March 9, 2015 193 comments

20 Actions You Can Take to Look Like a Pro Blogger

by Regina

How do you look like a pro blogger? Here are 20 actions you can take.

When you put the word “pro” in front of an action or position in life (one that refers to a person), it typically means that the word or action is done as a profession–as in: it makes money or it is the person’s job.

Which definitely brings me to the time I met Allen Iverson. I was closing up shop at a retail establishment I used to manage in New York. A limousine pulled up right in front of our doors after I had already locked up. My mind said: I’m not unlocking the doors unless it’s Idris Elba. Or Justin Timberlake. Or Rosario Dawson. Or Judi Dench. Or anyone who has ever played James Bond in a film. But that’s it.

Who do you think that is?” one of the sales associates asked.

At this hour and at this store, probably a pro baller,” said another team member. [P.S. This was a shoe store we were in.]

Pro baller. Good guess. Where pro means the person doesn’t just play basketball for fun . . . someone, somewhere hands over a paycheck for them to play. And the paycheck is probably large. Hence the limousine. And the late arrival to my store. And the stock guy who came running out of the back begging me to open the doors as soon as he saw one half smidgen of Iverson’s head. Allen Iverson was his favorite basketball player ever.

I had already made my mind up that I wasn’t going to open the door except for the people noted above, but could I really deny a friend their chance to meet someone they thought was epically talented (regardless of how I felt about this person)?

I’m not that mean. I unlocked the door. Every single employee was geeking out. The stock guy offered to be his salesperson, a salesperson offered to be his cashier (but then asked me to ring him up instead because she was too nervous). I felt like I was the only person acting like a normal human being–which is so far from being an accurate thing to say about me.

In the moment, I wanted to treat the person in front of me with respect (regardless of any negative/crazy media about them) and professionalism (because at the time, I was a professional shoe store manager, so it was my job). The pro baller was courteous, professional, didn’t ask for a discount, didn’t act like he owned the place, he just came in and bought shoes and smiled and talked with our team members like any other person. If you didn’t know his face, you would have only been able to guess that he was a professional basketball player by his arrival (limo), his general appearance (tall, athletic, wearing sports apparel), his phone conversation (that I overheard him on–sorry dude, I wasn’t eavesdropping, I promise), his crew (there was a manager-like person with him), and the pretty gracious way he dealt with people staring at him and not being able to speak.

Living in New York means you’ll eventually run into celebrities. It’s not boasting or one-upping to casually mention the celebrities you meet or run into there. It’s somewhat normal, especially if you work in certain areas of Manhattan. I’ve met celebs who act pretty normal (Iverson), strange musicians and actors (names not included), and extremely memorable, courteous, amazing, and professional actors (Rosario Dawson being my top example).

Ahh Regina, these long stories that lead us nowhere. When will you stop with these? You may be saying in your head.

Never. The answer is never. But I will however share with you 20 actions that you can take to enhance your blog presence so that you don’t look like an amateur blogger. 20 things you can do to pull a Rosario Dawson on the Internet. 20 things that will help you “wow” people and set the impression that you are a professional and that you take blogging seriously. 20 items that will help you stand out to brands, collaborators, and readers.


P.S. The actions below are not in order of importance and don’t necessarily depend on each other. Some of them are way more involved than others, so I’ve put the estimated time each item will take by the item itself. You can pick one or two per day, you can do them in any order, it doesn’t matter.

P.P.S. 12 of these items were previously published here on the blog, but they were ready for some revamping and growth. So without further story telling, here are 20 ways to look like a pro blogger:

1. Write a “sponsored” post, even if it’s not actually sponsored. (5+ hours)

No silly, I’m not saying to lie and say that the post was sponsored. I’m just saying that if you’re trying to go pro, and one of your goals is to get brands to sponsor your posts (by paying you $$, or sending you products, or both), then why not show brands the type of sponsored post you’re capable of?

Erika Gibson reviews Nutcache

Above is a post by Erika Gibson in which she introduces her readers to Nutcache. Just look at her beautiful graphic. Love that lady. And we can follow her example by creating useful, attractive brand posts. At the very least, someone will read your post and consider it helpful, but, on the other hand:

  • The brand you’re writing about may notice it and share it or seek to develop a deeper relationship with you. Here’s an example of a non-sponsored brand post I did, because I love MailChimp so much, that MailChimp included in one of their newsletters.
  • Another brand might notice it and want to work with you.
  • You can start using the post as a portfolio item to show brands what you can do. Which was a suggestion/thought brought up by Amber Kristine’s question in a recent webinar I did on 10 Ways to Make Your Brand Stand Out (you can view it here). P.S. I love your blog’s redesign Amber.
  • You can tweet out your post (or share it on multiple social media platforms) and tag the brand in your post. Which increases the chances that a brand will notice it and love you forever or share your post.

2. Customize your blog’s title and subtitle to something descriptive, humorous, or powerful . . . keywords included. (<5 minutes)

In WordPress, you can log into your dashboard and go to “Settings,” then “General.” You will be able to change your site title and subtitle, which is not only helpful for search engine optimization (SEO), but also looks good to people. Your title and subtitle show up in the tab of a person’s browser when they land on your site. View the example from the site below. And yes, this was one of the 27 businesses I tried that I talked about in my story about becoming a full-time blogger. So no, the site doesn’t exist any longer. Don’t judge me.

Create a blog title and subtitle


3. Get a professional photo of yourself for your sidebar, Bio, or About page. (1 day + editing time)

Don’t use that cropped out photo with your ex-boyfriend or BFF that you took with your T-Mobile Sidekick (remember those?) in 2007. Please. Look at the example of awesome photography below, done by Apple Rose Photography (in Los Angeles) for my former client and very current friend Inspired Design by Julie. It makes a difference!

Professional photos for your about page


4. Find a website theme that others can’t get for free. Or modify the heck out of your free theme. (3+ hours)

If someone reads your blog, they likely read other blogs too. If customers or brands have checked out your website, they’ve likely been on plenty of other sites in your industry as well. If you’re using a basic free theme in any given platform, you’re increasing the chance that your site will look exactly like someone else’s site. This can make it difficult to stand out as a pro blogger. You definitely want to create a unique, memorable brand and experience for people. Start with your blog’s theme by changing the logo, colors, fonts, spacing, sidebar, footer content, appearance of the header, etc., and by creating a consistent look for your images, post formatting, and more.

If you are not a huge fan of DIY when it comes to design or blog themes, consider taking a class (if you have some time available) or hiring a developer who can make a few tweaks on a free/inexpensive theme for you. Even small changes in the placement of elements or the functionality of your theme can make a serious difference.


5. Get an avatar for when you reply to blog comments or when you comment on other people’s blogs. (5 minutes)

Some comment systems will pull your picture from Twitter, or your Disqus profile, or whatever you’re logged into, but some comment areas pull from Gravatar. Setting up your account and making sure your picture shows up on any and all blogs where it is a possibility, helps with branding, consistency, and professionalism. Look at the example below. Doesn’t a picture enhance the comment and make it more personable? You can do this in a few simple steps using Gravatar. Check out the example from WifeMomSuperwoman.com below.

Get an avatar for your blog comments with Gravatar


6. Start to offer your very own service or product. (4+ hours)

While there are many ways to monetize a blog, offering a product or service will help solidify your professional status in your niche. Granted, you want to take the time to make sure your service or product stands out and creates substantial value for anyone who receives it, but you probably don’t want to think about it for so long that you don’t actually ever offer it.

