10 Ways to Market Your New Blog or Website

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. You’ve just launched your site and are awaiting the avalanche of traffic and sales that is sure to be just around the corner. But as you obsessively refresh your Google analytics day after day your enthusiasm begins to drop rapidly. Spreading the word about your business, driving eyeballs to your site, building brand awareness and ultimately sales is the part of your business that is probably driving your anxiety levels up.

Before you go calling it quits understand that launching your business is only the first step and from this moment forward you need to consider yourself in the business of marketing. So stop obsessively refreshing your Google analytics, and instead use helpful guide to brand yourself, your business and become an expert marketer.

1. Know your target audience

It’s a big world out there and nothing is scarier than being a new business or blog and feeling unknown. The good news is that you only need a tiny portion of the world to pay attention, read your blog, or buy your products, to achieve fabulous success. So instead of harping on the challenge of attracting the whole world to your new website, just think about your niche and the people interested in what you are talking about and selling. That’s a much smaller world than you think. Be confident in what you are and in what you aren’t. Think back to the classic “he’s just not that into you” mantra. Consider that in your business, not everyone is going to be into you but be totally sure you know exactly who your perfect match is.

3 questions to ask yourself when determining your target audience:
1.   Who did you have in mind when you started?
2.   Who has a genuine need or desire for your point of view, products, posts, etc.
3.   Who gets the most benefit out of your product or service? Who would pay for what you are delivering?

2. Create the top 10 list

I encourage every new business or blog to create what I call “The Top Ten” list. It’s a list of brands or blogs that you want to model yourself after. Either because they are a competitor, you share a space with them, or they are in your niche. Make sure that they are successful at what they are doing and someone you want to emulate.
After creating this list you will be amazed at what a point of reference it will serve as. Refer back to it whenever you need inspiration, have to make a decision or want to see how others have done it.

3. Brand yourself

How you brand yourself to the world through your online presence is everything! It’s how your visitors will determine if they like you, your work, your posts and your products. Your users, prospects and potential readers are making assumptions about everything they are seeing and hearing regarding your brand. This entire checklist shows you how to look great on the web but when it comes to branding it’s more about the story you are telling. Be intentional and use these 4 points to guide you through the process of creating your online brand.

  • People are interested in other people before they are interested in things. Become known for what you do or sell through sharing your story and what you are all about rather then just promoting your products or services.
  • What do you want people to know about you? Create your story by sharing how you can help others & identify what problems you solve for them first. Then develop your story in to a few keywords, bullet points and sentences.
  • Take your story and share it. Post it on every social profile, your blog and your business website. Be consistent and live your message by publicizing what you stand for through sharing your story.
  • Above all be human and have fun when branding yourself. Share the real you, be vulnerable, honest and don’t try to hard to project perfection. Most of all your readers and customers want to be able to relate to you and your message.
  •  Bonus: Take your branding to the next level by looking for opportunities to provide value to others. Share your knowledge as it relates to your story and offer help whenever possible. This will help you to quickly develop a reputation as an expert in your space.

4.  A killer profile photo

Put your best foot forward with a great profile picture. When meeting people online all they have to go on is your picture. You want to come across as trustworthy and friendly. It’s not much different than an online dating site when it comes to the rules to follow for a great picture (no sunglasses, pictures of you at a party, a picture with your ex torn out of it, etc….)

5. Social media

Set Up your social profiles. This may sounds elementary, but once you get started you’ll see there is actually a lot involved. Choosing a profile pic or avatar for each of the social sites you will be is a matter of re-sizing to fit each specific dimension and putting up the various cover photos, background images and bios.

After you have created accounts for each site take a few hours and start to fill up your Facebook page, Twitter timeline and Pinterest boards. If someone were to come by make it look like someone is at home. It’s all about faking it until you make it 🙂
The set up is crucial, and when you invest time up front, you will only have to do it once and it will give you a wonderful platform to build your business or your blog from.

A quick social media breakdown:

  • Use Twitter to connect with interesting people. Don’t be shy! Jump into conversations whenever relevant and even start a few by just tweeting directly at someone you follow.
  • Pinterest should reflect your aesthetic and goals for you & your company. Keep it classy and reflective of your story and branding. Anything personal or off brand should be pinned onto a secret board.
  • Instagram is the perfect platform for behind the scenes shots, hints at new products or sharing your daily routine. You can be more informal when posting pictures here but always be conscious of the image you are projecting.
  • Make sure to post daily to Facebook so that you are showing up in your fans news feeds frequently. It’s a noisy place so stick to content that will add value to your followers or be something of interest.

6. Be visually appealing

We’re living in a visual world, so as an online business, blog or brand this has never been more critical. Your pictures need to be first class. Whether it’s daily outfit photos or product pictures, you need to make sure they look great and represent your brand.

For product photos, take crisp clean and clear photos on a white background that is well lit with no shadows. Think about creating some lifestyle shots, setting up vignettes for your products and giving thought to your backgrounds in outfit posts. When you present gorgeous images you are telling your customers or readers that you have an eye for beauty and you are a tastemaker and the expert here. Editors will want to feature you, people will want to share your images and when it comes to getting re-pinned you will gain traction simply because your images are beautiful.

7. Create content

I’m sure you are sick of hearing ‘content is king’ so let’s crown content queen for the day instead. Creating content that is on brand for your business is all about telling a story about you; your brand, products, posts, and ultimately point of view.

Content can mean something else to everyone. Content for your business might be daily tweets or quick videos you film on your iPhone. Don’t try to be someone else with your content. Tailor your content to your target audience and share it with them in an authentic way. Give people original and they will give you their approval through a like, share or re-pin.

8. Know your target audience

Now that you’ve set the stage it’s time to get out there and share your work with the world (read: target audience). Just like you need a target audience of customers & readers so to you need a target audience and partners for your marketing efforts. Your time and resources will be better spent if you are reaching out to people who are pre-determined to like your blog or be in the niche of your products. Start a spreadsheet and fill it up with potential sites, bloggers, friends and family to share your business with.

