Showing posts with label crosspost. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crosspost. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

8 Blogging Maintenance Things You're Probably Neglecting | Book Blogging Tips (#49)

Blogging maintenance is probably the most underrated and most brushed-under-the-table part of blogging that nobody really wants to talk about. All of these are pesky things that you probably won't want to do. But trust me, you should.






#8: Replying to Comments on Your Crossposts
I am so notorious for being late on these. Bless the people who comment on my crossposts! Not all platforms are designed very well to actually notify you when people do - but please do keep an eye on the people that comment on your posts, even if it's not on your actual blog. It's just as vital as replying to the comments that you get on the blog itself. Also do keep an eye on your Goodreads comments!

#7: Fixing Broken Links
You just gotta randomly click through old posts for many reasons, the first one being that your blog is probably littered with broken links. Sometimes you just forget that you moved a scheduled review to a different date which then changes the permalink, or you simply deleted a post that you no longer want on your blog. Either way - go check.

#6: Disappearing Pictures
Everyone's least favorite magic trick. This might be just a Blogger thing. Blogger has been notorious for messing up both my theme and my content since the very beginning of my blog in 2014. Sometimes pictures just randomly get eaten. You won't know if you're not looking at old posts every now and then.

#5: Checking For Typos
Another thing you should be looking out for while reading old articles are the pesky typos! I do read my blog posts through about five to ten times depending on what kind of post it is before I even schedule them to be published - but ho boy sometimes these little pesky things manage to slither in. You have go back and read some older reviews sometimes, spellcheck can't find anything. Trust me, it's mortifying to find these, you better go and check right now.

#4: Updating Your Tabs
If you have links to about me sections or contact sections, it's absolutely vital that you update them. I update my contact info probably every month, but I'm notorious for neglecting my about me section. If you blog like me, you're probably constantly changing something about your blog. Might as well be consistent and give every part of your blog equal attention!

#3: Replying to Old Comments
Commenting back or not is a whole different discussion, but the one thing you really have to do is set up an email notification for your blog comments so you don't miss a single one, no matter how old the post itself is. I think replying to comments is vital and if your blog is at a size where the amount of comments you get are still manageable to reply to, just do it. To me it's absolutely mortifying to have to reply to a comment from like 6 months ago late because you neglected your email notification. That's just embarassing.

#2: Just Getting Rid of Scheduled Posts
Sometimes you write something really stupid when you're in a weird mood and end up queueing it anyway. If you queue as much as I do, you're really going to want to have a look on all that stuff that's been accumulating in your drafts. Not every post is a good post. Not everything you've written should actually end up published on your blog.

#1: BACK YOUR CONTENT UP
This is honestly not negotiable. Trust me. Back your content up at least every three months, you'll be devastated once your blogging platform randomly decides to eat your content. Save those posts. Save that theme. Thank me later. Yes, do it now if you haven't in a while.


What are some maintenance things you tend to neglect on your blog?


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

How NOT to Advertise For Your Blog | Book Blogging Tips (#7)


Advertising your blog.

We all know, in order to get an audience, we have to make sure to get our names out there. 

Especially when you're new to blogging, it's essential to let everyone know that you're there. You can't get followers from scratch. So how do you do it?



There are four popular ways to advertise:

1. Comment on other people's blogs
2. Share your posts through all social media platforms you can find (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Tumblr, Google+, Goodreads etc.)
3. Ask popular bloggers to give you a shout-out
4. Leave your links all over forums and other people's blogs

Notice how two of these aren't like the others?

When advertising your blog, you have to be careful not to become a spammer. Because when people think you're spamming, there's no way they're going to click on your blog.
They might even report you for spam and that's when you're really going to have trouble building an audience.


When Does Advertising Stop and Spamming Begin?

When commenting on other blogs, some bloggers like to leave their links.

That's fine and all, but when you encounter the same person leaving the exact same comment on ten different blogs, it's starting to get a little fishy.

For 1 in 10 cases that technique might actually work, but I can say that I'm not fond of people commenting on my blog with a nonsense contribution like

"Cool Blog, Check Out Mine MyName @ Imspamming.blogspot.com"

Same goes for leaving your links everywhere - there are subtle ways of doing it, but in most of the cases the newbie bloggers I encounter that do this are not very subtle!

You have to be very careful not to be aggressive about your promotion, because the book community is smaller than you think. People will start to recognize you and remember your comments.


PLEASE DO:

  • Leave your signature or URL under a comment (IF that comment makes sense and you actually have something to contribute)
  • Collaborate for cross promotion with a blogger that has a similar reach
  • Ask for follow backs and promotion on platforms that are built for that purpose! (Book Blogging Archives, Follow Back Memes)
  • Share your posts everywhere (twitter, facebook, bloglovin etc.)

PLEASE DON'T:

  • Ignore the content of the post you're commenting on completely
  • Put the same generic comment under every post you encounter just for the sake of exposure
  • Message people on social media asking for follow backs if you've never spoken to them before
  • Ask people for shout outs that have no idea who you are
  • Ask bloggers with a completely different reach than yours for promotion 
  • @ and mention random people you've never talked to before on social media with the purpose of promoting your content



What's the best way to advertise?
Would you consider leaving your link spamming?


Come back next Thursday for another Book Blogging Tips post!

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Book Blogging Tips (#4): Pros and Cons of Book Blogging Memes
Book Blogging Tips (#5): Is It Possible To Have TOO MUCH Content?
Book Blogging Tips (#6): Should I Be Commenting Back?

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