Christian Blogging Tips are all over the place. Some great, and some not so good.

Whether you have an established or brand new Christian blog, there’s so much more to learn and do than you expect!

As I’m growing and learning, I’ve begun compiling the best Christian blogging tips that actually helped me the most. Sharing it with you is the least I can do to pay forward the blessings I have received!

Better Blogging with these Christian Blogging Tips

Learning is a big part of better blogging. And as Christian Bloggers, our purpose, our Better Blogging is blogging that points to Christ.

With that in mind, we need to do our level best. Learning the backend stuff and solid presentation methods may be tedious but so worthwhile!

Before you get sucked into the vortex of SEO and GDPR and graphics design, and all things Christian blogging tech, you need to set boundaries and goals.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through one of the links, I may make a small commission. I only recommend books and resources that I’ve enjoyed personally, or believe that you would like. You can read my full disclosure here. You will also find information on Scripture translations there.

4 Lessons I’ve Learned from Christian Blogging

Looking back over my Christian blogging journey, these 4 lessons stand out the sharpest:

Hold On To Your WHY

1 One thing I have learned since I began blogging is that it’s easy to get lost it a list of to-do and to-learn. If you’re not careful, you can easily forget WHY you are doing this.

Colossians 3:17 NIV — And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

So know your WHY (and WHO your primary audience is). As Christian bloggers, we serve as Ambassadors for Christ, and should seek to honor him in all we do.

Set Boundaries Firmly

2 From there you set your life priorities. Blogging will likely consume every moment you allow, and more besides. So setting up boundaries and choosing how much time (and money) you can spare is important.

Matthew 6:33 NIV – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

1 Timothy 3:5 NIV – (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

Set Priorities Strategically

3 Setting blogging priorities is also a good idea, between learning, creating, and promoting your work, making a plan will help!

James 1:12 NIV – Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Persevere!

4 Perseverance then, is necessary in Christian Blogging. Because we want to honor God, we do not want to give up. We want to share God’s love and hope with the world.

Books for Christian Bloggers

I have two books that have shapes my direction and priorities as a Christian blogger:

Christy Wright’s Business Boutique was recommended to me, and wow! I read this when I just had a vague plan and strong desire to blog. My blog, plan, and direction came into 3-D focus in going through this book. It belongs to the Dave Ramsey family of books and I highly recommend it whether you are planning on blogging for profit or pleasure.

By His Grace We Blog by Carmen Brown has awesome, practical guidance. This book is written in short, actionable chapters covering most of the foundations of Christian Blogging.

I say Christian blogging specifically, because of how much Christ needs to be the foundation of what we do. We want to reflect Christ in all we do. And Do our best at what we do. So learning better blogging techniques makes all the difference! And we keep our new Christian blog in the proper place. You know, God, Marriage, Family, Others.

Not specific to blogging, but the this book is another excellent book for setting boundaries and priorities.

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Christian Blogger Conferences and Courses

Online Christian Writers Retreat

Sarah Geringer created an online Christian Bloggers Conference after her experience with a Writers Retreat weekend. She saw the need, and transferred the information from her live event into an affordable alternative for growing Christian bloggers faith and fellowship.

Christian Bloggers Boot Camp: Getting More of Jesus on Page 1. Lay the SEO Foundation for your new christian blog.

Kingdom Bloggers Academy

I can’t say enough about the KBA and The Christian Bloggers Boot Camp. This is an intense 8 weeks, but you learn so much! LeeAnn is dedicated to “Getting More Jesus on Page One” so she teaches you how to do just that.

Take YOUR posts, whatever Jesus has laid on your heart to share, and getting it to page one of search engines!

As you can see from my ‘before and after’ the results are real. If you put in the time and effort, it WILL happen! (obviously I didn’t go fast, but I didn’t really put in the effort until recently)

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KBA Free Courses for Better Christian Blogging

Here’s a Free ‘Basics of SEO‘ course sampler to see if the full course is something you would benefit from using!

