101 Blogging Tips to Keep You Moving Forward

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101 blogging tips

When you first start a blog it all seems simple. The deeper you go, however, the more complicated it becomes. Bloggers have to know about design, content creation, SEO, servers, security and so much more.

Sometimes it can all feel pretty overwhelming.

Today’s post is an enormous list of actionable tips that you can bookmark and refer back to when you’re having one of those days where you’re just not sure what to do next.

I’ve tried to break them up into rough categories but there will be some overlap so make sure you have a read of the sections that you think might not interest you.

Let’s go!

Content Creation

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Producing helpful content is the backbone of any successful blog or website. Here are some tips to ensure you get the most out of everything that you produce.

  1. Generate your idea
    You need a blogging strategy before you write anything. First think about reader feedback, a problem your industry is having or something your audience is interested in. Conduct research to see what else is being said on that topic. What’s on Google’s front page? How can you do it better? Will it help people?
  2. Write at least 2,000 words
    Long form is in, for the long run. Studies have shown that it performs better on Google and with social shares, and it allows you to cover a topic in enough detail that really helps people get an understanding.
  3. Always include a photo
    Don’t skimp on the image. There’s nothing worse than a stock image that adds no value to the article. It needs to fit in with your brand. Here’s a guide to finding photos for your blog that might come in handy.
  4. Quiz your readers
    You’ve probably seen BuzzFeed do it – I did one too. Quizzes are shareable and it’s great for back links.
  5. Reach is important, not loyalty
    Focus on getting in front of more people, instead of making your existing readers more loyal. Your content should be constructed for new readers. Ironically that leads to more loyalty. Read more about this idea here.
  6. Create headlines that promote themselves
    I’m not talking clickbait here, but something that tells the reader want to expect. A headline that entertains, educates and engages. Play around with ‘how to…’, ‘5 ways…’, and ‘the insider’s guide to…’
  7. Diversify your content
    Experiment with different types of content formats. Try infographics, videos, webinars, worksheets, checklists, podcasts, and interviews.
  8. Make your content actionable
    Give your readers lessons and actions to take. Tell them how to best use the material you give them. Try and include a deliberate call to action somewhere in the post.
  9. Publish at the best time
    Where is the majority of your audience located? Hit publish at the peak time, for maximum exposure and results. Generally you want people to be at their desks, but not swamped by emails.
  10. Use a caring and informal voice
    It’s a good idea to try and write as if you’re talking to your best mate. You want to communicate but not in the way that a professor might talk to some first year students. Keep it easy.
  11. Focus on beginners
    The majority of the traffic to your website will be beginners – otherwise why would they be searching for solutions? Try to keep the perfect blog post focused on beginner issues in order to tap into more and more traffic.
  12. Keep it evergreen
    Evergreen content is content that stays relevant forever. Think “how to get into the Olympics”  as opposed to “how to go to Rio in 2016”. You want your articles to rank on Google for the long term.
  13. Include references
    A good blog post is just like a good college essay in that it should contain quality references. Linking to other bloggers or research makes your article more credible, gives your readers new information to study, and also gets you in front of those websites.
  14. Get help producing it
    There is no need to do all the writing/image creation/video editing/etc. yourself. Get some help from experts on sites like Freelancer.com, Fiverr.com or 99Designs.com and become more prolific.
  15. Own your content
    I recommend starting a blog on your own host because then you fully own it. Medium and other free blogging platforms are great, but, like MySpace, there is no guarantee they will be around tomorrow. Don’t lose all your efforts.
  16. Read, read, read
    Find some blogs, books, and websites that you really love and spend some time reading them before you write. It will really get you into the right mindset and help to adjust your voice. I really love storytellers like George Saunders and other New Yorker contributors.

Advertising and Promotion

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Creating content is not enough – we need to promote it to people. In fact, this might be one of the most important parts of blogging.