Consider listing 1 – 3 services in your niche that you are comfortable with offering. Also consider releasing the details of a product you have coming soon (eBook, course, physical product), then get to actually creating it. With whatever you decide, try to create an attractive sales page or sidebar image. I love the look of the packages Julie Harris offers. Her custom photo shoot came in super handy for filling up her site with beautiful, personal images.

Start to offer services or products


7. Add a favicon to your site. (10 minutes)

A favicon is the small square graphic that shows up in the tab of a person’s browser when they’re on your blog. Here is Mashable’s favicon as an example (it’s the “M” in the top left corner):
How to add a favicon to your blog
If you don’t load a favicon, a plain filler image (or your hosting company’s logo) may appear. Boooo. A favicon helps with your overall branding and it’s simple to add even if your blog theme doesn’t have a simple place to upload it.

Go to the HTML/CSS/PHP/etc. documents of your site and find your Header document. For a self-hosted WordPress site, you’ll go to “Appearance,” then “Editor,” then “Header.php.” Paste the code below into your blog’s code under the opening <head> tag and before the closing </head> tag. Make sure to replace the image url (http://www.mywebsiteurl.com/favicon.png) with the URL of your own square image (usually 16×16 pixels). I recommend storing and uploading your favicon as a PNG.

<link rel=”icon” type=”image/png” href=”http://www.mywebsiteurl.com/favicon.png”/>

If you’re running a WordPress.com blog, you can follow these instructions for a favicon/blavatar.


8. Provide a search bar that’s easy to find. (10 minutes)

Sometimes readers are looking for “that one post I remember reading on this site,” and if you don’t have a way people can easily search your content, you may have some frustrated readers or quick exits from your blog.

You can add your search bar to your header or sidebar, among other places. I just recommend that you make it highly visible. As to the wording, you can keep it simple and title it “Search” or ask your visitors if they’re “Looking for something?” . . . you can also pretend to speak fluent French as you can see that I do below. In WordPress, use the built-in “Search” widget to add search functions to your sidebar.

Add an accessible search bar to your blog


9. Make yourself available and present as a pro. (3+ hours of planning)

Anything from holding “office hours” (like the image below from Olyvia Media’s Facebook page) and Twitter chats to publishing FAQs or building a form on your site where people can leave questions, can help you stand out and look like a pro. Ooh, and back to that form where people can leave questions . . . maybe you can promise to answer some of them in your weekly newsletter, or in a podcast, or on an Internet show, or in a monthly blog post, or through a live webinar, or . . . you get me.

You can hold office hours on Facebook like Erika Madden did.


10. Include links (in your sidebar and in your blog posts) to recent or popular posts to keep your readers engaged and on your site. (10 minutes)

For WordPress, I love to use the Advanced Recent Posts Widget. It’s free and allows you to include preview images and text excerpts with each post. View the example below:

Best recent posts widget


11. Use sexier permalinks. (10 minutes)

The URL and permalink of a post will theoretically be seen and shared multiple times. If you leave it as byRegina.com/2015/05/04/really-long-and-ugly-post-name-that-never-ends/, it doesn’t look too pretty. Also, leaving a date in your permalink means that when you update and republish a post (like I just did with this one so that it would show up in RSS feeds and go out to my email friends who asked to receive posts by email), the URL of your post will change. Which is no bueno for all the social media shares, pins, links, etc., that might already exist for your post.

If your post is 10 Simple Tips to Get Bathing Suit Ready Before Summer, perhaps try websitename.com/get-bathing-suit-ready or /bathing-suit-ready or something along those lines that is short and sweet. Leaving the “10” out of the URL helps as well because you might think of 3 more tips in a few months that you want to add. As a real life example, this post used to only have 12 tips, now it has 20, but since the URL of the post never included “12” or any other number, I don’t have to change it.

In WordPress, you can go to “Settings” then “Permalinks” and select the “Post Name” structure to eliminate the date from a post. Then, as you create each post and page, you can modify the permalink right under the title of the post/page.

Permalinks in WordPress

How to change your permalinks in WordPress


12. Include easy-to-find social media links. (20 minutes)

You know … so people can find you. Some people prefer to ask questions, comment, and interact via social media. Welcome to the Internet. Here is a post I wrote that includes 12 excellent plugins (for WordPress) including two recommendations for free social media icon plugins.

Include social media links that are easy to find


13. Provide a simple way for readers to find your RSS feed and subscribe to it. (15 minutes)

Refer to the above picture (top right corner) to see a sample RSS (really simple syndication) icon that will allow someone to upload your blog’s feed into their favorite RSS reader (mine is Feedly) and stay updated with all your posts.


14. Place a copyright notice (c) in your footer. (5 minutes)

Even though you have a built-in copyright (of sorts) on original material that you publish, go ahead and let the world know your content is yours. It’s the standard and helps add to your professional feel.

copyright in footer


15. Create a Comments Policy and Permissions Policy. (45+ minutes)

Having a policy for your comments can not only minimize stupidity around the Internet, but it can also make you look super professional. I mean, who goes to the trouble of creating a well-written policy on blog comments? Professionals. That’s who. Ditto Permissions. Be clear about what you do and do not allow others to do with your content.

I love the Permissions and Privacy Policy that my friend Melissa over at Small Company Artworks uses.

Small Company Artworks by Melissa Gondek


16. Include a quality image with each blog post. (30+ minutes)

Whether the image is one you photographed, one you got for free through Flickr Creative Commons, Pixabay, or Unsplash, or even one you purchased inexpensively from Creative Market (a new obsession!), Fotolia, or Stocksy, make sure each blog post has an attractive image. You can add text or other graphics to spice it up if you wish (view the image at the top of this post for an example).


17. Launch with at least five posts and make sure you post frequently. (10+ hours of writing and designing)

If you launch your blog with only one or two posts, readers won’t necessarily know that you’re serious about consistently adding quality content. In the same line of thought, make sure you post frequently. If a reader lands on your site and sees that you haven’t updated your blog in two months, they may think you’ve quit blogging. Want some ideas for blog posts? Check this article: 51 Types of Blog Posts to Grow Your Audience.


18. Build your blog for lazy people. (30+ minutes each week)

Include “calls to action,” obvious links, a clear navigation menu, and anything else you can think of that will encourage people to browse through your blog. If you make something hard for a reader to find, that person may look elsewhere (as in: another blog) or get frustrated. Assume laziness and you will go farther with your blog. Promise.

Build your blog for lazy people. Tweet this!


19. Create a Privacy Policy, if applicable. (30+ minutes)

Privacy policies let website visitors know what types of information you collect from them and how you use that information. You may be collecting even more information than you know (especially if you are using Google Analytics or running ad programs). Readers and customers should know what’s happening–and to start you off, (1) here are 7 considerations for crafting an online privacy policy, and (2) you can generate a free privacy policy with GeneratePrivacyPolicy.com.

When you’re done writing or generating your privacy policy, you can add it as a page on your site and then link to it from your footer or sidebar.


20. Build your email list. (5+ hours)

It’s the only thing “they” can’t take away from you or control. Meaning: Whether there’s an evil algorithm update in your favorite social media platform, or a new update in search engine rankings, you will still have a way to communicate directly with the people who want to be connected to you. Even if a certain social media platform kicks you off their system or closes down entirely, you have a way to spread your brand.

I recommend trying to offer a ton of value with your email list (which is why I wrote the eBook below and also decided to host monthly webinars and Q+As only for my email friends), and I also recommend checking out MailChimp (for sending your emails) for the multiple features and benefits I outlined in this post.


