5 Small Blogging Tips That Are Just Good To Know

5 Small Blogging Tips That Are Just Good To Know - massholemommy.com

In the blogging world there are so many dos and dont’s. Some of which we don’t all know right off the bat – so it’s great to search before you do something if you aren’t sure but it’s also great to ask a fellow blogger their opinion. I have been blogging since I was 11 (I’m turning 30 in July, so you can do the math!) and I’m still learning as I go along….

But, I’ve also been helping a few fellow bloggers on the side. I don’t claim to know everything because I don’t and I’m still learning myself, but the things I have learned along the way I really strongly feel other bloggers should know, and the sooner the better… So, I’m sharing them with you today.

NOFOLLOW. When you are posting links make sure to always do NOFOLLOW posts if you want google to rank your blog. This is so important. It’s the best advice I ever got a few years back, and tell anyone I help with blogs – always use nofollow. If you don’t know what that means, or what the consequences are – please look it up. I’ve had quite a few people approach me to work with me but ask to use dofollow links (opposite of nofollow) and I’ve had to decline because I can’t risk my website. I won’t risk my website.

DON’T PAY FOR REVIEWS. Although we all need a starting point I would strongly suggest against paying any type of fee towards a review. If you like a product and you bought it yourself, by all means write up a great killer review! but if a company comes to you, or you seek out a company and they require you to pay any type of fee, I would suggest against it. Why, It is a great deal! Well, you don’t have to take this advice but I feel this way because you are giving this company free advertising. You are posting about their products on your blog where it will stay in blogger and internet world forever, or at least until your site is no more. You are giving them business, traffic and a review. If they aren’t paying you the least they could do is give you the product in exchange for your time, energy and promotion.

DON’T BE RUDE. If you are in blogging groups, or just a blogger who enjoys commenting or seeking out other bloggers don’t be rude. As a blogger you are in the public eye. Of course, not as much so as say Kim Kardashian but you are out there – and you don’t want to turn anyone off. Other bloggers see it, probably talk about it and word can get around. Sponsors and Brands may get word and that just isn’t nice to even witness. Be nice, be kind and if you have an issue – take it to private messaging, emails or simply – scroll on by and ignore.

REMEMBER BLOGGERS ARE HUMANS TOO. We make mistakes, it’s natural and happens to the best of us. Just remember that. Don’t beat yourself up, fix your mistake if you can and move on! I find being too hard on myself, or putting others up on a pedestal is just setting one up for disaster. Not good for anyone!

DO NOT BE SENSITIVE. In the world of blogging we have to have thick skin. Not everyone will agree with you, but such is life. Being defensive, or offended won’t help anyone. Think of it this way – do YOU agree with everything you read, or everyone elses opinions? Probably not. That’s okay. Don’t take it personally, it’s not you – it’s life!

If you are a new blogger or even a veteran just do what you do best, blog! Don’t stress too much, like I tend to do. If you aren’t sure about something ask! I promise not every blogger is a snob (I heard this recently and its oh so not true!)

Do you blog? What’s one thing you’ve learned along the way you think other bloggers should know?

About Jeanine Macintosh

Jeanine is a 29 year old, stay at home mom to 6 kids living in Toronto, Canada. She loves everything about Babies and Kids! When she’s not blogging, she can be found testing products for review, babywearing, playing with her littles or her zoo of furbabies and baking from scratch! You can find out more about Jeanine by visiting her at SixTimeMommy.com.

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135 comments

  1. Janell @ Saving You Dinero

    These are so true! I would also add that you should never copy another blog post word for wrod. It’s ok to link back and it’s always a great idea to ask for permission!

  2. Heather

    I have never been asked to pay for a review product. That’s crazy.

  3. Elizabeth O.

    I have been a few times. I always declined.

  4. Janine Huldie

    Absolutely great tips and agree with all, especially not paying to review a product, because for the most part the companies should be paying to do the review or give free product, too for this.

  5. Amber NElson

    These are great tips. I totally agree with the “rude” part. There are many of those out there and that will bite you in the behind sooner or later.

  6. toughcookiemommy

    I had to learn the whole “nofollow” thing on my own and wish I had known about it sooner. These are important tidbits of information for new bloggers and veteran bloggers to remember.

  7. Mama to 5 BLessings

    I refuse to do no follow on on any links unless I am referencing one of my other blog posts or another blog. Definitely do not want to mess up all my hard work.

  8. loisaltermark

    These are all great tips. I can’t believe anyone would call bloggers “snobs.” I think the blogging community is amazingly supportive.

