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Welcome New Bloggers!

I seem to have attracted several new followers lately. Welcome!

Some of them are spammers or businesses wanting me to buy something. But many are actual bloggers hoping to connect.

For those of you bloggers who are new to the scene, allow me to share with you a bit of wisdom I’ve learned over my years of blogging.

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Good photos enhance a blog post. Doesn’t necessarily have to relate to the blog content. 

I guess by now you’ve decided why you’re blogging. Want to make money? Then I hope your blog is cooking, kids, fashion or cute pets. Those blogs attract the most hard-core fans, and you’ll want to cultivate a fan base in order to sell them things. Kevin Kelly has a theory that all any artist needs is 1,000 true fans to survive. So build that fan base and sell that book, or whatever it is you’re trying to sell!

If, like me, your blog is a creative outlet, fear not. Sometimes we, too, get lucky. Go ahead and build that fan base. These are the people who will support you when you’re down and rejoice with you when you’re up.

There is no easy way to attract people to your blog. You’ll want to put yourself out there on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. That means putting content on each of those sites and engaging with fans there. I confess, I’m not so good at that. Facebook wants you to have a 2-hour response time on comments, but I have a life outside of social media! Just do what you can. Pics will reach further, so post them often. Videos are OK but keep them short and sweet.

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Use captions to share info too. Readers who scan your post will read your photo captions. 

Study your readers. No, you won’t know everyone who visits your blog, but you will know those that “liked” the post. About those likers- up to 1/4 of them never read your content. They’re scrolling a reader liking everything in hopes you’ll return the favor on their blog. Some collect likes as a means of stroking their ego. Others use WordAds and are making money if you click on an ad. Over time you’ll be able to tell who’s who.

Respond to comments left on your blog posts.  That lets readers know you heard them, and creates relationship with them. Don’t argue. If it’s a troll, use them to your advantage. Some bloggers have been known to cement reader loyalty when they gang up together to fight a common enemy. Or you can do like me and delete them.

Don’t sell yourself short. I get emails most every day from people wanting me to hawk their product. Some want me to do it for free. Others offer me the “opportunity” to try their product for free in return for a blog post about the experience (and social media posts). Look, your time and the exposure you give a company is worth more than that $10 toy or bag of treats, so they’re definitely getting the better end of the deal. Don’t forget, if you take them up on the offer, you need to say something to the effect in the blog post. Don’t do it too often because you’ll find your readership numbers will fall on days you post reviews. Unsolicited reviews are more attractive to readers because they don’t feel you’re being influenced.

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Photos don’t have to be perfect, but should be eye-catching. Crop out distractions. 

And, finally, the only way you’re going to stick with blogging as long as someone like me is if you enjoy it. So write about what interests you. Allow your blog to evolve as you do. Now go forth and conquer!

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About rumpydog

I am a malamute that was rescued by her. I live with June Buggie the cat. I blog about animal welfare and responsible care of companion animals at rumpydog.com. You can follow me on Twitter - @RumpyDog. And don't forget to LIKE my Facebook page! Thanks!

Discussion

60 thoughts on “Welcome New Bloggers!

  1. Good advice!

    Posted by Kate Crimmins | January 2, 2017, 8:50 AM
  2. Great tips. I always enjoy your funny and thought provoking posts along with the photos of your adorable pets. I am contemplating blogging again. I haven’t blogged since August since I was focusing on a 100 day novel challenge. I miss it and think I’ll get going on it again. I mainly do it for connecting, and as a creative outlet.

    Posted by catchats | January 2, 2017, 8:54 AM
  3. good information, and awesome pictures. I like to use cat pictures in most of my material, even if it has nothing to do with cats!

    Posted by NinjaKombu | January 2, 2017, 9:14 AM
  4. Good points. I wonder if the changes wordpress made in the “reader” re: suggested posts is highlighting yours and bringing in more followers? At any rate, whoever found yours found a winner.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | January 2, 2017, 9:21 AM
  5. Well written and I agree from my own experience and learned some new info, thanks for sharing!

    Posted by Spence's Girl | January 2, 2017, 9:46 AM
  6. Mee-you grate blog Lady Jen an Rumpy!! LadyMum has noticed wee have all these ‘travellin’ bloggerss followin us which makess NO sense as wee not travelerss, mew mew mew….
    LadyMum sayss yur ideass are purrfect! An shee should go back to capshunnin mee fotoss’. (Shee used to do that with NYLABLUE’SS). An shee ALL WAYSS helpss mee do reepliess so mee stayss connected!!!
    Happy Mew year to all of youss’ there……
    ~~~head rubsss~~~ Siddhartha Henry~~~ an ((hugsss)) LadyMum

    Posted by Nylabluesmum | January 2, 2017, 11:06 AM
  7. That is some Great advice,We just do it for fun,sometimes I review products but generally they a products I have purchased my self and thought they were good,but even then its still about having fun,xx Rachel and Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | January 2, 2017, 12:16 PM
  8. I agree you have to enjoy it or it won’t last.