P.S. If you liked these “20 actions” and happen to also want my free eBook 75 Ways to Help Your Brand Stand Out, then you can totally get it by signing up for my free Creative Superhero emails. The free eBook is delivered after signup and you also get access to live, monthly Q+As conducted as webinars, as well as tips, resources, and discounts that I don’t release anywhere else. Sound good? Here’s where you can sign up for your free eBook.

75 Ways to Help Your Brand Stand Out by Regina


Got any crazy celebrity stories or additional tips for looking like a pro blogger? I’d personally love to hear them below in the comments.

Main blog photo: © Rachel Bellinsky

193 responses to “20 Actions You Can Take to Look Like a Pro Blogger”

  1. Emily Dill says:

    Very informative post – I’ve just launched my blog in the past few months, and I have most of these in place, but now I’ll be implementing the few strategies I didn’t have. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Regina says:

      Emily, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Just visited your site and giggled at your about page re: Stephen King, and virtually high fived you re: Xbox and Sherlock! You’re too cool. Can’t wait to check out more of your content.

      • Emily Dill says:

        Aww, you’re so sweet – thanks so much! Yeah, my interests are….”varied” haha. And I’m really enjoying going through your site – I’ve already bookmarked several posts to re-read again later. 😉 Have an awesome weekend!

  2. Momma McCall says:

    Thanks for the tips! There’s so much behind the scenes stuff to learn that it gets over whelming. I’m learning slowly but surely and really appreciate the insight from your experience!

    • regina says:

      Thank you for stopping by and for commenting! I love your blog name and your “owning the car selfie” in the sidebar. Hilarious!

      The amount of information + stuff to learn does get overwhelming, but you seem to have a hang of a lot of it. Please feel free to shoot me an email or contact me by any means on the contact page if you think of any questions I might be able to answer.

      I wish you continued success with your blog as well.

  3. Megan says:

    This is awesome! I love that you added the amount of time it takes. I’ve been blogging for a long time but mostly as thoughts I want to record for myself, not the way blogging is now. I just launched a new business and a new blog will be a large part of that. I am so happy I found your blog on Pinterest!

    • regina says:

      Megan, I’m happy you found it too. Thank you for taking the time to check it out and for commenting. It’s such a compliment that people take time aside to read and interact. I really appreciate it, but as a fellow blogger, I’m sure you understand that.

      I’m so glad you’ve incorporated a new blog as a part of your business strategy. Luckily you have blogging experience so you’ll have a ton of the necessary tools to make it useful for your brand already “in your belt.”

      One of the main differences between personal passion blogging and business blogging is the consistency and quality you have to continuously replicate. Your potential customers are forming impressions of you and your business from the moment they land on your site, so each post needs to reflect you. I’m still cleaning up my site and making sure that’s the case since I recently switched to a new domain name and new business model.

      Also, your current customers are hopefully returning to your site to learn & interact more, so in order to stay on their minds and win their business, consistency is HUGE. If you haven’t seen it already, the free worksheets in this post on creating customer delight through content may help you plan out some initial things to blog about.

      Good luck Megan! And if you think about it, drop me a note/tweet/comment when your site is live so I can come check it out.

  4. Jenn says:

    Hi, Thanks for your article! I came across it on Pinterest and was able to follow a lot of these steps. One problem I have is I’m working with an older version of WordPress and cannot upgrade, so it’s great to have a few things to do that make it as good as it can be.

    • regina says:

      Hey Jenn, thank you for coming by and reading through the article. I’m glad you found it useful.

      Does your web host’s software prevent you from upgrading WordPress? I hope it’s something that can be fixed, because I think that’s one of the beautiful things about WordPress: all the updates and improvements. Luckily, it’s always been a pretty solid software so I know of sites that are still on WP 2.9.2 and before, still doing well.

      Please let me know if you find any items that you want to know if there’s a quick fix or plugin for. WP is pretty much the only software I use now, so I love talking about it.

      I appreciate that you took the time to comment. Thanks for chiming in.

      • Jenn says:

        thanks for your reply! I have found using WordPress to be really great, and have taught myself a lot! I have Bluehost, but I think if I upgrade, I will lose all of plugins and little custom things I have added. I tried a couple of different back up plugins, but none really worked for me. I love hearing from someone who likes WP! and it is so good to know that other sites are doing well!

        I love your blog, btw! 40 things to do while your creative business is slow is fabulous and pinned 😉

        • regina says:

          Jenn, you are the best! Thank you for pinning + supporting the content. It makes me smile so hard when bloggers dig the blog.

          About Bluehost: They are one of the two hosts I use regularly and I can’t say enough how much I love their technical support. There is one thing you might consider: Calling to talk to someone (they’re experts with WordPress) and seeing if they think the upgrade would hurt anything, but then signing up for their nightly backup service (~$20 per year), then making sure at least one backup has completed, when you go into their system and upgrade your install. If that doesn’t work, try the “upgrade now” button within your WordPress dashboard.

          >>If anything happens or the site “breaks,” call Bluehost and have them restore the previous version (which was the backup they made) that had your other version of WP and all your plugins.

          >>If the site looks fine but one or two things look off or don’t function anymore, you might try upgrading or replacing those plugins.

          >>When I find one or two things malfunctioning, I usually deactivate a few plugins to see if it stops, then reactivate them on-by-one to identify the “problem” plugin.

          >>P.S. If you try this, I would just talk to Bluehost about your plan (their support is 24 hours a day and free) to make sure they know what you’re doing, make sure they think it’s a good idea and that they don’t have any suggestions to make it easier.

          Also, tomorrow I’m adding a post that was inspired by your original comment. I realize there are a number of plugins that bloggers can add to their sites (usually regardless of WP version) that will give you enhanced functionality and pro blog features quite easily. So tomorrow’s post is: 12 Essential WordPress Plugins for Pro Bloggers (that are free and simple)

          Thanks again for your input + support!

          • Jenn says:

            Thank you for all of this great information! & am looking forward to tomorrow’s post…

        • regina says:

          Just added the post Jenn: 12 Essential WordPress Plugins for Pro Bloggers (that are free and simple)

          Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

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  7. Regina, thank you so much for all of the content you provide for free. It is obvious that you spend a good amount of time providing it and I really appreciate it. I have taken it upon myself to (ever so slowly, who needs that fancy degree anyway??) go through your site and just soak it all up and apply it as that silly fancy degree allows.
    Do you have anything like a blogger’s dictionary or know of one? I sure could use one. 🙂

    Thank you again.

    • regina says:

      Pia, so sorry to have missed your comment. I don’t know of a blogger’s dictionary yet, but I will sure research to see if there is one. I know I like to include a glossary at the back of some of my workbooks. Perhaps I should expand it and make it a resource all on its own.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  8. Toyin says:

    OMG Regina! You are amazing! I’ve just made a list of things I need to do/add to my blog in my Blog Notebook!

    Seriously, you are a blog ninja!

    • regina says:

      Haha, Toyin. Thank you. #Ninja is my new favorite word. Sorry to take so long to reply to your comment here.

      Good luck with your blog. It definitely makes me hungry just looking at it.

  9. Bart says:

    Hi Regina!

    Very informative post, I’ve changed a number of things immediately! 🙂

    But what I NEED to know is, what plugin do you have on this website for those beautiful ‘recent blogpost’ lists? I only find ones with titles and more, but I also only want to have thumbnails showing, can’t get it done with the ‘Advanced Recent Posts Widget’ either.

