When it comes to blogging resources I’m a firm believer that all bloggers can benefit from reading and staying up to date with the most important information. This includes bloggers who have a blog that supports a website, bloggers who have or want to have monetized blogs, as well as personal wordpress.com bloggers.
We all want our blogs to succeed no matter what kind of blog you have and in order to do that each of us needs to be knowledgeable about what goes into successful blogging. Then we can take and implement the specific information that applies to us and our blog.
The WordPress.Com Blog;
WordPress.com blog is, of course, the first place to always catch up on the latest news about anything WordPress related.
WordPress.Com Support Articles;
WordPress.com support articles are filled with information and tips and tricks for anything WordPress related. Even self-hosted WordPress people use these articles as references.
SmartBlogger is a wealth of information. Although primarily geared to bloggers who want to either monetize their blogs or make a living blogging there is almost always something in each of their articles that are useful for any blogger. I have been a fan and follower of Jon Morrow for years. Back to when he worked for Copyblogger, on to his own site, BoostBlogTraffic which is now called SmartBlogger. His writing is open, honest, and “human.”
Either way, you can’t go wrong with info from this site.
Kim Garst is perhaps the queen of social media marketing but I’m including her site here because Kim’s blog includes articles on almost every topic related to being online. And they are written so well you just can’t beat her for up to date info.
Blogging Basics 101
Blogging basics 101 is exactly what the name says. A basic all-around guide on how to start, set up, and get going with blogging. It’s written in nice easy to understand language and answers all of the questions that you might feel are too silly to ask.
ShoutMeLoud is another good basic guide type of site that offers info and resources on almost every aspect of blogging for everyone especially the beginner. They do gear towards being self-hosted but don’t let that deter you if you’re not ready to take that leap. The info provided still applies.
Stay tuned because I’ll be adding new resources as often as possible.
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