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Cat Blogging 101

Seeking additional income, fame, and a home for all those great photos of your cat? Start that blog, already!

I’d been toying with the idea of starting a cat blog for a number of years. After numerous failed attempts, a theme that switched almost daily, and more talk than action, I was exactly where I started: a WordPress site with no entries. Oh yeah, and a Tumblr site with no entries too. Quite clearly, I needed help. Enter Denise Quashi, social media consultant and founder of BarkWorld, a two day networking symposium specific to the pet world. We asked Denise for her advice on how to turn a desire to enter the blogosphere into a reality—and maybe a little cash on the side, too.

Cat With LaptopQ: What is the best and easiest way for a wouldbe cat blogger to get started?

A: It’s so important to first listen to gain an understanding of what the particular community you’re targeting is looking for and possibly challenged with and then interjecting your own personal stories and recommendations. I’d also suggest being active and contributing on other blogger profiles. This is a great way to build awareness of your cat blog and to also build online relationships with established bloggers.

Q: WordPress, Blogspot, Tumblr… how to decide which platform to go with?

A: I absolutely love WordPress because it’s limitless. You can trick your blog out with so many features and gadgets. However, it’s really a level up from a user standpoint. Some HTML and coding knowledge might be helpful to really be able to manage the cat blog on your own. Many bloggers start out with Blogspot and then once they’ve “graduated,” move up to something more professional looking with WordPress. I also love Tumblr for photo blogging and quick blogging. If you’re a micro blogger [you post short snippets as opposed to rambling essays] this would be my suggestion.

Blog With Your CatQ: No one except for my mom follows me. How can I develop an audience?

What would we do without our moms? Being active on blogs and Twitter certainly helps. Many blogs allow you to comment through your Twitter ID. This adds a trackback to your Twitter page, which, if your comment is a great one, showcases your knowledge and gains the interest of the blogger and their readers. One tip for commenting: always, always include your Twitter ID as your sign off.

Another way is to participate in pet-related chats. Every week there’s a #petchat on Twitter and this is another great way to meet online networkers.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you to participate in events like BarkWorld Expo. By attending a social media conference [you meet] online networkers that can help you navigate and grow your online presence. You’ll also learn new marketing tips and ways to build a brand surrounding your blog and pet.

Cat Helping With BlogQ: Is it crazy to think I could live off money earned through my cat blog?

Not at all. There are many established voices in pet blogging that do charge brands for advertising and post-submissions. You may not retire tomorrow, but if you set up your blog and build a strong online readership, many companies would be interested in working with you.

Q:What are the most important things to consider when writing a blog post?

Think about the reader first. Yes, blogs are personal stories and opinions, but to build a “conversation” you should always add value and a call to action in your blog to gain readers interest and desire to comment and share with their friends/readers.

Good blogs keep their posts fresh and up-to-date. You’ll want to create a production schedule and be consistent. If you plan to post twice a day, make that commitment—even if it’s just a repost from another blog (be sure to always add the credits if you repost a blog).

Top 5 tips for a successful post

Cat Writing a Blog1. Think about the purpose of your post. Some bloggers write just because they haven’t added a post in a while, but the successful ones write because they have something of value to share or contribute.

2. Be creative. Adding photos and videos is a great way to demonstrate the post. Providing not just the content but also some great visuals always draws the reader in more.

3. Definitely be sure your post includes share tools so readers can easily share your post with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, their blog, and Pinterest.

4. Add a call to action. Encourage your readers to comment. If your post is about a new tool, toy, book, etc. ask them to go try it out and comment back on your blog. If the post is more opinionated, ask them their thoughts on the matter and encourage them to question your voice of authority. Some of the best blog posts I’ve read were open conversations and allowed for readers to provide their thoughts and beliefs.

5. Mind your disclosures. If you’re blogging about a product/service that was given to you for free to try out, be sure to add a disclosure at the bottom. If it’s something you purchased on your own and you’re adding your personal thoughts, then add that disclosure too. Many bloggers are being paid for their reviews on products and it’s just good blogging to let your readers know in advance.

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  • Marnia Williams

    Nice Post!

  • Bonnie

    i would love to do this successfully. i started a blog years ago when i started my pet sitting business. and no i haven’t even looked at that blog for too long because i don’t know how to do anything now 🙁

  • Logan

    Great tips thank you

  • Brenda Austin

    Thanks for the information. I’m looking to start a blog for my snow bengal Luna. I can’t seem to find any information on BarkWorld Expo 2019.

  • Christina @

    What an awesome and inspiring post! We are trying to do just that, and it takes patience to get things going. Thankfully we’re stubborn! Lol (Not as stubborn as our kitty, but nearly.)

  • Paige

    I love this! As an up and coming pet blogger, these tips are so helpful for inspiring bloggers like myself

    • Ashley Lee

      That’s great, Paige! So glad we could help! -AL

  • Jean Hauff

    I like cats too and I have one cat in my home also take care of your pet it is your job to do.

  • TS

    My cat is jumping into the oven, frighted, and climbing on the walls. I just adopted him from a shelter and I wonder if he was abused or something traumatic happened. He follows me around and dives into his cat food bag. I am trying to CAT PROOF my condo and I was wondering if you have any other TIPS?

    He is one year old.
    I have had him for a month now.
    He had a check up at the vet.
    He is over the top energetic and acts like a little ping pong ball!!!!

    Please help!

  • ulita

    this is very helpful thank you!

  • Lindsey Bradley

    I have wanted to start a cat blog for sooo long. I have no idea what to write about though! Lol i feel like I would have just a blog filled with pictures of my cats 😁. Guess I am not the most creative person when it comes to writing content/articles and stuff.

  • Julianne Laplante

    I love this blog! I don’t have a cat right now because I live in a small apartment but would love to get one someday. Cats are such loving animals. I had a cat growing up and it was my baby. He was the sweeteset!

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