I recently wrote a post about what new bloggers should and shouldn’t do when trying to grow their blogs. Your response was incredible!
I got lots of tips from you all that I want to share, as well as lots of questions that I’ll try to answer. The post was also syndicated on BlogHer, and while that was very exciting for me, it kind of gives me the feeling that I might actually know what I’m talking about…and after all the work I’ve put into my blog, that makes me feel very, very good!
If you are brand spankin’ new to blogging, you might want to check out a post I wrote way back in June of last year with some tips for newbies (when I was a newbie myself)!
So now on to the good stuff…let me start by saying that a lot of you asked me questions, and if you had your email address on your profile, I responded to you directly. But many, many of you still have “no-reply” for your email address in Blogger – which is why I didn’t respond directly back to you.
My friend Tulpen of Bad Words left this comment on the post about blogging tips, and I feel the same way:
“I’m pretty sure that every time I want to respond to a comment and I see the no-reply; a unicorn spears a kitten.”
Yes people, she’s super funny and you should go visit her. But my point is that it can be frustrating to bloggers who want to interact with their readers but can’t because they don’t have a way to respond back to you!
Fill in your email address in your Blogger profile! It’s easy…from the Blogger Dashboard, go into the Edit Profile link next to your picture. Under Privacy click on Show My Email Address. But first make sure that under Identity, you have your email address listed! That’s it!
And on to the most asked question: What’s a meme?
Most of you will be surprised to know that you already know what a meme is, you just don’t realize it! A meme is just something that requires active participation by the blogger (think Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, Shell from Things I Can’t Say Pour Your Heart Out, Wordless Wednesday, The Red Dress Club’s Red Writing Hood…the list goes on and on) and usually requires the blogger to link a post back up to the originating site. It’s a way to share personal perspective or experience on random topics. It also drives traffic to the blogger that runs the meme’s site, as well as your site because people will see your linked up post and will visit to see what you have to share. And you are supposed to visit others as well.
Another one of the most asked questions I received…How do I get the reply button for Blogger?
If you look at my comments, you’ll see a reply button next to each comment.But don’t be fooled by the reply button…it doesn’t reply back to the person directly via email. It only shows up on my blog. Still, it’s a super cool feature, and you can visit Spice Up Your Blog for the how-to. And don’t be afraid when you look at the how-to instructions! They look/sound super hard to do, but believe me, if I can figure it out, you can too.
Another question I got was How do I get a blog button with a box that contains the html code so people can put my button on their blog?
There’s another super easy how-to post that you can read over at Mommy Moment about creating a sharable blog button. Again, if I can figure it out, it’s really easy!
And you all had tips and advice to share as well!
Lavonne from Our Wish had this great tip: “I figured out a way to make your email address a link that just opens the reader’s default email program.” and she included this link. I tried it, and it was very easy to do!
Everybody pretty much hates auto-play music on a blog, and so it’s safe to say if you have it, turn it off
Simply Stacie has a way for us on Blogger to get a URL for a post before it’s published. It’s a fantastic read and works well!
Everybody also hates captchas (word verification on blogs), and so you had some tips for both Blogger and WordPress to eliminate the spam, and the captcha.
For Blogger: Most spammers post on older posts, so moderate comments left on posts 2 weeks or older. I think this is great advice!
For WP: Many of you use Akismet, and a couple people mentioned that they also use the GrowMap AntiSpam Bot Plugin. The plugin simply puts a small box at the end of your comments stating “check here if you are not spam.”
I mentioned not having a black background with a white font. You all also offered the advice that bloggers shouldn’t use a light background with light font.
And there you have it! More tips for growing your blog and making it easier to interact with your readers…and making their visit to your blog enjoyable!
I hope all of this helps! Do you have more questions? Or do you have advice or tips to share with us? Is there another topic you’d like me to cover? I’m all ears!
And so it goes…