10 Important Blogging Tips I Swear By

blogging tips

I’ve been blogging for quite a while now and as I grew out of my 13-year-old self when I first started blogging, my blog grew too and so did my understanding on this whole blogging thing. I’ve made heaps of blogging mistakes in the past and with my 8 years of blogging experience, I kinda have a good idea on what you should and should not do in blogging now that I have established my tone. Of course you are free to navigate your blog however you want to but these are my opinions and what worked for me.

Publish what you write


I don’t know how many times I ‘X’ out of a blog because the post is basically a copy of articles from famous websites. If I’m a long-time reader of your blog, I would be accustomed to your writing style and I know when something on your blog is copied from somewhere else based on the writing. I’m not a big fan of infotainment lifestyle blogs especially the ones with unoriginal contents and a lot of ads ’cause they’re just fishing for pageviews and ads revenue.

My advice is to write your own content and if you find yourself having to google a certain topic just so you can make a blog post about it, you’re better off not writing about it because the chance is you’re not knowledgeable in that topic.

For example; writing about long-distance relationship when you’re not and never have been in one.

Write what you read


This has got to be the most important tip I make sure to always follow before writing a blog post. I write what I love reading on other blogs and I always question myself before I decide on a blog post. “Would I read this if it were written by someone else on their blog?” “Is this post good enough to make someone want to leave a comment?”

I want my blog to be as fun and entertaining as possible so I avoid from publishing boring posts aka posts I do not read. Every person has different preference so making sure that what you write is what you love reading is the best way to make your blog as original and as ‘you’ as possible.

Quality over quantity


I’m a firm believer of publishing one or maybe two posts in a day is enough. Seeing 5 different posts from the same blog on my feed is overwhelming and I end up never reading them nor leaving a comment because it’s just too much and if a person manage to publish 5 different posts in a day, then we might as well conclude that each of them is not curated to the highest quality and to me that’s just meh.

I like quality posts. I love reading posts that are given much thoughts and effort into it that not leaving a comment is a loss for me and not the blogger.

Always reply to comments


Unless you’re receiving at least 100 comments on each of your posts, there’s honestly no reason why you couldn’t reply to people who leave a comment on your post. Let’s think about it — there’s millions of blogs out there yet they stumbled upon your blog, read one of your posts, and left a comment when they could be reading blogs that are better than yours. If Victoria from In The Frow can reply to my comments, so why can’t you?

I’ve also seen blogs with thousands of followers who get the average of 5 comments per post because they don’t or rarely ever reply to comments. What’s the point of having all that followers if your engagement is not at par with the number of your followers, though? I for one am not interested to leave more comments on blogs who don’t reply to my comments and I’m sure some bloggers are disheartened by this, too.

Post formatting


12 px Raleway font with 1px letter spacing and 1.6 line height is probably my favourite font style ever but I have to admit that small font is a turn off. A paragraph longer than 5 lines is also a turn off as we have short attention span and a heck of a long paragraph with small font is a sight sore for the eyes.

I would suggest using 14px or higher font size, 3 to 4 lines per paragraphs, and headings are godsend! Incorporate headings in your blog posts for a more organised and easier read.

Design is important


The amount of time I talked about blog design on my blog is unbelievable. Some bloggers may think that having awesome design is not that important and that’s okay too but I’m a lover of all things beautiful especially blog designs so I pay more attention to what your blog looks like before I decide to read your posts. It’s just an easier way to attract people to read your blog and I do remember blogs whose design caught my eyes.

You don’t have to spend money on blog templates as there are tons free ones out there but those have gotten a bit boring. If you don’t mind to spend some money on blog design, I can help you buy templates if you don’t have a Paypal account (with a fee of RM 5).

Do not feel pressurised to publish


Here’s the thing — it’s okay to not have anything up for a couple of weeks. It’s okay to take a break from blogging as I know it can get too overwhelming that you start to feel like blogging is a job — a chore that you have to do everyday so your readers won’t forget you. I took some time off in December (despite having a few filler posts up) and although I felt bad for my blog, it was a much needed break for myself and now I feel more inspired to start blogging again.

Just remember: if blogging is not your source of income, then why the hell should you stress about it?

Call-to-action


Call to action (CTA) is literally calling (call) your readers to interact (to action). It’s usually a question asked by the blogger to the readers, for example, I’m writing about my favourite lipsticks and at the end of the post I leave a question like “So what’s your favourite lipsticks?” to start an interaction with my readers so they would leave a comment. I’ve only started doing it about 4, 5 months ago and my comment interaction has increased tremendously.

Tips: use heading for CTA. I’m currently using h4 as it’s not that large nor small.

Be aware of copyright materials


Do you know that you can get sued for using photos that are not yours? I know a local blogger who uses a famous blogger’s photos without crediting them although it is clearly stated in that famous blogger blog disclaimer that you have to ask for permission first and credit them to use their pictures on your blog.