If you want to reach people who are actually interested in what you are writing, you should begin with the (FREE) Define your Avatar course from Kingdom Bloggers Academy.

If you want an interested and engaged audience, you have to be specific in your choices. This course will set you up on the right path for Christian Blogging.

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If you want a fresh pair of eyes on your existing Christian blog, this Blog Audit is incredible. LeeAnn is thorough, thoughtful and kind. She gives you extremely useful tips on how to improve your website for both function and SEO. Within a week of making the suggested changes from my audit, I actually started getting organic traffic!

Use code “LIBRARY” to get 15% off Kingdom Bloggers Acadamy Courses!!

Pinterest Ninja Course

The other most helpful course I’ve discovered is Pinterest Ninja. while everyone was complaining last summer about their Pinterest traffic tanking, mine was going UP!!!

Pinterest Ninja

The instructions are complete, simple, and they work. if you’ve never used Pinterest, or are struggling with getting clicks, re-pins, or actual traffic from Pinterest over to your blog, I would recommend Pinterest Ninja for sure. And, you get free updates for life. as tech and algorithms change, the course is updated.

Best Christian Bloggers to Follow for Better Blogging

These ladies are by far the best Christian bloggers to follow, if you’re thinking about starting a new Christian blog or even just want to do better blogging in general.

Christian blogging Linkup parties

Christian Blogging Link-ups

Bloging Link parties or Link-ups are a fantastic way to share your posts. You can get traffic, comments and people who are more likely to stick around for a while!

Christian Blogging Linkup basic rules for participating are simple, though they vary between hosts:

  • Share 1-2 of your posts.
  • Comment on and share the host’s post.
  • Comment on and share 1-2 other linked posts, for each one of your own. The key here is to consistently be generous with leaving quality comments and sharing. Beyond being common courtesy, it honors God.
  • Add a link back to the host from your website.
  • Social media follows are a nice bonus.

More Great Christian Blogging Linkups

Christian Blogging Tips: Facebook Groups

These Facebook groups will become like family. They’re the ones you turn to for encouragement, help, and advice. When you get a weird comment on something you posted, ask. If you need to know which tool is worth spending that little bit of money you can spare, ask. And when you feel like giving up on Christian blogging, these ladies will talk you through to the other side.

There’s a bunch of Christian Blogging groups out there. You can be in several. Together, you will share each other’s posts across the internet.

Christian Blogging Tips:

  • Focus on sharing others’ work generously. Add your own links, but focus on others!
  • Follow and support the Group Leaders! They’re investing time and energy, sharing knowledge, etc!

Great Christian Blogging Groups

Better Blogging Tools for Beginners

Free Tools for Your New Christian Blog

The Best thing I did was to get a free Trello account. It can be accessed from mobile or desktop, and organizes all of your blogging details.

Due dates, to do lists, ideas, graphics, links, etc. I use this to organize my big picture perspective on personal and Christian blogging worlds. Everything in one place, cross-referenced, labeled, accessible everywhere.

Here’s a Free Trello Board Template for you. It has sample cards that I’ve found most useful in the 3 years I’ve been blogging. Just make a copy (the 3 dots in the corner brings up the menu), and edit to your needs!

I write my posts in Evernote. OneNote or Google Docs are also good options. They are accessible from any device, so if something happens to your phone or computer, you don’t lose everything! Plus, while you are waiting at the doctor or school, you can write!!

And Desygner is my preferred graphic design software. It’s simple, but has a lot of capabilities! You can create templates, upload logos, create preset colors and fonts… I save a lot of time here! It also has a fully-featured mobile app, in addition to the website. Canva is another popular free graphic design software.

Capturing a vision for your blog is an important part of the process. This Christian Blog Planner helps do just that. It covers everything from your blog layout to affiliate marketing plans and freebies, to a 12-month post plan, making sure you’re serving your target audience in the best way possible. These steps are important to go over at the beginning of your blogging journey, but also periodically along the way. (Not free, but well worth the cost if you want to make an income with your blog!)

