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Tricks Of The Trade

5.28.2014
tips for bloggers, drive traffic
 
So it's hardly ever -aka- never that I write blog posts about blogging tips or my blogging thoughts, but I have had a list compiling lately of what I think works and well, I figured I'd share with all of my beloved!

I'm no pro, so remember that. I mean I am a pro at some things. Like margarita drinking, Mexican eating and kitchen dancing. Blogging = totally not a pro.

With that in mind, here are my tips.

// Use images and small paragraphs to break up your post. We are lazy human beings who prefer picture books to novels. I can promise you if I come to your blog and see a post compiled of paragraphs without a single image I will click that "X" faster than you can say peace.
 
//  When I say "use images", I don't mean microscopic ones that I have to bring out the magnifying glass for. Make sure your pictures are clear (not grainy), bright and go ahead and hit that X-large option. It will do you and your readers good!
 
// Speaking of images, yet again. Fill out the properties of each photograph you publish. What am I talking about? Click on your image in your photo, then click "properties". Here you will see TITLE text and ALT text. By filling out these fields with keywords you make your images searchable. Generating higher chances of someone coming to your sight. I will explain this further next week so check back.

// Write the way you speak. It took me months to find my voice in blogging. If you've been around here long enough and read my posts, you know that I am a sarcastic person. I enjoy humor. I try to share that with my readers. After all you are here to hear what I have to say. << that's a mouthful.

// Don't write in the center of the page. Or do, I don't really care. 
 
All I know is this hurts my eyes and 
confuses me.
I prefer to read the way I read everything else. From left to right starting 
on the far left side of the page.
 
// Blog on a regular schedule. Although I started out extremely consistent I have given myself a few extra "holidays" this year. 99.9% of the time I blog Monday through Friday and try to post around the same time each day. Does it always happen? I am human aren't I? This will give your readers a sense of schedule with your blog.
 
// Before you publish your post, read through and take out something. One thing. Anything. We tend to overload and speak too much. It's one less sentence for your readers to read! 

// Lift up other bloggers. Blogging isn't limited to just writing about your life. It's about building relationships in a huge community! If you read something you like from someone's blog, share it on social media! Unless that blogger is a complete jerk, they are going to thank you and most likely visit you back. It's a win, win!

// Most importantly, find creative content. Love and stand behind what you write. I understand we all have to do the occasional sponsored post because who doesn't love a free item or a little extra cash in the wallet? That's a perk of blogging! But constantly? No bueno. Don't post something you aren't proud of. Kind of like this post ... presumably my most spiteful post.

What's one lesson you have learned in blogging? Perhaps something you wish you had known to begin with. .

I've found these ladies extremely helpful for blogging advice:


27 comments on "Tricks Of The Trade"
  1. Great tips, Maegen! I work towards all of those things and learn from blogs like yours. :) You do a great job!!!

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  2. I appreciate any and all advice as I'm stuck right now in a blogging rut. :) I'll check out those other ladies and try to incoporate more photos in my posts from now on. thanks!
    www.thepetitemrs.com

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  3. All of often I completely forget about the alt and title tags...I should really remember that more often...but yes, creative content is the main thing, as a reader, I'll put up with a lot for some awesome content!

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  4. I've missed ya! I've been out of the loop. Good tips. My advice is that content is everything. If it's not interesting I'm not reading. Also you made me want Mexican good.

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  5. Love these tips especially about pictures, being consistent, and lifting up fellow bloggers :)

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  6. Great tips, doll! The center text thing erks me. I have the hardest time keeping my place when reading a post like that! I've never really thought about taking one thing out but I'll be keeping that one around!

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  7. All great tips and totally agree that you should write the way you speak - that's your true voice!!

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  8. Great post girl!! I try to not write too much when I'm posting because I know people are busy and don't have time to read a novel of my rants and when people have ridiculously long posts I usually skip parts and don't read the whole thing #guilty

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  9. I definitely try to not write too much, I know I am guilty of not reading when it's super long. Thanks for sharing :) I want Mexican food now girl!

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  10. Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I need to get back on the blogging bandwagon...I feel like after such a long break that it's hard to get started again....kinda like working out haha!

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  11. This is all so, so true (ESPECIALLLLYYYYYYY not to much text without images. Kills me hah).

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  12. So with ya on the x-large pictures!

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  13. Love this list. You gave some great tips :)

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  14. Yes, yes, and yes! You hit the nail on the head with these. Great job! :)

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  15. Great tips and I agree with all of them! Hadn't thought of adding properties to my photos; from here on out I will! Thanks!

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  16. hahaha mexican eating! I was unaware eating Mexicans was popular :p But these are excellent tips! Thank you for sharing :) I wish someone would have told me before I started blogging that I needed a schedule. I finally have one down :)

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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  17. I just found you from Life Could Be A Dream. This could not have come at a better time. I am just starting my blog and need all the advice I can get. Your blog is so tasteful. I can't wait to read future posts!

    ablossomofbliss.com

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  18. Great tips girlie, I agree with every single one! I had no idea about filling out the properties for images, thanks for letting me know :)

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  19. These are all great tips! Definitely one of the best "blog tips" post that I've ever read. Great job!

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  20. Good advice! I need to try to get on a better blogging schedule and be more consistent with my posts.

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  21. I love the tip about taking out something. It took a long time for me to figure that one out, but it has helped me and my over-sharing self tremendously.

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  22. Love it! I tend to talk WAY too much, so I'll have to work on the taking one thing out :) I wish I had some blogging advice for you right now, but I've been a super bad blogger lately :(

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  23. Enjoyed reading your advice. Thanks for the input! Totally guilty of the centered text (cringe).

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  24. Really great tips, especially in terms of "take something out". I know I have a tendency to ramble, and I'm sure a lot of my posts get repetitive!

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