Blogging tips for beginners may confuse you. Or perhaps these tips make perfect sense.
Guess what? One size does not fit all. I do things different than most bloggers but my newbie journey felt quite different too. Being a beginner blogger during the year of 2009, the landscape looked quite different than it does today.
Blogging Tips for Beginners
Knowing this, I want to give you my insights into how to become a successful blogger if you just bought your domain and hosting. Oh yes; that brings us to tip #1.
1: Buy Your Domain and Hosting
Buy your domain and hosting. Own your online real estate. Ensure that you call the shots. Brand yourself effectively. Monetize your blog intelligently. The single downside to buying your domain and hosting is investing $14 a year per domain name and about $5 to $20 monthly per hosting package for a beginner blogger.
2: Become More Fearless
Nobody becomes completely fearless unless you are enlightened. But becoming more fearless smooths out your newbie blogger journey because we all fall prey to many fears as newbs. Struggling bloggers imprison themselves in a cocoon of fear. Bloggers who hit the ground running develop a fearless nature about them.
3: Blog Mainly to Have Fun
Make fun the reward. Blogging mainly for fun makes you generous, patient and persistent, all key qualities for new bloggers to embody. Newbies need a dose of being generous, patient and persistent to begin blogging on the right foot. Buckle in; this ride will be fascinating, long and a bit rough at times.
4: Write 500 Words Daily for Practice
Write 500 words daily in a Word document for practice to gain confidence and clarity in your writing voice. Practice writing to develop your #1 blogging skill as a newbie.
5: Do Not Write off Search Traffic
New bloggers often err in believing Google traffic to be unattainable. Not true. Practice writing daily. Learn SEO details. Beginner bloggers with even months of experience can nail down long tail keyword traffic if you generously create content. Think targeted, passive traffic. Envision yourself ranking on Google. Develop a mental blueprint to prepare yourself for search traffic as a newbie.
6: Ask Your Readers for Blog Post Ideas
Do you feel a bit lost on what to blog about? Ask your readers for blog post ideas. Easy peasy way to write in-demand posts. What if you have no readers?
7: Observe Top Blogs for Blog Post Ideas
Follow top blogs in your niche. Scan blog posts. Read comments. What topics do you see? What do readers comment about? Write and publish posts on those topics. If top bloggers blog about it, it is relevant and helpful for your readership, too.
8: Invest in Blogging Resources
Learn from top bloggers how to blog. Invest money in courses, eBooks or other resources to get a solid blogging blueprint for following, studying and putting into practice. I offer this course and eBook for you to get started.
9: Humble Yourself
I had no idea what I did as a newbie blogger and made the mistake of believing I knew it all, or, that I would figure it out solo, fast. Was I ever wrong. I began to succeed only by humbling myself and following in the foot steps of successful bloggers like Zac Johnson. Be humble. Admit you are a newbie blogger who knows little. Follow pro advice.
10: Publish Content Frequently
Publish 1-2 posts weekly. Aim for 600-1000 words per post. Be thorough but make your point and exit stage left to see the greatest success as a newbie. Few newbie bloggers write with clarity. This is one of those blogging tips for beginners some hesitate to follow but those who do step away from the herd. Those who do hit the ground running. Pop up slowly and steadily on reader radar screens. Be as prolific as possible. Let people know; a new blogger is on the scene.
11: Network Generously
Begin building your blogging network from day 1. Comment genuinely on top blogs from your niche. Promote top bloggers from your niche on social media and through your blog. Be generous. Be genuine. Make blogging buddies early on to build your network as a beginner blogger.
12: Begin Monetizing Early
Monetize your blog early during your blogging career to get comfortable with receiving money. Start with affiliate marketing. Sell already created products to earn a profit.
13: Learn and Execute One Thing at a Time
Start with writing blog posts. Then network. Consider growing an email list, next. Learn and execute one strategy at a time to become successful as a beginner blogger. Smart newbies never try to become a jack of all trades and masters of none. Take your time to build your blogging campaign on a rock solid foundation.
There you have it guys.
Follow these tips to begin your blogging campaign from the right space.
How to Deal with the Overwhelm of Blogging Success
I am no blogging billionaire. Currently.
But some days, as success builds, I feel overwhelmed. How do you devote time and energy to blogging and live a rich life offline too? Do you feel overwhelmed by slow, steadily increasing blogging success? Even though experiencing success feels good, the increased responsibility may feel daunting. I love my gig. But in moments, I fear being up until 1 AM to complete my work day.
Follow these tips to deal with the overwhelm of blogging success.
