So I’ve come to the conclusion that blogging is, in fact, a part-time job. It turns out blogging isn’t as easy as creating a post, leaving the computer for a few days and picking up right where I left off. I decided recently that I was either going to stop blogging (which was not a real option) or take it more seriously, so here I am! I’ve been doing TONS of research about SEO, self hosting, increasing blog traffic, etc. I’ve spent more time reading and commenting on blogs than I ever thought possible (WAY better than sitting on Facebook, by the way! You all are so entertaining :-))
I thought I’d do a roundup of some helpful links for newer bloggers like myself. This no where NEAR covers everything in the ginormous blogosphere, but it’s what I’ve started with so far.
Writing Engaging Content:
You started a blog. Now what do you write about? How do you get your readers to care about what you have to say?
22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue [Infographic]
How to Create Compelling Content <– Lengthy but worth the read!
For Search Engine Optimization:
OK, so your content is great. How will people find it? Learn how to improve your blog with SEO to increase traffic from search engines:
Increasing Blog Traffic:
We all know that commenting on blogs and interacting on social media is a great way to meet people and draw traffic. In my opinion, these connections should be genuine and thoughtful. I absolutely adore all the women I’ve met through blogging and I’m always so excited when I receive comments and Tweets! Here’s a great article about more ways to draw blog traffic from Slap Dash Mom.
All-around great blogging series are also featured on some of my favorite blogs:
These websites have all helped me greatly as a newly “serious” blogger. I’m still learning the basics, so if you have any recommendations or helpful links for newer bloggers, please share!