10 tips for new bloggers

10 tips for new bloggers

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I thought I’d write about something a little different to my normal blog topics. I’ve learnt a lot about blogging over the past few months and I wanted to share my top 10 tips to help other new bloggers.

10 tips for new bloggers

The world of blogging is huge. It can be quite daunting, especially knowing what you should be doing before you publish your first post. I even found this post hard to write as there is so much to learn and understand, but you can make it as simple or as complex as you like.

Here are my top 10 tips to help you get started as a new blogger:

1. Don’t try and learn everything at once

Initially I did lots of reading about blogging. Although I learnt a lot, there was no specific focus and I like to have structure in my learning. I decided to do a blogging course which would give me a good overview of the world of blogging and what I should and shouldn’t be doing to get my blog started. I chose to do the Emma Drew online course Turn Your Dreams into Money.?Emma has a lot of experience in blogging and she explains things in a plain English, methodical way. The course isn’t too detailed either so it’s not overwhelming or confusing. It gives a very good baseline of knowledge which is enough to get any new blogger up and running. The course is split in to different modules and it comes with a workbook that you can complete as you progress through the course. Now that I have a good overview of the key blogging topics, I am now focusing on learning something new each month, and I keep referring back to Emma?s course to get me started or to refresh myself on how things should be done.

10 tips for new bloggers

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2. Write at least 10 posts before you publish your blog

This was a huge mistake that I made – I didn’t have any posts ready except my first one. I have been on the back foot ever since, and this adds so much pressure. Having a good number of posts ready will give you some breathing space and give you more time to write better quality posts. You don?t have to stick to publishing all these posts first, but it will certainly help having these posts ready.

3. Research your niche

Again, I didn’t do this as much as I should have and I struggled in my first few weeks knowing what to write about. I had some ideas of what I wanted to write, but knowing what your niche is and what your audience wants to read about is vital for a successful blog. Spend some time doing some research and looking at other blogs similar to yours. Ultimately you should be aiming to write 80% on topic and 20% experimental and off-topic posts. This research will also really help you write some good pre-launch blog posts.

4. Be organised with your passwords

I had no idea how many passwords I would need for all my blog-related accounts – web host, WordPress, web page mailbox, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, the list goes on. Be as organised as you can with these, otherwise you will get really frustrated like I did and everything takes twice as long when you can?t remember your password

5. Capture all future blog ideas

Whether you use your phone, a paper notebook or other electronic device, make sure you capture your future blog posts ideas. No matter how small or underdeveloped an idea, just write anything down. I find that ideas pop into my head when I least expect them to, and if I don’t write them down I easily forget them. Having a thorough list of ideas will help you plan future posts and stay in control of your blog schedule.

6. Progression over perfection

I learnt this from Matt Cho from Macro Lean on Facebook, but Emma also talks about it in her online blogging course. I wanted everything to be 100% perfect before I launched my blog and published my first post. This was never going to be the case as I didn’t know what perfect was, and in hindsight it was just a form of procrastination. Everything I read said just go for it – publish your first post and take it from there. I was very reluctant to do this, but if I hadn’t, I’d probably still be hesitating now. What I focus on now is progression over perfection. My blog posts are never perfect, but the fact that I am posting them is me progressing with my blog.

7. Connect with fellow bloggers

I?ve been in touch with some fabulous fellow bloggers since I started, including some other disability/health bloggers (Milly?s Guide, Nicola J Ogston, Pain Pals,?Wheelescapades) some personal development bloggers (Motivate Me Now), and others who have very little in common with own blog niche (Rachael Stray, Midlife Smarts,?Suzie Speaks). I love reading all their blog posts, and it is great having a little blogging communtity out there to support each other, learn from, and chat to.

8. Do a little each day

This is linked to the above. If you do a little each day, then this will all help you build your blog and ultimately your blog traffic, views and stats. Sometimes I don’t want to spend lots of time on my blog, so I schedule a few old posts on Twitter, reply to comments, or do some research to help with my blog planning.

9. Focus on 2 or 3 social media platforms

It’s easy to think that setting up an account for every social media platform is the answer, but managing these all takes time. Instead, focus on the 2 or 3 that you prefer and focus on these. My main 3 are Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. These are working well for me in my early days of blogging and mean that I can attract and engage with different audiences without the burden of managing an account for every single social media platform out there.

