May 1 marked six months for Hayes Days. My little baby blog is growing up. (tear) I’ve met so many amazing other blogging gals since I’ve started and I owe many thanks to them as to those of you out on the Interwebs reading all this! Thank you guys! Exciting things are brewing! Since I’ve started blogging, I have received some great tips that I wanted to share, so for this Five on Friday I wanted to share the five best blogging tips I’ve been given over these past six-ish months.
CREATE A PINNABLE IMAGE:: I wanted to list this one first because I’ve learned that Pinterest is a big ol’ honkin’ deal. Immediately, I fell in love with the website when it busted onto the scene, but I’ve had to learn to to pin with a purpose and create pretty pins for the blog. My second most popular post of all time is connected to my most repinned and liked image. There is no denying that the two are dependent on each other. The more Photoshop and Illustrator savvy I have become, the less time this takes, but every single minute I spend on making that pinnable image bright, big, and bold is worth each and every page view.
FINDING A CONTENT BALANCE:: My feeling is that this is going to be on a post by post basis, though I’ve read that your paragraphs should be short and skimmable. I’m all about skimming, but I think that’s relative. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, like if you’re a photography blogger you’re obviously not going to have too much to say other than captions. Your goal should be just to create content with a balance that your readers respond to.
REPLY TO YOUR COMMENTERS:: I try to respond to every single comment. Even if they never read my blog again, I hope they always remember that I responded. There are a lot of bloggers out there that don’t.
TAG YOUR PICTURES WITH YOUR BLOG INFO:: Again, this one roots back to Pinterest, Twitter and all the social networks out there. People share pictures and information they find on your blog. Make sure that there’s always something there to lead them back to you. I’ve also been including my website somewhere in the image so that just in case the info gets lost, my address is still there.
SHORT, SWEET, SEO TITLES:: So many times I’m guilty of too long and wordy titles. This is a tip I’m still working on, but I feel it’s a valuable one. Seeing what people search for and how they find my blog is so fascinating to me. One of my fellow blogging buddies told me just to plug the title into Google before publishing, just to see what else comes up and see how many results you get.
Here’s a quick rundown for you to save as a reminder:
- Allyssa Barnes web design :: Allyssa is a designer and optimizer. She also has a fun life & style blog called The Barn.
- Nicole at Designs by Nicolina :: Make sure you follow her “Tip Tuesday” series for all kinds of blog tips you probably never thought of.
- Lisette at Northern Belle Diaries :: Only recently did I find this gem and I’ve already soaked a ton of useful information up. She also does blog consultations.
- Marissa at The Modern Austen :: I love a good success story, especially when it involves blogging and Marissa is kind enough to share her experience and tips with others.