This post is sponsored by DiamondLinks. Any opinions expressed are my own.
When I started blogging a number of years ago I thought I would just be sharing deals with people. I’d put it on the internet and people would just find it through searches or social media. LOL yea I was naive.
I’m not very technically minded and I don’t make much money off my blog so when something needs to be done I have to try to learn to do it myself or crowd source from bloggers that are willing to help. As I learned there was more to the “If you write it they will come” idea I also learned a few things along the way.
Plug Ins are a life saver for me
When I’m not sure how to do something I can usually find a plug in for that. Like setting up Google analytics, or having social share bars on blog posts. I’ve also found that there are Plug ins to make my time posting deals more efficient like Amazon deal generator, for instance. Did you know there is actually a plug in to help share old posts to twitter? Actually there is more than just one.
There are Websites to help
There are plenty of websites to help with your blog. Some are free like Google Analytics while others are a paid service like Jaaxy which helps with keywords. Just search for things like “help with keywords” or whatever you need help with and you’re bound to fall onto something. Asking around on blogger websites help too.
When in doubt, YouTube
If a plug in isn’t the answer YouTube has saved me on a few occasions. I’m a visual person and it helps so much for me to see someone do it. You’d be surprised at how many tutorials there are on Youtube for blogging, problem solving, etc.
If you can afford it, you can always pay someone
There’s plenty of webs professionals out there: web designers, SEO experts, hosting companies, etc that can help for a few. Sometimes for me, it just gives me piece of mind to have an expert do something. I don’t want to break my blog! I’ve used GoDaddy for my hosting for years and they’ve recently added a security product too which gets rid of, and scans for things like malware and viruses. It’s actually pretty reasonably priced too.
When you get into bigger blogs and website and I starts seeing terms like ad-hoc reporting and scary stuff like malware detected, it’s time to call in the experts!
I’ve only been able to attend 2 blog conferences so far. 1 was completely online while the other was the Bloggy Conference at Cedar Point in Ohio. I have a blog post about both I believe. So helpful and it was nice to be able to talk with other bloggers. I got great info on SEO, media kits, social media, and more. Bloggy Con is actually one of the more affordable conferences out there too depending on where you live.