A couple of months ago I got fired from my advertising job. Up to that point I had worked for over 4-5 years as a senior account manager across various advertising agencies. Advertising is a fun career but honestly, at this point, I had been wanting out for a while.
Jobless and with a lot of time on my hands, I went online looking for ways to make money online. There are dozens of freelance sites like Upwork you can use to earn a decent income online, however, I wanted something more creative and fulfilling. So, my first bet was to take photography classes on LinkedIn learning.
I then played around with starting a YouTube channel. I still want to do that someday though.
Then an idea hit me that I could actually start a blog. So, I went crazy on blogging tips for beginners. I finally registered a domain (my name) and set up a theme.
The problem though was that I could not settle on a niche. I had just started the on the vegan lifestyle for a couple of months, so, I toyed with starting a vegan lifestyle blog but it seemed most successful ones were all about recipes. I knew I would have issues cooking all the time. So that was an easy pass.
My second idea was to do what I know. Facebook ads. That would have been easy, but I thought I would struggle to keep the content going plus I did not see a monetization path with Facebook ads at that time. My first post was actually on how to Install Facebook pixel on a WordPress site.
During this period I had started approaching local business to run their Facebook ads and digital marketing in general. But it did not actually hit me that this could be something I could blog on consistently. So, I went on and for a while churn post after post on blogging tips.
During this time I always found an excuse to write about Facebook ads. The more I learned about blogging and SEO and all that great stuff, the more I wanted to write about something I actually enjoyed writing about. Facebook Ads.Because its what I was good at.
I finally decided to follow what I enjoyed and started blogging about Facebook ads, Online sales funnels and all that cool stuff. I know most bloggers would tell you that going after what you love is not a profitable business model. So most people write about what they hate just because of its a profitable niche.
Well am writing about what I like and I turned out pretty fine.
So today am going to give you blogging tips for beginners I wish someone told me when I was getting started.
When I was getting started I read a lot about hosting services and which was the best I could get. Most bloggers actually recommended a specific service which mostly had poor ratings but I guess they great commissions on affiliates so everyone loves promotes them.
I did not want to go that route so I settled on A2 hosting and it’s the best initial decision I ever made. They have a great service and their rates start for as low as $ 2.96 per month.
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Permalink is the web address used to link to your content. I will not go into details but will tell you the only thing you need to do here.
On your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the settings then permalinks. Then check the post name option and save.
Note: Rem to do this before you start posting and don’t change it after that because you will mess everything. Just check post-name save and forget it forever.
When I started blogging I got the thrive themes membership which gave me access to some awesome themes.
I also wanted to be able to build landing pages by myself so that was easy. However, when starting out as a blogger you can do with a template from WordPress or from places like theme forest and you are good to go.
Even the free WordPress themes are great. So, don’t overthink it. As you grow and want to do more then you will need a builder like thrive themes but for beginners just get things rolling.
One of the best blogging tips for beginners I ever got was to prioritize list building from the very start. Basically, you need to collect peoples e-mail addresses and mail them regularly.
The way you get these e-mails is through content upgrades/Freebies/Offers. This how it works.
Let’s say you want to blog about skincare. Your content upgrade could be your 10 daily steps to get acne-free skin in 3 days. You basically offer something of value to your audience that can help them solve a problem immediately.
You then offer them this for free in exchange for their e-mail address. Below is a great example of a content upgrade by Melyssa Griffin .
After I developed my freebie I needed and e-mail software to send e-mails at scale and automatically because you can’t do that with your regular mailbox.
There are a lot of great tools you can use, I, however, recommend startup bloggers to use MailChimp. I settled on MailChimp because it’s free. For up to 2000 email subscribers. If you are a beginner developing an e-mail list could be a slow process so you don’t want to be paying monthly subscriptions on a more advanced software when your list is growing at 10 or 20 e-mails per month.
You can always change your service provider as things grow.
Before I ever posted my first blog, I was completely concerned about people coming to my blog and finding only one article on my page.
So, I developed around 10 pieces of content before I ever launched the blog. On the day I was launching it, I posted all the articles within the day. If someone landed on my blog that day, they had no way of knowing that my blog was new.
Plus, they could access more content from me rather than one article and blank pages which kept them longer on my blog.
I do recommend you do the same. Do not launch your blog with one post. Pre-write at least 10 posts weeks before you launch your blog.
This is the most important new blogger tip. You need to know how to write content that rank on google. How to do your keyword research and everything in between.
When researching on blogging tips for beginners, this was one of those things I went super deep on. If you don’t follow the right strategies you will struggle to get your content to feature on search results.
I am actually developing an eBook around this to give people a comprehensive guide on how to rock blog SEO and get your content to rank fast on google.
Pinterest is one of the greatest traffic sources right now. Google will take a while to rank your content. But if you do Pinterest the right way you can get enough traffic to start earning from your blog in 3 months.
Ensure you create a business account and have it verified then start pinning related content and join group boards in your niche.
Pro tip: Try as much as possible to pin content with over 800 repins (Algorithm notices that you share quality content and hence shows your pins to more people)
Other bloggers in your niche as not your competition. Reach out to them and share ideas and build backlinks to your website.
Bloggers are super receptive and always ready to help out beginners so don’t be shy.
The big secret of successful blogging is consistency, so have a posting s schedule and stick to it. Whether it’s one post a day or a week that’s up to you.
At the initial stages when you don’t have a lot of traffic don’t have ads on your page. Ads create a horrible user experience and you want to build it before you can start distracting.
You may miss out on some $10 income but your users will have a better user experience. When your traffic grows significantly you can now get on Mediavine or Adthrive based on your traffic numbers.
These were my blogging tips for beginners. What are yours? Share in the comments.
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I’m Tim, I teach online entrepreneurs the profitable action steps for starting and scaling their Youtube channels