Tech Tuesday: Simple Blogging Tips
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
It’s been awhile since I did a Tech Tuesday post. Okay… it’s been over two months, almost three. But now that things with the Etsy shop have calmed down – I open tomorrow!! – I’m feeling inspired to blog again, and to start back up with the Tech Tuesday posts. (Check out previous tech tuesday posts at these links: How to Set up a Blog, Make a simple header, Free Social Media Icons, Placing Social Media Icons.)
Today, I’m bring you some simple blogging tips. Some I’ve followed since the beginning, and others I’ve learned over time. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments section!
- Put your “leave a comment” link at the bottom of your posts – Let’s say you only have your leave a comment link at the top of your posts, and none at the bottom. If I go to your main blog page, and read a blog post, I always end at the bottom of the post. I really liked the post, and I want to leave a comment. To do so, I have to scroll all the way to the top of the post to find your leave a comment link. Make it simple for your readers. Put a link at the bottom to leave comments, so when they reach the end of the post, the comment link is right there. No need to scroll or search for the link.
- Don’t use CAPTCHA’s – There have been so many instances where I go to a blog, leave a comment, and then hit the “x” before realizing that their blog requires a captcha. It really makes me wonder how many comments these bloggers loose because of that extra step. I understand there is issues with spam comments, but wouldn’t you rather go thru and deny the spam yourself, then risk losing a valid comment from a reader?
- Reply to comments whenever possible – Readers love when you respond to the comments that they leave. It makes them feel like they are welcome on your blog, and that you’re human. My impression of blogs that don’t comment back, is that they are “too good” to take the time and actually read what their readers have to say. Like they only posts for the stats. Be human, interact with people.
- Help your fellow bloggers out – I don’t know about all of you, but I feel like I’m in a community in the blog world. So many of my blogging acquaintances have become my friends. It makes me want to help them out and support them as much as possible. So link them up in your posts and sidebars, have blogrolls and buttons. Be the best blogging friend that you can be. I know this is hard because blogging friends seem “imaginary” (As Ashley‘s Husband calls me) but they are real people. These friendships are real.
- Don’t sign up bloggers to a newsletter from you, just because they joined a link party you hosted – One of my biggest pet peeves that bloggers do is sign me up for newsletters, when I never opt-in. This usually happens when I link-up to a link party. A few weeks later I start getting mass-distribution emails. I use my email A LOT and I don’t want it flooded with junk. I linked to your party, I gave you credit in my post, don’t piss me off with unwanted email, or I won’t link-in again. Just don’t do it.
- Have a search box – There is a lot of times that I want to find something on someone’s blog, and without a search box, it’s pretty difficult. Just make sure you have one, they don’t take up much space either and are so convenient to use for readers, and even for yourself when you’re looking for something on your own blog.
- Watermark your images – I use to do this, and then I stopped. Recently though, I found my Liquid Skittles images on other websites, without any credit. Some even claiming it’s their own. From here on out, I’m watermarking EVERYTHING and you probably should too. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Do you have any blog pet peeves?