Now I am probably considered new to blogging as I started 8 months ago. However my best advice would be to GO FOR IT! I had the idea in my mind for quite a while and just didn’t have the confidence, then one day I just organized the hosting, built a website and posted my first blog!
It was exhilarating and frightening at the same time but looking back now, I am so glad I did it.
I’ve learned so much over the last few months and a recent nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award required me to give my advice to new bloggers. I thought to myself ‘I wish I had known someone who could have advised me’. Life would have been so much easier.
So here are 8 things I wish I had known when I started blogging which will make life easier for you as a new blogger.
Here Are My 8 Top Tips to New Bloggers
1. Go for It – Don’t be afraid!
You have an idea and aren’t sure or confident about taking it to the next level and going public. Face your fears and do it for yourself. You might say “What if no-one reads it?” Well it won’t be the end of the world however you will be pleasantly surprised that people will read it!.
Unless you really have a specific topic to write about, don’t worry about your niche. By all means think it through but you will find that as you start writing your blog will evolve and you WILL FIND YOUR NICHE.
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2. Respect Your Readers & Other Bloggers
- Make sure you write from the heart and connect with your readers.
- Always reply to the comments you receive with a genuine reply. People aren’t stupid they know if you really appreciate it or not.
- Leave meaningful comments on other blogs or don’t comment at all.
- What you give will be given back to you.
3. Find A Mentor & Learn, Learn, Learn
I have several wonderful bloggers that I have met who have guided me through all the paths of blogging. When I started I didn’t even know there were link up parties and free courses you can do.
I have also found a great course through Daniela Uslan. She has some great ideas – free too! I especially like her blog makeover challenge and there is plenty more information and information at her website – Have Your Cupcake.
Keep learning and reading other people’s blogs, especially in your niche. Don’t copy but look at how they write, the topics they write about, their graphics and their presentation.
4. Build Relationships with other bloggers – Get Noticed!
- Link up your posts to link up parties Make sure you comment with a meaningful comment on other posts and don’t just link up and run.
- Try co-hosting a link up party – I co-host two and have built strong relationships through them. It is hard work so read my post on Why You Need to Be Selective With Link Up Parties
- Join Facebook Groups for Bloggers – I have found other bloggers have been so supportive and if I ask a question I am sure to receive an answer to help me.
- Post to Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram – you need to have a presence and build a following and a network.
- Follow others on Social Media and you will soon find they are following you.
- Subscribe to blogs that interest you
5. Quality over Quantity any day
Quality over Quantity any day – Don’t rush a blog post because you feel you need to get one posted!! The quality will not be up to standard. People may forgive you at first but if you don’t put the effort in it will show.
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6. Where to Find Images
Suitable Images are difficult to find, however they add to the interest of your blog and breaks up the writing. You need to be aware that you can’t just download any image from the web. Some have copyright, others don’t.
The main two I use are Pixabay for free images and Canva to design and is easy to use. Canva also have images for as little as $1. However, there are many options and blogs have been written detailing all your options. http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-find-royalty-free-images-for-your-wordpress-blog-posts/
Brand your images – here is a great article from Dre, The Branded Solopreneur on how to brand your images effectively.
7. Be Patient
This is the hardest part of blogging. You won’t be able to achieve everything in your first week but if you put the effort and time in you will see results.
8. Enjoy Blogging & Cut Yourself Some Slack
The day you don’t enjoy blogging is the day you should walk away from your laptop. We all have good and bad days so if you aren’t enjoying it, give it a break. It is your mind telling you to have some time out and come back refreshed.
I realise that it is easy for me to say walk away, because sometimes your blog is your only source of income so you need to keep producing good quality articles.
Don’t worry if you can’t think of a topic or have writer’s block. Sometimes I have no idea what to write about and then suddenly I am in the middle of a run and have an epiphany!
The most important thing is that you enjoy what you are doing and this will be reflected in your writing. Your passion will show through and your readers will be the beneficiaries of your passion.