or have time to respond, I completely understand.) jesscy.com

  231. What excellent, excellent tips. What I have found is that blogging and building a community takes a lot of time!!! But it’s worth it. I too am a believer in quality over quantity, and in being personal: personal is what makes us human. I have a question, though… I’ve tried to stick to fonts on my personalized CSS stylesheet that can be found on both PCs and Macs alike. But… Somehow, it isn’t working. My site looks SO much better on a Mac (which I use) than a PC. The fonts I’ve got are Palatino and Tahoma. Pretty basic, so… Any tips?

  232. My tip is one that may not be popular with some bloggers — don’t be afraid to go personal. I was told once to stay away from the personal. While that is partially true, because reading a far too personal blog can be downright scary, it also makes a blog real. It helps keep your blog focused because, well, you are writing about what you know best (hopefully) which is yourself. Care must be taken, however, when writing about the other people in your life. They may not appreciate being thrown unknowingly out into the very public world of the web, so you had best be cognizant of your family’s wishes. Otherwise, you may be in for a world of hurt!

  233. 11,700+ views, 3,700+ followers, < 3 months since 11/12/12. I love social networking. How do you expect to receive anyone to come to your blog if you don't announce it to social networking websites? That's like having a yard sale in the middle of the woods. Unless you live near the city or a reasonable suburban area, you might find that browser or blog surfer (homeless bum or hiker) walking through.

    In addition, it's quality over quantity. I have written roughly around 60 blog posts that have an average word count of 999 words per post. Now, this sounds like a lot to read. Well, that's another thing to consider. Should you post every day for an entire month? Well, is your content worth coming back for more? Lastly, your restaurant might serve the best food in the world. Does it look promising on the outside? Although looks can be deceiving, make your blog reasonably presentable. I think just my layout alone can attract people to continue reading. Thanks for sharing!

  234. Hey Russell, nice work! I am so so new to this, BUT my tip would be to treat your blog like a job. Albeit only a part-time one for most of us, but go ahead and take the same thought and care as you would with actual paid work and you’ll get more out of it. I purchased my domain name from the outset and actually just ordered some business cards just for the blog. I know. Crazy? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to repeat my URL for people (and I think mine is pretty easy) who were actually interested enough to ask me again. Just think how easy it could have been! This way I can get the name out there and give them something to hold on to.

  235. Not really, because once you have done one potentially there are 10 more to do off of that 1. The only hard part is making sure the sellers are 100% legit or locating who is the original owner of the image. Those 2 things can be a real nightmare.

  236. Hey Russell!

    Thanks for checking out and liking my blog. I appreciate it.

    I must say that I never thought that there could be so many Top 10 lists of things until I look through your blog. You found a great niche, but man… I bet that it can be a challenge to think up interesting topics.

    Shawn

  237. Hi! Thanks for visiting and following my swallowinthewind.wp.com poem site.
    I enjoyed reading your tips here. Things I’d suggest: when you get a like from someone, check out their site very soon. Otherwise you end up with long list of blogs you want to check out “as soon as you have time.” Which is seldom. If I get 30 e-mails a day, yesterday’s mail is soon in ‘never never land’. You may not wish to get involved in their blog, but at least peek in.
    See if there’s a post you can comment sensibly on. It encourages the writer and piques the interest of other bloggers. If I see an intelligent comment after a blog post, I’ll often click on the commenter’s blog and check it out.
    I keep a small notebook where I write down sites where I’ve left a comment and check back a day or so later to see if there’s a reply. I rarely “follow” comments; they can soon plug up my e-mail. (I follow all blogs by e-mail if possible.)
    Eye-catching, curiosity-arousing titles help. I thought of something else I consider very important, too, but won’t get into it here; I’ll rather write an exposition on the subject and post it on my blog. 🙂

