If you are a blogger, or an aspiring one, this is the post for you. I have collected 40 expert tips to help you rock your creative blog. These tips are from rock star bloggers that I admire and have turned to for advice and guidance over the years as I have worked to grow my blog and business. These are solid tips you can start implementing right now to rock this blogging world!
Excited to read them? I bet you have friends who would love these tips too.
I started as a small hobby blogger and decided in early 2015 that it was time to make some money and grow this blog and brand into something more. I have used so many of these tips to grow while keeping my authenticity and passion for what I do. If you want to dive a little deeper I detailed the 6 resources that helped me up my blogging game in this post. These accesible resouces really helped me take my hobby to the next level and grow as a blogger.
Now, let’s dive in! Be sure to bookmark this page or pin it because you are going to want to keep these tips close by.
40+ Expert Tips To Help You Rock Your Creative Blog
In no particular order, because really how can I order this awesomeness?
1. I know it sounds cliche, but I think the best tip is to Be Yourself – your personality and your outlook and your unique crafts is what’s going to set you apart and make your blog unique and different than those that are out there. Let your readers know who you are – they want to know you and identify with you and once they do, they won’t want to let your blog go. Be genuine, and the rest will follow. Of course, other tips are out there, blogging is super visual and you’ll need to learn to take bright, clear images to portray your project, along with using keywords to boost your posts. But it all starts with Being Yourself – you’ve got this!! Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts
2. Create great content for your blog. But remember that a blog post isn’t done when you hit “publish.” Learn how to use social media in a strategic way to promote your blog posts. Evergreen content can be shared on social media over and over again. Social media channels are constantly changing, especially Facebook and Pinterest, but make posting consistently and staying on top of social media trends part of your weekly routine. Keep growing those social media channels; they lead to more blog readers. Meg, Green With Decor
3. Find your audience. Blogging is not a “build it and they will come” mentality. You have to reach out and connect with each reader. Be active on social media channels and find your people who resonate with what you have to say. Beckie, Infarrantly Creative
4. The best tip I can give is to understand what each form of social media does and then utilize it to its full potential. For example, I’ve found that Instagram is a great way to get people’s attention and build an engaged following, but since there aren’t clickable links, it’s not good for driving traffic to specific posts. Twitter is a great place to connect and engage with brands and other bloggers, but not your average reader. Facebook is where many of your readers are and it’s one way to get them to click through to a specific blog post, but you have to figure out how to work around their algorithms to actually get your posts seen. Learning things like that and then using them to strategize how and where you share your content will be a big help in the long run! Amy, One Artsy Mama
5. So often we list the same set of important basics; quality content, bright photos, a stream of social sharing, contributing elsewhere, and the list goes on… and don’t get me wrong, that list will get you quite far…but personally I have found that it is HOW you execute that list that makes all the difference. Taking a strategic, even innovative approach makes the difference between reaching those hundreds versus reaching multiple thousands with each little action. Don’t just work harder, work smarter. Ursula, Home Made by Carmona
6. My biggest tip on growing and succeeding is to treat your blog like a job – not a hobby. If you truly want to be successful you’ll need to put in time and dedication- something that can’t be achieved if you treat your blog like a side hobby. Of course, don’t burn yourself out on working on your blog- enjoy it and take a break if you need (after all, most jobs offer vacation time!). But of course, the most important thing to remember is to have fun with your blog, and blog about what you LOVE- then it will never feel like a job! Kristina, My Own Home
7. Be organized! Use an editorial calendar to plan things out ahead of time and stick to your schedule. It is so easy to get burned out when you are always just barely staying ahead of things. Kat, Home Made Interest
8. Grow your email list! When I first started blogging, I totally did not understand how an email list would be at all helpful to me as a blogger, but it has definitely been the biggest contributing factor to helping me build relationships with my readers, increase my pageviews, and market my products. Your email subscribers will be your biggest cheerleaders and your most loyal fans. Not only will they purchase your products (and tell their friends about them too!), but they will be your best source of feedback and can help you create awesome and helpful content simply by telling you what their needs are. It’s never too early to start building your list. Create an amazing incentive for your subscribers, let them know about it, and start collecting those email addresses! Abby, Just a Girl and her Blog
