Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Advice for New Bloggers

I am often asked for blogging advice by new bloggers. I thought it would be more efficient for me to post suggestions and refer people to this blog post rather than email each person. I welcome comments and feedback from you, my readers. Take what I have started with and add please.

Advice for new bloggers:

· Don’t start blogging unless you like to write. It is a bit of an obligation.

· I like keep blog postings short (400 – 500 words) and this seems to suit the attention span of most readers.

· Just to it. It is easy to start and in the worst case, you can stop.

· You are not really considered to be a blogger until you have blogged from 4 – 6 weeks. I think it is a great idea to have a strong first post because some people read first posts but the next 4 – 6 weeks, you don’t really need to have tremendous depth or substance. I would suggest copying things that you find interesting but not pouring too much of your heart in to it for the first while.

· I suggest installing a www.statcounter.com. This tells you what your traffic is and where they come from. It is free.

· Some people think blogging is technical; it’s not. Anyone can learn how to BLOG in about 5 minutes.

· I suggest finding a blog mentor – someone who can help you with the simple set-up and give you a little bit of support through the early days.

· I would not try to do anything to generate traffic in the first 30 days as you are really not a blogger until you have reached that point.

I am off on more travel today. Conference in California and while I am there, I will stop by Fremont head office.


At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - what conference in California are you going to?

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Ezio Carlino said...

Dear Mr. Estill

I was flipping through a business magazine REX (Business in Waterloo Region and Guelph) and I noticed a column regarding your blog and yourself more specifically.

I am highly encouraged to see successful local business personalities as I eagerly went to your blog site and read your posts.

I am a younger entrepreneur who started in a very small reseller business and has since moved on to a larger custom fabrication business.

I would love to read some more on your humble beginnings and your successes.

Congratulations on your blog and many other endeavors. I encourage myself for positive growth and my staff to follow through the best we can in our humble beginnings here in the Royal City.

Ezio Carlino


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