  1. Give away as much as possible
    Free is okay. Don’t be afraid to give things away, especially when you’re starting out. You’ll really boost your reach by giving away valuable content, and it opens you up for sales opportunities in the future.
  2. Create a mailing list & landing page
    Start with your end goal, for example, to sell a book you’ve written. Now, work your way backwards by setting up a mailing list with an email series. Build their trust then drive them to a landing page that sells your book. A blog is a great way to promote your mailing list, and your mailing list can promote other things in turn.
  3. Buy some ads
    Your blog is a business. And just like everyone else, you need to promote it. Decide on a figure to spend each month and play around with it each month. Try Facebook ads or promote an affiliate product.
  4. Create an eBook PDF
    Find pre-loyal subscribers, add a revenue stream and increase your fans with an eBook. People love downloads.
  5. Add dozens of links & resources
    Linking to other blogs and influencers gets your blog on the map. These big names will hopefully share your stuff, link to you and it starts a new relationship – one which you can leverage on in the future. Once your article starts to get some traction you can tweet or email them to let them know they’re included. Don’t be pushy though!
  6. Guest blog on websites
    Get on blogs that are more popular than yours. It’s getting harder by the day, but the rewards are just as big as they ever were. It takes time to develop the relationships, but it’s worthwhile.
  7. Cross-promote with other bloggers
    Team up with other people in your niche so you can tap into their audience. Just make sure you genuinely love their work and that you can add something useful and meaningful.
  8. Focus on the places that get the results
    Check out Google Analytics and see which posts are performing well and which ones need work. Monitor keywords. See what’s trending. And, go!
  9. Comment on other blogs
    The right comment on a highly authoritative blog can help promote your blog. Identify the top blogs in your niche and get communicating.
  10. Include social sharing in every post
    Prompt your readers to share your content with their followers. Make sure you’ve got social sharing icons in your posts. Mashshare is a good one. But, yes, it’s okay to ask for a share now and then.

Goals and Planninggoals

Blogging should be more than just writing a few posts and seeing what sticks. It can be a very good idea to spend a little bit more time on that strategy.

  1. Have a vague idea of the steps you need to take
    Before you do anything it’s good to have some idea about what the steps are in the process. Here is a checklist for starting a blog that you can follow as a rough guide.
  2. Choose the right niche
    Your niche has to feel right for you. You really want to be able to add something different as well as having a good level of experience. Don’t worry too much about competition, but make sure you’re different.
  3. Do your research
    Cool, so you’ve got your niche. Now, who else is in it? Check out your competition. What are they doing well? Can you do it better?
  4. Know your keywords
    Your blog should focus on a specific set of keywords, and each post should enhance that. Know the short and long tail keywords you’re after and use tools like Majestic to look at your competition.
  5. Start at the end
    Even if you’ve just started out, you need an end goal. Write out how you envision making money from your blog and work your way backwards.
  6. Have realistic benchmarks
    Aim for steady, growing traffic levels, 500-1000 email subscribers, 3-4 guest posts and long-form content on a range of platforms. Don’t be too hard on yourself in your first year but make sure you have some numbers to hit.
  7. Develop simple actions
    Simplify your menu, sidebar and headers. Give people one action to take, such as subscribing to your email list.
  8. Give it time
    Don’t give up just when it’s starting to get good. Blogging results take time. Nothing worth having ever comes easily. Give it at least a year, of consistent hard work. Have short term and long term goals to keep you accountable.
  9. Show your personality
    Make your blog human and approachable. I kept my personality hidden for ages, but once I showed myself to my audience, everything changed, for the better.
  10. Install this plugin
    The WordPress editorial calendar plugin can be useful for bloggers who like to plan things ahead. It comes recommended by Melyssa Griffin who is absolutely killing it these days.
  11. Ask someone for help
    Before you set up any business or blog it’s a great idea to get a second (and third!) set of eyes on it. Ask for honest feedback, and feel free to reach out to experts you trust to see if they have any tips. They won’t always answer, but it can be very useful.

Branding

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Your blog is just like any other business. The logo, colors, content, look and feel, etc. all need to communicate certain things to your readers. Let’s take a look.

