Blogging Basics: CRUX of Blogging Tips for New Bloggers

A beginners mini guide to blogging to become a successful blogger

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If you have decided to start blogging or haven’t achieved your blogging goals yet, then you can’t afford to miss this post.

I have the essentials of blogging laid out for you.

You will also learn more tips after reading the expert views of other seasoned bloggers in the comments section.

As a beginner, it is important that you know the basics of blogging to be a successful blogger.

In my four years of blogging journey, I have come across many bloggers. I have seen some of them rise to success, but I have also witnessed many bloggers who quit blogging altogether.

Yes, blogging is not easy and this is one of the harsh realities of blogging.

However, if you understand the blogging basics, you can be assured of a long haul as a blogger.

You will also avoid the mistakes of blogging that many newbie bloggers make. It’s okay to make mistakes but we should learn from them, shouldn’t we?

You can treat this post as a beginners mini guide to blogging, but I’m sure it will also help many bloggers who have been blogging for some time but not yet quite touched the mark they aspired for.

Before we go ahead, here is a small announcement.

I’m going to start a new blog, and it will be only about blogging. Yes, you can call it a blog for the bloggers, by a blogger. 🙂

My new blog is harleenasingh.com, and you are ALL cordially invited to subscribe to the invitation list to know when it is launched.

What is blogging: Blogging is the act of writing in a blog, which is a regularly updated chronological web log of articles written by one or multiple persons known as bloggers, about various topics or events. This is just the basic definition of blogging, as there is a lot more to it.

The CRUX Of Blogging

It’s true that blogging is a combination of tasks and it is not just writing.

Blogging mainly includes researching, formatting, making it visually appealing (creating specific images related to the post), optimizing it for the search engines, and then post promotion.

Most bloggers go through this basic process in blogging. However, not every blog or blogger becomes successful in achieving the desired results.

Successful bloggers do the same thing but in a different way or do it by adding more pizzazz to it. 🙂

They know that you need to rise above the basics of blogging and go to the advanced level, which is the CRUX of blogging. That’s their secret sauce to success.

“Implement The CRUX of blogging to be a successful blogger.” 

CRUX is an abbreviation, where:

C means CONTENT
R means RELATIONSHIPS
UX means USER EXPERIENCE

You knew it, right?

However, knowing is not enough and you need to practically implement CRUX on your blog and in your blogging methodology.

There are tons of different factors that go into ranking well, but the biggest is high-quality content. – David Sinick

CONTENT

You know content is the king. Some may try to dethrone content with SEO or link building, but the fact is that “quality content” will always rule the blogosphere.

“If comments are the soul of a blog, then content is the heart.” 

Content is the backbone without which your blog cannot rise to success.

I had written a post on how the writing process can help to create compelling content. I hope it helps you improve your blog post content.

Here are some more quality content writing strategies that I wrote in one of my guest posts.

Most importantly, your content should be:

  • Well-researched and supported with authentic facts.
  • Meaningful, with the end purpose of helping the readers.
  • Unique and useful with fresh matter.
  • Written in a compelling style along with impressive images.
  • Optimized and strengthened with keywords.
  • Formatted with tempting title and compartmentalized with helpful headings.

If you get all these things right along with implementing the points from the two linked posts mentioned above, you would definitely have great content and do wonders as a blogger.

Links are valuable, but Google still gives importance to quality content. You can read its guidelines to create valuable content here.

Quote on blogging basics by David Aston

RELATIONSHIPS

If content is the king, then relationship is the queen.

Unless your content is backed up with highly effective SEO, it would spend its life anonymously – as if living in exile, no matter how great it is.

This is when relationships come to aid. Building relationships creates engagement , which  makes your blog lively.

This in turn ensures a regular supply of traffic to make your content valuable and royal.

Relationship is the breath of your blog (though SEO can be termed as power breathing!). Combining them both will give super power to your blog.

It will keep your blog pulsating with visitors and keep it active.

At The ABC, we teach our blog members the importance of building relationships. The members visit each other’s blogs through post promotions and reciprocate in all ways.

“Reciprocation is the key to building relationships in blogging.” 

