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Help a Newbie!

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I am totally aware of how annoying this post is, but please have mercy and give me a few tips!

As those few people who read my posts know, I am a blog newbie. I have a handful of people who are polite enough to like my amateur writing, and make me very happy.

However, I still have 2 major problems:

  1. How do I get people to notice my little blog?
    I do my best to read and comment on as many posts as I can, and try to have snappy and interesting titles, but still…
  2. How do I get people to comment on my posts?
    I totally understand when people don’t like what I write, but how am I supposed to learn what I do wrong when nobody comments and tells me what I do wrong (or right)!?

I would really appreciate some tips. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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21 comments on “Help a Newbie!

  1. clumsyfool
    April 13, 2013

    Ah guys, ‘like’ing doesn’t help me. Comments and tips do!

  2. Ruxandra Alexandru
    April 14, 2013

    Firstly: have patience! πŸ˜‰ The audience doesn’t grow over night. You need to have patience to build it.
    Secondly: do what you expect others to do. Meaning … go and comment / share info/ tips on other blogs with the same interest/ themes as you. Or recommend other blogs that you like via your blogroll
    Thirdly: use offline to promote your blog and your content. Send your articles to friends or acquaintances that might be interested in what you write and wiling to give you feedback and learn from it. If they like it and found it interesting for sure they will forward the links to a few other more.
    Fourthly: write good content. keep it short and simple. focus on a certain theme. consult few “how to blog” blogs – e.g. http://www.problogger.net/

    Last, but not least: have fun on the way! πŸ™‚

    Good luck!

  3. clumsyfool
    April 14, 2013

    Thanks a lot, that’s really helpfull! I’ll definitely try your 5-step-plan πŸ™‚

  4. The Howling Mad Cat
    April 14, 2013

    Ruxandra’s suggestions were good. This can be frustrating process, but you should setup a Facebook page and a Google+ page, and try to increase traffic through those sites. And what she said–although it is time intensive, you should visit other blogs and comment. People will check out your blog if you do that.

    These are also some good sites: http://www.bloggersentral.com/ and http://www.dailyblogtips.com/ (the latter is more money-oriented). Finally, http://en.support.wordpress.com/ has some good resources. Good luck!

  5. The Howling Mad Cat
    April 14, 2013

    P.S. This might be another good website: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/. Also, don’t be afraid to use Google to find writing prompts or suggestions on how to improve your blog.

  6. clumsyfool
    April 14, 2013

    Thanks a lot, I’ll do that!
    I really appreciate your help πŸ™‚

  7. The Howling Mad Cat
    April 14, 2013

    I’d be interesting in hearing how you are doing. Please keep me posted!

    • clumsyfool
      April 14, 2013

      I will! πŸ™‚

    • clumsyfool
      April 14, 2013

      I got 121 views today, which, considering the 4 I got yesterday, is quite an achivement. πŸ™‚

      • The Howling Mad Cat
        April 14, 2013

        It could be due to the award you were nominated for from http://witheringlife.wordpress.com/. I urge you to check it out and to fulfill the conditions of the award. It will help draw traffic to your site.

      • clumsyfool
        April 15, 2013

        Thanks for telling me about the award, I had no idea until you told me! I think I fulfilled the conditions, I’ll just see and wait now… πŸ™‚
        Thanks again πŸ™‚

  8. relocation
    April 26, 2013

    Great blog post. It’s useful information.

  9. jadereyner
    April 29, 2013

    Hi! Thanks for picking up and following my blog and for linking to it in your Sunshine Award post – congratulations by the way. Just wondered, I am having similar issues to you with regards to audience figures, how are you getting on now? Have you seen any improvement? I am doing the following/commenting cycle but my daily hits are pretty poor. Did you check out any of those websites? Thanks. πŸ™‚

    • clumsyfool
      April 29, 2013

      You’re very welcome! and thanks πŸ™‚
      I’ve seen some overall improvement, and definite improvement when I add a new post and spend hours on and commenting on other blogs. Sadly, I don’t always have that much time to spare (busy university student, you see).
      I check some of them out. Very interesting and helpful, but didn’t change much of the way I handled things before…
      I just hope that the award nomination helps increasing my audience.
      Good luck and keep in touch πŸ™‚

      • jadereyner
        April 29, 2013

        Thanks for getting back to me – I’ve just checked out the links too and am of the same opinion as you. I think it’s a case of perservering! I’ve just posted asking what people think of my blog so we’ll see if that generates any feedback! πŸ™‚

      • clumsyfool
        April 29, 2013

        That’s good. As for me, I like your blog – though whether that counts is your decision, because I am a newbie as well πŸ™‚
        Good luck anyway πŸ™‚

      • jadereyner
        April 29, 2013

        Thank you – and thank you for liking it! I really appreciate your opinion, newbie or not! Good luck with yours.:-)

      • clumsyfool
        April 29, 2013

        You’re welcome and thanks πŸ™‚

  10. The Howling Mad Cat
    May 5, 2013

    I’m glad to see that you have a larger audience now! I know it’s a lot of work, but as you can see your perseverance has paid off!

    • clumsyfool
      May 5, 2013

      haha, me too! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the tips. I hope I can pay you back sometime!

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