Some Hints For The Beginning Blogger

When you first start blogging you feel like you are all alone in the blogosphere. You’ve written your first post, heck you may even have written half a dozen posts but nothing is happening. You know the posts exists because you can go online and see it there in front of you but you’re not sure if anyone is reading it because you’re not getting any comments.

So you start Googling and reading other blogs to see what it is you’re doing wrong. You install Google Analytic so that you can at least see if anyone is actually visiting your blog. Of course in the very early days not much is going to happen unless you get out there and make it happen.

Telling People You Exist


The best way to do this is to be active on other blogs by reading their ladybugposts and leaving great comments everywhere you go. It is very important that the comments you leave are filled with great content that add to the post because it’s these very comments that will show others you are going to be a force to be reckoned with. If your comments are better than all the other comments on any given post then you’re going to stand out from the rest and people will follow you back to your blog to find out more about you.

What Blogs To Leave Comments On


ladybugs confrontationBy commenting on other blogs you are virtually meeting other bloggers and cementing a relationship with them. Pretty soon you will cease to be a lone blogger writing to a non existent audience.

The best blogs to leave comments on are blogs that have Andy’s CommentLuv plugin installed. This is because, depending on how they have their plugin configured, you can choose from up to 10 of your last posts to link to. This has a great benefit in that it will direct people to a certain post which can be most beneficial if that post is offering something for sale. Then of course there is also the added SEO benefit as every link pointing to your blog or post, especially if it’s dofollow, tells the search engines that it’s offering something of value boosting your position in the search engine results. Of course you will get the most benefit from installing CommentLuv Premium on your own blog as you will then become a premium member meaning you can choose from any 10 of your last posts as well as an additional 5 posts or pages of your choice. See the related posts for more information on CommentLuv Premium

Don’t Let People Stand In Your Way


The world is full of negativity and once you decide on your path to ladybugs climbbecoming a blogger you are bound to come across people who will tell you that you’re crazy and are wasting your time. Don’t let this sort of negativity hold you back, especially if you’ve discovered that you really love running your own blog. The only hold they have on you is an emotional one and in life you have to learn to be in control your own emotions. You probably won’t be able to convince them that what you’re doing  has any real value and so the best thing is to just ignore what they’re saying. Have a mental image of yourself walking over them leaving their negativity behind. The same goes for any nonconstructive dialogue you may come across online.

Be A Leader Not A Follower


ladybugsThere is only so much you can make by following others. Those who make the most out of life are the leaders. By becoming a leader you actually make money from your followers whereas as a follower more likely than not you’re simply adding to their income and not adding much to your own.

The way to become a leader is by ensuring your content has so much value that people can’t help but to follow you. Then once you have built up a good following you’re more likely to profit from them and they will be happy to part with their money because they know they’re getting something of value in return.

I’ve mentioned CommentLuv Prfemium a few times in this post and that’s because I believe it be a very important plugin for any aspiring blogger, both as a way of rewarding the commentators but more importantly as a way of promoting to others all it is that you have to offer. More on this in future posts so you may want to subscribe to my list so you won’t miss out.

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  1. Hey Sire, I really like the new yellow content box. That’s one of the newer short-codes in this theme you use, yes? It’s got really great readability in font type and such and THAT is a huge issue for many on many blogs. Light grey font on white background is BAD! I love the ladybugs! Thanks for the tips!
    Kim

    1. It’s one of the many features of the updated theme and I no longer have to worry about short codes anymore, it’s all done with the click of a mouse. I actually love using the multicoloured boxes, it really adds a lot of class to the blog.


  2. Twitter:
    Nice advice for newbies and seasoned bloggers alike Sire. It takes time and we lose a lot of bloggers that just didn’t give it enough time.

    My brother was asking questions the other day and it reminded me just how confusing things can be when we first get started. What’s a plugin? What is a feed? I don’t understand what a theme is… It’s easy to get overwhelmed when new to blogging. Nice post.

