Thursday, 1 October 2009

50 Helpful Links for Starting Any Blog

(Need some direction?)
Image thanks to Nicholas Kennedy

I couldn't possibly cover all of the wonderful intricacies of what makes a blog successful in a four post series, so I thought I'd share all the links that have helped me on my way to where I am today. Don't be overwhelmed, just bookmark this post and come back as necessary. Focusing on one element of blogging at a time yields far better results than swamping yourself with information. Enjoy:

General Blogging Help


1. 13 Things Darren Rowse has Learned About Successful Blogging on Problogger.

2. Simply Said, How to Blog from Dumb Little Man.

3. The Basics of Blogging from Girls Guide to Blogging.

4. How to Start a Blog from Gala Darling.

5. Thoughts on Blogging from Nubby Twiglet.

Making Time


6. 50+ Ways to Improve Your Productivity as a Freelancer from Freelance Switch

7. How to Plan Your Editorial Calender from IFB.

8. 8 Tips to Optimize Your Time for Blog Writing from How to Make My Blog.

9. How to Write an Article in 20 Minutes from Copyblogger.

10. Create A Morning Writing Ritual from Freelance Switch.

First Steps


11. How to Make Your Own Wordpress Website from Frugal Site Design.

12. Provide an RSS option for your readers and display your subscriber count with Feedburner.

13. Track site statistics and find out who's visiting your blog with Google Analytics.

14. How to Make Your Blogger Blog More Searchable from IFB.

15. The Blogger's Guide to SEO from SEO Book.

16. DIY Website Promotion.

Design


17. 11 Factors to Consider When Designing Your Blog from Daily Blog Tips

18. 50 of The Most Creative Blog Designs from Stand Out Blogger.

19. Create a Three Column Blogger Template from Blogger Buster.

20. Top Tips for a Faster Loading Blog from Blogger Buster.

Content


21. Copyblogger gives 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas That Work

22. 7 Ways to Keep Fresh Content Flowing on Your Blog from Problogger.

23. Writing Quality Content from ClickNewz.

24. How to Write 'How to' Posts from ME :) on IFB.

25. 73 Ways to Become a Better Writer on Copyblogger.

26. How to Grow a Blog Post on Copyblogger.

Making Your Mark in a Niche


27.How to Choose a Popular Niche for Your Blog from Copyblogger.

28. How to Get Media Coverage for Your Blog from Problogger.

29. Fashion Bloggers Claim Your Media Credentials from IFB.

30. Write and Publish a Free ebook in Thirteen Hours on Problogger.

Building Relationships & Guest Posting


31. Get readers to comment with Build a Better Blog.

32. 8 Tips for Building Community on Your Blog from Problogger.

33. Use Forums to Drive Hundreds of Thousands of Readers to Your Blog with Problogger.

34. How to Get Your Guest Post Published on a Pro Blog from Blogging Zest.

35. 10 Benefits of Writing Guest Posts from Top 10 Blog Tips.

36. 10 Reasons to Find a Blogging Buddy from Problogger.

Making Money


37. How to Make Money From Your Blog by Steve Pavlina

38. How to Sell Ads on Your Blog Even with Hardly Any Traffic from Jim Kukral.

39. 8 Questions You Should Ask Before Selling Ad Space on Your Blog from Streamxy.com.

40. Create a Profitable Blog with Income Diary.

41. The Main Characteristics of a Profitable Website from Blogtrepreneur.

42. Designing and Publicising Your Blog's Advertising Policy from IFB.

43. 11 Lessons I Learned Earning $119,725.45 from Amazon Associates Program from Darren Rowse on Problogger.

Developing a Brand


44. Branding 101: How to Promote Your Blog Like the Big Guys Do from Write to Done.

45. Get your very own 'business' cards and other merchandise from VistaPrint.

46. The Real Power of Personal Branding from Chris Brogan.

47. Building an Empire Around Your Blog from Problogger.

Free Stuff and Competitions


48. Sites to Promote Your Giveaway from IFB.

49. What Do Companies Look For in a Blog from IFB.

50. So You Want a Review Sample... from IFB.

And that concludes my blogging talk! I hope you found it helpful if you're thinking of starting or have just started a blog. Questions are most welcome...

12 comments:

Ella said...

This is a really great resource. While I have discover some of the elements discussed in a few of these articles through trial and error its nice to have solid resources to consult. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge :)

Voila Megan said...

Ella - There's a lot to be said for trial and error, that's the kind of learning that sticks! Oh, and you're welcome :) ♥

Aury said...

Fabulous Series Megan! I absolutely loved every post. And I have put up the pictures on my blog now, so you can link the post if u desire.
:)

Marie said...

I've always found a lot of the articles like those written by pro-bloggers give the tips, but don't expand on them fully enough. It always seems to be "Do this. Done!" without any suggestions on how to follow it though.

Jo x said...

this is so useful, thank you! :)
i was wondering if you have any advice specific to finding pre-made lovely blogspot layouts/templates? my recently created blog looks so dull and i'm awful at html and coding!

Voila Megan said...

Marie - I know what you mean, but I think Ella has the right idea that you do just have to throw yourself in and give it a go. Sometimes you can do all the reading you like but actually figuring it out first hand is the only way you'll grasp it - that's certainly been the case for me many times. I'd definitely say that a lot of the above articles really and truly helped me, so don't give up on those pro-bloggers just yet!

Jo - I'm afraid I don't have loads of knowledge on that front ad I've always just tweaked the basic Minima template. Two resources I've come across though are:

http://deliciousdesignstudio.com/ - Who have reasonably priced premades and 'affordable' custom design (I got quoted at around £500 which I couldn't afford...)

As for free, here are 125 gorgeous templates on Blogger Buster: http://www.bloggerbuster.com/2008/08/125-more-excellent-blogger-templates.html

Good luck finding something! ♥

Ella said...

My saving grace with regards to layout and widgets has been a site that the lovely A of the Glamourous Grad Student referred me to. It has loads of DIY as well pre-made template that you can download include a three column version of every blogger template. I considered using one but i fee that tweaking the blog yourself allows you more control and you learn a lot along the way.

http://free-blogger-help.blogspot.com/ - check it out, super useful

Voila Megan said...

Ella - Thanks for sharing that, very useful!

Sarah Von said...

Well done! I will be clicking through these all weekend!

Sarah said...

I am really enjoying this series, it is very helpful and this past post is just wonderful! I have been reading through all these links and I am amazed at all the info. I have been wanting to come across this kind of info but never want to email and ask about it and add to the workload. I just need to get a big cup of coffee and settle in :). Thanks again!

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

Wow, this will keep me busy for ages.

I also recommend:

50 tips to unclutter your blog.
http://www.skelliewag.org/50-tips-to-unclutter-your-blog-44.htm

ras said...

Thanks, It's been a good series, and although I've had 3 blogs for 3 years, I still have things to learn about the subject. Your posts have given me some inspiration and the tools to make it happen. I really appreciate it!

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