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What I Learned About Blogging
in 14 Years
by Nile Flores http://blondish.net @blondishnet
14 Years of Blogging???
I wasn’t always a tech blogger.
I wasn’t always a WordPress
user.
I wasn’t always a mom.
I just lo...
Have a site focus
Even if you blog about random
stuff around your personal life,
let people know:
Who you are
What you’re ...
Choose a Domain name
Choose it carefully.
Changing domains on
a whim can hurt you.
You Need a Newsletter
Utilize RSS to Newsletter
Campaigns.
Utilize site updates to reel visitors
back to whatever is happe...
Backups Are Important
You never know when your
site will have problems.
Always backup your site.
Don’t wait for your web h...
Secure Your WordPress Blog
At the very least, have a
security plugin installed,
AND configured.
SEO is not a game
Write naturally.
Be yourself.
Stop overcomplicating SEO.
Ignore the Haters
Some people are crazy
and have nothing to do but
grief others.
Ignore it if you can.
Moderate what you c...
You Don’t Have to Be A Blogging Machine
We’re all not Nile-bot, and
even Nile-bot needs a
vacation.
Set your blog schedule...
Make friends with other bloggers
Make friends with influencers in
your niche.
Make friends with influencers in
niche simil...
Blogging isn’t perfect
WordPress has that handy
Update button. Use it!
Your best post from way back
in the day may have sp...
Blogging isn’t a glamorous job
For some, eventually it
will be, but it’s not.
Don’t quit your day job.
Humble Pie
Sometimes you’re gonna eat
a piece of it.
Accept the mistake, learn
from the experience, and
move on.
Family is Important
You may like to blog,
and get so wrapped
up in it, but don’t
forget your family.
You Gotta Keep Hustling
If you’re struggling with
your blog, don’t quit.
Just change the game
up.
I’m Nile Flores
http://blondish.net
Don’t forget to subscribe to my
newsletter!
Twitter: @blondishnet
Slideshare: http://s...
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I've been blogging for over 14 years now. I've seen a lot of things go on, and experienced failure and success. I've seen a lot of bloggers, even ones that I had come to know as friends, just give up. However, even after 14 years, I love blogging. I want to share with you my tips that I learned throughout my long blogging journey well, the abridged edition at least.

I hope that with my own experience, you will be able to find it useful in what to look out for, what to avoid, and what you probably should be doing. Whether you’re a new blogger, or have been blogging between 1-5 years, hopefully my mistakes and my discoveries will help you rock out your blog for decades to come.

(Originally Presented at WordCamp Las Vegas 2015)

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What I Learned about Blogging in 14 Years

  1. 1. What I Learned About Blogging in 14 Years by Nile Flores http://blondish.net @blondishnet
  2. 2. 14 Years of Blogging??? I wasn’t always a tech blogger. I wasn’t always a WordPress user. I wasn’t always a mom. I just loved to write!
  3. 3. Have a site focus Even if you blog about random stuff around your personal life, let people know: Who you are What you’re offering Why you matter People love to hear your story!
  4. 4. Choose a Domain name Choose it carefully. Changing domains on a whim can hurt you.
  5. 5. You Need a Newsletter Utilize RSS to Newsletter Campaigns. Utilize site updates to reel visitors back to whatever is happening on your website or social networks.
  6. 6. Backups Are Important You never know when your site will have problems. Always backup your site. Don’t wait for your web host to do it for you.
  7. 7. Secure Your WordPress Blog At the very least, have a security plugin installed, AND configured.
  8. 8. SEO is not a game Write naturally. Be yourself. Stop overcomplicating SEO.
  9. 9. Ignore the Haters Some people are crazy and have nothing to do but grief others. Ignore it if you can. Moderate what you can’t.
  10. 10. You Don’t Have to Be A Blogging Machine We’re all not Nile-bot, and even Nile-bot needs a vacation. Set your blog schedule. Live your life!
  11. 11. Make friends with other bloggers Make friends with influencers in your niche. Make friends with influencers in niche similar to yours. Make friends with your readers. Many of them blog too.
  12. 12. Blogging isn’t perfect WordPress has that handy Update button. Use it! Your best post from way back in the day may have spelling and grammar errors, but you can always go back to fix it.
  13. 13. Blogging isn’t a glamorous job For some, eventually it will be, but it’s not. Don’t quit your day job.
  14. 14. Humble Pie Sometimes you’re gonna eat a piece of it. Accept the mistake, learn from the experience, and move on.
  15. 15. Family is Important You may like to blog, and get so wrapped up in it, but don’t forget your family.
  16. 16. You Gotta Keep Hustling If you’re struggling with your blog, don’t quit. Just change the game up.
  17. 17. I’m Nile Flores http://blondish.net Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter! Twitter: @blondishnet Slideshare: http://slideshare. net/blondishnet Facebook: Search for Nile Flores

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