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Kumar Gauraw is a Personal Branding & Social Media strategist helping entrepreneurs and skilled professionals achieve personal and professional success by developing leadership and leveraging the power of the Internet, Blogging and Social Media.

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  1. I definitely need to write some of these points down; I will do that once I submit the comment.

    For me, things have not been going according to plan. Well, it’s my fault. I have been kind of lazy with marketing. Like you mentioned, what’s the point of writing something if we don’t market it well enough?

    I do have a checklist (with specific days assigned to each social media site) but I don’t always follow it. Sometimes, I do feel that I am complicating things. I mean, it is great to be organized and all (and assigning each day to each site). But, things don’t always work out.

    Sometimes, there is extra HW to catch up on..or there is something more to study (I guess that’s what I hate the most, when things don’t go according to my normal routine).

    Of course, if they went according to my routine everyday, the routine would become boring πŸ˜€

    It was much easier last semester; I wasn’t taking any classes, so I could break it all down and distribute everything (Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have a blog back then…spending all the time on commenting).

    Anyways, I hope I can figure something out in the coming days πŸ™‚

    You know, sometimes I do wonder if things are working as planned (like checking and rechecking my backup plugin). I wanted to run 2 backup plugins at once (paranoia?). That didn’t work out (caused a few errors on my blog).

    I guess I should just relax and think about it!

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this awesome checklist, Kumar. Appreciate it!

    • Hi Jeevan,

      I know the feeling and trust me, life isn’t going to be any better. πŸ™‚

      You will be amazed to know that you are never going to be more free than you are today. And I am telling you from personal experience πŸ™‚

      I think you are doing great with your blog and keeping up with it on a regular basis is all you need to do at this point. Consistency is the keyword.

      Keep up your good work πŸ™‚ and good luck to you moving forward.


  2. Excellent advice! I’m taking note of a few points, especially on deciding a writing frequency

  3. WOW, you amaze me. You have covered this precisely and with great detail in a minimal way, bravo. I have said it before, this is a great checklist for a new blogger. I sure wish I had seen this when I first started. πŸ™‚ My favorite is #63 – “Treat It Like A Career – Invest In It” that is so very very true. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Susan! Well, I wish I knew these when I started out as well. But you know what, it’s better late than never πŸ™‚


  4. Jay

    There is a lot of great information in this post. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to have to print this out so that I can have it for a reference.

  5. What a comprehensive blogging checklist. Good for new and not-so-new bloggers.

  6. Hi Kumar,

    Wow! What an awesome list! You certainly nailed it with this one πŸ™‚

    I think there’s nothing left for any of us to add anything to this awesome list – you’ve said it all. I was nodding with most of your points, and making a mental note of the ones I still need to do. I think social media presence is becoming more essential now than ever before. Tough to manage and be all over, but yet, if you aren’t, you’re missing out on a lot of things.

    Blogging is never easy, at least for professional bloggers like us. So, unless you follow all the steps you mentioned, it’s tough to make a headway with it and achieve success. It all takes time, and it’s certainly not easy, for new bloggers at least who enter the Blogosphere and are rather lost. Reminds me the time when I started off too and being a writer, I had NO idea what a blog was, let alone what all goes into blogging. But where there’s a will, there IS a way and we all need to find that, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing ALL these tips, which surely must’ve taken you long to write, but so worth it. Have a nice week ahead πŸ™‚

    • Hi Harleena,

      Taking long, it did actually and it also frustrated me while writing because there were so many points to cover and I was feeling tired after finishing the 17th one. But patience is the virtue πŸ™‚

      Well I am glad I got it done and that you found it interesting. Glad to hear from you.

      Thank you for adding value through your thoughtful comments as usual. Have a great day!


  7. I must admit, I did not read every word, but I did read the social media part with interest and the last section. I blog regularly and am a student of Jon Morrow, of Copyblogger fame. It takes an incredible amount of work to monetize a blog without being too advertorial. I am working on my opt-ins and building my following. Joining this group on LinkedIn was one of the best things I have done for my blog. It’s risen in Google and I’ve met some great people. Nice list, will definitely bookmark it and share!

    • Hi Laurie,

      You are right about social media engagement. Social signals are becoming more and more important factor for SEO.

      Congratulations on your rise in search engine rankings! That is awesome!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and also for sharing on social media.


