Here is a complete list of tips and some tricks to help new bloggers on their journey.
This compilation of techniques is made to help you take your first steps in the blogging world.
It does not matter how far you are in the development of your blog. You’ll probably find some piece of information to jumpstart your success.
1. Start Right Now!
Remember that a thousand-mile journey starts with a single step.
You will never reach your goal of becoming a blogger or make a living from home if you do not even launch your blog.
If you are waiting for the “right timing” to appear, I have news for you:
The perfect time to start your blog is now!
Take a look at my Beginner’s Guide to Build a Blog, and you’ll have your own blog online in only minutes.
Do you need additional help? Would you like me to set up your blog for $0?
2. Just Pick WordPress
WordPress is one of the biggest blogging platforms around the world, and there are many reasons for that. It is by far the best way to start your own blog or even a website for your business. Here are some excellent reasons to choose it as your platform:
- You do not need to learn to code to get started.
- It is easily customizable.
- There are hundreds of free themes and plugins.
- Anyone can learn how to use it.
- You can find a ton of guides and tutorials to fix almost any issue.
As a new blogger, you can’t go wrong by choosing WordPress.
Once you have launched your blog, the process to continue updating your blog is really simple.
3. Pick a Niche You Really Like
I’m going to be entirely honest with you here. You do not need to be an expert on the topic if you plan to make money online.
People are often just looking for honest reviews of real customer experience rather than the point of view of a professional.
If you set your mind to it, you will be able to create content about almost anything.
However, picking a niche, you actually enjoy will help to keep you motivated and updating your new blog constantly.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Whenever you learn any new skill, you might find problems along the way.
There is a lot of information available on the Internet. So much that it can be overwhelming if you are just a beginner.
Join a blogging group so you can share your experiences and help each other out with the difficulties you encounter.
5. Write Down Tips You Find Along the Way
Keeping a notepad next to your computer or creating a text file for this purpose is really helpful.
It is an excellent source of inspiration and ideas. This way, you will always have good advice close to you.
You do not have to write everything you read online. In this article, for example, you can take note of the two or three tips or tricks that actually resonated with you.
6. Focus On Your Goals
This will help you to see how much you have progressed with your blog.
When you don’t have a clear goal, your efforts might be all over the place, and you might feel that nothing is working out for you.
Here is a quick list of the most common blogging goals for beginners.
- Launching my blog.
- Choosing a WordPress theme.
- Publishing 5 articles.
- Sharing my posts in a Facebook group.
- Create an Instagram account.
As you can see, these simple goals can be turned into a checklist that will let you see how much you have achieved as a blogger.
7. Schedule Your Blogging Time
Unless you are a full-time blogger, you might find difficulties to find time to blog when you are just starting.
Things might come up along with distractions limiting your time to work on your website.
You may even get frustrated if you do not get enough work done in the small amount of time you have available.
Schedule part of your day as “time for blogging” and make that a priority.
It does not matter if it is just thirty minutes, that is better than not progressing at all.
8. Organize Your Working Space
You will find this as a huge productivity improvement.
Having written notes all over the place, disorganized bookmarks and unchecked emails will limit your advance blogging.
Also, many beginners who had never made money from home before might find themselves standing up from their chair every five minutes.
Those little distractions like grabbing a glass of water, reaching up for a laptop charger, or looking for a pen, they all add up and make you waste time.
Make sure you have everything you need close to you in every blogging session.
9. Brainstorm Frequently
You might reach a point where you do not know what to do with your blog.
Probably you don’t know what to write about, how to promote your website anymore, or what changes to do next.
At least once a week, brainstorm all the ideas you have about blogging. Every new change or improvement you can think of.
This list might become useful in the future to grow your blog in a new and exciting way.
I usually write all my new ideas at the end of the day, so I don’t overthink them at night.
Then I pick them up and evaluate them at the end of the week to see which ones I should implement.