9. Digital PR

The web has created a leveled playing field – unlike the more traditional PR methods. Don’t get me wrong, personal relationships still trump all, but it’s easier then ever to create and develop a relationship with a stranger. Grab your courage and reach out to everyone on your list from #8.

Important outreach tips:

  • Always make it personal and never use a mass email or a template.
  • Pay them a genuine compliment.
  • Don’t ask for anything on the first email! Just connect and if possible add some value to the relationship.

10. Build it

It can be very daunting to face an empty social profile in the beginning of your business. Seeing the 0 followers column on Twitter is never fun. Here’s how you can jumpstart a following while putting your brand in front of your target customers:

Find your top ten list on social media and start by following them. Then go on a following spree with their followers (this works really well on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram). Aim to follow around 100 people on each platform and almost immediately you’ll start to see some traction as people start to follow you back. It’s important that your social profiles feel alive, current and active and you will be well on your way to achieving that!

Now that you’ve completed this checklist I give you permission to go back and check out Google analytics and your traffic metrics. I fully expect to see a big smile on your face. Pour yourself a glass of celebratory wine and then get back to work! Oh, and share your website with us in the comments below so we can all support you in your endeavors.


  • Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    Genuinely great advice. Thank you!

    • Thanks for reading Sarah!

      • InvestingRevealed

        You have 27k followers. That’s impressive…and good advice.

        I just wrote my first blog for investors:


  • amanda

    Great advice! I’ve just started a print shop called CityStrokes and would love if you all checked it out! http://www.citystrokes.com @citystrokesart

    • Thanks Amanda! Good luck on your new venture, off to check it out!

    • Hi Amanda I can’t seem to find your site. Is it up and running?

    • Nic and Rach

      Amanda, these art works are amazing! Just love them!

  • Great tips here. Thanks so much!

  • Brooke Buonauro

    I just started a lifestyle & fashion blog. http://www.stileandgrace.blogspot.com
    Super excited but feeling stuck as how to build it up besides content! Thanks for the tips!

    • Hope they help, Brooke and best of luck with your new blog. I’m sure you are going to rock it!

  • Great social media tips! I will follow your advice. 😉 http://www.comedomenica.blogspot.com

  • Thanks for this terrific article! Just launched our new website http://www.decorumstyle.com ~~ stylish & fab decorative home accessories! This advice provides a great framework for building Decorum.

    • Wow, looks like a great new site. Glad you enjoyed it, hope it’s helpful for you and good luck with everything.

  • Great article with great advice! I just started my health/wellness blog (thejosephinediaries.com) and this is just the info I was needing. Thank you!

    • So glad Josie! Good luck with your new blog, I love reading blogs about health. Off to check yours out… 🙂

  • This was super helpful! Can’t wait to start to try a few of these!

  • Just the post I needed this morning. Thank you!

    Annie @ http://www.theparcelblog.com

    • Love that when the timing is perfect 🙂 Thanks for reading Annie.

  • Lindsay

    This is really great advice, Ruthie! As someone who wants to start her own fashion/lifestyle/music blog one day, I value these suggestions and will definitely implement them when that day comes.
    There is one thing I would like to add to number 7’s “Create Content”– I think it’s really important not to create content just to have content on your page. Content should be engaging, diverse yet communicate a consistent message, and relevant to your target audience. I admire bloggers who are true to themselves but still post meaningful, interesting content.

    Thanks again for the tips!

    • Hey Lindsay,
      Totally agreed, thanks for adding that! Content for the sake of content is never good. I love what you wrote content should be, you are right on track. Good luck with everything and thanks for reading!
      – Ruthie

  • Mackenzie

    Thank you for the wonderful tips! I have a marketing and PR consulting firm and am always looking for fresh ideas! http://www.mckaycomm.com

    • My pleasure Mackenzie, thanks for reading! Fresh ideas or new perspectives are always helpful, especially mid-week 🙂

  • Awesome tips! Content is Queen!

  • Lorina Daiana

    I had a website for 3+ years beore someone hacked it and deleted it.. So sad.. But I thought about it and decided that gave me a good opportunity to start over, to rebrand my style, and make a blog that represent me and my future more. I am excited to rebrand and start over as a baby blog and inormation like this is soooo helpful to me now and I really appreciate you sharing it with us 🙂

    My new website is LorinaDaiana.com 🙂

    • Hi Lorina, So sorry to hear about your site! But great attitude, re-build and make it even better! Hope the tips are helpful for you and good luck!! Keep up the great work!

  • Kaylee

    Such good advice, I took notes! I’ve had my blog for years now but just recently set goals to use it as a way to connect with like-minded people and as a marketing tool for an etsy shop I hope to open this summer. In the past month I’ve been working on “Creating Content” and posting daily (almost) and The Everygirl is definitely on my top ten list! Thanks!


    • Awesome Kaylee! Congrats on your Etsy shop, great idea to start using the blog as a marketing tool for that. Should work great! Good luck!

  • Alysia

    I recently started blogging again and this article has been so helpful! More posts like these please 🙂 http://www.eleventhirtyseven.com/

    • So glad you liked it Alysia. Keep up the blogging 🙂

  • Project Soiree

    Great tips! Thank you!

  • I keep meaning to do number 2, 8, and 9! Need to get on it!
    Thanks for the tips! 🙂

    xo, Manda

    • Get on it, Manda! We’re just here for helpful reminders 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Very helpful advice! I just started blogging, or least attempting to, and this is very helpful! http://www.carolynmayblog.blogspot.ca

    • Good for you Carolyn! It’s not always easy but it’s worth it, keep it up! Thanks for reading!

  • Thanks for the amazing advice! I’m just getting my blog up and running, and I will definitely be implementing this checklist!


