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10 Quick Tips to take your New Blog to the Next Level

Tips to take your blog to next level

Starting a blog was something I had been thinking about for a long time before I jumped in and finally did it. If you’ve taken the jump recently as well, congrats! You’ve made it this far! And now that you’ve got a site up and running, what next?

Here are my top 10 Tips on getting your new blog off the ground.

 

1. Decide what you want your Blog to be about

Being a Mom…Food and Recipes, Baking, Crafts, Fashion…
Whatever it is, just keep in mind who your audience will be. That’s not to say that you can’t blog about more than one topic, but your blog should have a general tone to it so that it doesn’t appear all over the place.

2. Start Forming your Brand

This may come with time, but you do need to realize it’s something your starting to build in the beginning. You want to have something that others can see and relate that to you. This includes not just your content but also your design, pictures, layout & overall feel to your blog. You want others to be able to see you for who you are and your style. This is your brand. Keep this in mind when designing your site and posting content in the beginning.

Note: You do not want your main image and brand to be an avatar. Readers do not connect with illustrations or avatars. If possible you should include a personal picture on your blog in the About Me section.

3. Come up with a Tagline and/or Slogan

This helps with both # 1 & # 2. This is your mission statement for your blog. It helps others see what your blog is all about and it helps you stay true to the purpose of your blog, what you write about and why you started it.

I have a tagline of – “Yeah, I have something to say about that…”.

My blog is honest, unfiltered and real. I never want anyone to think that what I post here is fake or not me. Motherhood is a crazy journey that you can’t entirely prepare for. There are lots of laughs and sometimes cries, and I most likely will have something to say about all of it.

4. Get Good Statistics

Track your page views and site visits and find out where your readers are finding you, and what ultimately drives them to your site.

Make sure to register your site with Google Analytics. With Google Analytics you can look at the articles that receive the most traffic. This gives you a better idea of what your readers want to see more of. You can drill down further and see where that traffic came from. Was it a Google search? Pinterest or some other social media site? This is useful information that will help you when deciding where to continue promoting your site and where you could do better in.

5. Images

Make sure that you are posting images on every post you make and make sure those images have descriptions and titles. This helps with SEO. So when people are searching online for certain topics, your images are also included in the mix to help people get to your blog.

Note: When someone pins an image from your site, it is the image Description that goes along with it to Pinterest. So always make sure at least this section is filled out.

6. Use Social Media

If you want your blog to get out in cyber-space, there is no question, you need to be involved in social media. You should have, at the very least, a Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and nowadays Google+. They all have different reach, and if you want to maximize your blog reach, you should have and utilize them all.

Note: Google+ is emerging as the go-to social media site for bloggers. You can read the article here about why my primary social media site to engage in is now Google+.

Having so many social media sites sounds like a lot to keep up with. But there are ways to link sites together so that when you post on one, it will automatically post to another. You have to figure out which sites are working for you and which sites aren’t, and from there determine which ones you can link together.

Hootsuite is also a major help with this. It lets you schedule posts with all your social media sites and it’s free.

Also, make sure that you make social media buttons stand out on your blog. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been to a site that I want to follow, but I can’t find their social sites to follow them on. Not everyone uses all social sites, so it’s good to give options. Make sure your site icons are up high and front and center on your blog.

7. Image Quality & Pinterest

Your pictures should be of good quality and include captions or text to explain what the picture is. The more quality pictures you have out there in cyberspace, the more chances you have of other people seeing them and the higher chance of people linking back to your blog.

Make your images “pinnable”. Check out my recent post Using Pinterest to Grow your Blog. Pinterest can really take your blog to the next level.

8. Build Relationships with other Bloggers

When you take the time to put a post together with good content and images, you want others to see and read it. Other bloggers can appreciate that effort. So take the time to make connections with them, follow them and show them some comment love and they will reciprocate. It’s worth the time it takes to invest in building these relationships. The blogging community is a wonderful and supportive place.

9. Be you

Be open, honest and transparent. It’s very easy to recognize someone who is not being true to themselves. Stay classy and respectful but honest at the same time.

Create a really good About Me page that speaks to who you are. You want to be able to connect to your readers, and they can’t connect if they know nothing about you.

I also created a New Here page.

