Don’t mind me – just trying to share tips for successful blogging on the cornucopia of content that is WordPress! Not that I’m a guru or anything – I’m just sharing what I’ve found by experience. Read my previous 15 tips on the subject here, here, and here (and my last five here).
16. Use a Call to Action
If you’re frustrated that people don’t share your posts on social media, try asking them to. It may sound mind-bogglingly simplistic, but research has shown that people tend to do what you’re hoping them to do (in this case, share your post on social media) when you explicitly ask them, rather than hoping they’ll read your mind. I’ve got a sample Call to Action at the end of this post.
17. Get that first post up!
A lot of my new followers haven’t yet written their first post. I don’t usually follow such blogs back. Please don’t be offended – I have to ensure that my follower feed is 1) as spare as possible so I don’t get buried and 2) in line with my beliefs. 2) is impossible for me to gauge if there’s no material by the blogger yet!
So if you haven’t posted yet, get that first post up. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of blogger you are.
18. Join blogging communities
My blog didn’t start taking off until I was invited to a Facebook blogging community (Faith and Family Bloggers – look it up). They’re there to support you, share you, and when needed, refine you. Don’t be shy or intimidated about any of this – everyone in those groups started where you did. Find one and join up!
19. Think about font readability
I mentioned in an earlier post that your formatting shouldn’t be gimmicky, but you can take this further by doing some research into how scientifically readable your font choices are.
Some fonts, like Times New Roman, are harder to read than others. There is also contrast to think about; the elderly eye, for example, gets exhausted reading black-on-white and actually runs into much less fatigue reading dark gray-on-white instead. Weird, I know. Do some research!
20. Use images
Posts grab a lot more attention if you’re able to come up with a witty or thought-provoking image for it (or multiple images!). You can use online editing sites like PicMonkey to add captions and other modifications. (I don’t have an image for this post, but I do for most of mine.)
Pro tip: if you want to avoid the hassle of possible copyright infringement when you’re searching online for images to use, search for images that aren’t protected. In Google images, under the Settings tab, select Advanced Search. Then, for “usage rights”, select “free to use, share or modify, even commercially”. This will list images that have been left unprotected by the user (usually intentionally). Tweak away!
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