What if some of the top successful bloggers out there gave you their secrets to success?
Wouldn’t that give you an advantage.
You’d be on the path to greatness in no time.
I asked these masters and gurus, “What’s your #1 tip for new bloggers?”
So that you can rocket boost your way to the top.
You better be ready for the next level, because you’ll be there soon.
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I would work on building a monster article, for example, when I first started my blog I wrote on 500 ways to make money online. It was the most comprehensive article at the time, thousands of words and included dozens of bloggers. It generated hundreds of shares, traffic, and newsletter sign ups and starts you off on the right foot in terms of branding.
Even to this day it brings in thousands of visitors a month aka leads. Moreover, it helps you build authority in your niche because people respect you for great writing.I would work on building a monster articleClick To Tweet
My best advice is to just go for it. Stop thinking about it, stop dreaming, stop worrying, stop planning and preparing. Nothing will get you ready more than I think starting a blog and getting experience. Start writing articles now, start going out there and attracting an audience. Only this will help you be a better blogger.just go for itClick To Tweet
Joost de Valk
When writing, remember to think about who would search for the topic you’re writing about. Try to determine which words they’d use when searching for that topic and use those words in your blog post. This increases the chance of getting traffic from the search engines tremendously.think about who would search for the topic you're writing aboutClick To Tweet
1. Don’t chase trends. Write what you want to read. What resonates with you just might resonate with an audience. This is a far more secure way to approach your craft than just doing the popular thing.
2. Don’t try to find the right topic. Find the right voice, and let the rest of the work come. This is the secret to doing sustainable work you can be proud of that allows you to shift your focus over time (if you so desire).
3. Don’t just follow your passion. Find your tribe by making your work matter to others. Do the hard work of serving your audience and trust the readers will come (because they will).Find your tribe by making your work matter to others.Click To Tweet
Paste your blog’s link into Facebook to see what picture is imported.Paste your blog’s link into Facebook to see what picture is imported.Click To Tweet
My best advice for new bloggers is for them to niche down as much as possible and understand how they are going to provide value and monetize their content in the process. This is where I feel 97% of bloggers go wrong. Most new bloggers start with the concept of just going live with a site and thinking they will make money. However, what usually happens is they just create content for a few weeks or months and end up with nothing but a site with a handful of visits per day.
To help with this process, I crated a complete walkthrough on how to make money with a blog. By following each of the steps laid out in this guide, every blogger will have the opportunity to make money through their sites.
At the end of the day content will only get you so far. Bloggers MUST focus on their content promotion, otherwise they will get lost in the mix of the other one billion sites clogging up the internet.niche down as much as possibleClick To Tweet
Start with something to say. The market is so saturated these days—challenge the rest of us and raise the game!Start with something to say. Click To Tweet
When you begin anything new, you should decide what you want before you begin. Once you decide what you want, and you decide what you want from your blog, finding a mentor who is aligned with your goals can make the most dramatic impact on your level and speed to success.
Yes, the very first step is to simply get started. There is never any harm in starting. Your future self will thank you.
You may only want an online dairy, or a photo journal. You can do that all by yourself on blogger. Blogs are great for that. If you want to make any money and if you want to affect a lot of people, you are going to need to find someone who knows what they are talking about. Someone who is currently where you want to be.
Blogs are billed as being easy to set up and easy to make tons of money. Yes, they can be. But if you are brand new to creating an online business, it is not easy though it is very easy to get lost very quickly.
Your mentor can take you where you want to go. Then, do exactly what they say. Trust them. You are paying them, so do exactly what they tell you to do. You don’t need to know how it works. Don’t try and figure it out. Just trust your mentor and follow their specific instructions. You’ll be happy you did.Your mentor can take you where you want to go.Click To Tweet
Don’t start a blog; start a brand.
Aim to create the best resource in the world for the audience you want to serve. Next, you have to think how you can shrink the Internet to a more manageable size so people can find you. Think of it like joining a club or fraternity in college; it’s a way to shrink the university.
That could be forming an informal blogger network with others in your space, where you collectively promote each other’s work, or it could be becoming a contributing member of groups that already exist on Facebook or LinkedIn.
Then for each post you write you should be able to say who specifically this is for, have an idea of where you can find those readers, and also who is most likely to share it.Don't start a blog; start a brand.Click To Tweet
Follow your fun. What can you talk about all day long? Blog about that. That’s your niche. Blog inside-out. This is an energy game. Raise your vibe and you’ll shine so brightly that you’ll go wherever you want to go in this blogging world. Following your fun may even take you to a tropical paradise 🙂What can you talk about all day long? Blog about that.Click To Tweet
Before you start blogging, know the reason WHY you are starting. Is it to market your services? To get your name out there? Or maybe it’s to make money from advertising or affiliate marketing. Answering this will allow you to focus on your strategy and blog appropriately. Good luck!know the reason WHY you are startingClick To Tweet
The Internet is so crowded and there is that temptation for newbies to want to try everything at the same time. Lots of attractive and somewhat fake opportunities that can make you think you’ve found your gold. The fact however is these flashy offers only end up wasting your time and money.
The best thing for any newbie is to get one thing, focus and develop it to certain success level before picking up something else. I think focus is the keyword here.get one thing, focus and develop itClick To Tweet
My top blogging tip is to write backwards!
I wasn’t being literal of course; what I mean is to write your blog conclusion first.
It’s not uncommon to see writing veer off-piste and unfortunately, waffle a little. This is particularly true for new writers because, let’s face it, life is full of distractions.
Therefore, the conclusion-first method enables you to set the tone and topic. It gives you the freedom to write your entire article with the sole purpose of meeting the needs of the conclusion.
Writing your conclusion first also speeds up your writing. Why? Because you have a very specific objective to meet. It keeps you, somewhat regimentally, on a the straight and narrow.
Now to really flip things on their head, if you’re writing your conclusion first, make sure you write your intro last.
