I’ve been blogging for almost 8 months now and there are a lot of new blogger tips that I started implementing from Day 1.
Last month, I managed to hit my 50K Pageviews mark. And I am so over the moon.
But I wouldn’t have gotten to this point unless I implemented the blogging basics that a lot of Newbie Bloggers tend to ignore when they initially start blogging.
I too have ignored a lot of that advice and made tons of blogging mistakes in my first blog, so I failed to grow the way I wanted to. I didn’t make the same mistakes when I started my second Blog.
Now, if you don’t have a blog, then you can look at my ultra cool step-by-step guide that teaches you how to build a profitable blog from scratch!
It’s extremely crucial to pay attention to the nitty gritty of blogging.
And in this Blog Post, I will discuss all the new blogger tips that actually got me to 50K pageviews. This also includes tips that I learned in my Blogging journey.
Before I begin, might I suggest that you take my super deluxe free 5 day email course on growing your Blog Traffic?
Ready? Let’s begin!
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1. Post Quality Content.
If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you know that I stress on this point more often than not.
Your main aim should be to cover a topic as extensively as you can.
And if someone lands on your Blog post to figure out a solution to their problem, they shouldn’t have to move on to other Blogs to clear their doubts.
That’s how thorough and extensive your blog posts should be.
Long form content performs way, way better than shorter pieces.
And the audience you attract with your long form content, is the type you want to convert into email subscribers. Because these are the people that are actually looking to improve their lives or businesses.
They really want to change. So, long form content is definitely what they’re looking for. This increases your chances of your blog posts going viral!
2. Give it all away.
A lot of Bloggers feel that giving a lot of information away is bad for business because they’d rather save that content for their eBooks and eCourses.
Don’t do that.
Give it away.
This is one of the best ways to build trust and engagement.
You can use your eBooks and eCourses to delve in deeper into the topics you talk about on a regular basis on your Blog.
There is no way for your readers to know if your eBooks and eCourses are a good fit for them unless you pump up the quality of your Blog Posts.
When they start reading your Blog, they should fall in love with your writing, the way you break down things to them.
That’s exactly what is going convert your Blog traffic into sales.
For instance, in this post, I talk about producing Quality Content. However, there is more to it than that.
In my eBook The Secret Sauce to Skyrocketing your Blog traffic, I talk about finding low-competition keywords that will help you rank on Google’s Front page, writing titles that gains clicks and explain in detail about the types of posts you need to create for different call-to-actions.
It’s over 180 pages and obviously is a super meaty guide for Bloggers who want to get serious with their content and their blog.
At the same time, I make sure that every Blog post I write is in between 2000-6000 words and provides tons of value.
Because that’s how people will know that I am serious about teaching. I want people to understand that I don’t just skim over points. I delve deep into it!
3. It’s okay to be overwhelmed.
A lot of Bloggers who are just starting out don’t know where to start. They immediately start comparing themselves to successful bloggers and admonish everything they even think of posting.
Don’t. Do. That.
Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
That’s not fair to you.
Everyone starts by taking the first step.
There’s no need to be perfect in the beginning. I started this blog, blogging about art, creativity and blogging before I decided to stick with just Creativity and Blogging.
From wanting to blog about everything that popped into my head, my blog slowly evolved to blogging about tips that helped women start their own online businesses and cultivate them to stand out from the norm!
I realized that it was my true calling as I, myself started a Business from scratch. And I want to teach others the same!
It took me a while to narrow down my niche. And I was only able to do that by getting everything out of my system and listening to what my readers wanted from me.
Once you understand the type of blog you want to build, you will find it easy to discover your niche and narrow down on your target audience.
Speaking of which…
4. Do a lot of research on your Blog’s Target Audience
This is by far the most important thing you will read in this Blog Post. Mostly because, if you don’t blog with your target audience in mind, you are in fact blogging in the dark.
Every blog post you write must accomplish two things:
1. It should align with your Business Goals: Meaning, it should in some way help you either create Brand Awareness or promote a product (that you may have created or want to create) or generate leads.
2. It should help your readers actually solve a problem and be useful: Remember what I said earlier about building trust? By continuously under-promising and over-delivering, you will grow your Blog exponentially.
By paying attention to these 2 points, you will be creating content that brings you more traffic for years to come! And your bounce rate will automatically reduce, resulting in better ranks on Search Engines and more traffic!
5. You’re not going to make money right away.
I hate to burst your Bubble but a lot of us expect to become rich within 30 days.
Okay, I know you read a lot of income reports where bloggers make $3451 in their 6th month blogging.
But please understand that there is a back story behind these income reports.
In my case, I had a blog before this one. And I am an Illustrator and Comic Artist with a huge audience before I started this second Blog.
People already knew me. I had ongoing and referral clients. And I had 3 years of experience freelancing before I started this blog.
Meaning, I wasn’t starting my Business from absolute scratch and I wasn’t scared to invest money in my new Blog.
Did I have products that flopped and completely didn’t sell?
Did I make money with my first blog?
Not if you count peanuts as money, then no. I made close to nothing in one year on my first blog.
I’m sharing this with you because I want you to understand that not every project pans out. For every 10 fails, you’ll have 1 success.
That number will fluctuate.
But in the end, it’s worth it. Because that 1 success teaches us what works and what doesn’t. With every product you release, or method you try out, you get one step closer to success.
