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.
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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.
What tips would you give to new bloggers? I’d love to hear in the comments.
Great post and tips! In my third month of blogging and gradually building a community 😊
That’s great! I hope these other tips help you 😊
This was really helpful, thank you! I have a Twitter account, but I’m brand new to Twitter and don’t know how to find blogging communities on there. How do I find already established communities to participate in?
I am wondering this as well.. Twitter was not a platform I connected to the blogging world.
Twitter is where most of my blog traffic comes from as there are comment threads x
Do you follow me on Twitter? @bournemouthgirl. If you tweet me. I will send you all the handles for the communities x
Diffusing the Tension Blog says
I love these tips! I agree about joining twitter. It has been such an amazing community. I’ve connected with so many wonderful humans 💖
It is a huge community and so many comment threads to get involved with. Xx
Thank you for sharing! ☺️ I didn’t venture into Twitter for quite a while after starting my blog and only wish I had done it sooner. The blogging community came as quite a surprise to me but I absolutely love it ☺️ I wish I had taken the time to read more tips and posts like this when I first started out 🧡
It is a huge community and so many comment threads to get involved in. Me too, I had to learn all by myself. Thank you for reading and commenting 🖤
Great post Lauren. My top tip is to never compare yourself to others blogging journey.
We are all on our own path and comparison is never going to help you x
Never comparing yourself is a great tip for blogging and life! Thank you for reading and commenting! X
Wake up and Blog says
Great tips, really useful for new bloggers!
Thank you for reading and commenting
Nice post Lauren! Working on a schedule for my posts is something I’ve got to do! Twitter is such a great platform to get your blog out and for meeting other bloggers! All your points are really good tips for newbie bloggers!
A schedule has been a complete game changer for me! Thank you for reading and commenting! X
I agree with all of this. I find that my Moron of the Week section, which gets posted on Sundays, brings in the most views.
Amie.🌼 (@acurvyvegan) says
These tips are amazing my darling, I know so many people will benefit from these!
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
Thank you so much lovely! 🖤
Great tips! I’m not exactly a beginner blogger but I’m always learning. I totally agree with you about creating a schedule and writing about something you’re passionate about. If you don’t care about it, you won’t want to write about it! And creating a schedule has helped me so much to stay consistent and put out blogs twice a week.
Yeah we are always learning. Even bloggers who have been doing it for years. Putting a schedule in place, was a game changer for me
This is something I say all the time to my friends who are thinking of taking up blogging – just start! Things won’t be perfect at the start but as you grow with your blog you are able to find your voice and what you enjoy writing most about!
When I first started blogging I had no idea about blogger chats or anything of the sort! I love chatting over on twitter to other bloggers 🙂 A blog schedule is a must, it’s the best way to be organized and for you to be consistent with your uploads. One thing I personally need to get better at is being on top of my blogging schedule!
I would say my top tip would be to write whatever you feel like rather than what’s thought to be popular, and to always stay true to yourself 🙂
Just start definitely!! I took ages to get going, but so glad I did! I have been doing it for years and I love it! I am always learning new things! Thank you for sharing your tips! Xxx
Lisa Alioto says
Great tips – as a blogger I agree with them and more. Blogging isn’t to be gone into lightly – it’s hard work. You need to be committed to it.
It is definitely hard work! X
Emily | That Weird Girl Life 🍂 (@emahlee13) says
This was such a lovely and informative post, even for a blogger like me who’s been blogging for years! I love how encouraging you are and you had some great tips for new bloggers. I think it’s important to never lose sight of what you love blogging about and WHY you love blogging. It’s not all just a numbers (aka statistics) game. Great post and I’m sure it’ll help out so many new bloggers!
Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com
Definitely! I am constantly learning. Thank you for reading and commenting! Xx
Jaya Avendel says
I can tell you are headfirst in with writing about what you enjoy. I do so love your passionate journal pages. That passion goes a long way for anything; knowing why you blog is a big part of knowing what and how to blog!
Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you so much, that is incredibly sweet of you! Thank you for reading and commenting! Xx
You’re welcome 😇
Ju The Dodo says
Those are some really helpful tips! I’ve only been blogging for some months, and it’s great to see such useful advice!😄
Glad they are helpful! I am constantly learning. Thank you for reading and commenting xx
Kim Petitt says
Thanks for the tips!
There are some thing I wished I knew before I started my blog: Your blog probably won’t blow up with a lot of traffic. I thought all I had to do was create a blog on a template and I would gain followers instantly. It takes time to build a following, you can’t just rush yourself to a successful blog. It took me eight months to build a loyal following and I know I made plenty of mistakes along the way.
Blogging is not for the faint at heart, I’ ve seen Bloggers come and go. I also thought about quitting a few times because I wasn’t seeing the type of results I was looking for.
I think some people think blogging is easy and then quickly work out it is hard work. There is so much to do! I am constantly learning. Thank you for reading and commenting 😊
Cee Arr @ Dora Reads says
My #1 tip for blogging would be to be yourself – cos honestly? I need to be able to tell other people’s blogs apart more than I can right now! 😉
Cee Arr @ Dora Reads says
https://www.dorareads.co.uk/ – ha! I remembered! 😉
That’s a great tip!! C
I prefer twitter over Pinterest. If I could create good cover photos, I might have better results on Pinterest. Write what you love learning about and are passionate about voicing is the best way to find your drive to blog. If I was writing about anything else, I wouldn’t want to make time for blogging. You’re advice is the same as mine. I wish I could get into scheduling post but I can’t due to my schedule. It would cost me stress and take the fun away from blogging for me
That’s fair enough, schedules don’t work for everyone. It’s great that you have identified what works and what wouldn’t work for you x
Melissa Roos says
Such a good blog post to help beginner bloggers! I had no clue what to do when I first started. Great post!
Melissa | Rosy Melissa
Thank you! I hope it helps other new bloggers x
I love these tips! I totally agree with you about creating a schedule. The worst thing is not engaging back when people spend their time trying to help your blog grow. It is so important to write content that you enjoy as well. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! Definitely! A schedule has helped me so much! Thank you for reading and commenting! X
These are absolutely great tips! I think writing content you genuinely enjoy makes SUCH a difference, both in your content’s quality but also in how motivated you are to keep blogging xx
Definitely does! Thank you for reading and commenting xx
Definitely! Thank you for reading and commenting
That’s great! I hope these tips help you x
Melina Elisa says
These are great tips for starters, even as a non-beginner, I always forget to post my posts on social media, but when I’m consistent with that, it really does help a ton! Great post xxx
Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com
Thank you lovely. I hope they do help xxx
These are all some fab tips for new bloggers – I definitely found that joining in with the blogging community via Twitter and sharing your blogs made a huge difference when it came to engagement! I also love the advice about if you’re thinking of starting a blog, just do it – such great advice and you’re absolutely right! xx
Thank you for reading and sharing your lovely comment x
These are some great tips. I’ve still not mastered a blogging schedule – life or work always seem to get in the way of plans – so I guess I need to prioritise a little more? Twitter is such a great resource for bloggers, from sharing your posts to looking for brand collaborations.
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I just srarted my personal blogging in Jan 2020.
I hope it gets better with time
That’s great! Welcome to the blog community!
Dr Namrata says
Thank you for these advices…I am a new blogger.
Glad they have helped
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Sophia Patel says
Such a great post and tips! Too right about starting on SEO early – I am way too late on it and its been an absolute nightmare trying to optimise everything!
Same! I am having to go back on old posts, it is so time consuming. It would have been so helpful to know about it from the start. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Useful tips thanks for sharing.
Such great tips. I ignored SEO for years, thinking it was complicated and over my head. It’s actually very simple and very important. I have been going back to old posts to update them and wish I had done it from the beginning.
I am going back and adapting for SEO also. It is so time consuming, so it is definitely important to pay attention to it from the first post. Thank you for reading and commenting.