Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Tips & Tricks - 3 Quick Blog Tips

Happy Tuesday! I'm busy being domestic this week and doing some spring cleaning (in fact, it's general cleaning that's needed to be done for a long time and it just happens to be the first day of spring!)!

But today, I won't be offering you tips on how to get your dishwasher to do a better job (you can go to my Google + Page for that) or telling you how to get your toddler to use the potty without bothering to train him (you can click here for that and I'll be writing an update on my own toddler's progress later this week or early next).

No, today I'm offering up
3 quick tips for building up your blog following. I don't usually write about blogging, but as I'm always hopping (blog and otherwise), it's been on my mind.

1. Make it easy to follow you! Want more followers? I follow a lot of blogs, but if at a glance (5 seconds max), I can't find the way(s) you want me to follow you, I won't. I'm sorry, but I'm very busy (read my last post to get a feel for just how busy I am) and I'll simply move on to the next blog on the list.

2. Get rid of Captchas! Want more comments? Get rid of these irritating things! I sometimes find a blog that captivates me. I read, I comment, I read, I comment. But if that same blog has a captcha in place, that is the box that pops up where you have to try to read weirdly twisted words and then type them in before your comment will be accepted, I leave after the second comment even if I wanted to say more. Those things hurt my eyes and give me a headache! Moderate, if you must, but leave the captchas behind.

3. Leave thoughtful comments and respond to those left for you - this will give you both of number 1 and number 2... the above listed #1 & #2, not the  #1 & #2 of your children that you're dealing with all day! Though I usually follow everyone who follows my blog, especially when they've left me a comment showing that they've read what I've written, thought about it and responded to my content. When I simply get, "new follower from the hop" and nothing else I have a very hard time following back. Especially when I've poured out my heart in the post. I write because I want to share, motivate and inspire. Not just to get followers. I want readers.

There you have it! 3 quick tips! Happy Spring and happy blogging!

Embarrassing Bonus Tips (for busy bloggers like myself who have sudden realizations about their post after publishing and have to go back and follow their own advice and make corrections): 
- Double check that you have deactivated your Captcha or word verification before blogging about these annoying features!
-Verify that you have actually written as many tips as your title suggests, or edit it accordingly!

20 comments:

  1. Great tips--especially the one about captcha. I agree with the need to fight spam, but captcha is one of the reasons I switched to a comment plugin. Useful post>

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    1. Thanks, Anitra. I hope my word-verification was deactivated when you made your comment! I thought I switched it a loooong time ago, but maybe I forgot to take my own advice until now! Ooops! :)

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  2. I completely agree with the Captcha. I hate those things. I also try to be really great about responding because I'm grateful for each and every commenter. They help me know I'm not just talking to myself!

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    1. Ditto that, Stephie! It's nice to feel like we're having a conversation with our readers, isn't it?! Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. LOL!! Great tips & I dislike the captchas too. I don't know if I have them on my blog, I'll have to look into that. I'm a new follower from the hop! Hope to see you at my blog soon! http://acostaeveli.blogspot.com/ :)

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  4. I LOVED this post! I understand CAPTCHA, but I can't stand it. I love to give and receive comments, but I want it to be simple. Hopefully mine is simple. I'm not really sure, I've been making a lot of tweaks to my site lately. I appreciate your fine print at the bottom. I cannot tell you know many times I've done something like that. Oh well, the best part about blogging is that we can all be so real.
    This is my first blog hop EVER. I love finding other fun Mom bloggers and I know a few pretty good Dad bloggers too! :).

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  5. ...Oh yeah....Also gave you a Top Mommy Blogs Vote :) I'm a member there too!

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  6. Great tips, I try to follow all of those :) Although, that irriating Captcha thing won't go away on my blog! It says in my settings that I don't have it on, but according to my mom, it's still there! Really annoys me...they never make any sense half the time LOL

    Brandi
    www.yeewittlethings.blogspot.com

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  7. Ahhhh, you know what? I just went and tried it again and it's finally letting me take it off! Woo hoo!! It's only been months since I've been trying lol. Hopefully it works for ppl now :) I really do hate those things (can you tell?) ;)

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  8. Captcha drives me insane! Everytime I post from my google account I have to spend ten min. figuring out the captcha.

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  9. I also hate Captcha's cause it takes so much time! Thanks for sharing this blogging tips :)

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  10. Agree about the Captchas.

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  11. I totally agree with all you've said. And I don't even have a blog. I especially appreciate #1. If I want to follow someone, I like the blogs that have a list at the top with all the following ways in a row, so I can pick/choose easier. This is especially important if you have to do something for a giveaway, and can't find the stupid thing. Makes me totally turn off to the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! It's great to know there are non-bloggers reading my blog! That's the whole point for me. I'm the same with giveaways. We're all busy, so make it easy! That's what I say. :)

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  12. Thanks to everyone for your comments! I'm busy trying to live up to my blog's name this week (spring cleaning)!!! I have a few exciting giveaways for next week, so stay tuned!

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  13. Great tips, and I must say I hate capchas!! xo

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  14. thanks for the tips. i definitely agree with number 2! :D

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