  8. This information is invaluable to someone like me wanting to make my blog more interesting and get more traffic. I’m going to print this out and work my way through step by step. Thanks.

    • Aha! I am glad you found this so interesting that you need to make a print out of this. That is an honor for me to hear that.

      Thank you for dropping by and the words of appreciation.


  9. thanks for your valuable posting,it was very informative.i am working in
    Erp in Chennai

  10. Excellent article. Even when writing a blog that is more to the creative side, it still takes time and requires an awful lot of promotion. Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ve bookmarked the page.

    • Thank you Jacqueline! Glad you liked it. Have a great day!

  11. That’s quite a list! I must admit, some of this I have done, and some of it takes quite a bit of time. I’ve been reworking my own website for my business, and it’s been taking quite a while (in large part because my priorities are my current clients).

    I think you could take any one of these points and write a whole post.

    • Hi Leora,

      Customers are always the first priority and isn’t it the reason why we stay consistent with our content marketing activities anyway?

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


  12. Hi Kumar,

    Hi Kumar,

    Great tips here. Fabulous!

    Wow, thank you so much for the reminder to add my site to Bing Webmaster. Don’t think I’ve done that. What a shame!

    However, for some reasons, it seems that Bing recognized my sites much better than this crazy Google does, which doesn’t recognized my Personal Development blog at all! What a shame. Its nowhere to be found EVEN I put the ESACT keywords of my site.

    To me Google Authorship doesn’t always work. I think that its confused when one has more than one blogs. I wonder what’s your input on that?

    • Hi Sylviane,

      Google Authorship is linked to you and not to a specific blog. The whole idea behind Authorship is to identify every content written by you no matter which website it is published on.

      That means, if you write a guest blog on my website, it will still be authored by you in Google searches and your picture is supposed to be showed along with my URL. That is the beauty.

      Speaking of your personal development blog, there seems to be something wrong if Google isn’t indexing that website. Are you sure you have submitted it correctly to Google?

      Let me know if you need some help.


  13. This is really a long check list. I was marking myself with each point and the interesting thing is that I am doing great!

    • Awesome Emmanuel! That is great stuff! Congratulations for doing a great job!

  14. Hi, Kumar!

    That’s exactly what I was looking today and when I saw your post in my email πŸ™‚ Great and very valuable information! Thank you, you are making a great job helping people:)


    • You are very welcome Aistis. Glad to hear from you. Hope you are doing great!

      And yes, glad to also know that you found the content useful to you!

      Have a great day my friend!

  15. Hi Kumar,

    My goodness this is one pillar post! You have covered it so well that this can be an ebook!

    Thank goodness I found you and Krishna World Wide. That has made such a difference in my blog. I cannot boast enough how grate your service is. Plus, when Krishna WW. was designing my blog, we went back and forth easily and quickly. You had put so much time and effort with great suggestions, I cannot thank you enough.

    I must say what popped out for me is your “Thought Process Development” part of this post. Yes indeed we do have to treat our blog as our career. It is our own business and we cannot cut corners. Investing our time and money to always be on a learning curve is just part of the business. The more we stay on top of things, the more we can share with our readers. And the more we can apply to our business.

    Yes, our blog is our own real estate. We can be renters or owners. I rather be an “owner” and take pride in my ownership of my blog. This is why I constantly invest in it and other learning curves because when I do, the ROI does work!

    Thanks for all these tips!


  16. Excellent checklist for bloggers! You cover everything from starting and how to continue to promote yourself. I will be saving this list for sure πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Sandy! Appreciate the appreciation.

  17. Kumar what a lot of great points. What you are creating is an awareness of your knowledge of SEO and a guru of the internet. I do like this point Google Authorship is linked to you and not to a specific blog. This is something I need to work on.

  18. Hi Kumar,
    You’ve really outdone yourself with this list, I mean it’s one that anyone can benefit from.
    There are many things we know we need to look after, but they invariably slip our mind or something else comes up and we decide to do it later. With this list of tips in one handy place, you’ve made it easy for people to come back and systematically go through and look after them. I have yet to do many of these myself. Thanks so much!

    Make it a great week!

    • Thank you Bill. Your contribution to this post is much appreciated as well.

      It wouldn’t have been this easy for me to publish a massive content such as this one with so much ease.

      Thank you for all your support.


  19. You have some good points. It takes a lot of work to blog professionally. There is no leisure to it when you want to build your brand. You have posted some really great tips to get people started.

    • Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts Niekka. You are right. Pro blogging does take time, money and efforts. We must be willing to do these if we desire to achieve significance in blogging arena.

      Have a great day!

  20. Hi Kumar,

    That was an exhaustive list! Had to spend some amount of time to go through it completely! But guess what, the time spent reading it can be said to be ‘time well spent’! Because, I learned many new things there.

    At the same time, I can say that I’ve been doing many things right. That I’m making progress and travelling in the right direction. As I went through the article, reading each entry, I realized that I have been doing many things right, just the way you described in there. That made me happy! πŸ™‚

    And talking about room for improvement, I came upon some factors that were neglected by me. I mean, I need to work upon those factors with consistency!

    This article is one such, which is worth getting bookmarked! Good write up. I appreciate the effort that you put in.


    • Hi Arun,

      Glad to meet you and thanks for your enthusiastic response. Your response makes me go and build another post if this magnitude πŸ™‚ for sure!

      Okay, but I am also happy to see that you doing many of these things already is a great testimonial that these methods do work and smart people are already doing these. Thank you for sharing about it.

      Look forward to visiting your site and learning a few things from you!


  21. What an incredibly detailed and well thought-out list Kumar! There are so many ways to brand, monetize and drive traffic to our site. I think you hit every one of the top tips and then some.

    Thanks Kumar!!

    • Aha! Thanks Rebekah! Coming from the social media guru, makes this post all worth an effort! Thank you for the words of appreciation.

      Have a great day and a terrific rest of the week!


  22. All I Can Say Is Wow Kumar, This is an incredible list my friend, I dont think you left anything out! You have outdone yourself here my friend. I had no idea how to get set up with my Google Authorship, completed now thanks to you.. You Rock!! Chery :))

    • Congratulations Chery! I am glad my Authorship post helped one more person today πŸ™‚

      Thank you for dropping by and putting efforts towards your Google Authorship. It is really worth doing it and has good benefits in the long run.

      Have a great day!

  23. My nephew was pretty naive too Kumar and had a very rude awakening once he put his blog up and realized everything involved.

    Oh my gosh, your list is exhausting and I’ve even been doing this for going on five years now. Wow, when you look at everything you need to have in place all listed out like that it could scare anyone away. I mean let’s face it, most newbies don’t even understand a quarter of what you’ve shared here. I’m kind of glad there was no list like this when I was started or I probably wouldn’t have. I would have been so overwhelmed although I was, I just didn’t know it! LOL!!!

    All in all though Kumar, great list! Well done my friend and I’ll definitely pass this one along as well.


    • Hi Adrienne,

      I know how intimidating it may be for newbie bloggers. But the fact is, I did not write it for them. This is a bit advanced topic and probably I should have added a disclaimer on the top somewhere πŸ™‚

      Thank you for the warning though and taking time to share your thoughts.


  24. Very informative post! I have noted down some of the points you mentioned! I just want to know how to integrate free version of commentluv in my blog? It will be helpful if you can write something on that too!

    • Hi Tuhin,

      That is a great topic and I will share about setting up CommentLuv very soon.

      Have a great day!


  25. Hi Kumah, what a wealth of knowledge and information about tips on traffic management. Thanks for the advice I definately have been overwhelmed with points of note.

    • Thanks Welli. Please don’t be overwhelmed. Remember how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time πŸ™‚

  26. Hey Kumar

    What a list.
    I thought I was writing helpful content on my blog, but you are putting us all to shame.
    This is really a great accumulation of all your experience I am sure. There are many things in there I am doing, but a couple I had not thought about, so thank you my friend.
    As Jeevan says, time to write a few down and get on with my homework!

    • Aha! So you really liked it πŸ™‚ well, that us an accomplishment for me to make you feel that way my friend! I learn things from you many times and so, may be, it was a time to pay some of it back πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your enthusiastic comment. Appreciate you!


  27. Hello Kumar,

    Very interesting post, I guess I need to read it twice to make it memorable. I’d say these 65 tips are really essential to get lot of traffic.


    • Thanks Samir! Appreciate your feedback and glad to know you found them helpful.


  28. Hello Kumar Gauraw,
    This Is one of the most imformative post I have ever read. When I started blogging I thought it was a child’s game. Just posting articles and earning bucks. That’s it. But after few months I realized a bloody shit thing ” competetion “. This made me frustrated. I got no response on my posts, no shares and no comments !
    I truly agree with you that the people considering blogging as a hobby are living a much better life than ours. They don’t need to worry about SEO, warnings and penalties.

