Do you want to know what my top 10 great blogging tips for beginner bloggers are? Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and settle down and I’ll tell you.
These tips come from a multitude of people and places, and are an accumulation of many years of searching for information to help me with my blog and online business.
They are all tips that you can easily implement into your blog or business and the best bit is – they are all FREE!
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Okay, that’s the boring (but necessary) legal stuff out of the way so let’s get going on those 10 great blogging tips for beginner bloggers.
I know that it’s tempting to get a free website or join a free blogging platform when you get started, but honestly, it won’t help you in the long run.
You need your blog to look professional from day one. This means that you need to have your own domain name. For example mine is lynne-thomas.com If I had a free blog it would look something like firstname.lastname@example.org URGH, awful.
The fact that I haven’t spent just a few pounds or dollars on my own domain name suggests to everyone that I am not taking my blog seriously. If I’m not taking it seriously why should anyone else take it seriously?
The domain name you choose should be self-hosted. This is a little confusing as it doesn’t exactly mean that you host it yourself as you would need a bank of servers in your lounge to be able to do that. Instead it means that you have chosen a third-party to host your domain name for you. This third party is usually the person you purchase the domain name from.
I know it sounds a little confusing but honestly, you don’t need to know anything about hosting other than you need to find someone to do it for you, and you need to find someone who is not going to rip you off while doing it.
To help you out with this, I have created the Ultimate Starter Kit for Brand New Bloggers. It’s an hour long video tutorial with me where I will walk you through exactly how to get your domain name purchased and get it hosted for a very reasonable price.
You need your blog to look professional. Having a theme that looks like it belongs in the 90’s is not going to do your credibility much good.
I would always recommend using WordPress as your Blogging platform because it has thousands of themes to choose from and hundreds of these are free.
WordPress also has modern themes and templates so you know that your blog is going to look fresh and up to date.
Have a look at some other blogs and see what it is that you like about their theme and try and find one that offers you the same options.
Be aware though, you have to build your website. It doesn’t just appear for you as it does in the demo. The demo is just to show you what is possible with that particular theme.
You have to tell it what you want it to look like and build it from scratch, and if you are a brand new blogger you would probably be better off starting out with an easy theme such as WordPress 2017 and learning the ropes before trying out a more complicated one.
If you do want to find a theme that does something particular, just go to Google and key in free WordPress themes and you will be presented with hundreds of options.
Blogging has come on a bit in the last 10 years. Gone are the days when you can just put 300 words on a blog post and call it done.
As of 2013 there were estimated to be 152 Million blogs on the internet, there are a few more now and yours will be just one of them so you need it to stand out.
The best way of getting your blog to stand out is to create amazing content. You need to be sharing information that people want to know about. Notice I said know about and not “read”? That’s another thing that has changed in the blogging world, not everyone wants to read information.
Videos are now the most popular way that people consume information. Podcasts are also becoming extremely popular because they can be listened to whilst the consumer is doing something else.
But let’s assume you want to go down the traditional route of blogging, at least for now, and write your content. There are certain things you need to do in order for it to be considered valuable and in order for it to be found by your ideal audience and by Google and other search engines.
I have written a whole post dedicated to creating amazing content which you can read here that will explain at length how to go about creating content that gets clicked and viewed.
Don’t think that once you press the publish button that’s it. That is only the start of it. You have to promote that post now, promote it everywhere so that more people will find it.
It’s no good going to the trouble of creating your blog and creating amazing content to put on your blog if no one ever reads it.
Remember I said that there are well over 152 million blogs out there? You need to give your audience a little nudge to help them find you.
Once you publish your post you need to tell Google to come and read it. You can do this by going to Google Webmaster Tools and download fetch as google. With this tool you can ask Google to crawl your blog whenever you want it to rather than having to wait for it to get around to it, which could take months for a new blog.
Include social share buttons on your blog. You can get these by adding a simple plugin such as Sassy Social Share to your site. Once installed you can share your blog posts across all your social media platforms with just one click of a button.
You need to share your posts on every platform that you use. This way the readers and followers that you already have can be made aware of your blog and they can just click on the link and will be taken straight to it.
