More Blogging Tips From a Beginner
About a month ago I wrote a post sharing some tips I’d picked up during my first month of blogging. I thought I’d share a few more of the most helpful things that I’ve learned since starting a blog as a way of giving back to the blogosphere. (On a side note, at what point are you no longer considered a beginner?) I’ve been blogging for around three months now, so it was just something I’ve been wondering.
Oh well, I digress. Frugal Rules exists to help people with their finances and pass on some of the wisdom I’ve learned over the years. Some of those lessons have been hard learned, others not so much, but my desire overall is to help people. I have adapted the same philosophy with my blogging and passing on some of the blogging tips I’ve learned over the past few months.
Carnivals, Carnivals and More Carnivals
If you’re reading this and you’re a blogger you know time is precious and that blogging takes time. You also know how vital building links is to building your blog’s brand. It’s needed to make a name for yourself, to get to know other bloggers and most importantly for the health of your blog. We all know who we’re wanting to get love from…the Big G and link building is a key to that.
One easy way to accomplish this is to submit blog posts to carnivals. It does take time, but not as much as you might think. I submit to 12-15 carnivals each week and have streamlined the time it takes me to do it to a mere 45 minutes. That doesn’t sound bad, does it? The best way to keep this time down is to automate how you submit to the carnivals. After I write each post I write a 2-3 sentence snippet describing the post. I put that in a Word document that I use to accumulate an ongoing list all post snippets. When it comes time to submit to carnivals it’s a simple exercise of cutting and pasting and in 45 minutes I am done.
This strategy has allowed me to save time, but it also generally guarantees me being in at least 6-10 carnivals per week. Those carnivals generate extra links to my site that bring in traffic, which is vital to the health of my numbers. For those looking for where you can submit your posts for different carnivals, Blog Carnival and Blogger Carnivals are my two favorite sites to use.
Blogging Takes Time, Look For Ways to Save on it
I will be the first to admit that blogging takes a lot of time. Or at least, it can take a lot of time depending on where you want to see your blog go. The key to all of this is looking for ways to save time. Take the carnival submission as an example. My first few weeks it was taking me upwards of two hours, I have since cut that by more than half.
Another time saving method I have found is to schedule my posts a week out. So, on Fridays I schedule all of my posts for the following week. It allows me to go into the weekend not having to work as much as well as start focusing on the following weeks and what I’d like to write about. The key to all of this is to work smarter and not harder.
Write What You Will, But Make Your Blogging Passionate
Whether you write about couponing, early retirement or frugal ways to run a family, make it passionate. This passion will come out in your writing, which will engage readers and bring them back for another visit. Writing is much easier and less time consuming when you’re passionate about your subject matter. I know that personally if I am passionate about something I can write a 1000 word post in about 15 minutes, however if I am not passionate it will take easily triple the time. Part of blogging is creating a community of people that discuss opinions and topics. By being passionate about what you’re writing about you’ll help engender that community more and your readers will thank you for it.
Always Look For Ways to Expand
I have learned that there are hundreds, if not thousands (or more) of personal finance blogs out there. Sure, that can lead to a sense of talking to hear ourselves talk, but what I love most is the diversity of opinions in the blogging world. It helps me refine my views, which in turn helps me serve my readers.
With this in mind, it’s key to always be looking for ways you can meet new bloggers and get to know them. This can be a challenge, as I have over 100 blogs I tend to visit on a regular basis. One of the best ways I find new (or new to me) bloggers is by looking at the comments. If something someone adds sticks out to me I’ll visit their blog. Not only does this introduce me to someone new but it also allows me the opportunity to develop another friendship that might even turn into an opportunity to guest post down the road. To me that’s really what a lot of it’s about, forming friendships, helping others and further developing a blogging community.
If you’ve read this whole post, thank you for sticking around to read my 900+ word post. I know that I have not covered all that’s vital to blogging. What are some of your blogging tips and what keeps you going when you want to give up on blogging?