You need to know THINGS. Certain things that make your blog run smoothly and more efficiently.
The following list are things that happened to me at one point or another. Some good and some bad things. But the point I’m trying to make here is that if I knew some of these things, I wouldn’t had run into the problems I ran into.
So hopefully this list will help you in some way or another.
Lets get this baby rolling!
Things Every Blogger Should Know
10: Frame of Mind Matters – Don’t create content when you’re tired, in a bad mood, or distracted. Your content material will be half ass and the way you feel will show in your content. Be well rested and clear headed. You’ll be more productive and you will put the best possible stuff you have.
9: Always Back Up – Before you start posting, install a plugin, test a new theme, or anything that will change or update your blog, BACK UP your blog.
I lost the IP blog 2 weeks prior to writing this post. All I did was update one of my plugins. Turns out that one plugin wasn’t compatible with the latest WP update. Luckily I had a backup. I use a plug called WP-Twin to back up my blog. Life saver.
8: When to Outsource – Very important to know your limits. If there’s something you want done on your blog and you have know freaking idea how to do it, OUTSOURCE it.
You’ll save time, energy, and money if you just have someone that knows exactly what they’re doing. While your outsourcer is working on that project, you can be working on other important projects. My Favorite place to go is oDesk.com
7: Detect Broken Links – Links will brake from time to time. It’s important to detect them before it’s to late. If you have an affiliate link or links to your own products, you can and will lose potential sales.
If you detect it early you can find another related product to replace it. I use this plugin called Broken Link Checker. It automatically emails me when it finds broken links.
6: Install Plugs and Themes – Yes, this seems really dumb and stupid but hear me out. If you have a WordPress blog, you will be installing and uninstalling plugs like crazy. It’s a part of split testing and trying out new things.
If you don’t know how to do it, then you’ll have to pay someone. It all adds up. It’s really easy and takes a second. You’d be surprised at how many don’t know how to do this. Learn how to do simple tasks like this. You’ll save a ton of $$$ in the long run.
5: Unused Plugs Should be Removed – If you got themes, plugins, or anything you just don’t use, get rid of it. Unused tools will just clutter slow your blog down.
4: Life’s to Short for a Crappy Blog – If you’re going to take blogging seriously, then you need to invest a little time and energy to really think about what your blog will look and feel like. No one wants to visit a crappy, cluttered, nasty looking blog.
It’s important that your visitors know exactly what your blog is about as soon as they hit your blog.
3: Know Your Audience – I can’t stress this enough. If you’re going to get into a niche market, you MUST know who your audience are, what their needs are, and what their wants are. Nuff said.
2: Invest Time in Research – Do your due diligence on everything you do. If you’re getting into a new niche, find out everything about it. Looking for a new product or service, Find out what it will do for you and your business. What ever you do, do a real thorough research.
1: Know Your Purpose – For me, it’s important to know why I’m getting into what ever I’m getting into. Whether it be blogging, affiliate marketing, podcasting. There has to be a purpose. There has to be joy in it. If you’re not happy, then why do it. Life’s to short. Enjoy it doing what you love and what you want to do.
There you have it my peeps!
That’s my list of things every blogger should know. I’ve experienced good and bad things with each and every one of them and I believe it’s important to know.
Obviously the bad stuff came from not knowing what the hell I was doing or was just to lazy to do it. And the good came from knowing and being smart about it.
This is your business, your money maker. Take care of it and it will take care of you.
You can go to my Resources page to learn more on the tools, resources, and services I use and have used before.
What Else Should Bloggers Know?
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