Are you a brand new blogger?! I started my blog three years ago and was able to quit my job after 2 1/2 years of blogging part-time. My results are average; you could very well be making thousands per month after one year, or it could take you five years to see results. Keep at it. Hard work pays off and results will come. For those just getting started, here are my best tips for brand new bloggers.
Tips for Brand New Bloggers
Know that it’s going to take a while to get up and running
Blogging does NOT require technical skills as far as coding goes, but there IS a learning curve associated with getting your blog up and running and understanding WordPress.
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Don’t worry about making every post perfect
When you’re first starting out, there is seriously so much to learn and it can be overwhelming. If you try right off the bat to make your posts and your blog look perfect, you will fail. Instead, just have fun and enjoy the ride. One thing for me that’s improved significantly is my images. If you go through some of my older posts, you will probably laugh at my images. I had no idea what I was doing and remember being so excited when I figured out how to add text on top of an image in PicMonkey. Now, my images are MUCH better, but even now they are still a work in progress! I’ve never stressed about those little things and they have just naturally gotten better over time.
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One day, things will “click”
Blogging takes tiimmmeeee. I am constantly stressing that to new bloggers. But, one day (most likely after a year or two!), things will “click” and you’ll all of a sudden know what you’re readers want, you’ll know how to make money, you’ll know how to make that money consistent, and more! This is when it really gets fun! But, you have to put in all that work beforehand to get to that point.
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Start an email list
I didn’t start focusing on my email list until I had been blogging about two years. That was a HUGE mistake!! I recommend all new bloggers get their email lists up and running as soon as possible. MailerLite is awesome – it allows you to create sign-up forms really easily and it’s FREE for up to 1,000 subscribers!
Don’t stress about actually emailing your list right now. Just get subscribers and you can figure out what to email them once you’ve been blogging a bit longer and have a better understanding of what your readers want!
Save up and invest in courses
Now is such a good time to start a blog and one of the main reasons is because there are so many courses and eBooks available to help you. You do NOT have to figure out this blogging thing all by yourself.
Blog by Number: Written by Suzi Whitford of Start a Mom Blog, Blog by Number will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know about starting and running a profitable blog! Suzi shows you how to get traffic, how to make money, how to grow, how to create images and so much more!
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: My favorite way to make money blogging is affiliate marketing. If I recommend a product and someone purchases it, I make a commission at no extra charge to the buyer. My favorite thing about this is the income is passive. Once my posts are updated with affiliate links, I make money! I’ve made $100 in my sleep and $300 on vacation! Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing will show you EXACTLY how you, too, can make money as an affiliate. The course author, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, makes $50,000/month from affiliate sales! Her course is THE BEST and I highly recommend it for both new and intermediate bloggers!
Strategies Worth Sharing: This book is all about growing your Facebook page! Strategies Worth Sharing is just $20 and will help you grow your blog immensely with Facebook! Everyone is on Facebook nowadays, you and your blog should be, too!
Pinterest Presence: I mentioned Pinterest Presence above but it deserves to be mentioned again. As a new blogger, the BEST way to get traffic to your blog is Pinterest. Pinterest Presence will show you exactly what to do to make Pinterest work for you. I continually refer to this course each quarter because it’s constantly being updated and has been so helpful on my blogging journey.
What would you add? What is your BEST tip for brand new bloggers?!