Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are having a great week so far. Today I thought I would do something I haven’t done in quite some time. I wanted to sit down and answer the blogging questions you guys ask me the most. Every time I ask you guys for questions on Instagram or Twitter I tend to get blogging questions in the mix. But for regular Q&As I tend to stick more towards questions that aren’t really about blogging and pertain more to me. But I do keep a running list of questions I get about blogging and today I am going to answer the top 15 questions I get asked about blogging. So if you are interested in learning my responses to your most common blogging questions, just keep reading!
Should I pay for my site or use a free service?
I definitely recommend purchasing your domain at some point. As you get more serious about it, even if it’s still just a hobby and nothing more, you will want to purchase your domain. Not only does it just look more professional and put together, but other people will be more likely to stick around because they will see that it’s a serious website and they will view you as more credible and trust you more. But when you are first starting out it is perfectly acceptable to use a free service. Especially if you aren’t sure if you will love it or stick to it. I had been blogging for almost two years when I made the decision to go self-hosted. So it really just depends on you and what you are feeling. Just make sure before you pay for it that it’s something you really want to keep up with. Otherwise you will just be out the money.
Should I create a logo, and if so, how?
I recommend a logo for anyone, even if blogging isn’t something you are super serious about. It just helps your website look and feel a little more put together and it helps readers and followers recognize your site and your content. It’s something that is super easy to do, doesn’t take that long, can be free, and you don’t have to be a graphic designer to do. To create a logo I highly recommend using a site such as Pic Monkey or Canva. Canva does have free templates, but Pic Monkey you have to pay for. But I think you can get a free trial for Pic Monkey, so if you are only looking to create a logo you could totally get the free trial and then cancel it after. Personally, I use Canva for pretty much everything. But once you know which site you want to use, they have tons of templates to choose from, or you can create you own. I recommend using a template though if you aren’t great at graphic design. It just makes things easier.
How much time should I give myself before launching my blog?
Realistically I would say take as much time as you need. But also note that it’s never going to be perfect. Just make sure that you have the essentials. Make sure you are happy with your theme, that you have an About Page, and that you have a few posts posted or at least ready to be published. Once you have that I would say go ahead and launch your blog and make tweaks and adjustments as you go. That’s what I did and it worked out for me. Because the truth is you will never stop making those adjustments. Your blog will never be “fully finished and ready to go”. Changes will come, new ideas will pop up, and your readers and followers will start to affect some of your decisions. So don’t spend too much time worrying about the little things.
How do I get people to read my posts?
I don’t think there is really an answer to this. There are so many ways that you can get your content out to other people. But also, sometimes it’s not even something you do. When I first started blogging I didn’t promote my content in any way. I didn’t tell people about it, even on social media. But pretty much from the beginning I have people reading my content. I have a follower who has been here literally since day one. Like on June 14, 2017 they started reading my posts. And they are still here. But if you want to get as many people as possible to read your content there are a few ways that you can do that. And my next question is all about that, so just keep reading.
How do I promote my blog?
What I am about to tell you is not a secret. It’s not going to be a huge surprise to anyone or change the game in any way. The best way to promote your blog is to get on social media. Share your content on Twitter. Talk to your followers about it on Instagram. And most importantly, post your content on Pinterest. Pinterest is the biggest platform for growing your blog. This is speaking from personal experience and hearing many other bloggers say the exact same thing. I think the reason so many people sleep on Pinterest is because you have to create another graphic, make the Pin, and write out everything you need to say. It takes some time. But it is so worth it. But social media isn’t the only way to promote your blog.
Another way you can promote your blog is to comment on other people’s content. I don’t mean go to someone’s Instagram picture and say “Hey I’m here! Come look at me!” But just be present. Tell them that you enjoyed their content. Give them a compliment. Give a suggestion if you have one (just don’t be a hater). The more active and present you are in the comments of other people’s work, the more people will start to recognize you and potentially check out your page. Or if you see a post that someone has posted that is similar to something of yours, comment letting them and their readers know that you have something similar on your page that they might be interested in. And if you see that someone has asked a question and you have a post answering that question, let them know!
And one final way that is super important, and also underrated is to collaborate with other bloggers. When I was first starting out I collaborate with a couple different bloggers that were also just starting out. I have a few collabs with Bayance and Kittyp0p. But collaborating with other bloggers not only gives you friends and a support system within the blogging community, it also gets your name in front of other readers. So reach out to other bloggers and ask if they are interested in collaborating. I am always happy to collaborate with anyone who wants to collaborate, especially those just starting out and needing new readers and followers.
Which social media platforms are best?
It’s different for everyone, but I have found the most success on Pinterest and Twitter.
How often should I post?
That is really up to you and what your schedule looks like. Don’t commit to posting three times a week if you aren’t sure you can commit to that. You will get too stressed out and want to give up. It’s okay to only post once a week as long as you communicate with your readers and let them know what they can expect from you. Don’t just post every couple of months and expect a ton of growth to happen all the time. My best advice is to try to post at least once a week.
What’s the best way to engage with followers?
Reply to their comments as often as you can. Also, get on social media. Even if you aren’t always posting about your content, just interact with them. Instagram is a great platform for this. Get on there and just chat with them. People are interested in bloggers they can connect with.
How closely should I manage the comment section?
I have my comments automatically set to where I have to approve all comments before they go up. The reason for this is no one needs to see the spam comments, the rude comments, or the death threats that I get regularly. Sometimes people try to comment things that have nothing to do with me or my content. They are just trying to sell something or scam someone. I don’t need those kinds of comments on my posts. So I just make sure that I am monitoring the comments. Most comments get approved though. I just don’t accept spam or death threats.
What time of day should I post?
As early as possible. Even if you have to schedule a day early, I would say as early as possible. This gives more people time to see it because some people like to see posts earlier in the day. But do whatever feels right to you.
How long should each post be?
A good rule of thumb is 450 to 750 words. Some bloggers day 1,500 to 2,000 words, but how often do you find yourself reading a blog post that is that long. This one will probably be that long, but most of mine are around 600 words. You should try to have a variety of longer and shorter posts because your readers will have different preferences. Just try to avoid adding too much fluff.
How do I make a catchy title?
Avoid click-baity titles. People get more annoyed at those and after a while people will start to call you out on it. But try to make a title that you would click on if you saw this post. Make sure you are staying true to what the content is really about. Don’t call it a Favorites post if it’s a FabFitFun Unboxing. I see people do that all time and it’s not authentic and most people aren’t okay with that. Just try to come up with a title that speaks true to what the post is about and what might get people interested in reading it.
Do I need an editorial calendar?
If you aren’t sure what an editorial calendar is, it is a calendar used where you plan out content, social media, and more. I do recommend an editorial calendar if blogging is something you are interested in more seriously. It will keep you organized and really help you stay on track with everything. It’s really beneficial and really changed the game for me.
How can I strengthen my writing skills?
Write everyday. Even if you don’t post everyday. Write something everyday.
What do I do when I run out of blog post ideas?
Google “Blog Post Ideas”. No, but really. There are thousands, literally thousands, of people who have written posts about blog post ideas. Also, keep a notebook or a Google Doc that you put ideas in when you have them. I promise you won’t run out of blog post ideas anytime soon.
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