Saturday, 5 May 2018

30 Tips For New Bloggers

Starting a new blog can be so daunting, there is so much more to just starting a blog on a platform such as Blogger or Wordpress. I have seen so many bloggers start a blog and see how people are making money from their blog, but as they are not making that money within a week or a month - they soon give up. You do need to be consistent with your blogging and don't be afraid to ask for help. There are courses that you can take, I know of one some from that could be very helpful to you.

I have two blogs, this one and Tilly's Travelling Telegram. They are doing okay, I have just rebranded under a new name and it has set me right back to being a new blogger again as I now have to get this blog recognised by everyone. It's not easy when you start a blog, but the rewards are so fantastic. I don't mean actual products that you get in exchange for honest reviews but also the people that you meet and the friends that you will make on your blogging journey. 

Here I have got together with some fellow bloggers and we have come up with 30 tips for new bloggers to ensure that it is an easy start for you. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

  1. It doesn’t have to be perfect right away! I know some who haven’t launched a blog for ages until it’s full of content and perfect to them, but I say just launch it! Even after 5 years of blogging I’m still always tweaking my website and my writing style is always developing. It takes time to find your style and it may always evolve so just go for it. It’s never too soon to start! - Https://
  2. Stop worrying about what other people think. Blog for you, let yourself find your voice & let your blog develop at its own pace. -
  3. Just keep going and don’t give up! Just because you don’t get 100’s of people viewing your stuff straight away it takes work to get views! Just keep going and put some time and effort into it! I also found its good to keep or make a diary with a plan of when your doing certain posts! So if you need to plan or buy stuff to test you have plenty of time and don’t have to rush it! -
  4. Write about what you love not what you think you should write about. You have to be passionate about your subject. Having a niche helps you to stay focused and set goals. Try not to get overwhelmed, there's a lot to learn about blogging. Try and take it slow and enjoy the learning process
  5. Don't play the follow and unfollow game on social media - it is a waste of time and you can end up upsetting some potential blogging friends. It doesn't matter how many people you follow at all.
  6. Don’t compare your start to someone’s middle. There are always going to be bloggers with more followers than you or who get more ops than you but you’ll get there.
  8. Have fun. So many people start a blog for the right reasons then get caught up in money making and popularity and it can all get a bit much. I’ve always said if blogging stops being fun, it’s time to stop doing it.
  9. Linkys are a new blogger's best friend. You’ll find other blogs to read and feel inspired by and you’ll have your own read and shared by other bloggers. I made so many friends through linky's in the early days!
  10. Don’t compare your behind the scenes with someone else’s highlight reel. Not everyone is honest about income, sponsored work, views etc.
  11. Go self-hosted as soon as possible. otherwise, it can be a whole lot of hassle in the long run.
  12. Your blog won’t be perfect right away; you might change your design, your style, your focus, your frequency and that’s okay! If you’re not enjoying it, you shouldn’t be doing it.
  13. Do your research, don’t jump on premium until you know all options, and follow threads on Official UK Bloggers for useful tips and
  14. Don't worry too much about what you are writing. Write things that mean something to you, there will be someone somewhere that relates to you somehow.
  15. Keep going! There are times when you might be tempted to pull the plus as things aren't moving as quickly as you'd anticipated, or everything seems overwhelming, just take a step back, put it all to one side and come back to it when your enthusiasm has returned. If you force it, it'll show in your writing.
  16. Label your photos with an Alt Tag, use clear titles which people would search for and include relevant links - all of these help with search engine optimisation and help Google to bring more readers who are actually interested in the content to your blog!
  17. Yoast is your best friend - nailing SEO upfront means traffic will start coming to your blog without the need to spend ages on all social media channels! It’s daunting trying to build social channels from scratch so getting search engine traffic is a big confidence boost. Https://
  18. Read other bloggers' work, comment and share. Be part of the community and others will start to do the same for you. Have a routine for your blog. It doesn’t have to be strict, just make sure you do something for your blog every day if possible. Put one hour aside and do some comments, some scheduling etc or if you are feeling creative work on some posts. The idea is to make sure you have a routine that you don’t even think of and just do instinctively- it helps keep you motivated and productive.
  19. Don't lose your own identity by being a copycat to other blogs. Your blog should reflect you: your interests, hobbies, advice and personal experiences. Not someone else's.
  20. I had a marketing background before I started blogging, but the amount of social media involved in a successful blog is huge. I am still learning every day. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed by social media. Make sure you have a presence but decide which channel you think will work best for your blog and master it.
  21. Don’t force yourself to write if you’re not feeling it. The quality of your work will deteriorate dramatically compared to when your blogging about things you care about.
  22. Keep paragraphs short with white space between. You can also break them up with subheadings and images too. Not only does this look better, it makes it easier for your readers to keep track of how far they've got if they are distracted while reading. Also, a huge part of the world population has chronic conditions that cause cognitive problems and having a large chunk of text makes focus and concentration very difficult.You will, unfortunately, lose readers who really want to read your content, but just can't cope with it.
  23. Best bit of advice I've received is don't worry about and get bogged down with DA. Focus on writing regular good content and success will flow from there. Nothing beats great content!
  24. Don't get caught up in what others are doing and how many followers they have. Blog because you LOVE it. Doing it for traffic/money is OK, but comparing yourself to others isn't and will drive you a little crazy.
  25. Always remember backups. Https://
  26. Be you, write for you.
  27. Don't be scared to ask advice from other bloggers
  28. Don't think too hard about what to write, let it come naturally to you. 
  29. Write about what you know and don't write about something that it is obvious that you dont know about, it will show to your audience and you will not look genuine. If you are a car blogger, don't do a sponsored post on a baby monitor
  30. Dont get too involved in social media arguements, your readers can see this and they are likely to unfollow you. 

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