Blogging 101: A Short Intro for Newbies

I was in your position a few months ago and I know how hard it can be. You see all these famous, successful bloggers (think Rach Parcell’s Pink Peonies blog) and wonder how they got there. Truthfully, I’m not sure. I haven’t figured that out yet. What I do know I’m going to share with you and I hope you’ll share it with others.

lilly_pulitzer_agendaThe first thing I learned is that consistency is key. Posting routinely will not only improve your SEO Google rankings but it gives your readers an idea of when you will post. I haven’t always been great about this but recently I bought a Lilly Pulitzer daily agenda to help organize myself (blog to come on this).

The second thing I learned is that it’s important to get involved with other bloggers. Commenting, liking, collaborating (which I love doing), and exchanging ideas is all part of gaining a following and increasing your likability. Eventually, it isn’t just fellow bloggers following you, it’s people without blogs who love you enough to sign up for email alerts every time you post a blog.

The third tip I have for you is to connect your Instagram with your blog. This Instagram_profileis pretty simple because Instagram already has a widget set up in WordPress for you to use. All you need to do is activate it. You can use photos from every post and put them on Instagram to drive people to your blog. Be sure to include the link to your blog in your bio!

Finally, learn to use the “attachment details” every time you insert a photo. Particularly learn alt text. Essentially what this means is tagging your image for Google to index. For example, in my last post I had a photo of my Ann Taylor dress, the alt text I put in the image was “ann_taylor_dress.” Do you see what I mean here?

If there are any questions you all have for me leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer them! Hopefully, I’ve helped you somewhat already. Don’t get discouraged that you don’t have thousands of followers and companies aren’t giving you free products yet. That takes a long time. Just be consistent and write about what you love.

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51 thoughts on “Blogging 101: A Short Intro for Newbies

  1. Thanks for the tips. I am inspired by the thought of “receiving free gifts from companies” πŸ˜‰ just kidding lol! I like the way you “embrace” your self and your life and the way you share them to us. Godspeed

  2. Thank you for the tips! I’m inspired by the thought of “receiving free products from companies” πŸ˜‰ just kidding lol. I like the way you “embrace” your self and your life and the way you share it to us. God speed

  3. Hi!! To the person with the tabs question – do you mean categories? If you view my site, I have some headers across the top and on the side. New pages are menus and then I tag posts as categories. Check it out in your dash. Hopefully that helps? If not, sorry! Wanted to give that info out.

    Thanks for the post! Very enjoyable. I’d also add that it’s easy to get bogged down with trying to figure out what your blog is about. If you’re nervous, just write and try it! Own whatever you do and the rest will follow. πŸ˜‰ thanks!! – Aubrey

  4. Such a great post…. feel as if its written for me 😜…. i just started my blog a month back…. will surely keep these tips in mind…. they are really useful, i bet.. thanks for sharing…

  5. Consistency is where most new bloggers fail at. You cant post once a month and expect to have thousands of readers/subscribers. Also it definitely helps to comment and get to know other bloggers not only to possibly build a friendship but to also network as well. Great post! Plus I learned something new about alt text

    • You hit the nail on the head girl! Most people just stop blogging altogether and then wonder why they don’t have a following. Glad you enjoyed it!

      Liz

  6. Thanks so much for the tip on alternative text; I never knew that’s what it was used for! Also, I’d be lost without my Lilly planner, my life would be an unorganized hell without it! Xo

  7. HI Friend! I recently started a blog, and I’m trying to figure out how to add tabs, and how to have my posts automatically appear under those headings. Can’t seem to figure it out – any thoughts?

    • Hi there!

      Honestly, I haven’t been able to figure that out either! I know how to create a page but I’m not sure how to have posts appear in that page. :/ sorry I couldn’t help more!

  8. Hi Liz, I have the Instagram feed widget on my blog, but how do you link Instagram pics to your blog? Just in your instagram account details at the top, or is there a way of linking specific ones?
    Great post though, only started the alt text myself recently but it really works, especially helpful when people Pin your photos, as you can make sure your blog name is already in the description.

    • Hi Anna!
      I had to go back and figure this out again. I forgot how to do it! Basically go into the “appearance” tab and then to “widgets”. You’ll want to add Instagram into the sidebar of your blog. After that I believe it will give you the option to configure your Instagram feed with your blog. It’ll just ask you to log into your Instagram (it should prompt you) so it can have access to new photos you post.

      Liz

  9. You should also get a tumblr blog:) That’s what I have ( http://www.lovegodlifeandmusic.tumblr.com )! They are easier to use and keep up with:) Although I’m considering getting a Blogspot or a WordPress soon.:) I just have problems with keeping up with them aand i am often wondering to write every time for blogs like this one. I run out of ideas easily, haha! πŸ™‚ -Hannah C

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