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8 Newbie Blogging Tips

Many people are into blogging, some as a hobby, others to make money and some a combination of earning and a hobby. Whatever your reason for blogging, there are certain things that you can do to make your blog grow from day one that every blogger should know.

Here are some newbie blogging tips that every new blogger should know:

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8 Newbie Blogging Tips

Be Authentic

You really need to know who you are and what your message is when you blog and it may take you a little while to find your authentic voice and your style of blogging.

Don’t try to copy anyone else or be something you are not. This will not get you far at all and even if you do start making it, it is very hard work playing pretend all the time.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself and share your opinions.

Listen To Your Readers

Whether you just want to share your passions with the world or whether you want to make money you are ultimately putting it all out there for your readers. Without readers your blog would fall into an empty void.

Ask your readers questions, involve them in your blog and listen to them.

You need your readers to trust you and to relate to you, listening to them is how you will achieve this.

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Training & Support

There is a lot of information out there that will show you how to blog and teach you every aspect of blogging and online marketing. Some of it is very expensive and some of it is free. Some of it is brilliant, but there are also a lot of scams and rubbish products and courses.

The first thing you need to know is that there is a lot to learn and there is no “secret method” that will show you how to make money fast, with hardly any effort and on autopilot. Stop chasing the shiny objects – you will be wasting your money and your time.

You want a program that will teach you everything you need step by step from scratch. You want a program that will show you how to make money in a variety of ways, a program that provides support and tools.

The best place to learn in my opinion is Wealthy Affiliate University – I have been a member since 2015 and they offer everything I could possibly need to succeed. They are also constantly adding new features, new training and updating the content on their website as things change online so everything is up to date.

Read my review of Wealthy Affiliate – they are simply the best platform for online training.

Go Self Hosted

There are lots of places you can build a free website which sounds really appealing to a lot of new bloggers but the truth is that these free platforms come with limitations, as well as rules and regulations that you need to stick to.

You really want to go for a self hosted WordPress website where you have full control right from the start. Finding out at a later date that you have put all that effort into your blog and then you are limited when it comes to something you want to do is going to be devastating. Having to move your website is not much fun.

Consistency

Be consistent with your blogging efforts. Create a blogging schedule that is easy for you to maintain rather than put yourself under pressure to perform, resulting in burn out.

Having certain times when you publish content will be beneficial to your rankings in that search engines get used to the times you usually post and will automatically crawl your website checking for new content. Your readers will also get used to new content being available at certain times.

Set up your email newsletter to go out at regular intervals too.

The Devil Is In The Details

There is not one thing that will bring you traffic to your website, nor one thing that will rank your posts. There are many small things that add up together to bring you traffic, rankings and loyal followers.

When you learn a new SEO tip start implementing it on your blog posts and add it to your checklist for things to do every time you publish your new content.

Pay attention to detail each time until it becomes a natural part of your routine.

Progress Not Perfection

There is simply no way to learn every single about blogging before setting off on your blogging journey. The best way to learn is to start blogging and learn as you go. There is always something new to learn and your website will never be complete. It is a work in progress.

Don’t let the fact you know nothing stop you from starting your blog. As mentioned above find a great place that will guide you how to blog while you build your blog. Nothing beats implementing what you learn in a real blog setting.

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Invest In Your Blog

You will be investing your time and effort into your blog, and if you are able to you should really invest financially in your blog. When your blog starts to make some money it would be wise to put some of it back into your business. This will bring you more income in the future and it will make your job so much easier.

Things that I recommend you invest in are the following:

 

 

 

 

 

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Lynne Huysamen

Mommy to a pigeon pair, blogger and online marketer. Lover of chocolate, good books and buckets of coffee.

14 Comments

  1. Great list here. I think too many bloggers underestimate the need for.consistency, me included.

    I always come up with excuses to deter from my original schedule. The worst part is lazyness kinda makes me not want to make up for It.

    The lesson is without consistency, we will be less disciplined and eventaully we start cutting corners.

    • You are so right about that one Lucas – when you lose discipline it is so hard to get back on track and the more disciplined you are the easier it is. I have found that I have stuck to my schedule for so long that it has become habit and so easy to maintain. 

  2. Hello Lynne,

    I think the first two tips on your list are critical for anyone who wants to start blogging. All bloggers should be authentic and should listen to their readers to create a connection with them. It is also really important to stand out in the crowed and be unique in someway.

    Of course technical things like, SEO, hosting, etc are also important but I think the core value of a blog is how well it connects and attracts the readers.

    I am also using the Wealthy Affiliate hosting and tools and I must admit that I love it. Thanks for your recommendation.

    Best,

    Albert

    • Albert yes for sure any bloggers main activity will be writing and connecting with readers, SEO backs all of that up and gives it super power 🙂 

  3. I started my blogging as a hobby many years ago and I did not know that I can make money on it, Until one day I attended one seminar talking about Affiliate Marketing.

