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November 14, 2014

oh hey, friday! | five blogging tips

you've probably been wondering why i haven't shared my blogging genius before. well...want no longer. i have my five hottest tips to make your blog that much better.
  1. i'm not a blogging genius.
  2. i just really like blogging.
  3. they aren't really hot tips.
  4. but the tips really will help your blog...i think.
but first...
  • write up a little post about five things. anythings
  • head back over here and enter your link at the bottom of this post.
  • and pretty please don't forget to link back to our blogs and/or add the oh hey, friday! button (found just above) by copying the HTML into the HTML section of your post  so that others can link up as well! that's it. now get busy.
with that...

MY FIVE

1 | RESIZE YOUR PHOTOS

you want your blog to read nicely and look great, right? you'll be doing yourself a huge favor if your photos are centered and they are all the same width. oh, and while you're at it, make sure the pixel size isn't gi-normous or else your photos will take forever to load.

i didn't even know this was a possibility until amy was like, "yeah dummy." and i was like, "i'm a dummy." that's typically how our conversations go. either that or she's giving me medical advice...she's practically a doctor.

also, small pictures suck. what's the point of having a blog except to show off some rad pics, right? so no more small pictures. make 'em biggish. like this...
except go ahead and pick a better picture.

2 | CONTENT VARIETY 

me? failing. all i want to write about is my sawyer-muffin and my kaye-turtle. and while i'm sure everyone enjoys reading about how kaye ruined family pictures or the amount of hours sawyer sleeps in a day (said no one ever), sometimes it's good to mix the blogging content up. 
have a new great recipe to share? take a few pics and throw it on the blog.

did you buy new boots and magically they go with every outfit? take a few pics and throw it on the blog.

boom - content variety.

3 | GET FAMILIAR WITH BASIC HTML

if you know some basic HTML you'll be able to do all sorts of fun (i think it's fun) stuff with your blog - advertising, blog layout, button design, etc.

google can teach you anything, so if you have a question that should be your first stop.

4 | ADVERTISING + OFFERING SPONSORSHIP

i get asked about this at least once a week...how did i get started in offering sponsorships?

weeellll...it's probably not an answer you're going to love. but it's an answer we've all heard before:

you have to spend money to make money. 

i literally had told myself at the beginning of blogging that i wasn't going to pay for ad spots and i wasn't going to pay for someone to design my blog.

three years later i'm here to tell you that not only does paying for ad spots on other blogs help your blog grow quickly and build your readership, but in the process you get to meet some really fantastic bloggers that you probably wouldn't have come across...and they never would have found your blog either. that's just how it goes. 

then, once i had a solid readership (ie. at least 500 pageviews a day and 500+ subscribers via bloglovin') i knew it was a good time to start offering ad spots so i could feature other great bloggers! 

i did some research and knew paying for a passionfruit membership was the way to go to handle my ad spaces. i also checked out other similar sized blogs to see how much i should charge per ad space. 

i also knew i couldn't be complacent in advertising on other, bigger blogs...so i continue to put my button out there. it's part of the blogging hustle...or something like that. 

5 | BLOG DESIGN
i'm all about the blog design. if you have a clean, organized pleasing to the eye design...i'm MUCH more likely to stick around long enough to read your content. 

this doesn't mean your space still can't reflect your own personal style, it just helps a whole heap if everything looks like it was laid out in a thoughtful way...know what i mean?

you can pay a chunk of change for a custom blog design or not a lot at all for a pre-made design. i just popped over to etsy and typed in "blogger theme" and loads of options popped up for right around $30. 

sounds good to me!

(and #6...link up. always link up if you want to have a super radical blog. i link up here, obviously, and always with the 5 on friday gals!)
23 comments on "oh hey, friday! | five blogging tips"
  1. Great tips, thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. I'm pretty new to blogging so these are some great tips! I definitely need to figure out a design to stick with, I just can't make up my mind on what I want!

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  3. I love love love blogging tips!!! I just recently started doing some more research on blogging tips. I've really gotten serious about the blog and html is a very good thing to know. Thanks to the basics I can figure out little things.

    www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

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  4. Thanks so much for these tips lady! I knew I was going to have to fork over some cash but it is time to bite the bullet!

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  5. Great tips! So obvious yet some I just haven't considered. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!!

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  6. Awesome tips! I think I am definitely ready to pay for a blog design, and seriously considering sponsorship/ads.

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  7. I love that you talked about photos, it's so frustrating when you have to scroll to see the whole thing! And it's great you addressed the ads, because I am to the point I need to bump up my readership a little bit before I could start selling on my blog, but there's just so many different options!

    Also, Sawyer is adorable :)

    Caitlin @ Coffee with Caitlin
    coffeewithcaitlin.blogspot.com

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  8. Great tips! :-) Hope you're enjoying those baby snuggles. <3

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  9. Such great tips, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

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  10. I love your tips.; But that picture of your babes? Precious.

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  11. Great tips! One of the hardest thing for me is finding the TIME to do all of those things! Editing pictures is a pain, but I make sure to try and watermark all the ones with my littles.

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  12. Thanks for sharing such great tips! Happy Friday :)

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  13. These are such great tips. I'm so glad to read that at the stage I am currently in with my blog is exactly where I need to be to accomplish my next goals.
    Definitely saving this post to refer back to.
    Have a great weekend!!

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  14. Thanks for hosting! Your tips are helpful for a newbie blogger!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your heart.
    I have been inspired to share my journey with Huntingtons Disease.
    I would be honored if you would follow as I share my story.
    Www.livingwithpassion90.blogspot.com

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  16. This is my first time linking up with you for Oh Hey, Friday! Thanks for hosting! :) And I've been debating sponsoring blogs for a few months now; sounds like I just need to bite the bullet and go for it!

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  17. thanks for the great tips! I'm still learning as a relatively new blogger. and for the record, I never get tired of reading about your two adorable littles girls! they are both previous :)

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  18. Thanks for the tips. I know I need to become more versed in HTML, but it all looks like gibberish to me. Like you said, that's what Google is for. Happy Friday!!

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  19. Great tips! I'm still getting the hang of this whole blogging thing - especially HTML which sends my head spinning a bit!

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  20. Never stop baby pictures! Like ever!!!

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  21. These are great tips - thanks friend x

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  22. I love your tips....and your blog. Oh, and your humor. THAT is why I choose to spend my advertising $$ wit yo self. Oh wait...and your turtle and your muffin. I think that's it.

    Ok, I lied. And your farmer.

    Ok I'm done. I promise. And you are pretty.

    Now I'm done.

    =)

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  23. They are SO freaking cute!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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