    Thanks a lot!

    Bart.

    • regina says:

      Bart,

      Thank you for your comment. Sorry to take so long to reply; I truly apologize.

      I don’t use a plugin for the sidebar. I add those images and make them hyperlinks to the appropriate content. Advanced Recent Posts allows you to display images and change the size of the image, but you have to make sure the “thumbnail” or “post image” option is checked. If you still can’t get it to work, I recommend just using the regular “Text” widget and plugging in HTML code. If you email me, I’ll provide you the code you need. Thanks.

  10. elly gray says:

    Echoing a couple of comments here… I’ve just recently started my blog and have a fair amount of these in place, but will now spend the weekend organising the rest! Thanks for the tips. 🙂

    • regina says:

      Elly, yay! I really can’t tell you’re a new blogger. Everything is so professional: your header/logo, your images, you are doing it. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  11. Maya Mohan says:

    Thanks for this article! My sisters and I have started a blog recently and we’re still trying to get our footing so I appreciate the tips you share here. We’ve done most of them but there are a couple that I will definitely add to our to-do list. Thank you!

    • regina says:

      Maya, aww, y’all are so epic, “Sisters by chance. Friends by choice.” I love that. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and taking the time to comment. I appreciate that. If you’re looking for more tips on “getting serious” about blogging, you might try this one.

      Wishing you success with your blog. Congratulations for getting it going.

  12. Seo Hatfield says:

    I’ve been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet
    I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty
    worth enough for me. Personally, if all websxite owners and bloggers made
    good contet as you did, thhe web will be a lot more useful than evsr before.

  13. Katie says:

    I never found the use for a subscription email…but if I want to look more professional and serious then all guides seem to point to the use of email subscriptions…
    Thank you for sharing!

  14. Julie Smith says:

    Hi Regina,
    Thank you for another great article! I’m getting ready to launch my costuming business blog, and I’m just so grateful to find so much here on your blog to help me do that.
    I’ve never blogged before, so I’m on a steep learning curve 🙂

  15. Zara Imrie says:

    To be successful in blogging, we need to improve upon ourselves.We might start as amateurs but with time we need to be more professional. I must confess, blogging is really fun, but I also would not denny the fact that, putting money into blogging and getting no benefit would weaken the bloggers motivation to blog more, but like the popular saying goes, the patient dog eats the fastest blog. Btw,Thanks for these tips!You have written a nice post.Very encouraging!

  16. Thank you so much Regina for pointing me to this post, it is exactly what I was looking for. I am so excited about finding your site yesterday. I am working on a whole list of things I have picked up from your posts (lots of adult homework)

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  18. Priscilla Gillespie says:

    Hi I was reading your article and you mentioned wordpress often, what is the benefit of going with wordpress versus Google as a blog platform?

  19. Thank you for sharing these tips! I’ve been an off-and-on blogger and have recently wanted to get back into blogging. In an effort to make my content and website a bit more aesthetically (and otherwise) appealing, I searched for blogging tips.
    I’ve implemented a few of these that I didn’t already have in place. Quick, simple and they make my blog look that much less mundane and amateur. Thank you!

  20. Can I just say how nice it is to see a fellow blogger puting so much time and effort into replying to your readers comments! Just starting my own blog and this has definitely taught me some valuable tips I’ll take into my own blog building!

    Kendra

  21. mandelynn says:

    Awww- I think I love you for these tips.
    Thank you!
    mandelynn

  22. Jaymee says:

    Wow! I just spent the last couple hours implementing what you’ve written on this list. I’m so happy with the way my blog looks and how much more professional it might now look to my readers 🙂 Thank you for sharing your tips Regina!!

  23. Susi says:

    Thank you for those useful tips! I thought I got my blog all set up and done and just post stuff 😉
    Thank you again!

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  25. Linda says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m proud to say that I’ve already done a lot of them, but not all. I will need to work on the rest very soon. Thanks.

  26. These posts are so helpful, keep them coming 🙂 I’m proud to say I’ve done a lot of these steps already. Will look into a favicon now, and I need to post more regularly! I do find that hard next to a full time job and moving country within 5 days, but I think once every wednesday or so is better than 3 a week and then nothing at all, right?

  27. Humaira says:

    I still have like 3 emails in my inbox from when I signed up to your newsletter to go through, but I love the stories in your blog posts. I love the tips, but I love how authentic and funny you are even when faced with a celebrity.

    • regina says:

      Thank you so much for this truly sweet comment, Humaira. I really appreciate your time.

      And haha, that’s too funny about the emails. I hope they don’t overwhelm you; I’m trying to keep those much shorter than these posts.

  28. Mackenzie says:

    I wish I had thought about #17 before I launched my blog. Things have gotten crazy and having that content already in place would have been nice.

  29. Sabrina says:

    I already did some of these tips, so that’s cool. 🙂
    Now I have to tackle all the other things as well!
    Thank you Regina. ♥
    http://www.color-castles.com

  30. Really informative and helpful post, as always. Made me feel pretty good that I’m already doing about half of these, but still have some work to do. Thanks, Regina!

    • regina says:

      Oh my, Carolyn, your photography is EVERYTHING that is right with the world. Just checked out (or stalked, whatever you want to call it) your blog and IG. You’re awesome.

      Also, thank you for taking the time to read this post and to leave such a lovely comment. I appreciate you.

  31. I love this Regina! I am going to work on #1. I have done some posts about some of my favorite services (with no compensation) and hosted some giveaway/reviews without sponsorship (yes we paid for the stuff), but it would be fun to pull off a “sponsored post” feel. Now to decide what product I want to try on.

    This has been Sammi and my approach right from the beginning. We want to be professional to the core, we want people to visit our site and not think ‘oh these guys are newbies’ but instead be SURPRISED when they discover we have only been at it for 4 months. So far it has served us quite well, landing us some massive guest post invites and great social media shares.

  32. I loved this post. I just started my blog 3 months ago, so this is very useful information.

    • regina says:

      Kendi, thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting. Wow, you’ve done a great job of building quality posts in only 3 months. That’s amazing . . . oh, and I love your blog name–it allows you to do so much and talk about whatever you want to in the future.

      Also, stalker alert on your Twitter and IG . . . just a forewarning that I’m about to follow you and bother you occasionally.

      Thank you again for the comment.

  33. Melissa says:

    What a great post. Three things I really appreciated:
    1. Suggestion #1, right off the bat. What a good idea! Going to have to do this.
    2. How straightforward you make implementation of all these ideas.
    3. Your list of people you’d re-open the shoe store for. Would you have considered adding Smaug to your list?

    Oh, and what I super-duper appreciated? Thank you for the shout-out. 🙂

    Can I add one idea that I think I saw you write somewhere else? Get a branded shortened URL, so your brand stays on your links in social media. Took me forever to actually implement this, but I’m so glad I finally did. Now instead of bit.ly or owl.ly, all my SM links are smallcoart.com (Yeah, I know it should be shorter. When the .art domain comes online, I’m all over it.)

    • regina says:

      Melissa, I love that shortener idea–you always say things that add such value.

      Smaug is a little bit too desolate to let into the store, but no lie, I would have let Sméagol and Gollum both in, out of curiosity.

      Also, thank you for your compliment to the post. Your words really do help me.

  34. Keating says:

    Awesome tips!! I’m definitely keeping this bookmarked for future reference!

