I started this mini-series on How to Survive the Blog World earlier this week specifically for new bloggers and those of us seasoned bloggers who often find ourselves stuck on the hamster wheel. Today we are continuing with some top tips for new bloggers.
My expertise is rooted in marketing and social media but I started a blog quite a few years ago. It has grown and evolved over the years and it wasn’t until recently that I found myself losing motivation and passion.
I decided to take some time get back to why I started blogging and what my blogging journey has meant to me.
Sometimes you have to go back in order to propel forward.
I was able to get a clear perspective on what direction I needed to go and where my efforts should be placed.
If you find yourself questioning yourself and things aren’t panning out the way that you expected, ask yourself these questions:
How did I get here?
Why did I start in the first place?
What is my overall mission?
Who am I trying to reach?
What is my big goal?
These simple questions may not always have simple answers. I had to go back and answer them twice because my first answers were very shallow. As a strategist, I help my clients dig deeper into not just the methods of marketing but the why behind it all.
It’s definitely hard to pull out the deeper meanings behind the process. But I am so glad I did it.
You hear the words, “gaining clarity” a lot in the blogosphere. I use it a lot myself when working with clients. But once it is obtained, it makes reaching your goals that much easier.
To help you, even more, I asked 12 bloggers what they wished they knew when they first started blogging.
Here are their top tips for new bloggers:
Sheyla Knigge of The Momma Chronicles
“I wish I knew just how great Pinterest is. Pinterest is so important when it comes to driving traffic. Blogger tribes and blog groups are probably going to be your best friend in that regard. Help others get their blogs out there, and it’ll help you too!”
Nicole Tenenbaum of The Professional Mom Project
“It’s so easy to get overwhelmed as a new blogger. You’ll get where you need to go – don’t compare your starting point with someone else’s mid or end point.”
Deb Wielhouwer of Love Leaving Legacy
“Take a course! I didn’t know to add subscribe to the blog or email list buttons or funnels until very recently. So I definitely wish I’d taken a blogging class before I started.”
Connie Hulsart of Essentially Broken
“If you’re not tech savvy, it will seem impossible to get where you need to go but don’t give up; you’ll learn little by little and with the help of some great fellow bloggers, you’ll find your way.”
Krista Garrah-Goncalves of Making Lemonade
“Your website is a powerful marketing tool, not just a pretty place for people to land. If you’re not a web developer – get help with your website. Period. This is one thing that if you do it right the first time, you’ll save yourself SO much time, money and frustration later down the road. Trust me.” Krista shares 6 other great tips in her post 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Health Blog.
Lynn Neville of Emma and Rose
“Set office hours. Block out times in your day when you’ll focus solely on your blog. Pick a goal or two you want to achieve each week. Make a list of the tasks that need to be done to achieve that goal. Assign tasks to those blocks of time. And don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked or distracted. If you see something you want to look check out or come up with ideas for your blog, write them down then go right back to your task list.”
Eva Ben-Sir Ron of Happy Blogging Mom
“Don’t stress yourself about it too much! I know! One of the goals is to create an income! Which is AWESOME! But…You MUST be realistic! This isn’t an overnight get rich quick kinda thing! YOU MUST work HARD for getting noticed and to start to grow! YEP…HARD! But, it will be worth it in the long run! Please don’t give up, just because you are blogging for a few months and you barely are creating any income from it! One day, your blog will suddenly grow! Just KEEP ON GOING!”
Camesha Gosha of Camesha- Mama Motivator
“Figure out your why as soon as possible. It will make blogging easier and you’ll have less burnout. Even when you get writer’s block you can come back to your why to be motivated to keep going.”
Arfa Nazeer of Epife
“Develop a blogging strategy from day one and it will continue bringing good results in favor of your new blog or business. And, focus on what you do. Keep learning new things and implement what works best for you.”
Lynda Mallory of A Life With A View
“Write from the heart and I found it important to write and pour into my writing just like I speak. My posts are more of a conversation piece. Just be yourself.”
Tavana Darris of Strive Destination
“Always remember why you’re blogging in the first place, whether for fun or you really want to share your knowledge. That’ll keep you coming back to create.”
Sheila Janifer of Moms Add Value
“Make to keep a balance. Blogging can consume all of your time, but balancing with family is key.”
And my number one tip:
Be authentic in everything you do. Your audience is there because they want to learn from you and grow with you. You don’t have to do what others are doing in order to grow your email list or grow your traffic. The real growth comes in when you are able to own who you are and what you do. Being authentic is going to take you so much further in this space than anything else.
Be your best, give your best, the rest will follow.
Do you have a tip to add? Drop it in the comments!
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