Blogging is such a different journey and many people blog for a variety of reasons some for fun and others because they are wanting to create a brand and a business. When you first start blogging it can be overwhelming and it can be hard to find your way within the community. It is important that if you are wanting to start a blog and haven’t, the first thing I would say is just set it up and start. Do not waste time worrying about the perfect theme or images, these are things that you can change but also as you develop you are likely to rebrand.
When I first started blogging I did not know many bloggers and did not have very much blogging knowledge and learned a lot as I went. I am still learning, that is the beauty of this industry. However, there are some top tips that I definitely wish I knew when I first started blogging which would have helped me grow my blogging audience and my site’s credibility with Google. There are a variety of tools and resources that can help with building effective and appealing graphics for your blog, that I would recommend downloading or investing in.
A lot of people have an idea in their head about how blogging is as a hobby or career and are very surprised when they start their journey. Blogging is not an easy hobby or career option, it takes a lot of time, patience and persistence. Allocating time that you can dedicate to working on blog content and promoting your blog is vital to stay organised and motivated with your blog.
Here are my top 5 tips to focus on when you are a new blogger:
1. Set up a Twitter account
Having a Twitter account is such a useful platform to share your blog posts and be able to reach a larger audience. Putting your content out to a larger audience with improve your chances in having a boost in your blog engagement and increase in traffic to your blog. Twitter has a very supportive blogging community, where bloggers will support your content, offer tips and even host comment threads to help you get some feedback on your content. Twitter offers opportunities to work with PR companies and brands with collaborations if that is something you would like to develop your blog to be able to do.
2. Create a blog schedule
Having a blogging schedule I would say is vital in being consistent and building a regular audience. Setting a strict schedule with how many times a week you wish to post, then setting the day and time the same each week. Being consistent is a great way to build positive engagement and regular blog traffic to your content. Having a schedule means you can plan your content ahead of time and this can help you avoid writers block as well as the dreaded burn out. Your schedule will save you time and allow you to feel more organised and motivated with your blog.
3. Focus on SEO from the start
When I first started blogging I just started blissfully unaware of the importance of SEO. So if you are relatively new making an effort to be aware of SEO, what your blog posts should include and making sure you are maintaining your blog, will save you a huge amount of the time in the future. More importantly it will help you improve your DA score and your site’s credibility with Google.
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4. Share your content
Sharing and promoting your blog content is one of the biggest tasks when blogging, especially when you are starting out and you do not necessarily have a regular audience. Sharing promotional tweets for example about your content is a great way to get your content shared and seen by a larger audience. As social platforms like Twitter are so fast paced it is important that you are continuously sharing promotional tweets of your different posts, with fun and catchy introductions to make clicking your link appealing. Using all your platforms is a great way to reach a diverse audience. Pinterest is something I have been utilising more and has boosted my blog traffic a huge percentage, I recommend haring your blog posts on there for maximum reach.
5. Disclose when necessary
When you start to work with brands or receive gifted products it is super important that you disclose your content at the very beginning, making you audience aware. This helps you be authentic and transparent with your readers and shows your professionalism for your brand and business. There can be a lot of legal troubles if you continue not to disclose on your content or Instagram images you share.