Today I am going to share 10 Blogging tips for new bloggers. It covers questions like how should a beginner create a blog, my best advice, link to a book that teach profitable blogging, what should you not do when starting a blog and lot more. So let us start.
These have been my learning for past few years. So if someone asks me today what I wish I knew when I started blogging and what advice will I give to new bloggers , it will be a list of these tips for new bloggers.
New Blogger Tip #1. Use WordPress
There are multiple platforms out there which I explored in the beginning – Blogger, Wix and may be more. Do not go with them.
What I learnt is – Get a self hosted version of WordPress from an external hosting provider (and not WordPress.com paid plans and a domain as soon as you realize that you want to take blogging seriously.
Using WordPress, I have been able to create a blog, a store and a directory and have now helped multiple bloggers move to their self hosted sites via my Facebook community on how to make a website using WordPress.
WordPress is a software (think of like MS word, in layman terms)
WordPress.com – gives you hosting plus WordPress software
What I am asking you to do is – Use WordPress as a software and get domain and hosting from a reliable service provider like Siteground or Chemicloud (Not from Godaddy, Bluehost or anywhere else) (Follow this tutorial on how to start a blog)
Note – review on internet are not always reliable so I am suggesting you from my personal experience
How should a beginner create a blog?
- Decide on your your niche
- Decide on a blog name
- Get Domain Name and buy Hosting from Chemicloud/Siteground
- Install WordPress software (not WordPress.com)
- Choose a theme (You may find this article on how to choose a theme useful)
- Set up your website (Important pages, plugins and widgets)
- Learn content writing and SEO
- Decide your content strategy
- Start publishing a post
There is a difference berween starting a blog and starting a profitable blog (one that earns you money) – For that start with this book – I am sure you won’t be disappointed
There is more that I want to do, but coming back to the point – With WordPress anything can be done. Avoid Blogger, Wix and any other things that comes up next 🙂
Blogging Trick and Tip #2. Create Social presence
Again something I learnt very late and am still learning; start creating an online presence for yourself and your blog. There are multiple platforms out there – Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and many more. Create profiles and be active on these.
Tip – Before you buy a domain see if the name you have chosen is available on these social platforms, you should be able to create a Facebook page with the same name as your blog.
Also you do not have to be EVERYWHERE.
You have to be where you readers or audience is. So create accounts and then post content and understand where your audience is.
And focus on maximum 3 social media where your readers are. Take time out to connect with them, understand them and more important know their problems.
I have created some Instagram highlights with multiple tips so if you have not seen them – Connect with me on Instagram here
Your blogs should solve your readers problems. So KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE.
New Blogger Tip #3. Get a nice theme and Install these must have Free WordPress plug-in
Yoast SEO, Redirection, Social Media Follow Buttons bar, A good image optimization plugin to reduce your image sizes – something like Shortpixel. You can start with Short pixels FREE version
Another advice for all new bloggers is – Set up google analytics for your blog from day one as it helps you to know about your readers.
And learn how to use Google analytics. Till I get time to write my book – you can get this book from Debbie – its good.
Blogging Tips for beginners #4. Have a reason for writing or blogging
Find out why you are blogging. For me it is about sharing my experiences. I write about what I learn in life and with a desire to help others.
If you are only blogging to make money then find ways to keep you motivated. Everything takes time so always remember you will not make money overnight. Give it time and have patience.
I have talked about this in details in my Kindle book so do read it. You can also get this FREE workbook to help you decide what to blog about
New Blogger Tip #5. Do not write for free for others (What should you NOT DO when starting a blog)
If you are writing blogs for other magazines or websites then either ask for compensation or include a link back to your blog (commonly called as a backlink).
So either you should be compensated for your time and efforts via money, or in kind (barter) or via traffic redirection to your site (backlinks).
Tip – Backlinks are also good for Search Engine optimization (SEO)
READ ALL ABOUT LINKS HERE (Yes there are multiple kinds of links so something you MUST KNOW)
What is the best advice for blogging?
Consider your blog as a business. Invest in yourself and learn things so that you can START CORRECTLY and GROW FAST
Here are 3 courses that will help you and what you MUST INVEST in (I have included mine as they are easy on pocket compared to most of the courses I have done in USD
- Learn how to make money blogging and via social media. This would help you in deciding your monetization strategy
- Learn Content writing. Writing in school college is very different from blog content writing
- Niche Post conversion strategies (This is one course that helped me make money from Amazon)
New Blogger Tip #6. Take quality photos and add watermark on them
Photography is an art. I am not a professional in it but yes what I have realized is taking good photos is very important for getting your blog noticed. Also watermark your images; you can do it via adding text watermark or adding your logo as a watermark.
Also you can get multiple good quality stock photos for FREE. I have covered a full list with a tip on how to get paid photos for free in my How to start a blog for profit ebook
New Blogger Tip #7. Make following you easy
Do add a follow us button and give readers three or four way of following you. Here is what Social follow us buttons look like. If you would like to stay connected with me do click on these.
I am also using my author box creatively for the same purpose. Do scroll down till the end to see what I have done. You can learn how to do the same in this how to create an author box free tutorial.
Also set up a subscribers box and target to have an email list of your followers. You can maintain this list on mail chimp which is free till 2000 subscribers. So if you have not yet done Sign up for mail chimp today.
I am currently using Mailerlite for the same, and it is Awesome. It is free till 1000 subscriber. So click here to get started (you need to have some minimum posts to get approved for mailerlite.
I teach how to use subscriptions effectively via self paced videos in my course – how to get your first 200 subscribers
New Blogger Tip #8. Know your niche and be honest to your readers/followers
Before you start blogging, spend some time in understanding yourself. Know what you are good at and blog about it.
Write about your personal experiences, thoughts and/or skills. Your aim needs to be add value to your reader’s life, so that he or she gets something to take away after spending time on your blog.
When you are writing something you are touching someone’s life and at times influencing their decisions. So be mindful and be honest.
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New Blogger Tip #9. Be aware of alternate ways of making money from your blog (Know How do bloggers make money)
This is again something that I have learnt with time.
Many bloggers think that now I have started a blog or self hosted blog – money would start pouring in.
NO. It does not happen like that. You need to have a strategy for making money from blogging. And for creating a strategy – you need to know how do bloggers make money. Only when you have this information you can plan your strategy.
I do cover this in details in my course – How to bloggers earn money but in short people make money via affiliate marketing, ads, content writing for others, sponsored posts, selling products and services.
Check this category – How do bloggers make money
There are multiple ways to make money from your blog – advertising, affiliate marketing, getting paid for content writing, having a shop section on your blog. So look around and be aware of these methods.
New Blogger Tip #10. Connect with others
This is again a very important aspect.
Till few months back I used to live in my own shell (you can call it my website) and used to just concentrate on posting content (which again is a very important but not everything that is required).
Then I met an amazing group of people (who also blog) and realized what I had been missing.
So my advice to all new bloggers is find other bloggers, link to their content, read what they are writing, comment on their blogs – not only for SEO but as a genuine person. We are humans above all and so get to know each other as people and not just bloggers.
So this was a list of my blogging tips for new bloggers. Hope you find these tips for new bloggers useful.
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Neha Gupta (Blog Coach)
I have been blogging professionally since 2014. I do not only blog about blogging. I reveal and share what I have learned by earning money from my parenting website. So that YOU do not have the repeat the same mistakes I did and can grow and earn FASTER. You can expect some honest truths here.
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