    Posted by Charles Huss | January 2, 2017, 1:06 PM
  9. Great post. I agree with the “paid” posts, I stopped following some blogs that review products almost everyday. I hope to be a more frequent visitor to your blog. Happy New Year.

    Posted by edithchase | January 2, 2017, 4:32 PM
  10. Good advice

    Posted by corkscot | January 2, 2017, 6:57 PM
  11. thanks so much; i blogged much more 3 years ago; widowed now, but filled wth 29 years of love; so that’s good; i have a passion for promoting the oneness of mankind, racial justice and teaching writing and wrtiting; also dog sit; good life and am thriving – in my later chapters; just settling in, it’s been a wild 2 years, but i stand tall and strong, and thriving, despite crazy politicians; i love your dog and cat photos; beautiful animals; good luck this year

    Posted by Esther Bradley-DeTally | January 2, 2017, 7:50 PM
  12. I have recommit to blogging. My mood has not been conducive to writing. I’ll need a theme and a new name. The recent blog was named with BJ in mind. Now that he’s at the bridge I have to begin again.

    Posted by Lynda Fisher | January 2, 2017, 9:33 PM
  13. As you so often do, you’ve hit the nail right on the head, Jen. It’s critical to write about what interests you, and what you’re passionate about. Happy New Year!

    Posted by meowmeowmans | January 2, 2017, 10:27 PM
  14. I have a process for blogging where I write and every few months copy and post to my administrator……who literally does all the rest. The magic! (For free) I do love your mentality to blogging. I still feel new but while I don’t read every single word of some posts, I love a good dog or cat picture…….you will meet my Fur-Child Jamima soon. Cheers,H

    Posted by helentastic67 | January 2, 2017, 10:34 PM
  15. Those Facebook targets are silly! I couldn’t figure out why it said I didn’t reply to all comments at first – then I realised it was counting the the ones I deleted as nonsense. You can’t win with targets like that so there’s not much point to them!

    Posted by Clowie | January 3, 2017, 1:11 AM
  16. I have almost 12,000 followers and I’m pretty sure I’ve never actually heard from more than 100 of them. Moreover, I don’t get nearly the number of hits that so many followers should — logically — generate. Those number need to be taken with a BIG grain of salt!

    Posted by Marilyn Armstrong | January 3, 2017, 1:36 AM
  17. I remember when you first started. Your blog has been a cherished joy to read. I don’t always write a comment, but I enjoy reading what you write each time! Happiness to you for 2017!

    Posted by Pam B. Newberry | January 3, 2017, 8:57 AM
  18. Congrats on the new followers. More traffic is always a pleasant surprise and I’m always grateful when someone swings by. Warm wishes for a boost in numbers in 2017. 😉

    Posted by Tails Around the Ranch | January 3, 2017, 12:38 PM
  19. My first book review on this blog

    Posted by sarahbeg | January 6, 2017, 8:07 AM
  20. Just stopping by to say, “Thank-you” for your comment on our blog the other day. Wishing you and those you love a wonderful New Year. (BOL Glad you didn’t get all the snow we did).

    Molly and my Mom

    Posted by Molly and my Mom | January 8, 2017, 8:20 AM
  21. New blogger here, I am glad you touched on this subject. I haven’t come across the spammer commenters quite yet, but give it time.My goal is to be genuine and gain a following by discussing what I love. I will take the first 1,000 advice to heart. This will be my new goal. I love the pet photos and your realism.

    sincerely,
    YOUR NEW GET ER DONE CLUBBER xoxoxo

    Posted by apunkwithms | January 18, 2017, 6:57 PM
  22. thank you,..this is def helpful to new bloggers like me..enjoy ur day

    Posted by smartandpracticalparenting | January 22, 2017, 8:33 AM
  23. I have almost been blogging for two months now and I have to say that bloggers are the nicest people

    Posted by artsycrystal | January 23, 2017, 8:16 PM
  24. I’m a new blogger! And your tips come in handy! Thank you!
    brownkittycat

    Posted by brownkittycat | January 27, 2017, 6:56 PM
  25. Being a newbie here in photo blogging I am sharing my link for my friends to see and comment for me to improve.
    http://www.clicksbysiba.wordpress.com

    Posted by Sibananda Bhanja | February 6, 2017, 1:50 PM
  26. New blogger… great advice thank you! -Marie aka http://www.goldisfromaliens.com

    Posted by Marie Christine | February 12, 2017, 1:02 PM
  27. I see many new blogger here, I am quite interested in engaging with other bloggers: Any advise: https://posttrutherablog.com

    Posted by mrstressbuster | February 20, 2017, 1:03 PM
  28. Love it! Very handy advice. I love when you come across matter of fact posts like this. Thank you @rumpydog

    Posted by Kara's Rum Quest | February 23, 2017, 10:53 PM
  29. Thank you for the tips

    Posted by Mee-Lin | February 25, 2017, 2:39 PM

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