    Since then, I have been learning how to make money online. However, I got a problem. I always want to learn new techniques and this lead me into reading, learning from many places to make money fast and effective ways. This is termed as looking for shiny objects like what experts are saying. 

    This habit create a lot of waste times in, searching, reading, exploring and learning from many sources. I would say it hurt me more than helping me. I only have 24 hours a day, minus out those times I need to sleep, eat, bath, rest, that left me almost nothing much to spend on creating quality contents to help my readers. 

    Your tips here really pin down what successful bloggers need to remind themselves. I thank you for these advise and would love to explore what you have recommended here to us.

    • Chasing shiny objects is such a waste of time for sure, plus it will waste your money and leave you dejected and feeling negative about any new opportunity you come across. 

  4. I’m a beginner blogger and I have been blogging, or rather learning to blog, for the past few months. During this short period, I have learned quite a bit. But I’ve come to realise that there’s no end to learning and whatever I think I have learned might need to be unlearned many days from now. Everything’s in a flux, I might add. I particularly liked it when you say that we should be looking into our progress and not perfection. Even though I consider myself a newbie, I have realised that my website will forever be a work in a progress and that I’ll always be a learner. Many people have been recommending Wealthy Affiliate and tell me it’s the best platform for beginners like myself. It’s a pity that it’s free Starter Membership is not available in my country, India. Love your post. I can relate to so many things you have said there.

    • Sukumar yes it is such a pity that there are countries excluded from the free starter membership, that is due to the high level of fraud and scamming in those countries. Its a case of a few people ruining it for everyone else. 

      You are so right, everything online is in a flux and that is why it is so important to be in touch with a community that keeps you in the pulse of what’s going on. I remember reading about GDPR and thinking oh my word I don’t even understand what I need to do or how. Then I logged into Wealthy Affiliate and the owners had added an article about it and also given templates for us to work from to update our privacy policies. It really just makes everything so much easier!

  5. Hey Lynne, thanks for your article. I can tell, you are quite experienced in this field and your 8 blogging tips will be of benefit for newbie bloggers. As for me, I’m already doing this for couple of months and I can confirm, that it’s impossible to have everything set-up before starting out. Your advice to learn along the way is right to the point. I’m still learning and implementing every new information to see how it works for my blog. As I’m currently looking for opportunities to outsource some tasks, I found your investment tips very interesting. What would you recommend to outsource first?      

    • Hey Felix

      My favourite SEO freelancer (and the only guy I let touch my websites) is Barry from SeoClerks. I love all of his services – they cost a bit but I have never been disappointed. As soon as he has finished a job I can see my rankings boost big time. The last job he did for me took my ranking from #25 to #9 for a keyword with a huge amount of traffic. 

  6. Well I have 8 moths since I start working in my blog, honestly I started doing it because the situation of the money, but after all, my wife was always reading my posts and she told ” hey you can write very good, your thoughts you describe them very good there” and suddenly I start also to see that I really enjoy writting, is something that I didn´t knew. 

    Since I start with my blog, even before of that I thought that I could be a good idea to write about from my own experiences, because, well my blog it´s about fitness and reviews of supplements. 

    When I started to do it in my life (exercising and trying products to have a little more of help) I had some mistakes and then after a time I could see the real problem of what I was doing wrong, so that´s also something that I want to give to my audience to know about this. Now I really enjoy working in my blog, and the thing to find this kind of post where people like you help to us to have a very good organization and good ideas for our blogs, it´s of big help, I´m always open to hear about some suggestions for my blog. 

    Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    • It’s a pleasure Emmanuel and you hit on something really important here – when blogging becomes fun. That is ideal. I don’t have a problem getting up in the morning and starting work because I enjoy it so much! And when you enjoy what you are writing about then it shines through in your writing, especially when you manage to be authentic and find your voice. That combination is priceless! 

  7. Blogging is a way to make money online. Many beginners try to do it to earn in the online world, not mention the experts as well. Authenticity is a must. You have to be yourself to create the contents to target your specific audience (niche). You have to invest in the right platform to learn to be a better blogger. I agree with you about Wealthy Affiliate University. Frankly, I learn a lot in there and still a lot to learn more. Your article inspires me to keep consistent and keep going. No need to wait until it’s perfect, but progressing the work and learn on the way. According to your experience, how many articles should we post in a week?

    • There is no magic number Gunawan. I have heard it suggested that 3 times per week is ideal but one of my websites I write on only every few months and I still get regular traffic to it. It also depends on your niche, the age of your website and many more factors. 

      However if you are starting out I would recommend aiming for 3 times a week, but if that is not realistic then try going for twice a week – you can always increase your publishing schedule in the future. 

      Try aim for quality posts on a consistent basis than for hitting a certain number of posts each week. If you can only manage one high quality article a week that will be much better than 3 lower quality articles in a week! 

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