воскресенье, 6 ноября 2016 г.

Tips for Brand New Bloggers

Tips for Brand New Bloggers

Tips for Brand New Bloggers

OMG thank you so much for this post. Lately you have been very helpful! I really appreciate and I’m so anxious to see how it goes reaching the $10k/month goal!

I’m also struggling with the my menu being on the left. Any helpful tips for that?

Hi Shirria!! I just checked your blog and you’re doing awesome!! I do see that the menu is on the left, and I’m guessing you want it on the top? Try going into Appearance, Menus, and make sure the “Primary Navigation Menu” is selected. On mine that was done automatically. If that doesn’t work, try contacting your theme provider!!

Great tips! I’m definitely still learning all the time and I’ve been blogging for a few years now. It can be difficult to have a plan or direction when you start out. I think it takes a little time to find your voice and style, plus your direction might change over time.

I TOTALLY agree! My tone has changed and my direction has changed in just the one year I’ve been at this…and I expect it to change at least a few more times throughout this journey!

These tips are all spot-on Sarah! This one especially speaks to me –>”Don’t worry about making every post perfect”.

I so struggle with perfectionism and realizing that if I try to make every single sentence of paragraph perfect, I’m never going to be able to actually finish a whole post. Lol! I have gotten so much better since I first started blogging in January though.

Haha that’s awesome! Yeah I usually cruise through the first time and then go back and edit and re-organize. It helps if I can get my thoughts on the post as quickly as possible!

What a great article! It is so overwhelming when you start a new blog because there is so much to learn at first on just setting everything up before you even add content. I just started my blog in September so this is a whole new world. I spend hours trying to figure out something as simple as putting ads on my page. Your article was reassuring that it gets easier. Thanks for that!

Oh my gosh that was so me!! Even still I will spend hours trying to figure something out LOL. I’m actually writing a book to help newbie bloggers! Set to be released on Jan 12!

Thanks for the read. I am struggling trying to find out HOW to blog. There is so much trash out there with people trying to sell you this, that, and the other. It’s helpful to have genuine people like yourself who just want to see everyone succeed. I can honestly say I appreciate that and will drfinitely use your blogging strategies and suggestions to get started. I’ve decided that I will be a full time blogger and this is my new career goal. Whether I make 1 dime or none, I just want to express myself.

That’s fantastic!!! Because your heart is in it, I am sure you will do great! There are SO many ways you can monetize your blog, but for the first year I would focus on creating awesome content AND spending a good amount of time promoting that content. That’s how your blog will grow If you’re having trouble setting up your blog and getting started, I’m launching a book on Tuesday called The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging. If you purchase your hosting/domain through my Bluehost link, you’ll get it for free! (And yes! That’s one of the ways I make a little money through blogging is by selling hostings!) Best of luck and let me know if you have questions! Can’t wait to see your blog!!

Ladies! I need HELP! I am scared sense-less. Im starting a blog from ‘DAY ZERO’ from being a stay at home mom. Its more for me, but who wouldnt want to make a little money with it too??

Very nice tips. I will try to follow them.

Lovely post. I like that your recommendations go against the grain in with ‘niche’ comment. I’m a beginner blogger and agree that writing is the key, and learning to enjoy blogging and creating is much more important for me at this stage, and I don’t want to limit myself. I’ll find my niche or the niche will find me.

The perfection is what killed me when I first took the leap. I made the mistake of wanting to be like other blogs I saw, but it just wasn’t me! It’s definitely less stressful now that I have learned to just be myself. This post is great! Thanks for the information!

This is an amazing tips for new bloggers which is taking them through every step of starting a new blog and becoming more independent for themselves. I’ve been a blogger for some years now and am really happy am in this line cause i love blogging and getting as much information and content i can that’s going to change and help someone out there. thanks for this article.

I absolutely love this article it is so real, thank you for writing it!! I’m just starting out and this helps make me feel a bit more at ease!

Thank you for posting it I would love it if you could check out my blog and give me feedback!

Amazing read, I’m really happy I found this post It’s pretty helpful. Thank you!

Hi! Thank you for sharing! I’m a new blogger and your advice “take it day by day” opened up my eyes. I just realized that I am spending so much time with my blog and thinking of too many things. Thanks again!

Earlier this week, I mentioned my top 7 tips for brand new freelancers. One of those tips was starting a blog. However, blogging in itself can be quite the process. While freelancing and blogging tend to go hand-in-hand, they are separate in a lot of ways.

For starters, with freelancing you have guidelines in which you need to follow. There might be a word limit you need to meet, editorial guidelines and a topic assigned to you. With blogging, you are given a blank canvas with no guidelines. You can write about whatever you want, whenever you want. There are no word limits, no rules, no formatting, etc. But there is a lot more to learn behind the scenes. Most of the clients that I write for I simply send them a word doc of my work via email. No technology skills required, which is phenomenal in my case. With blogging, I have to make sure my post looks good, add in my own image, schedule it to go live, etc. There is a ton of work that goes with it above and beyond writing.

