Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The 5 P's of successful blogging.

I actually get a lot of questions about this, and I'm not sure I'm an expert but I'm certainly willing to share what I've learned. I'm just a fumbling blogger who somehow fell in love with it! This is what has worked for me.

1. Post often. Blog readers like to see new content fairly often when they check in.

2. Pictures. There are a few rare successful blogs that are driven by words alone but for the most part pictures help tremendously. Many people view blog hopping like flipping through magazines. Which pages are you most likely to stop on? The ones with interesting pictures that grab your attention, not those with a lot of words. (and silly me, there are no pictures on this post! Do as I say, not as I do.)

3. Personality. Be genuine. Part of the appeal to blog readers is to get a peek into the life of the author. How personal you want to get depends, of course, on the focus of your blog and your intended audience.

4. Permutation. (Thank you dictionary.com.) It's great to have a specific topic that your blog is directed to, but the same ol' thing every day can get a bit boring. So keep it fresh by introducing new topics, jokes, tutorials, videos, etc. occacionally.

5. Participate. I was completely shocked to learn that on the whole, there is a blogging community! Get involved. Visit other blogs that interest you and leave comments. Share the link on your own blog. Participate in the community and you'll be more successful than you can imagine.

83 comments:

Sylvia C. said...

Great tips, Beki.
And how clever that you could think of three tips that start with p!

I hope your week is going great!
:)

Sylvia C.

PS- Your paid per post blog posts are quite clever, too. You really do a great job. They are lucky to have you!

Shannon said...

Excellent tips. Thanks for sharing. :)

Blessed with Blue said...

I need to follow these tips LOL I'm slacking. But hey, I did better tonight!!!!

Beadiful Things by Ann Westby said...

Thanks for the tips! I'm definitely missing a P or two.

SEW GRACIOUS said...

Great tips! :-)

Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Great tips girlfriend. LOVE THEM! I might have to steal these and post them "from Beki" over on my blog. Great idea! Thanks for your comments and compliments today. I appreciate your story about falling too. Misery always loves company, doesn't it? HA! I'll be posting another link tonight or tomorrow regarding "falling" and all of the feedback I received off of that post. Stay tuned for a funny clip regarding that one.
Also, did you see the new look over at AGD this morning? If not, be sure to check it out
www.AngelicaGraceDesigns.com/blog/

Kallia said...

Thanks for these tips! I have already incorporated some of them into my blogging and hope to do more. :)

shannon said...

Great tips! I've just started posting more and am trying to find ways to increase readership and exposure. Thanks for the ideas!

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Tizzalicious said...

Great tips, thank you!

Jus Shar Designs said...

I do a lot of hit-and-run blogging. I visit a lot a blogs and often leave comments. I generally forget to bookmark them though. It's hard to be getting old. :-)

The Downtown Boutique said...

These are some great tips Beki! I love looking at blogs with loads of great photos. If there aren't photos, I don't usually stick around for very long.

Angie

Simply Wired Custom Jewelry said...

These are great tips, and are cleverly organized! I had a poll on my blog a while back about what makes readers want to read blogs, and their answers were very similar to your five recommendations. Good work!

UnStrungSisters said...

Thanks for the tips!

seemommysew said...

Great tips...thanks! For me, photos is the hardest one. I'm totally drawn in by photos myself, but find it hard to find the time to take good ones for my own blog!

Jared in Kansas said...

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. :)

Brandon said...

Thanks so much for sharing your bloging tips!

You left a comment on a forum on etsy. Thanks so much!

Blessings
Melissa

Arty Allsorts said...

I'm working on the posting bit, photos - no probs, personality - well judging by the number of smileys and exclamations - I'm trying :) permutations - hmmmmm hadn't thought of it that way and posting - arrrrgggghhh I need 28 hour days!

Seriously though - thank you for this - I'll be using these tips for sure.

ArtsyChaos said...

Oooo thanks for the tips !! I'm lookin' to get more lookie-loos on my blog. :)

Chantel said...

Thanks so much. Love your blog!

Nature Manipulated said...

Great advice! Thanks!

-Michelle

moonmystic said...
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moonmystic said...

Great tips. Ooooooh! I'm folowing the last one right now! :)

Melody said...

Good tips, thanks!! :)

CURU said...

As someone new to blogging these are some really helpful tips!

Mash84 said...

Thank you for your Tips. I'm so glad I checked out the forums tonight, I'm new to blogging and will definitely use them.

SpinachNPeace said...

thanks for the tips...i needed these:)

cinnamonspice said...

Very helpful tips...thanks!

beadinbythesea said...

I've had my blog for about 5 weeks now and totally enjoying it. It is discouraging when you do all that work and no one reads it! Thanks so much for some great ideas. I'm already doing some of these but not all. You have a beautiful blog!

loriotndorr said...

thanks for the tips and advice :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Beki! I keep wondering if it is really worth it to start a blog, but you gave me some good ideas. :)

Best, Jennifer Dennis Potter (on etsy)

beon and candy said...

Thanks for the tips,i think the photo tips are good!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the tips! You've inspired me, I'm off to start my own blog!

starrybluesky said...

Very nicely put !

ourgreatgreenglobe said...

great tips!