10. Link within your Blog

Once you get up and running, you can revive your old content by linking to your old posts from your new ones – if relevant. For example, my post talks about tips to help kick-start your blog, but I wrote a post a while back on all the techie stuff needed to start a blog. So in this case it’s relevant and may help someone.

To get tips on setting up the techie side of it, see my post – 4 Steps to Start your Mom Blog – The Techie Stuff Explained.

Those are my top 10 tips on getting your new blog off the ground. Hopefully you are feeling inspired to try some of these, if you haven’t already. Feel free to leave me any comments or questions and I will do my best to answer them!

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim @ 2justByou
    July 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    These are such great tips! I started my blog having NO CLUE what I was doing. I sure would have loved to read a post like this back then!
    =0)
    ~Kim

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    Giveaways 4 Mom
    July 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    These are some great tips. I sometimes forget about linking within my blog though.

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    finajenny
    July 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

    these are really nice tips I am so glad that I am reading them now that I just start my own blog. thank you so much for sharing.. I dont really know what I want to blog though but I am staring with random things and I hope to pick up from there soon enough.

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    Ashley
    July 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Great tips! I decided to do a little bit of “rebranding” and organizing when I came back to blogging a few months ago, it is been better than ever.

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    Pam
    July 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I always forget about inlinking and I definitely need to work on branding. These are great tips!

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    Jutta@HungryLittleGirl
    July 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Great tips! I jumped right into blogging over a year ago and wish I would have read tips like that before 😉

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    Pam
    July 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Great advice! Blogging can be a little scary at first but I think it is worth it.

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    Cynthia L.
    July 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    There is so much to learn when starting a blog. This is a great list! Thanks for sharing.

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    Arianna Pierce
    July 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Love this! Definitely some good tips I will put to use!

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      Melanie
      July 11, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Glad they might be able to help Ariana 😉 I did it because when I started off I myself went looking for a tip list that could help me…

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    April @Pixie Dust Savings
    July 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Get tips for a newbie blogger, thank you for sharing. I will pass this along to someone who might need it.
    🙂

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      Melanie
      July 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you for featuring my post!! 🙂

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    Markell @ A Mouse In My Kitchen
    July 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Great tips! I’m still working on the tagline… I can’t come up with one that I love. Thanks for linking up at the Pin It Proudly link party last week. Your post was featured this week! Come by & grab a button, if you want. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

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      Melanie
      July 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      That’s awesome Markell!! Thanks so much for featuring my post 🙂

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    Sandra H
    July 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for posting this, it gives me ideas to work on. I have a question for you. I want to set up adsense on google for my blog. When I started to apply it says we have to agree to never post anything that is copyrighted. That leaves so many questions for me because doing recipes from other sources (but mostly my own) means that I take some from recipe books, allrecipes, and other blogs. I always site the source and link to them whenever possible. I believe in that strongly. I just don’t know how much a recipe needs to be changed to be considered mine, and is it okay to post them if you site where it came from. Some may be copyrighted but out of print, some I just want to share that may be from a popular cookbook. Do you know how I can find out more about how to do this correctly? Thanks, Sandra

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      Melanie
      July 19, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Sandra, I found this re: copyright and recipes. I would think you’re ok with recipes :).

      http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl122.html

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    Diana
    July 31, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Loved the post! To add to your mention about images in Tip number 5 I would also suggest people consider entering something into the alt tags of their images for SEO purposes.

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    Robin
    August 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    This is awesome information. I am so glad I came across your blog. And these blogging tips you shared. Thank you!!

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    Embracing The Good Life
    October 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    This is very helpful paired with your other article of Techy Stuff Explained! I feel like getting everything up and running on your blog is the hardest part…especially the techy stuff! The important part you mentioned about building relationships with other bloggers and expanding your social network is so true, but also so fun! I love all of your adorable pictures! Thanks for the great info!

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      Melanie
      October 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading 🙂 I love meeting and connecting with other bloggers. It IS fun 🙂

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    Marielle Altenor
    January 13, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    These are some great tips! I’m still new to blogging and I really appreciate you sharing these information with us. =)

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      Melanie
      January 14, 2014 at 12:09 am

      So glad you found them useful Marielle 🙂

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    Helen
    May 13, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Thank you for your tips. I try my best for my blog. Hope the next level on two week.

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