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My Best Blogging Tips of 2016

For the last couple of years, I’ve been publishing posts about the business of blogging (almost) every Sunday.

I still get a lot of emails from people looking for blogging advice, however, and as I unfortunately just don’t have the time to answer them all individually, today I thought I’d do a little roundup of some of this year’s blogging-related posts. Before I do, though, two quick points:

01. Earlier this year, I released an ebook in which I talk at (very great) length about how I got into blogging, how I turned my blog into a full-time business, and what I personally think are the most useful tips and techniques for those of you who’d like to do the same. It’s called My Blogging Secrets, it’s available on Amazon worldwide (if that link doesn’t work for you, just go to your local Amazon site and type either the book title or ‘Amber McNaught’ into the search box and it should come up for you), and if you’ve decided that 2017 is the year you’re going to become a full-time blogger, it might just help you. (Oh, and if it does, I would really, REALLY appreciate you leaving me a quick Amazon review: sorry to beg, but it would help me so much!)

My Blogging Secrets by Amber McNaught02. When I started putting this post together, I’d intended it to be a compilation of my most popular blogging tips and advice… then I realised that, hey, I already did that. Most of the blogging-related posts I’ve written this year have been a little more reflective in nature, and centre mostly around what it’s really like to blog for a living. If you’re looking for some back-to-basics advice, then, this post will give you links to just about everything you might need. (Or, you know, buymybook *cough*) If you’re interested in all the rest, however, here are some of my most popular posts of the year…

Blogging as an introvert

One of my biggest challenges as a blogger is the growing requirement to attend events, and constantly socialize – both with other bloggers, and with brands. As a shy introvert, I’m not even very good at socialising on the internet, and this post talks a bit more about the challenge of blogging as an introvert, and the pressure to be social at all times.

Why you probably won’t get rich from blogging

This post was inspired by the sheer number of emails I was getting from people trying to sell blogging as some kind of “get rich quick” scheme, and promising to teach me how to make my first million, or whatever. The harsh truth, however, is that most of us aren’t going to get rich from blogging anytime soon: this post lists just some of the reasons why.

the best blogging advice articles of the year
Things bloggers wish they could tell brands

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I feel like the relationship between brands and bloggers became more strained than ever this year. Neither side seems to fully trust or understand the other, and this post was an attempt to give the blogger’s point of view, and explain to brand reps how they can help us work together more effectively.

The one thing that will make me follow your blog

I had a bit of  revelation this year about why I follow some blogs, but not others.  And yes, I AM going to make you click on the bait – I mean link – to find out what that one thing is…

Where to find ideas for blog posts

This is one of the questions I’m asked most often, and, well, this post is my attempt to answer it.

Why I don’t work for free

This one was triggered by one too many requests to do ridiculous amounts of work, with absolutely no compensation whatsoever. It’s long, but if you’re self-employed in any industry (particularly a creative one), you just might relate to it…

my best blogging tips of 2016Dealing with online imitators and blog copycats

I’ve written quite a bit in the past about plagiarism and copyright infringement, but what about those times when someone starts to copy you in a more subtle way: i.e. they’re not actually copying and pasting your work, but they ARE clearing taking “inspiration” from it – and taking it a little too far, too. I’ve had this happen a few times now, and it never gets any less awkward or embarrassing, so while I don’t really come to any firm conclusion in this post about what the “best” way to deal with these situations is in this post, I did welcome the comments and advice I got from people who’d experienced similar situations.

Why I don’t miss ‘the good old days’

There was a time early this year when every second post in my Bloglovin’ feed seemed to be yet another blogger complaining about how much blogging has changed, and how they miss the “good old days” – by which they generally seemed to mean, “I want to be really successful, but I don’t want to have to put in the effort it now takes to get there”. It’s true that blogging has changed: there’s now much more competition for one thing, which makes it much harder to make any kind of mark on the blogging world without putting in a whole lot of work. Despite this, I actually DON’T miss the “good ol’ days” –  or not entirely, anyway. Sure, I’ll join in with the complaints about how social media is taking over, and, as I mentioned above, I really hate the fact that you’re now expected to attend events, rather than just, you know, write, but I also think that some of the changes the blogosphere has gone through have been for the better: this post will tell you why.

Why I’ve given up on niche blogging 

Most of the blogging advice I read advocates the idea of bloggers choosing a niche, and then focusing on it, if they want to grow their blog. While there IS a lot to be said for that technique, and I’m not saying the advice is “bad”, this year I decided that niche blogging just isn’t for me: and might not be the right thing for YOU, either.

Want some more?

If that little lot wasn’t enough for you, and you’d like to read more about the business of blogging, you’ll find every single post I’ve ever written on the subject here: enjoy!

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  • I’ve read all of your posts religiously already, but it won’t hurt to read them again one more time. Thank you for the tips. 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Hannah Green
    January 3, 2017

    Found you through bloglovin’ and found this post so useful, thanks so much! I’ve then gone on to read other posts…love it!

  • Laila
    January 5, 2017

    You just sold me your ebook! I feel it would be an influential read for me because most of the points you hit on in the post are things I struggle with.

    Laila from Townhouse Palette