Sonja's Adornments said...

Thanks! As a very new Blogger I found this very helpful.

Naptime Crafts said...

Great tips! I already do a few of these but I will try to do more

http://naptimecrafts.blogspot.com

Adore By Nat said...

Thanks for sharing!
This will definitely help me with my blog (as long as I exercise these Ps right?) :-) Adore By Nat

AileenFairycat's Costume Closet said...

Excellent tips! I will be using them for sure!

Jennifer said...

Wonderful tips, thanks!! I know I love blogs with lots of pictures and try to keep that in mind on my blog.

lhansen said...

Excellent tips...as a new addition to the world of Blogging I will try to keep them in mind! Faulous Blog too!

Rhonda said...

GREAT ADVICE! Obviously you know what you are doing!

NoraAnne said...

Great tips, thanks for sharing!!

Flowersbyfarha said...

Nice to see you again!

Thanks for the blogging tips, this will come in handy when I set up my Facebook account--soon, I hope!

wildchildnatural said...

great tips! thanks

Sheryl Karas said...

Thanks Beki!

VintageScraps.etsy.com said...

Good stuff Beki! I'll get on that :)

Uneekdolldesigns said...

Thsnkds for the ideas, I thnk they are accurate!

Tracy said...

Great tips, I am taking on board one right now lol!

TheClackHouse said...

Hi! Saw your thread on in the etsy forum. Thank you for sharing! GREAT tips & advise!

xoxo, frostingcouture said...

Thank you! I will definitely bookmark this page!

Little Pods Clothing said...

with 50 comment I would consider you an expert!! Thanks so much for your advice, I will be taking it to heart.

blueberryjunkie said...

Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us.

Art2theextreme said...

Thank you for your tips and for adding this post to the Etsy thread! You have a great blog!

-Nicole

Sam said...

Short and sweet! Very good tips! Many thanks!

Carmen said...

Thanks for sharing your great blogging tips. It is much appreciated.

http://cbdesignstudio.blogspot.com/

Bev said...

Thanks for sharing these great tips! I hope your New Year is happy, healthy and prosperous.

Cheery wave from
Bev
http://comfycollars.blogspot.com

sassyglassdesigns said...

I am so glad I found your 5 P's to blogging. I just started my blog yesterday and have been told by several other etsiers that I should keep my personal life and art life separate which I found disappointing. I thought combining the 2 made for a more interesting blog and you have confirmed that for me. Thanks.

Outlook8Studio said...
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Outlook8Studio said...

Thankyou heaps for the info! Im still learning the blogging thing and will try the 5 ps .
cheers
www.jennysporch.esty.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pick me up on the blogging tips! Helpful for newcomers like me! www.novationglass.blogspot.com

CurlyfrySC's Collage said...

Who knew that 5 little tips could be so helpful?! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Be Jeweled By Candi said...

Great tips. Thank you so much for sharing and congrats on making Etsy Admin's Top Seller Blog Posts of 2008.

peonylane said...

Great tips to follow. Thanks for sharing. Please check out my blog. peonylaneboutique.blogspot.com

Esther Coombs said...

thanks for the great advice, froma very new blogger they are mch appreciated!

Pink said...

Thank you for sharing these simple but useful tips!

Salzanos said...

I am learning so much!! Thank you for your great suggestions! i guess old humans can learn !! ;-)

jinx1764 said...

Great advice! Thanks, I just started.

Tamar Hammer's Blog said...

Thank you so much! I’m sure these tips will be very helpful for me.

Beadin By The Sea said...

Just came back to read this again as I'm taking blogging more seriously lately and trying to post more often. Thanks for sharing your tips, you certainly do get a lot of traffic on your blog, so you do know what you're talking about!

Jillianmackowiak said...

Thank you so much for these tips! I need any advice that I can get, and it always seems invaluable.

Thanks again,
Jillian :)

NYCrochet said...

I'm taking your advice and leaving a comment! I do all the other stuff already!

Glitzer said...

Absolutely great advice!

kellyssima said...

great tips! thank you!

Justine said...

great tips! thank you! i absolutely need a blog-boost!

ElegantRose said...

Thanks so much for the great tips! I know I need to post more often!

www.blog.memkeep.com/elegantrose

www.elegantroseboutique.etsy.com

brooklynechaos said...

I follow these rules and have been pretty successful. My blog is still new, but I have been getting regular views over the past month since I started posting more.

Thanks for sharing.

Dany said...

I started my blog just this week and I found those tips very useful!!! thanks!!!

Snowcatcher said...

Some of the best advice I've seen. Thanks!

The Vintage Chain said...

Thanks for sharing! :)

The StarShine Company said...

So glad you shared this link on Etsy. It's helpful to see how others are doing their blogs... very helpful tips I hope to put to use myself!

Raisingarrows said...

Got here from Twitter #savvyblogging. Great tips!
~Amy

Mystik Kreations Jewelry said...

Wonderful tips - huge thanks from a new Etsian!

Michelle - Fresh Radiant Skin said...

These are good tips. My blog is just a year old. I don't have a lot of followers yet I post lots of good free content (not all ads) and Lord knows my personality is all over it! :)

The only way I get people to come out of "cricketdom" is to do a give away...go figure