About 7 years ago, I started this crazy thing called “Blogging”. Blogging for beginners is not fun. Lots of obstacles, learning curve, etc.
I must admit.
Lots of pitfall here and there, mistakes, challenges. Then, along came some happy moments, success stories, achievement, etc.
In that early beginning, to be precise – 3rd July 2012. The very day I registered this blog domain name and secure hosting from whogohost web hosting company.
I had very little idea or knowledge of what this blogging for beginners thing is all about. All I care and know is that am starting something amazing and funny at that time.
I read how a blog can be used to reach thousands, even millions of people and the rest of the world with my message. So excited I was to start a blog of my own.
Looking back at all I have gone through in the past, still passing through now.
And what I might meet in the feature in the process of building a sustainable blogging business. I thought it would be good to share with you some of the blogging for beginners lessons I had learned to be Dos and Don’t in building a profitable blogging career.
But, bear in mind that this does not reflect the general opinion or rule of any blogger. They are just my personal experiences, base on my blogging routine, style, and business model.
67 Useful Blogging for Beginners Tips
#1. Nothing is the only thing that is going to be perfect…and am sure you “don’t” want “nothing”. You want something, right?
So start something irrespective of the situation at hand. Whether you’re ready or not – start that blog today.
#2. Passion alone won’t build a blog business that makes money. You need proven strategies and well laid out plans that are constantly executed towards achieving your main goal.
#3. Blog on what you love and stick with it long enough to see if it’s profitable or not.
#4. If what you blog about is not marketable or people are not just interested in it, try another niche.
#5. Set out realistic goals and map out plans that lead to their achievement.
#6. Write as you speak or in a conversational tone like you’re talking to a friend. A blog is not an essay writing class.
#7. If you’re blogging to make a living, get a register domain name and hosting from a reliable and accredited web hosting company.
#8. “Money is in the list”. Without a healthy email list of subscribers, you may always find it difficult to get traffic on demand. So start building your subscribers base from day one.
#9. Don’t assume you know all about your readers; the survey is never a bad idea to try.
#10. Your content must do one of the following: either it educates, engages, informs, entertain or teaches something new. If it doesn’t meet any of these, then, you’re screwed.
#11. Your content headline must clearly tell what to expect in reading the rest of the body.
#12. Your copy headline is the first of your overall tactics or strategies to lure your potential reader in clicking through to read your content.
#13. So make sure your headline stands out and grab the attention of the visitor. Either by arousing in his curiosity. Telling the benefits he stands to gain from reading your information. It has announcement value and or it asks an intriguing question.
#14. Make sure you use and understand Google analytics. It is one of your most useful tool to market your blog and content to the right audience.
#15. If you’re not making money from your online activities yet, especially in blogging, don’t write a blog about how to make money online.
It is not easy to fake it until you make it in that field.
Readers want to see a practical proven result.
#16. Break your content into sections and subheadings. Use short paragraphs and avoid a long wall of text.
A long wall of text makes the eyes get tired quickly to read further.
#17. Occasionally, use one sentence paragraph.
Like this one.
#18. Use H tag in your subheading to help with your on-page SEO optimization – H2, or H3, preferably.
#19. If you’re on WordPress…which I expect you to; make sure you install and set up Yoast SEO plugin. It will take care of your on-page SEO efforts and guide you to a more effective on-page post optimization.
#20. Networking is more important than your quality content. You’ll need your peers to help you spread the word out of your small world to the larger crowd.
#21. Always respond quickly to comment(s) left on your blog posts. It helps build a relationship between your blog readers and you, “the blog author”.
#22. Don’t just start to write, write it out in your mind before putting it on paper. It helps to make your writing process faster and easier.
#23. Test out with long-form and short-form content to see what your readers like most. Don’t assume you know your reader’s appetite.
#24. For search engine traffic, long-form in-depth content full of facts, lessons, education e.t.c seems to out-perform a shorter form of content.
#25. Don’t make your blog text-content only. Add infographics, videos, power-point presentations, etc. It helps to bring in different types of readers.
#26. Ideas don’t give notice. The best time to make use of them when they struck is to quickly put it down on paper, jotter, your smartphone, word doc, etc.
When they hit you, pin them down.
#27. Don’t waste your reader’s time by rambling around in your post with unnecessary intro. Go straight to the point and quickly deliver on your headline promises.
#28. A bit of intro is okay, but keep it short, simple and sweet. And relevant.
#29. When you first get started with blogging, your writing style may suck. It’s okay, don’t let this turn you off. Publishing quality content is not going to be easy in the beginning. It takes lots of constant daily practices and patient.
