71 Awesome Tips That Will Make Your Blog Successful

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Best Blogging Tips, Blog Successfully

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a time machine to go into the future, so you could learn from experiences you haven’t had yet?

I am giving you that time machine.

I am celebrating my one-year blogging anniversary this month. Either through their words or their examples, the following bloggers shared their tips with me. I am honored to be able to pass on their wisdom to you.

Blogging Advice

When I finished my first year of blogging, WordPress sent me this trophy.

Consider this comment from a reader:

I have heard the longer you blog the better you get… It gives me hope! 

What if you don’t have to hope? I brought you the wisdom that a year’s worth of blogging brings, wisdom I garnered from other bloggers.

Now you, too, can get the benefit of their expertise.

Tested Tips To Help You Blog Better


1. Use Pinterest Group Boards.

2. Go to the SITS Girls Linky Party.

Annette Rochelle Albin:

3. Retweet other’s links on Twitter.

Beth Hayden:

4. Make your Pinterest pins bigger.


5. Contact Sue Coletta for instructions on installing a StumbleUpon button.

6. Luci (Blondeusk) taught me how to be a host blogger.

Beth McIntire:

7. Use CommentLuv.

Bryan Harris:

8. Have an opt-in box,

9. Have it pop out at 25%.

Carolyn West:

10. Blogging is about social media. Be social.

11. Use Hootsuite.

12. Each time you promote the same article on Twitter, use different words.

Cavelle Martin:

13. It’s been my experience that the more you go out there and read and comment….the more views and comments you will get in return….you really do need to put the work in…it’s not enough to just post and sit back and wait….I did that in the beginning, and I can tell you all you’re going to get back in return is the sound of crickets.

Charles Rogers:

14. Start an International Weekly Roundup.

Chris, the Story Reading Ape:

15. If you are going to guest post, put forth your best effort. Earn new readership.

Corinne Rodrigues:

16. Share posts on Twitter.

Coach Debbie:

17. Use blogging tools.

18. Use large Pinterest graphics with different fonts.

19. Use a Click to Tweet in a welcome Email . 


20. Use the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer.

David Leonhardt:

21. Use JustRetweet.

22. Use ViralContentBuzz.

D.G. Kaye:

23. Network with people who show interest in you, and thoroughly promote.

Elena Peters:

24. Use Pinterest Rich Pins.

Eric Schlehlein:

25. Network. Spend one hour after dinner each night networking.

Gail Gardner: 

26. Use Twitter Cards.

Hugh Roberts:

27. You get out of blogging what you put in. If you don’t network with others, people won’t network with you.

Jason Cushman:

28. Network.

29. Categories and tags are important.

Jeff Goins:

30. If you do the work, they will come.

John Doe:

31. Network, keep doing what works.

Jon Morrow and his staff:

32. Use I, You, How in headlines,

33. Make your introduction a one-sentence hook.

34. Have an exciting conclusion.

35. Have an expert roundup interview.

36. Guest post.

37. Give readers an incentive for subscribing.

Jordan Dumer:

38. Use StumbleUpon.


39. Have a weekly roundup

Karissa Ancell:

40. Use Pinterest

41. Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.

Kathleen Aherne:

42. Pinterest results in massive blog traffic.

43. SEO matters.

Katie Paul:

44. Let colors bleed through.

Lorraine Reguly:

45. Use Just Retweet

Lysa Wilds:

46. Blog promotion is an art that requires thoroughness and repetition.

Matt Banner:

47. Success comes with time.

Melinda Mitchell:

48. Comment on other blogs.

Melissa Reyes:

49. Include links to external sites.

50. Use Triberr.

MeMee the Muse:

51. Use Click to Tweet in the middle of a blog post.

Merri Dennis: 

52. If your site doesn’t work right, clear the cache.

Neil Patel:

53. SEO Matters

54. At Twitter, ask for a retweet.

55. At Twitter, spell out retweet.

Richard Schulte:

56. Use Moz  to check for Google Penalties to your site.

Sally Cronin:

57. Sally taught me selfless support for other bloggers by featuring them and promoting them by retweeting their links on Twitter.

