Are you interested in starting your own blog?
Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was filled with time at the pool, local carnival, elephant ears, and sun burns. It was a great summer weekend.
Today, I am sharing with you about blogging tips for beginners. This past week, I have had multiple people come up to me and tell me about their amazing blogging ideas. Their ideas really are amazing, too.
They are not ready to start a blog yet, but are very interested and wanted some tips about how to do it. So, I decided to write a blog article about it and invite other bloggers to chime in.
Blogging is a great way to express yourself, promote your business, and establish your brand. It is so worth the extra couple of hours you have to put in weekly. But, this article isn’t about why you should start your blog. This article is about tips and tricks that I’ve learned the hard way.
Blogging Tips for Beginners
- You really can get away with blogging once a week.
When I first started blogging, I thought that you should be blogging every day. I assumed that every post should be a 1,000 word post with original ideas that you couldn’t find on the web. If you can pull that off – do it! I personally cannot.
I would say that overall, you want to end at a weekly word count of 750-1000. That can be spaced over 3 articles or 1. I wouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself, especially if you are blogging on top of working full-time.
It is all about the consistency and the longevity. For example posting once a week for a year is much better then posting 4 times a week for 2 months and getting burnt out.
- Before you publish have many articles already written.
The point that you first start blogging is the time when you have the most ideas. They run through your head whenever you have an extra minute. I would encourage you to write multiple articles before you even create your blog.
Keep them saved and pull them out when blogging gets tough – because it will get tough. That leads me to my next tip.
- Commit a year.
Give yourself an entire year of consistent posting. I’ve seen so many great blogs start off with so much promise and honestly, I just love to read them. Then writer slowly tapers off and then posts nothing.
The truth is, if blogging was easy, well I wouldn’t have a job. A year gives enough time to really see if your blogging goals are going to work.
- Set Up Google Authorship
This is important for so many reasons. By setting up Google Authorship, in Google’s “eyes” you will get credit for everything you write. Your Google profile image will show up next to your articles when people are searching for you.It also protects you from someone stealing your work. Read more about Google Authorship and Google Plus at Why I Joined Google+ – From a Writer’s Perspective.
To me, this one is huge. This is stuff that makes blogs articles great. Writing blog articles is almost a new form of writing. To be honest it is unlike any other writing I’ve done.
When writing your article, you will want to keep in mind that most blog readers are skimmers. I’m a skimmer. I will look at complex blog articles and quickly move on. I don’t have a whole lot of extra time, so if the article isn’t easy-to-read, I’m not reading it.
Do you want to read more about easy-to-read articles? Check out 7 Tips on Writing Easy to Read Blog Articles.
- Register Your Domain Name
So often I see blogs that I love having not purchasing their domain names and self hosting their blogs. This means that the blogs are hosted at a service with domains like awesomecoolblog.wordpress.com or awesomecoolblog.blogspot.com instead of at www.awesomecoolblog.com.
While it is great that WordPress and BlogSpot host your blog for free and if you’re not 100% committed, you might think it’s a good idea to try it out – I would advise against it.
If your blog takes off, they own your blog that could have made you money. Yes, I said made you money.
When you register your own domain name, you have control. So if Martha Stewart wants to advertise on your page, then she pays you and not someone else.
So, here is my question for you:
Picture this; someone comes up to you about an idea for a blog. Their passion is so present that you can’t help but smile. They have all these ideas and they really are great ideas, but don’t know what to do next. What advice do you give them?
If you are the person looking to start a blog, what are some questions you would ask to a group of experienced bloggers?