Blogging tips

11 Hottest Blogging Tips of 2011

Always finding great blogging tips then losing it again? Me too so now I keep all those handy links in a draft blog post then keep adding to it.

It’s an invaluable resource for me so I thought you might find my links useful too. These are the best blogging tips I’ve found and used so far in 2011.

1. How I Organize Google Reader for Blog Commenting

This post by social media star Kristi Hines at Kikolani is gold for all of us who haven’t quite got to grips with following RSS feeds or creating a system so we remember to comment on our favorite blogs.

Read it to find out why I call Kristi the RSS Ninja. I’m slowly working through these tips and getting it sorted out. I met Kristi at BlogWorld 2010. She’s a font of knowledge, totally inspiring and she rocks at all that geeky stuff that drives me nuts.

Follow Kristi on Twitter for more blogging tips.

2. Top WordPress Plug-ins for Multi-Author Blogs

Don’t have a multi-author blog? Neither do I but some of the plug-ins like the Category Reminder are useful for all bloggers.

Justin Germino over at Dragon Blogger tested over 20 useful WordPress plug-ins to write this post. Justin is another prolific and hot blogger who writes five blogs and manages another two that his wife writes.

Follow Justin on Twitter for more blogging tips.

3. Search Engine Ranking Tip: How to Search Google Incognito

Ana Hoffman astounds me. We had a little email chat and Ana told me she used to update her blog five times a day. Incredible since I can’t even manage to update mine five times a  week.

Ana has an encyclopedia knowledge of search engine optimsiation and a zillion things all we bloggers need to know but don’t manage to learn about. Ana not only understands blogging, she writes about it in a way that helps us understand them too.

Follow Ana on Twitter for more blogging tips.

4. 5 Reasons Free Friend Hosting is Horrible. Don’t do it.

Funny, clever and geeky in a good way Dave Doolin loves WordPress, and knows more about WordPress and blogging than just about anyone else.

Dave loves to was lyrical about the state of the blogopshere and spin yarns about when he was at Burning Man. But this post tells the sad truth and potential cost of getting something free.

Follow Dave on Twitter for more blogging tips.

5. 8 Reasons Why Your Blog Really Doesn’t Need a Mobile Theme

Kiesha Easley from We Blog Better wrote this post to put bloggers at ease about mobile optimization because mobile technology is evolving so fast.

Read this post to find out why what was a “must-have”  a year ago is now considered extra baggage. offers great blogging tips for aspiring bloggers and is currently hosting a unique contest called “Surviving the Blog” that’s going to be a good one to get involved with or follow.

Follow Kiesha on Twitter for more blogging tips.

6. How To Build An Insanely Loyal Tribe: One Reader at a Time

This is a post by the inspirational Srinivas Rao, the host and co-founder of BlogcastFM. He’s continually built his online presence by focusing his efforts on relationship marketing and he shares those tips here.

Srinivas is a personal development blogger but if you’re after blogging tips BlogCastFM which he set up with Sid Sivara  is brilliant listening for bloggers.

Follow Srinivas on Twitter or follow BlogCastFM for more blogging tips.

7. How to create a writing style that impacts your audience like a blazing meteor

This post by Mars Dorian shows you how to develop a compelling blog writing style. It gives you tricks and tips on strengthening your writing voice and creating a language that people can’t help but pay attention to.

What’s truly inspiring is that Mars is German so english is his second language but he really knows how to rock it.

Follow Mars on Twitter for more blogging tips.

8. Create a Media Kit

Update 2012: This isn’t a blog post any more, it’s now a handy dandy 16 page e-book by Tina Gray which you can buy for a very small price. How to Create a Media Kit will save you time, save you wondering if you got it right and show you how to create a media kit that  makes you look as good as you are.

It proved very handy when I finally got round to creating my own Media Kit over for my travel blog Get In the Hot Spot because there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Tina knows what, when and how to create your own media kit and her ebook will set you straight. There’s no affiliate program for this one but if there was I’d join it because I regularly recommend this ebook to other bloggers.

Follow Tina on Twitter for more blogging tips.

9. How to Create a Kick Ass Media Kit

This is an add on guide to Tina Gray’s media kit by Glowless over at Where’s My Glow. It’s a checklist you can run through when you’ve finished your media kit to check you haven’t left out anything important.

I used them both to create a media kit for my travel blog with excellent results – I got a sponsored blog post almost immediately so thanks Tina and Glowless!

Follow Glowless on Twitter.

10. How to Live Blog a Conference

This is a post by Bree Lawson from The Blog Stylist. Bree went on a blogging hiatus for three months and returned knowing she needed something easy and noticeable to kickstart her blog’s traffic again.

So she decided to live blog a one-day blogging conference. In this follow-up post to that epic day Bree shares how she rocked the live blogging, how it scored her an extra 2,000 blog visits in a matter of days, and how she became a trending topic on Twitter, all with only an hour’s preparation.

Follow Bree on Twitter for more blogging tips.

11. The Heart of Online Marketing – Video Post

This is a brilliant from video Mary Jaksch and Barrie Davenport at A-List Blog Marketing which will teach you the five keys to building a successful online business. This video focuses on Good Karma Marketing – marketing with integrity and purpose.