  9. Theresa

    Great tips! Especially about paying for reviews. I’ve had companies want me to buy their products at a “great discount” in exchange for a review. Uh, no thanks. It takes a lot of time to put up a blog post, then promote it. Plus the years of growing my followers. Why would I would to pay to promote someone else!?

  10. Rosey

    I think my tip would be to ask your readers to let you know if they don’t receive a giveaway prize. I never know for sure if readers do or don’t, but I wish I did. Sometimes I’ll get contacted 6 mos after the fact and by then the sponsor has forgotten all about the giveaway or no longer has the prize.

  11. Crystal

    Gosh, that’s a good idea. It can be hard to manage all of that.

  12. toughcookiemommy

    This is a great point. I have had this happen with giveaway prizes and it is really frustrating.

  13. Liz Mays

    I would never consider paying for a review, but I suppose people who are eager to get going in blogging with products might be tempted. I hope this prevents that.

  14. Michele

    I learned the hard way about NOFOLLOW!! It took 6 or 7 months to get my ranking back!! Now my entire blog is nofollow and I always tag each link nofollow in addition. I agree never to pay to put up a review–they should pay you or send you product without charging a postage fee. I will occasionally do a freebie but it is usually having to do with a charity ir info that I really think should be passed on. I try to stay away from controversial subjects but if I do write one I always say that it is my opinion and that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion AND that I will not be commenting back–I just agree to disagree ahead of time. As for books–sometimes I buy them, sometimes they are sent to me by the author or the publisher–but then I LOVE reading!! And I have pretty thick skin–which you really do have to do.I love all the advice up above and it will help out all bloggers both new and old!

  15. simplybeingmommy

    Oh no! It can be so hard to stay atop on all of the rules, but you have to be careful.

  16. Dawn

    One of the biggest tips to a blogger is to check your ego. You don’t know everything, and there’s always MORE to learn. Don’t be offended when someone tries to give you new information.

  17. Pam

    That’s a great point Dawn! We can all learn something new about blogging.

  18. Jennifer

    The Nofollow tag is so important! I didn’t know about that at first, and I had to go back and fix all of my links. That took forever and a day!

  19. Nicole

    Thanks for sharing your blogging tips. I didn’t know about the No Follow rule for such a long time, but it is one of the most important things to do. I found a plug in to use on my blog that automatically fixes my links so I don’t have to think about it.

  20. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    This post is so spot on. DO NOT be rude. A: It’s RUDE! B: You never know who you’re talking to or who you’ll be working with later on.

  21. alissa4illustration

    Good tips. I have been honest before, but I don’t think I was rude. I’m still confused about: NOFOLLOW. I just don’t get it.

  22. Mellisa

    These are GREAT tips! I agree with all of them.

  23. tamaralikecamera

    These are great tips! I’m definitely good about not being rude and not paying for reviews! The nofollow thing is new to me, but I’ve just started doing it and even without totally understanding it, I understand that it’s important.

  24. Fabgrandma

    I agree with most of what you advise here, but I do feel that are times when do-follow links are appropriate. For instance, if you are quoting another blogger and linking to them.

  25. Christy Maurer

    You also have to be willing to take rejections! I’ve applied for things before and not gotten accepted when others have…it is hard to not take it personally!

  26. Sandra - The Foodie Affair

    Great tips! It took me awhile to learn the No Follow rule! I’m still learning so much!

  27. [email protected]..andDadtoo

    Great tips especially the don’t be rude one. All is takes is one rude/bad blogger to make a whole blogging community look bad. Thanks for sharing.

  28. annecrane

    Great tips for all bloggers new and old. I have never been asked to pay for a review. Nuts!

  29. Mitch

    It is your first tip that I always forget! In fact, I am going back and correcting my post from today! Thanks!

  30. Anna

    These are such great tips for a newer blogger! I will be looking into the nofollow thing, I’m not sure if my site is or not, thanks for the advice!

  31. Heather

    Great tips! I’ve been blogging for six years and know I still know that I need to learn a lot from this profession.

  32. joycandrian

    So much to learn about blogging. Thanks for the useful tips.

  33. Heather Lawrence

    No follow? Ok, time for me to do a little digging… I have NO idea what that means but I don’t want to be in the dark on this.

  34. Jenn

    Great tips for bloggers. I’ve been blogging for a long time, and i still have things to learn.

  35. Nancy

    Did you know there’s a widget you can get in WordPress to automatically click the “no follow” when you’re about to enter a link? It’s super convenient when writing up posts for companies.

