In honor of my 100th blog post (WHAT!?!?!) I thought it was time I shared some things that I learned from my blogging journey. There is a ton of new blogger tips that I wish I knew before I pushed publish on my first blog post, it felt like it was time I share those tips with you. If you are new to blogging, learn from my missteps.
My first few months of blogging I was so concerned with pushing out content that I didn’t focus on what made a blog successful and ultimately profitable. In 2019, I have really put my focus and energy on my blog and Instagram and I have really reaped the benefits.
In this blog post, I will discuss all the new blogger tips that helped me get to the place my blog is today as well as simple advice that I learned in my blogging journey. Let me preface this blog by saying, I have been blogging for under a year so I am in no way, shape or form a blogging expert.
Let’s Get To This List Of New Blogger Tips
Post Quality Content.
Quality content is king. Your aim with every blog post should be to answer a question or solve a problem. If a reader lands on your blog and does not feel like they received beneficial information, they probably won’t be back. You will have the most success converting blog readers into email subscribers if they feel like they left with a solution to their problem. Even if their problem is what to wear on vacation.
Okay, but how long is a quality blog post? Long form content always performs best for me. Most of my blog posts are between 500 – 1000 words, I would never EVER post a blog under 300 words. More words = more opportunity for SEO.
Remember: You own your blog!
Instagram is a must for all bloggers but at the end of the day once you place that content on Instagram, you no longer own that content. But you know what you do own? your blog. I can’t stress this enough. Instagram could just dissapear one day and all of your hard work would go with it. So while quality content on Instagram is important, your top priority should be quality blog content.
In order for your audience to connect with your blog they need to see and hear you! Let your inner self shine through your Blog.
Use tons of pictures of yourself, tell anecdotes, write in your voice and always stay true to yourself. If your audience feels like they are connecting with the person behind the keyboard they will keep on reading.
Don’t Play the comparison game
Honestly, this tip is as much for me as it is for you! Because let me tell you I STRUGGLE with comparison. It’s so easy to see someone else’s success and forget about their months and years of hard work to get there.
One of the things I constantly tell myself is “Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle”. I have to remind myself of this EVERY DAMN DAY.
REMEMBER : Everyone starts by taking the first step.
Know Your Audience
If you aren’t writing with your target audience in mind, than whatcha doing?! Before you publish your first blog post ask yourself, who is this for? You will have a much easier time defining your content when you understand your audiences wants and needs.
Believe In Yourself
Oh gosh is this important.
When I started this Blog, I told myself everyday, “I am going to make this work, no matter what”
I didn’t back down.
Yes, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Those first few months I was working crazy hours on my blog and didn’t see one penny come in. But I kept telling myself, this is going to work. A little mixture of positivity and a whole lot of hard work got me to where my blog is today.
Pay For A Good Hosting Site
Invest in a quality hosting site, it will pay off, I promise.
When I was designing my blog I wanted a hosting site that was simple to use for myself and my audience and I found the best results with WordPress. I have been very happy with my WordPress experience and absolutely recommend it.
Pay for your site, if I see a site that is something like “www.ilovecats.wordpress.com” there is no way in hell I am clicking on that. Invest in a decent host.
Some weeks it feels next to impossible to publish a new blog post but its a must. If you want to seriously be a blogger, blog. Set a schedule and stick to it. Doing this will give your audience something to look forward to on a weekly basic. Also, consisently blogging really helps your SEO. By proving that you’re consistent and provide high value information, Search Engines’ Algorithms will automatically rank your posts higher.
Ugh. patience is the worst. Am I right?! sometimes I feel like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka chocolate factory, you know the one screaming how she wants it now!?
I mean, all I want is 100k Instagram followers and 100k email subscribers, is that too much to ask?!
Its can be frustrating to be patient in a world of instant gratification, but its a necessity in this blogging world. Success takes time. No one is an overnight success.
In my very short blogging career, I have seen so many people blog for a month, not receive the traction they hoped for and immediately give up, don’t do it. With hard work, patience and perseverance, it will all work out.
Will there be naysayers and negative noise? absolutely! but keep trekking on, it will pay off.
Pinterest Is Your New Best Friend
Last month, my blog set a record amount of views and to no surprise 43 % of those views came from Pinterest. I wrote a blog post all about how I use Pinterest you can read that here.
If you just started a blog get on Pinterest, ASAP. When I began blogging I thought that Pinterest was a dead social media site and boy was I wrong. It’s very much alive and helping blogs everywhere get tons of traffic.
Instagram is great for sponsored posts and pretty pictures but it’s not the best referrer for blog traffic. I thought once I hit 10K on Instagram my blog traffic from Instagram would skyrocket, I was wrong. Last month, only 5% of my blog views came from Instagram.
Research And Understand SEO
I have spent my career in marketing so before I began blogging I had a pretty good understanding of SEO. Having a good understanding of SEO will help you get those organic blog views that every good blog needs. I have shared my very basic, introductory SEO tips here.
Beyond reading my introductory to SEO tips, constantly research SEO and ways you can improve your blog traffic. Implement 1 new tip every week. Measure your results. Check your Analytics. You will be so surprised how easy SEO tricks will increase your blog views.
Now take my 10 tips and go blog you heart out.