Newsflash, friends: stating “source: Google images” is not a valid credit. Google is a search engine. Google doesn’t own the photos. The website who hosts the photos is the one who owns the photos so you should credit the website, NOT GOOGLE. Same goes to crediting Tumblr and Pinterest. No, Tumblr and Pinterest and Google images are not a source.

If you found the photo on Tumblr, which Tumblr blog uploaded it? Pinterest? Click on the photo and what’s the website linking to it? That’s the source you should credit to.

The pretty photos in my blog are courtesy of stock photos I receive every month via email and as long as I don’t make money from the photos, then I should be good.

One more thing that you should be aware is do not simply remove credits from your blog template no matter free or paid (some paid ones are okay depending on terms & conditions). Some of y’all love removing credit and putting your name on the template coding “Design by: your name” when the only thing you did were changing font and adding codes that you found on some other websites. Just, don’t. If you didn’t design it from scratch, that template is not designed by you.

Have fun, don’t be a copycat, and know that blogging is not a competition


What’s the point of blogging if you don’t enjoy doing it? The blogging market is super saturated these days but blogging is not a competition to see who get to work with brands or do sponsored posts or go to press trips 20 times a year. If the main reason why you start a blog is to earn an income then you should stop dreaming and go out and get a real job ’cause blogging doesn’t work that way.

What are the other blogging tips you stick to? Are they working for you and your blog?

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  • These were really helpful tips and I enjoyed reading them. I would never dream of taking a credit off a template I used. I was wondering if you would be kind enough to tell me if you think my blogs template looks interesting and okay? It’d be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    The Pale Tails
    – Beckie x

    • Hi Beckie! I see you’ve purchased a template and it’s so nice! The templates you’re using is one of my favourite Blogger templates! I followed you on Bloglovin’ x

      • Thanks so much lovely I was really paranoid incase it looks tacky it’s nice to have an outside perspective. It was only £5 as well how amazing is that!!! Thanks lovely I followed you too <3 x

  • hi erin,

    The best content ever!! Thx for these useful tips

    spitoutkata.blogspot.com

  • Karianne

    Im just starting out and reading this is so helpful! Thanks!

  • These are good and real tips! Thank you for writing this post!

  • This was a really insightful post. Really encouraging for a newbie like myself!

  • Siqah Hussin

    Good sharing erin! <3

    Do not feel pressured to publish. Yes, siqah lega bila baca point erin yang ni. Sekarang dah 4 hari dalam 2017 dan siqah masih tak post anything, 2016 Recap, 2017 resolutions 🙁 Semua masih dalam draft dan takde masa nak edit 🙁

    I love blogger yang suka reply comments dalam blog dia. Rasa kita dilayan dengan gembira. Hii. Sebab tu jugak I love to reply each comments on my blog. Baru terasa berhubung sesama rakan blogger 🙂

    http://www.siqahiqa.com/

    • thank you siqah!

      takpe, blogging ni hobby so jangan pressure pressure ok. haha kan erin pun suka orang yang reply comment ni tak kisah la cepat ke lambat asalkan reply. ni yang tak pernah reply langsung comment ni yang rasa macam eh malas nak comment lagi.

  • Great tips, Erin! These are really helpful & informative 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Lenne Zulkiflly

    omg the best one I’ve read so far! thanks erin, very well said and it’s like you read my mind lol and so informative! (it’s erin we’re talking about)

    • hahahaha you’re welcome lenne and thank you <3

  • Yiotou_La

    It is really important to reply to comments and also comment on other blogs, engagement and building a relationship between you and your readers is really important!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    • i agree! replying comments, leaving comments are all part of building engagement between other bloggers.

  • thanks for sharing these great tips! trying to step up my blogging game this year and these surely help alot 🙂

  • Razanah Anis

    Thank you for voicing out about the comments.. I felt annoyed if I left a comment on a blog/post but they just publish it without any replies.. It’s like, can’t you just appreciate it for a comment? In the end, I just refuse to left any comment to the blog anymore.. :/

    • you’re welcome! ikr! one or two comments pun susah nak reply. apatah lagi nak comment dekat blog orang lain

  • Such a good post, thank you 🙂

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  • thank you for this Erin . you did inspire me . I’ll bookmark this so that I can always remind myself to be true in blogging. be yourself is the most important thing 🙂

    • you’re welcome anis. why do we have to pretend to be someone else if we can just be ourselves kan 🙂

  • Love your tips. Bestnya, tak tahu pula boleh tolong purchasekan template yg guna paypal, bagusnya Erin!

    • thank you Mayy! haah boleh tolong bloggers yang nak design cantik but takde paypal 🙂

  • Maria

    Thanks for sharing all these tips!!

