Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 07:02 pm
Tips for new bloggers that actually work are hard. If you’re a brand new blogger, you’re going to love these 27 tips for new bloggers. If you’ve started a blog with the hopes of being able to earn a full-time income, these tips will help any blogger get their blog started the right way.
27 Tips for New Bloggers
Blogging is hard work, don’t be fooled by all the get-rich quick stories. I am not saying that you won’t ever make money with your blog. You just better be willing to work hard. It doesn’t matter where you are in your blogging business, these tips will help you keep reality in check so you can succeed.Blogging is hard work, don't be fooled by the get-rich quick stories #Blogging @ susanvelez.comClick To Tweet
1. Start On A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog
Many new bloggers are constantly looking for ways to start their blog for free. If you’re serious about building a business, you want to avoid using free platforms. With a self-hosted blog, you’ll own your own domain and all your content. Choose a hosting company that specializes in WordPress hosting.
Related: How to Start a Blog On SiteGround
2. Use The Genesis Framework
I have used all kinds of themes and continue to do so in my freelance business. I’ve personally found that the Genesis Framework is easier to work with. Yes it has a learning curve, but there are literally tons of blogs and resources for Genesis users. (this blog is one of them)
I am NOT a developer but I will share with you what I know about using the Genesis Framework. So be sure that you bookmark this site as I am continually writing new tutorials to help you.
3. Learn The Basics of WordPress
Even if you’re not a techie person, you need to learn the basics of WordPress. Learning the basics will help you troubleshoot any type of errors you may face as a blogger.
As new bloggers, we don’t have a lot of disposable income. If you learn the basics you can manage your own blog without having to pay someone for small tasks.
Related: Learn the Basics of WordPress
4. Learn SEO Basics and HTML
You don’t have to become an SEO expert. When you have a basic understanding of how SEO works, you can use it to optimize your site to help you rank for long tail keywords. Bookmark this site for helpful HTML and CSS tips.
5. Create An Editorial Calendar
Life happens and unfortunately you will get a lot more accomplished if you use the WordPress editorial calendar. Don’t wait until the night before to try to write your blog posts.
I always try to write blog posts 3-4 weeks in advance. This makes it easier for me to work on my freelance business and not have to worry about neglecting my blog.
6. Be Willing to Outsource Some Work
We all want to do everything ourselves. I spend time on my freelance business, blog and then I have to make time for my family. If there is something that you need to do and just don’t have time, be willing to outsource it.
When I started this blog, it was started on HTTP. However, I made the decision to switch from HTTP to HTTPS. This was a personal decision and I figured since I am selling my own products and offering services, it was best to make the decision to use HTTPS. You can check out my latest eBook here.
I didn’t have the time to do it myself with everything else on my plate. So I read some reviews on Facebook and hired someone to do it for me. It was definitely a relief to not have to worry about adding more things to my to-do list.
Related: 13 WordPress Experts You Can Turn To
7. Backup Your Blog Nightly
Most hosting accounts will offer some type of backup service. I don’t recommend relying on your hosting account to protect your blog. If your blog is brand new and doesn’t have a lot of blog posts, you might want to consider using this plugin or this one.
8. Find a Topic
You hear it everyday, niche down. Find your target audience. Create your perfect avatar. As a blogger you’re going to hear this everywhere you go.
As your blog starts to grow, it’s important to know what your topic or niche is. Let’s take this blog. I teach the non-techie blogger WordPress, Genesis and blogging tips they can use to grow their blog.
My goal is to help new bloggers with the techie aspects of blogging. I know how intimidating it can be to get started with your own self-hosted blog. It took me over 8 hours to set up my first WordPress blog.
My expertise is in the techie aspects of blogging. I am sharing my journey of how I am growing my blog through my own personal experiences.
9. Don’t Wait To Publish Your New Blog Post
The truth is that no matter if you wait until you have 1 or 10 blog posts, you need to publish it today. Unless you already have a large social following are a celebrity, you’re not going to get a lot visitors when you hit publish.
