10 Blogging Tips – Promote Your Blog Like a Pro

10 Blogging Tips – Promote Your Blog Like a Pro

We have both worked for brands and have experienced community management, so we had a good idea of how to promote our blog before we started blogging nearly a year ago now. However, in the wonderful world of web-marketing and blogging things change pretty fast. So most of the things we have learnt and use now we have learnt while blogging and making mistakes. Our blog and social media is getting quite important and hasn’t stopped growing since day one, so we thought we could sum up the key things to do and keep in mind to make a blog successful (if that is even a thing…).

Our best blogging tips

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1. Get those two green SEO dots

SEO is really important, for any website. So if you have the opportunity to improve your SEO go for it! This will allow your blog to gain new visitors naturally. We are not SEO Queens, but by playing around with it for a few months we have been able to improve it. If you feel a little unsure about SEO you can find a lot of useful tips right here. Here are a few little tips we have found work:

  • Make your URLs as short as possible
  • Put your focus keyword at the beginning of your title (if possible)
  • Link other posts in your new post
  • Put the keyword in the first paragraphe of your post
  • Repeat the keyword as much as possible in your post
  • Put your keyword in the alt text of the photos
  • Use different subtitles

2. Promote your hard work

The first step after creating a blog and posting something on it is to promote it. You will still get people reading your blog if you don’t, but if your main goal is to be seen you need to promote your blog. The simple way to promote it is through social media (plus it’s free). Use all platforms available that you feel confortable with, but don’t stick to one platform. There are so many out there, and the more the better!

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3. Join Blogger Chats

Blogger chats happen on Twitter and are usually hosted by a different blogger each week, on a specific account. Joining these chats will give you exposure and will allow you to interact with other bloggers. As well as getting useful tips! You will soon learn that the world of blogging is a community, it isn’t about competition. Interacting with other bloggers will just help you grow in the best way possible and maybe make new friends. We follow a lot of chat accounts but our favourite are the GRL POWER CHAT, The Tea Cup Club & The Bloggers Hub. You can also find accounts that will RT your tweet if you tag them in it. This can really help boost your visibility, so have a little look around and spot the accounts that match your blog.

4. Interact with your followers & people you follow

There is nothing worse than having a ghost account where you only promote your blogposts, or having ghost followers (followers that never interact). So don’t become one of them. Social media, like it’s called, is a place where you are supposed to be social and interact with people. We learnt this the hard way. Not that we used our accounts just for promoting our posts, but at first we didn’t post much when it came to Twitter. After a few weeks we really got into it, and that is when our following really started to kick off.

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5. Schedule tweets

A lot of us don’t have the time to post a tweet every hour. Real life somehow gets in the way! So to make sure you reach out to all your followers (or at least as much as one can) schedule tweets for the periods of the day you know you will not be able to promote your blogposts or other social media accounts. You can also schedule tweets during the nights if you have followers that are not in the same timezone as you. That way you won’t leave them out. They will still be aware of what is going on on your blog. You can use Buffer for free to start off. You get to schedule 10 tweets for free, and if you want more you can pay monthly to schedule more tweets.

6. Stay true to yourself 

Don’t just use your social media to promote your blog. It is important to promote your work, and your followers probably follow you because they like your posts, but it’s important to also offer something else. Be personnel, post about things you like at the moment, share other blogs you like, talk about what is going on in your life, etc… Don’t post about things you think your followers will love but that you are not really into. Post about things you really like and enjoy. That way your followers will also get to know you and you will be able to bond with other bloggers.

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7. Respect other bloggers

Therefor, if a blogger doesn’t write about topics you like, or doesn’t offer the same content as you, don’t treat them like they are less than you. Blogging is hard, because we put ourselves out there for everyone to see, so hate can really be a dangerous weapon. If you don’t like another blogger’s content just leave it at that. Only follow and interact with bloggers and people you like. There is no need for hate.

Also, don’t even think about using the “follow/unfollow” technique. It really drives people mad. Follow accounts for their content, not just for them to follow you back.

8. Check Your Analytics

Being active on social media is great. You will see results quickly. However, it is good to check your account analytics times to times, to see which posts have worked the most. Facebook pages have a built in analytics section you will find under “Insights”. For Twitter you can follow your analytics here. Bloglovin also has a little analytics section that gives you your ranking and the number of clics you have had on your posts.

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9. Try new things

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Look at what others do, you can learn a lot by observing how successful bloggers work. We are not saying to copy them. But you might spot something that you do that is the problem. So don’t be afraid to try new things even if what you are already doing seems to work. Maybe something else you have in mind will bring even better results.

10. Keep track of your progression

Testing things out and checking to see if they work or not is a first step, but it’s best to keep track of your results. Keep a notebook where you will write your analytics down each month. That way you will be able to compare and see if your efforts are paying off or not and even spot the problem. Sometimes when we have our nose in something we can’t really see the global picture, so it’s good to be able to compare your results month by months to have a global picture.

You can find blogging planners that offer a record section. They can be pricey or maybe you just don’t want to spend money in something like that just yet, so I thought of you and put together this very simple analytics tracker to get you started (that you can see in the photos) 🙂

Download my January Analytics Tracker

I hope you liked this post and that some things are useful to you. Other posts like this one will be up on the blog this year so stay tuned for more!

See you soon, love

Kirsty

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46 Comments

  1. January 22, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Helped so much thank you. Love the January analytics tracker.

  2. January 22, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    This really helped! I do a lot of these things already but I’m not too sure how to go about my SEO, but I will start to look into that.