    • Congrats on the new blog Kate! My pleasure, thanks for reading!

  • Nandi Duszynski

    Thanks for this! I hand-make women’s clothing, handbags, and accessories from vintage and upcycled materials: http://www.blissjoybull.com

    • Awesome Nandi! Gook luck with your line, love that it’s eco-friendly!

      • Nandi Duszynski

        Thanks Ruthie! 🙂

  • Great tips for building brand awareness. I am one of those people who is constantly refreshing my Google Analytics feed. These are some great actionable ideas instead of dwelling too much on the numbers.

    I recently launched a contemporary home decor store: http://theknewnew.com/

    • We all do it Kailani 🙂 Good luck with your store, thanks for reading!

  • So I know my target audience, but how do I reach them?

    • Love the look of your blog Cathrine! Once you know who your target audience is, think about where they are hanging out and spending time online and then try to show up and be in those places. Reach out to people who might be interested in your blog to connect or create an opportunity with. Put yourself out there! Good luck!

  • Fanny Zigdon

    That was fab advice TY! Would love to chat about my blog with you fabulous ladies! http://www.homeontherunway.com

    • Just took a look at your blog Fanny, it looks great! Keep up the great work.

      • Thanks for your advice.
        My company launch a big portal

  • Amazing advice that can actually be applied! Loving this article!

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  • Thanks for the great tips! thebubblebatheffect.com

  • Great article Ruthie! Thanks so much for putting this out there, think it’s time I take off some less relevant boards on my Pinterest 😉

  • Amanda Glow

    Just launched my floral design and styling company publicly today so what great timing! Everything is still a work in progress so I appreciate the great advice! Instagram- @wildheartblooms

  • Thanks for this advice! The everygirl is on my top ten list! 🙂 my site: http://www.theurbanchild.com it is a lifestyle platform for busy parents living in urban cities geared at enhancing their lives by making life easier and more beautiful. Thanks!

  • This post is spot on. I will definitely be coming back to this again and again.
    Working on bringing my blog back to its former glory! Sincerelydanirose.com

  • Antionette

    This is awesome advice and it’s right on time! I’ve been blogging personally since 2009, but I’ve just decided to take it seriously. And I love that all of you ladies are sharing your blogs – you can find mine at http://www.outskirtblog.wordpress.com.

    Happy blogging!

  • Thank you so much for this article! It came at the perfect time as I just recently started my blog. Great advice! ☺

  • Kayla Hollatz

    Love this advice! I will be sharing this with my readers. Great resource, as always!

  • Ashley Gervin

    Thank you Ruthie for sharing this! I just launched a new blog and I’m so nervous/excited to see the outcome. Your article was very insightful. Thank you for sharing!

  • Sarah

    Thanks so much for this. I’m sure I’ll be reading it quite a few times. Right now the biggest obstacle to growing my blog is time. Wish me luck :). It’s http://trulyblog.com

  • So much great info! I blog over at 26 and Not Counting hope to see you all there 🙂

  • This article is so inspiring and makes me want to launch into growing my new website! I blog on http://weddinggirlproblems.wordpress.com right now, but I’ve been building a new site to support my new stationery design business. This is so, so helpful. Thank you Ruthie!

  • This post is so helpful and such an amazing fit for the everygirl. This is the type of stuff I love to read when visiting the site. Can’t wait to apply some of these in my own work.

  • ruthie – thanks for such a comprehensive list! even with a marketing background, you touched on a few things i would never have thought of!


  • Thank you so much for this article! I know we just started our site but seeing hardly any followers on our FB (172) page and 3 (!) on Twitter is kind of scary. I know it is also about hard work but this post really helps us to keep the faith. Thanx again, Esther

  • Caroline Pullen

    This is super helpful! Thank you for sharing, Everygirl!


  • Alina

    hi! thanks for the good advice, especially for beginners. it’s a good list and your style of writing is very encouraging, thank you for that! i did not dare to tell many persons yet about my new blog (www.milestones-bookazine.blogspot.de). i try to build it up first and make sure to have some interesting content before i present it in public. but if i’m ready for that step, i’ll definitely follow your advices!

    • Agnieszka Stopczanska

      This is some great advice, thank you for sharing. http://jazandjay.com

  • thanks ruthie for sharing all these tips with us! my blog has been live for just over a year, but recently i’ve been more serious about building it out. definitely going to put this advice to use 🙂
    -caitlin fox

  • Do you think it is a good idea to go and follow more people than you follow? Would it seem to “spammy?”

  • musical capricorn

    I’m a new cosmetologist and I’m trying to build clientele for my hair and nail services. So, I like the article this has given me a lot of new ideas to try. Thanks!

  • Great tips. I’m so thrilled trying to give all 10 items a try – even if my blog/website is no longer new, but some more traffic would help the business growing.

  • Chantelle Marie

    Great article!! I will definitely be putting these tips to good use ^_^ I just launched my photography website! Check it out and tell me what y’all think: http://www.chantellemariephotography.com

  • SommerAnn

    Thanks so much for the advice-so excited to get started! Feel free to check-out: samccull.blogspot.com Feeling inspired 🙂

  • Lucy

    Loved reading this! Solid advice for all bloggers. Things I’ve been thinking about but seeing them laid out like this really puts it in perspective! My life and style blog, http://www.herhautemess.com has been doing good but it can always get better!

  • Ayesha Samia

    Loveee the advice, can you do a post about different ways that you use to earn off of your blog!

    Oh and my blog – http://www.mylilheartdesires.blogspot.com

  • Wow, what a great & encouraging list for newbies and veterans alike! I’m pinning it to my bulletin board!

    Amandinette @ amandinettepaperie.wordpress.com

  • Definitely bookmarking this page. 🙂 I knew bits and pieces about what it takes to market, but when it’s all laid out like this it makes it a lot easier to remember and simplify! Thank you!