  1. Know about branding
    A brand is more than just your logo. David Ogilvy says it is “…the intangible sum of a product’s attributes: its name, packaging, and price, its history, its reputation, and the way it’s advertised.
  2. Choose wisely with your domain
    Get an awesome domain. It’s an important promotional tool for your blog. It should be distinctive, short, and hopefully the .com version.
  3. Set up an email address using your domain
    It’s a good idea to have a personally branded email address. Once you buy a hosting package for your website you can set them up for free.
  4. Get a logo developed
    Think carefully about what you want to communicate, and how you want your site to look and feel, and then go on a freelancing site and have a logo developed. It’s not essential for a blog, but it can help differentiate you. Make sure your designer is legit, however, and isn’t copying it from somewhere else.
  5. Become an authority by solving problems in your niche
    You want to be the go-to blog for your niche. Do this by providing real content jam-packed with value. This doesn’t mean being an all-knowing expert, but someone who explores and tries to solve problems.
  6. Communicate with people
    Some bloggers find direct communication a good way to build trust, and other businesses use social networking sites to generate more sales. Experiment and see if it works for you.
  7. Create a consistent set of graphics & visual cues
    Take my little cartoons, for example. This audience now associates those graphics as part of Blog Tyrant – which can help with promotion and marketing.
  8. Hone your unique voice
    How do you want to sound to your reader? Your tone is important. The posts should sound like you. Let your personality out.
  9. Consistency is key
    Your fonts, colors, layouts, photos, header, post graphics, and post template should be consistent. Creating consistency develops trust.
  10. Spend time on your About page
    Tell your personal story but also talk about your readers. Let your readers connect with you. Use this page as an opportunity to get more subscribers too, it’s a really good place to convert.
  11. Team up with the right people
    You want to be known and mentioned by similar bloggers. Don’t look at them as competitors, but rather teammates. Try mentioning them in posts, helping them out, and then hopefully a useful relationship can form.
  12. Don’t follow the crowd
    If you do what everyone else does, you’ll never stand out. Try and see past the horizon, instead of getting caught up with the crowd. You need to try to be different in some way that people will remember.

Traffic and SEO

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Organic traffic from Google is still one of the best forms of traffic. It’s competitive but the payoff is generally worth the wait.

  1. Figure out which traffic works
    The best traffic source is different for everyone. Are you getting good conversions? If not, find more effective places to get visitors.
  2. Google traffic is great, but don’t depend on it
    Google traffic is still my main source of traffic but you want to make sure you have some diversity in case you get hit with an algorithm change. This is important.
  3. Choose a topic, keywords and target market
    Keywords still matter, after all this time. Research your keywords and go hard for the ones you want. Long tail keywords are wonderful. Use the Google Adwords suite of tools.
  4. Install the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin
    Yoast is a great SEO plugin. It’s the most popular SEO plugin and has many features that both help SEO and educate you as you use it.
  5. Build back links naturally
    Back links still matter in the world of SEO. You want authoritative sites to link to you, but you only want them to do it because the article you wrote is quality. Never pay for links.
  6. Constantly tweak, according to your stats
    Make sure your blog looks great for both Google and your readers. Be wary of Google updates and check their mobile testing tool.
  7. Long content is still working best
    Go long! I’m talking 2,000+ words. The longer the better with content. Give your audience posts that are packed with so much value they can’t not share. Don’t ramble, but find new ways to go deeper.
  8. Update your titles and descriptions
    Your titles and descriptions still matter. Add a fresh new spin to that awesome old post you wrote by re-writing your titles for Google. Remember, it’s like a little advert in Google’s listings.
  9. Make your anchor text natural
    In the old days you’d build links using anchor text that was the keyword or phrase that you were trying to rank for. For example, if you wanted to rank for the term “marketing blog” then you’d build lots of links that look like marketing blog. Google knows this trick now, so make anchor text natural and useful when linking back to your blog in guest posts, forums, etc.
  10. Broadcast it on your social channels
    So, you’ve got your channels now. Promote each post but do it in a way that encourages engagement and doesn’t just look like self promotion. Social shares are a big rankings factor for Google too, as far as I’m concerned.
  11. Link out to other sites
    A lot of bloggers are afraid of linking out to other websites for fear of diluting their page rank. Actually, the opposite is true. You should link to other blogs regularly as a way to provide further reading and get on their radar.
  12. Check your page speed
    The last thing you want is to frustrate your audience with slow page loads. Use Pingdom Tools to see what areas are slowing your site down and then try to make it faster. This is important for SEO.
  13. Find different ways to be valuable
    Google is trying to show its customers helpful content. If you can solve problems in different ways (other than just blog posts) then you’re more likely to attract shares, links and so on. This helps with your rankings.
  14. Do an SEO audit
    Some sites like Neil Patel’s have an SEO audit tool. This can be a good way to check if you’re making any huge errors and give you stuff to work on.
  15. Use forums
    Forums used to be big for getting traffic and then it became un-cool. But they still work. Join forums in your niche and engage in a meaningful way. You’ll find you profile grows and more people start to link to you and talk about your content.
  16. Keep guest posting
    Guest posting is not dead, it’s just different. Instead of obviously linking back to your articles you can use it as a way to get a new audience interested in your brand. Really go above and beyond and impress those who see your posts so that when they visit your site they become a fan and start sharing.
  17. Stay up to date with SEO news
    SEO changes regularly and it’s the kind of thing that you want to be ahead of. A lot of businesses got burned, for example, with the Panda update, and you need to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
  18. Consider paying for help
    I don’t recommend paying for SEO services that build links, but it can be a good idea to get advice and training from someone like ViperChill when it comes up. The strategies that those guys share can be hugely valuable. Even if you only learn one thing, it can make an enormous difference.
  19. Build mini-sites
    Glen recently talked about the power of mini-sites for driving back links. It’s a bit outdated now but still works – you make a small site on a sub-topic related to your main blog. Blog Tyrant will have another site launching soon that will be an example of this.
  20. Don’t forget print media
    I’ve seen some bloggers get covered in old-school newspapers or local magazines and get a huge hit of traffic and reader loyalty. It’s a great trust factor. Reach out to journalists as a lot of them are desperate for content.
  21. Find your best social media battleground
    Some niches do extraordinarily well on Snapchat, while others completely fail. Instagram is big for food, travel and fitness bloggers, but might not be so good for technical stuff. Figure out what social platform works for you and focus on that and less on others.