    1. Yep, that’s what I think too Brian. Also, because I have done several of these posts, I feel that rewording the same subject differently can reach different people in a different way.

      I’m not surprised he was confused, heck sometimes even I find it confusing.


  3. Twitter:
    Hey Sire, how have you been? Great advice here, I can say that commenting has been very helpful to the growth of my blog.

    I also totally agree, if you want to make a good run online you have to be a leader. Followers always end up getting the short end of the stick!
    Larry Rivera recently posted…Are Your Internet Marketing Strategies Worthless?My Profile

    1. Hey Larry, I’m good mate and it’s always a pleasure having you drop in.

  4. Great post Sire.

    It’s true that you have to engage your readers and grab their attention with thought provoking content. You then have to keep those readers with regular original content, this is the hardest part.

    But by marketing your blog in the right way, and using innovative plugins, this can reap benefits in no time at all. OK not overnight, but then nothing good was ever that easy.

    1. Glad you liked it Chas. Trying to provide consistently good content isn’t easy but when you do manage it, it is very rewarding.

  5. Hey Sire!
    I really admire and appreciate your great tips on how to make an existence in blogging world and especially it is very much beneficial information for beginners in blogging world.I am following your valuable tips all ready and recently i have purchased Andy’s CommentLuv Premium version plugin for my web projects,i am enjoying its benefits.Right now i am working hard on your last point and that is “Be A Leader Not A Follower”,hope i will achieve this target also as soon as possible.The all i need is a Good wishes and humble support from all you guys.Thank you for sharing such a great knowledgeable content with us,i have enjoyed it a lot.

    Good Luck and God Bless!!

    With Regards!
    Samuel Joshua.

    1. Hey Samuel,

      buying the Premium version of CommentLuv was a very good move. You won’t regret it.


  6. Twitter:
    Hey Sire,

    Great tips for beginners, i juts wanted to add my 2 cents if I may.

    Telling people you exist is actually not that hard, its a easy as posting a few post and building a few backlinks and so on. But, keeping people interested in your existence(well, your blog’s)is the hard part and that can only be achieved if you work hard and provide content that people want to read.
    Satrap recently posted…How Does Facebook Make Money?My Profile

    1. You are so right, it is pretty hard to consistently provide good content but it is necessary to continually try. Like I said in one of the other comments, it is quite rewarding when you pull it off.

      Anyway, whoever said blogging is easy doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

  7. When I was new to blogging I did everything you said here, although there are times that I experiment on my SEO (personal choice) I still think building a relationship with other blogger will help you improve your blogging skills. And don’t forget to blog useful content for your readers. Thanks for the post Sire.

    1. Anytime Sanjay. Building a relationship with other bloggers is essential and the best way to do that is to socialise with them by reading what they have to say and commenting on their blogs.

  8. Commenting on other blogs and being involved in the blogging community is a great way to show others who you are and what you can offer them. If they are interested they will follow you. A lot of bloggers take the wrong approach by asking people to follow them instead of giving them a reason to do it on their own.

    1. Yeah, asking sounds too much like you’re needy. Also I wouldn’t put a link in your comment asking people to follow because most people will delete that comment and I am one of them.

  9. Starting a blog can be a little deflating to the ego, for certain. You know you have really great things to say, and you assume that people will find your blog and read your posts, but webalizer pummels your ego every time you peek at your stats. Frustrating!

    I like your suggestion of adding comments to other blogs. I do that myself. A lot of my Guild site traffic comes from that.

    I’ve also used Twitter with some success to promote my sites.

    By the way, great look to your blog.

    1. It’s only deflating if you start one with unreal expectations. Those who start one because they’ve read somewhere that is an easy way to quick money will surely be disappointed.

  10. Awesome post! I love how you encourage people to ignore the negativity because this is one of the main reasons people quit blogging. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks Karla.

  11. That is all great advice for any new blogger.
    I also think two huge points for any blogger to bear in mind are:
    (i) to actually have something valuable to say and
    (ii) to be consistent in your blogging.