I hate to break it to you, but you’re going to need a lot of blog posts to start growing your blog. So don’t hold off any longer on making your new blog live.
10. Don’t Publish New Content Everyday
Many new bloggers tend to believe that they need to publish a new blog post everyday. If you spend enough time in Facebook Groups or Reddit, you will see people asking the popular question “how often should I post on my blog?”
The truth is you can post as often as you want. When I started this blog, I started out posting 1 new post every week. However, I quickly learned that if I wanted to share content on Pinterest, I needed to increase my blog posts.
So now I post new blog posts 2x per week. This works perfectly for me because it gives me time to focus on blog promotion and creating YouTube videos for my channel.
11. Make It Easy For Others to Share Your Content
One of the biggest struggles for a new blog is traffic. As you start spending time creating epic content, use a social sharing plugin that makes it easy for others to share.
I use and recommend this plugin. This plugin has made it easy for others to share my content. The best part is that you get full control over what people are sharing.
Related: Why I Use Social Warfare
12. Engage In Social Media
It took me a while to realize just how powerful social media was. I was hesitant to even give it a chance. In the past, I focused 100% on SEO and did not even have a social presence.
Do yourself a favor and start establishing a presence on social media and focus on learning 2 platforms really well.
Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to learn all of them. I put my focus into Facebook and Pinterest. I’ve invested in this Pinterest course to teach me the ins and outs of it.
I recommend setting up accounts on the other social media accounts, even if you’re not focused on them. Use automated tools to help you be present on them. I know you’re thinking that automation is a terrible word.
However, if you don’t have the money to outsource or hire a VA, you can’t do it all alone.
13. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
We all do it, I am guilty of it as well. We see someone who is further along than we are then we start doubting ourselves. This can hurt your blogging journey more than anything.
If you’re just starting out, you can’t compare yourself to someone who has been blogging for a year or more. Stop looking at other people’s results and focus on your own. It doesn’t matter how much money people are making with their blogs.
Their income has no effect on us. If you want to turn your blog into a business in hopes of building an income, focus on your own blog. Work on it everyday and eventually, you’ll reach your goals.
Related: How to Deal With Blogger Comparison
14. Be Willing to Learn From Others
One of the best things you can do for your business is to learn from other people’s mistakes. I’ve made a ton of mistakes in my life, I have quickly learned that there are tons of people who know more than I do.
I’m NOT ashamed to admit that I don’t know everything. As long as you don’t pretend you’re a know-it-all, you’re open to people’s advice. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to use it, their advice can benefit you.
15. Stop Trying to Do Everything for Free
As a new blogger the last thing you want to hear is that you have to spend money to make money. However, sometimes you have to be willing to spend some money so it won’t take you so long to learn something.
When I first got started with this blog, I knew that I wanted to invest more time into Pinterest. I had never used it before so I invested in this course to help make my learning curve shorter.
You don’t have to go overboard on investing in new courses. Just re-invest your money wisely to help you grow your blog faster.
16. Track Your Analytics
In order to become a successful blogger, you need to know what’s working and what isn’t. Google Analytics allows you to track how many readers are visiting your blog, where they’re coming from. You can also see which social media platforms are driving the most traffic.
Based on the statistics, you can then focus on the platforms that are driving the most traffic. I make it a point to check out which posts are the most popular at least once a week.
17. Zig Zag To Your Goal
Unfortunately, blogging isn’t always a straight and narrow path. When you first get started, you may not really know what you’re doing. However, as your blog starts growing, you’ll start making changes according to your blog readers and goals.
Don’t be scared to make changes on regular basis until you reach your blogging goals. Take small steps each and everyday until you reach your goals.
Related: My Weekly Blogging Duties
18. Network, network, network
When you think about blogging, you just think about someone behind their Mac or PC screen. I’ve heard it so many times, how important it is to build relationships.