  36. Ourfamilyworld

    I agree with the second tip. There are some companies that would offer you a discount and some will require you to pay for the shipping.

  37. Michelle F.

    those are some great tips. I am a blogger and my advise would be to be patient with growth.

  38. Miranda Sherman

    I wish I would have come across post like this when I first started blogging because it would have come in very handy! So many of these I had to learn first hand, but I made it through.

  39. becca112971

    I would say when using photos that aren’t your own give credit to that person/blog. I also love your tip about links.

  40. Nicole Lutzy

    I had no idea that blogging has been around that long! I thought it was a relatively new thing.

  41. Nicole Lutzy

    Great advise. I agree with most, I have many times reviewed a product and have gotten paid for it as well. For instance I have a minimum and if a product does not reach that minimum which includes my time I have not problem asking for compensation and a sponsors offers to pay as well I see no reason why we shouldn’t Just my opinion.

  42. Boho Chic (@TotallyTerris)

    Thank you so much for the blogging tips. I always forget to add no follow and I need to start making a note to do so.

  43. alexisakamom0616

    Great tips I never heard of the No Follow link.

  44. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    Actually Robin I don’t think the information about do follow and don’t follow links is correct. When doing sponsored work the Google and the FTC require No follow links as well as disclosure. However in every other case do follow links are appropriate especially if you are sharing another blog or items you love. You are applying your site’s Google ‘juice’ to that site, as other sites apply theirs to your site when linking to you. I think employing no follow and do follow links properly can affect your ranking but I’ve never heard of only using no follow links facilitating better ranking and I’ve spoken directly to Google reps about this topic. Great tip list!

  45. Coolchillmom

    These are great tips to follow. Number one specially.

  46. Jeannette

    These are great tips! And while they are pretty basic, we’ll need a reminder every once in a while! Thanks!

  47. Natalie Z

    Thanks for the great tips! Blogging takes a lot of work and nudges always help me refocus!

  48. Scott

    I’ve seen a trend of made-in-China products hitting up bloggers with discount codes in exchange for blog & Amazon reviews. People need to value their time better – it makes no sense to me!

  49. Winter White

    I’ve never heard of the term “no follow”, I’m going to have to look that up. These are great tips, I never realized the time and energy that went into a blog and mistakenly thought that once I pressed the post button my job was over. It couldn’t have been further from the truth

  50. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    Very helpful tips. Especially about nofollow, which I always forget.

  51. jasmine

    Nofollow is probably the best tip you can give any new blogger!

  52. Crystal

    There is a lot of jargon to keep track of in blogging. No follow is a term that everyone needs to be familiar with.

  53. Catherine S

    What great tips. I didn’t know some companies might want you to pay to do a review. I would never do that.

  54. Maria

    These are amazing tips! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge so unselfishly!

  55. Heather

    I get approached daily for follow links. And the people offer peanuts. No thanks!

  56. LyndaS

    I blog. I think bloggers need to just hang in there and be willing to grow. We don’t know it all and it is a constantly evolving job.

  57. Sandy KS

    I am not sure what a No follow is. Everything else make sense and something I heard of. I am still pretty new at blogging and trying to learn what to do and not do.

  58. Chubskulit Rose

    These absolutely true especially having thick skin. My feelings was hurt a couple oftimes but that doesn’t stop me from doing what I love to do!

  59. Britney Thompson Mills

    Really great tips and information! Thanks for sharing, I have to keep all of these in mind!

  60. Dawn McAlexander

    I am so glad to hear you mention the nofollow part. I get so many inquiries where people want a dofollow post and I have to decline. But then someone else will say they were glad to do it. I always ask myself, “Why would anyone risk their blog for something like that?” I think people should think just a little first.

  61. Amanda

    All of these points are so spot on. I feel like you should also mention that bloggers should be kind to one another, especially in blogging groups. Too many people take blogging way too seriously and can let it take over their usual kind and respectful personalities.

  62. touristmeetstraveler

    These are all really great tips, especially the one about not being rude. That says a lot about you as a person and could ruin many things for you to have an attitude like that!

  63. Kim Delatorre (@shopwithmemama)

    I had to certainly get tougher skin and not be so sensitive! People can be SO mean sometimes but you have to not let it get to you!

  64. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Yes, all true. It is especially important to understand the no follow rule.

  65. kristi

    Excellent tips…andi agree with them, especially with the dont pay for products to review. The company should be paying you or giving you the product to review.

  66. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide

    This is such a great post! I know lots of new bloggers who don’t know about nofollows (I just learned new rules to it myself!), so these are all super great!!!

