My Ultimate Guide To Blogging - Over 75 Resources To Improve Your Blog

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Whether you're starting out blogging or just looking for ways to improve, I've got you covered. I've often found that blogging tips and pieces of advice are all over the place on the Internet and it can be hard to find a collection of all of these resources. I decided to create this post to share all of these blog posts, so you will always be able to consult this guide to assist your blog. I hope you like it and keep reading for lots of blog help and resources.

TIPS FOR BEGINNER BLOGGERS

When I started blogging, there weren't many resources to help or posts to guide me. A lot of what I did was independent and I had no idea about the bigger world of blogging out there. From starting up my blog to creating posts and graphics, I tried my hardest but struggled quite often and didn't have any advice from other people. Since then, I've found these blog posts which are incredibly helpful for someone starting a blog and will guide you through the entire process, until you are left with a unique and professional-looking page.

CREATING YOUR BLOG
CHOOSING A NAME FOR YOUR BLOG - Elle and Company
FINDING YOUR BLOGGING NICHE - Elle and Company
CHOOSING THE BEST BLOGGING PLATFORM - Blogging Basics 101

HELPFUL TIPS FOR STARTING A BLOG
TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS - Kaleidoscope

ORGANISATION AND PRODUCTIVITY

One of the most important parts of blogging is staying organised and on top of your work, but this is actually quite underrated. I would find it impossible to blog and maintain a professional standard without this level of organisation and preparation, as it makes my blog much more efficient and the behind-the-scenes section of my blog easy to manage. When I started blogging, I wasn't very organised, but I slowly acquired tips and ideas through various blog posts, which I have linked down below.

ORGANISING YOUR BLOG
ORGANISING YOUR BLOG - You Baby Me Mummy

EDITORIAL CALENDARS

MEDIA KITS

BLOG DESIGN AND AESTHETICS

The first thing someone notices when they visit your blog is the appearance, and they instantly make an assumption based on how it looks. You can clearly tell when a blog has had a lot of time invested into it, especially based on its appearance, but there are also ways to fake it. Simple things such as uploading a new template, designing a header and choosing a colour scheme can make a drastic difference, so below I've shared the best ways to go about this and make your blog look its best possible.

DESIGN AND BRANDING
UPLOADING TEMPLATES AND PREMADE THEMES

GROWING YOUR AUDIENCE AND BLOG TRAFFIC

I am fully aware that, for some people, blogging is simply a hobby and they don't care where it goes. However, the vast majority of bloggers pay close attention to their traffic, hoping that it will increase. There are a lot of different tools for measuring these analytics and tracking your statistics, as well as important figures that are more important than you might think. Below, I have linked my favourite posts about blog traffic and growing your audience, all of which are helpful, informative and will allow you to clearly see whether your blog is improving or not.

EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT BLOG TRAFFIC

GROWING YOUR AUDIENCE AND FINDING LOYAL READERS
GROWING YOUR BLOG READERSHIP - Elle and Company

SOCIAL MEDIA AND PROMOTION

The popularity of social media is rapidly growing, with lots of new platforms and ways of sharing content being created. Since a lot of people use these websites, it's a great way to get your blog out there and find a suitable audience that will appreciate your content. It also allows for other people to share your work and you can interact with other bloggers, making social media a vital tool. I have included some of my favourite posts about social media, mentioning some of the most popular and successful platforms.

GENERAL SOCIAL MEDIA

TWITTER

FACEBOOK
NINE FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR BLOGGERS - The Nectar Collective

PINTEREST


GOOGLE PLUS


INSTAGRAM
HOW BLOGGERS CAN LEVERAGE INSTAGRAM - The Social Media Hat

EMAILS AND BLOG NEWSLETTERS

BLOG PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHICS

As I said earlier, a lot of people will visit your blog and primarily notice its appearance. Photos and graphics go hand in hand with this, as they are an extension of blog design that will persuade people to read your posts and even share them on social media. To achieve this, you need to ensure that your images look professional and clean. I have shared my top tips for creating images and graphics that will fit these criteria and be instantly appealing to they eye.

TAKING BLOG-WORTHY PHOTOGRAPHS
DIY STYLED PHOTOS - Once Upon Her Dream
TIPS FOR TAKING PHOTOS FOR YOUR BLOG - Sunny With A Chance Of Sprinkles

CREATING GRAPHICS AND IMAGES

CREATING WORTHWHILE CONTENT

I've left the most important thing until last, as great content is necessary and will be the thing that keeps people returning to your blog. It can be easy to write down your thoughts, but crafting a post that will keep readers hooked and not bored is a more difficult task. It can also be hard to think of topics to write about and come up with original post ideas, but luckily I've included some posts below on all of these things to help you out.

BLOG POST IDEAS
OVER 300 WRITING PROMPTS - The Sits Girls
50 BLOG POST IDEAS - A Girl, Obsessed
100 BEAUTY BLOGGING PROMPTS - The Sunday Girl

OTHER USEFUL TOOLS

I hope you liked this post and that it has been helpful for you. This can definitely be used as a reference for you to look at in the future, and I will continue to update this with more posts. Thank you for reading this post and I'll see you on Wednesday.

Love from Daisy x

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4 comments

  1. This looks really helpful! I will save this to refer back to :)

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    1. I hope it is! All of these posts have really helped me, so hopefully they will be useful for you x

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  2. Thanks so much for including me in this! It really is an awesome resource!

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    1. You're welcome! Your post was definitely worthy of being featured so I definitely had to include it! x

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