10. Keep Creating Content
Make a goal of uploading at least one new piece of content every week.
When you have not posted in a long time, your new visitors might think that your blog is abandoned and might not come back to it.
If you really have limited time for blogging, and there is only one thing you can focus on, create new content for your audience.
11. Get Your Writing Right
Indeed, writing a blog is not like writing a scientific paper.
You don’t necessarily need to use formal language. In fact, most readers would love to see you just being yourself.
To feel like they are talking to a real person who is giving them advice.
Instead of a cold-hearted company only trying to sell them products.
However, it is still crucial that you get your grammar right.
A few mistakes here and there are okay, we are all humans.
But if your post is full of punctuation errors and, spelling and grammar mistakes.
It will be hard for your visitors to take you seriously or see you as a professional.
By merely using a grammar checker in all your blog posts, you’ll notice a significant improvement.
Make it a habit, and you won’t have to worry about it anymore.
12. Be Willing to Experiment
Trying out new things is part of the fun of blogging.
It is the best part when you are just launching your blog because it lets you get to know more about blogging tools.
Change your blog’s theme or try a different writing style from time to time to see if you can get better results.
If the switch did not work out for you just go back to what you had in the first place and problem solved.
13. Share Your Blog Posts
A common mistake among new bloggers is that they feel a little shy to share their blog with friends or family.
It is normal to get the feeling that your content is “good enough.” Even I thought like that when I launched my first blog.
But the truth is that even if you are not a complete expert, you will get better as you go.
Just don’t go to the other extreme of the rope and spam your links all over the place.
14. Save Time With Audiobooks
This is one of the most basic productivity tricks I got from Brian Tracy, one of my favorite authors.
Learning more about what you are doing gives you a significant advantage over your competitors.
The problem was that I hardly had any free time to focus on my blog, so I had even less time to study more about blogging.
Audiobooks were the perfect solution to that problem.
Nowadays, I use the Audible app on my phone and listen to an audiobook every time I have to do chores at home or when I’m driving.
It has helped me a lot to keep my mind active and focusing on growing as a blogger.
15. Always Get a Guide to Follow
This is going to save you so much time and headaches with your blog at the start.
It is always a great idea to start with a full step-by-step guide on everything you need to do.
That is why in my guide to start blogging, I have detailed almost every single click you need to make to launch your blog.
Maybe once you have learned how to do it the first time, you can modify it and try new methods.
16. Don’t Try to Make Money From Day 1
Before you start earning money online from your blog, you need to have an audience.
Before you get to have an audience, you need to create good content to attract them.
Before you create content, you need to launch a blog, so you can start posting.
Before you launch a blog, you need to get an excellent hosting service.
This is a process that anyone can follow and succeed, but it won’t happen overnight. Just enjoy every part of the process.
17. Always Pick Quality Over Quantity
Readers notice when they are reading the quality content, and they are much more likely to come back and share that content.
A blog with 5 amazing and helpful posts will always get more visitors than a mediocre one with over 60 posts.
As I said before, it does not matter if you only publish one article a week as long as you really put effort into it.
18. Be Honest With Your Audience
This blogging tip is a complement of the previous one about the quality of your blog posts.
Every time you recommend a product or a service to your readers, they expect you to give your honest opinion.
As you and your blog keep growing, it might be tempting to promote some shady product to make extra money online. But it that is never the best choice to make.
Your audience follows you because they believe in you, they trust your opinion. Do not disappoint your readers.
19. Don’t Copy Other Bloggers
Another easy mistake to make as a beginner is trying to do things precisely as other famous bloggers.
Keep in mind that the strategies they use are because they work for them, their niche, and their audience.
It does not mean that the same techniques will necessarily work for you.
You can grab a couple of good ideas from here and there but make sure that you always keep that personal touch in everything you do.
20. Pick Only Two Social Networks
A lot of new bloggers try to share their blog posts on every social media available out there.