Ed. Your marbles, they’re lost to this world.
Hear me out!
By writing your introduction after you’ve finished structuring, researching, writing and editing your blog, you’ll know exactly what it details – the intro’ therefore, will be a breeze.
As us Brits would say, “it’s arse about face”, but it works.
So, just make sure you write a bloody good conclusion!make sure you write a bloody good conclusion!Click To Tweet
If you are hoping either now, or eventually, to make money with your new blog, you are better off deciding this from the very beginning. To start with, focus on a narrow niche and make sure that you have a potential audience for your blog. No audience, no money (or fun).
Then start figuring out how you can make money online. Check that post out in detail, taking time to read and understand all of the options available. There are so many different ways to make money on the web, and many (or most) of them you probably won’t even be aware of. You can then decide which ones suit your blog, your audience and the stage you are at in your blogging journey.
In short, arm yourself before you start – with the right money making ideas, along with the right niche. Then you will be set for success before you even get started!focus on a narrow niche and make sure that you have a potential audienceClick To Tweet
The key is to kick off a new blog with great content. It’s trite but true. With great content a site will be easier to promote. Whether it’s clickbait content, educational content, images, listicles, tutorials… the format doesn’t matter. What’s important is that the intended audience like the content or find the content helpful.
Keep in mind to please an audience, it’s not one-size fits all. You don’t have to publish epic 4,000 word posts to please an audience. Sometimes, short lists or even a gallery of 10 photos does the job. It all depends on what the audience wants.
For example, if someone is looking for trendy short hair styles in 2016. A gallery of 10 to 25 terrific 2016 short hairstyle photos does the job. On the flip side, if someone is doing research for a $3,000 purchase, and you write about that product line, you want to provide a great deal of information all about that product line or individual product to assist the prospective purchaser.
Put yourself into your audience’s shoes. What would you like to read, view or see for that niche? That’s what you should publish. We’re all content consumers so it’s an easy way to figure out what we should publish.
For example, while clickbait content sometimes is scorned upon, I often visit clickbait content for entertainment purposes. I enjoy it. But if I’m looking to have a question answered or learn something in-depth about a topic, I expect more. It boils down to figuring out “what does my audience really want?” If a new blogger figures that out and delivers, the site has a good chance of succeeding.Put yourself into your audience's shoes.Click To Tweet
My best tip for new bloggers is pretty simple, it comes down to one word.
Not just with your posting schedule, but with everything related to your blogging effort. Consistently reach out to other bloggers and get to know them. Consistently respond to readers. Consistently promote your work. Consistently work on the business.
It’s simple to say, tough to do – but those who are consistent are the ones who generally have the most success.those who are consistent are the ones who generally have the most successClick To Tweet
Most new bloggers start off writing a blog post a day (and sometimes more than once on the same day). This usually results in content that isn’t the best it could be, because of the rush for quantity over quality. Instead of doing this, create content that really asks questions of both yourself and your audience, and don’t settle for content for content’s sake (even if that means posting less). Set your stall out from the start how you want your blog to be viewed, and build on that.don't settle for content for content's sake (even if that means posting less)Click To Tweet
Good blog posts, like good novels and TV shows and conversations, are about problems not solutions.
You might think your job is to provide the solution, the “how to,” the answer your reader is looking for. You might think you need to say, “This is what worked for me.” And you do.
But great blog posts don’t start with the solution. They start with the problem. Your reader needs to know that you get them, that you care, that you understand just how hard it is to be struggling with their problem. Here’s what it looks like:
- State the problem
- Make the problem personal
- Tell a story about how the solution was found (i.e. not the solution itself)
- Give the solution
- Call to action
So before you talk about your successes, talk about your failures. Before you tell people how to make their lives better, make sure they know you understand what they’re going through. If you do it, you will find that you not only grow your traffic, you’ll actually start to change people’s lives.Your reader needs to know that you get themClick To Tweet
Learn what you can from others’ experiences, but don’t lose what makes you, you. That is, learn technique, read about the experiences other people have had, figure out some base-level necessities to get set up, and then go your own direction as much as possible.
To do otherwise is to be one more face in the crowd, doing the same things as everyone else. To be different is to walk a different, often more difficult road, but it’s also to create something new and stand out. And at the end of the day, if you aren’t doing something that allows you to be yourself, what’s the point of doing it?
This allows you to define your own brand, while also giving you the chance to innovate things that other people will someday learn from. Don’t try to be “The next (insert name of well-known blogger here).” Aspire to be the first, and best, you. Present that to the world clearly, confidently, and regularly, ensuring that you’re creating value for other people along the way, and you can’t help but create a sort of social gravity that will over time solidify into a dedicated audience.go your own direction as much as possibleClick To Tweet
My number one tip for new bloggers is to treat your blog like a business. Many new bloggers get discouraged when they don’t see immediate traffic or income. It actually took me six months to make my first $100. But despite the tough start, I was intentional about sticking with The Penny Hoarder.
Choose a goal, make a plan and stick to it. And when considering opportunities, always think about what’s best for you, your blog and the business you’re trying to build. Focus and consistency will help your business grow.treat your blog like a businessClick To Tweet
There’s a lot that new bloggers need to know out of the gate, but one of the main ones is this:
Craft a strategy to build your email list right out of the gate. Don’t wait, or come up with excuses – just do it.
Starting your own email list will give you a marketing channel that you have a lot of control over.
But, it takes more than just slapping a bunch of opt-in forms saying “Join my free newsletter”.
Here’s how to get started:
1) Come up with a compelling offer (lead magnet) to encourage people to join your email list – the best ones are specific and solve the problems your audience is facing. This could be a checklist, free course or even a discount code for a product.
2) Make it easy for your readers to subscribe but don’t go too crazy – this means adding opt-in forms in strategic locations, where people would expect to find them. For WordPress bloggers, there are a lot of great plugins available that make it easy to deploy opt-in forms.