    • regina says:

      Hey you, thank you for the comment. Am I crazy or did you change your brand name? I LOVE it by the way. So fitting.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      • Keating says:

        I did a whole rebrand back around September. I was finally able to narrow down my categories and find my perfect niche in the blog world 🙂 I’m starting to work with other blogs and companies as well. I’ve been on a roll (of course with the help of your amazing blog)! I’m glad you like it!!

  35. Robin says:

    Totally love this post and especially like how you included approximate times for each suggestion. I will implement several. Thanks for a great post.

    • regina says:

      Robin, thank you for taking the time to read this post and to comment. Wow, I just saw on your blog that you’ve been going since 2011. That’s amazing. I really admire that you’ve kept your brand going and that you’ve chosen to be so consistent. You are the world’s most perfect example of #17 in this post. I just want to say “congratulations for being awesome.” It sounds cheesy, but I mean it.

      Thank you again for your comment.

  36. Erika Gibson says:

    You always manage to surprise me with a screenshot of my own site when I’m least expecting it. Thanks for sharing, lovely 🙂

  37. While I have a few of these things done already, I want to accomplish some more. There’s a couple that won’t take as much time as I thought they would – particularly the favicon one.

    • regina says:

      Ooh, yay, I’d love to see a favicon on your site. Speaking of your site, I was just snooping around (per the usual) and found your image of cherry upside down cake. My life is now complete. Your image expanded the possibilities in my mind. I can’t explain to you how much I love cherry everything. Thank you for completing my life.

  38. Catherine says:

    Thank you for sharing the link to Stocksy! I’d never heard of it before, and now I’ve found like 50+ pics that I want!

  39. Cami says:

    Thank you for the truly great tips! I love how you included the time frame so I can tackle each one depending on the time I have available!

  40. Per usual, this post was informative and entertaining. I’ve recently re-launched my blog and can check a few of these to-do’s off and there are a few I plan to tackle this week. I’ll also be signing up for the e-book, thank you for all your help and great content!

    xo

    Mel

  41. Ieva says:

    I could say that this post was useful, but it definitely was more than that. Gave some hope for making things to work out.
    Thank you!

  42. Jenna says:

    This was really helpful, thank you!

  43. Erika Madden says:

    Ah, this is awesome, Regina. You always provide THE most useful tips and fun examples.

    (And stories. Can’t forget the stories! I wish I had a celebrity story. Le sigh. The only “celebs” I’ve seen in my life are Peter Fonda and Newt Gingrich. Weee. Where is Viggo, I ask you?!)

    You are so kind to include a link to me here, BTW. 🙂 That *always* makes my day.

  44. Julie Fiandt says:

    Great post, as always. A good list to work towards. Thanks, Regina.

  45. Cristina says:

    Hi Regina!

    Thanks a lot for the tips. I’ve already done some of the things you mention but I intend to put all 20 of them to practice 🙂

  46. Wow that’s a great list!

    Some of these I have on my “master list” of things to do (like add a copyright and professional photo), but then there were some definite necessities you reminded me of!

    Namely adding a search bar and updating those permalinks. Time to expand my to-do list. : )

  47. feuza says:

    Dear Regina. Please never stop blogging and speaking in your awesome authentic voice love a fan.
    Now onto the post. Already took action on one of the steps . I had done a non paid sponsored post of sorts but never tweeted it. Great reminder and will be doing some more

  48. Gema says:

    Hello! I thought long & hard about whether to leave a compliment here as a) you already have so many, saying exactly what I think, and expressing gratitude and b) there’s a risk you’ll head to my site & see all the things that are currently wrong with it, haha! Anyway. I’ve obviously swallowed my pride, because here I am, commenting. Now where was I?
    Oh yes, there’s so much to be getting on with from your list, I feel re-energised to get back into writing and posting 🙂 I’ve had a family issue that’s made me feel less inclined to write recently (it feels somewhat frovilous in the grand scheme of things) – but I have missed it… So your post is the first step I’m taking in Blogging Rehabilitation! Thank you, not just for the great content, but for making it seem do-able.
    Not sure I’ll ever feel like a ‘pro’… but your advice makes ‘professionalism’ seem much more attainable 😀
    Thank you!!!

  49. Vanessa says:

    Dear Regina,
    Super useful post! I have a few weeks off soon, so I shall be adding things here and there on my blog now. Your ebook also looks amazing – keep up the great work 🙂

  50. Aldy says:

    Another Wonderful Post!!! I just love all these tips, so so SO helpful + so fun to read! I’m happy (with myself) that I’ve been implementing some of the tips you mentioned but still a few things to work out (half way there…I think?!) Thanks, Regina! 🙂

  51. Liz says:

    A neat little trick for #11 that WordPress does when you have your permalinks set to just the post name: they automatically forward to the new location (if the post has already been published). Furthermore, even using the first word (or two, or three) will automatically forward the user to the actual blog post… I tried doing just “byregina.com/amateur-blogger/”, but I see it doesn’t work the same. I think it only works on my personal blog because it still has a lot of WordPress’ old features (e.g. Blogroll), since it started on, like, WordPress 2.x? I think we’re on 4.x now…

    c:

  52. Jasmine says:

    Loved this post. Very informative… I am gonna have look over my site again and see if I got everything I need. I am VERY new to blogging and chose to do it to be an extension of my youtube channel.

  53. Miranda says:

    I’m so glad I have you to guide me! When I decided to take blogging seriously at the beginning of the year, it was mostly because I had found your site through Pinterest and knew with your help I couldn’t fail. Thank you thank you thank you for every single (really long) post. 🙂

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  55. Imisiayo says:

    I recently discovered this blog and I must say I’m glad I did. Its wonderful! I recently launched my blog and definitely want to be a pro blogger. I’m gonna implement all I’ve learnt. Its like I’ve been equipped to become a ninja too. Thank you.

  56. I am totally in love with your blog. Thanks for including that link to a sort of MailChimp tutorial. I was struggling to get that done in the right way. You would do a great help.
    From all the 20 actions you mentioned, there are three that I haven’t done and have put them on my to-do list. Would get them done this coming week. Thanks
    P.S. Your stories are interesting. Loved reading them 🙂

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  58. Susan Allred says:

    Great post. Fantastic tips and ideas. I guess I’d better get to work! 😉

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  60. Jai says:

    Wonderful post Regina! I applied one of the tips already. Setting up my gravatar. Hope it’s working properly!!

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  62. ava says:

    Hi Regina, It looks like Julie Harris just copies your offering? It seems like everyone is just getting on the bandwagon without having an expertise in the arena of business and/or especially creative businesses…As an MBA and over 20 years true Marketing experience, I am still in awe that people like this can pull the wool over people’s eyes…. I guess that’s the internet for you 🙂

    • regina says:

      Ava, haha no, I don’t offer any consulting services anymore, and when I did, they weren’t like Julie’s. I really admire what she’s offering and the lengths she goes to online to help others.

      I think where my traditional business education can fall a bit short is in the area of creative business. I do not regret my time in school, but the truth is I’ve learned more about creative business by trial and error and the Internet, than I did in school.

      Lots of traditional business advice is aimed at non-solopreneurs and non-creatives. I think that’s why even people without a business school background can be successful in business. Some of the most gifted business people I’ve ever met in my life (in real life and online) did not go to business school, even though I know some seriously gifted people who did as well.

      If I go back for a Ph.D. I want to study online trust factors. I actually think it’s amazing when a person can establish a brand and a helpful business in something they didn’t go to school for. I want to study what truly makes people comfortable enough to buy from someone online. For example, I didn’t go to school for Twitter or Pinterest (most SM wasn’t around or as relevant), but I feel I could teach someone how to use them effectively.