    It is so easy to blog every day in the beginning, run out of steam and then only post a couple of items a month followed by another spurt of activity and inactivity.

    Far better to aim to post “x” times a week and stick to it.

    Be yourself and say something interesting in your post. The post can be educational, anecdotal, informative, narrative, looking at past events, forward looking…anything really as long as something of you the blogger is contained in every post.

    Blogging is great fun as is commenting on other people’s great blogs.

    Patrick.

    1. Hey Patrick, great comment as usual mate. It’s comments like these that inspire people to follow the commentator back to their blog to see what other gems they have to offer. I hope your comment generates tons of traffic.

      I’ve never posted on a daily basis as I knew I could never keep that sort of workload up. I prefer to do two to three posts a week as it is fairly easy to maintain that and it also gives me time to write posts of relatively good content.

  12. In addition to commenting, I would say guest posting is another way to get your name out there as a beginning blogger. Especially if you have some compelling content to share. Just find some popular blogs in your niche, and you’ll slowly start building the exposure you need to become a successful blogger.
    Josh Kotsay recently posted…Bring The Fresh ReviewMy Profile

    1. Good Point Josh, guest posting is a great way to get your name out there although it may be a little harder to get one accepted when no-one knows you. The best way around this would be to submit one for acceptance so they can see exactly what they’re are getting rather than to just ask to be allowed to write one.

  13. To be a great blogger requires the initiative to read other blogs as possible. But being unique on its own way of blogging is finding one’s prerogative in the world of BLOGS . It’s quite uneasy to satisfy yourself with your own opinion, but somehow confidence must be practiced.

    1. Confidence is indeed important because without it your post will be found lacking.

  14. I have about 200 blogposts in my blog archive but only 30-60 visitors each day. I don’t really know how I should get more visitors. I’ve tried article marketing, social media, facebook, adwords you name it… Nothing seems to work :/

    1. Rasmus, it may take you a lot longer because your blog isn’t in English so you have a smaller reader base.

  15. Well done hints, I am a beginner blogger and I really want to get to the top someday :money_mouth_tb: :laugh_tb:

    1. You should really concentrate on leaving better comments then Richard if you want people to follow you to your blogs. Comments are more than a way of getting backlinks as they are what build your brand. People’s perception of you will depend on the comments you leave.

  16. Nice hints!! They are useful not only for a beginner but for an experienced blogger as well. Internet changes every seconds more and more:)
    Girly recently posted…Fashion Autumn tipsMy Profile

    1. Glad you liked them Girly. I realise that a lot of these hints are pretty obvious but I believe that sometimes saying things differently can at times hit the right chord with a reader.

  17. Being a leader rather than a follower is definitely hard as a beginner as you’re trying to just get a grip of the basics, but it’s definitely a tip worth remembering as standing out on the web means supplying material that others can’t in a a way others can’t. So good advice, Sire.

    1. Naturally that will depend on what subject you have chosen for your blog. If you chose something that you are an authority on then showing leadership can be relatively easy as long as show your confidence in the subject you have chosen.

  18. great tips here, definitely agree with these. i remember starting my very first blog about 2 years ago, wrote a few post and it felt lonely. i had thought if you build it and write people will come and comment. i was totally wrong.

    1. I think that most bloggers fell into that trap Marcus

  19. Hello there sire.. I must say that this is a great resource for beginners, sometimes they just quit because of a little downside when there really is nothing to it once you get to the momentum..

    1. Well I sure hope it is a little helpful for them.

  20. Great tips. And commentluv premium is great! It offers so much value to both the blogger and the reader.
    I’ve found quite a lot of interesting blogs by reading the comments in blogs that I like.

    Also if you can pull it off as a beginner to get a guestblog post at a popular blog, then you will have some major exposure, use it well and you can get a major bump in new traffic.
    Danny recently posted…Husqvarna 327P5X Pole pruner 25cc 12 inch barMy Profile

    1. Yep, and lots of emphasis on using it well Danny. Sure don’t want to mess up an opportunity like that when it comes along.