Shareen Mansfield:

58. Use #LinkYourLife Twitter Hashtag

59. Use Facebook groups

Shawn Griffith:

60. Use Sumo.me

61. Self-host

Stuart Walker:

62. Get rid of your green background.


63. Remember to put the link in your Twitter Tweets.

Sue Anne Dunlevie:

64. Community Pinterest boards result in increased blog traffic.

Tammy Bleck:

65. Start a Blog; it could lead somewhere.

Terri Webster Schrandt:

66. Facebook groups matter.

67. Twitter matters.

Tim Gatewood: 

68. Tim taught me you don’t have to draw the line when it comes to promoting bloggers. On Friday the 13th, Tim featured 13 bloggers. Tim routinely seizes opportunities to feature as many bloggers as he can in one flattering post.

Tom Southern:

69. Use Click to Tweet in a welcome Email.


70. Self-Host.


71. Read the Huffington Post Guide to Blogging.


While I realize that these tips are echoed by different bloggers, the overlap is important. It stresses the importance of following the tip if more than one blogger has shared that advice.

Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” I am grateful for the wisdom these talented bloggers shared with me this year. It is out of the utmost respect for them that I pass their wisdom onto you.

Please share this post, so other bloggers also have the benefit of their knowledge and talents.

Readers, what do you think the most valuable suggestion here is? Do you have any additional ideas for tips that have helped you grow your blog? I look forward to your views.

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  1. Charles Rogers | at 4:29 am

    So much help!
    I can confirm by experience that what you say about passive/ active blogging is certainly true. I’ve said this before: the greatest technique I have found is find an interesting blogger and initiate a personal invitation to participate in a dialogue The is a storm of blogs rushing by you. One must raise a big flag and send out your messengers to specific individuals with a tailor message.
    Charles Rogers recently posted…West Running BrookMy Profile

  2. John Doe | at 7:14 am

    You really knocked it out of the park. This is practically an Ebook itself. Networks network network and do a lot of networking. That is why it is called SOCIAL MEDIA.

    • Janice Wald | at 11:19 am

      Hi John,
      Thank you so much for your kind words about my article. I really appreciate the compliments. I am thinking of turning it into a pdf, although Lysa, my other commenter, agrees that it could be part of an Ebook and has offered to help me with it. Thanks for writing.
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #60My Profile

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    • Janice Wald | at 11:14 am

      Hi Janelle,
      So sorry I didn’t linnk back to your site. I really should have. I guess I worry about embarrassing people. I am so grateful for people’s faith in me when they subscribe, read, comment. Embarrassing them is something I would never want to do, so I try to err on the side of caution.
      I did appreciate your quote though. It gave me a great hook into the article.
      Thanks for the kind words that ended your comments. I really appreciate the validation.
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #60My Profile

      • Janelle (JEM) | at 6:44 pm

        Oh it’s okay that you did not link back to me. I was just like hey that was me…i inspired her! Yay that’s my goal in life…to inspire and help people.

        I only say things that are true, but you’re welcome. I know it is hard when you don’t get alot of feed back(i dont get much conversation on my blog or sm pages) so i figure i would tell people the good things i think about what they have to say.
        Janelle (JEM) recently posted…The 6 Components of Wellness: Social HealthMy Profile

  4. Solveig | at 8:16 am

    I do think that commenting on other blogs and making sure that I reply to the comments I receive on mine have added to the growth of my blog. Once I did join Twitter it bumped up my numbers a bit (I try to use hashtags effectively) and since I did a second guest posts things have really started to pick up in speed. Then again it migh also be due to the daily posting that I have been doing for almost a month now…
    Is is bad that I don’t understand SEO?
    Solveig recently posted…Never QuitMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 11:44 am

      Hi Solveig,
      1. Thank you for writing me.
      2. Yes, commenting on other people’s blogs helps you grow your readership. Your page views and/or subscriber list increases.
      3. Thanks for the validation that Twitter hashtags work. I recommend using them in my articles.
      4. Daily posting helps as long as you don’t burn out. I have read that it works and experienced that first hand.
      5. In regards to “Is it bad that I don’t understand SEO”:
      As a blogger it is important to understand SEO if you want to get organic traffic to your site.
      I have two suggestions.
      First, in my right sidebar, I have a list of my article tags. One says “SEO” and the other says “Search Engine Optimization”.
      Click those and read the articles that come up. Because I am a teacher, people say I have an understandable way of explaining things. So, the information should be easy to understand even though SEO has a reputation for being complicated.
      Next, I am always available for coaching
      It shouldn’t take very long for me to explain SEO if you decide you want to go that route.
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #60My Profile