1: Address the Overwhelmed Feeling as Being Fear
Feeling overwhelmed is fear, plain and simple. Feel the fear. Fear passes. Overwhelm vanishes.
All successful business owners need face, feel and release fears to accelerate their growth. Every successful blogger faces, feels and releases overwhelmed emotions to proceed from a calm, abundant energy. Face your fears. Feel and release overwhelm to proceed from a calm, peaceful energy.
2: Trade Overwhelm for Gratitude
Change your perspective. Trade the overwhelmed feeling for a feeling of genuine gratitude for money flowing freely to you. Even if you love your gig, taking on increased responsibility feels uncomfortable sometimes. But receiving more and more money for your increased responsibility frees you from financial stresses like worrying about paying bills. Dwell on gratitude. Overwhelm dies quickly in an appreciative environment. Making more money and largely enjoying the ride feels fun, good and freeing. Remember this any time overwhelmed, swamped emotions flood your mind.
3: Ask for Help
Hire someone to help with specific blogging tasks. Outsource. Hand off certain tasks to free up your schedule. Reduce overwhelm by hiring someone to help you or by coming to a mutually beneficial agreement which lessens your blogging load. Hire experts to help you in your business. Outsource intelligently to relax, to leverage and to let go the feeling of being completely burned out with your blogging business duties.
4: Simplify Your Interactions
A few folks pitched me sponsored post opportunities today. I responded with 2 sentences. I used approximately 9 words and 8 seconds to respond to each email. Release overwhelm by simplifying interactions. Seven figure bloggers sometimes respond only to 1 or 2 sentence emails. Pros often respond with 1-2 words. Otherwise, pros become completely overwhelmed with the sheer volume of business opportunities flowing to their inbox daily. Use a few words to make your point and to dissolve the swamped feeling plaguing successful bloggers.
5: Reduce Interactions
Iconic, fictitious trader Gordon Gekko said in the movie Wall Street: “100 deals cross my desk every day. I choose one.”
As the sponsored post pitches, partnership pitches and overall work volume builds, you need to physically respond to only a small handful of engagements daily to leverage, to keep increasing your traffic and to keep increasing your blogging profits. No highly successful bloggers responds to 1000 plus interactions daily through email, Twitter and Facebook because you need to give most of your time, attention and energy to creating content and building bonds versus desperately trying to respond to every retweet, at least if you want your blogging business to keep growing.
Surrender. After responding to a handful of emails and retweets, let everything else go, to focus your attention and energy on what brings the greatest scale, what benefits the most people and what benefits your blogging business. Tony Robbins gives most of his attention and energy to inspiring millions through live seminars, through doing TV interviews and by writing books; he ain’t responding individually to 5000 emails daily. Be 100% committed to your blog and business growth by giving your time and energy to what matters most.
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How About Helping Versus Pitching Top Bloggers?
I often get pitched guest post ideas from bloggers I do not know. Although I appreciate the offer I never take up these folks on their offer because I do not know them, their brand or anything they do. No way do I have the time to actually research the individual; I am a busy bee. Another email bites the dust. I either ignore the email or note guest posting closed long ago on my blog, then include a link to one of my eBooks, like this branding eBook.
Who guest posts on my blog? People who generously helped me, asked for nothing, expected nothing and relaxed. Relaxing is key. Bloggers who help me from a chill vibe often befriend me if they practice writing to hone their blogging skills. From there, opportunities multiply fast. Sweet backlinks on top blogs often flow your way. Traffic and profits increases slowly, steadily expand over time. Blogging buddies supply you with blog post ideas through their questions and problems. Everything grows because you helped top bloggers versus pitching them aka asking them for help. Even if you pitch a valuable guest post idea, the guest post idea serves no value unless you publish the guest post on a trusted, authority blog boasting a huge, loyal readership. Pitches seem worthless until content and links actually appear on top blogs, going live and public, for the world to see.
I often advise helping bloggers freely for months before considering any ask or pitch. Most times, blogging buddies invite you to guest post on their blogs. Blogging success flows to generous people because you get what you give. This is one of the advantages of blogging. Give freely, relax, trust in the process and receive easily. Place your needs to the side. Take care of your fellow blogger. Help them out via a retweet, Facebook Share or perhaps by promoting the blogger on your blog. Nobody needs to struggle blogging. Nobody needs to spend 4 hours daily sending blind pitches to blogging strangers. How about this? Spend those 4 hours patiently, persistently and generously helping people in your blogging niche. Help fellow bloggers to earn their trust. Assist fellow bloggers to befriend fellow bloggers. The split second you earn the trust of any blogger, you plant seeds for a beautiful, thriving, warm friendship. Gaining the trust of fellow bloggers inspires traffic and profits to flow to you. Forget the concept of pitching. I pitched 2 people during my 6 years of running Blogging From Paradise. One blogger pitch served as an experiment with an established, pro blogger and the other pitch served as the direct way to guest post for a 2 million member blogging community.