  • I am so inspired by this post! I recently started a lactose free recipe blog, Lasso the Lactose (lassothelactose.blogspot.com). I am new to the blogging world and have been trying to find ways to both improve and promote my blog. This article came at such a perfect time! I would love for you to take a look at my blog and would appreciate any and all advice. I absolutely love the quality content of The Everygirl, keep up the great work! Thank you!

  • Courtney Kruger

    Fantastic advice!!! I’ve just launched a new blog, and this is just the encouragement I need to move forward and grow my blog and small crafting business. Blessings to you and your work! P.S. Here’s my site http://www.courtsidecircle.com.

  • Sandra Fremgen

    Hi Ruthie,
    THank you for this informative article! By day I am a designer for the gift industry and at night, I paint my “Panda and Me” paintings:
    It’s good and bad that my artwork is so niche: A Panda Spy in a Mad Men + Polynesian + Hello Kitty cute world. I am slowly finding others who like this as well. The few people who dig it are big fans. =)

    Thanks again,


  • Ruthie , great to find this article while looking to drum up additional interest in our brand. Would welcome any feedback you might have! http://www.simonacalla.com We’re looking to redefine “the statement bag”.

  • janet

    Such a great read! Thanks for the advice! 🙂


  • Missy {Live Happy Live Pretty}

    Wonderful advice and such perfect timing, I’ve just started blogging! Thank you for the direction and for sharing your expertise with those of us who are just starting out.

  • Rachisgold

    Thanks Ruthie! I’m currently in a rut not sure where I want my career to go and thinking about using my personal blog to help guide me, so these are some great starting points to help me gauge an audience and see where I should go!

  • Yen Taylor

    This is so helpful Ruthie thank you so much. I’m printing it and ticking off my list this week 🙂 for every one else… My newly launched blog is yenloves.com
    I aim to help women love themselves and grow their lives xx

  • This is such a good post, and one that is particularly relevant to me at the moment. I’ve been looking into how to grow my audience for my blog as well as completing an overall business plan and I can use a lot of these tips in both areas.

  • Hailey Miller

    Thank you! I started my blog a year ago and it’s hard to narrow it down. I’m a health and wellness advocate/ spinning instructor/runner with a serious sweet tooth who loves to bake, cook, entertain, play hostess and party plan while making the most out of life and being simply happy. Just living a simply lovely life. All on the side of my nine to five:) thanks again! Xoxo http://onthesideblog.com

  • Sarah Lynne Copeland

    Awesome read! Love it. I just started a social media consulting business and found your tips helpful! http://www.socialexpansion.net

  • Thanks so much for this post! I’ve been blogging for a few months and love it but have a long ways to go. This is exactly what I needed.


  • Thanks for the encouragement! Started a global lifestyle blog with my best friend in Amsterdam! It all started when we wanted to take the high that we get when we travel…and figure out how to infuse that feeling into our everyday, to “live like you’re traveling!”

    Find ideas to make everyday adventurous on: onthesamepageblog.com

  • Viviana

    Happy dance! Loved this articule! My heart and soul are poured into this shop: http://www.alonsosobrino.com

  • sammyfabjewelry

    Thank you Ruthie. I’m actually creating a new social media brand photo as we speak. Your post inspired me to re-launch my business. You can always change things & re-launch as something newer and better.

  • Thank you so much for this! It really helps and so rewarding in the end!


  • great advice!! Beyond The Stoop is ready for some marketing changes 😉

  • Alisha B.

    This is an amazing post!! I literally took notes while reading through it! Ill def be sharing this to my blog readers!


  • These are great tips! I love the emphasis on a target audience. Some bloggers try to reach out to the wrong audience thinking they will like it, when really it’s far from the truth.

  • Katie

    Love this article! It gives me all the inspiration and advice I need to keep moving forward with my illustration & design business! Check out my site, katiedeyoe.com. Love The Everygirl! Keep up with amazing work! 🙂

  • Katie

    oops! I meant to say, “keep up THE amazing work!” 🙂

  • nela max

    I’m starting a (ridiculous) opinion blog about everyday life and everyday things. I’d love to know what you think! http://www.nelamax.com

  • Thanks! The last tip for creating buzz and gaining followers for your social media accounts particularly stood out to me. It’s something I’ve currently been trying to figure out, and I’m excited to employ this strategy. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • Hello, thanks for this. I came to this post via Rachel Phipp’s blog. I really enjoyed reading this and it reminded me to be true to myself, I’m really blogging for the enjoyment of blogging but, once you get a day with lots of views it’s hard not to start thinking about trying to get more (and doing regular stat checks!). I definitely don’t have/am not a brand and I’m in that funny place of trying to decide what to do with Facebook etc, which I had prior to blogging – how to integrate the two. Anyway, very interesting. So much of what you talk about, I’m DEFINITELY falling down on.
    Thank you (and now I shall explore your site some more)

    Here’s my blog – http://sosusie.wordpress.com

  • Esos tips estan maravillosos . Gracias!! Los tendré presentes!

  • Summer Suleiman

    This article is awesome! I feel like I finally found helpful, insightful information on how to get this thing going! Thank you so much, Ruthie! xo

  • I’ve been int he blogging game for almost 3 years and it seems that when I stopped trying to be like everyone else and blog what I REALLY wanted to blog I gained traction/followers/readers. This is such GREAT advice! I will be using this as an excellent resource to continue to grow my blog:)

  • Stacie Stanbery

    Thank you for this. Very helpful because I’ve been a tiny bit thinking of possibly starting a blog.

  • Love these tips! You’ve got to start somewhere and I think tracking that small progress is a great way for me personally to cheer myself on.

  • Jen Marshall

    I LOVE this. And I love this movement of women creating a path for themselves. Rock on, ladies!

    …and since we’re on the subject of successful blogging…here’s mine! http://www.whatcarriesme.com 🙂

  • Great advice – love this! Revamping my homepage with a clearer message now! http://www.sugarandtype.com

  • Great advice and tips! Definitely putting these into use!