3) Test to find what works – the copy in your opt-in forms will have a significant impact in your conversions. Try split testing different variations to see what converts best, but remember that your offer has to deliver on the promise made in your copy – if it doesn’t, you’ll just make people regret giving you their email address.
4) Harness the power of relevance – it turns out that people are usually more likely to sign up to your list if your offer is relevant to the topic they’re reading at the time. You could use the content upgrade technique and offer post specific offers, but if you want a less time-consuming approach; you could create a different offer/lead magnet for each of the main categories on your blog (it’s easier with less categories of course). Then show those offers only on relevant categories. We tried this at UK Linkology and it’s had a 300% increase in email sign ups.
If you haven’t started building your email list yet, now is the time. Get a plan together and start building your list – you’ll be glad you did.Craft a strategy to build your email list right out of the gate.Click To Tweet
My #1 tip for new bloggers is speak to your readers and find out why they consume your stuff, even if it’s just 1 person visiting your site a day.speak to your readers and find out why they consume your stuffClick To Tweet
My best tip for new bloggers is to simply get started.
Sure, there are plenty of things to figure out along the way — lead magnets, mailing lists, conversion funnels, analytics, branding, calls to action, defining your niche, guest posting, outreach strategy, affiliate links, and so forth. But none of those items really matter unless you get started.
And if you wait until you feel like you know everything about everything, you’ll never get started. Successful bloggers never stop learning and growing.
As the saying goes, doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. So if you want to start a blog or already consider yourself a new blogger, dive in with both feet. It doesn’t have to be perfect. But every blog begins with a single post, right? You’ve got to start somewhere. So stop waiting and make it happen!My best tip for new bloggers is to simply get started.Click To Tweet
My number one tip for new bloggers is to focus on writing insanely high quality, comprehensive posts. I pretty much launched my blog writing a 2,500 word piece that was immediately picked up on Reddit and several other media channels that got me nearly 7,000 visitors my first few weeks, along with several hundred subscribers.
These comprehensive, pillar posts also do extremely well with Google in terms of SEO, so they can continue to deliver a healthy stream of targeted traffic for months or years to come. In fact, for many topics now, it’s hard to find a post on the first page of Google less than 1,200 words.
Don’t just limit yourself to writing. This strategy can also be used with video and other mediums. Consider the fact that Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook took a similar position by creating a YouTube video comprehensive covering all the possible ways you can tie a scarf. It now sits at 35,000,000 views and hundred of backlinks to her blog.focus on writing insanely high quality, comprehensive postsClick To Tweet
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For anyone who has ever tried to build a blog you know how frustrating and even discouraging it can be to watch the slow trickle of visitors despite your amazing content and high activity.
But the one thing that is more important than your brand, content, social media strategy or plugins is patience and the ability to keep posting and sharing that awesome content, even in those weeks when no one seems to be engaging with you or following your account.
The main differentiator between successful and unsuccessful bloggers is patience and even stubbornness.
There are no shortcuts.
You simply have to go through the tough months in order to come out the other side and into the bloggers’ Promised Land.keep posting and sharing that awesome contentClick To Tweet
Sue Anne Dunlevie
I always tell brand new bloggers to buy a great theme for your site and get someone else to install it for you. Have them set it up to look just like the demo. You can get someone from Fiverr to do the work inexpensively. Within 3 days, you have a great looking blog where you can start adding your own content.
Then, just add 3 blog posts and write your About Page and your blog is done.
You are now ready to get “eyeballs” on your blog. Begin your blogger outreach – start commenting on other blogs, do a roundup post and start guest blogging. You’ll get a lot more traffic this way instead of just blogging on your own site. And you’ll be ahead of the other 99% of new bloggers out there!buy a great theme for your site and get someone else to install it for youClick To Tweet
The biggest mistake I see new bloggers make, is spending almost all of their time on content creation and very little time on actual promotion once the content is published. With every piece of content I create, I follow the 80/20 rules of content promotion. 80% of my time is spent on distribution of my new posts. So, if it takes me 5 hours to write a post for my blog, I’m going to commit to spending at least 20 hours (at minimum) sharing on social media, generating discussions in relevant online forums, reaching out to activate other audiences and building relationships with others who may want to promote & read my post.
On top of that, most new bloggers don’t take the time to thoughtfully build distribution into their content before they hit publish. Once I build an outline for a new post on my blog, I’ll spend at least an hour or so researching other influencers, brands and blogs that talk about the same topics I plan on covering within my post. From there, I’ll find a way to weave in a contextual link over to each of the influencers, brands and blogs that have a sizable, engaged audience, so that once my post goes live, I’ll have a reason to reach out and build a relationship with them. By first providing value in the form of a high quality backlink, these influencers and brands are already incentivized to share my post with their audience. These new relationships often lead to guest posts, new backlinks to my post and even freelance work for my content marketing consultancy.follow the 80/20 rules of content promotionClick To Tweet
My #1 tip would be to stay consistent. Most bloggers give up too early because they expect a quick win. Blogging is a 12-18 month journey and like all good things, it takes time. Be patient and keep going at it.Be patient and keep going at it.Click To Tweet
My #1 tip for new bloggers is twofold:
First, figure out your niche. Who’s your specific audience? What’s the one thing you want to be seen as the expert of? To get your blog going, you’ll need to have a defined niche and audience.
Second, start by providing massive amounts of value to everyone around you. Doesn’t matter if it’s a blog reader or another blogger. Just start providing super actionable blog posts, engaging with people on their blogs and connecting on social media. This way, you build relationships and position yourself as an expert – and that’s how you eventually grow your blog.start by providing massive amounts of value to everyone around youClick To Tweet
So much comes to mind when the words “new” and “blogger” are brought up in a question. While it’s not the sexiest tip, consistency is vital. One jaw-droppingly amazing post every two to three months won’t get you very far. Kill your inner writer’s desire for perfection and – just like Steve Jobs famously said – “ship.” In other words, post.