The best way to build your blog is to collect people who like what you have to say and want to read more. These people can subscribe to your blog which means that they will receive a short email each time you publish something.
By letting them know you have published they will be able to follow a direct link back to your site and the post that you are promoting. You will be able to grow your readership this way very easily – although it can be a slow process.
Add a subscribe option to your blog either on the side-bar or footer of your site, at least put it somewhere obvious. You can do this on WorPress by adding a Widget to your sidebar and including the subscribe widget from the widget options that you have available.
There are a few other ways too such as adding an RSS feed or using Feedburner. You can Google these options if you can’t use the other methods.
I don’t know about you but I like to know who I’m talking to or listening to. I want to know what makes them think they know about that particular topic and it also makes it more personal. Being an “older” person, I like the personal touch still.
Adding a bio to your home page or side bar will achieve two things.
You need to help yourself as much as you can in the beginning, and if someone sticks around for an extra minute while they read your bio, that can be the difference between Google showing your blog as a result or someone else’s.
Another way of keeping people on your site is to add links to other posts within the post you are writing. You can only do this once you have a few posts published but you can always go back to older posts and add them at a later date.
Getting visitors to your site is hard work so you want to do everything you can to keep them there once you have them.
You will notice that I have included a couple of links to other posts within this one. Hopefully you will have checked them out because they do add value to what you are learning here and it will save you having to go and look for the information somewhere else. For example, go and read this post “How to Write A Great Blog Post”
It will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about choosing keywords, writing headlines, using keywords in your post, and sourcing and using images
This tip is really important as you need your blog to be found by the people who are looking for the information that you are sharing.
SEO or Search Engine Optimisation means that you are making sure that your blog meets certain criteria that search engines need and use for ranking.
For example: Keywords are how Google and other search engines find your content online and then present your blog post as a search result to the person who keyed those keywords into the search bar.
I know, a little complicated but think about it. Say you want to find a local hairdresser who does hair extensions. What would you key into Google? Probably hairdresser in ????? who does hair extensions.
Google (or the other search engines) would then present you with possible results for you to consider. What you will notice is that all of these results contain the words hairdresser and or hair extension in the headline, URL or meta descripton (which is the sentence or 2 underneath the title.
That is because the keywords are “hairdresser” and “hair extensions”. This is how the search engines know what your blog and blog posts are about and how they find you out among those 152 million other blogs.
If you want to learn how to SEO your blog I have written a whole post about it which you can read here.
You need to know how your blog is doing over time if you are going to grow it. You need to know what is working and what isn’t so that you can do more of what is and less of what isn’t.
Google analytics is a free tool that will provide you with all manner of analytics that you can use to improve and grow your blog. In fact, it gives you so much information that it can be overwhelming. You won’t know what you are supposed to be measuring or what you can ignore so you’ll probably end up not analysing anything and that would be a mistake.
To help you out, I have written a post that details 5 metrics that you should be checking as a blogger and it will get you started until you are ready to learn more about it. You can read that post here.
Getting visitors to your blog is really hard when you are a new blogger. The blog hasn’t had time to develop it’s own personality and attract subscribers.
You will obviously get visitors from your social media sites when you share you blog on there, but you need new visitors, people who have never seen your blog before. This is the only way it will be able to grow.
Getting traffic to your blog will be one of your biggest headaches as a new blogger, believe me, been there and done that. And then I discovered Pinterest.
I know, I thought it was just somewhere for bored housewives to pin pictures of knitting patterns and recipes to as well, but I was soooooooooo wrong.
Pinterest now has over 150 million users every month. Half of ALL millennials (those aged between 18 and 24) use Pinterest at least once a month. Over half of Pinterest users have an annual household income of $100,000. 98% of Pinners said that they had used Pinterest to search for something they wanted to buy.
Wow, with stats like that you’d be mad not to be on there.
Personally, 75% of all my blog traffic comes from Pinterest (I know this because I check it on Google Analytics). I have been able to grow my blog massively since using Pinterest as one of my marketing strategies.
If you want to learn more about Pinterest and how it can send thousands of people to your blog have a read of this post.
So now you know my top 10 great blogging tips for beginner bloggers, I hope you found them useful and that you will implement them in your new blog as soon as possible.
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