  • Graciamaria

    Thanks SO SO much for this post, I needed the extra tips! I blog at Gstudio (GraciamariaStudio.com) I would love to get some feedback. I literally went through this list taking notes and jotting down ideas! Thanks again!

  • Blackin theair

    Your post help me so much . Thank you so much I’m a new french blogger and you’re advire are precious to me . Thank you. Blackintheair.blogspot.fr

  • Emily

    thanks for this post! i’ll be using your tips for my shop http://www.lemonkind.ie 🙂

  • Rylie

    Thank you for the tips! I’ve just started a blog of my own and getting started is always a little daunting. Great advice, thanks for the help!
    Check out my newborn blog http://www.honeyandoak.wordpress.com

  • Thank you for your tips! I need to start putting them to use on my new blog 🙂


  • I was nodding the whole way down as I read these tips. Love them!

  • Andre Havana

    101% truth


  • Amy

    Thank you for the advice! I started a local bachelorette party planning company in New Orleans, if anyone is looking for help in that area, check me out! http://www.revelrynola.com @revelrynola

  • Exactly what I needed 🙂 I’m so excited to get back to blogging!
    Find me on Instagram @haleyacres

  • Liz

    Thank you, absolutely loved reading this. Very inspirational.
    http://www.cinnamonlane.com.au @cinnamonlane

  • Alex Zaccone

    Awesome tips. I love that this blog supports other bloggers. That’s so refreshing. I’ve been working on revamping my blog: http://www.thefourfsoffabulous.wordpress.com , Instagram: @4Fs_of_Fabulous

  • Thank you Ruthie! I am just starting out and not having much luck. Actually thinking of giving up. I will try the steps and see if I can get somewhere. I appreciate the straightforward steps in this content. Thank you for the help.

  • disqus_l7dfkMHJ63

    Great advise thanks from dormprep.com Fill your dorm with Love

  • Keshia Graham

    This advice is so awesome!

    Once our site is up, we would like to personally thank you. We will share the site and all information in a couple of weeks.

    Thanks again!

  • Thank you so much for this article. I had to laugh at ‘obsessively checking Google Analytics’. That’s so me! My ethical lifestyle blog http://www.onefairday.com is slowly growing – hopefully these tips help!

  • Thanks for the detailed info! It’s not the usual stuff and I appreciate that. I’ll put it to work!


  • KatleenMara | The Modern Alice

    I absolutely LOVE this list! This is great advice and has been my HG/quick tip cheat sheet in starting my own blog! <3 I would love it if you could check out my new blog called The Modern Alice (www.themodernalice.com)! I am an avid Everygirl reader and go to your site almost daily for great advice. It's really given me courage to start my own blog to help the fellow modern lady out there looking for an interesting read and pointers along the way.

  • Michael | crevamp.com

    Great advice! Targeting the correct audience is so important and sometimes overlooked. I’ve just started my blog speaking about Commercial Real Estate at http://www.crevamp.com. Check it out if you get a chance!

  • Subin

    The listed points are really useful to us.http://www.webencipher.com

  • Deloris Evans Quality Hair,LLC

    Thank you for sharing, great advice! I can’t wait to put it into play!

  • Sacia Ashe

    I just started a blog called tinypandadesign.weebly.com. Please check it out!

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  • Pharaoh Palacio

    I just started my own blog focusing on local young talent here in Bermuda. I thought I knew what I was doing. Felt a little lost, but thank goodness for Google! I found this. Thank You! It’s definitely what I needed to get me out there. 🙂 So thanks!

  • Amazing advice! I have just lauched a fashion, travel, foodie and beauty blog. Would love it if anyone fancies checking it out 🙂

  • Jen

    Just came across this post and it’s amazing!! Having just launched a fashion retailer online this all really resonated with me!!

  • Indy O’Hara

    Oh man, no. 10! This is so important! If you connect with people and show genuine enthusiasm you can’t go wrong! Love this post!


  • Hi

    Thanks so so much for sharing, some really good pointers. I have bookmarked this post so I can use it as a reference point.



  • Crystal

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  • This is the best list I’ve seen yet for jumpstarting a blog. So glad I found it! My new blog: honesttrees.wordpress.com

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  • Trisha Danielle

    Great tips!! I’m definitely going to be using them 🙂

  • Diana

    intriguing advice! I’ve just started a price comparison business would be very greatful if you could check it out and leave a feedback, Thank you! http://www.pricealley.co.uk

  • Hi Ruthie! Thank you for this honest advice. My blog is my passion and all I want is to share it! My site is about holistic nutrition, lifestyle, products, and overall wellness promotion. I know this post was from 7 months ago but here goes! http://soul-beet.com Thank you 🙂

  • Czarinna Casimina

    Learn something new today. This post is good for me because I just started blogging again. so here’s my blogsite. theczarinna.blogspot.com

  • This was really helpful information!! I’m glad I stumbled upon it. As for drawing in traffic in instagram, I’ve found that searching for hashtags that are similar to yourself and liking the photos you enjoy that have that hashtag draws those users into your page. Once they see, you have very similar tastes, they tend to follow you. Hope that helps!


  • JustSayin Vinyl

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  • Really great post! I will follow your advices!
    My blog is not in English, but still here it is 🙂 http://lifebytroya.blogspot.com/

  • Holly Habeck

    Good advice! I’m relatively new to blogging so this definitely helps!


  • This is brilliant advice – I have only been blogging for around three months and it can be very difficult knowing how to get the readers. I will try some of these tricks and see if I can get some more readers.

    Thank you

  • Melissa Bailey

    Awesome advice! Definitely going to utilise your advice! I’ve started my blog at http://www.melissabaileycreations.com if anyone would like to check it out – any other tips or advice welcome too!

  • Carla Natalia

    Love this article and has open my eyes to many things. I for sure will start working in some areas that I have not payed attention before. Thank you!