Design and conversions

design and layout

A lot of bloggers and online business people “poo poo” design as not being important. The truth, however, is that even some very small design issues can really wreck your conversions. Here’s some important tips.

  1. Go narrow with your content width
    People don’t like to read long lines of text as it seems it is more difficult and our brain likes to jump around a lot. Be careful with how wide your content is laid out.
  2. Make sure your theme is mobile responsive
    A large portion of readers now access blogs on mobile devices. Furthermore, Google is also penalizing websites that don’t have a responsive design as it doesn’t provide a great experience.
  3. Split test design elements
    A red button might look great but does it convert as well as a green one? Use a testing tool like VWO in order to test different areas of your page and see what helps conversions.
  4. Think about your colors
    Some colors can have a negative impact on your readers. For example, the Australian Government found that certain greens really put people off. Make sure your colors are contributing in a good way.
  5. Make the area above the fold valuable
    Above the fold is the area of your site that readers see before they have to scroll. This should be an area that is eye-catching and engaging. If it’s not, you often find that your bounce rate increases.
  6. Make your whole website a funnel
    Think about your blog as being a funnel that directs readers towards one or two specific outcomes. We should use design, links and content to create specific outcomes.
  7. Develop specific landing pages for your mailing list
    Your mailing list deserves more attention than a small box in your sidebar. Develop a nice landing page that promotes your mailing list’s offer and benefits. Mine converts at over 60%.
  8. Use a scroll-triggered box plugin
    Plugins like this one allow you to make a little box that slides out when a reader scrolls a certain distance. It’s less obtrusive than a popup and can help increase traffic to certain areas, promotions, or your mailing list.
  9. Read websites like Smashing Magazine
    Site like Smashing Magazine are a great way to learn about trends and design tweaks that can help your blogging efforts.
  10. De-clutter everything
    Part of the reason I removed my sidebar was because I wanted to keep the focus on my content and mailing list offer. It’s been working well. Remove all the extra stuff and decide what your blog’s main goal is.
  11. Use a larger font
    Large fonts have many benefits that you might not realize. Google Fonts is a good place to get them.

Security and Performance

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When you own a physical business you need to know about rent, stock, alarm systems, etc. The same is true for a blog. Here are some tips to keep your website performing and secure from threats.