  5. D.G.Kaye | at 10:47 am

    Thanks for sharing these Janice. Lol, not only am I still signing in here. Now on my new Windows 10 laptop, it won’t show my ‘likes’ either. So annoying. I don’t have the time to waste on all the technicality. So once I’m off to the west for 2 months with this laptop (arg), you won’t be seeing my smiling avatar for two months. Unless of course, a miracle happens, LOL 🙂

  6. Lysa | at 4:59 pm

    Happy One-Year Blogiversary Janice! I am honored that you included me in the advice quotes. Thank you so very much for all of the kind, loving, and supportive words you have written and shared about me and my blog in the past year. As you already know I consider you far more than a friend, you are a part of my blogging family, my tribe!

    From the first night I stumbled upon your blog and couldn’t stop reading post after post, for hours, I knew you were one of the few that would “make-it” in this crazy blogging world! That being said, I know you have mentioned to me your interest in publishing an eBook and I read a comment on this post pointing out how this practically is an eBook and I happen to agree but with a twist… This post is the starting point for several eBooks, the beginning of an eBook series really. And I’m crossing my fingers that you take the leap and begin to write that series. I’m always just an email away, even a phone call if need be, to lend my support and to help in any way that you ever need me to.

    Again, I’m honored and humbled to have been included in this post celebrating your first blogging anniversary! Wishing you nothing but continued success for many years to come. And happiness, lots and lots of happiness!

    Much love always,
    Lysa xx
    Lysa recently posted…What’s More Painful Than A Toothache, A Fracture, Having A Finger Amputated, Or Even Giving Birth??My Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 1:04 am

      Hi Lysa,
      I always thank you for your beautiful words. You are a beautiful writer, and I know a genuine one. For that reason, yes, I do plan on picking your brain when I sit down to write my first Ebook, possibly in December when I’m home from school for vacation.
      Thank you again for your wonderful comments and your offer of help. I consider you family too. You and I connected that way early on.
      Janice Wald recently posted…My Blogversary: Meet and Greet 10My Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 1:07 am

      I went back into the post and included two more backlinks at the beginning.
      Hopefully, there’s a link to another article explaining what that is.
      I have backlinks to articles explaining
      Click to Tweet, Just Retweet, Viral Content Buzz, SITS Girls, reader incentives, just to name a few.
      It may take time to browse them all, but go back into the post and read the links to older articles. They should explain a lot.
      If not, my coaching services are always available. I actually have an appointment to coach someone on the use of StumbleUpon and Reddit in a few hours.
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice Wald recently posted…My Blogversary: Meet and Greet 10My Profile

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  8. Mabel Kwong | at 3:53 am

    I found this a very informative post on how to grow your blog. I read this at work earlier, and some points certainly resonated with me. Seems a lot of bloggers stress the importance of sharing your blog posts through social media – social media is certainly powerful and you can reach readers you thought you could not reach. It’s something I don’t think I’m that good at yet – promoting/networking your blog and other blogs through social media takes time and I already struggle to find time to write my blog posts and respond to comments.

    I also think to sustain an engaged blog audience and community, it’s important to cultivate a distinct personality for your blog – a blogging voice so to speak. Having an overarching theme for your blog helps as readers often want to read on a particular topic within that frame, the reason they subscribed to your blog. Then again, it’s different for each blog and we each have our own blogging goals.

    • Janice Wald | at 12:01 pm

      Hi Mabel,
      I appreciate your insightful comments about my article.
      Perhaps I should have stressed that I drew from bloggers with all levels of experience.
      In regards to social media:
      Yes, I agree they stressed that. You mentioned how busy you are writing and replying to comments. Tell me about it! I work outside the home as a teacher with essays to grade!
      However in blogging, we talk about ROI, Return on Time Invested.
      It takes me moments to post my articles on Facebook. Until I started my StumbleUpon group, Facebook was WAY above my other traffic referrers, at least double.
      My point is the quick moments it took me to paste my links in FB groups was well worth all the hits I got from FB. Look at your referrers, and figure out where most of your traffic is coming from. Play to your strengths. Prioritize your time investments in that order.
      If you are ever interested, I do offer blog coaching. I’d be happy to chat about how to maximize your time invested in social media, if you would like. Here is the link with the information.
      Thanks again for your visit to my site today and your comments. Great to see you. I was just at your site yesterday!
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #60My Profile

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  11. Debbie | at 5:17 am

    Happy Blogiversary! (It’s kind of cool that word pops up as a suggestion on my iPad 🙂 )

    This is a great resource. So many amazing writers out there sharing their knowledge. I’m excited to learn about these new to me (some of them) sources of blogging information. And thanks for including me. I’m honored.