  21. Hi Sire, it’s me again, want to say good points you have in your post and i like your “Don’t Let People Stand In Your Way”, you know i often caught on the situation when people talked “negative comment’ on what i’m doing now – blogging of course – it’s discouraging and i hate it like that. But – eventhough – i have still listen those comment, i closed my ears and start blogging even harder to prove them wrong.

    1. That’s the way James. My wife used to get on my back all the time until I bought our first plasma TV with my earnings, now she just lets me go.

  22. As a new blogger, it is really helpful to have a post like this to reference, because in the beginning all the learning and research can be overwhelming! I’ve bookmarked several of your posts so that I can go back and read the advice again, mostly because I have a short attention span and everything doesn’t sink in immediately. In your reference to guest posts, I cringe when I think of the emails I sent to a few sites asking to guest post when I first started two months ago, my inexperience was obvious! I have learned a lot since then, especially from blogs like yours. As always, thanks for the advice.

    1. Hey Mary,

      I wouldn’t let those emails get you down. We all learn from our mistakes, you’ll do a lot better next time.

  23. You are indeed encouraging and uplifting the Beginners’ Spirits. The start of a blogging career is a challenge for those with no network . It’s like testing the waters if they are running rapidly.

    1. We should always try and help those that need it Lyka.

  24. Hey Sire,

    Long time no chat my friend!

    I want to plead guilty for being the worst blogger ever for never being constant with posting schedules.

    I normally spend more time leaving comments on other blogs than working on mine, it’s weird but that’s exactly what happened in the past.

    I am not taking a whole different approach to this and trying to have a balance between meeting new bloggers and entrepreneurs and actually doing something with my sites.

    To be very honest I wasn’t really sold on the value of CommentLuv+ but when I finally installed it, it all suddenly made click!

    I am so happy you got me convinced of buying the plugin with your posts and wanted to come and say thank you personally (actually virtually)!

    (Expect a new wave of beginning bloggers reading your blog, I’ll tell you later what it is about)

    And last but not least, congratulations on hitting first page with your Lotto site, I knew you would nail that in no time!

    Sergio

    PS. Believe it or not, the people that actually try to stand over me are mostly offline folks. It’s very hard to speak with someone who doesn’t have a blog or a site, about running your own site online and actually having fun with it.

    P.P.S. I also liked your new colored boxes, your blog is certainly looking much, much better!

    1. hey Sergio,

      Life can get pretty hectic these days and you can only do so much. It’s probably best that you spend your time commenting if you haven’t anything of value to write on your blog. You’ll know when the inspiration hits and when it does wild naked women couldn’t drag you away from writing that post. :wink_ee:

      As for CommentLuv Premium, it really does rock doesn’t it?

      The last part of your comment has me intrigued Sergio. I suppose I’ll have to wait to how you’re going to send all these new bloggers over.

  25. The Fact that being a reader is much better than being a follower is mostly admired by me. I read much blogs in my niche and I get lots of idea from them.

    1. I think the post says it’s better to be a leader not a reader, although being a reader is pretty good too if you have a good book, or are on a good post :wink_ee:

  26. Sire,

    I just have to comment on your bugs :D
    What an absolutely great use of the high quality images!!!

    For those of you that didn’t pay much attention to the bugs, scroll back up and have an other look…

    My complements – Hats off! :D

    1. Hey Michael, kudos on picking up on that. I actually took the photos first and was so inspired by the images I wrote the post around them. You were the only one to pick up on it to you deserve an applause. :clap_tb:

  27. “Don’t Let People Stand In Your Way”. This is a positive thinking but it’s not easy to make. No matter what you do, no matter who you are, there are always someone standing on your way and do a whole lot of negative things to your work. How can you deal with it if this is someone that is so close to you?

