101 Blog Tips I Learned

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  1. if you are not, start blogging today
  2. write about something that you love
  3. if you are serious about blogging buy your own domain
  4. make sure your domain name is equal to your blog name
  5. use a short and easy to remember name
  6. use WordPress
  7. use WordPress plugins
  8. blog with consistency
  9. write at least 5 posts a week
  10. proofread
  11. proofread one more time
  12. interact with other bloggers
  13. leave meaningful comments
  14. leave funny comments
  15. leave the first comment
  16. backup your blog
  17. get rid of the sidebar calendar
  18. choose your niche wisely, not too big and not too small
  19. participate in online forums
  20. put a link on your signature
  21. use blog carnivals
  22. content is king
  23. customize your blog template
  24. use trackbacks
  25. simplicity is the way to go
  26. leverage social bookmarks
  27. consider joining a blog network
  28. write “Top 10” lists
  29. use tags
  30. use pings
  31. write “How to” articles
  32. make your posts scannable
  33. list your blog on directories
  34. ask questions to your readers
  35. use Feedburner
  36. use sense of humor
  37. be generous
  38. encourage readers to subscribe
  39. have some spare posts for emergencies
  40. encourage readers to digg your posts
  41. put an RSS subscription icon on every single page
  42. use “series” of posts
  43. return comments
  44. return links
  45. use readable fonts
  46. gather .edu and .gov backlinks
  47. break long posts in more parts
  48. experiment with different revenue sources
  49. write “pillar articles
  50. use Google Analytics
  51. study those numbers
  52. use email interviews
  53. be yourself
  54. avoid duplicate content
  55. use an RSS reader
  56. read as many blogs as possible
  57. focus on timeless content
  58. have an “About” page
  59. have a picture of yourself on the “About” page
  60. crate your own “Advertise Here” page
  61. use meta tags wisely
  62. learn the basics of SEO
  63. use pictures whenever possible
  64. create value for your readers
  65. place ads wisely
  66. be patient
  67. consider getting a co-blogger
  68. submit your articles to directories
  69. share what has worked for you
  70. share what has not worked for you
  71. read Problogger.net
  72. do not clutter your sidebar with icons
  73. get rid of looooong blogrolls
  74. experiment with Google Adsense
  75. experiment with Text-Link-Ads
  76. link to other blogs as often as possible
  77. make it easy for visitors to contact you
  78. use titles effectively
  79. offer email subscriptions
  80. always answer to questions
  81. always answer to comments
  82. use Technorati
  83. enable subscription to comments
  84. offer useful tools or resources
  85. write with a personal touch
  86. become an expert in your niche
  87. do not rely on “linking posts”
  88. always give your opinion
  89. use simple colors
  90. participate in blogging projects
  91. get to know other bloggers personally
  92. list your best articles
  93. have a voice
  94. organize your categories
  95. talk directly to your readers
  96. make your URL structure efficient
  97. put functional links on your footer
  98. mention your sources or references
  99. do monthly roundups
  100. consider adding podcasts
  101. create a “101 list”

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175 thoughts on “101 Blog Tips I Learned”

  1. Agreed with your thoughts.
    But the first tip confused me.

    if you are not ……….., start blogging today

    seemed to be a fill in the blank.

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  2. Thanks for sharing these ideas. : )
    I always proofread my posts in order to catch my many typos and mistakes before (hopefully) someone else does. There really is so much to learn about blogging, and I’ve only scratched the surface so far in my month and a half of blogging.

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  3. disagree with point 6.

    wordpress isn’t the best for every blog. I use nucleus (not sow happy about it) but i had no choice.

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  4. @78HG

    Mostly advice to write one every day, visitors will return and you have a higer ranking in google and alexia.

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  5. I am a new blogger and this is very helpful. I have read this over and over again and each time, I try to pick one thing that I will work on from the list. Once I master that, i move to the next. Thanks!

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  6. Social book marking, ping and feeds are my favorites. But the list given is quite comprehensive and learned quite a few new things. Thanks.

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  7. So, implementing these tips on my website design site should increase traffic to the site?

    I don’t know why I haven’t created a blog on my website yet, but I definitely will, and I’ll be sure to go over your tips when I do. My focus is on graphics design, so these tips on the blogging aspect sure do help.

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  8. Can’t thank you enough for this post. Just when you think you are almost done, you learn that there is just about 1 million extra things you could be doing.

    I guess that’s the nature of the beast though when you have to wear so many hats as a blogger. I “stumbled” on this site today and think that this is probably the most useful blogging site I’ve ever found. Thanks so much!

    Scott Fusco

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  9. I had to come back and read this. I like the way it realy unfolds. These are all true and I am still in the process of learning. Maybe by next year, I can build my own list of things that I learned.

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  10. This is the most helpful list! I have read through it a couple times now and keep having those “aha” moments where I realize that such simple tips really do make a difference. Thanks!

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  11. Nice compilation.. One more site I think, you should add there with problogger is http://www.johnchow.com John Chow is writing superb articles on blogging and raising money through blogs. Also you have not learned how to make money online. πŸ™‚

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  12. Thanks for all these excellent tips – I’m adding a link to you from my own website as a tribute to all your great advice!

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  13. Daniel,

    Great information I’ve ever seen. Now I’m reading posts in archives from DailyBlogTips.

    Keep it up

    Best wishes,

    Myo Kyaw Htun

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