Helpful Tips for Bloggers

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Through months of research and reading I’ve created a couple of Pinterest boards about blogging. The first is (aptly named) Blogging and the second is How to Switch to WordPress. If you haven’t caught the Pinterest train, it’s about more than just DIY projects and pretty pictures. It is an excellent tool for marketing your blog/product and bookmarking all you need to know to be effective in your market.  (Wow. That sounded so grownup. I just impressed myself. Sounds like I know what I’m talking about. Kinda.)
I’ve gained an amazing amount of knowledge these last six months, which has only made me realize how much I don’t know. There is no right or wrong way to do this blogging thing. Obsession. Madness. Whatever you want to call it. There are some dos and donts that might save you time and frustration in the long run. Start out simple, identify your goals and make a game plan.

Here are some great posts to get you started.

How to Start a Blog or Website – 29 posts to get you started. Amy Andrews seriously knows her stuff. She is my go-to blogger for clear, easy-to-read and understand information.

Starting a Blog: 5 Things I Wish I had Known – oh, how I wish I had known these years ago.

Why You Must Own Your Own Name I love Lain Ehmann. (She’s a scrapbooking gal so she has to be allright.) She is one savvy lady who did a blog analysis on my blog that helped send me in the right direction.

Make Your Blog a .com or as I found out the hard way, a .net. If you’re just picking a name for your blog it is absolutely essential that you find out if the .com is taken. If it is, find another name that isn’t. I love Marty’s Musings but the woman who owns the .com wouldn’t sell it to me so was the next best thing.

Growing Your Blog Series Links to the series and great hints for all of us.

15 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging We all have made mistakes along the way and the fabulous part is sharing our mistakes or “coulda woulda shoulda’s” with the rest of the blogging world. I appreciate so much learning from others.

10 Easy Tips for a Better Blog Right Now no matter where you are on the blogging spectrum (just starting or an old pro) there are still some things you can begin doing that will make a difference today.

Michael Hyatt Intentional Leadership This is Michael’s (first name basis, ‘ya know) personal blog with leadership principles and ideas that apply to anyone wanting to be good at what they do. There is some must read food for thought here.

10 Commandments for Every Blogger Excellent post on not only being a good blogger but a decent human being as well.

Then there are all the tips on using social media and the “business” side of blogging.

A Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics  Google what? Yeah, you need to know this.

The Numbers Game in Blogging Great info to help you figure out GFC versus Page Views (huh? this will help).

How to Make Money Blogging Make a cup of coffee and get comfortable. There is a ton of information in this one. Maybe read it in stages.

Blogging 101: Making Cash! More ideas to get you thinking.

Make Money Blogging Some great basics for beginners and avenues to work on if you’re not.

31 Days to Building a Better Blog If you are like me and want a to do list this is a great start! One thing to do every day to set you on the path to a can’t miss blog.

Facebook Tips Simple information from Six Sisters Stuff, a phenomenally successful blog written by, you guessed it, six sisters.

And if you need some “lighter” reading here’s my Pinterest board with Pinterest helps and tips.

This is by no means an inclusive list of must read blog posts, but it’s a start! These are ones I’ve read and absorbed and think might be helpful. Google search is your best friend if you have a specific question to ask.

Let me know any questions you have or links to posts that have been helpful to you.

This is List #35 in my 52 Lists in 52 Weeks project. Read here to see what this is all about.

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  1. Hi Marty.
    Thanks for this great resource. I love that you put all these together in one place. I intend to check out most, if not all of them. Have a great weekend!

  2. Rita says:

    Thanks so much for the info!

    • Marty says:

      You’re very welcome! I have learned so much my brain hurts!

  3. Wow – great resource! I’ve definitely bookmarked this for future 🙂

    • Marty says:

      Great! I hope you can benefit from some of my crazy research!

  4. Rachel says:

    Thanks for this list! I’ve been reading through them all and am learning so much. I’m right at the point of looking into buying my own domain (yeah, I’ve been a little slow about that) but it’s exciting!