  1. Use a complicated username and password
    Don’t use “admin” as you username and make sure you have a complicated password that is individual to each site. Don’t repeat them anywhere. Consider using LastPass to help you remember.
  2. Don’t use public WiFi
    Public WiFi in airports and cafes is a good way to have your computer compromized because connections aren’t always secure. Avoid it and just tether your phone.
  3. Use a VPN
    If you need to use that public WiFi in hotels or cafes for traveling make sure you have a VPN on your computer. This helps to encrypt your data when you log in to websites and so on.
  4. Keep your computers, software, plugins and browsers up to date
    Almost every time you see an update for your phone or WordPress installation it contains a security patch. It’s very important that you keep things up to date all the time because threats are updated as well.
  5. Don’t click links in emails you don’t know
    If you get an email from your bank or the tax office telling you to click this link because you’ve done something wrong, it’s most likely a scam. Don’t click links in emails unless you’re 100% you know who it is from. If in doubt, close the email and type the website into Google.
  6. Consider two-factor authentication
    Most important services like your bank, email, server, etc. will allow you to setup two-factor authentication as an extra security step. This is a good thing to do.
  7. Use a security plugin for WordPress
    Security plugins like Bulletproof Security can go a long way to helping you keep your site secure. They take a bit of learning but it’s worth it.
  8. Ask your host for security advice
    Open a support ticket with your support staff and ask them to help you harden your website. They’ll make recommendations about changing permissions and blocking IPs. It’s very valuable.
  9. Install a caching plugin
    Caching plugins like W3 Total Cache can be a little bit tricky to learn but will help speed up your site. You can also do this from your server end.
  10. Reduce image sizes
    A lot of blog slow down seems to be caused by huge images. Reduce their size before saving them or use a compression service that strips away non-essential information embedded with the image.
  11. Go easy on the plugins
    I know bloggers who have 40-60 plugins installed on their WordPress site. Not only is this a security risk (they all have to be maintained), it also slows down load time. Try to reduce the amount you need, and have a developer code any features you really need into the site.
  12. Use Pingdom Tools
    This cool online tool can test your website to see how fast it is loading and what elements are causing the slowdown. This can provide great insights into things that are inefficient.
  13. Make sure your server is suitable
    Shared servers are great because they save you money as well as using less energy to power, but after a while you can outgrow them. Check the throttling section of your cPanel and see whether it might be time for your to upgrade to a VPS or similar. If you’re hitting a few thousand visitors a day it might be time.
  14. Consider a CDN
    A Content Delivery Network is a bunch of servers located around the world that help to deliver your content more efficiently. It can be a really good way to shave of load time if your website needs a boost – especially for delivering heavy content like image and videos.
  15. Remove advertising networks
    Often when you visit a website and it lags and lags it’s because of some horrible ads network that is trying to display dozens of pop ups and other rubbish. There are better ways to make money from a blog and I recommend trying to move away from them.

Lifestyle and Healthblogging lifestyle

Working on a blog or an Internet business can be a big adjustment if it’s new to you. It can also take a big toll on your physical and mental well being. Here are a few tips that have helped me.

  1. Don’t sit still
    Sitting still for long periods of time has been shown to be as harmful as smoking. The bad news? Exercising at the end of the day doesn’t seem to undo the damage. We need to get up every 20 minutes or so and move around.
  2. Get outside often
    The vitamin D production associated with regular exposure to sunshine is important for immune health and mental health. We tend to stay indoors much more than most people. Try to get outside every day for a run or even a walk in the park.
  3. Watch out for screen apnoea
    Ever heard your overweight father sleeping and “missing” a breath every now and then? That’s possibly a sign of sleep apnoea. Turns out people on computers do it too and it is extremely bad for your brain.
  4. Don’t bend your head forward
    Looking at a smartphone or laptop screen at an angle as small as 15 degrees can put up to 30lbs of pressure on your spine. This damage is very hard to undo.
  5. Be careful of your stress levels
    Stress can creep up on you, especially if you work long hours alone. Humans need good relationships to be happy and things like sport, meditation, and regular socializing can really help combat stress before it becomes a long term issue.

So, what’s next?

I really hope there was at least a few interesting tips for you in there!

If I’ve missed something that has been really affecting your blog or online business lately please leave me a comment below and I might be able to address it in a future article.

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  • Umesh Singh

    Hi Ramsay,

    Amazing list of blogging tips! I know most of them but still there some many new to me.

    I like the idea to be more specific instead of writing about general topic.

    I agree with you that long form of content perform better in the search results and also get more share than short from of content.

    It almost clear the topics that become difficult to explain in 700 words.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing tips.

    Umesh Singh


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Umesh. Appreciate it.


  • Harshit

    Ramsay,
    I was eagerly waiting to read your new post, and here it’s 🙂 It is really awesome set of tips. I’ll surely try to apply them.
    Thank you for sharing such quality content.