As a blog starter you should:

  • Enable comments on your blog. Comments are really required – read this post to know why. You may also use the CommentLuv plugin if you want to. It helps new bloggers get comments, which helps in relationship building.
  • Reply to the comments on your own blog posts.
  • Visit, read, and comment on other blogs, and those who visit your blog. Don’t forget to share the posts on social media too!
  • Find influencers in your niche and connect with them through their blogs and social media profiles.
  • Join communities like The ABC and bond with other bloggers.
  • Create round-up posts on your blog and invite other bloggers.
  • Interview other bloggers and influencers on your blog.
  • Guest post on other blogs and invite other bloggers to guest post on your blog.
  • Mention and link to other bloggers and blogs in your blog posts.

Remember that the search engines such as Google like interaction and engagement on the blog. The only way to do that is to create quality content and long lasting mutual relationships.

USER EXPERIENCE

You can think of user experience as the palace of the king and queen. 🙂

People will be interested to meet the king and queen only if their palace is beautiful, quick to reach, and easy to navigate.

Why would anybody want to meet them if they don’t get the royal treatment?

Similarly, the user experience of your blog, which includes its speed, navigation, and the user interface, is one of the main deciding factors for people to visit your blog.

If you are a beginner or a seasoned blogger you should:

  • Make your blog load fast. Remember that many search engines including Google, consider speed as one of its ranking signals. Read this post on Aha!NOW to learn how you can speed up your blog.
  • Choose a better coded theme, preferably a premium theme for your blog.
  • Declutter your theme and make good use of the white space. Have minimum number of plugins and widgets on the blog.
  • Use navigational buttons and options throughout your blog on all the pages and posts, so it is easy to move from one page or post to another.
  • Adopt a color scheme that makes your blog look good – but don’t overdo it!
  • Make your blog mobile-friendly so that the mobile visitors can easily access and view your blog on their Smartphone and iphones.

We, at Aha!NOW, provide blog services to fasten your WordPress blog and make it mobile-friendly.

DO READ: 11 Powerful Blogging Tips To Help You Become A Successful Blogger

Quotation on blog by Brian Clark

Blogging Basics For Beginners

I hope you liked and understood the CRUX of blogging. It is content, relationships, and user experience – you should imprint that in your heart and mind.

The blogging basics are simple indeed – create helpful and meaningful content, and indulge in mutually beneficial reciprocal relationships for a successful blog.

Blogging for beginners is no bed of roses.

Initially, you may face many blogging problems, however, at The ABC, you can discuss them with other fellow bloggers and find solutions too.

Don’t worry about your blog’s Alexa rank, just implement the CRUX of blogging on your blog and you are good to go.

Sooner or later, you are bound to get a good Alexa rank even if you do not indulge in link building.

If you want to be a professional blogger, then you should read this post that has golden advice directly from the probloggers.

If you wish to learn from my personal blogging experience, I’ve laid it all out in this post.

It’s only when you have cleared the basic stage that you should think of making money by blogging. But start creating your list from day one. I learnt this very late, but never too late to start!

Over To You –

What are the basics of blogging that you have personally experienced? What blogging tips and strategy would you suggest to the new bloggers? Share in the comments.

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  1. Ayietim

    2015-07-08 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Thanks for the tips, very practical and very straight forward.

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-07-16 at 1:06 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Ayietim 🙂

      Glad you liked the tips and hope they help you in more ways than one.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      BTW – Do add your Gravatar so that we know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion. 🙂

  2. Dennis Seymour

    2015-07-02 at 9:12 am

    Hi Harleena!

    Took me a while to get back 🙁

    I’ve been pretty swamped lately and juggling family time is hard…so I look forward to being able to do breaks like you are doing now 😀

    Great tips for bloggers! A lot of people in the community will really find this super useful

    User experience is something that’s hard to explain to newer bloggers but you did it perfectly. It’s really great subject to dive into and testing is very important to verify it vs just assuming something.

    Anyway, a new project, awesome! I’ll have to check that out!

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-07-02 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Dennis,

      Not to worry at all, you know you’re welcome anytime 🙂

      I can well understand how it can all get, especially with your bundle of joy! I’m sure you’d be enjoying the moments, but it does get tough with a little one around to concentrate.

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it, and yes, mainly to help those bloggers who just started off or need little guidance. I agree with you about user experience, and perhaps it all starts falling into shape once you are in the blogosphere for a while.