  • Jelena Raam

    I enjoyed reading this. It was very helpful and inspiring too. Here is my new blog I just started. All is so new to me. Thanks!http://www.greenfamilyraam.com/blog/

  • As a marketing expert I must add up the thing that Knowing your target audience is most important element to Market Your New Blog or Website.

  • Erica QueenoftheGoddess Mitche

    Great advice!! I’m new to blogging and having a great time. Please check it out Ruthie

  • thepretty maven

    I am a bit late but enjoyed your information. Building a brand myself! Thank you!

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  • Swapnil

    Thanks for the detailed and very clear post.

  • Tierney

    Thanks for the info! One of the hardest things that I have found during my “startup” phase is setting realistic expectations. After looking at some great well established blogs, it’s hard to see mine as not being established yet. Consistency has been key for me – feel free to check out my site at http://www.allineedtoday.com


  • Whitney Hoy / Oreos & Redwine

    I always like to go back and refresh my skills, and checking off all that was on this list, I can truly see how beneficial each of these steps were! Thank you so much for all the great advice; it really works! http://oreosandredwine.blogspot.com

  • Akshat Jagga

    Nice work! Just started my tech blog:- http://www.tabstir.wordpress.com

  • kelly

    Thanks for the brill advice from Kelly at http://www.sexyforspring.com xx

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  • Philly

    Loved the advice! Thank you !

  • Ariadna Gómez

    Good advices! Im starting my fitness website! Come and say hi! 🙂 http://WWW.arifitness.com.mx

  • Definitely great tips and ideas. I used a lot of these for my new blog about self improvement, but there are a few new things I learned here. Thank you so much, I will be applying some of these ideas to http://www.makeyourbestself.com right away

  • Pet Resource

    Wonderful advise, I really hope it will help me with my new pet community website. petresourcepetcommunity.com Thanks so much!

  • Jane

    just started a new baby name website: atbabies.com Check it out!

  • Allan Bernard

    One of contacts http://www.ztransparency.com launched its new website..would love if you all checked it out!

  • Emily

    Great advice I will be using for sure! I started my life+style blog a week or so ago and am enjoying it so far! Come on by! http://www.deltachic.com

  • Jess

    Great advice! I started my blog about a year ago and would love y’all to check it out! http://www.thedesignbelle.com

  • Kristin

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  • Patricia Acevedo

    Great article!! Thanks for the tips !! my website is.. http://www.patriciaacevedo.com

  • Sherisse G

    thanks so much for such great insight! I’ve recently posted my first video for my beauty blog. please check it out! xoxox


  • Liege

    great inspiration & advice!

  • manisha

    Hey ruthie…..nice tips….i will definitely follow……thanks

  • Feathers

    Great advice, it’s pretty hard when starting up, how long did you wait til your readers started picking up?

    Feathers || http://ahsocute.com

  • First of all a big, fat Thank you for all those amazing tips!

    I want to share my corner of the internet with everybody here:

    my website is http://www.withoutlipstick.com

    and this is my instagram: https://instagram.com/withoutlipstick/

    you can find my other social media in the website.

    I can’t wait to hear your feedback!


  • realm of the dog

    Awesome article and very informative. Just wrote a article about the trials and tribulations of beginner blogging. Was wondering if you could check out my blog and maybe give me some tips?
    Its http://www.realmofthedog.blogspot.com

  • Gloria Aguilar Franklin

    I love this, especially the part about following 100 of your Top Ten’s followers! Always looking for support and always eager to help brides with the perfect bridal accessory, the veil! http://www.themantillacompany.com

  • Gemma

    Thanks for the great tips!


  • Mary Joan Cunningham

    Great advice! I know from starting my first lifestyle site that these are very valuable lessons! My current endeavor is in the early stages and I’m thankful for these reminders! http://www.ThrivewithMS.com is dedicated to helping others heal with the mind+body+spirit, providing tools to rock what you got! xo MJC

  • gloria

    Great advice, thanks for the tips. Please check out our page and like us at https://www.facebook.com/TXWineLover. Thanks!!

  • Christina Carson

    Thanks for the great start-up advice! I’ve just started a food photography and blogging business called Toot Sweet! You can check me out here: http://www.tootsweetness.com

  • Dani Pitter

    Thanks for the advice! Check out my websites http://poemsbyayoungartist.blogspot.com/ and http://paramorerklife.blogspot.com/

  • I liked this article. I knew about some of the points but not all – especially #10.

  • brandon

    Interesting.. I just remodeled our website smartersolutionssecurity.com
    Its a work in progress, but I strive to improve it every day!

  • Great advice! I’m working on building my blog traffic so these are extremely helpful. I own an inner beauty blog MyInnerBeaute.com!

  • Well this is an amazing checklist! Wish I had seen it sooner, but it’s never too late for improvement


  • Thanks for this advice. Can you recommend how often one should tweet a day? Our website is http://contentedbelly.com/. It discusses food intolerances and allergies like celiac disease, fructose malabsorption, lactose intolerance, and nut allergies.

  • Hi..
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  • Trevor James

    Hi! I’ve recently started a jewelry based website at an affordable price and would love you to check it out! trevorjamesproducts.com

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  • Gillian Rose Rodriguez

    I just came across this and it is very helpful! I’m just starting my blog so this is great for me! Thanks you so much! Here’s my blog JustStayCurious.com

  • Kate

    I am so thankful for your career and finance columns for small business owners. It’s great to have such a great source for advice and information.

  • Buddy McKenzie

    Just finished my blog and thanks for your valuable tips.
    At http://www.theboomerbiz.com

  • Samantha | Command and Pamper

    I love this post! I am just starting my blog and this helped a lot!

