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Mother's Advice

She would make sure you were buckled up before starting the car

When setting up a blog, what you do in the beginning can have big consequences down the road.  Pick a good quality hoster, set better passwords than ‘password’, do some research before you buy your URL, get some spam protection, secure your twitter handle and start your mailing list.  All of these things can stop you from hitting a wall and flying out the windshield.

She would tell you not to take candy from strangers

It’s tempting to snag that sweet sweet nugget of linky goodness.  When someone you don’t know emails you to ask about link exchanges or buying a link from you, it’s best to avoid jumping into their windowless van lest Google throw you in the basement with all the nasty content farmers.

She would hound you to clean up your room

If it looks like a bomb went off in your sidebars.  If you have broken links and out of bounds images.  If you still use Comic Sans even though your blog has nothing to do with comic books or heros.  If you have a tag cloud. Please, listen to your mother and tidy up a bit?

She would tell you to eat your veggies

We realize that spinach isn’t the tastiest thing to eat and yeah, it can even smell funny.  But you gotta just plug your nose and shove it down the hatch.  Why?  Because it’s good for you.  It will help you grow up big and strong.  Many bloggers think of SEO the way a 4 year old thinks of spinach.  It’s often the last thing tackled on the plate and the hardest to power through. SEO is the key to growing your blog big and strong.  You need to learn how to build those links and write those title tags.  Get to it…you’ll be at the table until bedtime if you don’t.

She would ask you if you’d jump off a bridge just because all the other bloggers were doing it.

It’s normal to want to belong and embrace this sense of community bloggers create online. But if every decision you make regarding your own blog is based on the fact that one of the ‘big guys’ is doing it then you’re going to get lost down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Put your goals together and then make decisions to meet those goals; decisions that make sense for  you.  If your only goal is to succeed then you’ll find yourself floundering around wondering what it is you need to make it big.

What does success mean to you?  Does it mean having huge traffic numbers?  Or maybe it means having a nice sized subscriber base.  If you’re thinking you want both (or one or the other) then think about why you want that.  What does a large subscriber base mean for you?  What is the ultimate end goal?  Your end goal might be hugely different from someone else’s end goal so it makes no sense to blindly follow what they are doing because they appear to be successful.  Got it? Good.  Now go eat your spinach.

Heather lives, parents and blogs in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Grab her rss feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/fFhR) for more posts on blogging from a geeky mom.
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  1. Free Classifids India left a comment on August 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm |

    very informative article thanks for sharing (Y)

  2. Kostenlos left a comment on December 1, 2011 at 10:19 am |

    Probably the most useful tips i red in a while, also its put in kind of a funny way!

  3. macchina left a comment on November 21, 2011 at 3:56 am |

    tks Heather, simple and direct suggestions

  4. Comox Valley Real Estate left a comment on October 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm |

    useful but fairly basic blog elements

  5. Vijay Sharma left a comment on August 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm |

    😀 pretty neat

  6. Rahul Parekh left a comment on June 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm |

    Hahaha….this was a nice read. I chuckled!

  7. impastatrice left a comment on June 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm |

    Mums are always right

  8. Phil Vandal left a comment on June 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm |

    Lol very good and said in a funny way. Great advices :)

  9. Pokerist left a comment on June 1, 2011 at 2:48 am |

    Funny but true! :)

  10. Mockuptiger left a comment on May 25, 2011 at 11:57 am |

    Very sane and funnily put

  11. handyfinder left a comment on May 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm |

    Love it!!! Very funny and written with a lot of wit!! 😀 Thank you for the advices and guidelines, some blogger will really need it,…

  12. research papers left a comment on May 13, 2011 at 1:31 am |

    Oh it’s really funny to look at our mom’s behavour)

  13. PMADESK left a comment on May 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm |

    She would ask you if you’d jump off a bridge just because all the other bloggers were doing it. LOL! ! Hey! Personal profile page of Doppler internet and PMA desk owned by Carl Doppler is an excellent way to distill information about you into a digestible and interesting format. Your profile is a scrapbook of your life in words! Visit the site and feel free to comment! =)

  14. ezza left a comment on April 23, 2011 at 3:17 am |

    Very good !!! 😀

  15. Tony left a comment on April 22, 2011 at 10:02 am |

    Good advice – and yes mom knows best.

