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Top 7 Blogging Tips for the Newbie Mom Blogger

First and foremost, I want to thank all of my followers – on Google Friend Connect (GFC), Twitter, and Facebook. A special shout out to my GFC followers for your loyal support and helping me get to over 1,000!

As I write this, I am looking at the beautiful faces of my 1,009 Google Friend Connect followers. I know that not every one reads this blog every day, but I am thankful for the returning visits from followers and RSS subscribers who do take the time to visit me on a daily basis.

A majority of my followers are mom bloggers. Only about 34 percent of my traffic is from Google and other search engines. I rely on the continued support of my followers to have the courage and energy to blog every day. So thank you everyone!

Several weeks ago, a reader commented and asked if I would share blogging tips on how I’ve made my blog so successful. Let me preface by saying that I am not that successful. Not monetary-wise. But I want to share my personal blogging tips to help other newbie mom bloggers out there.

Here are my Top 7 Blogging Tips for the Newbie Mom Blogger:

Be Passionate about Your Subject

Blogging is a fun and exciting experience . . . if you are passionate about the topic you’re writing. If you aren’t interested in your blogging niche, it’s going to show through in your writing. (And you will be unhappy as a blogger, too.)

People are pretty smart when it comes passionate blog posts versus ones that have no substance. Passion will carry you through and motivate you to continue blogging. Because blogging is an unpaid activity – for most newbie bloggers – why would you spend time writing for free if you aren’t interested in the topic?

Since my blog is focused on educating mothers and women about pregnancy and women’s health topics, I have to be extremely interested in my topic. And I love writing about PMS, Pregnancy, and Babies. That’s how I am able to come up with new topics to write about each and every day. Passion is what carries me through – even though I don’t make any money blogging yet. Occasionally, when someone clicks a Google ad, I make a $1. This blog is not yet a huge monetization machine. I have hope that it will one day.

Write and Post New Content Regularly

If you want to increase traffic to your site, you have to add regular content to your blog. Not only will publishing new posts on a regular basis increase the number of pages on your blog, which gives it more strength and Google juice, but new content offers your followers something new to read. Common sense, right?

You should set a regular blogging schedule and stick to it. This can turn readers into loyal followers, who will come back and visit your blog religiously. When you stick to a firm blogging schedule, your regular readers get used to that schedule. They will visit your blog on the days they expect a new post.

You don’t have to write every day, but it should be regular and consistent. You could publish three times a week, or perhaps just weekly. But you need to stick to a schedule. If you are sloppy about your scheduled posting times, regular visitors will get disappointed. Gradually, they may stop coming. This can lead to a decline in traffic – which is what you want to avoid.

I try my hardest to provide my readers with new content every day. On the weekends, I do occasionally falter. But after working a 50-hour work week (for my full-time job), and blogging at night, I do need a break on Saturday and Sundays. However, most days, I write my blog posts beforehand and schedule them to be published at 7:00 a.m.

Like I said, I do falter. There are some weeknights when I am so exhausted from the day’s writing work (I’m a professional health writer full-time) that my brain does not work, so I miss an occasional post.

Don’t Obsess Over the Numbers

When you’re a newbie blogger, it’s tough avoiding the numbers. Your daily blogging rounds often include checking your traffic stats – how many people visited you, where they came from, what keywords, etc. – and seeing how many followers you have now.

Checking the numbers of Google Friend Connect followers and RSS followers can become an obsessive habit. You want new followers, more followers. And you get frustrated when the number is stagnant and doesn’t increase. Then, you get depressed. Why doesn’t anyone like me?

What’s truly heartbreaking is seeing the numbers drop. You might have 150 followers one day, and the next morning, there are only 149. One person unfollowed you – HEARTBREAK!

You are an experienced blogger – a blogger who is moving up the ladder – when you stop caring about your numbers. You don’t obsessively check your stats every two hours. Maybe you check once a week, or twice a week but you don’t linger, and you don’t obsess.

When you don’t obsess over the numbers, you will be much happier. This is the one blogging tip that will free you.

I don’t check my numbers anymore. Once a week, I do check to see what my total follower count, and what my average traffic is, but it doesn’t plague me like it used to. I’ve let go.

My time is better used in researching and writing quality content for the blog. Obsessing was just a time-waster. There was nothing I could do about one lost GFC follower. And when my traffic was only at 200 visits a day, what could I do? Weep? Letting go and not caring about the numbers freed me.