Building a Platform: Hosting and Themes

It was explained to me this way. Hosting provides the real estate for your blog. There are several free options, but you don’t own them, so you’re more limited in what you can do. I use Bluehost, and haven’t had any problems. The live chat with tech support is a bit slow, but I have gotten any bugs worked out fairly quickly just the same.

When I started, I chose the basic plan, and paid for 3 years of hosting upfront. They were having a sale, so I paid less than $100. I felt like that gave me both the margin to learn, and a limit if it wasn’t working out. (and, you renew at the regular rate, so I wanted to lock in at my discount for the maximum amount of time!)

Themes are the custom home to go on your real estate. There are several free options that can be customized to your site. I decided to purchase an inexpensive theme, called X Theme. It is incredibly flexible and customizable. Whatever theme you choose, Make Sure its “Responsive” and test your changes on phone, tablet and computer! Christian Blogging can AND SHOULD look just as professional as any other site.

Readability & SEO for Christian Bloggers

There’s Keyword Surfer, a powerful tool for SEO. Using this free browser extension, every Google search tells you how often that phrase is searched for monthly (and how much competition there is). It even offers a list of related keywords! Just remember that you want a long-tail keyword. A keyword phrase that’s at least 3-4 words, so you have a chance to make it to page 1 on search results! For example the long-tail keyword phrase “Christian blogging tips” might be what you used to find this page. If I had used “blogging” as my keyword, you never would have found me.

Coschedule has a free Headline Analyzer. It helps you structure your headline, to get people interested. Everything from length to word choice. It’s a handy tool for sure!

For proofing and editing, there’s 2 must-have tools for better blogging: Grammarly and HemmingwayApp. Grammarly can be used on desktop, or as a keyboard app on mobile. It serves as far more than spell-check. Grammar, word choice, improper commas, and extra spaces… You name it. While HemmingwayApp will grade your writing by what grade level could read and understand it. And flag sentences that are hard to understand.

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Email Programs for Christian Blogging Communications

There’s several solid email programs out there, and a few have free levels for smaller lists. I’ve heard good things about Mailchimp. I think they’re free for a certain amount of subscribers. ConvertKit is the Cadillac program, from what I can tell, but since I have not been focused on building a list, it’s too expensive for me. (though you can get a few weeks free, I believe)

I chose Mailerlite. It’s easy to use, is free for the first 1,000 subscribers, and has great features. You can tag, segment, automate, make landing pages, email courses, and all the fancy things you want. Or just send out a monthly email, if you’d rather.

MailerLite has decent tutorials, but I was privileged to get advance access to the E-Course MailerLite Demystified. It explains a lot of cool capabilities of MailerLite, email marketing in general, and some very useful tips on making your content upgrades that people actually want to subscribe and receive. Sosha even added a lesson based on my question regarding the difference between groups and segments!!

Christian blogging tips, books and resources.

Helpful Plugins

Akismet anti-spam {and Wordfence} are your basic security Plugins. This is supposed to your site protected from hackers. This is really a problem, and you don’t want to ignore it!

Broken Link Checker is another useful tool. It scans your site regularly, and notifies you if a link stops working. (important if you are linking to any other sites, affiliate marketing or not)

Rank Math is the plugin that helps you take what you write, and everything you discovered under ‘Readability and SEO’ and format your post well. It also simplifies connecting your Pinterest account to your blog.

Shareaholic is the plugin I like best for those sharing buttons. It will do sharing and follow buttons for a crazy amount of social media platforms. And its very customizable!

Tasty Pins is the only plugin I pay for. It allows you to add your pinterest text to the right spot, so that you can use the Alt Text field as it was intended. To provide alternate text when a) the image doesn’t load, and b) for screen readers. Tasty Pins also allows you to disable pinning on select images (think family photos, step by step project images…)!

Updraft Plus for backing up your data! You don’t want to lose all your hard work, so having a backup plugin is essential. And setting this one up is simple.

