#IRISHBLOGHOUR WEEK 4: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BLOGGERS

Another week, another great #irishbloghour. We’re delighted to have chatted to some new bloggers as well as some regulars. We continued on with some blogging questions and topics so we’ve pulled some great tips and advice and shared them below:

Blogging Goals:

  • To post more often and consistently. This means that your followers will become familiar when you will post up on your blog, ensuring that they will come back at the expected times of the week.
  • Traffic goals. Check out your current daily traffic and try to aim to increase it by 200-500% by a particular time. If you have this goal, it will make you try that extra bit harder to work at driving traffic to your blog.
  • Make lists of topics to write about. This will ensure that when that dreaded bloggers blog takes hold, that you can go to your list and work on a topic that you had thought about before.

tips and tricks for blogging

 Traffic Tips:

  • Boosting posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • Good quality articles and content
  • Consistent posting
  • SEO and keywords
  • Writing about current events/celebrity/popular topics
  • Networking on Twitter
  • Honest is the best policy. Be yourself, write about your own opinions and experiences.
  • Reading and commenting on other blogs

how to get more traffic on your blog

We asked #irishbloghour bloggers when they post on their blogs: (how many more times can we say blogs in this blogging title about blogs?)

  • Evenings
  • Weekends

best times to post on social networks

We are looking for bloggers form #irishbloghour to guest post here on this blog. We will be looking for topics centred around blogging and your experience with it. So anything about traffic, blog design, social networking, seo, content, writing etc. With this, we will post your article up on our blog, showcase your site with a blurb and links.

Make sure to join us next Thursday from 8-9pm on @irishbloghour to network and chat other Irish bloggers!

RYDER CUP TUESDAY!

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Well to say we’re excited would be understatement of the year!! The Ryder Cup is my single favourite moment of the year (and yes I know it’s only every two years), which makes the anticipation so much greater.

Suffice it to say we will not be moving from this spot from 7am til 8pm Sunday night!!!
Only 3 more sleeps:-)

#IRISHBLOGHOUR WEEK 2

So we’ve just finished the second week of #irishbloghour – great to see so many new people join in this week. Tonight, we were chatting about blogging platforms, how long everyone has been blogging and favourite blogs!

There didn’t seem to be a general consensus regarding WordPress, Blogger or other – many people have their personal favourite platform that they enjoy working with! Some points for WordPress included the ability to include Google Analytics within your blog – so you can keep track of traffic. Others find that you can be more creative with it – plugins, themes etc. Blogger seems to provide an easy-to-use platform for many – with a nice and use-friendly layout.

We were thrilled to chat with both experienced and newbie bloggers – some have been writing for years and years, while other have only started within the last few weeks. It was great to see people helping with tips and advice – this is one of the main reasons we set up #irishbloghour – to learn and to network with other Irish bloggers!

Here’s some links to new blogs shared this week. Don’t forget to check out last weeks post too which also contains lots of great blogs to sift through! If you shared your blog on #irishbloghour tonight and you don’t see your link here, let us know and we’ll add it in – it’s so hard to keep track of all the links!

We look forward to chatting with you all next week 🙂

http://www.hirehere.ie/blog/

http://beautyanddbeyond.blogspot.ie/

http://glowta.blogspot.ie/

http://perceptivetravel.com/blog/

http://www.irishamericanmom.com/2014/09/09/the-irish-cuppa-tea-plus-a-giveaway-from-dolmen-county-retailers/

http://home.mjjstreet.com/blog/

http://tra-professional.ie/vat-registration/

http://beautyanddbeyond.blogspot.ie/

http://magnumlady.com/

http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog/

http://sparkleblossombeauty.blogspot.ie/

http://breathingsilverlinings.blogspot.ie/

http://gourmetgrazing.ie/asparagus-risotto-recipe/

http://ciaraincanada.blogspot.ie/

http://hickeysworld.com/

http://rosieposiepuddingandpie.com/

http://sessadaily.com/

http://thebeautykemple.blogspot.ie/

https://www.bloglovin.com/saradelmer

https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12297039

THE FIRST #IRISHBLOGHOUR

Well, we’ve just finished our very first #irishbloghour blog chat over on Twitter and we must say, we’re delighted with the turn out! We would have been happy if 2 bloggers had turned up to chat, but it was much busier than we expected!

So, as promised, here is a list of all the blogs that were shared and linked to during the last hour. Have a sift through and enjoy! And maybe during the next week, find a spare minute to share one or two of your favourites on Twitter and Facebook – it would be a great way to spread the blogging love outside of #irishbloghour!

(If I’ve left anyone out, please comment below and I’ll post it in)

Lifestyle & Beauty:

http://theskinnydollsjourney.blogspot.ie/

http://totalmakeupaddict.blogspot.ie/

http://nichollebartlett.blogspot.ie/

http://life-with-lizzy.blogspot.ie/?m=0

http://blueskydaze.wordpress.com

http://conefreyspharmacy.ie/

Historical:

http://samanthmorris.wordpress.com/

Film, Literature:

http://beanmimo.wordpress.com/

Travel:

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/restaurant-menu-secrets-menu-design

http://ifollowislands.wordpress.com/

Personal:

http://mydyslexicblog.wordpress.com/

http://whereismymindgone.blogspot.ie/

http://bumblesofrice.com/

Food:

http://www.kinneaghkitchen.com/

Sport/Fitness:

http://sweepingstatements.org/

 

#irishbloghour

irishbloghour network with other irish blogs on twitter

Over the last couple of months, we have really benefitted from Twitter networking (Facebook – you’ve let us down) especially with tweet-ups such as Irishbizparty, Tweetursis and CorkHour. We have managed to almost triple our Twitter followers in just a matter of weeks from approx 350 to over 1,000 followers! And it is still growing daily.

We put this down to getting involved with the various networking hours on Twitter, as well as interacting with potential customers and other like-minded small businesses. It’s all about being genuine online – rather than being a bit ‘spammy’ with retweets and favourites just for the sake of it.

We have also committed a lot of our time building up our beloved blog. We have fallen in love with it and want to expand our blog and our network of followers too. We are still learning as we go, and our aim is to gain more traffic and build a really lovely blog that readers will want to come back to on a regular basis.

So, we made a decision to set up a dedicated Irish blog networking hour on Twitter. We felt it would be a great way to really get involved with other bloggers and to also learn from and get to know more experienced blogging folk. The idea is for Irish bloggers to meet up on Twitter from 8-9pm on a Thursday evening and share ideas and advice. We aim to create an interactive hour, with discussion topics and guest experts that can shed a light on some issues that Irish bloggers may have, such as SEO and how to gain more followers on your blog etc.

So, if you are an Irish blogger yourself and would like to get involved, just follow @irishbloghour on Twitter and use the hashtag #irishbloghour (anytime). Our first test-run will be this Thursday 4th Sept at 8pm – so we’ll hopefully have a little bit of interest to start with. And if you are interested, please do spread the love and either share this post on Facebook or Twitter, or RT with #irishbloghour!