Hey there! I’m Ariel Shanelle and I know many people are struggling online to figure out how this blogging thing works. It’s so exciting to have a website to call your own, but without the proper knowledge we begin to struggle. We struggle to get traffic and shares. Everyone blogger wants to be successful and I will help you any way that I can. Today I want to teach you how to look like a professional blogger (even if you just started).
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1. Use consistent picture sizes.
I so wish someone would’ve told me this when I first started. I had three different sized images on my home page. Talk about embarrassing! Now, I use 800 x 500 photos for my featured images and any horizontal photos. I use 600 x 900 for vertical images and my Pinterest pins. You can use those sizes if you want, as long as they are always the same size.
The way I do this is with Canva. If you head over to Canva.com, you can click on custom dimension in the top right corner.
Then, enter the size you prefer.
Click ‘Create new design’. You can upload pictures onto Canva on the left hand side under ‘upload’. I usually use a grid under the element tab. This is an easy way to make sure your pictures are always the same size. Plus, Canva automatically saves anything you create. This way, you can access your pictures from any computer.
2. Don’t make your paragraphs too long.
When paragraphs are too long, it distracts your reader. White space in the background are a good thing. The tab key is your friend. Use it.
3. Use more pictures.
Pictures help your readers stay interested. Everyone likes to look at nice picture, especially in between reading. Don’t underestimate the power of great images.
Please make sure you’re using free stock photos, paid for stock photos, or photos you’ve taken. You can get in really big trouble for using copyrighted images without permission.
Some of my favorite free stock photo websites are:
4. Make a pin for your post.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a post and couldn’t find a pin to share it on Pinterest. Most of my traffic comes from Pinterest and I can’t pin your content without a Pinterest image. I make my Pinterest pins 600 x 900. I put my Pinterest pins at the bottom of my content, but I’ve seen others stick them in various places. Do what works for you, but please make a pin for it.
5. Have a way for people to comment and share.
It’s so disappointing when I fall in love with a post only to be rejected when I try to share or comment. Comments and shares help your blog so much. Therefore, when you don’t have a way for your audience to comment, you’re missing out on building your relationship with them.
People love to share their opinions and stories when they feel connected to your posts. Please give them a space to do so.
For sharing, I currently use the plugin Social Warfare. I like it and haven’t had any issues with it. I definitely recommend.
6. Use headings.
Not only are headings good for your audience, but it’s good for your Google SEO rank. You definitely want to work toward a great SEO rank on Google since it’s the number one search engine on the web.
Some people skim through content. By having subheadings, your audience can find the stuff they want easier. Always think about your reader!
7.Talk like you would to a friend.
This last one is important. Your website is more than products and content. Chances are there is someone else out there with the same information you’re sharing. The reason why people would keep returning to your website is if they enjoy you.
That’s right! People will enjoy your personality, but you’ve got to be sure to include it within your works. Don’t talk like a robot all the time. Instead, include personal stories about yourself and explain to them why you completely understand what they’re going through.
Blogging can be tough. It’s really time consuming especially if you have a family and full time job like I do. However, you can do it. I know you can! Don’t give up and continue to learn!
What’s your blog about and how did you know you wanted to create it? Please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your story. Also, if you’ve enjoyed this post, please share it on social media to support this blog.