      Yes indeed, getting all geared up to start a new blog now, especially for bloggers, and this break is mainly to work on it, besides a little break, if I can manage one!

      Thanks for stopping by, and meet you once I’m back to the blogosphere now. Till then, enjoy your break too 🙂

  3. Chioma Anozie

    2015-06-29 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Your post hit the nail on the head. To succeed in blgging the blogger must first concentrate on creating quality-content, building strong relationships and providing a wonderful user-experience. THis all must come first before any thought about money or monetising the blog. Many newbie bloggers get this al wrong. They start a blog with the intention of monetising it immediately, without any consideration for the CRUX of blogging.

    Thanks for sharing these golden nuggets. I did not hesitate to share the link with someone who is having problems blogging.

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 7:25 pm

      Welcome to the blog and the ABC, Chioma 🙂

      Absolutely! Content has to be written in such a way that provides quality to your readers, and that’s what makes them keep coming back for more. Without building relationships I don’t think a blogger can carry on long enough in the blogosphere.

      Once we follow the basics of blogging, as mentioned, the money or monetizing of the blog comes in sooner or later. New bloggers are in a rush nowadays, whether it’s ranking their sites or making money from their blogs. They need to realize that anything new takes time to establish, and it’s the same with their new blogs.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us, and for sharing this post further – hope it helps him/her. Have a nice week ahead, and see you once I’m back now 🙂

  4. Paul

    2015-06-27 at 8:19 am

    Wow what a great post on blogging! I particularly like your CRUX acronym and how you’ve used it to spell out, well the crux of blogging, lol

    Enjoy your break

    Kind Regards
    Paul

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 7:23 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Paul 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and yes, if a blogger follows these CRUX of blogging, I’m sure there is only growth ahead for them.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. Yes, a ‘work-break’, but trying to enjoy a little too!

      BTW – Do add your Gravatar, so that we can all see you, as I see you have a nice picture on your blog – just a friendly suggestion. 🙂

  5. Knev

    2015-06-25 at 8:26 pm

    Blogs Homepage and site layout is very well designed. A reader interest increases with site design.

    which theme used on this site?

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 7:23 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Knevs 🙂

      I’m glad you like the blog design. I agree that the site design and user experience is very important to keep the user interested and come back for more.

      I use the “maxmag” theme by themeforest on my blog. You can find its link at the bottom of this post.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice week ahead 🙂

  6. Vashishtha Kapoor

    2015-06-25 at 1:14 pm

    A nice writing indeed.
    Very happy to come here again.
    I read it before but forgot to write about this super awesome one.

    Indeed this CRUX is the essence of blogging.None can disagree.
    And UX part is the part which i like the most.
    Thanks a lot for these tips.
    I will implement these in my blogs.
    Thanks again.
    Have a nice Day mam
    Vashishtha

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Vashishtha,

      Glad you liked the post, and yes, the CRUX of blogging is the real crux in blogging, so we need to follow it to help us become successful. I’m sure after you implement these blogging basics, you’d see fruitful results on your blog too.

      Thanks for stopping by, and we meet on your blog once I’m back to the blogosphere now 🙂

  7. Nisha Pandey

    2015-06-24 at 12:01 am

    Hi Harleena Mam,

    First of all congratualtion and best wishes for your new project, harleenasingh.com. I am very sure that you will make a record in very less amount of time.

    Awesome guide for newbie bloggers, a great post indeed.

    I want to wish a happy blogging break to you, hope you will enjoy alot and after break we will look forward for great post by you.

    Enjoy! 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 7:20 pm

      Hi Nisha,

      Thank you for your kind wishes 🙂

      I hope to achieve a lot with the new blog, which would specifically be for blogging and bloggers, with lots more that I am planning.

      Glad you liked the post, and thank you for stopping by. Perhaps you too are on a little break, as I saw some lovely family pictures on FB, so have fun. Yes, I am working alongside the little time off I’ve got not, and we meet once I’m back now. Till then, take care 🙂

  8. Adrienne Smith

    2015-06-23 at 1:24 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This is a well written and thought out post. I know for many who are just now starting with their blogs that this post alone will be extremely helpful. Those of us who have been blogging for some time now know what all is involved but coming into this there really is no way you can know everything you need to be doing up front. There is just so much involved and then those who don’t consider themselves writers, well that’s really the hardest part to this process.

