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Tips For New Bloggers

I often get emails from new food bloggers inquiring how I got started, and I always like to offer my advice as I was a new blogger not too long ago myself. 🙂

First off, I always direct new bloggers to these helpful posts from Meghann:

Blogging 101: Marketing

Blogging 101: Photography

Blogging 101: Design

Blogging 101: Content

Then, here is my own personal lists of lessons learned over this past year and a half:

1) Find your own little niche. There are so many blogs out there, and you need to make yours somehow stand apart from the others. Ask yourself what do you enjoy about the blogs you read yourself – what keeps you going back to them again and again? How can you make your blog special?

2) Comment comment comment – that’s how most people found me in the beginning. I always comment on other blogs logged in as Heather Eats Almond Butter. People see my blog name and click on it. I still try and read/comment on my favorites, as that is what got me some traffic in the beginning. Plus, I still learn so much from other blogs!

3) Try and keep your posts short. More pictures/fewer words. No one wants to sit down to a novel. Also, try and post at least once a day. If you don’t post regularly, your readers are going to lose interest.

4) Photos – good pictures are key. I try and take all of mine outside b/c the natural light helps so much. If you look closely, you can see our back patio in almost every shot. Our house has horrible lighting at night, and so all of my dinner pictures usually look pretty blah. Click here for a helpful post from Zesty Cook on taking good photos.

5) Personally, I would recommend using WordPress over Blogger. It’s not as user friendly, but much more professional looking, and I know many bloggers that have switched from Blogger to WordPress but never the other way around. I would also recommend taking “WordPress” out of your URL if you want people to take your blog seriously. Then, once you get settled and get some good posts up, think about having getting a more professional design/layout for your blog. I eventually switched from blogging at WordPress to self-hosting my blog, and Cory from Zesty Blog Consulting designed mine. He does great work and is reasonably priced.

Hope this helps and please feel free to email me anytime at heather@heathereatslmondbutter.com with your questions. I’m always happy to help. 🙂

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