    • January 22, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks 🙂 With wordpress you can get a plugin called “Yoast SEO” and I tells you how to improve your SEO at the bottom of each post 🙂 It’s really useful x

  3. January 22, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Posts like this are fantastic! It’s really helpful espasally when you’re trying to figure out how to go about it. I agree about staying true to yourself! That’s a must!!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  4. January 24, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Hi, Kirsty.

    Excellent tips in the post. I especially like the ‘get the 2 green dots’. I guess if you don’t have Yoast you wouldn’t know what this is referring to. The Yoast plugin is my favorite.

    A couple of other places to promote your blog post:
    Triberr . com
    JustRetweet .com
    ViralContentBee .com
    LadyPens .com (this is a curation site, you add your post and curate others – ladies only)

    Enjoy your day/evening. I’m in the US and this is my first TeaCupClub meeting. ^_^

    Sara @SaraDuggan.me

    • January 24, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you for your tips Sara! We didn’t know about these places and I’m sure other don’t as well 🙂 x

  5. January 25, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    These are great tips! I feel like this is something I’ve always needed to improve on and I’m trying to incorporate a bunch of these techniques into my blog now.

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you for your kind words lovely 🙂 we will have one for February too 🙂 x

  6. January 30, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    This was really helpful, especially the SEO stuff. I have bookmarked it so I can come back to it next week when I have time to sort all of posts out!

    http://www.Kirstiekinsblogs.co.uk 🙂

  7. January 30, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    These are all great tips! I know I should pay more attention to SEO, but I’m trying to see if I can even maintain a posting schedule before I get real technical and “out of me league.” I think all these tips are super helpful, and I know leaving out even one of my usual methods makes a big difference in my numbers. You two are smart little cookies. Thanks for love for #TeacupClub too! I appreciate it. xoxo

    Breanna Catharina
    toocuteforlife.com

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂 blogging is really a hard hobby! So many things to keep up with & learn how to do on your own! x

  8. January 30, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Really great tips – thank you! Totally agree with them and this post has inspired be to get back to basics with the things you suggest 🙂
    Freya – freyasnook.blogspot.com

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks 😀 sometimes we get a bit lost with everything going on and we just have to stop and only focus on the essentials 🙂 x

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      It’s such a great community too 🙂 thanks for the kind word too x

  9. January 30, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Fantastic post as always! This will help so many people 💖

  10. January 30, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    I really thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I will be taking a lot of this information away and storing it in my blogging folder, it’s so very helpful. Thank You so much!! 🙂 x

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you 😀 so glad it was this useful for you! Other posts like this will be on the blog this year, and comments like this one really encourage us to continue 🙂 x

  11. January 30, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    I love a good hoe to post! I’ll definitely take these tips on board

  12. January 30, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    I wish I’d read this post a year ago! Honestly, I sill don’t schedule my tweets, which is totally a cardinal sin. I’ve got to get on that!! Thank you for putting together the stats tracker — I’ll have to check it out tonight!

    Also, that advice about staying true to yourself on social media is SO important! I tell myself this every time I debate whether it’s all right to tweet about politics ;). And honestly, there’s nothing that’ll make me unfollow quicker than an account with no personality.

    xoxo
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      We’ve been scheduling tweets just recently ^^ we knew we had to start doing it, but it’s quite hard to think of a bunch of tweets at the same time sometimes :p and glad you found the tracker useful 🙂 x

  13. January 30, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    I’m fairly new to blogging and found this really useful! I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for more advice 🙂

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      They are the best! We really like taking part in chats whether its about blogging or Disney movies :p x

  14. January 30, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    This is super handy! I love the idea of checking analytics – I only ever check my blogger one as Google analytics seems so daunting, but I’m glad to find out that there’s one for Bloglovin’ too!

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Yeah it’s not as precise as Google analytics, but it’s a good start 🙂 Google Analytics isn’t that hard to navigate but a lot of people are afraid of it ^^ might do a post about it in the near future 🙂 x

  15. January 30, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    I’m still fairly new to blogging but I feel like I am getting better every post. I recently realized I had not tagged ANY of my posts. Was a bit embarrassing. I’m going to try scheduling tweets next. Thanks for the ideas!

    • January 30, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      At least you realized 🙂 better late than never as we say 😉 x

  16. Robyn
    February 1, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    This is such a useful post for all bloggerss! I will definitely be trying out some of your tips- thank you for posting 💕
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

  17. March 18, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Great advice! I’m trying to push myself to get into Twitter more, would love to take part in some chats. But I just don’t feel as though anything I do on there has much impact 👎🏻

  18. March 26, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Hi grear post, the points described are really helpful.
    I would like to add some more into your first point of seo. Actually we should focus on long tail keywords to incorporate in our blog post. Second there should be keyword density lower then 2.5% also avoid keyword spamming.

  19. April 15, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Hello,

    I have to say this blog is amazing!!! SEO is not easy nowadays after Google update is algorithm. Many points to be considered if you want to promote or gain traffic for your blog.

    1. LSI keyword.
    2. Better On-page
    3. High authority Backlink

    and more thing better social profile.

    Thanks for posting this blog.

  20. June 27, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Thank you for this post! It’s the simplest, easiest to follow guide to SEO I’ve seen, and I’ll have to start looking at my analytics!

    xx
    Emily

  21. July 4, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Thank you for this!! Something I really need to start paying more attention to is my SEO status – I forget about this a lot, but it’s one of the most important steps! Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    Jaycee | anthropolojay.com

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