Socialize and Interact with Other Mom Bloggers

One of the blogging tips that has led to my success is interacting and socializing with other mom bloggers. I’m a member of Mom Bloggers Club, Social Moms, and Bloggy Moms. In each of these social networking sites for mom bloggers, I regularly interact with other members. I belong to “You Follow Me, I Follow You” type of groups. I visit other blogs and comment on their posts.

Socializing and visiting other people’s blogs is time-consuming, but you must do it. A blog cannot be successful if no one knows you’re out there. Comment, comment, comment!

Bloggers love personal comments about what they’ve written about. It makes them feel special and loved. They are more willing to reciprocate and follow you back if you write a thoughtful comment about what they’ve posted. ALWAYS leave your link after your name. People need to know where to find you.

Blog hops are another useful way to get followers. Blog hops are lists of blogs to visit. You “link up” (add your link to the list), and then visit other blogs that you are interested in following. When you follow someone, always comment and let them know. Google Friend Connect does not automatically notify them when you’ve joined the site. You must let them know that you’re a new follower.

Reader-Friendly Blog Design

You’re probably not a graphic designer, but you need to make your blog easy to read and navigate. Some people will immediately click off if you have too many flashy, hard-to-read elements on your blog. A clean blog design is best.

Creative fonts are pretty, and they’re great for headers and titles, but don’t use them as the main font in your text. They are hard to read. Most people skim, and they won’t take the time to attempt to read a hard font. Use fonts that are easy on the eyes, like Helvetica, Arial, Times Roman, etc.

If you can, avoid too many graphics. It increases the load time of your blog. People are impatient.

You should also keep the background of your blog simple. Busy backgrounds distract the reader from your content. The eye goes to the creative wallpaper-looking background and not on the information that you’re providing.

You may have to sacrifice creativity to get more traffic. I don’t want to take away from the design you have in mind, but my blogging tip is for you to design a blog that is easy to navigate and easy to read. The text should be the main attraction.

Guest Post and Offer Guest Post Opportunities

You may have noticed that I have guest bloggers who write for me. My guest bloggers make it easier for me to keep this blog updated every day, and they offer valuable information to my readers.

Guest posting is something that all newbie bloggers should consider. It may sound like a big waste of time, but it’s truly not. Writing a guest post on a blog that is similar to your blog topic introduces you to new readers. If people enjoy your guest post, they will often click and go to your site.

Another perk of guest posting – you get a link back to your site. One of the ways Google ranks you is by looking at how many other sites have linked to you. So the more guest posting you do, the higher you will rank in Google.

I offer guest posting opportunities to anyone who is interested. It’s an awesome way for me to get more content for my blog, and makes it easier for me to run this website every day. My life is easier, and I get to introduce my readers to awesome blogs.

(If you’d like to guest blog for me, please contact me a dp@mypregnancybaby.com). Look forward to hearing from you!)

Patience, Patience, Patience

Patience is a virtue, and you must have patience to be a successful blogger. Don’t expect to be an instant viral hit immediately. And don’t expect the money to flow in just because you’re now a blogger. It takes time to build an audience and to find loyal readers.

As long as you continue to write and post new content on a regular basis, interact with other bloggers, and you are passionate about what you write, you will eventually be successful.

Rome wasn’t build in a day, and don’t expect for your blog to take off anytime soon. It might take months, or a year before your efforts take off. Just have patience. Know that successful will come eventually.

You should blog because you love it. Not for any other reason. Success will come if you keep trying. Don’t give up. Don’t be impatient.

Good Luck!

I hope that some of these blogging tips help you on your journey to become a better, stronger mom blogger!

About the author: DP Nguyen is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Trishawna @mothersrule June 22, 2016, 11:04 pm

    Thank you you so much for this post. I some how stumbled on it by accident but i so needed this. I am a new blogger and its been a hell of a journey so far. Its tough being a new blogger and questioning yourself if you can do this. Many times I had encourage myself not to give up. Originally when i started my blog I thought it was as simple as writing your thoughts but as I grow I now know its much more than that. There is a whole lot of other things that goes on behind the scenes. Your post is an encourage and I thank you for sharing.

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  • Tori Hamilton December 1, 2015, 12:10 am

    Thank you for this post! I especially agree with the need to be patient. I am two months into this blogging journey and I think I’ve almost quit 1000 times! Please tell me that blogging gets easier? I do love doing it!

  • Dana Alley April 7, 2015, 1:33 pm

    I’m a new blogger (sort of… Lots of failed attempt before now) and this article is by far the most informative I’ve read! Thank you! Maybe I’ll get good enough and have enough confidence to write a guest blogger post.