    1. Ramsay

      Thank you.


  • Poppy Mayy

    Great article Ramsay!

    I’ve got so many more ideas to really get my blog off the ground now!

    Thanks,
    Poppy


    1. Ramsay

      Awesome!


  • Vishal Ostwal

    Darn.

    I clicked on most of those hyperlinks, and now there are MANY more articles to read. Haha!

    Seems like you boiled down every post on BlogTyrant and served it here.

    Great!

    Sharing it.

    Right now.


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah I thought it could be a good thing to refer new readers to in the future.


  • Vidya Sury

    Love your lifestyle and health tips, Ramsay. Obviously you saved the best for last 🙂 Always good to read your posts.


    1. Ramsay

      Thank you, Vidya.


  • Conor Flynn

    Great list of ideas Ramsay!

    I think that learning to not rely on Google was one of the most important lessons I had to learn in the beginning.

    The first blog I started was in the fitness niche and it took a long time before Google would give it any love.

    But I was able to drive some healthy traffic to it and even start getting my first subscribers just by focusing on social media instead.

    If I’d known that in the beginning it would have saved me a lot of time and gotten my blog up and running much sooner.

    Thanks again for the great tips!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for sharing, Conor.


  • Vishal Vashisht

    Hi Ramsay

    I’ve seen a lot of posts talking about all important things however first time someone talking about health issues. Guess what? I was making couple of those mistakes, which I never thought about. Thank you for touching on health aspects. It’s really cool. Thanks


    1. Ramsay

      I’m really glad it helped!


  • Jennifer Waddle

    Hey, Ramsay,

    Great to hear from you! As always, your post rocks!
    You have such a wealth of information to share and I look forward to each and every post from you. (can’t say that about a lot of emails)

    Thank you,
    Jennifer


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Jennifer. I really appreciate that.


  • Ojonugwa wali

    This post was insightful…. I have a question. Do my posts have to be necessarily long when I blog on niche that requires short write-up?


    1. Ramsay

      Each niche is different, but in my experience the shorter posts don’t seem to have enough value to be noticed by Google or social media. But it is worth testing.


  • Simon Zaku

    Waow nice and valuable information. Great Job


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks!


  • Mads

    Thanks (again) Ramsay – I now have around 73 things to add to my to do list!


    1. Ramsay

      Ha ha.


  • Keith Fernandez

    Ramsay, some great tips here…

    But I can’t help but wonder why you believe reach is more important than loyalty?


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Keith.

      In the book that I linked to for that point, the marketing data scientists talk about how, in every example they found, a company shrinks if it focuses on loyalty. That’s because as time goes on, people will naturally stop interacting with a company as they move on or tastes change. Rather, you need to focus on reach and if you do that you will also get more loyal customers – but your “base” needs to keep growing. It doesn’t with loyalty.

      Highly recommend the read.


      1. Keith Fernandez

        That is a totally different mindset then I had going into it.

        I will add this as my next read!

        Thanks for the heads up.


        1. Ramsay

          Hope it helps!


  • maren

    Hey Ramsay, thanx for the post – chock-full, as usual! For your first health-related tip: I would like to build on that! There’s the pomodoro-technique (http://pomodorotechnique.com/get-started/) with which I am only vaguely familiar myself. But in a nutshell it says to set a 25min-timer, and then go about a task for 25 minutes without ANY interruptions. And then take a break. … which I think combines well with your point of getting up and moving about. This “setting a timer” has worked really well for me to sit down and get to work – now I will use the timer to get up, as well 😉


    1. Ramsay

      Great idea! Glen from ViperChill talks about that method a lot. Reckon it’s worthwhile.


  • GiGi Eats

    You killed this blog post – KILLED IT! Friggin’ well done! Now practice what you preach and go outside and get some Vitamin D! haha!


    1. Ramsay

      Ha. Agreed!


  • Sowmay Jain

    Freaking awesome post. Biy different than usual. Below the file won my heart.

    Your talked about VPS it similar tools to use after one gets few thousand visitors. Can you endrose any link for the same?


    1. Ramsay

      KnownHost has some of the best support I’ve ever seen, but if you’re already on BlueHost they allow upgrade to VPS packages now too.


