Blogging can be a major uphill, especially when starting out. So, I’m not surprised you are here in search of blogging tips for beginners.
For myself and almost all experts, we had to do so many things all by ourselves, from keyword research, to writing, to editing the content, marketing the content, making sure our blog look professional, etc.
Gosh! that’s a lot to deal with.
If you’re a new blogger and struggling, I can understand. If you’re thinking of becoming a blogger, then I can help you with some blogging tips that should be of help.
Isn’t it frustrating?
I mean having a lot of resources at your disposal, but you have no idea which one to use and when to. This leads to instability and frustration.
In this article, I have compiled some tips that will make your job easier and make it easier for inexperienced bloggers. Here are my 20 blogging tips for beginners:
– USE WORDPRESS
There are other platforms on which you can host and blog, but if you are want to stay in the blogging business for a while, then your only real choice is a self-hosted version of WordPress. Your domain and style will belong to you; this is something that will add immense value to your blog as you continue blogging. I laugh at bloggers launching a free WordPress or blogger platform – what I call building a house on another man’s land,
Learning how to start a blog the right wayis the secret to success.
2- USE A DECENT PREMIUM THEME
I have never supported bloggers using a free theme, many times they look crappy and above all make you look less a professional. There are a lot of good premium themes that are way less cheap and easy to use. You can get premium themes for free – check for Astra or Hueman theme
3- BE SURE TO INSTALL THESE PLUGINS
Yoast SEO (Without a doubt the best in the field), Gravity Forms and WP SuperCache (will speed up your site), shareholic plugin for social shares. You will surely thank me after installing these plugins. Search here to download these plugins.
4- DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR THEME OR BLOG FEATURES
Don’t play with your theme too much. You cannot take advantage of every feature of your theme, you cannot also take advantage of every feature on WordPress. Invest that energy into other things. Find the most comfortable version of yourself and stay focused on your blog.
As a blogging coach and a CEO of a web design agency, I have met new bloggers who constantly worry about having a perfect blog and amazing features than having good contents on their blogs. Most blogs pulling hundreds of thousands of daily views do not have the best design and all the new features. Why? It’s a distraction. Bloggers should focus on quality content and good user experience.
5- DETERMINE WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT
Find a niche you want to write about and focus squarely, you will be tempted not to, but make sure you don’t fall for this prey. For example, instead of just writing a general article on health and fitness tips, rather niche down to focus on maybe tips to losing belly fats. Attract specific people with a specific problem to your blog.
IF YOU CANNOT GENERATE CONTENT IDEAS, SPECIFY The MAIN OBJECTIVE
If you can’t find a topic to write, the thing you need to do is to write down the main objective of your blog. By identifying the main objective, you can link the articles you’ll write to that main objective, and you’ll see how easy it is to get content ideas.
For example, I have a blog teaching digital marketing and my objective is to make sure my readers are all digital marketers, now I already know I will teach them how to blog, run social media ads, email marketing, etc. Just teaching blogging alone, there are a million and one things to write on.
7- SET HIGH STANDARDS WITH STRETCHING LIMITS
For example, give yourself not more than 30 minutes to write new content. Or try to start each sentence with “how to”. Or try to write a minimum of 2000 words for each of your content. Give yourself such limits. At first, this may be a bit difficult, but eventually, it will stretch you beyond your limits. This will help you gain mastery and make it easy for you to write or do things in a manner you want or adhering to some basic guidelines. Also, this will help you to create your own language.
I have visited blogs where I want to guest post and their requirement is an article not less than 2000 words if I have not set standards like these for myself, then doing this may look impossible.
8- DO SOMETHING INTERESTING WHEN YOU BURNOUT
We all burnout – when we can’t really find anything to write. As soon as you are out of date, you are apparently exhausted, you should stop, take a break and do something interesting. Take a vacation, travel, play golf, do something new and can create back the spark. This will help get your inspiration back with a few unique and interesting ideas. In addition, interesting things are of interest to everyone. Your new content might just earn you a few links.
9- GET STARTED FOR THE RIGHT REASONS
Think about this from the beginning. ” I want to make one million dollars” is not a good reason to start a blog, as good as it is, it would only take you down the lane of agitation and depression. The truth is you might never make millions or it may take several years to get there. However, if your goal is to be better when writing, to use your knowledge or skill to affect people positively, to solve a particular problem, you are likely to keep writing even when the chips are down, and you’re likely to catch up on success somewhere. More likely to make millions.
If you do not set the right priorities, you will end up frustrating yourself and might just join the 97% of blogs that never make it. Yes! Just a few 3% of blogs out there make it big.