Whenever I dedicate a post to blogging advice or tips, I like to reiterate the fact that I am by no means a professional blogger. I have been blogging for nearly eight months, which means that I am still relatively new and trying to learn for myself. However, I have recently received a few blogging-related questions. I really appreciate anyone who has reached out to me for advice. While I am definitely not an expert, I am happy to help. I thought it would be useful if I compiled a list of my top eight tips for new bloggers.
#1: Don’t expect to grow overnight
It’s understandable to want to develop a following on your blog, but do not bank on that happening in one day. It takes time for readers to find your site and become interested in your content. Worry about the quality of the work that you’re publishing instead of the number of followers you’re gaining. It will help you discover your voice and make blogging much more enjoyable.
#2: Social media matter
One thing that I severely underestimated was the power of social media. When I first made my blog, I rarely used Twitter or Instagram. Plus, my Pinterest page was pretty much nonexistent. It’s important to present yourself on several different platforms. This allows you to reach new readers and gives your current audience a chance to get to know you better.
#3: Quality photos are important
When most people make a blog, their primary focus is their writing, not their photography. However, taking good pictures is an important part of the blogging process. An engaging image can reel in readers. If you’re interested in reading my strategies for creating blog flat lays, feel free to check them out.
#4: Engage with your audience
When people comment on your posts, it’s important to reply. Blogging is all about interacting. If you ignore a comment, it may leave a bad impression on your reader. Be sure to read and comment on other bloggers’ posts as well. Make sure to be genuine about it though.
#5: Use attractive titles
When constructing a title, it’s crucial to create a name that captures the essence of the post without being too wordy. Go for titles that are simple yet effective.
#6: Always be honest
If you want readers to like your content, then you must be honest with them. This is especially important when it comes to product reviews. If you dislike a brand or product, be direct about it with your audience. Honesty is the only way to gain their trust.
#7: Use a clear blog name
When picking a blog name, it’s important to use something that clearly reflects what your blog will be about. If you give your blog a name that doesn’t correlate with your content, you will have a difficult time obtaining readers. For example, if you predominantly create beauty content, don’t name your blog something like I Love Baking or The Bookworm.
#8: Have fun
While most people create blogs out of passion, there are some that do so in order to receive free products or samples. Don’t make working with brands your biggest priority. It takes a lot of time and dedication for a blogger to be noticed by a brand. Make your blog about your interests and don’t fret over the free stuff.
What are some of your blogging tips?