    It’s achievable though, look at me. I was never a writer yet I had to find my own way and figure all the ins and outs of blogging. Wish I’d had more information when I started which is why I think those who are just now starting today actually have it a heck of a lot better.

    Congratulations on the new blog and I admire you for taking on another one. I’m sure you have your reasonings and will be anxious to see it launched. Until then you enjoy your vacation and just have fun. I know you’ll be working behind the scenes still but hope you do have plenty of down time. My very short weeks vacation was wonderful but not nearly long enough.

    Take care and chat with you in another month.

    ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 7:19 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      Thanks for the compliment and I’m glad you liked the post. 🙂

      I agree that practical experience and the exposure are the best ways to learn anything, including the crux of blogging. When you practice and do the things yourself, you face many new circumstances, facts, and problems that bring to light many new aspects that you didn’t read or learn before. But any head-ups in any ways are always helpful.

      I totally agree with you that inspite of the growing competitiveness in blogging these days, the new bloggers have the luxury of more information, tips, and role models to follow than what we had when we started blogging. I was a writer but not a blogger and I realized that it isn’t the same- blogging is a lot tougher.

      I had to start a new blog and you’ll know all about it’s purpose and reason when it is launched. I’ll take my own sweet time in getting it ready so you might have to wait a bit longer.

      Yes, I’m working behind the scenes and I wish I really had a work-less break. But there is so much to do that I fear taking a total break might abrupt my flow of work. It’s good you had a complete break and I loved those pictures you shared on FB. Doesn’t matter even if it was a short one, but I’m sure you are rejuvenated and full of gusto to make a difference in your blogging efforts.

      Thanks for stopping by, and yes, we meet once I’m back to the blogosphere now, ,if not earlier. Till then, take care and be well my friend 🙂

      • Sourav Ghosh

        2015-09-23 at 10:33 am

        Thank you Mam, I actually a new blogger in this arena. So from here I getting an idea how to manage a blog in step by step.I am starting blogging just 3 months ago, where i found many hurdle to overcome. But when I go through this topic thoroughly its giving some awesome idea. But still I have a query , how to introduce myself to make a connection to other people.Thank you mam once again and I also congratulate you for your new site.

        • Harleena Singh

          2015-09-23 at 11:11 am

          Welcome to the blog and ABC, Sourav! 🙂

          Good to know more about you and your blog. I am sure you’d gain lot of exposure now that you are among lots of bloggers!

          To answer your question – firstly, you need to have a proper profile picture called a Gravatar, so get yourself one because people connect with those they can see and that’s how you build connections. Thereafter, introduce yourself to others by visiting their blogs, reading and commenting on their posts, and interacting with them on the various social media platforms.

          Hope this helps! Thank you for your kind wishes as well 🙂

  9. Basharath

    2015-06-21 at 10:44 am

    Its an amazing post . I visited this post by looking at the title “CRUX of blogging ” and really found the crux in blogging field. The way you explained was very vivid , you have depicted so beautifully the whole blogging as a kingdom with content as king , relationship as queen , user experience as palace. I’m also a novice blogger and scouring for this type of great motivating ideas. Thank you very much for sharing and helping newbies with your posts…

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 2:25 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Basharath 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it. Yes indeed, by following the CRUX of blogging, as mentioned in this post, you can grow to succeed as a blogger. I am sure if you implement these basic blogging tips, you’d see good results.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. If there is anything I can help you with, as you are new to blogging, do let me know. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  10. Andrew M. Warner

    2015-06-19 at 7:39 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    Great post here.

    Relationships and user experience are truly key because you have to maintain good relationships if you want to grow and succeed. And you have to make sure that the user experience is good … that’s what makes them keep coming back.

    Excellent post. And nice to hear about the break. We all need time off from time to time to recharge. No problem with that. Looking forward to the new blog too.

    – Andrew

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Andrew,

      Thank you, and glad you liked it 🙂

      Absolutely! I’d say relationships building in the online world is so essential, especially for bloggers. Wonder where we’d be had we not got our blogging friend’s around us – I think they are our biggest supporters, isn’t it?

