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Blogging Bits & Tips: Part 2
Posted By Alyssa Francis On September 23, 2009 @ 10:53 pm In Blogging Bits & Tips | 21 Comments
My mother asked me the other day… is it too late to start and grow a successful blog?
I thought for a moment, and answered, “no”. While it may seem like blogging has reached a frenzied peak with the growing number of conferences and events, I still firmly believe that anyone can succeed with a blog. With the right tools, a few friends, and a lot of trial and error, the possibilities are endless.
Last week with my first installment of Blogging Bits & Tips , I received a great response and many questions from readers. I had a hard time deciding what topics to cover next!
If you are new to reading blogs, you may feel like a bit like Alice when she entered the rabbit hole. You stumble upon one interesting blog, which leads to another and another… and pretty soon you have no idea where you even began!
While you could bookmark all of your favorites, and check back to see if new content has been added, there is a better way. Every blog should offer its visitors a way to subscribe for updates via RSS  or email . But that word “subscribe” is misleading. There is nothing to pay for!
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a very useful time saving tool which benefits both bloggers and readers. Also known as a “feed”, there are different options for receiving RSS updates. I prefer Google Reader  myself, but you could also use Bloglines , MyAOL  or My Yahoo .
The other option would be email subscriptions. If you subscribe to my blog, for example, you would receive one email each morning with the previous day’s content. No posts, no email. And a no-spam guarantee!
If you are a new blogger, you will also want to set up your feed by creating a free account with Feedburner . This is a must!
Although I love the convenience of Google Reader for keeping up with my favorite blogs, there is no way to leave or read comments on posts through a reader. You can easily click through to a post of interest to leave comments, which is always welcomed by a blogger.
Comments lead me to my next tip. The two most common questions I receive are about gaining traffic (a readership), and monetizing a blog. But unless you have that traffic to begin with, there is no point in placing any ads on your site.
So focus on growing your blog and learning the ropes before you worry about income. I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into my blog before I saw my first check. And actually, I did not start my blog for the purpose of making money at all. It simply morphed into something much bigger than I ever could have imagined.
So here are a few basic tips for bringing to your blog what you want most: READERS
Notice none of my tips cost any money! You can grow a blog, the frugal way. If you are just learning to tread water here in the blogosphere, Andrea has a great series on beginning to blog .
So now that we have covered traffic, my next installment of Blogging Bits & Tips will be about what you are all dying to know – can I really make money on a blog?
*Did you catch that traffic building technique? A series keeps readers coming back for more.
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