  • Fred April 1, 2015, 9:10 am

    Great post! Just as you said in the introduction part of this article, when starting out, being passionate about the niche goes a long way. Because numbers will not explode from the start, having a reason behind starting a blog will be the main motivator in the first few months.

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  • Mumzone November 11, 2014, 3:03 am

    It is hard to remember to keep things simple, but a really important tip. I definitely am going to contact you about an opportunity to guest blog on your site very soon. I am in the guest posting phase of blogging and think it is a really worthwhile effort. Thanks so much!

  • Heather July 13, 2014, 10:23 pm

    Thanks for a great post. I’m a new blogger, also with a full-time job so it was heartening to hear that you are able to do both. Would love a future post on how you find time and energy to do the full-time job all day, post regularly on your blog and spend time with your family.

    Thanks again!

    • DP Nguyen July 14, 2014, 9:11 pm

      It is very hard to balance it all, but I do think that you just have to make yourself a blogging schedule and try to stick with it. Good luck with your blog 🙂

  • Amie Butchko July 12, 2014, 8:30 am

    Hey DP! This is a great blog and a very helpful post. I am going to really absorb all your tips, all of which are very positive and encouraging. I really like your tip about keeping content clean and easy to read. You are right. I do click off of sites that have too much going on and are hard to navigate. It is hard to remember to keep things simple, but a really important tip. I definitely am going to contact you about an opportunity to guest blog on your site very soon. I am in the guest posting phase of blogging and think it is a really worthwhile effort. Thanks so much!

    • DP Nguyen July 14, 2014, 9:14 pm

      Thanks Amie for taking the time to visit my site. Good luck with your site and blogging adventures. I checked out your articles on Hugpages. They were fab! You are welcome to guest blog on my site anytime! Best wishes!

  • Jamie September 1, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Thanks for putting this out there…very informative. Wish I found your site when I was pregnant/trying to get preggers. I am now the lucky mom of 2 awesome boys (age 3 and 19mos) and I’ve got my hands full! Trying to blog to preserve my sanity! Thanks again for this info/encouragement!

  • Tracy November 15, 2011, 8:26 pm

    Thanks so much for writing this post. I’ve quite new at the whole blogging thing and appreciate all the advice. Cheers!

  • Mrs T June 10, 2011, 1:32 pm

    These are great tips for newbie’s like myself! You get discouraged when you see that you have X amount followers and another new blogger has more than you and you start to compare and it drives you crazy… and over what?! ha ha

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    Thank you for pointing out the obvious. Obsessing about the numbers diminished my writing mojo.

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  • Vanja @ Emma's Lunch May 26, 2011, 3:00 am

    Thanks for this post. Its great to get all the information in one place to make sure you’re not missing something. And while most of it is common sense, we always need a reminder!

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  • Mickey May 18, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I was thrilled recently when my traffic went over 200 in a day, lol. Oh well. I’ll keep at it. You’re right about concentrating on working on the contect and networking with others, instead of focusing on the (lack of) traffic. 🙂

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    This post is great, especially for a new blogger such as myself. I’m guilty of watching the stats page and now realize I just need to let it go. I’m impressed with the site you have created on your “spare time.” Thanks for the wonderful insight to the world of blogging.


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  • Melaniegreenberg March 11, 2011, 5:05 pm

    I found you on Bloggy Moms and just followed you via Google Friend Connect. This is excellent advice!! I’m a Clinical Health Psychologist in private practice and a mom. In first year of blogging on Marin Health Psychologist Blog http://marinpsychologist.blogspot.com and my Psychology Today blog called the Mindful Self-Express (accessible from my blog via the link above) My Marin Health Psychologist blog was chosen as one of the top 50 blogs by Health Professional and I have a ton of pageviews, but my follower numbers are stuck in the 40’s. I have followed a couple of people but haven’t commented and let them know, so that may be the issue. Also, I try to cite a lot of original research in my post and put it together (I used to be a Professor) which takes a lot of time and so I don’t post as frequently. My question for you is…stick to this style and forget about no of followers because i am getting a reputation for quality….or write more frequent, shorter, less researched posts. Maybe focus on only one or two studies….I would love to hear experienced blogger’s opinions on this. My blog focused on mind-body health, self-care, selfhelp, fitness, family. Thanks for this opportunity to introduce myself. Melanie A Greenberg, PhD.

    • DP March 11, 2011, 5:19 pm

      I think what works for one doesn’t work for others. I also put a lot of research into my posts, but I don’t cite as I should, due to the time constraints and too many links being a distraction for my readers.

      I would stick for quality. However, shorter, more frequent posts would give a reader more to look forward to. They may come back day after day to see what’s new.

