10 Must Know Blogging Tips For Beginners
I have been a blogger now for over 6 years and I have built 2 nice size blogs in that time “including Brainy Marketer” so I believe the blogging tips for beginners I share will help all wanna-be bloggers get started on the right foot and mindset.
Blogging on paper seems so easy, let me just write and I’m going to build a huge popular blog.
“insert braking noise here” haha truth is, blogging is the complete opposite of that.
In 2015 you need to be a jack-of-all-trades to succeed, writing great content alone isn’t good enough anymore.
Each week I see great writers that have dead blogs or they are quitting because the success isn’t coming like they hoped.
I have said it before and I’ll say it now…
“you need to run your blog like a business”
Meaning it takes a lot more than putting pretty products on shelves to succeed in a business, and it takes more than putting up great content to build a successful blog.
To avoid information over load I kept this list to 10 tips, it could of easily been 50 but who wants to read a 10,000 word blog post. lol
Here are my 10 Blogging Tips for Beginners.
1. Use Social Media, Don’t Let It Use You
I am going to make this #1 because I think it’s that important.
As a new blogger you need to use Social Media to help expand your brand and your blogs reach. But what you shouldn’t do is use SM so much that you are taking time away from your blog.
Your main goal in the beginning should be on growing your blog… that’s it!
You want to get on SM, use it to help you reach your main goal and get out.
It is very easy to get sucked into that rabbit hole on SM, and easily spend your whole day there which will take valuable time away from things you should be getting done on your blog.
2. Be Helpful and Available
I’m about to share a secret, in the beginning of your blogging journey, you will have to GIVE much more then you receive.
Scared? Then stop now, I hear Mc Donalds is hiring.
Still here? Good, now by being helpful and available is a great way to first show you know what your talking about “Sharing Your Expert”, but it’s also a great way to attract people, readers, new subscribers to your blog.
No one can say no to help, especially FREE help and in the beginning you should be overly helpful.
Someone emails you, reply right away.
Someone comments on your blog, reply quickly and be thorough with your reply.
Someone asks a favor, do it “within reason” and do it to the best you can.
Someone asks your option, answer it honestly, good or bad. Truth is the only way to go, even if it’s hard to hear.
As a new blogger just think, I need to give give give to finally get!
3. What Are You Here To Fix?
This is one blogging tip you need to fully understand.
Blogging has changed in the last 3 years, you need more of a reason to start a blog than MONEY. Find something you have smarts in and build your blog around helping people fix that problem.
Once you have your “why” make sure your content is PERFECTLY targeted to that why… ALWAYS!
Do you know one of the biggest reasons people stop following blog they have loved for years?
The content has changed, the content has gone off topic.
Think about it, I’m sure there are blogs that you liked reading 6 months ago, 12 months ago and today you have stopped because the content has changed.
4. Be You, Bring YOU All The Time
There are soooooo many blogs out here that it is very hard to get seen. And I can sit here and tell you 50 “techniques and strategies” to help you be one of the lucky blogs that get some attention on a regular basis.
But I’m not going to… you see all the strategy in the world won’t help you unless…
You bring something new to the game.
You bring something unique to the game.
You bring YOU to the game.
Listen there are so many different ways to build a successful blog, the tricks and tips are all the same, they work.
Here’s what I mean…
How many posts a week should I write? Who gives a shit! I see blogs kill it with one posts a week, and I see blogs that kill it with 5 posts a week.
How long should my blog posts be? Again who gives a shit! I see blogs that kill it with monster 2000 word posts and I also see blogs kill it with 500 word posts.
I think you get the idea.
The point I’m slowwwlllyyyy trying to make is, you have to be YOU, be unique, write in a way NO ONE else does or can.
Share your personality so people see the real you, this makes it much easier for your readers to either relate to you or trust you.
Writing content from a unique and personal place is the BEST way for you to stand out and get your new blog seen, followed and shared.
5. Build Your Email List From Day 1
I know it’s hard to believe, but I made mistakes when I first started my blog.
I know I know… but it’s true.. I am not perfect. lol
My biggest mistake?
Not growing my email list from DAY 1.