    Looking forward to working with you on the Blobbers Pit Stop!
    Debbie recently posted…Let’s Start a Blogging ConversationMy Profile

  12. Wendy | at 6:44 am

    What a feast of information! I agree, you’ve got more than one ebook started here! Thank you, Janice, for sharing so much information so freely. You inspire me to use my time better. I am constantly wondering how you get so much done in the blogging world while still working full time — more than full time as a teacher with work to do at home! I am a part time teacher, and struggle with getting the things done. My big thing right now is creating systems so that my blog work has a focus and structure and consequently (I hope!) increased efficiency! Pinning this to my “Do This!” blogging board and systematically (there’s that word again) working through it! Thanks again!
    Wendy recently posted…The Pinterest Game #21aMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 10:45 am

      Hi Wendy.
      Thanks for commenting on my article. I am glad you enjoyed the tips. The reason I have trouble grading papers at home is because I’d rather do blogging tasks like network. So I grade five essays or projects and network with five people, etc., and the school work gets done. At least, that’s what works for me.
      Thanks for writing and pinning my tips article.
      I sent you an Email this morning apologizing for my oversight. I sent you an invitation to pin to our group board this morning.
      Janice Wald recently posted…International Weekly Roundup #7My Profile

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  14. commonsensegal | at 12:58 pm

    Janice, this is an awesome post, with a lot of great tips. Previously, before reading this I have been using some of the great tools you mentioned…especially with automating a few of my efforts. For example I use Hootsuite to schedule my Tweets and LinkedIn shares. I will certainly be paying attention to the new information you have shared here.
    However, one must note that some of your tips only applies to self-hosted WordPress sites, because some of the tools example Comment Luv, though very useful cannot be used in a WordPress.com site, because of the restriction of adding plugins. Initially after research, I did move my blog to self-hosted WordPress.org, but decided to move back to WordPress.com because I missed the WordPress.com blog community

    Thank you for visiting my blog earlier on and commenting. Feel free to visit any time for inspiration and food for thoughts 🙂
    commonsensegal recently posted…The Thinkers Are DeadMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 1:01 pm

      Thank you for your comments. I have been self hosting since August. The main difference I have seen is that I cannot be re-blogged any longer. I also cannot reblog others. Are there any other differences that made you feel separated from the dot COM community?

      • commonsensegal | at 1:50 pm

        Yes Janice, one of the other reasons is that when you publish a new blog post, if you are a part of the WordPress.com community it automatically gets published to the WordPress.com Reader, so all potential readers who have not subscribed to your blog as of yet, gets to see this. This allows engagement from interested readers, who may eventually follow or subscribe to your blog.

        However, when you move to self-hosted WordPress.org, this does not happen, the only readers that see your new blog posts in the WordPress.com Reader are the ones subscribed to your WordPress site via email.
        To clarify even further, there are many WordPress.com users that may click “Follow” to Follow your blog when you were on WordPress.com, however the mechanism of Following a blog and subscribing via email is also handled differently. In that, blog followers on WordPress.com are treated like an email subscriber, where they get notified of new posts when you publish new content. However, when you move to WordPress.org you lose all the WordPress.com Followers, if they did not subscribe via email. So only email subscribers can be ported over, not blog followers. As a result, I lost a lot all my blog followers. However, when I moved back to WordPress.com I was able re-engage them, along with new people.
        Consequently, bloggers significantly benefit from the WordPress.com Reader to bring new traffic to their site, this is advantageous to any blogger at any level, but especially helpful when you are a new blogger. If the latter do not have the exposure boost of the WordPress.com community, they have to depend solely on SEO and blog marketing. Whereas the WordPress.com community provides double exposure, while allowing new bloggers to grow their blog traffic organically.

        With that said I weighed the pros and cons of self-hosting, and felt that what I got on the self-hosted I could do without and go back to WordPress.com and instead opt for a premium package, where I had more flexibility to do a lot of what I wanted to help my readers enjoy themselves and feel comfortable when they visit my blog, still work on SEO, while still getting access to the WordPress.com community.

        So going self-hosted is fine, it just comes down to your immediate and long term needs.

