Ten Tips for New Bloggers

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Since I started blogging – over 200 posts ago – I’ve learned a lot. Here are some tips for bloggers who are new to the scene.

Ten Tips for New Bloggers

  • Keep a posting schedule that works for you. Do what is comfortable and maintainable. The idea is to keep the blog going, not burn out after a month or two. Frequency is important but so is consistency.
  • Revise your format as needed. Posting regularly is the most important thing to staying connected with your followers. At one point, I started to struggle with this. At the time my posts were 200+ words. I realized every post didn’t need to be so in depth. In fact, the variety of shorter and longer posts was refreshing for my readers and it was more manageable for me.
  • Write about things that interest you. That passion should translate into posts that are interesting to read!
  • Define your “voice” and write consistently in that voice. Are you an expert on your topics? a beginner? Who are you and where are you coming from?
  • Think about who your audience is (or who you want it to be) and write to them.
  • Keep a list of post ideas. Add to it often.
  • Write several posts at once. I’ve recently started doing this and it’s a real time saver. While I’m already in the writing mode, and editing and uploading images, I write a couple of posts and schedule them for later in the week.
  • Use images to attract readers to your posts. (Make sure you have the rights to use those images! Read more on this here.)
  • Explore the community. Other bloggers can be a source of inspiration, motivation, and support. And you can offer that as well.
  • Appropriately tag your posts so people can find you! Create categories so readers can easily navigate within your blog, and find the topics that interest them.

 

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Eileen

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Keep Prospecting – Keep Planting the Seeds for New Business

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It happens, and it just happened to me. One week I had three new big projects. The next week everything stalled. I was left wondering, “What’s next?” The problem was, I had stopped prospecting.

I learned a valuable lesson:
Always be on the look out for new clients/projects. Keep prospecting and planting the seeds for future business.

How to Prospect:

  1. Make a list of prospective clients and add to it regularly.
    Where to find them? Look for people who fall into your target market, who may need your services. Search the newspaper, Facebook (especially groups), other Social Media, look around town (i.e. a new store opening), and talk to people. Share what you do and learn what they do.
  2. Research each prospective client. Learn a bit about their business and industry, so you can customize your inquiries.
  3. Contact prospective clients. Reach out to them using the platform you found them on (if applicable). If you found them on Facebook, send a Facebook message, on Twitter, follow them, and send a direct message.
  4. Follow up! After a short period, contact them again – this time in a different way. Follow up a cold call with an email or mailing, or vice versa. Remind them of who you are and what you do.
  5. Expect “no’s.” Don’t get discouraged. It takes a few no’s before you get a yes. If you expect the no’s as part of the process, they won’t discourage you and put you off track.
  6. Set quantifiable goals. For example – 10 mailings a week, 5 personal emails a week, 1 mass email a month, 5 cold calls a week, etc.

Repeat the process! Add to your list, research, contact, follow up, and adjust your prospecting goals to reach the results you desire. And remember to stay positive. 🙂

If you’d like more info on my services, please visit my website: eileenmckenna.com
Please follow me on twitter.
Thank you!
Eileen

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