Silly right? I didn’t start focusing on my list until I was almost 11 months into my journey. That one mistake has haunted me for years, because the reality is, no list equals no money or MUCH less money in my pocket.
So I don’t care if you blog is 2 days old, get an offer together and get some forms up and start grabbing those emails now.
6. Have A Professionally Personal About Me Page
Your about me page is POWERFUL. Well if you lay it out correctly it is.
My about me page on JohnPaulAguiar.com has been updated maybe 12 times over the past 6 years and it is still one of my most popular and visited pages I have.
Here on Brainy, our About Us page we went with sharing our explainer video, we also covered the idea of the blog and how it can help and sharing our awesome list of Expert authors.
Think of your about me page as a personal job application.
Share some personal “who are you”.
Share something about your blog “Why is it here and How can it help”.
Share your skills and experiences.
Share some of your accomplishments.
End it with an email opt-in form.
7. Have A Posting Schedule, BUT…
A “BUT” has no place on a blogging tips post I agree, but stay with me.
As a blogger you will want to have a Posting schedule, it helps your readers know when they can expect a new piece of amazing content from you. Making it easier for them to find and read your stuff while they are finding and reading posts from 10, 20 50 other bloggers.
So we agree there, a posting schedule is all good for many reasons.. Right?
Right, BUT… Don’t let that posting schedule tie your hands so much that you NEVER post on other days or keep you from posting 1 or 2 days later because something came up.
Basically, I don’t want you beating yourself up if you miss posting on a certain day. Life happens, just post it the next day or so and get back on schedule.
8. Use A Post Idea List
I have used a Post Idea List since my first month of blogging and I still use it today.
This post you are reading now, has been sitting on my Post Idea list for months, I just finally had the time to finish it and get it out for you.
A post idea list is something you use to keep to track of any post ideas you come up with.
As you blog, there will be days where post ideas come to you 5 at a time and there will also be days where you can’t pay for a post idea to come to you.
What do I add to my Post Idea List?
It will be an idea for a post with some bullet points I can expand on later.
I few different title ideas.
A keyword or keywords I may want to rank for with some basic keyword research and a keyword list.
Sometimes I even add in an image I may want to use.
It really doesn’t matter what you add to your list, as long as you can come back to it weeks or even months later and be able to pull together a blog post from your notes and ideas.
9. Learn To Walk Away
I’m a big believer in knowing when to take some time off.
If you don’t know yet, let me share this little nugget of TRUTH…
“Blogging is HARD Work!”
With all the things you have to do on a daily basis to grow your blog, it can get a LOT overwhelming.
On the surface blogging is simple, you write blog posts and people come to read those blog posts.
But the reality is, this isn’t Field of Dreams, and if you build it, they will NOT come.
From coming up with quality blog posts on a regular basis, to promoting those new posts, to getting on Social Media, to backlinking, to connecting and building relationships with other bloggers, to the tweaks and fixes your website needs and etc…
Trust me it’s WORK… so knowing when to pull back and take some time off will be a huge help in keeping you motivated and working toward your goals for the long term.
10. Be Consistent and Realistic
This might be my top 5 tips on blogging I can share with you. The truth is, most bloggers quit way to soon, they expect magic in a couple months and when it doesn’t happen, they quit.
The truth is, it will take 6, 12 even 24 months of hard work for you to finally say “my blog is successful”
Own that, breathe it in and understand that. It’s not that you suck as a blogger, it may even have nothing to do with doing anything wrong, it’s just the reality of building a successful blog in 2015.
Even if you do it all perfectly, it will still take 6 to 12 months to see real success.
Knowing this truth should be liberating right? Now you can STOP focusing on “why not me”, “why not yet” and just focus on the daily WORK!
As a blogger you need to enjoy and bounce forward off any and all “small wins” you get, because if you group together enough of those small wins it will take you to the BIG win of building a successful blog.
Now that is a mouth full of blogging tips for beginner bloggers if I say so.
The point I’m tried to share here is blogging takes real work, so before you jump in, make sure you know the reality.
You want to have a plan in place, you need a plan in place to follow as you grow your blog, BUT don’t stress if you waver off the plan, just keep moving and good things will happen.
Hope you enjoyed those tips, please leave a comment if you have anything to add.