      See what works for you. Experiment with longer posts, and experiment with shorter posts and see what response you get. If your traffic increases or stays the same. Good luck!

  • Katie Hurley March 9, 2011, 9:03 pm

    This is an excellent post. It’s hard not to obsess over the followers…I’m close to 200, but not sure why I’m not getting more…I get asked to guest post regularly and I get a lot of positive feedback. It’s frustrating. But you’re right, it’s best to stay away from the numbers! Thanks, this made me feel so much better!


    • DP March 9, 2011, 9:06 pm

      You can get stuck sometimes. I got stuck between 60 and 700. It seemed like it took forever before I started getting more followers.

      You should consider interacting with more blogs, go to the mom social groups, join groups, leave comments on people’s profiles inviting them to visit your page, do blog hops, etc. It is a lot of work, but it will help you get over the 200 mark.

      You have a great blog, so be proud! 🙂

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  • Rebecca March 9, 2011, 8:31 pm

    Great post, I recently had a friend ask me how I started my blog and tips for someone who is interested in starting a blog. I am new to the scene, I started in December and am just over 500 followers. I have had success with blog giveaways and have recently noticed a lot of great feedback on my actual posts. I love a blogger who is willing to share great information with the rest of us. 🙂 I am just stumped on how to get my google ranking increased.

    • DP March 9, 2011, 8:35 pm

      I am stumped on the Google Page Rank as well. I’m under the assumption, from my research, that Google Page Rank is no longer valid on how well your blog does. Google says that they update Page Rank every 3 months, and I’ve read elsewhere that it’s been 9 months since they’ve updated.

      Alexa also has a page rank tool. They have a toolbar/page rank, similar to Mozilla’s Page Rank. I use it quite often. I have a 3 page rank from Alexa, and 0 page rank from Google. Which sucks. But who knows?

      Giveaways are great ways to get new followers, though. I’ve stayed away from them, since my blog is more informational than anything else.

  • Coco of VidaCoco.com March 9, 2011, 6:43 am

    Great tips DP! I have a blog on my website, so my biggest challenge is updating both of them with new content on a regular basis. I’m always looking for ways to drive traffic to my site and blog and have just recently started interacting with other mom bloggers and leaving comments on their posts. I haven’t found a way to monetize my blog yet, so what drives me is my passion to live green, be healthy, cook, and craft, all the while raising my 3 (soon to be 4) kids and preserving my Mexican heritage. I wanted to create a forum for me to share what I’ve learned and continue to learn about those topics (and hopefully inspire others by doing so!), and thus VidaCoco and Coco’s Blog were born!

    P.S. Thank you for following me!


  • Redundant33 March 8, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Thanks for the tips! Can someone explain to me what a blog hop is? I have read people discussing them but I am not sure what they are.

    • DP March 8, 2011, 6:51 pm

      Hi! I will have to blog about what a blog hop is in a later post, but basically…

      A blog hop is a list of blogs that a person hosts on their blog. For example, I will be hosting a blog hop soon. I will have a list of links (called a Linky) in a blog post, and people add their blog URL to it. You follow via Google Friend Connect (Twitter, or whatever the blog hop rules indicate) the blogs that you find interesting. People are SUPPOSED to follow you back. And if they don’t, they suck.

      My Mom Blog Directory is similar to a blog hop, or it has the format of a blog hop anyway.

      You have to follow the rules that the hostess asks you to follow. You can repost the blog hop button in a blog post or sidebar, or re-post the Linky list on your own blog.

      Does that make sense? Hope it helps!

  • Angelica- Pixie Vacations March 8, 2011, 5:07 pm

    Thank you for this post! It is hard not to obsess over the numbers! I keep trying to tell myself it will take time and it will all work out. I am confident that my business will pick up as long as I stay dedicated to it and my blog! Thank you for visiting me on MBC btw! I am now following you!

  • Tara March 7, 2011, 10:57 pm

    Thanks for this! I’m a new blogger, and I totally fall into the numbers obsession. In fact, just today I thought, “I wonder if I’ll always be so enthralled with Google Analytics.” My blog is only 17 days old – and I have to remember that! I just pour so much love into my posts, that I want people to come read them, lol.

    Thanks for the tips, I really enjoyed this post!

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  • Kate@Mommy Monologues March 7, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I have to ignore the numbers & I REALLY have to try hard not to compare my blog to another blog. That gets really overwhelming!

    I have just learned that guest posting is essential to growing your readership. I’m trying to get myself out there as much as possible.


    • DP March 7, 2011, 3:30 pm

      It is ROUGH not comparing, but you have to remember that your blog is your creative genius, so it’s awesome in its own way. Don’t compare.