      I agree about the break, and though it’s supposed to be a little time off for me, but I am right here everyday, working a little on the new blog and this one as well. But one does manage a little time off to be with the family.

      Thanks for stopping by, and many congratulations for your wedding too! Shall see you on your blog, once I’m back to blogging now 🙂

  11. Vivek Agrawal

    2015-06-19 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you so much for this great article.

    I just started out with my blogging phase and I needed to clear my head of all the details.

    Now I know that I need to start with the CRUX of my blog.

    Will start by creating content and the work on the relationship.

    Thanks!!!

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 2:00 pm

      Welcome to the blog and ABC as well, Vivek 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it, especially as you too are a new blogger, who’s just started off. Absolutely! The CRUX of blogging is what needs to be followed, and I’m sure you’d achieve your goals very soon if you take this path.

      Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any problems about starting off with your new blog, do let us know, as we are here to help 🙂

  12. Barbara Charles

    2015-06-19 at 6:47 am

    So many things to say here. The crux of blogging. You mentioned it and it is one of my pet peeves. All the time that ‘s involved in posting, i.e. “It’s true that blogging is a combination of tasks and it is not just writing. Blogging mainly includes researching, formatting, making it visually appealing (creating specific images related to the post), optimizing it for the search engines, and then post promotion.” Your words and the bane of my existence. It takes me forever to write a post and you’ve listed everything above as the reason why. It is not easy blogging and then providing good content on top of all this.

    You’ve described it all – the crux of blogging which keeps it from being easy. Some valuable info here for newbies and for experienced bloggers alike. And because it is so time consuming and detailed, it is important to take a break. That mental break helps me and I no longer feel as guilty about it as I used too. 🙂

    Enjoy your time/break and as always look forward to more enlightening and great info.

    Enjoy,
    Barbara

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-30 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      Not just yours – I think it’s for a lot of bloggers, and so glad you could relate to all that’s written here as well 🙂

      Blogging certainly isn’t easy, not for those of us who take it as a profession, as there is a lot that goes into creating a quality post that adds value, something that your readers would like. Yes, the process is never ending and the real work starts after you publish the post! Whether it’s sharing it on the various social networks or replying to comments on your blog and visiting other blogs, one always falls short of time, isn’t it? And if we get hooked up on one of the tasks, the others suffer – unless we learn the fine art of time management.

      I hope these blogging basics would help new bloggers and others too, as these are the main ones – the foundation on which it all stands.

      Oh yes – we all need to take breaks, and it rejuvenates us once we are back. I am no longer guilty once I started taking them last year onward (without taking work with me), though this year it is just to work on the new blog and this one too.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. It’s a work with pleasure kind of a break, but any break for a while is always good. See you once I’m back to the blogosphere now. Till then, take care and be well 🙂

  13. Jens-Petter Berget

    2015-06-18 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I had no idea what CRUX was, and it took me some time to figure out what your headline was about. It was funny, and I reading your post I just thought, aha now I get it, and it’s perfect. It’s easy to remember and it’s absolutely true.

    One thing I’m currently testing that you might not agree upon, is to blog without comments. I have a Norwegian blog that I have closed the comments on. I closed it because I just don’t have the time to follow up any feedback. So, I did it because I think it’s better to not have any comments than to get comments I can’t answer. What’s your thoughts on that?

    Congratulations on your new blog. I can’t wait to read what you come up with. And, have an awesome vacation. I’ll take some time off as well, probably be living in a tent for 4 weeks with my wife and kids.

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-29 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Jens,

      I understand what you mean – I guess I made you put on your thinking cap! 🙂

      Ah..the never ending debate about whether to allow comments on our blogs or not, and you surely aren’t the only one to think on these lines. You might like to go through a wonderful discussion started by our ABC member, Rohan, and the replies that followed thereafter about the very same topic. Check it out – aha-now.com/topic/should-i-close-the-comments-at-my-blog/

      As it’s a Norwegian blog, one can still think about closing comments, but I wonder if you’d do the same with your blog. I don’t think so. You are right, if coping with the comments becomes tough, it’s better to close the comments, but it might make your blog look so empty!