9. The one thing I can say without a doubt that will help you to get yourself out there in the blogging world is to get connected with a supportive group, focus on good content and not frequency, and most of all be YOURSELF. Trying to imitate another’s work will look just like that, an imitation. We are all unique individuals and it will shine through in our work. Larissa, Prodigal Pieces
10. My one tip to rock it in the blogging world is …. Find your village! The blogging community is one of the most supportive environments I’ve ever been a part of. Reach out to bloggers big and small and watch the support roll in. Don’t be shy, get involved, and it will pay you back in spades! Jen, Fresh Crush
11. Don’t look at everyone else’s numbers it will just eat away at your accomplishments. You will get there in your own time. Enjoy every moment of it. If it starts becoming a job or a chore step back and ask yourself why are you really doing this? Also and most importantly make friends with other bloggers they are the only people that truly understand what you are doing and how much time and effort goes into your blog. They will be your greatest support system and it sounds strange but you will have some online best friends that you will talk to almost on the daily. Michelle, Weekend Craft
12. Be authentic, write about what you know, and do it passionately and consistently. When you write about you love, you enjoy writing more, you enjoy creating more, and your readers enjoy reading about it. Lindi, Love Create Celebrate
13. My biggest tip for fellow creative bloggers looking to grow, succeed, and rock the blogging world would be…to collaborate with other bloggers! Even finding just one kindred spirit with whom to learn from, work on collaborative projects, or even just bounce ideas off of can truly skyrocket your growth. I recommend forming a small mastermind group of 2 – 5 other bloggers where you can create a safe space behind the scenes for goal-setting and even video chats. A private Facebook group or Google+ community works well for this. It’s truly amazing what can happen when we lean on each other for support. I credit a lot of my blog’s growth and the success of my book to my fellow bloggers who have rallied alongside me over the past few years. And it’s incredibly rewarding to get to do the same for them. We need each other in this great big blogland, so don’t underestimate the value of that time and heart invested in your fellow creatives. Happy collaborating! Lauren, The Thinking Closet
14. As a relatively ‘young’ blog, I get asked quite a bit what my secret to success is in the creative blogging world. I always say the same thing…and it’s tri-fold. First, niche is key. Stand out from the crowd by blogging about a niche that’s unserved and serve it well. Two, treat your blog as your business. If you want to be successful, no matter what your measure of blogging success is, treat your blog as a business not a hobby (eg, set business hours, set up an office space, hire an assistant if necessary, carefully consider pitches, set up ad/marketing rates). If you’re serious about your blog your family, other bloggers, your readers, and sponsors will take you seriously, as well. Finally, gain your readers’ trust and turn readers into followers by becoming an authority on the subject. Gaining your readers’ trust takes time – but you can do it by giving honest, heartfelt reviews, getting a little personal (even if it’s only on Instagram), engaging on the blog and social media, and having top notch customer service (ie answering all emails). By gaining your readers’ trust they’ll turn from casual readers to loyal followers who see you as an authority and trust your opinion, expertise and input and in turn they’ll refer and recommend others to you! Melissa, Silhouette School
15. My tip would be to “figure out what you do well, and don’t compare yourself to others. “Once you figure out your strength, focus on how to become the best at that strength. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, and how they do it, this only pulls you away from your vision and goals. You can’t be all things to all people, but you can become the best at one or 2 things. Find a group of like bloggers and create a small support group. Use this small groups knowledge to help you to become focused and to remain focused. You can only spend so many hours in the day, so make those hours count by being focused and setting your sights in the right direction. Dede, Designed Decor
16. Write for yourself first. If you find the article interesting, helpful, and useful likely your audience will too. Many of my most viral posts are real life problems I have solved for our home. For example, we lived in a one bedroom apartment in Florida and had a tiny kitchen with only drawer. We needed more storage, and I turned a door into vertical storage for all of the things that couldn’t fit into the one drawer. That posts has rocked it since 2012. Jamie, C.R.A.F.T.
