Tips For New Bloggers
A lot of questions I get about blogging often comes from new bloggers. I totally understand why. When you are a new blogger, you do not really know much about blogging or WordPress. A lot of us feel confused when we first start out and I remember feeling extremely nervous as well.
That is probably why my tips for new bloggers posts are always quite popular. I wanted to share a more updated version of the post since things have changed on WordPress and I personally have learnt new information about blogging.
I hope this post is helpful both for new bloggers and older bloggers alike. I think these are just good practices in general when it comes to blogging. That being said, lets get to the advice:
I think it’s important to do your research whether you are a new blogger or you have been blogging for a while. And not just with blogging. I think if you want to be successful at something always do you research. Know what you are involving yourself in and learn how to be successful at it.
When it comes to blogging, research can really make or break your blog. WordPress is a wonderful platform but it is not the easiest platform to use. There are constant updates, changes in the block editor, changes in the layout, changes in the algorithm and more. It is definitely a good idea to keep up to date with this information.
Research will also help you get a better idea of how to use all the features WordPress offers and how to use these well. Features like tags, categories and images do not seem too important but they actually are. They can really help you grow your site because they can make your posts SEO friendly. However, if used incorrectly they can also lower your SEO score. Things like SEO are also something you need to research about because it really helps with traffic. And you do not want to do what I am currently doing and go back and make like a thousand older posts (literally) SEO friendly because you did not when you first published them.
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As they say, patience is a virtue. Patience is so important when it comes to blogging. Blogging is more longterm and that is something you should understand when you start blogging. I know a lot of the articles and videos on the internet will try to make you believe that blogging is easy and a good way to make a quick buck. They are very wrong and lying through their teeth.
Yes, blogging is a great way to make either an extra income or even your entire income. But it is not quick and easy. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of time. It took me years before I got to a place where I was working full-time as a blogger.
Unless you are super lucky, it is very unlikely that your blog will take off overnight. It is a process that takes more time than that. However, I will add that your hard work will not go unrewarded. If you put time and effort into blogging your blog does have the potential to grow and gain traffic and followers.
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Get To Know Other Bloggers
WordPress is a very interactive community. In fact, interaction may be the biggest part of it. I know that my favourite part of WordPress is reading other content, meeting new bloggers and making new blogging friends. Interacting is a great way to be a part of this amazing community and grow your site.
WordPress is a wonderful platform and I would encourage all new bloggers to explore it. Read other blogs especially if their niche is similar to yours because you will probably enjoy it more and get to learn about how to write successful posts for your niche. It will also help you meet likeminded bloggers.
I have been lucky enough to meet so many incredible people on this platform. It’s been so wonderful because this is one of the most wholesome communities on the internet. If you are a new blogger I would advice you to take advantage of it and meet as many new bloggers as you can. Get out there and make some new blogging buddies!
Be Nice And Be Safe
This is a pretty friendly community and in some ways we are like a family. We are also pretty loyal to one another. So you really do not want to rub people the wrong way. Try to be polite when leaving comments and try to be respectful towards other bloggers. If you don’t like something or someone, well that is what the block button is for. If someone leaves a not so nice comment on one of your posts just delete them because it is not worth arguing with people. Trust me, been there and done that. Don’t let negativity ruin a very positive experience for you.
The last tip I wanted to give was to be safe. Just like with everything else on the internet, you should try to be careful when it comes to blogging. Although WordPress is a great platform you still need to be really careful because there are always a few scammers and creeps. If someone gives you a bad feeling just avoid them. Never share personal information with people you meet online. And I can not emphasise this enough, do not join an MLM. Seriously, those things are pyramid schemes and I have seen a number of recruiters on WordPress.
I hope these tips for new bloggers were helpful to you. Blogging is not easy but it is quite fulfilling especially if it becomes something you are passionate about. It is a great way to improve your writing (or other) skills, meet new people and expand your knowledge. If you are a new blogger, enjoy yourself, create content you love and have fun!
Do you agree with these tips? What tips would you give new bloggers? Let me know in the comments below!
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