      Alternatively, choosing to comment a little smaller than our usual style of replying to comments might be an option. I’d personally opt for it myself, though it’s tough for me to comment or thank the commenter in 2-3 lines, but it’s better than not replying at all. I don’t think I’d close the comments ever, Jens. This blog has reached where it is today, thanks to my commenters and my return visits, the overall commenting that works in the blogosphere, and of course social media presence. So, if we can find a balance, we are good to go.

      Thanks so much for your kind wishes, and though am on a blogging break, but it’s more of ‘break for work’ for me presently. Nevertheless, one does manage to find a little time off with the kids too. Wow! Living in a tent would be such a lovely experience, and hope you have a great time with your family too. Take care, and I’d see you once I’m back to the blogopshere now 🙂

  14. Robin Strohmaier

    2015-06-18 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Congratulations on your new blog! How exciting to start this new adventure. I will be signing up.

    Your title drew me i. This is definitely a must read – not only for beginner’s – but for seasoned bloggers as well. I love how this mini guide to blogging to become a successful blogger is filled with so many important tips.

    I hope you enjoy your summer blogging break!

    ~ Robin

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-29 at 2:49 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Robin – so good to see you here 🙂

      Thank you for your kind wishes, and yes, it IS so exciting to start things all over again.

      Glad you liked the post and little tips shared within, which would help most bloggers, especially the new ones. Learning never ends, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and you’d be notified as soon as the blog launches, if you signed up. Yes, though it’s a blogging break, but I’m all geared up to do the new blog now. Shall see you soon on your blog as well. 🙂

  15. Naman Kumar

    2015-06-18 at 10:45 am

    Hello mam.
    This is the first article which I read here on you fabulous blog. Its a great help for beginners. Good and exciting post indeed. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy Blogging!
    -Naman Kumar
    Blogging Easier

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-29 at 2:37 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Naman – good to have you over 🙂

      Glad you liked the post, and yes, it’s especially written for new bloggers, though useful for every blogger as well.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  16. Shamsudeen

    2015-06-17 at 12:29 am

    Hi Harleena

    Nice to read you’re starting a new blog, that something good. I too will be starting another blog hopefully in few weeks coming. It is on WordPress themes and am zero in on my audience as the blog topic would focus on a particular WordPress themes brand.

    I wish you success in your adventure and hope to be part of it by contributing to its growth in any way I can. Thanks for sharing.

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-29 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Shamsudeen – good to see you after long,

      Thanks for your kind words 🙂

      Congratulations to you too for your new blog as well, which sounds interesting as it would be fully focused on WordPress.

      Thanks for stopping by and I do hope to see you a lot more on the new blog as well. Have a nice week ahead, and see you once I’m back to blogging now 🙂

  17. Corina Ramos

    2015-06-16 at 3:08 am

    Hi Harleena,

    First, congratulations on your new blog! I am sure it is going to be packed with great resources for all blogger. As we both know, there is always something new to learn about blogging.

    Thank you for taking the time to put this together. You’ve shared a lot of valuable information here. I like your CRUX acronym for blogging success, they are definitely three points for us to remember as they all go hand in hand.

    The most important one is building relationships. That is going to be around for a long time so for those who haven’t warmed up to this idea, it would be a great time to start :).

    What I would share with new bloggers is to blog in their own voice and be genuine. It’s okay to want to be like our favorite bloggers but we have to make sure we blog with our own voice and style.

    As always, a great post Harleena! I hope your week started off great!

    Talk to you soon my dear.

    Cori

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-29 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Corina,

      Thank you for your kind wishes, and yes, there is always something new to learn from each other where blogging is concerned 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it so well. I agree with you there, nothing works better than building relationships with fellow bloggers, and these turn out to be such wonderful friendships over time, just like ours, isn’t it?

      You are absolutely right about what you mentioned, though it takes a while for some new bloggers to start blogging in their own voice, but once they do, they certainly start seeing the results. I guess we should just try to pick up the good points and learn from our favorite bloggers, but the rest has to be our own.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. Have a nice week ahead, and we’d meet once I’m back, if not earlier 🙂

  18. Terungwa Akaahan

    2015-06-16 at 2:29 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Congratulations both on your decision to start a new blog and take a summer break…I wish you the very best!

    Regarding blogging basics for beginners (the post in question), I must appreciate your thoroughness and state that your points are well in order. Aside the points you noted however, my experience has been that many bloggers jump out of blogging simply because they do not have a definite focus or niche. This is dangerous as this reality ensures that disillusion soon sets in.

