This last month I have realised I’ve committed a few blogging errors, due to not understanding how the background web hosting and data works. So I thought I would share a few tips with other newbie bloggers sot hat you don’t make the same mistakes I have! I know that Cuddle Fairy has already written a similar post with great tips, but as I had already begun this post ready for scheduling I thought I would continue and post it as they are some differences.
Tip 1. Bandwidth and web hosts. I recently tried to get into my blog and a white screen popped up. In black writing it said that my bandwidth had been exceeded. I have to admit I had a small panic, but after asking some blogging friends on Facebook for help I was directed to my web host to try and increase the bandwidth, failing that I should move web hosts. Fortunately I managed to get the bandwidth increased (for a fee). I would suggest that when you choose a web host you ensure you have enough bandwidth for your blog.
I was on 10 GB when it was exceeded and have now increased to 40GB, hopefully that will be plenty for the moment (this is only month 3 of my blog!).
I also had problems contacting my web host, they weren’t answering their phones or email, but after contacting them on Twitter I finally got help. So when you choose your web host go for one that has 24/7 support and also has good reviews for service, that way you know they are they for you when you need them!
Tip 2. Resizing Photographs. I had been happily adding photographs to my blog posts straight from the camera and phone, until suddenly I got an error message and I couldn’t upload any more media. It turns out I had reached my data limit.
What you need to do is resize the photographs (this can be done in Picmonkey.com) to a low size (I tend to go for 300 x 300 ish size). They are still good enough quality for the blog, but the size is A LOT smaller. It would be best if you start your blog with smaller pics, as if you’re like me, you’ll have to spend ages going through all the old blog posts deleting and uploading the smaller photos!
Tip 3. Join Facebook Blogger Groups. Really, really important, they are great for answering any blogging questions, like the 2 points above ^ and you can find out about more opportunities, new blogs and share your own posts. My blog would not be doing so well if it wasn’t for the help and support of my fellow bloggers!
Do you have any newbie blogging woes?