    • Marty says:

      Buying my own domain was the best, most crucial first step. You can have all your traffic from blogger forwarded to your domain and it just makes you automatically look more professional 🙂 The wordpress step I struggled over for months. Now I’m struggling to learn a new system. Ugh! Thanks for visiting!

  5. Great list! I’m pinning this right now! 🙂 Thanks.

    • Marty says:

      Thanks for the pin! Hope the posts help you.

  6. Cynthia L. says:

    Thanks for sharing this information. I think it is something we all need to read, no matter how long we have been blogging.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Good gravy! Great post – I pinned and tweeted to share with my followers and also save for a read on the back porch. Thanks for sharing on tip

    Stephanie @

    • Marty says:

      I’m glad you liked it! Someone should benefit from all my months of reading and trying to figure out all these blogging questions!

  8. Thank you, You are a lifesaver! You just saved me hours of research. As a brand new blogger, I need all the help I can get!!! Can’t wait to start reading all of these. I would love if you stopped by my brand new blog to take a look around! Thanks again and have a great day!
    [email protected]://

    • Marty says:

      Yeah! I’m so glad I saved you time. I have read and researched and driven myself crazy so I thought if I could help someone else it would be worth it!

  9. Shiloh says:

    what a fantastic list! I think I’ve read some of these, but definitely not all. THank you!

  10. This is overwhelming, you have done some research! Bookmarking to read a little at a time. I love that bloggers are so willing to share what they’ve learned with each other!

    • Marty says:

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you can use the information. It was all so overwhelming to me just to get to the point to make the decisions I’ve made. I’m thrilled with so many things but you can never know enough! Good luck on your journey!

      • Marty says:

        You are very welcome! There’s enough info to keep you busy for months!

  11. Lisa says:

    Great post! I pinned it to my growing business and ministry board. Thanks!

    • Marty says:

      I am so happy you can use the info in your ministry. Hope it helps you in the future!

  12. Katrine says:

    Good tips! I especially like the one on google analytics. Thanks!

    • Marty says:

      I’m glad you could use the info. There’s a lot there!

  13. Pam Fields says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful list of tips. I have just started to take my blog seriously and am wanting to ramp up the way it looks, functions and the content. However, it is a bit overwhelming to think about it being more than just a fun tool to keep our friends and family updated. This will help tremendously!

    I saw your link on Sew Much Ado!

    • Marty says:

      You are at the same place I was, trying to decide how to turn a blog into a business. There is so much to learn, and I hope this helps! Good luck!

  14. Buzzy Hansen says:

    Thank you for compiling this wonderful resource!

    • Marty says:

      You are very welcome. Please share it with anyone who could use a nudge in the right direction!

  15. Marty says:

    You’ll be reading a while. Better make yourself comfortable!

  16. Wow, great list! I can’t wait to read some of these. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

    • Marty says:

      You probably know a lot of this stuff since you’re computer savvy, but it was all new to me! I figured I should share the knowledge. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. I found your blog on Whimsy Wednesday. These are great articles. I read them all and thank you for sharing. I’m now following you via RSS. 🙂 And pinned this article on Pinterest.

    • Marty says:

      Glad you found me and welcome!

  18. Stephanie says:

    Wow this is a loaded post!! I’ll work my way through this great list. Thanks for putting it all together!

    • Marty says:

      Glad I could help! All those late hours staring at the computer shouldn’t go to waste!

  19. Great tips!! Would love for you to link up at my Pin It Thursday party

  20. Debbie says:

    Great post!! I’ve got this saved in my favourites for when I have a bit more time to read through them.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Debbie 🙂

    • Marty says:

      You are very welcome. It’s a lot to absorb!

  21. This is a very helpful post. I have been blogging for a year but know I still have tons to learn plus the blogging world is always evolving. Thanks for sharing all your favorite links and research.
    Visiting via: Serenity Now

    • Marty says:

      There IS so much to learn! It’s overwhelming. That’s why I collected all the favorite posts I’ve read in one place. Thanks for visiting!