    What do you think?

    Enjoy the day!

    Always,
    Akaahan Terungwa

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-25 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Akaahan – good to have you back 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes. Glad you liked the post and could relate to it.

      You’re absolutely right about your observation, and I also feel they need to be more patient as things take time, whether it’s a business you start or your blog, or anything new. If they plan out things well and remain focused, they can surely achieve a lot.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. See you at your blog, once I’m back to blogging. Till then, take care and be well 🙂

  19. Gary

    2015-06-16 at 12:48 am

    Nice post Harleena. Really appreciate your thoughts on reciprocation. It is a central key in the whole relationships equation. I’m still baffled by how many bloggers expect the world to just naturally engage with their content when in fact they themselves never engage with anyone else’s. Blogging like that in a vacuum just doesn’t work.

    Enjoy your break! 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-25 at 7:33 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Gary 🙂

      Absolutely! Reciprocation is what works best in the blogosphere, and it’s the only way one can build relationship with fellow bloggers.

      True! As bloggers, we need to give more than expect to receive at first, which follows later. More so, if your content is good and you get a lot of comments, it shows you perhaps have a strong community, but it also means you need to visit the blogs of those who visit yours – that’s only being fair, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by. I wish my break had started in the real sense! Still replying to pending comments and a little work alongside. Shall soon visit your blog as well 🙂

      BTW- Do use a Gravatar, so we can all see who we are talking to- just like the one you have at your blog – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  20. Lorraine Reguly

    2015-06-15 at 11:25 pm

    You are so motivated… starting another blog! LOL I have two, and have my hands full.

    I’m taking a summer break as well. 🙂

    Enjoy yours!

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-19 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Lorraine,

      You bet! Though don’t ask me about how I’m going to do it without all of you around me, my friend 🙂

      I know it’s not easy, but I think you’re managing both of them very well, beside your writing projects too.

      That’s wonderful indeed! You DO need a break as well, and hope you have a nice one.

      Thanks for stopping by, and we meet now once I’m back to blogging after my ‘work’ break 🙂

  21. Tom

    2015-06-15 at 10:25 pm

    Fantastic post! This was very indepth and I think you covered everything without missing any critical newbie errors.

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-19 at 1:37 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Tom 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it. There’s a lot more that could be written on the basics of blogging for new bloggers, but it would have become a long guide instead, though I tried to cover it all in this one.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  22. Ikechi Awazie

    2015-06-15 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Harleena

    Congratulations Harleena for the new blog and I see that you used your name as the domain name. What a great way to build your reputation as a pro blogger.

    What an excellent post and you are right that successful bloggers go beyond the basics of blogging.

    Love the CRUZ concept and it clearly explain how to be a successful blogger. Also all the points you have raised are spot on.

    Ah! I did remember the blogging break you had last time and it is great to recharge and feel energised. Have fun and take all the rest you need.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Take Care.

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-19 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Ikechi,

      Thank you for your kind wishes 🙂

      As a blogger, I think the ultimate identity is having the domain in your name. That is one step forward to being a problogger, however, being a problogger may mean different to different people. I’ve a post on this topic on Aha!NOW, and the general association with problogger is the ability to make money from blogging as well as being a consistent and regular blogger. So, I feel I’m still in the making of a problogger. 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and the CRUX of blogging, especially for new bloggers, and the rest of the points.

      I take a little summer break each year, though last time it was all without any work. This time it’s a break just for working on the ABC, this blog as well as the new one, besides other smaller things, though a little family time is on the cards too. Yes, I certainly need to rest and rejuvenate during this period as well.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I’d see you on your blog once I’m back to the blogosphere now. Take care too 🙂

  23. Balroop Singh

    2015-06-15 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    That is awesome news! Congratulations! You are indeed a role model for blogging. I wish you great success in this venture. It is SO obvious from your efforts that you have immense potential to unleash new vistas that are waiting at the horizon. When the leader is such, sky ceases to be the limit.

    As always this post is inspirational as well as informative. You have the ability to compress all the significant info into a single post! What amazes me is the new acronyms you keep coining. Yes, CRUX sums up all about blogging. Content is the most important part because if it is not upto the mark, most of the readers get demotivated and quit the blog in a few days. Good relationships is the stepping stone to the next level and keeps us connected forever.

