There are so many things I wish I knew before I started blogging and so many things that have helped me along the way. Here is my list of things and blogging advice to consider if you’re new to the blogging world:
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH
Look into everything you should know about blogging before you actually go live. Look into WordPress, self-hosting, G Suite, and themes. This blog post by The Minimalists was a lifesaver! They simplify all the steps to setting up your blog. Don’t rush into it.
PURSUE SIMPLE, GET FANCY LATER
I heard this in one of Amy Porterfield’s podcasts and loved it. I can relate so much because of how I started out. I remember spending so much money trying to get my site to look amazing. Since I was so new to all of it I wasn’t sure where to start or where to buy themes. I invested the little money that I had in all the wrong places. The indecision probably killed my blog the first year. I was too distracted on “getting fancy” rather than trying to find out more about my what my readers and followers were asking for. What I should’ve done and what I’m doing now is building my subscriber list. This is probably one the best techniques to get traffic and get to know your followers.
DECIDE ON YOUR NICHE
Before you begin writing, know who you’re writing for. Layout what you have to offer and don’t try to please everyone. If you want to have a consistent blog with returning users, offer something that they can relate to every time they come back. I remember my first posts read something like, “Oh my god. Look at this dress. SoOoOo cute. ” I kind of hated myself because I felt like I was having an affair with my writing and leaving it for ripped abs in Calvin Klein boxers. I didn’t want to attract girls who simply look at pictures and exit out of the tab. I wanted real conversations, storytelling, and to be relatable. So, I decided to change the way I presented my blog posts and declared what my niche would be.
JOIN A COMMUNITY
I’ve talked about Style Collective before. It is one of my favorite blogging communities. Since I started blogging, I always felt alone because I had no friends who blogged or who were interested in blogging. I could never rant or ask questions and I just felt like I had no one to talk to. I can’t stress enough how much this community has helped my blog grow and how much more I’ve learned about blogging.
The minute I published my first post, I expected people to just find my blog, comment, and fall in love with my content. Sadly, unless you’re Britney Spears and blogging each one of your insane breakdowns, you’re probably not getting any curious loving on that new post.
- Join Facebook groups where you can post content and engage with other bloggers
- If you aren’t live yet, reach out and ask questions, join groups and see which posts are the most popular
- Comment on blog posts and leave your website link to create backlinks back to your blog.
- Reach out to the companies you link back on your blog so when you grow you can reach back out for potential sponsorships.
Being consistent will attract more followers. Your readers stop by regularly knowing that when they do visit your site, you’ll have a new post for them. I struggled with this bit for so long especially because I was just so unmotivated. My tips? Set some goals and plan ahead. I now post one fashion post and one lifestyle post (DIY/blogging tips/travel tips) a week.
SEO AND OPTIMIZATION
Read into it and get the YOAST SEO plugin before you go live. You should always have keywords that relate to your content and always search for popular searches under your category. Resize images so they load faster and rename them to improve your keywords and searches. Commenting on other blogs will also help with SEO since you’ll be creating backlinks to your blog.
FIND YOUR PASSION
The pursuit of starting my blog came so suddenly that I didn’t have the time to find what I was passionate about. I’ve gone from DIY, to fashion and storytelling and blogging tips. The core of it has ultimately changed for the better, however, I always wish that I was more prepared on what topics I’d cover and the way they were written.
IT WILL TAKE TIME
Being in such a saturated market is tough. I often found myself getting unmotivated and a little depressed because I felt I just couldn’t stand out or wasn’t as good. Do something that will make your blog unique. Don’t be afraid of change and don’t quit until you’ve put in your all.
If you found this post at all helpful please share! And leave in the comments below any helpful blogging tips so I can add it to the list!