#30. Use a keyword tool to find popular high traffic keywords to write your post around. Stop publishing content on low traffic keyword. It won’t help you in the long run.
#31. Backlinks remain one of the strongest factors that push a site up in search engine ranking. So don’t neglect link building tactics.
#32. But don’t do black-hat SEO.
#33. Google has lots of animals in its “zoo” – Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird. If one of these animals catch you, your site may get penalized for involving in shady link building scheme.
#34. Use premium SEO tools that will make the process of SEO optimization easier to execute.
#35. Just as small fire will produce a smaller amount of heat; a big fire will generate a bigger amount of heat. In blog marketing…you only get what you pay for.
#36. Your entire blog content/files could get lost on the internet within a second, so always back it up.
#37. Keep comment moderated, otherwise, your comment box will be filled with spammers.
#38. If you want others to take part in your blog and build up the conversation, then take part in their blog first and start the conversation.
#39. Each time you update your blog with fresh content, don’t forget to send a broadcast to your email list. Notifying them of your new blog post is a good tactic to drive traffic on demand.
#40. Is easy to get lost on social media sites and spend all your valuable time reading friends and family status updates. Learn how to be more productive with the little time you have.
#41. Focus on what are the most important things that directly lead to the attainment of your realistic goals.
#42. Publishing content every day does not guarantee success or more traffic, so make sure you only publish your best work. Don’t feel pressured that you must publish something new every day.
It doesn’t work that way.
#43. Don’t quit your 9 -5-day job when you haven’t secured a constant stable income from your blogging activities.
Making $500 this month and not making $100 next month is not right. Ensure you have a sales funnel guarantee to make you money constantly before leaving the brick and mortal world.
#44. SEO is not a myth in online marketing. The better you learn how to get it right, the better your internet marketing business. And if you can’t understand the science behind it, hire someone who can.
#45. Relevant Search engine traffic is the most targeted and profitable of all website traffic.
#46. Google is not the only search engine available on the internet. Don’t neglect the benefits you might get from utilizing other search engines too
#47. Don’t depend on FREE tools if you want to see your blog grow faster.
Free tools will only take you somewhere, but not far enough to see you build that profitable blogging career.
#48. Spend 20 percent of your time managing your blog. Spend the remaining 80 percent outside of it networking and promoting it in places your potential readers, customers and audience gather most.
Spend 20 percent of your time writing your blog. Spend the remaining 80 percent marketing your content.
#49. To earn “significant” money from your blog and live full-time on your internet business, treat your blog as a business and not as a hobby.
#50. Spend money on things that have a direct positive impact on the goals and target you’ve set for yourself and your blog.
#51. Don’t be afraid to test out new things. Blogging is all about tweaking and testing.
#52. Don’t just publish content without knowing what your readers want to read. What problem they are facing that need a solution.
#53. Target one specific audience in every piece of content you write and publish on your blog.
#54. Not doing keyword research before writing your articles is one of the gravest mistakes in content marketing.
#55. Let your personalities shine through in your work – be yourself.
#56. All work without play makes Jack a dull boy – so take a break from blogging. Visit families, friends and loved ones when due.
#57. When writer’s block hit you, don’t force it. Just relax and do a bit of blog hopping or reminisce on your blogging journey so far.
#58. Don’t try to be everywhere marketing your blog. Focus on a few marketing channels and make the best out of it.
#59. You’re not them, and they are not you – so stop comparing yourself to another blogger. Instead, compare yourself to when you started and to where you’re today.
#60. Continue trying different ways to monetize your blog until you find the golden pot.
#61. Most successful blogs take on average 18 months before they really kick-off to a blazing start. So be patient and don’t give up too quickly on blogging.
#62. There is no hand-out or blueprint to success; create your own path, set your rules and make no excuses.
#63. Being transparent in your content and information you publish on your blog will help a lot in earning the trust of your readers.
#64. Admit it when you’re wrong.
#65. Link out to others in your articles. Especially useful resources that put more light on the topic you write on.
#66. Have an about me page on your blog that tells in details who you are, your journey, your struggles, and your victories. Remember point #63 here – is very important that you exhibit that quality in your about me page.
#67. Don’t forget…some readers might want to contact you on one or two issues, so your contact me page should be visible and working.
There are million and one lessons to learn in blogging for beginners, therefore…I have just scratched the surface.
Over the last 7 years or so…I have learned a lot about internet marketing. Definitely, I’m sure you have learned more than I do in your blogging journey so far, right?
I would like it and appreciate if you can share with us your experience. And the lessons learned from your years in the blogging for money and internet marketing industries.