The truth is that it is impossible. Even prominent bloggers reach a point where they have to hire a social media manager because they just can’t keep up with the posting anymore.
Focus only on your two favorite social media platforms, to begin with. That will guarantee you see results of your efforts more quickly.
21. Take Care of Your Eyes
Full-time bloggers spend a lot of hours a week staring at a computer screen.
When I noticed that my sight was being affected for spending so much time on my laptop every night, I decided to do something about it.
Then I found this pair of glasses with a blue light filter that made my work so much easier. I could work even more time without feeling any kind of eye strain.
You don’t necessarily have to do the same, but you can still take a 10-minute break every hour to let your eyes rest.
22. Work Efficiently With The Right Tools
During my whole career as a blogger. I have used dozens of different tools and software available online.
Some of them worked great, while others were just terrible.
I created a list of all the blogging tools I currently use and endorse.
I will update the list every time I find another great tool to share with you.
23. Invest in Your Blog and Yourself
If you want to invest some money into blogging bud don’t know what to get, always choose to invest in knowledge.
You can take online courses and read ebooks to learn more about blogging. That will help you work more efficiently and give you the best return to your investment than anything else.
Also, once you start making money online, it is a good idea to invest some of your earnings back into your blog.
Getting a premium theme, for example, will give you an extra advantage to improve your blog.
24. Keep Track of Big Blog Changes
It is a good idea to keep a journal for your blogging activities.
In case you see a notice an increment on your visitors a particular day in your analytics, you will be able to track down precisely what you did to attract them.
You don’t have to write a detailed resume with everything you do on the computer.
Just quick notes with your critical activities from your journal of the day would be enough.
25. Learn How to Deal With Writer’s Block
It can be really frustrating that when you finally have some time to write your blog post, your mind suddenly goes blank.
When that happens, you have two choices:
- You can get stressed and don’t blog because of your block.
- Do something about it.
Remember that there are dozens of other things you could be doing, such as editing images, sharing blog posts, learning new blogging techniques, etc.
Inspiration will come back to you at some point. Take advantage of your blogging time.
26. Focus On Helping Others
Use this sentence to guide you when writing a blog post.
Always write to share knowledge and help others.
It does not matter if your post is long, short, detailed, or even entertaining. As long as you provide helpful information to your readers, they will enjoy it and share it.
27. Keep Learning New Skills
Every new skill you learn is going to give you an advantage as a blogger.
Learning to edit images or videos will help you to attract more audience.
Being more fluent at writing will allow you to express yourself better to your audience.
Managing WordPress more efficiently will help you get things done way faster.
The better you become at copywriting, the more sales you will get.
Each skill is an advantage that you will add to your blogging expertise.
28. Back up Your Blog
It might not sound that important when you are just launching your blog. “I have nothing to back up,” you might say.
As you grow your blog, you might get caught up creating and sharing more content that you forget about security.
That is why always is a good idea to set up a WordPress backup schedule early.
Take a look at this video where I show an easy-to-follow method to create a backup of your blog.
It is an excellent set-and-forget method that works automatically.
29. Don’t Obsess Over Analytics
Once you start seeing your visitors’ numbers grow, it is easy to get caught into continually looking at your analytics.
Suddenly you will find yourself spending more time looking at numbers than growing your website.
Schedule one day every two weeks to take a look at your analytics.
That way, you can see if you need to change your course of action or not.
30. Advance At Your Own Pace
Do not get discouraged by thinking on all the work you have ahead of you.
Always think about how far you have gotten from the moment you started.
You already have a lot of advantage against people who just can’t make up their mind to start their blog or not.
Be consistent with your work, and you will achieve your dreams.
31. Have Fun!
An essential part of being a blogger that sometimes veterans forget about.
Enjoy what you are doing! Also, every new thing you learn and all the experiences you live as a blogger.
A journey is a hundred times better if you enjoy the trip.