    Yes, it is the warmth and the response that keeps us going, which is the hallmark of Aha-now. Thanks for providing all that is essential for a rewarding experience. Enjoy your break and we look forward to your return. Have a blessed time!

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-19 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Balroop,

      Thank you so much for your wishes and kind words of appreciation 🙂

      You know I’d need you and all my blogging friend’s beside me on this new venture too!

      I tried to make this post as short as possible or else it would have become a real long guide, had I carried on into greater details. Lol…glad you liked the new acronym. Yes, most bloggers give up too soon, not realizing that blogging is a process, a journey that they need to enjoy more than anything else.

      Nothing works better than providing value to your readers by writing quality content, which you too are so good at. True – good connections with each other helps us to build better relationships, especially online, and that happens only when we visit each others blogs, which are like our homes where commenters are our guests, isn’t it?

      Thank you for stopping by, and I’d hop over once I’m back to the blogosphere after my little break, though more for work than anything else this time. Take care and be well 🙂

  24. Rangan Badri

    2015-06-15 at 7:21 pm

    Who else can write better than you about blogging Harleena? I am eagerly looking forward to it.

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-19 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Rangan,

      Ah…thank you for saying that, though the blogosphere is now full of so many smart and talented bloggers! If you’ve subscribed to the blog, you’d soon be notified about it.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  25. Yash Birajdar

    2015-06-15 at 2:59 pm

    Hello Harleena Ma’am

    Thank You So Much for your lovely post.It has inspired me a lot and you have pointed out very important points which is required for a new blogger like me.

    It has given me all the necessary information which is very important and making money which should be considered later on is the most important thing to remember.

    Thank You Again for your help and support!!!!!

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-19 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Yash,

      Good to have you back, commenting on the blog after long, though you are part of the ABC 🙂

      Glad you liked the post, which is mainly for new bloggers as they need guidance initially. Making money comes in much later – initially, one needs to focus on providing quality content and build relationships with fellow bloggers, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you around more often now 🙂

  26. Hema Unnoop

    2015-06-15 at 11:27 am

    Hello Harleena,

    With all due respect, you are a blogging Guru. Wow! This is massive and just what I needed. This is a great guide post. There are tons of information out there for new and experienced bloggers but compared to those what you wrote here is simple and easy to uunderstand. Lots of take aways for me, especially the inner links which I will be going through shortly. SEO has been and still is my biggest challenge.

    I agree when you say blogging is not a bed of roses. Sure it isn’t. I never knew what I was getting into. I started writing for the love of it and help people. I wasn’t even aware one could make money blogging. Regardless I think these are brilliant points as I would like to improve on my blog and all the tidbits involved.

    I’ll seize this opportunity to congratulate you on creating blog for bloggers. Who better than you? I am definitely on the lookout to be guided in this regards. So much to learn and I am very keen on improving.

    I also wish you and Vinay and the kids a lovely vacation.
    Take care. Enjoy:)

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-06-19 at 11:41 am

      Hi Hema,

      Oh my! I certainly don’t deserve to be called a Guru, though thanks so much for saying it, certainly made me feel good. 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it, and yes, I like keeping things simple and easy to read so that everyone can understand it well. I can understand what you mean by SEO being challenging…lol…it’s still for me because it’s forever changing. So, just doing the basics is good enough I’d say, unless you know the finer details.

      Blogging certainly isn’t easy, especially if you want to become a professional blogger. I’d say the same when I started off initially, but as one learns and gains knowledge, and as we implement it on our blog, we progress from one stage to another. That’s just the way I’ve done it all these years, slowly but surely.

      You’re surely doing well with your blog, and don’t worry about the making money aspect, as that follows up with time, if one’s interested in it at all.

      Thank you for stopping by and your well wishes for the new blog. You know I’d need all my well-wishers with me there too, and if you’ve subscribed already, you’d be notified on it’s launch, as one of the early birds! Yes, it’s more of a work vacation this time for us, but that’s ok I guess, as long as one can have a few moments of family time alongside too, isn’t it? See you on your blog, once I’m back to the blogosphere now. Till then, be well and take care 🙂




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