    But when a person is blogging for money then he must have a good mind setup towards blogging. And I must say this is an awesome guide you have delivered for newbies. My younger brother is going to start a new blog and this guide is a miracle for him. Thanks again for sharing this ultimate guide πŸ™‚

    • Hi Nikhil,

      Now that is am awesome spirit! I like the idea of putting your brother on the right track right from the beginning of his journey!

      You are there to guide him through your experience and that will be a smart thing for him to do. He can learn from you and avoid those potholes without gaining from his own personal experience πŸ™‚

      Good luck to you and also to your brother. Let me know if I can be of any help.


  29. Congratulations on such a detailed post. It must have taken a lot of time and energy to generate such a long and accurate list. It is very nice advice for people like me who are new in blogging.

    Success is really planned and takes lot of time and energy , there is no short cut at all.
    I am not in position of joint venture but I am trying to respond all the comments , I am trying hard to read all the posts and also using social media to get some readers. I will also try to improve security of my blog and few more things that you mentioned to improve my blog.
    I have book marked your post and I am about to refer this to few of my friends to go through and get some advice.
    As I just read welli post who talked about using brain capabilities , so you must have utilized a lot for this post.
    thank you for a nice informative post.

  30. These are some great tips. They are good for anyone that is thinking about becoming a blogger.

  31. Hi Kumar,

    Long post. Maybe way too long πŸ™‚ I was quite surprised by your “Linking out to popular blogs in your niche is actually good for your SEO”. I have to admit that the SEO section of my brain LOL is quite outdated and I don’t plan to change this status so soon. However, that phrase made me curious…

    Is that your assumption? If it’s not your assumption, could you pls let me know where I can read more about it?



    P.S. Good article πŸ™‚

    • Hi Adrian,

      As far as I am concerned, that is not an assumption but based on my chat with a few authorities including Neil Patel of QuickSprout.

      If something comes from Neil in SEO world, I tend to put my faint into that knowing that the man won’t say something he doesn’t know.

      But then, as you always know I keep an open mind. Let me know if you find it otherwise and then we can round him up πŸ™‚


  32. Hi Kumar an engaging post on engagement and well presented as always

    • Thank you Paul.
      I was very impressed with your this week’s post as well. Thank you for dropping by and taking time to appreciate!


  33. Hello Kumar,

    When I started blogging, I was as naive as the couple you met…the only difference, perhaps, was that I was willing to learn – and learn real fast. I guess that is what has made all the difference.

    However, if I was fortunate to have come across such an awesome list like yours back in the days, I would have definitely done things differently and as a consequence, would have experienced completely different results, I’m sure.

    It is my belief this entry would help newbies who are interested in making money online…I have already tweeted!

    Do have a very great day!


  34. Wow..do I have a ton of things that I need to be working on! Thanks for the detailed list including the why we should be doing it too.

  35. Hey
    I really like your post and your writing skills to write such long and good article. Is authorship really needed for a blog for SEO to gain more visitors is it just something for side by side. Please tell me
    Thank you

    • Hi Nitin,

      Yes. Google Authorship is becoming more and more important to Google and you don’t want to take chances.

      While there is no indication from Google that it is important to drive traffic, psychologically, it makes your chances of getting people to visit your blog more when they see your picture along with your post in search results.

      Hope it helps clarify your question?


  36. Nice tips thanks for sharing, will give it a try

  37. Dear Kumar,
    This is a terrific post especially for me. As you know, I am a baby in this field. But I now see that step by steps, with you I will get where I deserve. I pointed out some mistakes and errors made in the previous posts, but as you know and probably believe, we all make mistakes. I am here to learn and get ready for success in coming days, weeks or years!! by the way, John Wrote a book “Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success”
    Back to this post, I need to work hard for many points.
    Happy Tuesday,

    • Happy Tuesday Charmant! Glad to hear from you πŸ™‚

      By the way, which post you are talking about? Is it on my blog somewhere that you commented on?

      • HI AGAIN,
        YES, I was talking about your article 65 Tips…”.It is amazing,! It has more info regarding naive like me.I think, I just learned something I was planning tomask you in this week! Hope we can keep learning from you.
        Thank you.