However, if I only get one tip to pass along then it’d be build relationships. Every major win in my career as a blogger has been fueled by the genuine human relationships I’ve built with the people I look up to. Don’t worry about outreach emails or crafting the perfect pitch, just become a vocal fan of the folks who you admire. Share their stuff. Comment on it. Tag them. Sign up for their email list. Write back (even if all they’re sending you are autoresponders). Be interested … and interesting. It’s amazing how far that’ll get you.build relationshipsClick To Tweet
My number one tip for new bloggers is to spend more time promoting than writing.
A lot of new bloggers think they need to churn out post after post after post to generate traffic, but they don’t. What newbies should focus on is quality, not quantity. Once you have your post, spend the bulk of your time promoting it on social media and doing some blogger outreach too.
People don’t know your blog exists so you have to promote it and get to know bloggers in your niche. I personally get most of my traffic from Pinterest since my ideal target audience hangs out there. I use an automation tool to help me schedule my pins out every day, multiple times a day.
I also spend time commenting on other blogs in my niche and reaching out to bloggers in my niche. This has resulted in being featured on their blogs, helping me reach a new audience.spend more time promoting than writingClick To Tweet
My number 1 tip is to find as many people working in your niche as possible and start befriending them. Not only do you feel much less alone online, but you can get guest post opportunities, authority, links, and all sorts of intangible benefits from not being a “loner” online.find as many people working in your niche as possible and start befriending themClick To Tweet
Produce less content but higher quality. Blogging is very competitive in most niches so you need to do something that stands out. That means delivering an amazing piece of content every time which takes time but is worth it!Produce less content but higher quality.Click To Tweet
You must have a compelling answer to the following question: why should someone read your blog… instead of the likely hundreds or thousands of other good blogs that already exist on similar topics?Why should someone read your blog?Click To Tweet
For new bloggers, it’s easy to get caught up in all the details of a new blog:
- What design do I use?
- Do I need to have my newsletter autoresponder setup?
- How often should I share my posts on social media?
- What are the best ways I should promote it?
As a new blogger, the most important thing to do is to get started.
There is never going to be a perfect time when everything is ready. The longer you wait, the more tedious details you will likely be caught up in and inevitably delay your post from going live.
So it’s best to just get it published.
Honestly, you probably won’t have many people read it – if any.
Therefore, there is really no reason to stress over the details at this point.
Just get started and hit publish.
You can work on the details as you go.the most important thing to do is to get startedClick To Tweet
Always be prepared to go the distance.
In other words, have more than 2 months of blog posts written – especially if you’re also personally working with clients or selling products. There’s nothing worse than getting busy and having to rush because you don’t have content.
How do you stop that from happening? A few tips:
- Have an editorial calendar and know where/when you’re going to publish.
- Make sure you have a couple of big, respectable places you enjoy reading and commenting on, and add them to your “guest post” give away.
- Write down titles any time they come to you. I’ve found that once you have the title, the content comes easier. That way, if you do get behind, you have potential content ready to go.
Ultimately, if you can build up a stack of great content, writing whenever you get down time (or even specifically making time), you’ll do a lot better than when you have to hurry all the time!Always be prepared to go the distanceClick To Tweet
For people wishing to monetize their blog, the best advice I can give is to write 6 months of content in advance. If you can’t do that, then you probably don’t have the amount of expertise, material and stamina that will be needed to build and maintain an audience.
Some of this writing can be in the form of guest posts that will help guide you in terms of testing audience response. It’s never too early to be capturing email addresses and planning a productized launch. You just need to be working in a proven market in which you can demonstrate expertise and follow through over the long haul with quality content delivered on a consistent basis.follow through over the long haul with quality content delivered on a consistent basisClick To Tweet
My number on tip for new bloggers is this…
Carve your own path. Break the rules. Test things out. Don’t listen to people who try to sell you a fixed model as to ‘how to blog’.
Every new wave of the web means there are new opportunities for people to share their voice; everyone who listens to those who have succeeded in the past are missing the chance to stand out now. Be brave, take risks, fail along the way. Tell people what worked, and what didn’t – bring your audience into the narrative.
If you do this you will begin to be someone to be followed, listened to, and trusted. Enjoy the ride, and let me know how it goes.Carve your own path. Break the rules. Test things out.Click To Tweet
Build Your List
People aren’t going to come back to your blog regularly just to see if you have a new post. You need to deliver fresh content right into their inbox to get their attention. Don’t rely solely on Google to deliver fresh traffic, especially at the beginning.
Instead, have a lead magnet on your site from day one. Something that is valuable, even irresistible, to your ideal customer. Maybe it’s a white paper, or cheat sheet, or tickets to an event. Put the lead magnet behind an email registration so that you can deliver your next blog post right into their inbox.have a lead magnet on your site from day oneClick To Tweet
If you want to blog like a Pro, my very 1 st tip for a new blogger is to use a combination of
– Defining your blogging goals
– Deciding your buyer persona, ideal client, avatar or whatever you want to call him
– Understanding that social media is a mandatory component of your future success
If you want to blog because you want to lose time, feel free to write whatever, however and whenever
you feel the need. Eventually, you can pray for someone to read your words.Define your blogging goalsClick To Tweet
My suggestion is to think hard about what your objectives are and particularly to think hard about how you can make blogging profitable as quickly as possible. I’ve seen influential bloggers with 100+ comments on their posts suddenly quit blogging. But on the other hand, I’ve also seen others who became really successful. So make sure your heart is in it for the long term and that you also have a good monetization plan so that you can sustain it.think hard about what your objectives areClick To Tweet
We’ve heard it many times before, but my #1 tip is to get serious about treating your blog like a business.
This means looking at your blog from the eyes of a consumer and putting yourself in their position – what do they want? What problems do they have? What products can you create or promote that offer a solution, and how are you going to make that known?