  16. yasmeen left a comment on April 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm |

    good advice, not unlike those in the All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten book, but with good blogging insights. although maybe there are some other fundamental issue that is left out, such as the characteristic or main idea of the blog itself.

  17. Garth left a comment on April 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm |

    Pretty cool post. I like the way you’ve made it. The comparison on how you make things relate each other. I love this manner.

  18. Pe left a comment on April 9, 2011 at 3:46 am |

    “When someone you don’t know emails you to ask about link exchanges or buying a link from you, it’s best to avoid jumping into their windowless van lest Google throw you in the basement with all the nasty content farmers. ”

    ohhh, that’s exactly what this post is. And the whole blog too for that case (see sidebar)

  19. Kathleen B. left a comment on March 29, 2011 at 11:27 am |

    Amazing post Heather! You put it into such a great context that it is very easy to see why each of those things are important. If I could go back, I certainly would have started out on WordPress instead of being faced with making the switch now.

  20. Juan Ignacio left a comment on March 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm |

    Great advice.
    Gracias !!!

  21. Tammy left a comment on March 27, 2011 at 7:37 am |

    I love the Clean Up Your Room one. When I first started blogging, my sidebars were a big issue. I had so much “junk”. Now, I keep it simple. It’s easier to keep up with broken links, and my readers can focus on my content without getting dizzy looking at a bunch of other site buttons.

  22. Eve left a comment on March 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm |

    Amazing post! I love it!!!

  23. Marianna left a comment on March 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm |

    Another great post Heather! Very helpful.
    I am staring to finally grasp SEO after 2 years of blogging. My problem is that I am on Blogger which has very limited SEO capabilities. And no, I’m not moving. I’m stubborn. So I am trying hard to figure out the best way to SEO with it.

  24. Alison left a comment on March 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm |

    CRAP! I guess I better go take my tag cloud out… it’s in the footer though.. does that make it better? LOL

    Great post Heather!

    • Heather left a comment on March 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm |

      in the footer is better – as long as there isn’t something else that could be in that spot. I don’t think anyone really uses them, so it’s a shame to have them taking up space.

  25. Jennifer @ Mom Spotted left a comment on March 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm |

    I love the style of this post! It’s all true too!

  26. Adam W. Warner left a comment on March 26, 2011 at 6:34 am |

    Great advice for both beginner and experienced bloggers. I couldn’t agree more with the SEO part above. If you don’t learn the basic SEO techniques, you’re going to be working much harder than necessary to get ranked. It used to be a bit of a mystery to me…I knew little pieces of what I should be doing but couldn’t put them together in my head until we found a great tool named Scribe SEO

    We wrote about and how it helped us. The link is in my signature above. It puts all the basics in front of you and then analyzes your articles to tell you what is wrong and how to fix it. We’re in love with it;)

  27. Janessa left a comment on March 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm |

    All great advice that I need to be taking with a new blog, thanks!

  28. Henrietta left a comment on March 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm |

    This is exactly how my mother would tell me to do it! Fun and useful!

    • Jürgen left a comment on July 9, 2011 at 8:17 am |

      Yes you are so right about your statement because a life without fun is really lonely, so do it today and now

  29. Misty left a comment on March 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm |

    Great advice presented well!

  30. Enter your name… left a comment on March 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |

    Thanks for the good advice! I am just now learning to seo after 6 years of blogging. I wish I had learned it long ago.

  31. Grammar Fanatic left a comment on March 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |

    The word “heros” should be “heroes.” Please correct. Thank you.

  32. Nicole left a comment on March 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm |

    Awesome advice Heather!

  33. Rhea left a comment on March 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm |

    Very good advice. Heather, you are So smart! 😉

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