Since going self-hosted, I really feel like I have become a new blogger all over again. I have learnt things I had no idea about, I’ve been exposed to people and niches I didn’t even know existed and I have fallen in love with it all over again. However, starting out, it can be difficult to get to grips with it all. I definitely wish I had found a post like this when starting my blog so that is what I am providing you all with today. 25 quick and easy tips for any new blogger.
I’m thinking of turning this into a little series, just sharing quick and easy tips about a whole bunch of things social media and blogging related, so let me know if that is something you’d be interested in. But let’s get started!
- Keep your blog name short and sweet
The name of your blog is important because it should summarise a bit about yourself or what you write about but don’t overthink it. Keep it short and simple.
- Write what you’re passionate about
You won’t be blogging for long if you aren’t passionate about what you write about. Find something you love to talk about or love to photograph and let the passion motivate you to blog about it.
- Don’t force yourself into a niche if you aren’t ready
If you have a niche, great. But if you don’t, don’t panic. Take your time as a new blogger to experiment. Learn what you love to write about, what posts are popular, and go from there.
- Share tips and tricks
Knowledge is power, so share it. People are looking for solutions you could provide them with, so share any advice you have.
- Stay on topic when writing
Don’t ramble, people are less likely to read it. Keep every post straight to the point.
- Catchy titles are a must
Make your titles intriguing. You want to make people curious so that they click to read your post.
- Create eye-catching pictures
Visuals are key in a blog post. Keep them relevant, if possible, and make them pleasing to the eye.
- Keep your editing consistent
If you can edit all your pictures so that they look cohesive, your blog aesthetic is going to look a lot more solid and less messy.
- Use subtitles
Make the reading experience as easy as possible. Break up paragraphs with subtitles so people know what they are reading about.
- Have a friendly about me page
People love getting to know other people. Share a random fact, your career, your dreams. Whatever it is, give the reader a chance to get to know you as the writer.
- Make your blog personal to you
Share personal experiences, open up. It’s true, but there is no one in the world like you, so use it to your advantage. Don’t feel the need to copy others, keep your blog personal to who you are.
- Interact with other bloggers
Spread love to your fellow bloggers. Not only are they probably going to check out your blog, but you’re also making their day a little brighter. We are all people at the end of the day, who share a passion for blogging, so share positive vibes with each other.
- Leave meaningful comments on other blogs
None of this ‘f4f’ or ‘please check out my blog’. Leave a comment about the post you’ve just read, make it relevant, and keep it meaningful. This way, you’re building genuine connections with fellow bloggers.
- Always link back to your blog when commenting
Left a comment? Leave your blog link there too. People will want to read your comment and will want to know where they can find you, so make it easier for them.
- Learn about SEO, the sooner the better
Not the most riveting of topics, but crucial in the big wide world of blogging. Learn how to get more eyes on your blog, how to rank higher on Google. I definitely wish I had done this sooner.
- Use social media to promote your blog
Grow an Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest. Social media can become your biggest source of traffic as most of our ideal readers are huge users of social media. So promote your posts, share your gorgeous images, and always link back to your blog.
- Don’t focus on the views
Views aren’t everything and try not to get disheartened in the beginning. Everyone starts somewhere.
- Make it easy for people to contact you, ie. social media accounts and emails
Leave your socials or email in an easy-to-access place on your blog. Create a contact me page or a section on your sidebar that lets people email you.
- Spell check your posts always!
No one likes a grammatical error. I am definitely very guilty of this one and I’m still going back to read and fix old posts.
- Check that your blog is easy to navigate
Make sure people can understand and use your blog. Allow them to find your posts easily, comment easily, and learn about you easily.
- Don’t force yourself to write a post
If you aren’t in the mood to write a blog post, don’t force it. You don’t want to get into the habit of forcing content out as it will suck the fun out of something that should be your passion.
- Keep track of your popular blog posts
Remember which posts of yours do the best. The ones with the most views or comments. What do people like reading from you? Could you create more of that content?
- Keep consistent, if possible
Find that balance between consistency and not forcing the content. Workaround your schedule and figure out what works best.
- Don’t become obsessive over your blog
Your blog shouldn’t control your life. Don’t let the numbers consume you. All of this takes time and it isn’t going to be an instant fix.
- Quality over quantity
The quality of your post is so much more important than the number of posts you have.
I hope some of you found this post useful. If you have any other tips for new bloggers, I’d love to hear them in the comments!