  67. Marcie W.

    These are all great tips and each important in their own way. My blogging tip would be get ready to work hard because building a blog and a brand take time and effort.

  68. Caroline

    Those are really great tips! Blogging is not always easy and your right you can’t be to sensitive.

  69. moesly15

    These are really great tips! I’ve never heard of the no follow thing and am going to figure that one out,

  70. Maria

    These are great key tips that any blogger can appreciate! I think the NoFollow is so unknown to many knew bloggers still.

  71. Dina

    These tips are such great ideas. Every new blogger should add this as a resource!

  72. Patrice M Foster

    You have some good point and enjoy reading. I did not understand no follow have to read up on this thanks for sharing.

  73. Seattle Travel Blogger

    I never think you should pay for reviews either. That’s like paying to do work for someone! LOL!

  74. Lynsey Jones

    This is all good advice. I agree that having a thick skin is vital.

  75. irishred13

    So true! I would never pay for reviews and yes toughen up

  76. Paula Schuck

    Most of us seem to learn about nofollow links the hard way. Ahh, you learn something new every day!

  77. Cynthia Wright

    These are great to know. Especially the nofollow info. Most new bloggers are unaware of this.

  78. Pam

    Don’t be rude is a great tip for online presence in general. People say things online that they would never say out loud in person.

  79. Crystal From Tidbits of Experience

    These are all important tips. I think the best one is to not be mean to other bloggers.

  80. Ellen ThatChicMom

    Such important an valid tips. All things many of us learned the hard way as newbie bloggers.

  81. Lorane

    There is so much more I need to know . I don’t know much about “Nofollow” but I will definitely look into it. These are great tips

  82. Shelley Zurek

    I think bloggers should know they can break their comments into smaller pages such that you only have 20 comments per page and you can also switch the comment box to the top (I am looking at you RObin!!! ) I had my designer switch it, it was quick and worth it.

  83. Debbie Denny

    Really I think out of all the “advice” given in the blogging world… These are the most important. Needs to be at the top of everyones list.

  84. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips for blogging. I will have to share this with my sister. She is just starting her blog.

  85. tiarasandtantrums

    I don’t know who would ever pay to complete review? that is just absurd to me. I want to review a product and get paid to do it as well.

  86. JanetGoingCrazy

    You know, there are so many good tips for do’s and don’t’s out there, but it seems like you’ve simplified it down to the basic 5 and these are great tips!

  87. lisa

    These are definitely good blogging tips. It is a must to have thick skin when blogging and manners go a long way!

  88. klg1982

    These are all good tips. The being too rude or sensitive are both good ones. Bloggers are here to help each other.

  89. candyolivares

    What a great post. I agree you have to have thick skin..

  90. CouponDivaDesirae

    Love this post! I can’t tell you how many rude bloggers I have came across. I have joined so many groups and some of them are just nasty! They need to remember that we are all families too just trying to support our own family.

  91. Amy Desrosiers

    These are great tips which I learned early in the game! I am still working on growing a thicker skin though.

  92. Christine Young

    Great tips! I’ve been blogging for almost ten years and can attest to each one!!

  93. Aubrey

    These are some good tips. I have heard of nofollow, but I wasn’t sure what it was.

  94. shaunatorres

    Great tips. I wish I knew them when I first began. It would have made life a whole lot easier… Ha! Thanks for sharing

  95. Danielle H

    I’ve been blogging for five years. These are some good tips. Especially about not being sensitive. Ya gotta have a thick skin in the blogging world.

  96. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    Great tips! I agree that you should not pay to do reviews!

  97. LifeAsAConvert

    I love blogging! I would add “Do not do reviews for free…” unless of course it is something that you REALLY want to do or a product that you love..

  98. upliftingfam

    These are great tips. There are a few differences between nofollow and do follow links. Typically, if your paid for a post or review you want to use nofollow. This tells the search engines not to follow your link. Do follow simply tells Google to pass a little link juice from your site to theirs. It helps with ranking.

  99. asbestrecipes

    Most definitely rudeness never works kindness and professionalism do thanks for sharing

  100. Owen's Mom

    Great tips! Yes, thick skin definitely helps, but I think compassion goes a long way, too.

  101. M from The Stay-at-Home Life

    I hate when companies ask me to do free reviews! My time, effort, experience and work is worth something.

  102. Kendra

    I agree with all of these. It took me a while to figure things out and I’m still learning.

  103. Carol Bryant

    Can I have a big amen – these are fantastic tips. I see bloggers make the nofollow error all the time so thanks for pointing that out. As you say, kindness matters and don’t be rude for sure. Great post.