        Let me know if you have any more questions. All the best 🙂
        commonsensegal recently posted…The Thinkers Are DeadMy Profile

  15. Jessica [Havok] | at 12:18 am

    I’m slowly learning how awesome scheduling social media can be. I used to not worry about it, and just post whenever, but even after just this past week of making sure to share a blog post just twice a day, every day, I’m *finally* seeing Twitter as being a referring site in my stats! Of course, that could be a fluke, but I’m hoping it means good things! And scheduling tweets and Facebook posts is quite liberating – knowing that even if I’m taking a nap or doing, well, anything, I can still be “present” in a way is pretty awesome.
    And yes, making sure to share other peoples’ content! Especially with all the holiday shopping starting, I’ve been sharing some etsy shops and things of bloggers and creators that I love and it feels awesome to help promote their work as well! 😀
    Will definitely be sharing this post – and referring back to it!
    Jessica [Havok] recently posted…The Lights Are Up & The Tree is BrightMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 12:25 am

      Hi Jessica,
      I smiled as I read your comments. It is an adrenaline rush to see the social media sites on our list of referrers. I am sure it is not a fluke but definitely a sign of good things to come.
      Thank you for sharing my 71 Tips article. I really appreciate it.
      Feel free to come back to my site and poke around. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about Twitter, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon and frequently write about how to get traffic to your blog from those sites. Our blog even has an exclusive group Pinterest board. Nice to meet you.

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  17. Nicole | at 7:58 am

    This is such a thorough list. I’m just starting out and it all seems very overwhelming! I figure if I focus on a few of these I should be ok. Thanks for the tips.

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    • Janice Wald | at 8:57 pm

      Hi Julian,
      You came by my blog today (still Tuesday in California). I am glad you enjoyed my post. Thank you for the kind words.
      I wanted to tell you that I write like this all the time– list posts are practically my specialty. I’d love to encourage you to subscribe for more basic blogging tips. I am a teacher, so maybe that’s why I prefer an easy-to-understand style. If not, nice to have met you.
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Easily Make Your Search Engine Traffic IncreaseMy Profile

  25. Teiya Oloilole | at 7:03 am

    Hey Janice I finally got around to checking out your blog and this is the first post I have read and I must say it has a lot of valuable information. I am sure I will learn a lot from this blog.

  26. Leanne | at 8:09 pm

    These are all great (as usual) Janice – some I’m doing and some I need to work on. Just thought I’d let you know that my blog post views have sky rocketed this week and it seems to be coming from Flip Board – which has never happened before. Just shows that perseverance can pay off 🙂

    • Janice Wald | at 5:21 pm

      Hi Leanne,
      Thanks for commenting on my 71 Tips post. I’m glad you enjoyed the tips. Great to see you! Thank you for letting me know your blog traffic from Flipboard has taken off. If I ever write another post about Flipboard, I’ll use your comments as a testimonial.
      Janice Wald recently posted…Blogger’s Pit Stop #32My Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 4:31 pm

      Hi Lady Lilith,
      Thanks very much for the kind words about my post. I would have come sooner to greet you, but I am on a cruise ship, and the Internet keeps shutting down. Nice to see you again. Thank you for the visit and the comments.
      Janice Wald recently posted…Blogger’s Pit Stop #32My Profile

  27. Anonymous | at 12:00 pm

    Really appreciate these tips here – they’ll be very helpful in getting my blog more exposure and making my posts more applicable to my audience 🙂

    Look forward to reading more!


  28. Molly Stevens | at 2:57 am

    All good tips Janice. I didn’t know anything about promotion when I started my blog, and am now finding it takes more time than the writing aspect. I have met seem phenomenal writers through groups and made many new friends. It is fun and rewarding and I have to keep reminding myself that if I am growing organically it is still progress, even if it is slow.

    • Janice Wald | at 3:01 am

      Hi Molly,
      Great to see you! Thank you so much for your kind words about my list post.
      I have also met talented writers through Facebook groups and made wonderful friends. You are right. Blogging is fun and reward. However, it can be frustrating if we don’t progress as fast as we’d like. We have to remember blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. Thanks for the visit and the comments.
      Janice Wald recently posted…3 Cost Effective Ways to Drive Facebook Traffic to Your BlogMy Profile

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  30. Fruit Drinks | at 6:14 am

    Great 71 things list for make your blog successful, This is very helpful post for bloggers, Thank you so much for sharing this information with us, I am going to share this with my friends…

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