I wanted to write a post for newer bloggers since I get a lot of comments and emails from newer bloggers asking for help. I think it’s a lot more difficult to blog when you first start and there are a lot of things you may not even be aware of yet so this kind of post may help you understand the world of blogging a little better.
Of course, this advice is just the tip of the iceberg and obviously there is a lot more to blogging then just the things I mentioned on this blog. I would recommend checking out my other advice posts that you can view by clicking here.
I think the most important thing when it comes to starting anything new is research. As you may or may not know I’m a history major which means that a huge part of my life currently revolves around research and that skill has helped me a lot with blogging too.
There is still so much I don’t know about blogging but what I do know has been extremely beneficial. There are a lot of features that WordPress offers, even in the free plan. Research can help you make use of these features and get the best results possible with them. I made the mistake of not doing a lot of research when I started out and I so regret it now because I’ve had to keep going back to older blog posts and make changes.
I would also recommend doing at least basic research on SEO and SEO optimization because this can be very helpful too. It’s particularly helpful if you are looking to monetize your blog at some point or if one of your goals is to grow your following and traffic.
I’m not sure why this isn’t mentioned very often in advice posts I see for beginners but I just want to warn everyone that although WordPress in general is a wonderful place it’s important to remember that not everyone has good intentions. There will always be scammers or people trying to take advantage of you so remember to be cautious and stay safe. Don’t give out any personal information, if someone seems weird ignore them and don’t engage.
I also want to warn you to be cautious around members of MLM’s. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what MLM’s are but they are basically scams or pyramid schemes. If someone approaches you and tries to recruit you for an MLM run as fast as you can. So many people fall for scams like this and lose THOUSANDS of dollars of their hard earned money. For more on why MLM’s are the worst you can check out this channel.
There are also a lot of fake brands/companies trying to act like they want to send you free or discount products so be careful of those too. Always do your research before working with anyone. The internet is a scary place and you need to always take care.
I know a lot of us expect to grow our blogs really fast and start earning money and living the dream almost instantly (thanks annoying influencers who make it seem like it’s super easy to achieve that even though it’s obviously not!) but the truth is it takes a while before your blog really starts growing. It sucks but that’s just how it is.
It’s not even about the quality of your posts or anything you’re doing wrong. The truth is that it’s hard to grow your traffic and following overnight since there are so many popular blogs out there already and unfortunately the WP algorithm as well as search engines tend to push whatever is popular instead of what is really great quality content.
BUT being patient has it’s perks. People will begin to notice your posts, search engines tend to place more value on blogs that are older and so does WP’s algorithm. You’ll also get much better at blogging over time so you’ll also learn how to create posts your followers/readers enjoy which will also what will help you grow. Plus, you will have found your niche/niches which also helps a lot.
I feel like this one goes hand-in-hand with being patient so I wanted to add it here too. A lot of people tend to give up after a few months, weeks or even a few days when they don’t see any results. Don’t do this. It takes a while to get results and if you don’t blog consistently you will never see the results you are looking for on any platform.
Another issue is that people don’t always blog on a schedule which can often be an issue. Your readers will expect you to post at certain times and if you don’t post at those times they will probably think you stopped blogging and move on to a different blog that does post consistently. Even if you can’t post very often try to have some kind of schedule. Like if you post once a week post on the same day and same time every week. Many of your readers may not be following your blog so they won’t know when you have posted something new automatically. If you post at the same times they will know when to check out your blog. This will keep your readers coming back which in turn will help you grow.
I know that it’s not always possible to post on a schedule- even after years of blogging I still find it difficult to do but there are some tricks you can use when you don’t have a post ready. You can reblog posts you have read from other bloggers that you find interesting, you can reblog older posts of your own or you can share something simple like a nice quote or YouTube video. Just make sure you post something!
I hope you found this post helpful. If you did please let me know in the comments below and let me know if you would like a part two of this post or if there is any specific type of advice post you would like me to share in the coming weeks.
What advice would you give new bloggers? Are you a new blogger? If so, how are you liking blogging so far? What advice do you wish you had known when you first started blogging? How is your day going? Mine is going terrible thanks for asking… Tell me your answers in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi- I don’t bite I swear that’s just a rumour!
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