      And personally, I’d opt to learn from someone who has some type of proof when it comes to learning something or paying for consulting. I always admire Darren Rowse for example. He didn’t know what blogging was, but then he discovered it, started it, loved it, and is now probably the most recognized name in blogging.

      Both people who are traditionally taught and self taught have the ability to amaze me.

  63. Kat says:

    Oh Ms. Regina! Where have you been all my life? Just discovered your site. I’m eating it up. Thanks so much for all the info about blogging, branding, etc. Love your voice! I will definitely apply your suggestions to get my creative juices flowing.

  64. I found your blog just a few days ago and have read so many articles and have even more on my must read soon list! I love it! Thanks so much for all the wonderful tips!

  65. Ellyn says:

    Regina,

    These tips are SO helpful! I just started my blog back in October, and while I create content on the regular, I haven’t yet gained a following other than, well, friends and family.

    What’s your opinion on how long you think it takes to REALLY gain a following (provided you’re posting multiple times a week)? I’ve heard on the order of a few years.

    Anyway, thank you SO much for the great tips. I could spend HOURS looking at this site! (And probably will this weekend…)

    Ellyn

  66. Karissa says:

    Wow what a great source of advice and tips for blogging. I need to start going down this list and getting these tasks done. Other than one or two I have none of these done and have been blogging for awhile. So I need to start doing these. Thanks for putting together this post.

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  68. Kelly says:

    Great post! I love your blog. Ive been hanging around here a lot lately! I found you researching. I have work to do! 🙂

    • regina says:

      Kelly, your photography is so beautiful. Loved checking out your website. Thank you for taking the time to read this post >> glad your research led you this way. I appreciate your time and your comment.

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  71. Awesome list! I love Julie’s custom photo shoot (ideas are happening in my head) and since I’m working on my first e-product (yay!) I’m loving the idea of putting a ‘coming soon’ in my sidebar!

  72. Dominique J. says:

    Awesome post Regina! Some great helpful tips in there (some of which I need to implement on my personal site). I’ve tweeted you this before, but your blog rocks! Keep up the good work and keep pushing out that awesome content.

    • regina says:

      Thank you so much for taking time to read this post and to comment Dominique. I appreciate you and I enjoy being connected with you on Twitter as well. You’re super helpful, knowledgeable, and supportive. I love it.

  73. Christine Tremoulet says:

    Love this post SO MUCH. I’m going back through the list this week just to make sure I’ve got everything all in order on my site! Thank you for this!

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  75. ivana split says:

    very informative and to the point! wonderfully written. I did enjoy both the blogging tips and the celebrity encounter. I never freak out when I met celebrities, for me they’re just people like anyone else. Your ‘pro’ metaphor is very much to the point and as a linguist I really admire you put some time into researching the word and its connotations. Well done!

    I must admit that I haven’t done much to make my blog look professional. I always told myself it is not my job, just a hobby…but the fact is that I do spend a lot of time blogging and that is a reason enough for me to want my blog to be better looking and more friendly appropriate. I will try to implement at least some of your brilliant ideas.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

  76. Thank you so much for these tips! I know what I’ll be doing for the next few weekends!

  77. Hi, Regina! I love your blog, very informative! I’ve had a tough time finding out how to remove the “View Full Profile” link that comes with the Jetpack Gravatar profile. I noticed you don’t have one under your profile pic. Can you help? Thanks, Anita.

  78. Wow! Why am I just seeing this?!

    Bookmarking this. Will use as a kind of “check-list”, soon.

    Thanks.

    Helping you live a healthy & happy life,
    Dr. ‘Malik.

  79. Louisa Loder says:

    Brilliant post, Regina! Huge fan of your stuff – thanks for the tips! 🙂

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  82. Megan Harney says:

    I LOVE your blog! You mention a Blog Audit pretty frequently, do you have any resources for completing a blog audit? I can’t figure out where to start!

  83. WOW! This post was amazing! Thank you for these tips. Some of them I have already done, but there are a few new one, e.g. the first point. 🙂 #problogger
    Niki

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  88. Sofia says:

    Hello there Regina,
    I love your sense of aesthetics. All is nice and ‘clean’. It feels relaxing to look around your website.
    I would of loved the big photos to be a bit smaller to reduce a little all the scrolling down.. but I still think it looks great 🙂 Thanks.
    Anyway, back to the point. I would love to be guided through your website a bit.
    What are your top 3 posts you recommend reading for a beginner in the blogosphere?
    You see i am a registred nutritionist. I have been networking traditionnaly for years because i see patients for one on one consultations at my own private clinic. This experience was (and still is) great because it helped me really learn how to help people achieve better health. But being successful at my private office at such a young age and without doing much marketing I felt like I had something special to offer. And now I want to share with the world not just with those in my city. Anyway, I have been working 2.5 years (very hard) to develop a lot of content that i will be loading to my website in the next few months. And then officially start being present in the world of internet communities.
    Could you please help me by telling me what are the top 3 priority things i should read to learn how to be part of this internet community ?
    And do could you point me towards tools i could use to have nice PDF pages for my website ?

    Thank you so much,
    Can’t wait to read your recommended posts,
    I would highly appreciate this,

    Sofia Abdelkafi
    Nutritionist. R.D. Helping people make lifestyle changes that last

  89. Cathy says:

    Regina,
    I just discovered your blog & love it! I’m going to start using your awesome tips right away!
    I started on blogger many yrs ago, to share my experience with a new medical procedure for my autoimmune disease.
    I’ve now switched to WordPress, and wanting to get serious about blogging. I’m kind of new to all this, & feel lost at times.
    Now you’ve giving me a direction to aim.
    Thank you!

  90. Cail says:

    Fantastic post Regina! I discovered your blog by accident a few weeks ago, which led to this awesome journey I’ve been on since then. I’m currently working on my own blog with a completely new direction thanks to you. It’s not quite ready for ‘prime time’ yet, but I’m almost there! I’m a ‘pro’ in regards to what I write about, and this article will help me look like a ‘pro’ blogger right out of the gate as well.

    Thanks – and keep up the good work!

  91. Wendy says:

    Thank you so much for this and all of your other super informative articles! I love the way you have each task itemized and detailed — it is a built-in To-Do list for me! I have clipped this and several of your other posts to Evernote so that I can just go down the list and get ‘er done. I started writing on my blog 6 months ago, but just let people know it existed recently. Unfortunately, I am completely self-taught, and see so many things I didn’t “learn” before going live. 🙂 So, all those new page views you see in your stats? Yep, that’s me!

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  95. Krissi says:

    omg, I woke up after maybe three hours sleep, because I was learning how how to use WordPress, straight via 101 to 101.5 in a couple hours. I finally managed to get my head round things. Then I came across this article

    It’s absolutely amazing. I know have some clear steps on how to make my site that more pazam. I have already done a few things you mentioned on the list. So yay!

    But u defo have given me a todo list of things I can tick off. I feel allot more confident now than before I went to sleep. I’m doing my blog like a pro ninja dance!

    Thanks so much, I’m so doing on of your webnars.

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  97. Cecilia says:

    Dear Regina,
    I just love you! Your articles are ALWAYS helpful, and the many links you provide make it so very easy to put your tips into practice.
    I’ve been a subscriber to your emails for a while now, and get excited every time there’s a new one in my inbox.
    Thank you so much for your clear, funny and extreeeemly helpful posts.
    Love
    Cecilia

  98. Melissa says:

    LOVE this. As a semi-pro blogger (what can I say, my day-job sort of calls to me) from way back, THIS is just what I needed while getting my new blog up and running and in front of people. Another awesome post Ms Regina. Thanks for sharing.

