Oh my gosh! My world has been a whirlwind since my Pet Blogger Challenge post went LIVE on the 10th! Wholly cow!!
BTW, did you read my post? Pet Blogger Challenge 2013!
I am amazed that there are now currently over 100 entries on the Challenge link up! I have been reading, commenting, and subscribing since the 10th, as well as trying to reply back to those who have been so super awesomely kind to comment on my blog challenge post.
I have met some amazing people (mostly women); seen some beautiful furbaby pics (not just dogs); seen a lot of different blog themes and blogging platforms; and learned a few things here and there. Thank you again to Amy of GoPetFriendly.com for hosting this awesome Pet Blogger Challenge! What better way to connect with like-minded people! Superb Amy!
Now, I’d like to take a minute to share with you some things I’ve learned, and btw, this just isn’t on pet blogs. These are things I will also use and remember on my other blog, My Girly Parts AND may be helpful to you as a seasoned or newbie blogger.
CAPTCHA (especially on Blogger/Blogspot blogs) is your WORST enemy! Why? A lot of people have a very difficult time entering the Captcha figures. Don’t believe me? Check out my Guest Post on Mayura4Ever, Are You Scaring Away Commenters?. Just don’t read my blog, read all the comments by mostly seasoned bloggers. After that, come back and let me know if you’ll continue to use Captcha on your blog.
Bloggers want to know HOW to get more traffic. In my few years of blogging and reading tons of blogs about this, I have learned to:
1. Make sure you have SHARE buttons on your blog posts! When at all possible, be sure to add your @Twittername to your Share button so that when your post is shared, it will add your Twitter name and you will get both recognized for the post plus be able to gain more followers. Check out my friend Lisa’s post on Inspire to Thrive, My Pet Peeve on Using Share Buttons on Your Blog.
2. Don’t put your eggs all in one basket. Meaning don’t simply rely on your blog posts to get across your message. Join other social networks to promote your own blog. My favorites are Twitter, Facebook Blog Page, Google+, and Triberr. There are many more, as well as blog networks like DogTripper.com which has a Pet Blog Directory, as well as Pet Blogs United. And there are tons more for non-pet related networks.
3. Connect with other bloggers. How? Do a blog search on a topic (ie., pit bulls). Tons of links will come up including blogs. Read the blogs, Subscribe to them, and most of all COMMENT! A lot of bloggers will return a visit to a Commenters blog! Personally, if a link if left, I will definitely make a visit. This is wear the plugin CommentLuv does wonders.
4. Join a Blog Hop. YES! These things can be tedious at times but you will connect with so many bloggers! Go ahead! Just Do It already!
5. There are a gazillion other ways, but these are what I have found most useful.
Did I mention CAPTCHA? Get rid of it!
You may find some bloggers that will not reply to a Comment you left. This is a peeve of mine. If I take the time to leave a Comment on a bloggers post, not just a “Nice post” comment, but one that engages the blog author, I expect a reply. You may find, you won’t always get that. Some blog authors get so many comments they can not keep up. Others you’ll find never reply to anyone comments. On my blog, you will always get a response back so PLEASE Comment. I am listening almost 24/7.
Big one here! Make you blog readable! I have visited some blogs and I can’t even read the post because the font is too tiny, too bold; or too fancy. I don’t care if you type all lowercase, but don’t type all UPPERCASE. That’s SHOUTING imo and I won’t continue to read.
Make sure all your links work. If you’re sharing your Social Network Icons, make sure they work! Be sure to have an RSS fee and an Email Subscription highly visible. A lot of bloggers prefer one of these. Facebook pages make it easy to follow along as well, as well as Twitter.
Don’t feel pressured to try to keep up with the more seasoned bloggers. You know who they are. The ones who get a gazillion comments, when you get like 5 or 10? Don’t sweat it! Not everyone can be Big Taters. I previously did a post called Small Taters and Big Taters. It may give you peace of mind.
Lastly, Blog for Yourself. If you are sharing a journal type blog, blog your heart out. Be Yourself. Don’t try to be anything but YOU. Know the Facts. If you are blogging about a specific subject, know all the facts and cite them. As much as possible, use your own pictures. Just because there are a gazillion pictures on the net, don’t think you can just snag it and use it. You might find yourself with a law suit.
Most of all………………… HAVE FUN!
I’m going to stop right there because I could probably go on and on forever and a day……………
DON’T FORGET CAPTCHA!
hehe Sorry, just had to. Anyway…………………….. these are all tips from my very own personal experiences. I’m not an expert on the subject matter, I simply wanted to share my own insight. Other bloggers can share their tips with you. Others may not have liked my tips.
Take from this post, what you will.
My tips may work for you, it may not. (Remember, I’m small taters.)
Any more suggestions you’d like to add to my list? Please Comment below.
On a more personal note, I’d like to thank all who have supported Pibbles & Me and continue to support us as well as all those who participating in the Pet Blogger Challenge and took the time to leave us some wonderful comments and compliments on our post. It’s people/bloggers like you and the encouragement you share, that keeps bloggers like me…………..continuing to share our story. Ya’ll totally rock and deserve a round of applause! Much love to you from Titan and myself. Muwah!