10. Let your audience get to know you

Don’t be afraid of this. Blogging means that you often write some very personal stuff. Even I am often reluctant to press that publish button and share some of my most personal stories. I’ve written about crying at a treatment session (The day I cried at my needling appointment), my anxiety (A letter from the girl with anxiety to the tradesman who never showed up), and even how I struggle to socialise with my pain (Chronic pain and socialising: the things my friends and family don’t know). On the topic of blogging, I wrote why I had to take a break (Taking a break from my blog and how you can help me). I felt like I was a failure doing this but I came back even more productive, organised, and determined.

These are often the posts where I have received good feedback as people relate to my situation and praise me for speaking out about it.

Let me know what you think to my top 10 tips and whether you agree with them or have some different ones to share.

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35 thoughts on “10 tips for new bloggers

  1. Teresa Les Chander says:

    These are great tips! Especially about not trying to learn everything at once and only focusing on 2-3 social media platforms. There’s SO much to learn in blogging. It’s best to take the information in as bite-size pieces.

  2. Mind Over Meta says:

    This is a great list. I was so guilty at the beginning of wanting to learn everything and to be “perfect”! It only ended with me feeling stressed and wondering whether I should carry on! I’m far more relaxed about it now, and I find that the blog post ideas come much easier when I place less pressure on myself πŸ™‚

  3. Heidi Love says:

    Great post. I’m especially interested in #7. Yesterday I was contacted by a sister blogger with a very similar target audience. I felt like we might be able to support one another, yet as a newbie I wasn’t sure what to say. After chatting back and forth I just mentioned our similarities and asked if she might want to exchange comments. Do you have a recommendation on a better way to do this? I’m new and looking forward to connecting and following.

    • Alice says:

      That fact that you are a new blogger and have been contacted so early is fab. Maybe as a starting point you can write a guest blog post for each other?

  4. Carol Taylor says:

    Useful tips Ali which I had read before I started blogging particularly the write at least 10 posts I still struggle with getting my proposed 3 weeks in advance and all nicely scheduled πŸ™‚

  5. Cherie says:

    Several useful tips. I have only been blogging for about 5 months, and just jumped in head first. I totally agree with the idea of writing 10 posts before posting. Really wish I had done that!

    • Alice says:

      It?s a balance between hitting that publish button and being prepared, isn?t it. If I didn?t hit publish on my first blog post when I did I?d probably still be dithering now about it ?

  6. Emma says:

    Great tips and tricks for new bloggers- all true and helpful ?. When I started my blog a year ago always looked for posts like these ?

  7. Alison Battye says:

    This is really helpful, thank you. I was just wondering whether I need to open an Instagram account, but as I already have twitter and Facebook, I will calm down and stick with this for now. Thank you. X

    • Alice says:

      I?m glad you found it useful. I asked myself the same questions about social media. I guess it depends what your preference is – I like the simplicity and effectiveness of Twitter, but love taking photos so use Instagram as well. I?ve only recently set up a Facebook account but am not really promoting it too much. I got over 1000 views on a previous blog post in one day because someone had shared it on a Facebook group. I decided to set up my page just in case anyone searched for me, and before anyone pinched my name. Facebook is good as a little community for your blog, so it really does depend what you want to get out of it. But definitely stick to 2 or 3 platforms even if you set them all up. Hope this helps, and thanks for reading my blog post ?

  8. Caz says:

    Great tips, and I’m definitely with you on the passwords too (so frustrating when you forget them and start mixing them all up..!) Still working on the perfection one though and I’m realising that sometimes whatever you write, perfect or not, is far better than not posting for fear of what others think, as long as it comes from the passion you have for your subject. Fab post!
    Caz x

    • Alice says:

      That?s a very good point! And OMG all the passwords drove me crazy in my first few weeks. My blog was nearly over before it even got launched ?

  9. Kelsey says:

    These are such great tips. Typically these kinds of posts are quite generic and broad, but the advice you’ve laid out is thoughtful and specific. A great reference! πŸ™‚

    • Alice says:

      I said the same thing about so many blog posts when I first got started. And surprisingly I think a lot of my impulsive posts have done better than some of my pre-planned posts. That?s what I love about blogging – you just never know what will be a success and what won?t.

  10. Jill says:

    What a great post. Simple straightforward tips. I’ve been blogging less than a year and can still find it all very confusing and all the info/advice out there overwhelming.
    And thanks so much for the mention!!
    Jill x

  11. Rachael stray says:

    A really useful post! Thank you for the mention too I?m honoured! I wish I?d had more posts ready when I first went live with my blog. I had three posts rather than just one but then I wasn?t sure what direction to take at first. I don?t have a real niche so I?m still figuring that out!

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