In the blogging world there are so many dos and dont’s. Some of which we don’t all know right off the bat – so it’s great to search before you do something if you aren’t sure but it’s also great to ask a fellow blogger their opinion. I have been blogging since I was 11 (I’m turning 30 in July, so you can do the math!) and I’m still learning as I go along….
But, I’ve also been helping a few fellow bloggers on the side. I don’t claim to know everything because I don’t and I’m still learning myself, but the things I have learned along the way I really strongly feel other bloggers should know, and the sooner the better… So, I’m sharing them with you today.
NOFOLLOW. When you are posting links make sure to always do NOFOLLOW posts if you want google to rank your blog. This is so important. It’s the best advice I ever got a few years back, and tell anyone I help with blogs – always use nofollow. If you don’t know what that means, or what the consequences are – please look it up. I’ve had quite a few people approach me to work with me but ask to use dofollow links (opposite of nofollow) and I’ve had to decline because I can’t risk my website. I won’t risk my website.
DON’T PAY FOR REVIEWS. Although we all need a starting point I would strongly suggest against paying any type of fee towards a review. If you like a product and you bought it yourself, by all means write up a great killer review! but if a company comes to you, or you seek out a company and they require you to pay any type of fee, I would suggest against it. Why, It is a great deal! Well, you don’t have to take this advice but I feel this way because you are giving this company free advertising. You are posting about their products on your blog where it will stay in blogger and internet world forever, or at least until your site is no more. You are giving them business, traffic and a review. If they aren’t paying you the least they could do is give you the product in exchange for your time, energy and promotion.
DON’T BE RUDE. If you are in blogging groups, or just a blogger who enjoys commenting or seeking out other bloggers don’t be rude. As a blogger you are in the public eye. Of course, not as much so as say Kim Kardashian but you are out there – and you don’t want to turn anyone off. Other bloggers see it, probably talk about it and word can get around. Sponsors and Brands may get word and that just isn’t nice to even witness. Be nice, be kind and if you have an issue – take it to private messaging, emails or simply – scroll on by and ignore.
REMEMBER BLOGGERS ARE HUMANS TOO. We make mistakes, it’s natural and happens to the best of us. Just remember that. Don’t beat yourself up, fix your mistake if you can and move on! I find being too hard on myself, or putting others up on a pedestal is just setting one up for disaster. Not good for anyone!
DO NOT BE SENSITIVE. In the world of blogging we have to have thick skin. Not everyone will agree with you, but such is life. Being defensive, or offended won’t help anyone. Think of it this way – do YOU agree with everything you read, or everyone elses opinions? Probably not. That’s okay. Don’t take it personally, it’s not you – it’s life!
If you are a new blogger or even a veteran just do what you do best, blog! Don’t stress too much, like I tend to do. If you aren’t sure about something ask! I promise not every blogger is a snob (I heard this recently and its oh so not true!)
Do you blog? What’s one thing you’ve learned along the way you think other bloggers should know?