However, blogging can also be a lucrative income stream. There are many bloggers out there who make five-figure incomes from their blogs month after month. Imagine how your life would change if that were you? You could see your family more, spend more time with your kids, spend an hour in the kitchen cooking dinner rather than throwing in a frozen pizza (guilty), read out on your back deck, and more. I don’t want to make a lot of money so I can go shopping and blow it all. I simply want more time with my family and to enjoy my life more. I also would love to be able to donate to my favorite charities and to families in need.

If you want this for your life, keep reading.

7 Tips for Brand New Bloggers

Know that it’s going to take a while to get up and running

Blogging does NOT require technical skills as far as coding (the most I can do is add an h2 and I learned that at my FT job) goes, but there IS a learning curve associated with it. I started my blog in September of last year. My girls were still at home with me FT and I was still freelancing heavily. The only time that I could devote to blogging was at night after they went to bed. The first night, I finalized my blog name purchased my domain and hosting through Bluehost.

With Bluehost, you get a free domain name and pay just $3.

45 per month if you sign up through my link!! This discount is special for my readers only!

That’s all I did. The second night, I purchased a theme for my blog and messed around with that. The third night, I worked on my “About Me” page; the fourth night, I was googling how to center my pages because they were all defaulting to the left; the fifth night I was probably working on my “Hire Me” page, and so on and so forth. I distinctly remember getting the girls to bed around 7:30 and not going to bed until 11:00 (which is super late for me). I missed out on hanging out with John and lost sleep, but it was worth it. Once your blog is all set up you can start focusing on your content. My best advice is to take it day by day. Accomplishing just one small goal per day in blogging is huge! You will get there in due time.

**And, I released a book that will walk you through all of this! It’s called The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging. It’s just $12, but if you purchase your domain and hosting through my Bluehost link, you’ll get it for free!!

Have a blog name idea?! See if it’s available below:

Don’t be shy

I remember being hesitant the first few times I commented on other people’s blog, especially “big” bloggers. Now, I comment all the time simply because I enjoy talking with others and forming that relationship. After you start your blog, a great way to get your name out there is by commenting. Don’t be shy and remember that we really are all in this together. As a blogger, I can tell you that I LOVE receiving comments. Whoever’s blog you choose to comment on will be happy that you took the time to write something. Remember that

Challenge: Comment on 3-5 blogs per day!

Don’t worry about making every post perfect

When you’re first starting out, there is seriously so much to learn and it can be overwhelming. If you try right off the bat to make your posts and your blog look perfect, you will fail. Instead, just have fun and enjoy the ride. One thing for me that’s improved significantly is my images. If you go through some of my older posts, you will probably laugh at my images. I had no idea what I was doing and remember being so excited when I figured out how to add text on top of an image in PicMonkey.

Now, my images are MUCH better, but even now they are still a work in progress! I’ve never stressed about those little things and they have just naturally gotten better over time.

If you want to improve your images and grow your blog, I highly recommend Pinterest Presence! This course is incredible and is perfect for both beginning bloggers and advanced bloggers who want more traffic!

Try to have a plan from the start

I thought I had a plan when I first started, but looking back I really didn’t. I had a goal of posting three times a week but I never followed through with that goal. Sure, some weeks I posted three times, but it was more of a random occurrence. I really think if I would have been more consistent in the beginning, my blog would be in a different place than it is now. But, it’s never too late!! I have big plans to grow this blog and I’m so excited for what the future holds.

Use Tailwind!

This was a game-changer for me. Tailwind is a scheduling tool for Pinterest. Instead of having to manually pin your pins, Tailwind does it for you! I spend about 15 minutes a week scheduling out my pins for the following week. I currently pin 100 times per day! There is just no way I could do all that manually.

Write about what you want, even if it’s not in your “niche”

This is something I’m still learning, but here’s the reality: People usually will want to read your blog because they like YOU. My blog is obviously geared toward personal finance, but that doesn’t mean that that’s all I write about. That’s actually why I totally lost my motivation a few months back; I just couldn’t keep writing about my own personal finance issues!! Now, I’ve switched my blog to include more about my life, my family, my goals (both income and otherwise), and more. My readers can now get to know ME and relate to me, which is what I think makes a blog much more appealing. So, if you started a blog on parenting but really want to share a recipe, go for it! Or maybe your blog is a general lifestyle blog but you just paid off a big credit card, share that! Again, your readers want to know who YOU are, so feel free to write about a variety of topics on your blog.

Keep learning

And finally, challenge yourself to learn something new every day when it comes to blogging.

At first, that will probably be just getting your blog set up. Down the line, you might want to learn about how you can turn your blog into a full-fledged business or how you can start monetizing your blog. Blogging is an ever-changing industry, so try to stay on top of it by learning as much as you can each day!

If you need tips on getting your blog set up, check out my book – The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging.

If you haven’t started a blog yet but are wanting to, I highly encourage you to go for it! You can use my tutorial on how to start a profitable blog that will walk you through getting your domain name and hosting site. Then, feel free to email me if you need help with anything whatsoever! I have a goal of making $10K per month within one year, and I’d love to have you join me! We are all in this together so don’t be afraid to reach out!!

What would you add? What is your BEST tip for brand new bloggers?!

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