  104. Dogvills

    That is the great tips. I agree with all of that especially ” dont be rude ” thanks for sharing

  105. Ronni

    Really great tips!
    I’d add 2 more… write about what makes you happy, your passions, etc. Don’t try to fake it you won’t come across as genuine at all. If you love it, it’s always more authentic.
    And get a tough skin. People can be harsh. Don’t always assume negativity is about you rather it’s likely more about them just directed at you.

  106. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition

    These are all great tips! I had to learn to not be so sensitive about some comments. Some people are very brave behind the keyboard and just rude sometimes. It took me a while to get a tough skin and not be bothered by it.

  107. Elizabeth O.

    I was clueless about nofollow. Thanks for these great tips!

  108. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    I know companies that offer just the product without further compensation, but thankfully no one has ever asked ME for money! That’s crazy!

  109. Crystal

    Great tips! It’s so important to find a blogging group, too, where you can share each other’s posts and help each other out. I also say don’t sell yourself short.

  110. @SensiblySara

    I am always too sensitive! When I feel it taking over, I take a step back and come at it again. These are great tips!

  111. vegetarianmamma

    Great tips, I think not being sensitive is the hardest. WE are all human and make mistakes. Sometimes people are just mean ;/

  112. kristimaloney

    Great tips. I always use “no follow” links. It’s amazing how many requests I get for me to use “do follow”.

  113. Jamela Porter

    I have had a few companies ask me to purchase their product then do a review. I never do those…

  114. Lisa Rios

    These are all great tips indeed, which really helps to know more about blogging. I agree with you that paying for a review of a particular product is not a good idea at all as we buy it, because we loved it. I understand the importance of Nofollow tag as well.

  115. Tami

    Do you use nofollow on all your links or just sponsored links and reviews? That’s when I use it.

  116. thedomesticbuzz

    Wow, you’ve been blogging for a long time! That’s awesome! And this is great advice for newbies, especially the one about developing a thick skin.

  117. Kristin

    That last rule is clutch! Thick skin required!

  118. Heather

    All of these tips are so true and good tips. Thanks for the reminders.

  119. maggiesblog2

    These are great tips for a newbie blogger and great reminders for a seasoned one. I learned about nofollow early on after doing some research and had no idea about it.

  120. Krystal's Kitsch

    Nofollow links are so important. Any reputable company would never ask for a dofollow link!

  121. Laura funk

    I could never imagine paying for a review. Great tips and also thank you for the advice the other day. <3

  122. seasidemermaid

    These are tried and true tips, especially not being rude to other bloggers (or people in general). Kindness goes a long way!HilLesha

  123. [email protected]

    I agree about having thick skin. And I find that I have to let stuff go.

  124. nehasultan2000

    great tips. Am newbie blogger and these are really useful. Looking up nofollow point never heard of it. Glad now at least am aware.

  125. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    Great tips. I’d never considered paying for reviews. That’s a new one for me. I agree with having a thick skin too. It’s necessary anytime you put yourself out there.

  126. Elizaveta Hesketh

    These are wonderful tips. I am just starting working on my blog with reviews, so this will be great to use your tips!

  127. Michelle Varga (@dustbunniesblog)

    These are all excellent tips to keep in mind when blogging! It;s true that one should always try to have a thick skin when it comes to the online world.

  128. Marina (@mommysnippets)

    My tip would be to remember from where you started and to help newbie bloggers when possible. The blogosphere is big enough for all!

  129. April (@theaprilnoelle)

    I’ve heard of the nofollow thing and most of my reviews, they request that I do “nofollow”. I really should do more research. Great tips.

  130. censie

    Great tips. Every day I learn something new as a blogger.

  131. Becka @ Probably Crafting

    I agree with every one of these. Another one is “don’t work for free” the possibility of being shared on a larger network isn’t worth wooden nickles. And yes we have to have thick skins.

  132. mamadweeb

    I cannot believe people actually ask for a fee for reviews. That is a new one. I’ve never been asked to pay.

  133. Tanisha

    wow these are great tips for bloggers – thanks for sharing!

  134. Terra Heck

    Those are all great tips, especially #1 and 2. I refuse to pay for any review product. And it has to be nofollow for me. As for the snobs remark, I don’t think it’s fair for someone to lump us all in one group like that.

  135. Victoria

    Thanks for this post. These are some great tips. I especially love #2, some companies think that by offering a “discount” they are doing us a favor. Running a blog is hard work and by not charging a fee they are already getting “free” advertising.

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