Christian Blogging Is Worth The Work!

If you’re willing to put in the work, and keep your focus on God, Christian blogging is 1000% worth it. I’ve laughed more, felt better about myself and questioned my sanity more than I any other time in my life, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Except not falling for a few sales pitches that messed me up in the beginning of my journey.

I hope you found value in these Christian Blogging tips, and would consider sharing this with your friends!

Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!

34 Comments on “Christian Blogging Tips For Better Blogging”

  1. Some great tips a few are going on my do now, and do when I can lists. Thanks for compiling such a comprehensive list. Definitely, a good place for someone thinking about blogging or just starting to get great information. Many Thanks 8)

    1. You’re most welcome Debra! I’m glad you found this helpful! I know I wasted so much time in the beginning, and more money on useless courses than I would like to admit.

  2. Aryn, these Christian blogging resources are so helpful! Seriously, you have put together a really comprehensive list of Christian blogging tips and resources!

    1. Thank you, Patsy, for faithfully hosting a Linkup for Christian Bloggers, and truly getting involved and participating in the linkup!

  3. This was such a thorough resource! Gave me new ones to check! The great thing for me in this post is the timing. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed the last few weeks. I’m hosting a guest post series. It was intended so I could work on a couple different projects and it’s been challenging to keep up. Well, the Lord reminded me that I do not need to over do or take away from other areas that I also need to be doing. The beginning of your post was used to confirm what the Holy Spirit had been whispering to me tonight! #instaencouragements ?

    1. Amen! That first part is the key to Christian Blogging. It is what makes our journey unique. At the end of the day, while blogging can be a beautiful ministry, if it comes at a higher cost than God is asking, we have a problem. We have 24 hours in a day, and must use them wisely. (I fail more than I succeed, but I try again the next day!!)

  4. So much good stuff here! I love Christa Hutchins! Her Instagram has been great, plus she’s so authentic!

    I’m going to check out a few of these resources! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re most welcome Sarah! I always enjoy your posts and book reviews, and I admire your generosity in putting together an affordable Christian writing conference.

  5. Lots of great Christian blogging tips here for new bloggers. I use quite a few of these tools myself but the best investment I have made thus far is the KBA training with LeeAnn. With so many tools and resources on the market it’s important that new bloggers prioritize so they don’t get overwhelmed with all the different directions they are being pulled.

    1. Thank you Shanique! I agree. KBA is a game changer. She takes this somewhat random list of tips (among other things) and teaches you how to use them, and use them well!

    1. You’re most welcome Jennifer! It would be great if we could sit down and chat through some Christian Blogging Tips together!

  6. What a great collection of tips here – thank you for being so helpful!
    x Anastasia | MightyMemos.com

  7. Hi Aryn, Just before I started participating in link-ups for the day, I found myself becoming discouraged wondering why my individual post views have tanked so much since last year. It was like one week I was getting over 200 per post and now I’m lucky if I get 50. I do all the things, participate in link-up parties, my blog has an instagram account and Facebook page where I promote my posts, I promote on Twitter where I happen to have a very large following, I do the hashtags, but nothing has changed. I certainly have weaknesses like my blog post titles and I was excited to see the link for analyzing just that.

    It was like coming upon your post was an answer to a prayer that I didn’t realize I had even prayed when I was becoming discouraged. Thank you so much for compiling this list. I will be bookmarking your post and digesting and implementing.

    Blessings,

    1. Oh, Karen! That’s a huge encouragement to me, that God is using my efforts. There’s plenty of days where I wonder why I do this, then there is something that reminds me that He asked me to, so that’s all that matters.

      I honestly almost didn’t add this Christian blogging tips post to the linkup today, but then I did anyways. Love when God whispers and we obey, and He chooses to let us see the results!

    1. You’re most welcome! I’m happy to help. I was so confused at first and still have a lot to learn, but I am enjoying the journey and the ability to share the most helpful Christian Blogging Tips that I have learned from.

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