      Plus the Mommy Monolgues is great. I am a regular reader, though I don’t always comment. You are always welcome to guest blog with me 🙂


  • Trend Setting Mom March 7, 2011, 4:00 am

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  • Shaina Naillieux March 7, 2011, 4:36 am

    Thanks for this post! I’m a more “experienced” blogger with a low following, but its starting to pick up! For some reason blog hops only occured to me about a week ago! Ha! One of my new years resolutions was to write more often, and surprisingly, I’ve kept it up! I find that I fail short of “networking” as much as I should. When I have the time and do it, my readership picks up MAJORLY. When I don’t have the time, it slacks off. Common sense! I have a 16 month old though that comes first!

    I’m a follower, and I found you from MBC! Thanks for the comment!

    • DP March 7, 2011, 3:32 pm

      When I first started blogging, I had to do a TON of blog hopping. And I was obsessed with my numbers and stats. But after I got to about 600 followers, I just gave up. A lot of people were following so I’d follow back, and not enough genuine readers. I still follow back everyone who follows me, because I think among all the 1,000, there will be at least 100 who will become regular readers. And in time, my numbers may be inflated, but I may get more readers who like the information I provide and what I have to say.

      And family always comes first, and the more followers you have, in time, you don’t have to network constantly. The people will come 🙂 Good luck

  • Meredith March 7, 2011, 4:02 am

    Awesome new tips! I will be implementing several at my newbie blog – http://bethegreen-queen.blogspot.com/ Please follow along!

  • Stacey March 7, 2011, 3:04 am

    Thanks for all the wonderful tips! Since i’m new to the blog-iverse 😉 Lol. I need as many tips as I can get 🙂 Thanks for connecting me to your blog, it’s fantastic! 🙂 And thanks for following mine.
    Now I need to work on getting buttons, and start features. There is so much to dive into, any insight would be fantastic 🙂


  • Stacey March 7, 2011, 3:04 am

    Thanks for all the wonderful tips! Since i’m new to the blog-iverse 😉 Lol. I need as many tips as I can get 🙂 Thanks for connecting me to your blog, it’s fantastic! 🙂 And thanks for following mine.
    Now I need to work on getting buttons, and start features. There is so much to dive into, any insight would be fantastic 🙂


    • DP March 7, 2011, 3:33 pm

      Let me know any questions that you have 🙂 I’d be happy to answer them.

    • DP March 7, 2011, 3:33 pm

      Let me know any questions that you have 🙂 I’d be happy to answer them.

  • Leslie Botchar March 6, 2011, 7:42 pm

    Great tips. I had started blogging in 2009 and then gave up for a year because no one was following. But I decided to get back into it….as just something for myself. I love to write too. When I relaxed about it, it was definitely more enjoyable and I guess it showed in the postings. I’ve learned a lot….but you can always learn more, so a very appreciate thanks for these tips. As you can see I am already putting it to good use by commenting. I use to just “read’n’run” but from now on I will be sure and leave a footprint behind.
    Thanks so much for the follow back….you started the ball rolling for me!

    • DP March 7, 2011, 3:33 pm

      Always leave a footprint. People will come and visit your site. Not just the blog owner, but other readers. People love seeing what other mom blogs are out there, you know? Good luck!

    • DP March 7, 2011, 3:33 pm

      Always leave a footprint. People will come and visit your site. Not just the blog owner, but other readers. People love seeing what other mom blogs are out there, you know? Good luck!

  • Autherine March 6, 2011, 11:47 pm

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    Thanks for the post! There’s some great info for a semi-newbie like me. I have dabbled for a couple of years and started seriously blogging less than 2 months ago at my latest adventure, Caffeinated Autism Mom. So far, so good. I’m having fun and I’m beginning to reach people out there in the blogosphere. I’ll be sure to utilize your tips. I’d love to have you do a guest post at my blog sometime. 🙂

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      When I get some time, I’d love to guest post for you!

    • DP March 7, 2011, 3:33 pm

      When I get some time, I’d love to guest post for you!

  • Nichole March 6, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Thanks for leaving me a comment at Bloggy Moms. I’m following your blog now.

  • Amy March 6, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Great post! Thanks for the tips. It’s definitely hard starting out, so it’s nice to have some pointers. Thanks!

  • Megan March 6, 2011, 2:30 pm

    Thanks for this post. I’m a newbie, only blogging since late 2010 and I’ve heard about the whole schedule thing before, but didn’t really think it mattered that much. But after reading your explaination…it makes sense. Thanks again for sharing!

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