Much of the advice out there sounds nice but won’t really get you anywhere. Don’t buy into the whole “follow your heart and the money will follow” lie that is perpetuated by gurus that want you to feel good so you’ll give them money. You could be the world’s most passionate person on pink fluffy bunnies or something but if there is no underlying demand for that topic you are never going to make any money.
Likewise, great content isn’t the be-all and end-all. If not read by anyone, the world’s greatest content still isn’t going to do anything for you. Yes, you need to have it, but you also need systems in place to bring eyeballs to that content and then another system to sell to those people once you’ve brought them to your site.
Blogging is no different than any other business and the underlying concepts that have brought businesses success for hundreds of years still apply, so use them!get serious about treating your blog like a businessClick To Tweet
After choosing your favorite niche, make sure to write about real problems and provide your solution. If you don’t have any solutions, ask some experts’ opinions, and then discuss about it. Don’t be afraid of expressing your thoughts and ideas. Don’t even think about self-censorship. It’s a poison to mind and soul. Stay away from rehashing articles like many people do these days, it gets you to nowhere. When you get your readers, then automatically you will become financially secure. I remember an Irish guy who couldn’t get a job, so he decided to move away to Asia to teach English, after a couple of years he kept moving from country to country earning his living by teaching English. He decided to create a blog and write about his journey. His adventures were so amazing that he got millions of readers. So he decided to monetize his blog. After a few years he saved enough money to buy a house in Ireland and didn’t need to apply for jobs anymore. He became financially independent. So if you decide to create a blog, make sure to write about things you care about. Talk about what is in your heart. Because What Comes From the Heart, Goes to the Heart.make sure to write about things you care aboutClick To Tweet
My number one tip for bloggers is to make sure they use Pinterest so they can drive more traffic to their blog post.
Did you know that Pinterest is BuzzFeed’s second largest social network referrer? Blogs also have a much longer lifecycle than other social networks, often driving traffic to posts months after publication. In fact, more than half of BuzzFeed’s traffic from Pinterest goes to posts published more than 2 months ago, according to Dao Nguyen Vice President of Growth and Data.
Many bloggers are still unaware of why their business should use Pinterest. They don’t understand how creating images and sharing images will help them with their business. They don’t get the whole picture. And they don’t understand how all these images drive traffic to their websites to increase sales. As a result they are allowing their competition to get ahead of them.
Here is a simplified explanation of how Pinterest works;
- A blogger includes an image in their blog and saves that image to their Pinterest page.
- When users on Pinterest find those images and click on them they are taken back to the blogger’s website.
In that way Pinterest is driving traffic to your blog posts.
As the owner of a B2B service company myself I can tell you that our number one source of traffic is organic search and our second largest source of blog traffic is from Pinterest. That tells me our Pinterest efforts are producing a significant business result for us. And they could be for you too.
In fact because of our SEO strategy on Pinterest we rank very highly in organic search on Google. Usually, we are found on the first page under our most important keywords “Pinterest Marketing Expert”. To this day we have not bought any AdWords for our business.
To learn more about how to build a strong foundation on Pinterest check out my Pinterest Marketing for Business Online course. Chapter one is FREE and it includes several video lessons. I show you exactly what to do, when to do it, and the order that you should do it in.use Pinterest to drive more traffic to your blogClick To Tweet
When starting out as a blogger, do 3 things:
1 Just get started – your early posts won’t be great so get them over and done with so you can move on to learning what works and improving. You’ll learn so much just by jumping in and writing. And once you do get started, be consistent. It doesn’t matter if you post weekly or monthly, consistency trumps volume.
2 Look for the content that lights up your readers and that also lights you up – Darren Rowse once gave me this advice and it was the very thing that made me realize that my readers and I loved visual content articles, so I pivoted to focus my blog on visual social media and content strategy.
3 Add visuals to your blog to help your posts catch attention and drive people to take action. This post shares some ways you can do this and leverage the power of visuals to get your content noticed and shared.
Start with those tips and you will on your way to a successful blog!Add visuals to your blog to help your posts catch attentionClick To Tweet
Traffic is the lifeblood to any blog. Without it, you’ll never succeed. But that’s the problem, how do you get it? Most bloggers believe in the ‘Field of Dreams’ mantra “If you build it, they will come.” But in that movie, that only happened because of divine intervention. Instead you need a plan…but more importantly, you need to have a traffic skill.
Many bloggers, when attempting to gain website visitors, dabble in lots of traffic generating methods. They’ll do a little Facebook, twitter, forums, 1-2 guest posts, etc. But the thing is, dabbling never gets you anywhere and is a lot of work.
Therefore, the greatest recommendation I could give to bloggers is that you choose a certain traffic generating method, and focus solely on that one thing. Concentrate on it, grow in your understanding of that tactic, and learn from your mistakes. Mastering a traffic skill will bring success – must faster and better than trying everything.Traffic is the lifeblood to any blog.Click To Tweet
My #1 tip for new bloggers is to know your unique value. Not just your niche, but understand what makes you different from other bloggers, especially other bloggers in your own niche.
How do you do that? Think about what you have to offer that no one else does, or the experiences you can have that make your road to blogging different.
And make sure you use that uniqueness. Make it stand out in your content, your website copy your writing voice. Being unique and showcasing your value from the beginning will help readers come to relate to you and trust you.know your unique valueClick To Tweet
The most important suggestion I can give to new bloggers is to build relationships in their niche.
It is not a secret that connections are critical when building an online business.
Not just with influencers, but also with less popular bloggers in your market.
So take some time to connect with people sharing your interests, by visiting their sites, leaving comments, engaging with them via social media or via blogging communities.
You’ll be surprised of how many things you can learn from them!build relationships in your nicheClick To Tweet
My number one tip for new bloggers would be to remember it is your energy that creates results, not actions. This doesn’t necessarily mean doing nothing but rather, carefully paying attention to what is driving the actions you do take. Do things that feel good; align with success internally; don’t force yourself to do things you don’t personally resonate with because you were told by someone else that is what you ‘have’ to do to get results.
