(Published 12-11-2016 Updated 5-13-2022)
Blogging tips for beginners usually reveal how you have no idea what you sign up for.
Do you dream of circling the globe through blogging? Dreams can and do come true but blogging turns out to be a more uncomfortable journey than you previously imagined.
As a vivid example, I want to share an experience from living in the desolate jungles of Central America a few years ago…..
I once used a vile outhouse while an army of marauding army ants systematically butchered a menacing scorpion.
Bullet ants patrolled palm fronds not 5 feet from my head as I sat in a vulnerable spot, being in the middle of a remote Costa Rican jungle.
I was calmly perched 10 feet above a refuse pile (aka, human compost from the prior month).
During this episode I felt calm.
Blogging Tips for Beginners
1 month before, when I first attempted to use the outhouse I felt like a 4 year old who resisted using the potty. I felt too scared to make.
How did I go from feeling scared to step inside of the outhouse to using it with marauding bugs being a few feet away from me.
I developed the skill of being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
New bloggers need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable to get through difficult times.
Every new blogger struggles. However, only future pros do the uncomfortable work to wade through challenging new blogger periods.
Freedom awaits beginner bloggers willing to leave their comfort zone persistently.
Keep this idea in mind as you follow these steps.
A1: Blogging Is about Being Not Doing
How blogging works: be the person to become the person.
The energy behind your actions means everything.
Think, feel and act similar to a pro blogger before earning a penny. Set the blogging table for future success. Have posture. Be confident. Nudge outside of your comfort zone.
Never fake it until you make it. Readers spot frauds from far away.
Simply visualize yourself being a pro blogger in the future to behave like a pro blogger now independent of your traffic and profits metrics.
1: Follow Your Fun/Love
Pick a topic you love to blog about.
Choose a niche that feels fun to explore.
Make sure that the niche solves a pressing problem.
Build a rock solid foundation for your campaign by blogging your fun and solving reader problems.
Fun-loving blogging helpers exude an attractive energy irresistible to readers who seek their advice. Even new bloggers with little experience can begin to grow sizeable tribes slowly but surely but only if your passion and service shine through your blog.
2: Invest Money in Your Blog
Trying to become a big time blogger with free hosting is like trying to build a thriving offline business from your parent’s basement.
Few people find free platform bloggers. Few customers find an offline business in your parent’s basement.
- a domain and hosting through a reputable, dependable hosting company
- a professional theme
Be an owner not a cyber squatter.
Build a professional-looking, eye-popping brand.
Investing in a domain and hosting buys you some trust. Buying a premium theme earns you some credibility.
Being a pro blogger involves making financial investments during your amateur blogging career.
3: Create Detailed Content
Create detailed content to gain credibility.
Identify common problems suffered by people interested in your niche. Solve those problems with rich blog posts.
Publish posts 1000 words or longer to please readers and Google. Create 600 word posts less frequently to offer readers a change up. Some topics seem best covered with short blog posts.
Add Practical Tips
Add as many practical tips as possible. Drill down to create in-depth content.
Offer readers thorough resources.
Establish a strong reputation in your blogging niche.
Publish at least one post weekly.
Beware publishing daily as a new blogger. Burnout usually follows. Crawl before you can sprint.
4: Comment on Related Blogs
Comment genuinely on top blogs related to your niche.
Gain exposure. Make friends with bloggers. Pop up on the radar screen of potential readers.
Blog commenting is a free way to leverage your beginner blogger presence fast. Plus, blog commenting has few barriers for new bloggers. Simply publish genuine, personalized comments to avoid spam queues. Address bloggers by name. Sign off with your name. Expand on some point made in the blog post.
Comment on at least 5-10 blogs from your niche daily. Be patient. Be persistent.
New bloggers gain traction quickly through a genuine blog commenting campaign.
Do you need a helpful blog commenting guide? Check out his blog commenting manual.
5: Promote Bloggers
Promote bloggers to build strong relationships.
Mention bloggers on your blog. Retweet bloggers. Mention bloggers on Facebook.
Ask for nothing in return. Gain trust.
Gradually, blogging friends promote your new blog through their social media and blog. Being seen by their communities increases your blog traffic.
6: Align Your Blog Top Down
Give your new blog a glance.
Does everything align?
Do all elements match?
Align your blog top down to ensure that every inch of cyber real estate remains congruent.
Give readers one clear message. Increase targeted traffic to your new blog by emitting a targeted message.
Avoid making the common new blogger mistake of trying to be everything to everyone. Never embed ads unrelated to your blogging niche.
Stay on topic. Begin to position yourself as a credible niche resource.
Align your blog to begin blogging intelligently.
7: Open Income Streams Every 3-6 Months
Add income channels to get comfortable with receiving money.
Be patient. Add one income stream every 3-6 months until you feel clear on your monetizing campaign.
- write and self-publish eBooks on Amazon through KDP Select
- self-publish audio books through Audible
- create blogging courses and sell through Selz, Teachable and Udemy
- offer freelance services (freelance writing, freelance design, etc)
- offer coaching services (blog coaching, personal development coaching)
- engage in affiliate marketing
Both sponsored post and advertising revenue require a high volume of targeted traffic.
Refrain from monetizing through these channels as a beginner blogger.
As your targeted traffic increases substantially over the years feel free to monetize through these streams when you become an advanced blogger.
8: Learn and Help through Groups
Learn from bloggers.
- Facebook Groups
- Twitter hashtags
- LinkedIn Groups
- Warrior Forum
Helping folks builds your authority, establishes your expertise and helps you build your following.
Learning from experienced bloggers who contribute through groups cuts your learning curve.
Learn. Then help.
9: Do Things From a Place of Love Not Loss
One of my biggest struggles rooted itself in doing things from a place of loss (fear driven acts).
My greatest victory rooted itself in doing things from a place of love.
Do things from a place of love. Put scarcity thinking behind you.
Blog to have fun helping people. Let go poverty conscious motivators.
10: Study Pro Bloggers
Cut your learning curve by capitalizing on professional blogger experience. Pros teach you about their mistakes for you to avoid making similar errors.
Professionals also convey this powerful message: “Do only this.”
Follow only success-promoting advice to accelerate your success and to establish peace of mind.
Blogging tips for beginners hit the mark by being simple and actionable.
Follow each of these tips patiently.
Gracefully coast through new blogger struggles to lay a rock solid foundation for your blogging campaign.