Mary and Barrie teach bloggers how Good Karma marketing can change your approach to blogging and marketing – and change your life. If you like this video it’s part of a free series called The Heart of Successful Online Marketing so you’ll want to watch them all.

Follow A-List Blog Marketing on Twitter for more blogging tips.

Found any more great blog posts or blogs with hot blogging tips recently? Share them in the comments.

Or tell us what blogging tips you most want to read but haven’t found yet. Maybe we can point you in the right direction.

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Author: Annabel Candy

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Bree @ The Blog Stylist October 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

Thanks so much for including me Annabel! Feel very honoured to be listed along with such awesome bloggers!


Annabel Candy October 4, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hi Bree, your post is incredible. What a way to kick start your blog after a break! It inspired me:)


Glowless October 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

Wow what an honour to be included! Thank you so much Annabel I’m so thrilled!


Annabel Candy October 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

I’m thrilled to be surrounded by so many hot blogging chicks too:)


Jennifer Flint October 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Great list, thanks! I added it to the home screen of my iPad so I can remember to go through it later. Wait, is that one of the tips? :)


Annabel Candy October 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hi Jennifer, lol, sounds like a great addition;)


Justin Germino October 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for the inclusion, I follow every one of the blogs you listed and they are all noteworthy. I noticed you aren’t using CommentLuv or any other commenting system augmentation yet, have you considered?


Annabel Candy October 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Hi Justin, I have considered it – my hubby/tech expert is worried about slow download times but it doesn’t seem to worry anyone else!


Razak Muhaimin October 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for sharing the list. I’ve read a few blog post you recommended. Really useful to improve my blogs. Thanks once again. :)


Annabel Candy October 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Hi Razak, glad you found some handy blogging tips:)


Kiesha @ WeBlogBetter October 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

Hi Annabel!
How did you get to be so amazing?! Thanks for thinking of me for this post. It’s an honor to be listed here with all these other super bloggers. There’s a few here that I haven’t had an opportunity to check out – well, now’s the time! Thanks!


Annabel Candy October 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Hi Keisha, not quite amazing yet… maybe one day;) Glad you found some other good reading:)


Dave Doolin October 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Kiesha – I think Annabel has this thing going on: indominability. It’s like persistence, only more. It is amazing! I recall just two years ago she wrote a great article about getting through that big downer at the 6 month point. Obviously, she knows how to do it.


Dave Doolin October 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Annabel, I am in esteemed company to be sure! I’ve known about half of your list for years now. (Wow!) I got a lot of these articles:

* Srini and Stanford have it spot on: kiss a lot of digital babies. I did that early on, and could do with a lot more of it in the future. I’ve heard this also called the “Starfish Principle.” FWIW, I got the “kiss” from Josh Kohlbach and Gabe Young when back when I was just starting out.

* Mars is amazing because he has created a role and stepped into it. I know of Mars from another blogging circle where this strategy (create role, step in) was heavily promoted. Ironically, that blogger threw in the towel, but Mars is living it!

* I’m with Bree on a blogging hiatus…

* Ana… We all see a lot of people who suddenly appear as Ana did, and just as suddenly disappear. Somehow, I don’t think Ana is going away any time soon.

* Kristi is amazing. I won’t say more because it would be hard to stop.

* Justin is my goto guy for basic WP info. He makes money at this stuff too, which I think is really cool.


Annabel Candy October 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Hi Dave, love the idea of kissing digital babies;) Hope the blogging hiatus goes on as long as you need it to but fingers crossed you’ll get back to it. I love reading your stories and blogging tips too. More of Dave’s blogging philosophy really….


Tina ~ Tina Gray {dot} Me October 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Thanks again for including me in this list. Much appreciated, Annabel :)


Kristi Hines October 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

I just saw the title in my Google Reader and knew it would be good… happily surprised to see one of my favorite posts this year right on top. Thanks for including me and compiling these great posts! :)


Di October 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Annabel – this is just a fantastic list, thank you so much for compiling and sharing it. Kristi’s Google Reader organisation tips couldn’t have come at a better time for me – it’s 2pm and I’m still sitting in front of my laptop in my pjs, organising and culling! She’s a genius! :-)


Annabel Candy October 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Hi Di, it does take a while bit worth it:) Glad you found some handy blogging tips!


Nicko October 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

Great stuff. Learned a lot today by reading these articles! =)


Annabel Candy October 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Hi Nicko, great to see you here. Stick around and you’ll go far;)


Rasmus October 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I’ve just read ” How To Build An Insanely Loyal Tribe: One Reader at a Time” and it’s awersome and very informative :)

Thanks for all the links and to reward this blogpost I’ve just twittered it !


Hmerologia October 27, 2011 at 2:15 am

Thank you for this interesting tips. I really enjoy the tip #3 from Ana Hoffman ” Search Engine Ranking Tip: How to Search Google Incognito”.
Since today i had no idea that google show me the “wrong” results on my search, since they use my personal settings.
On the other hand i feel disappointed since sing this tip now i lost the fist position on google for my most important keyword :(
OKposition #5 on first page is not bad but since a few minutes ago i had the impression that i was #1…..


Arthur December 28, 2011 at 6:33 am

I do not agree with tip nr.4.. Free hosting is always good at beginning for thous how do know what blogging is. Second you will be more visible and your blog will rank much faster than having own hosted blog…. So I really disagree with this tip.


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