  • Melanie Jordan

    Thank you … Good read

  • James

    Love your idea of creating a top 10 list to emulate. I’ll definitely be taking that piece of advice (along with the others as well) and using it on my blog

  • Traci

    Thanks for taking the time to share this advice. I just launched my shop PINK GEMINI http://www.pinkgeminionline.com I also have a blog in the works. Good luck to everyone and much success!

  • Such great advice and a great outline on how to get traction on your blog! I saved this for reference. Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed reading this post xo

  • Melissa Green

    Just came across this- thanks for sharing the tips!! And feel free to check out my blog puregreenwellness.com Thanks!!

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  • Amy Hollander and Sam Mitchell

    Thank you so much for the helpful advice! We intend to follow it as we grow our new business Linguas Francas! Check us out here: http://www.linguasfrancas.org

  • Thank you for these advice… Here is my site and it is slowly growing in number. I am going to work on my target audience who are the working moms like me who do not have time to cook and health buff .

  • Shaylene Reynolds

    Great tips!! I’m going to start doing these immediately 🙂
    My website is: http://www.shaylenereynolds.com
    I’m a colored pencil artist. Tha my kg so much for all of your great content! I’m so excited to get to work on this checklist.

  • Nice Advice, but wanted to know what will be the best way to promote classified website Fickra.com, for daily customer reach.

  • Sarah Vogler

    I really appreciate your insights! I am just learning how to market my new blog, http://www.creatingthelioness.com . Your post is very helpful!

  • Vicky Maqueira

    Thank you so much for this! My friend and I have a start-up called http://www.nextlevelessay.com and this information is exactly what we needed. Thanks Ruthie!

  • Marialyn achille-argaez

    Great tips! thanks for the help, we needed it. our automotive blog:http://www.wtautorepairorlando.com/#!wrench-twisters-auto-repair-blog/cybm

  • Thank you for your tips. I’m newbie in blogging, could you give me some advices about my blog irfan-room.com

  • nicole S

    Thanks so much. Nice, short and clear. I just started a finance/lifestyle blog at MonicaMoney.com and look forward to sharing and getting it going.

  • Just came across this article and it’s like the universe knew I needed to read it lol I just recently relaunched my food blog http://www.cupcakescaviar.com and seeing the numerous food blogs and food instagram pages already out there can be very daunting. Where will I fit? But this was helpful! Thanks for the advice!

  • Just came across this article and it’s like the universe knew I needed to read it lol I just recently relaunched my food blog http://www.cupcakescaviar.com and seeing the numerous food blogs and food instagram pages already out there can be very daunting. Where will I fit? But this was helpful! Thanks for the advice!

  • Malinda

    I really enjoyed this post!! Great advice I can now get started doing them and see what my outcomes will be!! Thanks so much!


  • Hi Ruthie, Thank You so Much for these tips 🙂 I absolutely needed to read them. I can’t wait to start putting them to practice.
    Thanks again,

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  • Katherine

    Thanks for the great advice! Would love it if you could check out my new travel and lifestyle blog: worldabound.com

  • Great post! Thank you for all the beautiful insights!

  • Educating Coco

    Great advice, needed this for my new blog coming out soon. http://www.educatingcoco.com

  • TE culinary

    Thanks for these great tips! I write a lifestyle, fashion, and food blog called http://www.grace-girl.com

  • Hello, Everyone! I’m a writer and I create stories on my blog daily using picture prompts. I would love for you all to take a look and enjoy the short stories


  • Let your creativity flow through your contents and visuals. Many readers prefer a well-organized and attractive blogs or websites. These tips will open a lot of opportunities for your blog or website to be recognize and stand out among others.

  • Blake Evan C

    Exactly what i needed to read. Thank you. I just started a new website/blog to help families that are struggling with addiction and to inspire addicts themselves! It’s an honest/unbiased site (if you don’t know the field let me tell you it can be very shady and overrun with greed) Let me know what you think and thanks again for the advice


  • Best advice I’ve read! Thank you so much for this wonderful in-depth post. I am going to try all the tips 😀

  • Eva to Eve

    I just started my blog evatoeve.blogspot.com and I am feeling a little overwhelmed at how to get the word out. Your article helped a lot to understand what I have to do. Thank you.

  • Kelsie

    Awesome advice! I started a lifestyle blog about 2 months ago featuring fashion, fitness, recipes, etc. for girls in their twenties! my blog is troublewiththetwenties.com

  • McKenna solis

    Thank you! I just started livemydoglife.com and I really appreciate these tips!

  • Nice one

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  • Meri

    What a great article! Thank you so much for sharing such great tips! I just recently launched a DIY, Arts & Crafts blog called Merrily We Go (www.ohmerrilywego.com)! I will definitely be using this advice to help my blog grow!

  • Sophie

    Just stumbled across this article and 2 years on it is still relevant. Thank you for the tips, I lost traction with my blog but keen to get back into it (even if it it just for a bit of escapism.)


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  • Remarkable tips! Blogging is a smart content marketing strategy which is very practical nowadays because many are hook to creative writing and visually appealing websites and blogs. It is cost-effective and if you take your time on it, it is easy to manage at the same time you are also achieving your company goals.

  • Germeen

    This was right on time! I took great notes and plan to use this checklist consistently. I recently started a Financial Lifestyle blog, my site is YourLifeandFinance.com

  • Kim M

    New VR blog: http://www.vrfactual.com/samsung-gear-vr-review/

  • Ah I know it’s years later but I love this post and it still rings true! I blog at http://www.iadorewhatilove.com and wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it! Blogging is a lot of work but also the best!

    Xox Dana Ivy // http://www.iadorewhatilove.com

  • Lana

    Thanks for the advice. I will follow each step:) Your blog is gorg, btw!

    Follow me while I eat rate and create food in Toronto!!!!


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  • Hollyanne Lowden

    Thank you so much for this – I love a good list of tips! Especially loved number 3 and telling your story (which I’m in the process of prepping for right now actually!)

    Take at look at my blog!