17. From the get-go be super organized and take advantage of every minute you have. I basically work in an assembly line now. One day I plan, the next I organize all the supplies I need into baskets and finally – I take a day to knock out as much as I can in one big craft-fest. The same came be said for my blogging technique. I organize/edit all my pictures I took during my craft-fest, write down my thoughts/plans and finally take another day to get those posts knocked out. Once you have a good system going, the hard work will start flowing effortlessly. Stacey, Glued to my Crafts
18. Find your own voice and do not give up. Blogging is hard work and often very time consuming. It’s easy to tire of having to put in so much work without really seeing a lot in return… but if you can stay true to yourself and your passions before long, others will start to take notice, too! Amy, Delineate Your Dwelling
19. Don’t be afraid to ask for things. The worst hat can happen is you get told “no”. Ask with confidence and you will be taken seriously 🙂 Stacy, Not Just A Housewife
20. Be original and allow your personality to show through. Readers want to know you and feel that they can relate. Michele, Shelstring
21. It’s OK to not have the same goals as other bloggers. Everyone is at a different place in their life: family circumstances are different, time constraints are different, which all contribute to different blog goals. It goes along with not comparing and competing with other bloggers. You just have to figure out what your priorities are both for your blog, and for your whole life, and make sure they line up. When you are happy with what you are working towards, more of your energy can be focused on creating the things you want and creating the physical and emotional environment you want for your family. Stephanie, Crafting in the Rain
22. My advice would be to focus on one area of improvement at a time. If you want to increase your Pinterest followers, then focus only on that. If you want to work on optimizing SEO, just focus on that. I’ve driven myself to the brink of quitting because I was trying to do it all. Schedule out a few days to up to a week to really focus and give your all to one area. Not only will it make you less frazzled, it will give everything a chance to really sink in because you’re not trying to organize all of the different information in your head at the same time. Sarah, Little Red Brick House
23. Work hard and put your whole heart into every single detail. You will need to spend time on the little things – social media, pinterest, blog design tweaking, updating, reading articles about changing algorithms, and the list goes on and on. Find a tribe, a group of bloggers you love and trust, join some fb groups, interact with other bloggers in your niche. Write from your heart, use amazing photos, make your blog easy to navigate. You may have to do a bit of figuring out what your readers want to hear and see from you but always, ALWAYS be true to yourself. Do what you love, write from your heart, and be yourself. Remember, if you love blogging you can turn it into a business if you want to – but it WILL take lots of hard work – anything worthwhile does! Jill, Sew A Fine Seam
24. Take time to learn a new skill that will help you grow your blog. It’s easy to get caught up in the blogging machine and forget to expand your blogging knowledge. If you struggle with a specific skill (such as photography, SEO, etc.), take a break to learn that skill. Come back to your blog stronger and rejuvenated! Melanie, It Happens In A Blink
25. Write about what you like/love. If it’s something you’re truly passionate about it, it will show through in your blog. You don’t have to write about something just because it’s popular or trending, if you don’t know much about it or care about it, it will show. Sydney, Tastefully Frugal
26. My tip to growing your blog and following is making short and easy videos! Even if you take an old post that has done really well and make a video. That is the #1 reason I have grown so much over the last 6 months. One video has gone viral and it completely changed my blog, my following and how I look at my blog. I have learned so much from one video going viral. What to do, what not to do, and how to keep the momentum going. Tara, Just Call Me Home Girl
27. A blog has so many moving parts that it’s hard to pick just one, because they all are important. But if I had to choose just one, I would go with focusing on your content. It’s so easy to get distracted with everything else but if your content isn’t the best it can be, the other things won’t really matter. Roxanne, The Honeycomb Home
28. Develop a system. Find a way to be organized that works for your lifestyle. I put together a Command Central binder so I have all my household information in one spot. I also find it’s helpful to plan your projects and posts ahead of time and to use an editorial calendar. Keep drafts of a few ideas stored in your blog so whenever you blank or have no project in the works you can turn to those. Kate, Centsational Girl
29. Everyone needs to run their own race! Get advice/support from other bloggers and be open to learning from others, but don’t allow what others are doing to derail you. Explore your own creativity without influence as best you can. You’ll be much happier not only in blogging but in life! Amy – Mod Podge Rocks
30. Don’t get discouraged. When I first set out to monetize my blog and contacted brands, I had NUMEROUS rejections; but then I some small wins started creeping in and then maybe I would get 1 win to every 10 rejections, and then 1 win to every 5 rejections and sometimes back to 1 in 10. The bottom line is whatever your blogging goals are, DON’T QUIT! If you’re passionate about blogging then put the work in and go for it! Lydia, Lydi Out Loud
