Welcome back to Introductions over Coffee, where I provide some guidance and insights for new bloggers, and maybe as a refresher for us all. I will also introduce a new blogger to the community.
For any new bloggers who want to raise their profile, please follow the guidance in my posts and do not spam my comments section.
This week’s focus for my tips will be to consider how we can make it easier for other people to visit your site so that they can find out about you.
Engage with bloggers
When you are visiting other bloggers you should engage and communicate with them by leaving comments on their site so that you start up a conversation. Others will see how you engage and that you are interested in people and they will get a feel for what you’re interested in. From that, they may decide to visit your site.
It shouldn’t be necessary for you to ever ask someone to visit your site, like your posts or follow. Putting requests like this or sharing your blog url on someone else’s site should be avoided (I and many others would just delete such messages as spam).
If you “like” posts (but only like the ones you read and like) and you leave comments, anyone wishing to check our your site can do so. To make sure this happens easily and smoothly, make sure your Gravatar is set up and works properly.
What is Gravatar
Gravatar is the name we give to your avatar which identifies you in the comments section. This is much more than just a picture that you will use to represent you. If the Gravatar is working properly, it provides a link for anyone wishing to visit your blog/website. I should be able to click on your Gravatar if you leave a message on my comments section and should be able to get access to your blog site and any other sites you have – mine is linked to my blog here, and my YouTube channel.
I would say its important to set up your Gravatar, and here are a couple of posts that will help you in this:
The second post above will give you some step by step instructions to ensuring you set up your Gravatar properly (Thanks Hugh)
I’ve been visiting quite a few new bloggers’ sites as I look for potential candidates to feature in this new series but I find it quite difficult sometimes to see enough information about the blogger. If you’re new to blogging, writing your posts is an important part of blogging, but you will also need to think about various pages you will want to include on your site.
You should have a page which tells everyone about you, and the purpose of your blog. Why are you writing it and what do you hope to get from it. As you progress with your blog you may find this is something you will need to re-write – I’m planning to review mine in a couple of months.
Sometimes I would like to make contact with a blogger – send them a private message or an email. Some bloggers don’t have any way for this to happen. I see some people provide an email address. My blog is set up with a “contact me” form which can be filled in online and its then sent to me by email.
I would recommend all bloggers ensure they have appropriate pages to help others find the information they seek about you on your website and makes it easy for them to navigate. I’ve been informed not having these may put people off following you, so its in your interest to explore this. WP do have online materials on these subjects.
Introducing AJ Schenkman
This week I want to introduce AJ (AJ Schenkman) of History Made Seamless who has been producing history posts about the USA. Please pop over and have a look at his website for his posts.
I’ve enjoyed chatting with AJ and getting to know him over the past couple of weeks; I hope you will too.
I review the new bloggers I come across to decide who to highlight in this post on a weekly basis, and some have been asking what I’m looking for. I would say the following are my criteria:
- a blogger who interacts with their readers and responds to comments
- Are they posting regularly – if someone posts weekly, that’s fine, but I’d probably observe for a few weeks to see how they’re getting on
- Do they produce quality work – if its text, is it full of spelling/grammar mistakes
- is there sufficient information to encourage conversation through the comments section
- If someone regularly spams, they will not be featured. I accept that people can make mistakes at the outset, but they should learn and adapt what they do
I accept that this process is subjective, based on my opinions
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