Every now and then you just get stuck for ideas. I think every blogger will recognize that feeling. Well, today I’ve got 37 blogging tips for you in around 27 minutes. My hope is that it gives you something new to think about.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a podcast and so decided to pack as many quick blogging tips as I could into a 30 minute episode.
They aren’t in any real order and I bounce around from beginner to expert tips, but I think you should find something useful no matter what level of blogging you are up to.
You can view the episode in iTunes here or if you like you can download it to your computer here.
What are your best blogging tips?
If you’ve got any tips that aren’t mentioned in the podcast please leave a comment below and let me know. I’m always so fascinated at what you guys know and have experimented with so I learn a lot from these session.
Don’t be shy!
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Keep calm and carry on. Just dont give up because grow is slow.
May God help us bloggers and give all inspiration!
Thought you might like to know that the audio volume is quite low
Really? It’s good over here. Did a lot of sound checks before. What are you listening to it on?
That’s another amazing content. I think this is more than enough for a beginner. 🙂
Some excellent advice, Ramsay! I am a photographer and I had to laugh a little at the “got a good camera, automatically a good photographer” comment. But, you can certainly stay out of trouble by doing the photography yourself.
Someone once took one of my family portraits without permission and used it on their religion blog. I asked them to take it down and they did.
I think people figure if they credit the photographer when they don’t have permission to use the photo, they are doing the photographer some good (free publicity or SEO juice) and there are no worries. Not true, as you pointed out. I don’t want my clients’ images on some random blog and I’m sure my clients don’t want that either. Definitely not worth the risk.
One other note – be sure to have anyone recognizable in your photographs sign a model release and keep it for your records. If a person is under 18 years old, a parent needs to sign. This will ensure you have permission to publish the images.
Yeah photos are a really tricky one. Glad you liked my joke!
The great tip: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Couldn’t agree more.
One of the most difficult things is the first months of your site. Since the growth can be slow you can get impatience. Hopefully I will apply this tips to my blog and be patient about it.
Yeah that is so true. The first year is tough work. I honestly found it wasn’t til about year 4-5 that I started making a proper income on a new blog. Of course that is different for every blog but for me it’s never been a super quick thing.
Have been reading all your blogs Ramsay and teaching myself to blog ready to launch my new website and blog at the beginning of October. Your blogs are great and the guidance you have provided to me invaluable. I loved these 37 tips and they have reinforced I am moving in the right direction with my blog. Thanks so much.
I’m so glad they helped, Lyn. Thanks for sharing.
Great podcast, full of nice advice.
Bit of feedback for you Ramsay, the pop-up on your site to sign-up for tips. That 3D ebook cover image is really, really cheesy and unappealing 🙂
Thanks man. Converts at 42% though…
As always, a terrific post. Great to hear your voice!
My favorite tip was about keeping the header small and interesting.
Been studying and will start blogging this year. Your blogs and all your teachings have been truly a Blessing. FYI: love the accent. Thank you for all you do for us!
I’m really glad that it’s helping!
I write about leadership, family action sport travels and social involvement. I make a long term plan for themes and brainstorm topics as a base. Then I spin off more topics from daily life. One topic or happening can be several blog posts. A couple of days ago I pushed my comfort zone while windsurfing. Hey – how can I write about pushing my leadership comfort zone? And I listen to many pod casts. They give insight, sparkles my own reflections. Thanks for a great blog, Blog Tyrant! I have learned much from you!
Sounds like a great strategy. I’m going to check out your blog now.
Sounds great. But most is in Norwegian, but my travel reviews are in English. Just check the cathegory Travel sideways.
And today I had a fun blog post preparation. In stead of writing a travel review about our day, I did it all on snap chat my story, posting a sneak peak on Facebook and will post the whole My story on the blog tomorrow.
Aloha from Maui 🙂
Ramsay, whatever you say makes complete sense but its very tough to persist with the daily discipline, especially when blank screen stares at you and ideas seem to be floating around in another universe.
Might be time to hop off the screen for a while and get a change of scenery? That always helps me.
For me, #1 is knowing why you’re blogging. That driver is the juice which fuels your journey. Getting clear on your driver inspires you to do freeing things even if these things are uncomfortable things. Knowing why inspires you to in fact, keep calm and carry on. Knowing why inspires you to detach a bit more from outcomes.
I have ended my eBook writing phase. 122 short, helpful reads on Amazon. Now it’s time for promoting. I have made a radical shift in my online approach because I know why. I intend to spread the word and I also intend to enjoy my travels – heading to Nicaragua as we speak – so I am cutting way back on social sharing, automating and all that stuff. I am blog commenting here and there, and that’s pretty much that, on the promoting side of things.
As for creating content I will write when I feel inspired to create something really, really good, all while giving some of my eBooks for free and while charging only 99 cents for all of my eBooks. Intuitive shift i felt, because again, I know why.
All the practical tips on earth will fail you unless you want to be free more than you fear doing uncomfortable stuff. This may feel super scary at times. Keeping calm may seem impossible but if you keep at it, and if you are more in love with being free than you fear doing uncomfortable stuff, you will have no issues keeping at this blogging game and making a freeing living from your efforts.
I for one feel super blessing to be blogging from paradise because I uncovered that driver, that reason WHY, early in my career. I see that you have it too, Ramsay.
Once you have that down all of the awesome practical tips shared fall into place. Get the driver down. Then you’re good to go, because you will keep blogging no matter what.
Thanks for the share Ramsay.
Dude I always love your comment. That fear thing is so, so hard. I struggle with it a lot.
Go steady, go slow. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
Liked it Ramsay!
Sh1t you’ve moved the couch. Have couch will travel. lol
I’m not a big fan of the super long blog posts idea. We are supposed to be building these blogs for people and not Google.
Sure your time on site metric looks great, but I won’t be surprised if google regards super long time on page time visits as an abandoned visit in the near future.
Attention spans are getting shorter, not longer.
For instance, I leave my browser on a web page for days because I’m always going to get back to it. Surely google isn’t thinking this shows awesome user engagement over a few days.
My limit is about 10 mins reading time, any longer and I’m not absorbing the content anyway.
What about shares and conversions on long vs short content? I’ve just never seen the shorter stuff do that well personally.
Yeah, fair call. You’d expect a few more shares if the content is awesome enough and perhaps you’d focus on some good section headings, to leverage the skim readers.
I guess I’ve read too many 5-10k word posts and are jaded by the experience.
There is some theory about us human’s only being able to take in 7 points of knowledge at a time.
A learner would hit that limit within the first 1000 words whereas and advanced user might know most of the content and only pick up a few points of knowledge.
I guess it really depends on what level of experience your audience are at.
Thanks for calling me out on it, as I’ve had to dig a little deeper.
That’s a really good next question: who are we writing for? It’s a bit annoying for the long time readers but, 99% of the time, the people we need to engage with are absolute beginners.
Thank you! It’s very useful.
I’m so glad, that now my modest English skills let me understand such valuable tips like yours. 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed it!
excellent tips about blogging
a good starter for the beginners
thanks for the share
Thanks Ramsay, Great list and really helpful.
Very helpful information. What you posted here worth hundreds of dollars already – thanks.