  22. Marty this is a GREAT post! I would love for you to come link it up on I Freakin’ did it Friday @ Miss Information. Have a great weekend!

  23. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Wow! A wealth of information I will be returning to several times. Pinning!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  24. What fabulous information, Marty! So happy you shared these great posts…I’ve gotten lost in several of the posts already! So happy you linked up with Mop It Up Mondays…you’re one of the readers’ top picks and will be featured tomorrow! 🙂


    • Marty says:

      Thank you, Kristi! I appreciate the feature and you hosting every week (plus I love your blog title! Who has time to do chores when the blog world awaits?)

  25. Erin says:

    Awesome list, Marty! Thanks so much for sharing all these resources. So much to learn…

  26. Awww… I just love helping out new bloggers! What a great idea to share your tips and tricks too!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

    • Marty says:

      I feel like something good should come out of all the time and research I’ve put into learning more about blogging, besides just for my knowledge. Thanks for visiting!

  27. Honey says:

    Thank you for sharing all this gold mind of great tips at Potpourri Friday!

  28. Sandra from the Ozarks says:

    This is wonderful! I am in the process of deciding if I can, or should, start a blog of my own. Well, I guess I have decided, as I am making lists of possible names, lol. This info will be such a help to me, thank you so much. And thanks to Danni (SIlo Hill Farm) for her encouragement and sending me here to learn from you!

    • Marty says:

      How great to have all this info in front of you before you start! I took the long round about route, otherwise known as the hard road. Go figure. Blogging is a wonderful joy but it’s also hard work. Good luck on your journey!

  29. Thanks Marty for corralling that into an awesome resource! Pinning it for when I’m up at 3 in the morning with a racing mind trying to figure out what I should be doing with my blog!!

    • Marty says:

      You are very welcome. I am so with you on the 3 am mind racing! Just remember there is no right or wrong and you can’t learn it all (or even do it all). I have trouble with that part 🙂

  30. Michelle says:

    Awesome info. I think I still need to read some of these 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. Have a great weekend.

  31. Really awesome info, and will be reading all of them. It always great to get in site from other bloggers. I’ve pinned it so I don’t lose track of it. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

    • Marty says:

      You could definitely read for days with these posts! Thanks for stopping by!

  32. Thanks for putting together this list! It’s awesome!

    • Marty says:

      You are very welcome. Wish I had this months ago when I was trying to figure out what to do!

  33. Marty,
    This is such great information. I am learning as I go, not always easy. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  34. Sherry says:

    Great info! Pinned it to come back and read more! Thank you for joining HSH!

    • Marty says:

      You’re welcome. I hope the info is helpful. So much to read and absorb!

  35. What a great list of resources! Good of you to corral all this information into one spot. 🙂

    • Marty says:

      Hope you’re able to find the resources you need. Thanks for stopping by!

  36. Britni says:

    This is so very helpful! I appreciate you putting all this info together and can’t wait to check it out. And thank you for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party as well!

    • Marty says:

      You are very welcome. I wanted to share the wealth of information available on the web.

  37. Thank you! That should keep me busy.

  38. Evelyn says:

    Just shared this on Facebook, pinterest and twitter as one of this weeks Five Faves at Freedom Fridays!!

    Have a great weekend!

  39. Amy says:

    Thank you for featuring my Grow Your Blog Series!

  40. Fantastic article Marty! Thanks for submitting it to the site-it went live today! Please feel free to pick up a featured button on our sidebar! Thanks again!

  41. Jenna says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for gathering all of this!

  42. Maggie S says:

    So many great tips here! Thanks so much! Many of these will help me to grow my interior design website/blog. Just a heads up, your link for “7 Blogging Traps to Avoid” connected me to an invalid URL containing references to adult content. Just thought you might want to take a look at that!

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