  238. Hi Russell
    Like most of the previous commenters i’m grateful for your following my blog – ‘Old School Garden’ in my case. As you can see from it I’m still pretty new but putting the emphasis at present on writing (hopefully interesting) posts and starting to make connections with other bloggers and promoting my site on Twitter, FB and LinkedIn. I think if it’s ‘views’ you’re after then my experience last week is interesting.
    I posted some new articles and programmed aseries of tweets via hootsuite to promote it. ~unbeknown to me I accidnetally also sent out a series of FB, LinkedIn and blog posts at the same time, so in totla that day a series of ‘phantom posts’ went out along side all the tweets, FB and LinkedIn links.
    I eventually sorted the problem (after one of my email followers alerted me to it) and sicovered that somehow I’d ‘clicked the wrong button’ on hootsuite- to my surprise, however at the end of the day I’d got my highest ever views- 135 – I haven’t reached half that before or since! The many who did go to my blog found a ‘oops not here’ message so i hope they weren’t too disappointed and looked around the site. I’ve enjoyed looking at your blog and will return- and may seek your advice if that’s OK? thanks!
    Nigel

  239. Hey Russell,
    You got a great blog here. Never seen anything on the Net or blogging world what you have here. Your photos are great and this Tip page is amazing.

    Thanks for viewing and choosing to follow my blog, Savor the Food. I appreciate your comments and readership.

    Looking forward to more of what The Worlds top 10…has to post. 🙂

    Chef Randall
    savorthefood.wordpress.com

  240. An anti-tip!
    I don’t have any tips nor do I aspire to fame via blogging. I feel that my blog would lose it’s essence if I went for ‘lots of followers’ and I’m not really into swapping comments, eg ‘Thanks for liking my post’, just for the sake of it.
    Happily meandering in cyberspace . . . . .
    PS It’s always fun to read these lists though!
    PPS and I posted a link to Grumpy Cats on my friend’s FB wall

  241. I just learned that you are now folowing my blog! I’ve been looking over yours and I would like to say that I enjoy it very much. I especially appreciated the “Tips for Bloggers” page. I can use all the help that I can get. Thanks for following me!

  242. thanks a lot man, I enjoy film and TV so I occasionally talk about that but more so on what I personally like. When it comes to sports (especially NFL and NBA) I give a more unbiased analysis.

  243. Not at all you just need to keep going because you slam all the NBA stuff (your main viewing audience) and while that is why a lot of people love it we also love all sorts of sports so you should stick to covering a small selection of them. ( maybe pick 5) you have a great blog anyway.

  244. My blog is based on the fact that I am in school to be a journalist of some capacity, I plan on covering sports and entertainment. You mentioned “pick a lane and stick to it”, I was wondering is my lane to broad, should I narrow it down so I don’t lose followers who want one thing but since I do so many different things that they may grow impatient?

  245. Hi Russell. Thank you so much for following my new blog! As you can see, I am very new to this and have so much to learn but I hope that you have found what I have posted so far interesting and enjoyable! Your blog is very informative and helpful. I will definitely be keeping in touch!

  246. Hello Russell, I like this topic and I have a tip. I am new to blogging myself but I am finding this useful and a lot of fun:

    Tip: If you want to increase your readership one way is to read other people’s blogs and leave comments. Try and engage other bloggers and contribute to their debates. You will soon find bloggers reciprocating and your traffic will start to rise.

    http://jwdwrites.wordpress.com/

  247. Mr. Deasley: I must say, I do enjoy driving all over the road, and truly appreciate those who stick to their preferred lane. You’re the best top-tenner I’ve ever had the pleasure of running into. Keep in touch..

  248. I am not an experienced blogger yet, and I find it very hard to stay motivated to blog if I do not get views/attention that I expect; no reinforcement = no motivation.
    I would say that: (in a format that you require)

    Tip: if you don’t get as much attention as you expect when you try your best – don’t give up. Find another reason for blogging apart from generating traffic (such as proving that you can commit to something on a long-term basis, etc) and stick to it. And then all the attention will eventually come.

    From: http://lizatemir.wordpress.com

  249. Various ways. But it is always best to check with the WordPress rules because there are lots of them and if you do something they don’t like they will shut your blog down…FOREVER!

  250. Fantastic idea for a blog! Thanks for the like on Wine and Cheese (doodles)–Now, if I follow your tips, will my blog be in the top ten ;-). Great stuff!

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