So, you’ve decided to start blogging. Congrats!
Blogging is a fun, and a strangely addicting hobby. Of course, there’s a lot to learn, so I want to share my experience and offering up my blogging tips for new bloggers.
Blogging Tips for New Bloggers
These are not in any particular order, just the order in which I thought of them 😉
1. Use WordPress
There are no shortage of platforms to choose from when it comes to blogging. However, my suggestion is to use WordPress.
I won’t go into it here, as I’ve already covered the topic previously, but definitely check out WordPress. You honestly won’t regret it.
2. Write Informally
The thing that makes blogging fun is that it’s informal. You don’t want to write a blog post as you would a thesis paper; it would be very dull.
Instead, you want to write in a more personal manner and utilize the words you, us, me, I, etc.
Basically, write your blog posts as though you are speaking directly to the reader, as if you’re having a conversation.
Writing this way makes an article much more relatable, easier to read, and interesting in general.
3. Use Short Paragraphs
As the heading suggests, use short and precise paragraphs. Writing traditional paragraphs, as you’d typically see in a book, doesn’t work so well online.
When people see large blocks of text they can get overwhelmed. This may cause them to bail on your article before they read it.
Using short paragraphs visually breaks up an article, as you’ll see I do it throughout this article, making it look easier to approach.
4. Pictures are Pretty
Much the same as short paragraphs will break up an article visually, so do images.
Try and include images throughout your article where appropriate, and of course they should be relevant to the topic.
A word of warning, don’t go too crazy with images. I’ve seen some articles that had so many images that it was hard to follow the article.
You’ll notice a trend, headings are a great way to also break up an article, but also to organize it.
When you have headings throughout an article, it allows your readers to scan an article and determine if they want to read it; and they will do this. I do.
I’m not going to read a wall of text that’s 2,500 words to determine if it’s what I’m looking for. Having headings break an article into sections lets me quickly determine if an article is of value to me. If it is then I’ll scroll back up and start reading it.
I’m far from the only reader who does this too.
Note: The things I’ve covered on #2-5 are also mentioned in my article on what makes a good blog post, if you’d like a bit more depth.
6. Launch with a Few Articles
If you’re launching a brand new blog then I would highly recommend you have a few articles ready to go. You don’t need a big backlog, but having around 4 articles to publish the day you launch would be good.
By having a few articles already published when you launch, you’re giving new readers something to explore. If someone likes an article you’ve written then they’ll want to read more, so you need to make sure you’ve got a few more for them to check out.
7. Pace Your Articles
I have seen so many bloggers burnout because they aren’t pacing themselves.
What I typically see is a new blogger pushing out a new article every day, sometimes a few a day, and then after a month or two they just stop. They’ve burnt themselves out.
You should determine a rough schedule and try to stick with it. It’s easy to write articles when you start blogging, you’re full of ideas, so spread those out to sustain your blog.
Instead of publishing an article every day, save those ideas (draft them up), and publish an article every 4 days, or maybe once a week. It really depends on how much you’ve written, or plan to write.
Either way, the goal is to have a queue of articles ready to publish. This will let you set a schedule and stick to it. Consistency is key in blogging.
It also means you aren’t scrambling for new content. Eventually you’ll run out of easy ideas to write about, and the process slows down. So, having those articles backed up and ready to release will help sustain you when you slow down a bit.
8. Social Media Focus
So, so many social networking sites to consider when you launch a blog. My suggestion here is simple – find a few and stick with them.
You’re better served by picking a few networking sites and putting in the effort than getting yourself on 8 different ones and not having the time for it. I’ve learned this the hard way.
Finding the right ones can take some time too. Depending on your topic for your blog, different networking sites have more value than others. While one blog might do amazing on Instagram, another may get nowhere with it.
So, take some time, try different social networking platforms, and select the few that work well for you.
9. Don’t Give Up
While you may be hitting publish on an article and the world can see it, the fact is the world often won’t see it – at least not right away.
New blogs take a while to get going. There’s a variety of reasons for this, some being technical, but the fact is that it can take six months to a year before your blog gains any real traction.
During that time you’re writing great content, putting in a lot of effort, yet the readership isn’t there. It’s easy to just give up and walk away but don’t. Stick it out, give it time, continue to become a better blogger, and people will start finding you and recognizing your work.
10. Keep Learning
Always do research, stay current with blogging trends, and continue to learn. While blogging is fun, there is a certain amount of work involved with it too if you want to continue to grow and succeed.
I suggest finding a few giants in the industry and following them, like Neil Patel for example. Neil is a very influential person in the blogging and marketing industry. He’s also very personable, so I enjoy seeing what he has to say about trends, and of course learning from him.
You want to be the best blogger you can be, so keep at it, keep learning, and keep moving forward.
11. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
SEO isn’t exactly fun, if I’m being honest, but it is a requirement if you want people to find your blog and those articles you spent so long writing.
Also, SEO is a lot easier than people realize. Definitely check that article out for more depth.
Doing the very basics is more than your average blogger is doing. So, with a little effort you can start ranking well in search engines.
12. Setup Stats
Whether you choose to use Google Analytics, or something else (like Jetpack for WordPress), be sure to set up some sort of stats software for your blog. Actually, I recommend both Google Analytics and Jetpack as they both have their own use.
Stats will be where you determine if what you’re doing is working, how people are finding your blog, how long they are staying on your blog to read articles, etc. It’s all invaluable information and tracking it on day #1 is ideal.
13. Don’t Sweat the Stats
I love stats. There’s a lot to be learned from them.
That being said, don’t get hung up on site stats. It’s very easy to judge yourself and your value by looking at stats – for better or worse.
Stats should be used as a gauge, to determine if something is working, learn what people are reading, but not as a measure of your value. Trust me, that road leads nowhere good.
14. Have Fun
At the end of the day, if you’re not having fun then don’t do it. Now, what fun means to you may be different than fun to another person, but blogging shouldn’t feel like work.
If you aren’t having fun blogging then it’s going to show in the articles you write. You’ll have a harder time finding something to write about as well. The whole process will be a struggle.
If/when you find yourself in that position, step back and figure out why you aren’t having fun. Do you need to change what you’re writing about, how often you’re writing, or the style of your writing?
Enjoy yourself when you blog and just have fun with it.
15. Celebrate Your Successes
Give yourself some reasonable goals when you start blogging and celebrate when you succeed.
Having a goal of 500 visitors a day is a good goal to shoot for, but not a realistic one when you’re starting out. Instead, aim for getting to 100 visitors a day in the first 6 months.
Once you hit that goal then raise it again and try again for success.
By having a lot of realistic goals to strive for you can give yourself a much needed pat on the back when you achieve it. It’s easy to get bogged down in failures and to feel things are moving too slowly.
So, give yourself something to reach for that you know you can do and it will motivate you to keep pushing harder and harder.
Blogging is a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work – albeit enjoyable work. There’s a lot of stuff you’re going to learn the hard way, but there’s also a lot of things you want to get right from the beginning.
So, I hope I’ve given you some tools to help you succeed with your blogging. You really get out of it what you put into it.
If you have any questions or comments then I’d love to hear them below in the comments!