Anytime you find yourself taking action from a space of trying to control, manipulate, make something happen, muster up the courage to step back and reassess. Let inspiration guide your actions and things will come together much more easily that way. You will get more while doing less because actions taken from this space of flow and alignment have a massive amount of leverage behind them.
It is possible to be successful without sacrifice, suffering and all that noise. That doesn’t make you more deserving of the rewards — your sheer existence entitles you to success and abundance. Don’t forget that the Universe is set up to work for us and not against us; and if we allow it to, it can help us achieve things we couldn’t possibly when trying to do it all on our own.Let inspiration guide your actionsClick To Tweet
Choose your niche carefully. It has to be something you love, but it also needs to be something that can make you money.
I started an entertainment blog as my first one, and I realized one-person movie/TV review site was almost impossible to earn well. Also, most
movie/TV review writing jobs don’t pay well. So find a way to combine passion with income potential. Do a little research.
Today, I still run that site because it brings me exposure and entertainment, and serves as a portfolio. I don’t only write about entertainment,
but it is one of my niches or sub-niches. I often use pop culture references to spice up my writing with examples the audience can easily visualize.
And I’m also a screenwriter, so it makes sense that I analyze movies, as well as teach and learn through them. Had it not been the case, the site
would have only served as a learning stepping stone.
If your blog doesn’t bring you income, you should have good reasons like exposure, credibility and personal therapy to keep it going. Otherwise, it is a
waste of time, energy and effort.
If you are serious about blogging and want to make a career in it, then I have three advices for you.
#1. Find your true passion –
I have seen many newbie bloggers who started blogging but left it very soon. Do you know why? Because they were not passionate about it.
When you are passionate about something, you can’t live without that. Try to find your passion and do blogging for that.
However, if you don’t know how what are you passionate about?
Following are tips that will help you:
- When you see no results, quit that right away. Don’t stick in that
- Follow your curiosity and uncover the truth behind that
- Focus on learning. Don’t make money your first goal
- Don’t follow the blind crowd. Set your own rule and follow that
Once you find your passion, you will never get bored to do that job.
#2. Write for one reader, Don’t write for everyone
Many new bloggers make this silly mistake then start writing for a big group of people and result they failed. When you are a new blogger with less fan following, it would be better you write for them only.
Write for a specific audience. Don’t write for everyone.
If your real passion is bodybuilding and help people to make their body fit, write for them. Don’t write for finance or beauty tips.
Forget what others suggested you before, you are not an all-rounder generalist. You have own expertise, and when you speak to the audience in the language that they understand, chances are high they will consider you as a thought leader.
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#3. Read a lot about other bloggers’ post
It is obvious, when you are new in blogging, you’ll have a limited topic to write about. Reading another bloggers’ blog won’t only motivate you to write more, but you will find more topic for writing.
You will learn several skills of writing as well as know if you are writing good or not.
I read myself several bloggers (Neil Patel, Brain Dean, Eli Seekins, Sue Ann, and much more.) Whenever I read their posts, I try to learn something new such as their writing styles, the way information flowing in their article.
Don’t hesitate to read your competitors blogs. Set a goal in your mind that you are going to learn and be a better blogger than others, and you will be successful. You will see how they write that attract readers to read their blog.
I hope the above suggestions will help you to setup yourself as a professional blogger. Good Luck! Keep blogging.Write for a specific audience.Click To Tweet
My number one tip is to pick a niche that you’re passionate about and prepared to stick with for the long term. Study, the experts in your chosen field and figure out what you can bring that no one else can (tip: personal stories and experiences are a great starting point…. if they relate to your readers’ lives). There’s nothing worse than seeing an abandoned blog because the blogger in question lost interest . On a more practical level, start your email list, YESTERDAY. Then, give people insane reasons and incentives to join it. You won’t regret it.pick a niche that you're passionate aboutClick To Tweet
When you’re starting out, you’re most likely entering a crowded niche. You’re going to be competing with hundreds of other bloggers and thousands of blog posts.
Don’t despair. If your niche is crowded, you can take it as a good sign. It shows there’s money to be made.
(If your niche is a desert, you need to think carefully and ask yourself why that is.)
But how can you compete, with all the competition around you?
My tip would be to work on your branding.
Branding is not just for Coca-Cola and Pepsi, it’s something every blogger needs to be aware of if they want to make a name for themselves.
Branding is how you define who you are. It’s how you set yourself apart from all the rest.
You all might be covering the same topics, but you’re doing it your way, with your perspective, your insight, and your voice.
And this is how you build an audience over time. When they want to know about a topic, they come to you, even though they have a hundred other options. They come to you because they want to hear your take on it.
Branding is a big topic.
So where to start?
Well you can start of by asking yourself these questions:
- Where do you sit in the market?
- What’s your mission?
- What makes you different?
- What’s your essence?
- What’s your personality?
- What’s your message?
Want to know more? Check out my post on how to create your brand identity.Branding is how you define who you are.Click To Tweet
My number one piece of advice for new bloggers is to know why you are blogging and who you are blogging for. In other words, understand your mission and your audience.
Your blogging mission is important because it’s easy to get off track and lose sight of your goal. If you don’t know what your blogging goal is, take some time right now to figure it out. Everyone blogs for a reason. Why are you blogging? What do you hope to accomplish?
Your audience is important because without them your message doesn’t reach anyone. Write your blog posts for your readers, not for yourself. The biggest mistake I see new bloggers make is writing only about themselves. Unless you are a celebrity already, that rarely works.
Good luck to you and getting started on your blogging dream.understand your mission and your audienceClick To Tweet
- Start With WordPress – Your own site, not the FREE version and not blogger if you plan on expanding or making money via your blog.
- Generate An Email List – Start generating an email list from the get-go. Start having readers sign up and send out newsletter 1-4x per month.