So, please, please don’t feel disheartened if it’s been a few months and you’ve made very little money. It’s okay. It’s normal.
Just focus on producing quality content for your target audience, gaining traffic that converts and blog with a plan.
Create a Blog Plan at least 3 months in advance. By which, I mean to list out all the possible blog post titles you need to write out in the next 3 months.
Meera Kothand taught me that. She’s one hell of a Blogger.
After your 3 months are done, see which posts did really well. And accordingly, plan to push out a product.
By the end of 6 months, aim to push out at least 1 product and market the hell out of it. I will be writing more about this, soon.
6. Understand the concept of sales funnels.
Blogging is so versatile that you can make money blogging in different ways! Learn how each technique works.
And focus on 2-3 at a time.
You can write affiliate posts, create products and sell them on your Blog, sell courses, or monetize via ads. Aside from this, you can use your Blog to gain clients and provide services to them.
I currently have 2 sales funnels implemented in my Blog. I talk about how I’ve implemented sales funnels using ConvertKit in this post.
And I plan on adding a whole lot more as time goes by.
Which brings me to my next very important point…
7. Believe in yourself.
I truly believe in the power of positivity and not taking no for an answer when it comes to success.
When I started this Blog, I told myself, “No matter what happens, I am going to power through until this Blog starts making money and helps me bring home the bacon.”
I didn’t back down.
Yes, I did have some bad days. There were weeks when I would not even see a dime pour in, but I did not give up.
There were products that I created with a lot of hope that flopped. But I just marked it as just another failure and continued to create products.
I did my research and kept pushing. And last month, I was able to make a little over $700 just in digital product sales.
There were times when I’d get some nasty comments on Instagram. Mostly because I made comics on hair and nothing else. Some were racist, some were just plain mean. But I never gave up.
I learned how to reply to internet bullies and trolls and got back up on my feet.
Even when my account developed a glitch at 181K followers, I took a break for a whole year and started a brand new spanking account under the same name. Sure, it will take me a lot of time to grow back to 181K, but I don’t believe in quitting.
It goes to show that things do click, if you push hard enough and do your research.
You cannot fail if you believe in yourself and work hard.
It’s impossible to fail.
8. Do not pinch pennies when it comes to your Blog.
I cannot emphasize on this enough. Design is everything.
Whoever told you that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, shoot them.
Not literally of course.
But yes, if I land on someone’s blog and it’s full of ads, and has a crappy free wordpress theme, I realize that money is all the Blogger thinks about and this Blog is obviously a hobby. I click away instantly.
And I’m not the only one.
Would you buy a product from a blog that looked like www.ilovecups.weebly.com?
Obviously! It looks fishy!
And spammy. Why would you trust your money to a website that doesn’t even have the resources to invest in decent hosting?
It’s okay to invest a bit of money in a good theme and hosting even if you’re not making money from your Blog yet. Because a good theme will take you a long, long way.
Starting on the right foot at least when it comes to design, is a good way to grow your Blog. People trust you and you build better engagement. Once your traffic grows, you will be able to monetize your Blog easily.
9. Be authentic.
Don’t be afraid to write in your voice. Don’t be shy. And don’t be nervous.
Let your inner self shine through your Blog.
I crack a lot of jokes. Some of them are PJs but I don’t care. I’m being myself. Some might find my lines and illustrations cheesy or childish, but hey!
I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. And I am totally okay with that.
For every 1 person that clicks away, I gain a 100 more who subscribe to my list.
Two people may be telling the same story, but the way they tell it will be different. That’s what matters.
Infuse your personality in your writing. Write like you are having a 1 on 1 conversation with your reader.
10. Be consistent.
It’s very, very difficult to write consistently every single week. But it’s totally possible.
Making a plan in advance will help you blog consistently. Once you have your Blog topics in hand, all you need to do is research and flesh out each post.
You may also like: How to plan your Blog content for a whole year and crush it!
That’s why it’s important to have a blogging schedule.
By being consistent, and constantly pushing out high quality blog posts, your readers will know what to expect from you and when.
And if your website is updated regularly, Search Engines will understand that your blog is relevant and up to date and will boost your posts. After all, Search Engines want to provide the most useful content to its users.
By proving that you’re consistent and provide high value information, Search Engines’ Algorithms will automatically rank your posts higher.
And here’s a bonus point to help you on your Blogging journey.
11. Be patient.
It can be super irritating to wait for things to pick up especially when we live in a world where everything arrives to us with a snap of our fingers.
But success takes time. No one is an overnight success. If your blog is not making money right now, don’t fret.
It takes time to be recognized, to create posts that flood the internet and win over an audience. So, take courage.
Don’t lose hope. And never stop blogging.
Constantly research on how you can improve your Blog and implement 1 new tip every week. Measure your results. Check your Analytics weekly and see what’s working and what isn’t.
This is by far the best way to grow as a Blogger.
Here are some free resources to help you in your Blogging Journey. You can:
- Download my 12 page free Blog Planner (comes with stickers)
- Take my 5 day free email course that teaches you how to increase your Blog Traffic
- Learn some pointers on how I started a successful money-making blog
- Read how I implemented Sales Funnels to automatically sell my digital products using ConvertKit
- 13 Easy Ways to Market your Blog Online
- 13 reasons why your Blog isn’t making money.
And with that, I will bid thee a lovely farewell.
What is your biggest fear as a newbie blogger? Let me know in the comments below!