Join relevant Facebook groups and get to know other people in your blogging niche. Be nice and help others. If you reach out to others in a genuine way without any strings attached. Your generosity will be repaid in dividends.
I ‘m constantly working on becoming a better networker. I tend to be an introvert and struggle in this area.
19. Don’t Focus On The Money
I know you started a new blog in hopes of making money. However, if you’re only blogging because of the money, chances are you’ll quit before you see any results.
You’re probably thinking, but I want to create passive income, that’s why I am starting my blog. It’s going to take a while to see the money, therefore it’s important to find something you love.
20. Choose A Niche You Like
As a blogger you’re going to need a ton of content, this is why it’s important to choose something you like. I chose my niche because I help clients with their WordPress sites.
I love working with WordPress and I don’t mind going out and learning more about it. You don’t have to be an expert in your niche. You just have to be willing to keep learning about it in order to provide great content and products for people.
21. Share Your Stories and Open Up
I am still struggling with this, but I’ve heard so many people say how their blogs took off and really started growing once they opened up. I’m not talking about sharing what you ate last night, or what you’re wearing on your next date.
I’m talking about being open and honest about your online struggles and success stories. We all love to hear about how someone was able to overcome their rags to riches story.
Write different types of content such as list posts, tutorials, how to’s and short stories. As a new blogger, you don’t know what will resonate with your readers. Don’t be afraid if you write something that doesn’t work.
Blogging takes time and unfortunately, not every blog post you write will be a success. I’ve written several blog posts that don’t get a lot of traction. As my blog continues to grow, I’ll tweak my content and make better writing decisions.
23. Write Everyday
As a blogger you need to love to write. I read somewhere that you should write at least 1,000 words everyday. It may sound like a lot, but as you continue growing your blog, it’ll become easier.
Turn off the TV and turn on Spotify and write. If you want to turn your blog into a business, you have to make writing a priority. If you need help with getting started writing, read this.
24. Follow and Learn From Successful People
The easiest way to learn is from others who have been where you are and have reached their goals. Follow successful bloggers and find out what they did to achieve their success.
You don’t need to re-invent the wheel. These bloggers because successful because they kept doing the basics that helped them achieve their success. You just need to find out what the basics are and start doing them.
25. Be Helpful
Don’t just provide value, try being helpful. Ask questions and provide answers. If you don’t know the answer, take the time to find out what you can. People will appreciate your help.
Remember, we don’t have to know everything in our niche. Our goal is to help others and treat them the way we would want to be treated.
26. Be Realistic
We all want instant gratification for our hard work. Blogging is a marathon not a sprint. Start by publishing once or twice a week. Stick with a consistent blogging schedule and eventually you will see your hard work paying off.
27. Have Fun
Blogging should be fun, not something you dread. If you wake up in the morning dreading that you have to write a new blog post, you’re putting too much pressure on yourself.
Remember to have fun and network with others. Don’t take life too seriously. Slow and steady wins the race. Give it at least 3-5 years to see real growth in your blog.
It may not take you that long to see the results you want. But if it does, would it be so bad?
Final Take Away
We’re all at different stages with our blogs. However, we were all beginners at one point in our lives. Some of us (yours truly) have had more than one blog. Yes I’ve failed in the past, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it.Blogging is hard work, don't be fooled by the get-rich quick stories #Blogging @ susanvelez.comClick To Tweet
This time around, I am in it for the long-term and NOT looking for those bright shiny objects that promise me the world. I know that it takes hard work and persistence to grow a blog.
If you’re struggling with the techie stuff of WordPress, don’t forget to sign up for my Free WordPress Course course. It will help you get your WordPress blog setup so you can focus on the content. Check out my JumpStart WordPress eBook, which will help you get WordPress setup correctly.
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I tried to make this as thorough as possible to help new bloggers. What do you think? What else should new bloggers know when they’re first getting started? Let me know in the comments below.
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