Advice for New Bloggers

Advice for new bloggersI hear people discuss the idea of starting a blog all the time. Anybody can blog if they are actually serious about it. It’s not always the easiest thing to do. Some folks believe that you can just create a post and BAM it’s viral. It doesn’t work like that. Today’s post offers some advice for new bloggers.

Find a Niche

This is an important step when creating a new blog. You should find a niche or 2 and discuss topics concerning them. This should make it easier for you to keep and gain new readership. It’s hard for most people to follow a blog that takes you all over the place. In my opinion, you have to choose a few topics and roll with them eventually.

Try it Out 1st

Try out blogging for a few weeks first before you go into it 100%. If you’re not a blogger, you may be reading that statement and wondering why you should do that. The reason I say try it out 1st is that blogging isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t like to write. Some start blogging and eventually realize they don’t like it. Some don’t have the time. There are a lot of reasons. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve seen start strong then disappear within 5 or 6 months.

Free Blog Hosting Platform or Self-Hosted

Decide if you want to have a self-hosted or free blog hosting platform. There is no investment involved with the free blog platform.  With self-hosted blogs, you will need to purchase the domain name and hosting. In my opinion, self-hosted blogs are the way to go. They are more professional, and you have 100% control over it. They are also easier to monetize when or if you decide to go that route. If you plan on going the self-hosted route, Go Daddy has a $1 domain name deal. I went through them to get the domains for my two websites. For hosting Bluehost has a great $3.95 deal. I’ve been with them for over two years. I haven’t had any problems.

Have a Posting Schedule

Having a posting schedule is very important. Your readers will get used to looking for your new articles each week. You don’t want to be that blogger that posts an article at the beginning of the month then have your next one post two months later. That’s not a good way to get new readers. Once you have a posting schedule down the amount of people that read it will go up.

Lazy Days

Some days you will feel lazy as hell. You just won’t feel like writing. That’s perfectly fine. Take a couple of days to regroup and get your mind back in the game.

Network With Other Bloggers

One thing that you have to do is network with other bloggers. I’ve reached out to a few of them on Twitter and LinkedIn from time to time to ask questions. They have been very nice. They are really here to help you. I’ve also been motivated by some of the bloggers that I follow. Knowing that they made their sites grow from nothing to something should give you the confidence that you can do the same thing.

Promote Your Blog

Last, but definitely not least make sure you promote your blog. People are not going to magically find out about your website. You have to promote it. Some of the ways I promote mine is through social media and word of mouth. I’m also getting a few t-shirts printed with my URL on it. Decide how you want to promote your site and make it happen!

Hopefully, someone that’s thinking about blogging has the chance to read this post. I hope it helps at least one person.

Are you a new blogger? If so, How long have you been blogging? Do you have any advice for other new bloggers? If you have questions about blogging, don’t hesitate to ask me!

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  1. You are right on with all of these tips Jason. I hear it too…I should”do” a blog like it’s a no-brainer:) Most of those fall off pretty quickly. I think, in addition to establishing some sort of theme or topic, that being regular means so much!
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  2. Shavonda Miles

    Great advice! I need to follow it actually especially with the self promotion.

  3. I’ve been blogging for about 7 years now but 3 years at Young Adult Money (today is my bloggerversary, actually!). I would say the best thing to do is STICK WITH IT. If you want to make money on your blog, it will come with time. I will also say be prepared to sacrifice a huge chunk of your free time. Blogging is a pretty crowded and competitive space, so make sure you are ready to compete.
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  4. These are some great tips! I have definitely had my share of lazy days. I just let the feeling run its course and usually feel more motivated to blog afterwards.

  5. Great tips! I’m finding sticking to a posting schedule the biggest challenge at the moment.

    Blogging is definitely time consuming if you’re looking at creating a space that adds value to your readers. It’s very satisfying though.
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  6. Hi Jason

    These are some great tips that you have listed and you are spot on. Love this post and thanks for sharing

  7. I’ve been blogging for only about 4 months but I find it getting more addictive over time.
    I only recently found out the importance of reaching out to other bloggers and trying to promote the blog. I too have found links to blogs that sound interested too find out it’s been gone for some time.
    I think another good point could be to not think about the money. Right now I’m blogging as a learning experience and I’ve been happy that it’s not only pushed me more than I could have imagined to learn more, it’s also been a huge motivation for my goals. I think I’ll be happy if 3 years from now my blog doesn’t make much money as long as it continues to help my goals. I feel like most successful bloggers that make money start out that way.
    What has been the biggest motivation for continuing through tough times and where do you often get your topic ideas.
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    • Thanks for commenting.

      My biggest motivation for continuing is knowing that people indeed are reading. I’ve had a few occasions where I received tweets from strangers saying that they enjoy what I write. That is a wonderful feeling.

      I get my blog ideas from several place. Sometimes I get them from life experiences. Other times I piggyback off other bloggers. Problogger shared this post on his site a couple years ago. I think you should check it out Blog post Idea

  8. Hi ya Jason!

    Fantastic tips! Blogging is not as easy as it seems.

    I have been blogging since last year August but moved my posts to WordPress this May.

    I post every Sunday evening – consistency is key. I think of five titles at the beginning of the month and choose one for each week.

    My advice;
    1. If you enjoy writing, do not stop. NEVER stop!
    2. You may be discouraged with little or no comments/followers – keep going as they will come.
    3. Join several forums on LinkedIn. I cannot praise it enough. Support, sharing and networking!
    4. Dedicate an evening to focus on your blog. Draft on one day and finalise the next day or two.
    5. Comment on and take a genuine interest in other blogs.
    6. Always strive to make your next blog better than your last. Your writing skills should be improving as you go on.
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  9. All great points. If I had to pick one with the most value it would have to be try it out. The Internet is a wasteland of abandoned blogs as a result of people diving in without really understanding how much work is involved. I’ve been blogging for 6 years and I love it, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
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    • I agree. There are so many blogs that people just left out there. You definitely should have an understanding of it before you get into it 100%.

  10. Great post, Jason. I also hear, “I should write a blog,” from too many people who I know don’t understand the work involved! I’m working on a novel (or 2 or 3 depending on how you look at it), but years ago my husband suggested I do a blog. Hm…what a great idea! It is good discipline to write weekly, to write concisely, and–the hardest for me–learn how to promote my work. I love your URL t-shirt idea!
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  11. I liked what you said about the benefits of reaching out to other bloggers. Becoming part of a community helps in those times when I feel a bit isolated from the outside world. Also, blogging can be VERY frustrating. If you don’t
    know a lot about SEO and coding, (like me) being part of a blogging group is a wonderful source for answers and support.
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  12. Even though I personally am a blogger who is guilty of being “all over the place” in terms of topics, I nevertheless agree with your advice (for others).
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  13. As you know I am a new blogger, and a former luddite, information like this is very valuable for me. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. For me the one thing before or else has to be ‘why do you want to blog?’ It helps to have a clear goal, or set of them. Who are you blogging for? This could just as easily be yourself. My first blog was to keep friends and family updated during a certain phase of my life. A recent podcast I followed advocated creating an Avatar of the reader which I found very useful and also changed how I approached content creation.
    Great tips especially networking with other blogger, which seems like a no-brainer, now that I’m doing more of it!
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  15. I agree with all of the tips you mentioned. There is no such thing and no-brainer blog. Many start out that what and quickly fall away into the blog wasteland. Being consistent is an absolute must.
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