I hear people discuss the idea of starting a blog all the time. Some folks think it’s harder than what it actually is. To be honest, anybody can blog if they are actually serious about it. There is work that will need to be done. Some people believe that you can just create a post and then BAM it goes viral. It doesn’t work like that. (If it did I ‘d have reached 1 million views a looooooooooonnnnnnggggggggg time ago.) I’ve been blogging for over six years and have learned quite a bit during this time. Today’s post offers some tips for new bloggers.
Find a Niche
This is an important step when creating a new blog. You should come up with a niche or two and discuss topics concerning them. This should make it easier for you to keep and gain new readership. It’s hard for most people to follow a blog that takes you all over the place. In my opinion, you have to choose a couple of topics and roll with them eventually.
For example, when I started my website I used to talk about different things. I was all over the place. Over time I’ve niched down. For the most part, you will see me talking about personal finance, side hustles and travel on My Money Chronicles.
Try it Out First
We are on number two on the list of tips for new bloggers. Try blogging for a few weeks first before you go into it 100%. You may be reading that statement and wondering why you should do that. The reason that I say try it out first is because blogging isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t like to write. Others start blogging and eventually realize they don’t like it. Some don’t have the time. There are a lot of reasons that blogging doesn’t work for everyone. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve seen start strong then disappear within 5 or 6 months.
Free Blog Hosting Platform or Self-Hosted
Decide if you want to have a self-hosted or free blog hosting platform. There is no investment involved with the free blog platform. You sign up on the platform and then you can start writing. Many people start that route and then go the self-hosted way. I knew that blogging was something that I wanted to do, so I started out with my blog being self-hosted.
With self-hosted blogs, you will need to purchase the domain name and hosting. In my opinion, self-hosted blogs are the way to go. They are more professional, and you have 100% control over it. They are also easier to monetize when or if you decide to go that route. If you plan on going the self-hosted route, Go Daddy has a $1 domain name deal. I went through them to get the domains for my two websites. For hosting, I used Bluehost. They currently have a great $3.95 deal going on. I’ve been with them for five years. I haven’t had any major problems with them. The one minor problem that I did have (couldn’t add new images to my dashboard library) was taken care of in 30 minutes.
Have a Posting Schedule
Having a posting schedule is very important. Your readers will get used to looking for your new articles each week. You don’t want to be that blogger that posts an article at the beginning of the month then have your next post go live two months later. That’s not a good way to get new readers. You have to post consistently. Once you have a posting schedule down the number of people that read it will go up.
I post articles every Tuesday and Friday.Earlier this year, I tested out a once a week schedule. I didn’t like that and my numbers also dropped. So, I’ll be posting two articles a week for the foreseeable future. In my opinion this is one of the tips for new bloggers that people forget about. Your posting schedule can make or break your blog.
Some days you will feel lazy as hell. You just won’t feel like writing. That’s perfectly fine. Take a couple of days to regroup and get your mind back in the game. I’ve had my share of lazy days. One thing you can do to combat those lazy days is to get try and write ahead. That means that you can write multiple articles and schedule them in advance. At one point this year I was two weeks ahead when it came to the blog posts. I wish I could say that now. That’s something that I need to work on for 2020.
Network With Other Bloggers
One thing that you have to do is network with other bloggers. In the beginning, I reached out to a few of them on Twitter and LinkedIn from time to time to ask questions. They were very nice. Now, I’m friends with a lot of them. I see them every year at events like FinCon. Other bloggers motivate me to do better. Knowing that they made their sites and businesses grow from nothing to something gave me the confidence that I could do the same thing. The same can happen to you if you network with other bloggers.
Promote Your Blog
Last, but definitely not least on this tips for new bloggers post is to make sure you promote your blog. People are not going to magically find out about your website. It would be good if that happened, but it won’t. You have to promote it. If you don’t feel confident about promoting your stuff, you may need to rethink if you’ve made the right decision.
There are a lot of different ways that you can promote your blog. Some of the ways I promote mine is through social media and word of mouth. I’m also thinking about getting a few t-shirts printed with my URL on it. Decide how you want to promote your site and make it happen.
Hopefully, someone that’s thinking about blogging has the chance to read and implement these tips for new bloggers. I know that the tips that I went over will help if you are a new blogger. It’s time to start. Click here to begin your blog journey today.
Are you a new blogger? If so, How long have you been blogging? Do you have any advice for other new bloggers? If you have questions about blogging, don’t hesitate to ask me!