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As I’ve ventured into the realm of blogging more regularly in 2018, I have realized just how much there is to learn about writing, SEO, WordPress, and so many other things. Though I’m still fairly wet behind the ears compared to many writers, I have discovered a number of helpful resources on my blogging journey and want to share the ones that have been the most useful for me!
- Grammarly – Sometimes I write quickly or late at night when I’m not at the top of my punctuation game, so I’m thankful that Grammarly has my back. This is a great tool to ensure you publish professional content free of typos and grammatical errors. It’s basically your proofreading knight in shining armor.
- Free Photos – The first rule of blogging – don’t use copyrighted photos! You might not know this, but you can’t just Google image search something and place that photo on your blog without permission. It’s great if you can get by using only photos you have taken, but if not, you can find great quality free photo content for your posts on Pexels and Unsplash.
- Idea Lists – No idea is stupid or too small. Any time you have an idea you may want to post about, jot it down. I typically start a new draft of a post for each idea I have so I don’t forget it. Sometimes it’s just one word or phrase. Later I can go back and expand on that idea or I can trash it if I change my mind. It’s nice to have options to choose from when you fall into a writing rut.
- Time – Don’t publish a post the same day that you write it. Save it, sleep on it, then look over it the next day (or a few days later). Typically you’ll find things to tweak or improve and save yourself from low-quality posts that people can tell you wrote in a rush.
- Blogger training – Take advantage of resources like ProBlogger Community and Neil Patel’s videos for advice on SEO and growth. For those in North Carolina, I’m also part of several local blogger groups like the NC Blogger Network and the Triad Women Bloggers Network.
- Web Hosting – Find a quality company you trust that’s also affordable. I love Bluehost because of its low price (starts at $3.95 per month) and the ability to integrate with WordPress.
- Collaboration – Find others in your niche who want to host your guest post, write a guest post for your blog or collaborate together on a post. This is a great way to learn from other writers, expand your influence, and make new friends. Perlu is a great resource for this. If you’d like to collaborate on a post with me, feel free to reach out here or comment below!
- Growth – Get your blog indexed on Blogarama! That has been a huge source of traffic for me. Another site I use is Quora. It’s basically a site where you can ask and answer questions, so providing your content to answer questions is a great way to add value and possibly reach more people with your blog. There are also plenty of Blogger RT (Retweet) groups on Twitter to increase your reach – some I follow are AllBlogsShared, TheBloggerGals, and FierceBloggers.
- Humility – Don’t expect to get things for free just because you have a blog. When starting out, focus on promoting brands and businesses that you love without asking for anything in exchange. The brands will usually return the love by sharing your content, which in turn gives you some good exposure and helps you develop a good rapport with the brands you support. Down the road, when you have a large following and can prove the value you bring, you can more easily approach brands regarding paid partnerships.
- Reviews – Many companies will offer to send you free products in exchange for you reviewing them on your blog and/or social media. I have received many of these offers and at first, it was tempting to accept every offer because I like free things! I recommend using a vetting process to make sure you’re only agreeing to promote brands that align with your values and contribute to the mission and/or purpose of your blog.
Have you used any of these resources for your blog? What did I miss that you have found helpful? Let me know below.
Thanks for reading!