- Network! Networking is key. Network with other bloggers, via social networks, on their blogs and through email. Comment on other blogs daily or weekly but do it consistently.
- Join Triberr – Be sure that they have an RSS feed that can be easily ready for various places like Triberr and the like.
- Get Active on Twitter – Twitter is another key place for all bloggers to be. You can join or host Twitter chats and get to know others in your niche. Share their content and you’ll be surprised they may share yours too.
- Blog Regularly – Weekly or bi-Monthly, set your schedule and try to stick with it.
- Have a Facebook Page. If you want to look professional have a page not using only your personal account on Facebook to network and share.
- Enjoy it! – If you don’t have fun blogging you will not be able to continue to blog for years. You should like it and miss it when you don’t have time to blog. You can keep it as a hobby or resume but for results you must continuously generate content and share it over and over.
Be consistent. I’ve been involved in the launch of so many blogs, and what I’ve found to be most important is consistency: if there’s only one thing you need to do to guarantee success as a blogger, it is to be consistent. If you decide on a content schedule, be consistent with it. Over time, you’ll get noticed and be rewarded for your efforts.Be consistent.Click To Tweet
Fall in the love with the problem, not the solution. It’s very easy to love “your offering” so much that you’re blinded and don’t realize that the person your trying to sell to, doesn’t realize they have a problem yet.
So, make sure you’re writing and creating content that talks to the problem that people have told you that they are having and make sure your solution aligns with that.
Simple, fall in love with the problem because it might lead to a different solution than you were thinking of in the first place.fall in love with the problemClick To Tweet
Try everything and try it fast. Too many new bloggers hesitate to apply to a job, take a client, or ask for work. But in your first year of writing online, all your successes come from trying new things and seeing how you like them!
Don’t wait to launch or try until “everything’s perfect” because that moment will never come.
Even the most seasoned and successful freelance writers are just the ones constantly learning, trying, networking, and asking questions. If we waited — even today — until we felt really confident or really sure it’s going to work out, we would get nothing done and go out of business. And the ability to try is something that we all have in spades regardless of how much experience is under our belt.Try everything and try it fast.Click To Tweet
Andrew M. Warner
I think that as a new blogger there are many things you need to know. Of course you know how important building a list is, and you should know that design really does go a long way. But, what new bloggers should really focus on is building relationships.
Relationships, the right ones, will take yo very far in your blogging journey. You need to build them early and nurture them. And always give, give and give way more than you ask. Nobody can succeed on their own. It can only help you if you establish relationships with people that can help you. And, you can ultimately help each other succeed.always give, give and give way more than you askClick To Tweet
Start building your email list even before your blog launches. Create a landing page offering a freebie (like an ebook) and use it to collect email addresses. Promote that page by guest blogging, participating in forums, and by doing social media marketing.
Also, be sure to communicate with your subscribers regularly. Send them emails, ask questions, and find ways to connect with them. Use their insights to craft content that resonates.
This is exactly what I did when I started BeaFreelanceWriter.com. By the time I was ready to launch, I already had over 1,000 subscribers and an engaged audience, so it had decent traction early on.Start building your email list even before your blog launches.Click To Tweet
My #1 tip for new bloggers is to only write about what you’re passionate about and to write in the same voice you talk in.
The first point has perhaps been said so much that it’s become something of a cliche, but it’s so important because after the initial novelty of writing a blog wears off, you need something to keep you writing regularly. Passion for the subject topic will do this. It takes a while to get to a place where people are regularly reading your blog, so you need to be so wrapped up in whatever you’re writing about that you can keep writing about it – even when you know you’re the only one reading your posts… for now.
The second point is equally important. Don’t try to be anybody that you’re not. Only you can be you, and that’s the beauty of blogging, or any other creative expression. A blog post should read like you just opened the door, flagged someone down off the street, invited them in and started chatting to them over a cup of coffee.You can break all the rules if you simply write with the same voice you talk in:
Shocking reveal #1: When writing a blog you can start a sentence with ‘And’ or ‘But’ if this is how you would speak the sentences.
Shocking reveal #2: Yes I really do talk like my blog reads.write in the same voice you talk inClick To Tweet
The best advice for new bloggers is to have patience. Today with Google sandbox, the days of making a website and ranking on page 1 and getting a ton of followers and page views are long gone. Since a new blogger sees so much information out there and “proofs” of success, they feel they should start earning from the very first month.
The best thing to do is make a schedule and keep writing. That way you will always have good, consistent content on your site. You can check the case study I made on how I wrote 100,000 words in 1 month. Without any backlinks I have already started ranking for it. So good, consistent content is very important.The best advice for new bloggers is to have patience.Click To Tweet
1. Choose your niche and make a profile of your ideal reader.
Many bloggers pick a topic to blog, according to their preferences. That’s a big mistake! You first need to decide who is your target audience. What are their interests and problems and how can you help them? Don’t blog about everything to everyone because nobody will listen to you.
Choose one topic that represents the biggest concern of your audience and write about that. Your goal must be to provide value to others and to position yourself as an expert. As a blogger, you need to be able to guide your readers to make an improvement in their lives.
- Write quality content that provides value
It’s better to publish excellent posts twice a month and get a lot of traffic to them than to post 3-4 times a week little posts that nobody links to or wants to read. Write long, in-depth articles of over 1,500 words that offer solutions to the main issues that your readers have.
You should focus on posts that involve other bloggers. You can do: expert roundups, link roundups (top best read articles that month), huge ego baits (top 50 or even top 100 best bloggers from your niche) and resources lists. You can find out more about what are the best type of posts that attract an increased engagement and social shares in this influencer roundup that I did.
- Promote your posts by outreaching to other bloggers
Promotion is an essential part of blogging. Many new bloggers fail because they think that if they spend a lot of time to write an awesome article everyone will stumble upon it and share it on social media and success will come overnight. That is not true.
