New year, new me?
This phrase only sounds good when talking about the makeover; however, while starting something new such as blogging considering the saturation too, can be a big challenge.
But, don’t you worry, here are some Expert Blogging Tips For Beginners.
1. A Question To Ask Yourself is “Are You Ready For It?”
The first and foremost question before you even think of starting a blog should be, are you able to devote yourself to the blogging lifestyle? If yes, then the stage is yours, break some leg.
So, you see, blogging is not just something you start of boredom; it is a complete lifestyle. And, you know, what does it take to maintain a lifestyle successfully? Commitment.
Writing blogs is just a start; the real game starts when you have to optimize it for the search engines, take your words to the market, and social media. And, this requires ample time and dedication. If you are ready for it, go for it.
2. Start With Good Gears
You must be thinking: Why are we talking about fancy gears if I’m just starting?
Well, it’s okay for you to start with what you have for now. However, you have to up your game sooner or later. If you get the ball rolling for you, it’s time to invest in your work.
This includes everything from that new software to a top-notch hosting. Not only does this improve your productivity, but it also helps you garner more and more clients. The more you invest in yourself and your blog, the more audience you gain, and the more professional you seem (thus more people reading it).
For more info, take a look at this article I wrote about the 7 Must-Have Tools For Bloggers
3. Write Anything But Not Everything
Hold your horses before giving your blogging passion a thought. There are a few things that you need to consider that top our “Expert Blogging Tips For Beginners” list.
Most importantly, choose a niche. A niche is a topic that you want to devote your blog too. The possibilities are endless when it comes to niches, from travel to beauty and technology.
Deciding a niche will lead you to set a mission statement for your blog and act as an incentive later on.
Many people make the mistake of being a jack of all trades. It is recommended not to juggle between various topics, as it will diversify and confuse your audience. Keep it simple, and let your content do the rest of the magic.
In the video below, you’ll find 160+ Blog Niches Ideas
4. Choose A Platform
ProBlogger, Blogger, BlogSpot… there are a plethora of websites that you can create your blog on. You can even go for hosted WordPress or manage your version.
As I said, it’s all in your hand. But, choosing the right platform is key to how your blogging continues. See what works for whom and how do other bloggers make use of their platform. Each platform has its own benefits and is only beneficial for a certain type of blogger, you can still reel in thousands of people if you’re good at your craft.
Now, I really recommend you to take a look at the platform called BuilderAll.
It is an all in one platform that comes with all the tools needed (and actually far more) to build a blog and grow your audience (it includes an autoresponder) and many many more things.
5. There’s No Tomorrow
Good platforms, good gears, good influences… it works. But, if you keep procrastinating your plans to “tomorrow”, it really never comes. You need to get started on your plan to blog right away.
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. Zig Ziglar
Below is a motivational video with the top 10 Rules from ZigZiglar because one of the things you’ll need is motivation!
Sit somewhere remotely for a while with something as your scratchpad. Write down your ideas, think of a plan, and make it happen. Fail, fall, and re-do it. That’s how your blogging journey starts – that’s how successful bloggers have started their journeys, and that’s how YOU will.
6. You Are Your Reader
Do you like what you produce? Do you feel you, as a reader, will appreciate what you write? It’s your moment to look into your work and criticize it, look for positives, reviews, weaknesses, and work on it.
Your readers will surely show you some patterns. Do they leave early on some work and stay on hours for others? Maybe it’s how you wrote in that article. Pick that style, work on it, and give your readers what they really want.
7. Contact Forms to the Rescue
You’ve just picked out the best website design, but there’s no contact page. Great, you’ve just landed a client – where does the client go? Nowhere since you’ve missed out the most crucial part of your page, the contact.
This is where you finally allow your clients and users to send their messages to you. Make sure the contact page has compelling call-to-action to seal the deal. Other than that, it should have fields for personal information and their message.
8. Keywords and Titles
You’re an excellent writer, words keep making their way to your head and onto your fingers. You’ve just a few articles on your platform, but there’s no traffic. What’s happening up there? Your keywords aren’t good enough.
Keywords are what allow your content to rank on searches in popular search engines like Google and Bing. For maximum discovery, you want to rank your article on the top by using popular keywords. If your keyword research is on point, there’s no stopping your blog from driving traffic in a matter of months.
Just a side note, you need SEO optimized titles as well. If your title is catchy and can bring in readers, you’ve done a great job. Take a look at this title “Expert Blogging Tips for Beginners”.
This hits the jackpot. It’s both compelling and emotional to attract beginners and readers into blogging. If it lacks interest, vigor, and persuasive nature, you need to re-do your titles big time.
Note that there are many free keyword research tools that are as good as paid.
9. Publish Carefully
I understand the urge to hit the button after you are done writing your masterpiece but hold on for a while and read it carefully once again.
It is possible that you might have made some spelling or grammatical errors, or there is a small irrelevant piece in your blog.
Therefore, think twice (or even thrice) before you actually hit the publish button. Even if you have further options to edit, but once it’s out there, it’s out there.
This is it, folks. Our list of Expert Blogging Tips For Beginners isn’t exhaustive, and you’re free to explore what works for you. Make sure to keep the paddles going and don’t stop until you’ve thoroughly tried this option.
We understand the fruits don’t bear too easy, but the result is impressive if you do continue past the harsh stages. Happy blogging.
Oh by the way, what are YOUR blogging tips? Feel free to tell me in the comment below.