Hey lovelies, today I thought I’d share my top 5 tips for new bloggers. I remember when I started this blog close to two years ago and looking back now, there’s so much I wish I would’ve known then. But you live, and you learn. After all the biggest part of everyone’s blogging journey is learning what to do, and what not to do. So here are, five tips for new bloggers, which is five things I wish I would’ve known when I started blogging.
Maximize SEO On All of Your Posts:
I just did this past weekend, and although it was time-consuming, and not fun. It helps in the long run. The more posts you have that have a higher SEO ranking score, the higher your blog will be listed as well. Plus you don’t have to do it all in one sitting, just do a few posts a day, and you’ll finish them in no time. If you’re on WordPress.org, a super easy plugin to use is YoastSeo, you just have to fill in a couple of things, and it tells you how to increase it. It’s so super easy; it’s what I’ve used since I moved to .org, and I highly recommend it.
Use Proper Size Images:
Images that are too large slow down your site, and when your site is slow it makes it an unpleasant experience for readers on your blog. If you’re on WordPress:
- Go to Dashboard, then posts
- Click edit on a post with an image that fits the proper width of your post area.
- Click the edit button on that image
- In the display part of the picture setting, look at the large setting for that picture.
Figure Out Your Group/Niche of Bloggers:
All bloggers have a group or niche as it’s technically called. Those bloggers that focus on the same topic as you. Whether that’s fitness, food/recipes, travel, blogging, etc., etc., etc. I describe my blog like this:
RunningSoleGirl is a health and fitness blog dedicated to helping others achieve the healthy lifestyle they’ve always wanted.
This is called a mission statement. Those topics are my focus points. Since I’ve narrowed down the exact type of blogger I want to be, my stats have been going up, my repeat readers is increasing, and I’m so much happier about my blog and its content.
So figure out what you’re passionate about, and go with that. That’s the best advice I was given to find understand the niche you belong in, and that’s my advice for you as well. Write what you know, and what you love.
Be Unique With Your Posts:
Every post you write isn’t going to be the first ever post written about that topic. It probably won’t even be the 100th post written about it, but the entire point of having a blog is, writing things from your point of view, with your opinion, your thoughts, in your unique voice.
For example, I saw five posts on exactly what this post is about: tips for new bloggers, on Pinterest before I started writing it, but that didn’t mean I threw this idea away. I’m still writing it because these are five tips I wish someone would’ve told me when I decided to start this blog. Plus those five posts (I skimmed through them) all had different tips in them, none of them had the same ones, I’m not even writing the same tips as any of them either. How is that possible? Because, every blogger, used whatever advice they wrote in those posts when they started their blogging journey.
So always remember, be you, be unique in your way. With your thoughts, opinions, writing style, etc.
Don’t Copy Someone Else’s Voice:
Speaking of your voice. Don’t copy someone else’s writing voice. Most bloggers use a conversational writing style on their blogs, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the small details that make you… you. Your sense of humor, how weird you are, etc. If you try copying someone’s writing voice that is very sarcastic, witty, and yet somewhat of an awkward turtle, but you’re more of a pun humor, slow to think of comebacks and an entirely awesome unicorn. It’s not going to work. Eventually, your readers will see through the act.
You can always appreciate someone’s writing voice, for example, I follow a few bloggers who are awkward turtles, and pun humored, etc. However, I’m more of a sarcastic, witty, unicorn. I love their writing style, but I’m not good at puns, I’m not that awkward, etc. You’ve got to embrace who you truly are, and your readers will love and respect you for that.
What’s one thing you’d tell a new blogger?
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.