I've not done a Top 5 Tuesday in ages so this week I'm doing a blogging tips one. I think if you're just starting out blogging it can be hard to know what the 'dos' and 'don'ts' are, so hopefully this will help you! You definitely don't have to agree with these and I'd like to hear from you in the comments whichever side of the fence you sit...
5. 'Follow for Follow'
Participate in 'follow threads' on Facebook groups with bloggers that have similar interests if you really want a 'follow for follow'. Also sharing one social media link on another medium is a good idea - so many times I've thought I was following someone on Bloglovin then realised I wasn't after they tweeted their link. To be honest the best way of gaining followers is to get to know people and get your name out there! We'll come to how to do that later...
Post on people's blogs or tweet them directly asking for 'follow for follows' or 'like for likes'. Some people may go for it but odds are you're just going to annoy them.
4. Naming Posts
Choose words that will maximise your visibility on search engines - for example using the exact product name from the brand's website. Also make it short, snappy and appealing.
Misrepresent your post. Don't pick words that aren't really relevant to your post just to do well on search engines. Also, don't write the title in English if the post will be in a different language (unless obviously it's just the brand name or something). It may increase your page views but people aren't going to stick around if your post isn't what they were expecting.
3. Being Part of the Community
Join in different chats on Twitter! Blogging Through the Mirror has a fab guide on them here. Support other bloggers and make friends! Get out to events in your area and interact with brands.
Tirelessly self-promote or expect things back when you've put nothing in. It's kind of like being in a friendship or relationship - no one warms to someone who's all take an no give. Don't expect dozens of comments on your posts if you never reply to people or comment on anyone else's. And at the same time don't give just to receive!
2. Commenting on Other Blogs
Comment purely to share your link. About once a week, I go through every single comment on my blog and check out the person's link. When I have something relevant to comment, I'll leave them one. You don't have to tell me to check out your blog/giveaway/whatever - simply leave your link(s) at the end of a comment related to the post. Don't say something for the sake of it or leave a copied and pasted 'great post - here are literally all my social media links'. I love love love reading all your comments and it's my favourite part of having a blog but it's so transparent when people just comment to share their link and I always skip past those people when I go through everyone's blogs!
Leave genuine comments on blogs and drop your link at the end of it. If you have a giveaway link, pop that in too. There's nothing wrong with linking but it's pretty obvious when people leave a 2 word comment followed by 5 lines of 'come and check out my blog/new post/giveaway'... Just use your common sense and if you have nothing to say don't comment on someone's post.
1. Press Samples and Blog Opportunities
Write to brands asking for freebies. It looks quite rude and presumptuous. Having a blog doesn't mean you're entitled to free things!
Respond to opportunities that brands have put out there via Blogger Opportunity groups on Facebook, blogger networks or their Twitter accounts. If you've featured a brand you really love and may want to work with in the future then drop them an email to introduce yourself with a link to your post and say you'd love to be considered for any future opportunities that may arise.
Agree? Disagree? What are your 'dos' and 'don'ts'?