10 Blogging Tips For Beginners [Essentials]

Before I started blogging I had no plan whatsoever. I just wanted to share my passion on facebook. I knew nothing about SEO, keywords or the use of links. I had never heard of alt tag in photos and the essence of having a mailing list. What a waste of time! Of course, nobody was reading my blog and all the time and energy I put in there was kinda lost. My main focus was Facebook and I just let the blog be this little annoying child that wasn't listening to me.


I wanted to learn about affiliate programs and on how to grow my blog. I didn't only learn about affiliate marketing, but even more how I had been doing every wrong from the beginning. I felt like such a nerd. If only I had taken more time to learn about all the tips and tricks.

I ended up deleting a lot of my old blog post and rewriting the newer ones. Making sure my keywords were right and my pictures all carried a title.



Blogging Tips For Beginners



10 Blogging tips for beginners which they should learn right now!



Plan
Starting a blog might seem good on an impulse, but if you really serious about blogging you better think about what you want to blog about? What is your passion? How many times a week are you able to post? Are you active on other social media too?

Start your email list now
I never saw any good in starting an email list. Had no idea how to start one and how to get people to sign up. How wrong could I be? With the ever-changing algorithms on Instagram and Facebook, you don't reach even half of your followers if you're lucky. But with your own mailing list and you can actually mail your followers directly and share your latest blog and news with them. I joined MailChimp and I'm still very happy with them. ConvertKit is another good option.

Be consistent
If you want to reach your audience consistency is the key. It's up to you if you want to publish a blog 4 times a week or only once as long as it has a fixed day. And remember quality over quantity!
It's all in the title

Creating a catchy headline is your number one priority. Take your time to make your headlines work. If you have no inspiration look on Bloglovin and see for yourself which blog titles appeal to you.

Create a blog editorial
A what? Yes, a very boring list of ideas and titles you want to write about. I would usually write down all my ideas and little thoughts in a notebook where they would get terribly lost. Now I've made an excel sheet on which I make my planning by category, keywords, topic idea and generally just keep track of what I have to work on. My sponsored blog post always have priority so I do a lot of changing with blog ideas and dates but I usually have up to 4 months of concepts ahead.

The holy grail of SEO

You want people to know about you and your blog? You want your blog to rank high in Google-land? SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is something you have to learn about and fast. Keywords, alt text in your pictures, the use of headings in your blog.

Promote your blog like a mad men
Creating a blog is only 20% of the work. Now the real work starts. Once your blog is out you better start promoting it on all your social media channels. Instagram, Instagram Stories, swipe ups, email, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and most importantly Pinterest. Make sure you have social media links on your blog and vice versa. It should be easy for people to find you and connect with you.

InterLink to other blogs
Once people have found your blog you want them to stay around for a while and read some of your other blogs too. Including links to similar blog post really helps your SEO to go up and build your audience. So add about 3 blog titles you readers will also love to read. Just make sure these links open in a new tab so they don't lose the post they're currently reading.

Do Follow and No Follow links
Once you start using affiliate links you better get your follow and no-follow links in order. Nofollow tells search engines, such as Google, to not to follow a specific link. This is important because you don't want to transfer PageRank (“link juice”) to a link that you are possibly getting paid to place.

Great pictures are essential
Do I really need to explain this? Readers are first and foremost drawn to good pictures so make sure you invest.

Keep on learning
The world of social media and blogging is constantly changing. What hot now may be lost tomorrow. So stay up to date. Join bloggers communities and constantly check Pinterest for new ideas and tips. I still spend a few hours every week on social media courses or reading in the latest 10 blogging tips for beginners.
Be patient and never compare your beginning with someone else's middle

Blogging takes time. Building an audience takes time. I always get a little suspicious of those bloggers who claim to have those golden numbers within a year with hardly any followers on other social media accounts. Remember it just takes time. Most bloggers take about 3 years to build their community and for me, it has been just the same. Remember that blogging is about you sharing your own unique passion and we all have to start somewhere.


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Author: Faizan Athar
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