    -Maria
    in1997.blogspot.com

  • Corinne C

    I absolutely love the first tip. You have some great tips in this post, many I’ve not heard of before 🙂

    Corinne x

  • March and May

    I just love these tips. Thank you for sharing.

    March and May

  • thank you fatina! yeah it’s so annoying when they don’t reply to your comments. setakat 10 comments per post apa lah sangat nak reply kan.

  • thank you atheera! blog design is really important to me. i hate it when people just copy and paste other people’s post onto their blog. I mean, be creative and write your own la kan. i love it when people comment on my post too! yeah i feel appreciated when they do.

  • Caroline

    Thank you for always providing very useful tips!
    x Caroline
    http://www.silverstories.dk

  • nadiah izzaty

    Hihihi nadia slalu letak sources : google or pinterest 🙂 … maybe next time nadia kena improve lah letak website instead =)

    • haah nadia google or pinterest bukan source tau. takpe lain kali letak website pulak 🙂

  • Karly Jones

    Great tips!

    Xx Karly
    http://www.earthtokarly.com

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    I loved the post!! Great tips!

    xx

    Mónica Sors

    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

    NEW POST: MY STYLE FOR A SHOPPING DAY (WITH HIM)

  • I don’t know why I didn’t get your updates much even though we are together on Bloglovin’. T_T

    But hey I do agree with all those points!

    “I don’t know how many times I ‘X’ out of a blog because the post is basically a copy of articles from famous websites.”

    Agree much! For me, I don’t really mind someone using another articles but only as references. Like for example, ” 5 ways for something”, if someone want to use the famous website’s points, I would love to read their own version/experiences. They must have own reasons to be so attracted to share what they have read, right?. But, yepp, to copy and paste the whole text is annoying.

    • you can follow me on Blogger dashboard too 🙂

      yeah i don’t mind if they’re writing their own version tau tapi ni copy paste bulat bulat, it’s annoying..

  • Bernadette
  • Nice tips! It’s definitely useful.

    🙂

  • These are such great tips – thanks for sharing! I’ve just bookmarked this page to come back to it when I need to.

    Lexie
    nailgirl.net

  • Ela

    I know a lot of bloggers who don’t bother with reader engagement – I unfollow these blogs because I commented to start a discussion, not to boost your ego. Heh.
    Ela | http://www.stealingyoursunbeams.wordpress.com

    • so true! it isn’t that hard to reply to comments so idk why they dont reply. such a turn off

  • Great post! I totally agree with all of these tips, and I love that you pointed out that blogging isn’t a competition. A lot of people see it as one, and that’s really off putting.

    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • thank you! if i see blogging as a competition, then i’m never going to be satisfied with what i have achieved which is really sad..

  • Absolutely love this! So many great tips – copyright is something I don’t think a lot of bloggers think about and it can so easily land you in hot water if you don’t know the rules! Definitely agree with your last tip too – it’s not a competition, there’s room for all of us, and nobody likes a copycat! x

  • Seorang Syed

    This is really awesome. I seriously love the template of your blog. It’s really neat and all the photos are nice too :’) . I’ve read the article above and it’s really a great thought I would say. Most important thing is that we have fun in blogging. It;s not a competition of who can get more followers or more traffics. As long as you find the happiness in blogging, that would be enough. I hope you could give my blog a visit as I’m still a newbie in blogging hehe.

  • Seorang Syed

    This is really awesome. I seriously love the template of your blog. It’s really neat and all the photos are nice too :’) . I’ve read the article above and it’s really a great thought I would say. Most important thing is that we have fun in blogging. It;s not a competition of who can get more followers or more traffics. As long as you find the happiness in blogging, that would be enough. I hope you could give my blog a visit as I’m still a newbie in blogging hehe.

    https://anothersyed.blogspot.com

    • thank you so much for your kind words! i’ll definitely check out your blog x

  • SHAF NAJMI

    So cool Erin, banyak tips yang shaf baru tahu especially about photo credit tu, thanks =)

  • Really interesting post Erin! I agreed with many of your points and appreciated your wisdom!
    Ps. Love the design of your blog! Very Slick 🙂

    Eb x

    http://www.eboniivoryblog.com

    • thank you so much!

      PS: i’ve recently changed to a new one. hope you can give some feedback about it 🙂 x

  • Very useful tips! I think one of the most important things to me is posting content that I’d like to read and make it visually appealing. After all, photos are the first impression of a blog (your’s is beautiful btw <3!)

    | http://www.noirettediary.com |

  • Bernadette

    Such lovely tips. I always enjoy reading about the tips other bloggers have when it comes to blogging. I definitely like to not rush the publishing process and not publish at the moment more then twice a week. Though I pre-write all my posts to an insane amount, i don’t rush the process of putting it up on the blog and i constantly tweak it. Great post girl.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

    • i feel you about not wanting to rush the publishing process. thank you so much x