Blogging Tips, Tricks, Ideas & Resources

Blogging 101

I have been blogging for about a year and half. I have had my ups and downs with blogging. I started blogging when my husband was attending Vet school. I thought that I would make millions to help us while living the student life. Well I didn’t quite make millions on it, but I have learned that I love blogging. I love to share my ideas, tips and tricks with all of you. It has been a great hobby for me to pick up as a stay at home mom. My main focus on my blog has been sharing my yummy recipes with you all. I decided that I wanted to make my blog more of a lifestyle blog. I am a stay at home mom, wife and women. There is much more to my job then just cooking. I love to share anything that I do in my life. All my posts I have made or done on a personal level. I think that this is very important to actually know something about what you are posting about on your blog. Your readers will enjoy it much more if you actually know your facts. You can also be more helpful to your readers as well if you know what you are talking about. In this post I wanted to share some of the things I have learned about blogging over the last year and half. I am hoping that I can be helpful to all new bloggers and some pros at blogging as well. I thought that this post could also be a great opportunity for you all to share your ideas and tips with us all. Please share any ideas or tips you have in the comment area below.


1: Social Media

* Pinterest: I always pin at least twice a day. I pin a few of my pins that have been popular in the morning when I get up. This is usually around 6-6:30 MDT. Also never forget to pin at least one other persons pin for every pin of your own you pin. You have to help others out as well. If you pin their pins they will most likely pin your pins also. I will then try to pin a few of my pins around 8 in the evening or after my kids are in bed as well. If I have posted a post that day I will pin that pin right after I post the post up. I pin it in about 10-15 different boards to get it out there. This has worked for me so far.

*Facebook: Create a Facebook fan page. It has been a great way for even my friends and family to know about my blog posts. I was kind of quite about my blog for a while, but after about 4-5 months I created my fan page. My friends & family were all asking me about my blog, and loved all my recipes and tips. When your friends share your posts as well it promotes your blog to all of there friends. Its a great cycle of promoting your blog.

Another thing that I have recently started is joining Facebook pages. I have joined the Facebook pages:

Grow Your Blog 

Blogging Tribe

Moms Of MomResource

These have been great places for me to share my social media and blog posts to get my content out there for others to see.

* Twitter: I just recently joined the Twitter world and it has been a great way to share my content as well. One tip that is helpful about twitter is post often. Twitter is a very popular and busy social media site, and your content can be spread by people re tweeting it. I have found that if you favorite or re tweet someone’s  tweet they are more likely to do the same for you. Also follow lots of people. The more followers you have and the more you follow the better chance you have to get your posts shared and heard about.

2: Link up parties

I have joined two link up parties that I share my blog links one weekly.

Mom Resource

This site not only has a great link up party every Thursday, but Saira the owner of the site has great insight on blogging as well. Also if your link is the most visited for that week you win a weeks worth of being featured on the site.

Pin-n-Tell

This link up party is usually on Fridays. They also have other great ways to share your site on their site.

3: Affiliated Programs

Google Adsense: I have pretty good luck with this program. They are easy to apply for and super easy to place their ads on your blog.

Amazon Associates: I have not had any luck with this program. I get clicks on the ads but no one ever buys the product. If you have tips for this to share with everyone please do in the comment area.

BlogHer: I like this program because they will reach out to you for blogging opportunities. Also you can share your content from your blog on their site for their followers to see. Also if your post is popular on their site they will put it on the top of their list of different Series and Features tabs. I have had this happen once, and it was amazing how many more people visited my post because of it.

Linquia: They are a campaign based site. I am doing a Hormel Chili Campaign with this site right now. They contacted me once I signed up for the program to participate in the campaign. You earn money every time someone clicks on their links or banners you have placed within the campaign post. Check my Hormel Chili Taco Salad Recipe for the campaign post.

Moms Affiliate Program: This is another great way to earn money with your blog. They have different campaigns you can join. Sign up at momsaffiliate.com  On the site you will receive a link or banner link for each campaign you join to place on your site. Each time someone clicks on that link you can earn money. Its super easy!

4: Email Subscriptions:

Have a email subscription to your blog that your readers can sign up for. This way they never miss a post. I have used FeedBurner and HelloBar for this purpose.

5:Resources:

The book How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul has some super great tips on blogging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Mandi

    Great tips! And I need to start pinning multiple times a day too!! 🙂

  • Saving this! I need to start trying more of these soon!

    • CBAsay

      Becky,
      I hope you do. They can help so much with your blog.

  • Great tips! Always good to get more help and info when it comes to blogging!!

    • CBAsay

      Ashleigh,
      I hope my tips can help you along your blogging journey. Thanks for stopping by !

  • Hi!

    Thank you for the great info! Just wondering how you get to be a part of the closed groups on FB? I went to them and didn’t see anything that said, “request to join”, I did follow the other ones on Twitter.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Tanya 🙂
    New Blogger
    http://www.thoughtfullycreative.com

  • I always love to see what tips everyone has for blogging and try to find a few new ones along the way. Great tips!! I am still waiting on making that million with my blog too!!

    • CBAsay

      I love blogging Sheena, and someday you and I both will make millions on blogging. lol. Thanks for stopping by.

  • This is a great list for new bloggers! I’ve been blogging for a few years, so I’m out of this beginning stage, but a post like this would have been SO helpful when I was first getting started! 🙂

    • CBAsay

      Natalie,
      Thanks for stopping by. I hope my tips can be helpful.

  • All such great points! I’ve been blogging for a while now but it’s always great to “talk blog” with people! 🙂 And I agree, that book is really great! 🙂

    • CBAsay

      Suz,
      Thanks for stopping by. I agree.

  • Stacey Valle

    I did blogging for many years to share with my friends, but I never thought out doing blogging for the public until few months ago. Since then, I realize that blogging do have its ups and downs, like you said. We all learn as we go 🙂 Social Media is extremely helpful to get your name and blog out there! I’m happy that I learned more tips and tricks from you! I didn’t know about the facebook group called Blogging Tribe and link-up parties!

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • CBAsay

      Stacey,
      I am so glad that some of my tips could be helpful. I love Facebook group pages for bloggers and link up parties. It gets lots more visitors to my site. Hope it’s helpful for you.

  • I love this post!! These are some great tips and even had some that I wasn’t aware of!

    • CBAsay

      Jaclyn,
      I am so glad that this post could be helpful.

  • Great tips! I’ve read Soukup’s book and it’s really, really helpful.

    • CBAsay

      I haven’t read the book all the way through quite yet, but it’s got great tips in it.

  • great tips here.. thanks for sharing!

    • CBAsay

      Lauren,
      THanks for stopping by. I hope these tips are helpful for you.

  • Great post Charlene! I will investigate Linquia and the Pin-n-Tell link party! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Happy weekend!

    • CBAsay

      Johlene,
      I hop that Linquia is a great resource for you. I am just about done with my first campaign with them. It’s gone great!

  • Great tips! I am a new blogger and it can feel really overwhelming at times, but I love blogging so it is worth it! Definitely pinning this, thanks for sharing!

    • CBAsay

      Jody,
      I totally know the feeling. Even though I have been doing it for a year and half it’s still tough at times. But totally fun!