    1. You deal with it by ignoring them James and not letting what they say get you down.

  28. For every blogger starting their online venture must know that building strong relationship is what required to get success in the blogging world. At the initial stage there is no point in expecting lots of readers. You should keep on posting quality articles on new and interesting topics. Once other bloggers are aware of your blog posts they will definitely make a strong bonding with you. Secondly, guest posting is a great way to build strong relationship with other blogging communities. Trust is what makes a visitor come back for more. If you are sure that your blog articles are enough knowledgeable for your readers, certainly they will refer hundreds of people.

    1. Trouble is unless you get out there and let people know that you exist it may take ages before you get noticed. The only way people know you’re around is be hitting the social circles and by visiting hundreds of blogs leaving great comments wherever you go.

  29. Just enabled CommentLuv on my own Blog. Hope it encourages more interaction. I spend a lot of time and put thought into my posts and it kind of stinks when no one seems to comment. Oh well, hope this helps as I have no problem providing backlinks for people who take the time to add to the discussion!

    1. I’m sure it will Brian. The best way to get more comments is to visit other blogs who use it leaving quality comments. In time people will follow you back to see what makes you tick :wink_ee:

      1. Will do Sire. Thanks for the advice…

        Brian

    2. Hi Brian,

      I am in a similar position to you. I have also just enabled commentluv on my blog. I also agree that it isn’t nice to put a lot of effort into something and have nobody to interact with.

      We need to do exactly what we are doing now and get out there and get commenting and interacting on other blogs. As Sire says, we should also have others follow us in return and become commenters over on our blogs.

      Chris

      1. Hey Chris,

        I’m going to keep Blogging no matter what because in my business (marketing) it’s a necessity but I’m definitely going to keep plugging away with the commenting and interaction.

        Good luck to you!

        Brian

  30. Don’t Let People Stand In Your Way – LOL this reminded me of an incident between me and my dad. I used to experience unstable career online especially before and shared these concerns to my dad. He always convinced me to work outside, in a corporate world, just what he had before and also what my brother do now. Even if I felt that he was right back then, I still continue my online journey. Then one day, he get used to it. Now, he’s more confident that I can be really successful online in the future. I think being confident not only to myself but also to what I’m doing pushed me to continue and definitely, I’m happy with my decision.

    1. That’s great Chris. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  31. Nice post for beginners and for those who lose hope after doing some posts, blogging is not that much easy as people think, it’s not about just writing it’s about writing good stuff so people can read it, though post is great for newbies and who want to start blogging, must follow your instructions and give proper time to blogs I see many newbies start blogging and do very fast but after some time lost interest in it and let the blog die, it’s not good practice, they must give full attention to their work. Telling about blogging to someone could be annoying but you can help many if you got some extra time.

    Thanks
    Roger Jignesh Parekh

    1. No worries Roger. I’ve seen bloggers who go all out posting two to three times a day and then burn themselves out and hardly posting at all. It would have been much better if they paced themselves for the long haul.

  32. True Sire, is very easy to burnout when blogging, probably they wanted to start strong but they lost interest in time.

    Roger

    1. Yeah, but no point starting strong if you can’t keep up the pace.

  33. Good advice for beginners and newbie.
    It’s hard but really easy to become a blogger, this time I started training in blogging routine.
    good article, keep the spirit of blogging

    1. Yes, it’s easy to start but for many it is extremely hard to maintain. Good luck with yours Miftahdin.

  34. Hey Sire,
    I still shake my head when people who know of Comment Luv don’t have it on their blog. They are missing out on a valuable resource.

    I went from one or two commenters on my blog to dozens after installing the comment luv plugin.

  35. Be A Leader Not A Follower – Adopt the qualities of a real leader be creative, bold and innovative. Do not just follow people who are known to be leaders because not everything that works for them will work for you. Be unique and have your own identity in your niche.
    Noel Addison recently posted…5 Things to Look for in a Web Dev CompanyMy Profile

  36. Being a leader rather than a follower help you maximize all your opportunities to earn money online. Simply because, as you let them see how confident you are in what you’re doing and how you could help them reach their goals, you can start getting their trust.

    1. A very good point Samantha

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