My 13,500 plus backlinks on Blogging From Paradise flowed to me after I pitched only 2 souls. Imagine that for a second. Observe the raw power of making friends, helping people, expecting nothing and being generous. Capitalize on the passive element of befriending bloggers through generous service. Tonight I will spend 90 minutes walking around my neighborhood. During that hour and a half, my blogging buddies will promote my blog and spread my word. Ditto for my 8 hours of sleep tonight; my blogging buddies grow my traffic and profits around the clock, adding an immensely powerful, passive element to my blogging campaign.
Being generous has some serious perks.
Should You Blog About Everything?
Blog about everything? I know this idea may be on your mind. Newbie bloggers especially ponder the idea.
I know blogging about anything on your mind seems like a good idea to new or even struggling bloggers. Maybe you gain mojo because you post daily, blogging about anything popping up in your dome. But this is a bad idea. Nobody should blog about any and every topic for the clear reason that nobody follows a specific blogger based on the blogger’s random thoughts, save world famous celebrities who built up a big following through some other niche.
Imagine a movie star begins blogging. Movie stars boast tens of millions of fans around the globe. Anything the star does, people hang on their every word, right? Imagine the icon publishing posts on a wide range of topics interesting to them. People read because of the star, not because of the wide range of broad topics. But imagine being a new blogger with zero followers. No movie stars read this post. Readers head for the hills the moment you change topics because no jack of all trades bloggers build credibility. Who has the time, energy and focus to be an expert in 5, 10 or 20 niches? No one does.
Blog About Everything?
Humans specialize. Doctors and lawyers do one thing and do it well because where attention and energy goes, grows. Imagine if your doctor delivered mail and picked up garbage professionally, too, working 2 jobs in addition to their medical practice. Would you trust her doctor skills? No. Of course not. People trust specialists because specialists devote all professional time and energy to one venture. Generalists? Nobody trusts someone who tries to master 2 or 5 or 10 skills simultaneously because thousands of other people master 1 skill, in these areas. We follow specialists and trust specialists. Generalists fade away.
If you want to blog about everything just ponder the specialist versus generalist point. Blogging about everything is trying to be a generalist. Nobody trusts you. Even though blogging about everything seems easy, seamless and almost effortless, people stop following your blog on each topic change. Imagine blogging about puppies one day. People who love puppies find your post, read it, enjoy it and follow your blog. Tomorrow, you publish about Chinese food. Puppy readers – who followed you for puppy content – skip the post…..most stop following your blog because puppy fans want only puppy-themed content. You just lost readers, for good.
Change Topics Lose Readers
Visualize the following day; you publish about relationships. Everybody stops following your blog. Perhaps a few relationships-focused folks read the post. But you lose trust the moment you shift topics again. Ultimately, who builds a large, targeted, loyal following, blogging about relationships? Relationships bloggers who blog about relationships 100% of the time. Specialists devote all blogging energy to mastering one topic, spending thousands of hours covering the topic, become skilled and trusted in the niche, build credibility and become successful. All multi topic bloggers blogging about everything fade away and vanish.
The world makes room for specialists. Generalists? Nope.
Pick one blogging topic. Blog about one thing. Focus on one discipline. Be a specialist, not a generalist, to be a leading blogger in your nice. Face your fear of releasing multiple passions to make room for a single passion. I know you fear letting go. I did too before creating Blogging From Paradise.
Google loves specialists too. Google turns its cyber nose down at generalists. I scanned a popular blogging key phrase a few moments ago. Guess what? I rarely note SEO but tidying up one blog post with some details for optimizing helped me reach page one on the search engine. Why? I specialize in the blogging tips niche. Apparently. Google interpreted through its complex algorithms that I published thousands of valuable blog posts on a single topic 100% of the time, virtually. Google traffic rocks. Impress the search engine gods by gaining search trust. Specialize. Stick to one blogging topic. Never blog about everything.
Let go the urge to blog about anything that comes to mind. New bloggers need release this notion to build the foundation for a successful blogging career. Specialize by picking one niche you love blogging about. Be a specialist, not a generalist, to succeed with your blogging campaign.
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