Started a blog recently? Feeling unsure if what your’e producing is as good as others? Do you want to reach out to bloggers for advice but aren’t sure what to say? Overwhelmed? Stuck on what to blog about? Are you feeling like only your best friend reads your work? Worried you don’t have time to post everyday, because everyone else seems too? I could go on, right?
Don’t worry, all beginners are in the same boat. I’m a new blogger and I feel all these thoughts and emotions, it’s normal and it shows we care about what we want to achieve. If we didn’t want to succeed, why are we doing it? It’s important we don’t give up just because we are human.
I want to share with you a few things I’ve learnt since I started blogging, I am hoping to connect with bloggers out there who have been or are going through this challenge.
- Make a plan. What do you want to achieve from your blog? What are you passionate about? Who is your audience? How much time do you want to invest? – I have found having a clear objective of what I want to achieve, helps me focus and clears my mind. Knowing your target audience will help your content be as strong as possible, and will make you confident that you’re producing posts you know your readers want to read.
- Do some research. Visit popular, and celebrity blogs, have a real look at the content. What has the most comments? How long are majority of the posts? What are the pictures like? How easy is it to navigate on the site? What’s caught your eye? Do they give any tips? All these questions helped me have a clearer idea of what a successful blog should look like, it provided me with extra motivation to keep going and believe I can achieve what I want.
- It’s okay to have days when you don’t feel like blogging. It’s not against the rules to have space from your keyboard. It’s actually helpful as it gives your brain a rest.
- Don’t get a rush post out there, just because you need to squeeze one in if you have been busy at work etc. I’ve done this, these posts don’t get views, people can tell.
- Don’t worry if your stats are low sometimes, we learn what works and what doesn’t overtime. Things don’t happen overnight, some days I get more views than others and I’m picking up on what my top posts are so I can see what my readers enjoy. The worst thing to do is get stressed or anxious if your’e not getting high stats straight away. Hard work will pay off.
- After reading many blogs, it’s clear to see who’s passionate and who’s not. It makes so much difference if a writer is enthusiastic, relatable, provides detailed reviews or recommendations, shares personal experiences and aren’t afraid to be themselves. There’s nothing worse than reading a post that is sloppy, desperate or product reviews that aren’t detailed.
- Consistency. Try and work out a posting schedule. 2 or 3 times a week, what works for you? You don’t have to post everyday to be successful.
- Use social media to communicate with your audience. Share your favourite new products, attach links on where to find them. Ask your readers questions, what do you want to see next? Etc. Take selfies and be confident, help others feel confident!! I feel so much better when I find blogs written by normal girls or guys, who aren’t perfect, who don’t photo shop their faces, who show they have personality. It’s okay we don’t all look like top models.
- So moving on to SEO. (Search engine optimization) We all know that we need our site to rank high in search engines, I’m still working on this but what have I learnt so far? Do I have an effective title? What are my keywords, am I using them? Is my site mobile friendly? Have I added tags and titled my images instead of having them saved as ‘image12’? Am I using a SEO plugin? Am I including internal links? There’s a lot to consider, this stuff is not easy and it takes time to build it up.
- Apps that I’ve found helpful – Instagram, Stumble Upon and BlogLovin. Instagram is great for regular posts and getting people to know you through hashtags. Stumble Upon has helped bring my stats up and I get regular visitors through this. BlogLovin is great, it’s gets your blog out there among similar readers/writers.
- I will always reply to someone if they have commented or contacted me through email. It’s so important to let your readers know they are valued.
I am no expert, but I hope this has helped some of you. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to talk about your experience so far.
Happy blogging and have a great day!