    Covering Strength & Style


  • Kaylea Clark

    http://www.mzkaylea.com (:

  • Mmathabo Motha

    Just what I needed, Thank you. http://www.blacktableau.co.za

  • Really a great article It was so helpful esp for a newbie like me.. I will request you to post something for bloggers like me,, to understand and to become a happie blogger.. tat wud be really great…!!!:)


  • Shelley Chaus

    Great article. Thank you! http://www.elegantlytwisted.com

  • Laynie

    Thank you for the advice. I would like to recommend my blog to you. it is http://www.lifeoflayn.weebly.com

  • kylan

    Hello, thank you for the advice! I can’t wait to incorporate these tips in my routine. It can be difficult trying to market a blog when there’s so many out there already. I have a street style blog offering style inspiration and trends from the worlds most fashionable influencers. http://www.stylemerebel.com

  • Daren Charles

    Nice blog. This is a very good blog on health tips. I would like to thank you for all the information you give. Its really important to choose the best healthy tips to maintain your Fitness. So thenks for the information you give.

  • Jessica McKenney

    So thankful to have stumbled across this article! We are a new blog, and your tips have come at the perfect time! Appreciate all your advice, and please check us out at http://www.saltandlifeblog.com. Thanks!

  • Yogesh Khairajani

    thanks for the tip


  • Jacob Summerhays

    Thanks for the advice! We have really been trying to hit social media hard and it’s kicking our butts!

  • TechnoBug

    your tips are useful, thanks.

    BTW technology freaks take a look at http://technobugg.blogspot.in/

  • Denise Boyce

    I really enjoy your piece, I just started a Blog on my guided tour business, so I can sure use the 10 steps in marketing my blog to my target audience. http://ruthanndiscoverytours.blogspot.com/

  • This was so helpful in building my business! Thank you!!


  • Liz

    Thank you so much for some of these tips! My motto since starting my blog has been “fake it til you make it” I live that you reiterated that!


  • Katie

    Great Advice! Thanks! I have launched a new blog with lots of posts lined up over the next week and on from there! Check us out! http://www.mymommacan.com

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  • superlative journey

    This is such a good post with great ideas that are working. thanks. just started my http://www.superlativejourney.com

  • Bianca

    Still very relevant advice. I started a blog on how to have safe tap water at home tfmgroup.blogspot.com

    • Bianca


  • This is great advise, quite practical. Thank you

  • Rilee

    Thanks for the wonderful advice!

  • Justyna Krug

    What a nice and helpful article! Too bad I read it after launching my new website, nevertheless I can still use some tips from it! Thanks for that 🙂


  • Hmmm… interesting also for me, as independent web freelancer here in Slovenia. Like your tip about top 10 tips. Should use it more often. Too bad you didnot provide some tips also for email marketing.

    Regards, Matija

  • Hi there! Question for you. I’m launching my blog on March 1, but I’m uncertain when to start promoting it pre-launch. I’ve heard anywhere from a month to two weeks. Do you have any advice? Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for the advice. It’s been really difficult trying to get traction on the blog.

    Andrea Fenise

  • Thanks for the tips! Even from an older post, I am going to implement some of these methods on my new blog at backpackingandbeer.com

  • Ameya Deshmukh

    Hey I just started a blog couple of months back – http://fanboyzandpopculture.in , please let me know your thoughts /feedback on the same.thanks.

  • 21stcenturyvirgin

    This was so helpful! Compiling a list of blogs and websites of similar content that you love is probably the best way to build a community of readers.

    Thanks for the advice! I recently started my first blog 21stcenturyvirgin.com and would love to hear from you guys.

  • Vassiliki Xifteri

    Thanks for the insight. My blog is an inspirational five minute read. My idea of followers is people who are busy and want something to start off their day triggering their minds into different ideas and actions.
    I would really appreciate feedback.


  • Malalai

    Thank you! Great !

  • Victor Lopez

    How can ring a great blog marker I have the subject.

  • TCSG Tyler

    Thanks for the great list and helpful tips! My blog is thecollegesuccessguide.net which is built to help college students take their education and their lives to the next level! Check it out!

  • Nicole Goldberg

    Do you think Squarespace is great way to start? I’m nervous and I’d rather spend a little money on a website then do something free and it doesn’t look great.

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  • Nat Noel

    Thank you so much for the tips, I will start now!

  • I enjoyed reading these tips and I will start implementing them on my blog.
    My target audience consists of Mindful Tea Lovers on http://www.gabriela.green
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Stephanie Payne

    Great article! My blog: ontheinside.us features food, travel, and current happenings in Los Angeles 🙂

  • B House

    Just starting my journey with my new website housemoney.org and this post gave me such great direction. Thank you!

  • Robyn Wilson

    Thanks so much for the info! I actually followed your instructions to start my blog when I switched from Bluehost to GoDaddy and your detailed instructions made it so much easier! For all things cat and especially special needs and feral cats, come visit http://www.pennyandthekits.com

  • Boho Glam Decor

    Once again, The Everygirl, you’ve provided such useful advice! Thank you for your support and positive messages. I’d welcome comments and suggestions on my newest website http://www.bohoglamdecor.com (good luck out there, everyone!) -Kristin

  • Jason

    Just wanted to say thank you for the very insightful information with the blog starting. I’m doing my research and studying some notes, prior to my launch, but I would just like to thank you for the post, and assisting with the task.

  • Marina Sassman

    Hi there, Thanks for the good read. I have already established most of these but I do need to promote and get myself out there in the most natural but effective way. I am an Holistic health coach (with the focus on whole foods nutrition) and been in the starting phase of my business, working on building my list and finding paying clients, which has been hard. My website is:

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  • Such great tips! It’s always helpful to go back to basics. I’m talking about wellness (specifically mental health) for modern folk at http://www.saturdayspentwell.com. Xx

  • Emily Godoy

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips! They are so helpful and I have already started to put them into action. My blog is emilygodoy.com and I just started last week!