31. Always be true to who you are, who you were when you started blogging! Blogging can bring so many great opportunities, no matter how successful you become always remember why you started your site. Don’t compare yourself to others, I know it’s hard not to do but really don’t compare. Be fearless with your dreams! If you want something then go for it, the worst answer we can hear is “No”, and a “No” answer might just mean not right now for you. It doesn’t mean never! So stay persistent…you will get it someday if you work hard and stay genuine. Rebecca, Crafted Sparrow
32. I think the one thing to keep in mind with blogging is each person has their own plan, goal, and trajectory. It can be easy to compare yourself to others, don’t do it! Each persons opportunities and success will be different from yours. Stay focused on your dreams, your ideas, and keep going. Look to others for advice and support, but look to yourself to make your blog thrive. Stop comparing, worrying and enjoy the crazy ride that is blogging! Emily, Our House Now A Home
33. Look at others bloggers for inspiration not competition. Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to others it will only drive you crazy. Make friends in the blogging community, learn from them, but keep in mind that things happen differently for everyone. Just keep doing what you do best and you’ll get there! Melinda, Home Made Interest
34. Realize that the learning curve for blogging is so steep that it is crazy sometimes to even THINK of climbing it. But you should, because like anything that’s tough in life, the rewards are just so abundant when you’ve conquered that mountain. That being said, I certainly haven’t conquered any mountains yet…not even any foothills, really. But I’m enjoying the climb immensely…even when it feels like more of a backslide than any kind of ascent. Heather, Heathered Nest
35. My tip is that being kind and grateful will get you much further than being conceited and competitive. People remember kindness and in the blogging world, other people (readers, other bloggers, brands) are really your key to success. Britni, Play Party Pin
36. What I wish I would have known when I first started blogging, get a block of amazing posts together before you start trying to build your social media. When I first started, I tried to get every post looked at but people didn’t really have enough to look at to really stick with me. Deborah, Salvage Sister & Mister
37. My tip is for my fellow introverted bloggers out there! I miss the days where the only place you interacted with readers was right on your blog. It was like inviting friends over to your house and chatting. But these days with so many social media channels, it can get exhausting! Definitely make the effort to keep up your social media channels with your own updates as well as sharing others’ work. But, remember to take breaks when you need them (schedule ahead so you aren’t on all the time) until you are recharged so the wonderful things you have to share are genuine and not forced, which will help connect with your audience more effectively. Stephanie, The Silly Pearl
38. I have heard bloggers talking about finding their voice. My tip to fellow creative bloggers is to write as if you are talking to your friends. That is your true voice. Jeanie, Create & Babble
39. Add YOU to your posts. When sharing a tutorial, home decor idea, recipe, or whatever, add a few personal details or make your topic part of a story. It may just be something simple that happened during the course of the day or it could be a story about your family. Your readers may not be interested in the project you are writing about but may relate to something personal you shared with them. If your readers are relating to your stories you will know by the comments. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion
40. Slow and Steady wins the Race. Sounds corny I know, but it’s so true. Strive to learn something new about blogging everyday . All successful blogs had to start somewhere so just keep learning and making improvements and you will see the growth. Holly, Ribbons and Glue
41. Stop doing what everyone else is doing. Figure out how to put your own unique spin on things. For me, that’s smart practical DIY – everything I make has to have a purpose other than being pretty and has to be smart in some way (time saving, money saving, upcycle, etc). Everyone can make crafts or DIY or cook but they can’t do it the way you do! It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s on Pinterest and what other bloggers are doing that we can forget whats makes us special and unique. It’s that unique thing that only we have that makes followers connect and keep coming back. Jennifer, Jennifer Priest
42. Stive for efficiency. Make the most out of being your own boss and find ways to get the most quality work done is the shortest amount of time. Work without distractions whenever possible, turn off the TV, wait until naptime, and focus on the task at hand. Your full time job will become a lot easier and you will still reap the rewards of all the hard work you are putting into your blog. Sarah, Creative Ramblings
Wow, seriously wow. This is a gold mine of information, and more than 40! You have no idea how many notes I have taken along with deep breaths as I read and compiled this information. These ladies have their blogging act together and I hope you have taken something away from this.
Be sure to share this with your fellow bloggers to life them up and encourage them a bit.
Tell me, what tip will you be implementing today. And what is your best tip for rocking the blogging world?
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