You’re thinking of starting a new blog? Congratulations! It is a very rewarding experience when you do what you love. It can also be a very long road until you see worthwhile results. Don’t worry though, for those who actually achieve their goals, reap the rewards immensely.
I first started my blog back in August 2017. I was driven and had fire in my eyes to make blogging my career. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and many long hours trying to make your blog perfect.
You may be wondering, well where do I begin? There’s so much to learn about blogging but you don’t have to learn about everything in one day. It is intimidating because yes, there is so much to learn about blogging. It takes time to master the art of blogging.
So, to make things easier for you, I’ve compiled a shortlist of tips for those considering starting a blog.
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1. Post consistently.
The key to getting traffic to your blog is to blog consistently.
When I first started off blogging, I was churning out blog posts left and right. I was on fire and no one could stop me. I was on a roll and I managed to reach 1,000 page views on my blog at one point, which was a personal goal of mine. It may not seem like much but with only 4 months of blogging, that was a huge milestone to me. I felt, man, if I can accomplish this in 4 months, imagine how much I will accomplish in 8 months? 1 year? 5 years?
Eventually, life caught up to me and I had other responsibilities that took up my time, I didn’t have time for my blog anymore. Which sucked because I enjoyed blogging and I still do!
You may be looking at other established bloggers and see them churn out 2 or 3 blog posts a week and you think how. You’ve got to realize that these people have been blogging for years probably and may have a team of people who are creating blog posts for the blog.
It may be tough to post 2 or 3 blog posts per week, especially if you’re a one-man-band. I highly recommend posting 1 BLOG POST A WEEK to start off with, if your schedule allows it. As you start to find your rhythm and figure out how much workload you can handle, you can increase to posting to 2 blog posts per week.
2. Don’t be a perfectionist.
If you’re anything like me and have the ever-impending self-doubt, it can be hard to leave your blog as it is without having to change every minor detail about it. It drives me crazy sometimes and I’m still guilty of making changes to my blog because to me, I feel like everything needs to be perfect in order for my blog to be successful.
In your eyes, you feel everything, right down to the color, the font, theme design, should be perfect.
Let’s be real, most people are not going to be concerned with how your blog looks like. They mainly come to your blog to gather the information that they need and not really care how your blog looks like. That’s ok!
Don’t worry about your blog is perfect. That takes time to master. The more important thing now, especially if you’re a new blogger, is getting content out there to build your audience. With time, you’ll find your blogging voice and worry less about over-analyzing your blog.
3. Use Pinterest and Tailwind to get traffic to your blog.
Pinterest is the visual Google for bloggers. This is where all bloggers Pin their blog posts to get serious traffic to their blog.
If you’re starting your blogging journey and don’t have a Pinterest account yet, you will soon get one because Pinterest will be your best friend. Trust me.
There are many ways that you can optimize your Pins but to start off with the basics make sure that when a new blog post is up, that you Pin it as well on Pinterest. One of the ways that I get some traffic from Pinterest to my blog is through joining Pinterest group boards. Each group board requires specific things in order to join but it is a useful way to get your blog posts seen by other people.
WHAT ABOUT TAILWIND?
Ah, Tailwind. It took me forever to get on board with using Tailwind because I didn’t see the point of it at first. I got curious one day and decided to try the free 7-day trial.
When I say life-changer, I mean LIFE-CHANGER! I get to dedicate one day out of my week to schedule all of my pins on Tailwind and I just let it do its thing. This gives me more time to focus on making blog posts for my blog.
My monthly views have skyrocketed from 22k to 56K monthly views in just 4 days. 4 DAYS!
You can get started by clicking the link here or the image below. Trust me, it is the best investment you can make for your blog.
4. Make beautiful Pinterest pins.
WAIT, HOW CAN I MAKE PINS FOR MY BLOG POSTS?
The one and only website I use to create my Pinterest graphics is Canva.
You can create anything under the sun on Canva. Currently, I am using the free plan and honestly, you can create beautiful pins especially if you’re on a budget. So if you’re starting out, go with the free Canva plan. Get them creative juices flowing or gather inspiration from these Pin graphics that I created.
Also, let me know if you’re interested in having me create beautiful Pinterest graphics for your blog or service!
RELATED: HOW TO BEAT THE PINTEREST ALGORITHM
5. Join Facebook groups.
This is another great way to get people to your blog. You are able to share your blog post, service, or product and ask other people to share, like, or promote elsewhere.
It is also a great way to network and meet new people. The blogging community is super helpful and nice.
6. If you want to make money, go self-hosted.
This is recommended to anybody who is SERIOUS about making money through blogging. Here are a few reasons why:
- Anything you create is owned by you
- You can customize your blog however you like
- You look more credible
- Have the ability to sell products and services
You don’t have to just be a blogger to become self-hosted. If there is a service or product of any kind that you would like for other people to know about, you will need a website.
When I started my blog, I started with WordPress.com, which means that any content that I create is owned by WordPress and not me. My blog started mainly as a hobby because I was bored, to be honest, but that quickly turned into a passion that I am determined to make my blog a full-time career.
7. Just start already!
Honestly, the best thing you can do is just start! We all want things to be perfect before we show our creation to the world, but sometimes you just need to get the ball rolling and starting dishing out blog posts. Most importantly, have fun in the process. You’ll get there.
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Until next time,