For some people these ten tips might seem basic, but I admit freely that for me, they weren't. Everyone starts out small, some rise quickly, some don't at all. (Is that a Dr. Suess poem?)
10. Do You Know What Copyright Is?
Yeah, I'm guilty of using other people's images without crediting the source in the past. I fixed that though. Don't do that.
9. You Need to Interact
I'm not talking about responding to comments (some bloggers don't even do that though), but being social in general. You want other people to read your content? Try reading theirs and learning from them.
8. You Won't Make A Living From Blogging Anytime Soon
Blogging takes time. If you're here to build a business and not because of your passion, you won't last very long.
7. Review Copies Are Not Free Books
Don't overestimate yourself. You will have to read them all, they are not free. There are deadlines that you have to keep in mind. You're going to have to have read all those books by a certain date, else you're going to have a problem.
6. You Have to Constantly Rework
- your old posts
- your theme
- your blogging concept
- your social media habits
- your social media accounts
5. Your First Theme Won't Be Your Last
Seriously, who isn't cringing at their first theme? (See #6)
4. Try for Original Content
You'll only get readers if people are interested in what you have to say. Show them that you have a voice. Say relevant things that contribute to the community.
3. Listen to Other People
Yeah, I know you've got it all figured out and you think you're good to go, yadayadayada. Just listen to what more experienced people tell you, even if you strongly disagree. On the long run you'll thank me and see.
2. You Want Success? Be Different.
More content doesn't equal more readers. Think about things you haven't seen on other people's pages before. Do exactly this. Check your own habits, what do you want to read? Think of a niche.
1. There's a Difference Between Promoting and Spamming
This should go without saying.
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