  38. What an awesome post Gauraw! Any newbie reading this article is saving months of time trying to figure out all these strategies. I’ve very excited to see that I am following most of the strategies, just need to focus on creating more and more quality blog posts.
    Btw I’ve found this resource to be very useful http://www.buzzblogger.com/2014-mindmap/ Hope you’ll like it too.

    • Hi Saurav,

      Glad you enjoyed the article and happy to know that you are doing already most of these things. Great job!
      And also, thanks for sharing the mindmap. It is definitely very helpful tip.


  39. Maybe way too long, I was quite surprised by your β€œLinking out to popular blogs in your niche is actually good for your SEO”. really a great post.

  40. Dear Kumar Gauraw

    greetings for the day !!!!

    So far I was under the impression that publish the articles and earn some money online. But your article has given me immense value and i will follow all your steps. It is great article to be noted by all the new bloggers.

    • Glad I was able to help Sri Katyayani. Please let me know if you have any other questions as well.

      Have a great new week!

  41. Hey Kumar,
    nice post and Thanks for sharing these tips with us. This post is full of great advice and every point which you mentioned above are important. Choosing a good design and spam protection is very important factor. Submitting our sitemap is also very important factor as it helps in indexing our post. This post really gonna help many newbies.

  42. Hi!
    Awesome, very nice suggestions. I like your valuable suggestions.

  43. Hi Kumar,

    Sensational! Get clear on your niche. This step alone helps your creative energies flow, and attracts readers keen on your subject matter. Add in a dash of SEO and you’re on your way to building a blog and brand.

    Thanks for sharing!

  44. Hi Kumar,
    Great tips, I agree with your point Blogging is not easy as it look it from outside, but with tips like these will surly help new bloggers like me.
    Thanks for sharing.

  45. such a huge list but a nice list,specially for new bloggers.

  46. Hey, thanx for this awesome post. These tips will prove to be “must” for newbie bloggers and if you want to create your own brand image on the WWW. Awesome one… Can you please post an article on increase DA & PA of a blog?

    Apurva Nagar

  47. This is awesome.This is the complete guide for newbie bloggers to succeed in their blogs.Thanks for posting such good and clearly explaining guides.

  48. This is a great list, and too long :-). I like the way you explained every single thing. This is good to read these tips. I agree with your point that blogging is not as easy as it looks.

  49. This is nice how you explained 65 points. if we follow half of these tips I think we can get positive results.

  50. I don’t think that you’ve missed any part. Its a complete information for a blogger to run/optimize the blog. Great Kumar, Thanks.

  51. hi kumar
    I must thank you for your info..
    You really made a good research for this post.
    and thanks for the time well spent on this…
    am applying it on my engineering blog and it is helping me a lot

  52. It’s been a real pleasure reading your amazing post.Great stuff,thanks for this.

  53. Hello Gaurav,

    I really enjoyed your article about website traffic generation. These are very informative tips to increase website traffic and set-up website accordingly.

    Thanks for this excellent post

  54. Hi Gauraw,

    All these steps are goldmine for whoever wants to start promote their website/blogs, i think these steps are also useful resource list, I have preparing for some of my speech for next week and i got ample steps now to talk. Thanks Gauraw for this informative article

  55. thanks for providing excellent tips for boosting up traffic and seo. i think i need to follow all these steps to scope up my blogging career, thank you very much for providing these tips.. i will definitely share this site to my frnds.

  56. thanks for the great insights of how to build traffic in my site, i will definitely implement your ideas.

  57. thank you so much for publishing this great article and i find this article since 2 years so thank you.

  58. I like all the tips you have given to improve traffic. I have a new blog and I would definitely try your tips.
    Thanks a Ton!

  59. Thank you for the so many tips that i can use to increase traffic in my website. i have already utilized some but am looking forward to borrowing tips from your list. thank you once again.

  60. Being in website i keep on referring to this link every time am working on my website. thank you once again for the great article.

  61. This is a great list, and too long :-). I like the way you explained every single thing. This is good to read these tips. I agree with your point that blogging is not as easy as it looks.

  62. Amazing tips! I have read the whole article and it was so stuffed with ton of handy information for anyone. The author gave the full knowledge about this topic. Keep up the good work.

  63. I really enjoyed your article about website traffic generation. These are very informative tips to increase website traffic and set-up website accordingly.

    Thanks for this excellent post

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