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  100. Deb Hathaway says:

    Oh my!!! Thanks for pointing out my ‘rookie’ mistakes. I have been blogging for a few years… using it more as a personal journal. However, I have been designing a new product and decided it’s time to ‘up my game’. Thanks for showing me the way.

  101. Robyn Lyn says:

    Hey Regina! I absolutely love your site! I’ve been using a lot of your posts for creating a great starting point for my blog! However, I signed up on your email list to get the awesome free e-book you were offering (along with any other amazing info you have to share) and still haven’t received it? Is there somewhere on the site I need to go to download it? Thanks so much for everything you do, you are a wonder! Excited to share my site with you when I complete it!

    • regina says:

      Thank you so much, Robyn. The free eBooks come in the first real email after you confirm your subscription–it usually takes about an hour or less to arrive. You may want to check your spam folder or perhaps search for “regina@byregina.com.” Also, the title of the email will be “Robyn, you make me smile” so you might check that too.

      Please let me know if you don’t find it.

      • Robyn Lyn says:

        Thank you so much for the quick response! I’ll keep my eye out for it! (I think I am having quite the blogger crush on you!) Excited to order some more of your e-books, you have such amazing content and I am ready to step it up to the next level. You are certainly a woman to learn from. Have a fantastic day!

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  104. Reena Lewis says:

    I honestly can’t wait to put all these strategies to good use on my blog. I’ve had my blog for just under a year, but I never posted consistently, and I’m making it my goal this summer to make more of an effort because I think I have great ideas to share. When I came across your post (on Pinterest), I knew I struck oil!!!!

    Thanks so much, Regina!

    Reena

  105. Regina, I absolutely love your blogs, but this one… This one was the utmost informative one I’ve read thus far! It definitely motivated me to take some time to really look at my blog and consider making some changes! Thank you so much!

  106. Hi Regina.

    First of all, let me tell you that I discovered your blog only a few days ago and I read something like 20 posts in a row. You’re such an inspiration!

    I have a question about #11 (“Use sexier permalinks”): I have a wordpress.com blog for now and I am considering about switching to .org to include widgets. Do you know if it’s possible to exclude the date from the permalinks? I tried to look for it but couldn’t find it.

    Again, congrats and hopefully I will hear back from you.

    Have a lovely day,
    Ilaria Mangiardi

  107. Alyssa says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post! I’m currently researching to start my first blog. I’ll be back often to check out your posts as your advice is obviously top-notch.

    Alyssa

  108. Hi Regina,

    I’m new to your blog, and love it! Question for you on #1: When doing a sponsored-but-not-really post, do you think it is okay to use images from the brand? In the past, I felt that as long as I was saying positive things about a brand, they wouldn’t come after me for using their photos (with proper credit). Is this thinking correct?
    For example, I did a review post earlier this year on a great Spring 2015 collection of fitness clothing by Forever 21 on my fitness blog. I linked to their site liberally, and only selected a few of my favorite items to feature, telling readers to visit them for the full collection. I haven’t gotten any flack, but your post made me wonder. Any insight you have is appreciated. Thanks for a great post!!

    Na’Tasha J.
    RatherBeEating.net

  109. Adeel Sami says:

    Hello Regina,

    I must admit that every time I visit your blog, I find great to greater content that are super helpful for me as I am getting started in the field of blogging.

    You covered 20 best tips which can ultimately make a lazy blogger look like (or even) a pro blogger.

    Most of the newbies don’t look at their structure but keep pushing the content where content is not everything to hold the readers in this time of digital world because we are not living in 2015 and not 2005 where design had limitations.

    Thanks once again, Regina! It is an awesome read for me, definitely going to dig into many things for my blog.

    ~ Adeel

  110. Brittany says:

    Hi! First, I wanted to let you know that I love the list and am adding it to my list of goals for the month. However, I am struggling to figure out how to get a copyright on my footer. Any suggestions? I am using wordpress.

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  112. Thank you so much Regina for the tips, really helpfull! As a beginner blogger, can I post a blog every 3 days in a week? Because I get really hard to find inspiration.

  113. […] upon another great post By Regina. 20 Actions You Can Take to Look Like a Pro Blogger. Most of the actions she is suggesting do not take a lot of time but DO make all the difference. […]

  114. Although I’ve been blogging for a year and half, I don’t do it as consistently as I would like. Sometimes I need to read lists like these for a quick in the butt. I totally need to switch over to wordpress but I’ve been putting it off.

  115. Judi Easley says:

    Regina,
    This is an amazing post chock full of wonderful tips! I’m on Blogger. I was previously on WordPress, but got locked out of my site and couldn’t get back in no matter what I did. Somehow, my password got messed up. So, I really don’t want to go back to WP. I could never find anyone to help me! I do admire all those nifty plug-ins, but Blogger is nice and simple and I’ve never gotten locked out in the cold.

    I work five days a week on my blog, but so far have not monetized it. I’ve been approached about sponsored posts, but so far haven’t done them. I’m not exactly sure what’s holding me back. I do know I need to make my site more professional looking, and these tips will help a lot.

    Please feel free to take a look at my site. I’d welcome any feedback you’d like to give me. I know your criticism will be constructive. Now, I’ve got to go make an appointment for a professional photo, so I can add that to my site first thing!

    Thanks for this wonderful advice! I’ll be checking your site out more often.

    Judi and the Blue Cat
    Blue Cat Review

    P.S. My pet peeve is bloggers who don’t check their spelling or word usage before hitting the post button!

  116. Jeca says:

    Thanks Regina for this great post (particularly that Privacy Policy one!) I just moved from Blogger to WordPress and everytime I’m stumped with how to do something on my new self-hosted site I always google “byregina how to >insert the rest of my question here<". Your site is a gold mine!

  117. […] a last one, for when you don’t want to look like a newbie; 20 ways to look like a pro blogger. (I really like by Regina if you can’t […]

  118. Nice post, I think I’ve done most of what you mention. I like your writing style do you want to write a guest post on my blog?

  119. Denise says:

    Wow! Thank you for this amazing post!
    I have read a lot of blog tips by now and keep browsing through the same tips but lots of these I haven’t read before! Seems like I still have a lot of work to do! haha. These are really helpful!

  120. Gina says:

    I am a newborn blogger and I mean literally. This post was so informative. Most of them I already have in place, but I can’t wait to implement the rest. I think they are touches that my blog needs. I am still trying to perfect my blogs charisma. Thank you so much.

  121. Magali says:

    Hello Regina,

    Thank you for this post. I am about to create my first blog and the amount of information to know is a little overwhelming so thank you for making it more accessible.

    I’m still a long way from clicking on “POST” but I am getting closer!

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  123. Meg says:

    Hi Regina!

    Just wanted to say hi & thank you so much for your blog. We’re relatively new bloggers and have found your blog posts incredibly helpful in building our brand.

    Also, Im moving to Austin soon! So figured I should say hi :p

    All the best,
    Meg

  124. Hello Regina,
    I started blogging about two months ago and I’m continuing to research to gather additional information to improve my blog.

    These tips are very helpful. I didn’t recognize how amateur Goal Digging To Happiness may have looked until I observed your examples. I will be implementing many of them sooner rather than later!
    Thanks for sharing!