  • Colin

    Hi Ramsay

    Your site is just getting better and better.

    This is a killer post and I’ve actually spent half the day today implementing several of the tips.

    Our main site is high traffic and relies on search (Bing and Yahoo as well as Google are great for high volume keywords) so I’m looking for every little advantage that I can get.

    Most of our posts are very long and authoritative already so I’d echo that. The better the content the easier the traffic acquisition.

    We need to look at other sources of traffic so I’m thinking about the paid traffic and other promotion ideas.

    Great stuff.

    Colin.


    1. Ramsay

      Just had a look around your site – very handy! I think a lot of your content (like the USB for iPhones) would do really well on social media with a few ads boosts.


  • Alex

    Hi Ramsay,
    Quite comprehensive and practical. Thanks for the post. I’ve been blogging on Weebly for a little over a year, and though I do enjoy their platform in many ways, I’m still considering switching over to WP due to the several comparison’s I’ve made.

    With some of your security tips, etc., it’s very helpful to remember. I will save this post on my files for future reference.

    thanks again,
    Alex


    1. Ramsay

      What are the main issues you’re having with Weebly?


  • Shamaila Zahid

    Wow! How did you come up with 101 tips? These are great, definitely bookmarking to read over and over again whenever I hit a hard spot in my blogging journey.


    1. Ramsay

      Thank you!


  • J. Andrew Keeler

    I think some of the feedback regarding VPN’s and not using wi-fi could be it’s own post. SO many WP blogs get hacked and turn into spam bots. This type of information (blog security, best practices for staying safe, etc) could probably be a pretty good series for digital marketers. It’s amazing how many people give out sensitive info on places like fiverr.com also. So many no-no’s. I’m all for outsourcing digital marketing, but handing over sensitive info to strangers is beyond me. Good post, I always like your longer ones!


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah it’s a huge topic. I’ll have a talk to my security/sysadmin guy and see if we can come up with something useful.


  • ALOK

    Hi Ramsay,
    Really amazing to read the article It gives me brief idea about how to run a blog Since am Running a BLOG FROM quit something I need Some tips . All the above tips are great thanks for sharing such a nice article


  • Andy James

    Wow, Awesome.

    When people first come into blogging they are all like

    ” Ah its easy, anybody can do it”

    and that is not true and when they realize that they either quit or simply get rescued by an article like this one…..

    I think this article covers all the motivation needs a fellow blogger needs. A great post I must say.


  • Mehedi Hasan

    Hi Ramsay, First of all I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks to you for this resourceful and helpful article. This article is all in one solution for both the newbie and professionals for getting success in the blogging world. Your content has given focus not only on blogging tips but also every segment of the blogs design, content marketing, content creation, blog engagement, and what not. Definitely, it will help me and others to find out the successful ways to get desired destination of Blogging. Thanks Once again.


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you enjoyed it!


  • Luke

    Great list of tips Ramsay! Bookmarked 🙂


  • Gaurav Jain

    Hey Ramsay,

    You are spot on, this is a great blog post. Thank you so much for the detailed information. I started my blog only a few months ago, so these tips are really helpful.

    I don’t think anybody would have thought that Guest Posting and Social Media would play such an important role in SEO.

    You always share interesting and informational articles bro. and that’s why i love visiting your blog over and over again.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Gaurav Jain


  • Swapnil Kharche

    Hey Ramsay,

    This one is a really a huge and amazing list of blogging tips. Beginner who want to start a blog but he/she doesn’t the ideas of blogging. This post will definitely help them.

    Once again Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us.
    Regards,
    Swapnil Kharche


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you enjoyed it!


  • Natasha

    You really showed out with this post! Thank you! I’m in the middle of writing a money series that’s long form that I plan to turn into an ebook. And the quiz idea is so great! I signed up with a quiz platform months ago but haven’t implemented anything yet. Must get on that!


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you enjoyed it!


  • Christine

    This is an amazing post! Though I already know some of these tips, I still learned something new from this especially the from Traffic and SEO part. Thanks for sharing this!


    1. Ramsay

      Glad it helped!


  • Kalif Abraham

    Awesome post! First of all thank you for sharing this…. to be honest I learn many tips here about blogging and I thought that I know everything about it. But when I read this post I found out that most of them are new to me. This post is very helpful thanks again!

    Kalif Abraham


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you liked it!


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