Today’s post goes out to bloggers or those who’ve ever been curious about starting a blog. If blogging isn’t your thing, don’t fret. I’ll be back later this week sharing the sources for the dining room makeover, so stay tuned. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
I’ve been blogging for almost three years now and I’ve learned a thing or two about what helps make a blog successful. I am by no means an expert blogger but throughout this journey I have come across a few tips and tricks that have contributed greatly to my blog’s success.
I wanted to pass along those resources in the hopes of helping anyone who may be embarking on this path. Back when I first started, these would have been such a time saver and an amazing jumpstart.
First and foremost, before you publish any content on your blog, before you decide on a theme and a pretty logo, you need to make sure that you’re following proper online etiquette and not infringing on someone else’s legal property. On top of that, you need to protect yourself from being a victim of those very things. The Blogger’s Guide to Copyright and Trademark Law covers all of the ins and outs of what’s okay to share on your blog. It lays out easy to follow steps on how to protect your content from being used without your consent, and what to do if someone infringes on your rights. I urge every blogger, new or old, to read Bre’s book before hitting publish on their next post.
Now that we’ve covered our legal bases, let’s move on to the nuts and bolts of building a blog. Building a Framework is packed full of information from how to set up your blog, to creating quality content, to how to monetize. The knowledge that Abby shares gave me the steps to go from hobby blogger to making an income with my blog, and all of it was laid out in easy to follow steps that build on each other.
The key to a professional looking blog is a clean and user friendly theme. I’ve experimented with my fair share of themes over the past few years and I can truly say that the quality and beauty of Restored 316 Designs‘ themes cannot be beat. They are stunning as is but are also incredibly easy to customize. My current theme is Market and the one I used before that was Divine. I cannot recommend Restored 316 Designs highly enough.
If the thought of dealing with the technical aspects of blogging scares you, don’t let it. What the Tech? breaks down the most intimidating parts of maintaining a blog and explains them to you in easy to understand language. Lesley’s knowledge will give you the tools you need to keep your blog up and running and learn how to deal with any potential problems you might encounter. That kind of confidence is priceless!
With the legal, technical, and foundational steps of blogging covered, it’s time to move on to your content. If your blog is photo heavy like mine, you will obviously want to learn how to take beautiful photos. Beautiful photography is the bread and butter of a highly visual blog, and mastering photography skills doesn’t have to be a huge feat. With the Shoot Fly Shoot video courses, I’ve been able to switch from the auto setting to manual setting on my DSLR camera, and in just a few short weeks, create the kinds of photos I always dreamed about.
And because photography is such a vital part of blogging, I couldn’t leave out The Ultimate Photography Book for Bloggers. This book is chock-full of tips to perfect your photography and includes tricks that are especially helpful to home decor bloggers such as myself. Aniko even includes handy Lightroom presets that you can use to easily create stunning photos with just a few simple clicks.
After I read The Ultimate Photography Book for Bloggers and started editing my photos in Lightroom, I never looked back at the other photo editors I was previously using. The difference in quality was incredible and my photos have never looked better. I put off learning Lightroom for such a long time because I had always heard how hard Photoshop was to learn. Let me tell you, Lightroom is nothing like Photoshop. It is so much more user friendly. If you’re still on the fence about switching to a better quality photo editor, I urge you to make the jump! You will not be disappointed.
I know I said I don’t use other photo editors to edit my blog photos, and it’s true, but I do still use Pic Monkey to add graphics to my images for Pinterest. Creating eye catching graphics is essential for having your images standout from the crowd on Pinterest. PicMonkey is great for adding text to images and for making collages.
Speaking of Pinterest, that is where the majority of my blog traffic comes from, so it’s important to make sure I have an active presence on Pinterest every day. Since I can’t be at my computer 24/7, a pin scheduler like BoardBooster is essential to creating that daily presence. I can set up schedules to pin to any of my Pinterest boards. I like to set one up to pin my blog content often to all of the top group boards so that it’s being seen on a regular basis. It’s also important to provide your followers with other interesting content (plus it’s nice to share the love!), so I set up a schedule to pin other bloggers’ content as well. I’m not chained to my desk all day pumping out fresh pins to my followers, yet my content is being seen around the clock. It’s a win win.
Last, but certainly not least, is the most helpful resource for monetizing your blog through affiliate marketing – Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers. Tasha does a phenomenal job of teaching you how to bring in an income to your blog just by linking to products that you use and love. She shows you the best affiliate companies to sign up for, how to promote affiliate products in blog posts and on social media, and she lays out the best types of posts that do well to maximize your earning potential. Learn how to make your blog work for you by working smarter, not harder.
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