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Five Things I Wish I’d Known About Blogging

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I started Today’s Creative Blog 5 years ago. Like many things in my life, I jumped in with both feet without a plan. Blogs weren’t what they are “nowadays.” Most had a simple template via Blogger or Typepad. I didn’t even know how to link to someone without placing their entire web address. Oh the things I’ve learned. Blogging has come a long way and I’m now doing a bit of mopping up on some of those early years to make my pages more visible online.

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known About Blogging

1. Name my images – I didn’t know that images should have a name. Naming your images to reflect your keywords in your post will also help drive traffic to your site. That way when someone searches “Fondant Cakes” an image from TCB will pop up. It’s also helpful to give people the information they’re searching for. Naming the ALT tag is important too.

2. Basic SEO – (Search Engine Optimization) I thought a header was a soccer move. Now I’m working with Header 1, 2 and 3’s daily. By writing your posts with your keyword headers, it helps google to figure out the direction of your post. I use the google keyword to help figure out my h1, h2, and h3. For example, My Header (title or permalink) could be Mac & Cheese Recipe, my h2 could be White Truffle Mac and Cheese recipe, and my h3, could be How to make Macaroni and Cheese. Google now understand my post.

3. To buy my domain name – By the time I realized I should buy my domain name, someone who was web savvy saw my quick growth and nabbed it about a year before I tried buying it. So I bought the .org and .net. Of course they have offered it to me to buy the .com……….for a very pretty penny. Now they sit with a few links on the dot com site gathering $$ for every click from their advertisers. You should also buy your name as a web domain……and your children’s. I need to double check that I’ve done this as well.

4. To start out with WP – If I would have started with WordPress, I would have saved myself a lot of headache with the move. Maybe people are still on blogger or Typepad and love it. You gotta do what’s best for you. As a WP with my own domain, I am full control of the design and I’m told that it works much better for SEO.

5. To think about and set up categories – Had I made a plan of what I really wanted to offer on my blog, I could have set up categories. This would have resulted in an organized mess, rather than just a mess. 🙂

You can visit Kim at Today’s Creative Blog, where she features a new creative blog almost daily. She also specializes in unique ideas for Home Decor, Crafting, Cooking and more.
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6 Responses to “Five Things I Wish I’d Known About Blogging”

  1. Julie says:

    I started a travel blog before I started my home blog. In the year of my travel blog only I learned so much so when I started blog #2 I had learned so many lessons. Blog #2 basically shot out of the gate and now has triple the annual visitors as Blog #1. Points 1, 2, and 5 were my top mistakes. Now I need to go back and do some fixing on the first site.

    My top lessons:
    1) Use good wordpress plugins. They’ll do some of the work for you if you do it right. I love editorial calender for scheduling posts.
    2) Less is more when it comes to categories. If you want more descriptive terms use tags but 5 or 6 is a great category number.
    3) A good layout does a lot for you.
    4) Update often. I find that you should write at minimum 2 posts a week and not disappear regularly.
    5) Sound confident and you’ll give other people a reason to read you. If you’re always apologizing or talking yourself down then why should other people view you as a voice of authority?

  2. Katie says:

    All 5 tips were spot on… I had no idea about all of these well into my first year blogging–then I learned and learned the hard way when I made the move from Blogger to WordPress… Great tips!

  3. Kim, so well written. This is like “notes to my 16 year old self”. Thanks for the tip on the headers. I didn’t know that ;-).

  4. I’ve heard about using headers for SEO but I don’t quite understand it and need to read up a bit more – do you have any great resources for SEO beginners? Thanks!!

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