To promote your posts in an efficient manner, I recommend you outreach to other bloggers. You must be very careful how you are doing it. Don’t email or tag influencers on social media asking them to share or comment on your posts. If you ask for favors from people that don’t know you, they will perceive you as being annoying, and they will ignore you.
Remember, if you are a new blogger getting in contact with huge influencers is tough. They receive so many pitches from everybody that the chances of replying to you are very low. I recommend you to start by commenting and sharing posts of other bloggers that are popular but are still at an accessible level.
If done right, outreach is an excellent strategy of getting traffic and building an audience fast. You can find more details about how to outreach to influencers in this guide.Promotion is an essential part of blogging.Click To Tweet
Be creative, be different, be unique. Create your own voice and don’t listen to what other people are saying. You are unique and let that uniqueness shine through your blog posts.Be creative, be different, be unique. Click To Tweet
My #1 tip for new bloggers is to stop thinking so much about what you’ll write about and how your blog will look – just get started! The longer you put it off, the less likely you are to ever move forward with it. Luckily, your niche and blog theme can change over time (mine definitely have!), but it’s important to start putting content out to get in the cadence of being a blogger. If you find yourself getting stuck, don’t be afraid to reach out for help 🙂 I’m more than willing to act as a sounding board for new bloggers!just get started!Click To Tweet
My advice would be to always be true to who you are, your readers and what you stand for. To create with the bigger picture in mind and to do all things with integrity, honesty, authenticity, love and care. If you do that, your journey will be rewarding and in the process you will discover that all that you do, you do it for yourself. And that the things you teach and write about, are the things you yourself need to learn and get better at. So just have fun. Enjoy each step, and don’t take yourself too seriously.always be true to who you areClick To Tweet
Matthew Kaboomis Loomis
My #1 tip for new bloggers is to determine as quickly as possible who your specific audience is and what they want or need.
I see many bloggers begin with only a vague picture of their audience. This leads to creating content that doesn’t resonate with most people, so the response to the content created is low. This causes discouragement, lowers motivation and eventually leads the blogger to quit.
The more intimate you are with your audience, the more details you know about them, which helps you create content they will respond to and share. No matter what your niche is, if you don’t have a clear description of your target audience, you won’t create enough content that gets results. Just because you have your niche identified doesn’t mean you know YOUR audience. This is why I’m a big fan of using “marketing personas” to help you get a clear view of your target audience.
Now this will take some time and research. One thing I did that helped a lot was to put a survey together using Survey Monkey and sent it out to my email list. I had several thousand email subscribers at that point. You could still use a survey even if you only have 25 subscribers. You will still gain valuable insights. What insights you get is totally up to you because you create the survey. Want to know average age? Male to female ratio? Topics they want to read about? Ask them. By survey or on social media, on the blog..ask and ye shall find.determine as quickly as possible who your specific audience isClick To Tweet
FOCUS. Rather than jumping from one niche to another, decide just one market and become master of it. Blogging is a huge business, but the most successful bloggers in the world are more focused in their niche.
So write in only one niche and understand the market completely.write in only one niche and understand the market completelyClick To Tweet
My number one tip for new bloggers is to totally forget about money, that shouldn’t be something you’re thinking about to start off with.
A lot of people are too focused on earning money straight away and that is often a downfall for beginners, especially when it doesn’t immediately happen and they feel demotivated and unsuccessful from the start.
Instead, my best piece of advice would be to take a step back and create some smarter goals for yourself that are more realistic and achievable and will form the foundations to build your blog on.
A better goal than earning your first $100 with your blog for example, would be to reach your first 100 subscribers or hit a new traffic target and get people engaged and commenting on your posts.
When you focus on growing other goals and creating value for your readers, eventually the earnings will follow.create some smarter goals for yourselfClick To Tweet
I came from the education field. So my advice to new bloggers is to teach. By that I mean provide valuable information your audience can use. See, when people read our posts/articles, they’re asking “Do I need to read this? Will it help me? Does it worth my time?”
You, the new blogger, will show them reading your posts is worth their time. You do so by pilling on the value. You create content that focuses on your audience needs and interest and pain point.
This makes the time they invest in reading your post a small investment comparing to the education they’re getting.provide valuable information your audience can useClick To Tweet
I think the biggest mistake new bloggers make is not understanding the importance of SEO. When I was a new blogger, I thought posting every day was the most important thing, and I should have slowed down to realize all my posts I was writing wouldn’t be read if people couldn’t find them.
Take time to do some research on SEO to learn about what it is, how it can benefit your blog, and how it’s changing. If you use WordPress, download Yoast SEO for preview. The plug-in features a checklist for to run through for each blog post, so that you’ll have some guidance on what to keep in mind.
Had I taken the time when I started blogging to optimize each blog post, I would have had a significant number of more page views — and would not have had to go back to fix each one!
For example, after I SEO optimized How to House Sit Internationally & Land Every Job by focusing on the keyword phrase “how to house sit”, the monthly pageviews on it tripled. Plus with SEO, I feel like I’m actually helping people find the information they are looking for.
It’s a win-win for you and your audience.Take time to do some research on SEOClick To Tweet
When starting out I always recommend to have as a primary focus building an email list.
This is the most important asset that you can build for your blog and it will make a huge difference on how fast your blog can grow.
If you have an email list, then you will always get traction for your blog articles early on and get the ball rolling with promoting them faster.
And you can always start small with offering an email course or other bonus as the primary incentive for getting people in your email list.
Then, you can grow your list faster with giveaways, webinars and cross-promotions with other bloggers.build an email listClick To Tweet
Are You The Next Pro Blogger?
Don’t make excuses. Just get started.
Make sure you have a strategy, and treat your blog like a business. Follow your passion. Do what you love.
Find your niche. Focus on one thing, and get really good at it.
Of course, build your email list.
Network with experts and other bloggers. Give more than you ask.
Create valuable and shareable content. Make sure you’re promoting yourself. Relate to your readers.
Be patient. Work hard. And don’t stop.