  125. Shiona says:

    I’m fairly new to blogging and this is a brilliant resource to have stumbled upon. Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together to help us all be more professional – loved the personal anecdote as well

    Thanks!
    Shiona

  126. Audrey says:

    I launched my blog just over a month ago. I feel more and more inadequate the more I research. I appreciate you giving a list like this. I’m doing some of it already but have a hard time knowing where to concentrate my energies. There is so much to do.

    The purpose of my blog is to give me a place online for my students to find me but I also want to grow the blog/online part of it as well with affiliates, videos, e-courses… It’s all so much.

    Oh well, one step at a time. I appreciate lists like this that give me some sort of guideline.

    Thank you for this. Things that stand out to me now are figuring out RSS and modifying the heck out of my free template. I will refer to it more and make sure I get all the relevant ones checked off.

  127. Erika says:

    Hi Regina, I finally got to the end of this after almost a week of working on it (i followed every step and used the printable worksheets that you provided us). Thank you for what was truly a wealth of information. I still have a bit of time between now and when I plan to launch my blog, so I am going to try to incorporate some of these things into my website pre-launch, like the terms and conditions. I now have a clear plan of what to do to improve my business and how to optimize my time when things might get a little slow.

    Thanks so much!

  128. Birgit says:

    Thank you so much, Regina, for so many good tips!
    I’m launching my blog probably in January, and I try to implement all your helpful advices. Thanks a lot, your blog is gorgeous!

  129. Gigi says:

    I loooooove number one! I’m going to have to give that one a FEW tries!

  130. Shelley says:

    Excellent ideas! I’ve made myself a good sized list on what to do next. Thanks!!

  131. Kole says:

    Regina, this is one of the most in-depth articles I have read. Well done. You broke it down sufficiently, anybody can understand the points listed. I will follow judiciously as a new blogger. Regarding point #4, can you recommend an effective premium WP theme?

  132. S3NAT0R1 says:

    Thanks! Very helpful!

  133. This is the most useful article on blogging I’ve read. Thanks so much for these realistic and useful tips along with simple information on how to implement the ideas.

  134. This really is helpfull! I wanted to launch my blog this weekend, with two posts and one coming in the next week and very insecure about my theme because it didn’t look right just yet. So I am getting a custom theme and I’m excited 😀

  135. These are great blogging tips! I really (really!) need to get a professional picture taken. Thanks for the reminder!

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  138. Ralph Parker says:

    Fantastic tip! V useful and insightful… thanks

  139. Monica says:

    Absolutely love this post. This was a super helpful read as we (a friend and I) are starting our blog. We haven’t officially launched it yet (as your advice supports we simply don’t have enough content). I will definitely be checking into you blog more often!

  140. Josephine says:

    Awesome steps to follow.
    I’m about to start my own blog(s), and I’ve kinda been stuck in Overwhelm City.
    This gives me some fab action points to follow.

    PS: I’m also kinda stuck on Analysis Paralysis Rd; any tips on how to get onto Action St? Thanks so much.

  141. Marissa says:

    Hi Regina,
    Thank you for this awesome information. I’m getting ready to launch a blog, and it’s encouraging to see i’m on right track. Thank you for being a amazing resource to help new bloggers.

  142. Hi Regina! So glad I discovered your site. I’m a new blogger so I need all the help I can get breaking through. All of these tips were useful- happy to know I have some down already 🙂 other things like the sexier permalinks and copyright info I’m going to implement straight away! Thanks so much xx

  143. Thank you Regina! Like all the others who commented, I found this blog post super informative! You know your stuff!!

    I didn’t believe blogging was hard work because I didn’t understand why… Now I know!! But I’m enjoying learning about it *everyday*!

    I’m pinning this post for reference in the upcoming weeks! Glad I stopped by! 🙂

    Valerie

  144. Shelbi Samuels says:

    Hi Regina,

    I have been working on my blog for about 2 weeks and I am nervous about launching it. I want to make sure I have everything in place for readers and to start making money right off the bat. I absolutely LOVE your post. I have found other blogs about how to set up a blog, but you put so much detail into your explanations and it’s awesome that you added pictures. I think that as long as I follow these steps I should good to go.

    Thank you,

    Shelbi

  145. Erika says:

    Thanks Regina! I am in the middle of designing and launching my new blog — so this post was PERFECT! I love reading your articles. They are so practical and helpful.

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  148. Amara Heslin says:

    What a lovely article! This is very much helpful and at the same time very entertaining. A lot of your tips could actually work if people will really take time and effort doing so. I am so glad I came across this article of yours! You know, you have to keep your blog light and easy, updated and a bit “about yourself” and reaching out to your target market. Here is another article I read just before I read yours: http://www.siteabove.com/how-to-get-more-social-media-followers/. I hope this helps others too!

  149. Hi, Regina! I’ve learn a lot about blogging but I love your blog and I also love blogging. All off these tips are very useful to me. Every day I’m learning all about it. Thanks so much

  150. This is great! I’ve done a lot of these things but not all of them. I want to make sure I do them all but it get definitely get hard for me. I work full time so availability and time is very difficult. You wouldn’t happen to have any recommendations for working full time would you? I can’t exactly leave my job unless my blog magically makes me six figures within the next year 🙁

  151. I just came across your blog today and I’m so happy I did. After reading this post, I can already tell that your site is going to be a wealth of knowledge for me! My blog is new(ish), but I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head and I will be checking back here frequently as you certainly provide an unbelievable resource. (I did just sign up for your workshop and Ninja Notes!! 🙂 ) Thanks for putting it out there!

  152. […] 20 Actions You Can Take to Look Like a Pro Blogger […]

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  154. Emily says:

    Thank you for this post!

    I was wondering if you have any advice for my as a wordpress.com user, instead of wordpress.org. I plan on switching to wordpress.org eventually but unfortunately my current computer cannot handle the software :/

    Do you think it’s unrealistic to put too much effort into monetizing my blog now before I can make that transition?

    Thank you!

  155. Nicole says:

    Hey Regina, I just found this very helpful post on Pinterest. Thank you for all your hard work in making this list. It’s definitely one of my favorites out of all the informative posts about beginning a blog. Makes me feel more confident yet a little scared to launch my husband and my blog.

    Your story was funny! Thanks for sharing that. Reminds me when I met my first celebrity at the movie theater I worked in ages ago. I had no idea who he was when talking to him, he seemed to like that, then a bunch of people went up to him asking for pictures. My co-workers went up to me and asked how he was and what movie he was seeing. I asked what the big deal was, then they said, “That was Kanye West!” I said, “Who?” Haha I don’t listen to rap, and this was when he was just starting out.
    I have met a lot more since I work in the film industry now. I think my favorite one was meeting Danny DeVito, I think he was definitely one of the nicest celebrity I’ve ever met.

  156. […] upon another great post By Regina. 20 Actions You Can Take to Look Like a Pro Blogger. Most of the actions she is suggesting do not take a lot of time but DO make all the difference. […]

  157. Becca Barnes says:

    Great post! It’s amazing how some obvious points can get missed by people when they start blogging… like a search bar!
    > My advice is to look at a theme that is priced and rated highly and look at the features included. If they are missing from yours, find a plugin 🙂

    Great to meet you!
    Becca
    http://www.mytwoblackdogs.com/hair-donated

  158. Margaret says:

    Blog world is so new to me. Thanks for posting all these great ideas. I will certainly be revisiting your site over and over.

  159. Robin Shine says:

    Thanks sharing for this post, very good post and nice idea for survive with new things.

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