Blogging Tips for Beginners
When it comes to blogging we all have to start somewhere and even the most successful bloggers out there had to start from the very bottom. From gaining followers to writing content and mastering the art of social media there’s a lot to learn as a newbie, so we’ve put together this handy set of tips to help take your blog from new kid on the block to the next big thing. Even if you’re a veteran blogger you never stop learning, so who knows you might even pick up a few tips and tricks too.
Blog about your passion
There’s nothing wrong with setting up a blog for the purpose of monetising, but it’s important to blog about topics that you’re passionate and knowledgeable about or readers are going to see right through you. Whether it’s travel, marketing, food, beauty, fashion, computing or anything else you’re interested in, pick one or two topics that are closest to your heart and carve your niche from there.
Blogging is a saturated market these days and there are literally thousands of other people to compete with for page views. That’s why it’s very important to give your blog an edge that others within your niche might not have.
Be professional but be yourself
If you want your readers to form a genuine connection with your blog and keep clicking back for more, it’s important to make sure your true voice is shining through. You might be running a business blog but that doesn’t mean you can’t be personal. Write in the same way as you would talk to a friend or colleague (but maybe leave those swear words out…)
Watch your spelling
It might sound obvious, but it’s key to make sure your spelling and grammar are on form if you want to draw in a readership turn your blog into a money maker. There’s nothing more off-putting than a blog littered with silly mistakes. Proof read your posts before you hit that publish button or get a friend to cast an eye over if you want to be really thorough.
Get social media on your side
From Facebook and Twitter to up and coming sites like Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat, social media is the best form of free advertising for your blog and if you want to reach as wide an audience as possible you’re going to have to use them. If you’re a total newbie, choose two of the above and learn the ins and outs before moving on to the others. You can always add more networks once you become a little more savvy. Engage with others, share your favourite content from other creators and send out links to your latest posts to get your name out there.
Good images are key
As readers we are very visual creatures and as such are much more likely to respond well to a post broken up with high-quality images than one that’s simply a huge wall of text. Get to grips with your camera and shoot interesting photos to accompany your writing or find some high-quality stock images online.