Okay, today I’m going to do what I have not done for a long, long time – that’s feature a guest blogger on this blog!
Yes, if you read my “Write for Us” page right now you will discover that I have stopped accepting guest posts on this blog. However, when my friend, Theodore reached out to me on doing a guest post for the WebIncomeJournal.com, I had to think twice. But then I said, “Send it across!”
Now, you may be wondering why I decided to accept this one even when I have stopped accepting guest posts for close to two years running?
No, it isn’t just because he’s a friend but Theo (as I used to call him) is one passionate blogger that I know to over deliver in any of his posts. And so, I know he was not going to do anything below par.
And, was I right!
You just have to read this post to know what I’m talking about. And by the way, he has a special FREE GIFT for you at the end of this piece. So, do yourself some good and read all the way through the post so you don’t miss your gift!
And with that, let me step aside as I invite to the podium our special guest…
…over to you Theodore!
Hey folks, it’s nice to write to you today from the corner of my girlfriend’s room. Yes, she’s just gone out and I thought I could quickly wrap my head around this and show you the world of better #blogging!
I must however, admit that there are a lot of articles flying everywhere online about this topic that you almost get really irritated at another sight of it.
Like you, I am tired but realizing that I still make some silly and common blogging mistakes, I decided to share my top 15 blogging tips which I hopefully believe will help the beginner blogger blog better. Hope you truly enjoy it as much as I am writing it!
So here are my best tips for your perusal and application. Enjoy reading! And please don’t hesitate to drop your two cents with me in the comment section of this page.
15 Blogging Tips for Beginner Blogger
1. Know Your Audience
The secret to stardom as a blogger is in knowing and understanding your target audience as to providing them the kind of content that they would love to read and share with their friends.
Knowing your audience well will help to get to their hearts with your content and as such help you make money online doing what you love.
2. Embrace Truth-Telling
Many people in the bid to make money online lie to their audience by providing them stolen and get-rich-quick-scheme content that don’t add value to the audience but only enlarge their pockets. You don’t become great online when your trust level is on downright low!
3. Pick A Topic
I have never seen anyone succeed in the online space, let alone in any endeavor by doing and talking about everything.
It’s good to practice what the mantra instructs – to know something about everything and everything about something – but it’s pretty important not to get lost trying to be everything to people.
You will only succeed in failing and burning yourself out. This is why you need to pick a topic to discuss with your audience and really stick to.
For me though, I majorly discuss blogging and make money online subjects.
Get the drift?
4. Stand Yourself Out
There are a lot of people out there practicing mediocrity. You don’t want to join that bandwagon. You want to be a unique YOU.
You don’t want to add to the already noise out there but create awesome and quality-filled contents that will be helpful as well as useful to the people in which you are serving them to.
5. Be Wary Of Stat-Checking
Is good to check your metrics so that you know what you are doing right and the things that you are doing wrongly. But what is not cool is when you base all your energy and focus on checking your blog’s stats.
You are still a beginner I assume. So what you should be doing at this stage of your blogging life is creating content and religiously promoting your blog.
Now, please, don’t get me wrong. It’s good to check your stat, to see where your traffics are coming from and how best to target them next time, but it’s not just cool at this early stage of your blogging career.
Get me now?
6. Make Your Content Shareable
I visited a blog the other day and I was shocked to find that I could not help them (the blog editor) share the content on my social accounts – and you can almost trust that this blogger wrote a really fantastic article – but one that won’t get noticed, after all.
Beginner blogger, listen to me, make sure you install and use social sharing plugins, the likes of “Social Warfare” (I use this one on my blog), “DIGG”, and “Share This” plugin. They have a way of getting the words out about your contents.
The more people hit those buttons, the more traffic you get and the more you increase your chances of making money online.
Maybe you should read Oleg’s post about the 44 Impressive Ways You Can Use Social Media to Grow Your Business Overnight. You can trust that it would worth your whiles.
7. Encourage Community
I learned this one from Jeff Goins. He said, “Write unfinished posts, and ask your community to complete the conversation.” This way, you are sure to increase the chances of your blog ever going viral in the blogging space.
8. Network Daily
The difference between the not-so-popular blogger and the really popular blogger is nothing but effective networking with other bloggers and the people that come together to make up his community. The importance of connecting with folks online and offline cannot really be overemphasized. That’s the truth!
9. Write For People
You must have heard the rants of how important guest posting are to building a blog to the point where it becomes extremely successful.
Now that’s pretty correct!
See, if you dream of having a really popular blog, then you must learn to write for other blogs, just as I am doing with this post.
10. Build Your Email List
I wish I had started building my email list when I started my first blog in 2011. My bad, I started late. Though now paying off.
You must have heard the mantra, “There’s money in the list”. I must also add, in fact, there is plenty money to be made via list building!
What having an email list does is that it connects you directly to the folks who are ready to listen to you, learn from you, buy from you and apply the lessons learned from you. It’s the best way of reaching your target audience. Take it from me.
I found a good resource here on Web Income Journal about Social Media Vs Email Marketing and I am sure it would of course worth your while if you take time to check and study that post.
11. Give Away Free Stuff
To become extremely popular in the online space – to grow your blog to the place it becomes extremely successful – you’ve got to learn to give away a lot of free stuff.
You don’t have to be afraid; you can give out contents in forms such as PDF, video, audio and the likes.
Be sure to do these things religiously till you start to get hits/buzzes in your inbox to do deals with you. Mind you, these folks might even end up becoming your loyal blog audience.
12. Be Consistent
“Common buddy, consistency is the key to growing a successful blog.” Those were the words of Adrienne Smith to me at a time when I was experiencing a lot of frustrations back in 2014. Actually, she was right.
And in the words of Neil Patel, “Consistency is one of the most important things that bloggers tend to forget. It’s much easier to lose your traffic than it is to build it up, so make sure you consistently blog.”
Let their advice guide you to stardom!
13. Keep It Short And Loaded
Have you ever read Seth Godin’s opinions, that is, blog posts? God, they are habitually short, straight-to-the-point and are loaded with take home points. This is what you should strive to doing as a beginner blogger that you are.
Derek Sivers shared this, “Biggest lesson I learned in my past year of blogging. Keep it in the 1–2 minutes read-time length.”
14. Publish Timeless Contents
If you’ve been on the web for most time, you’d notice that old contents are often perceived as outdated and irrelevant.
Well, what you should do is not to write a post but a resource that will be cited in weeks, months, even years to come. That’s what I call ‘Epic Shit!’
15. Don’t Give Up
Maybe I need to stress that – Don’t ever think of GIVING UP! You win when you stick with what it is that you do, in this case, blogging.
I have definitely got a bonus tip for you and it’s a resource I yet again found on Web Income Journal – it simply states the reasons Why 80% of Bloggers Fail and How to Avoid Being One. You can trust me on this that you can never go wrong with this article being your compass-guide. Go read it NOW!
These are my Top 15 blogging Tips for Beginner Blogger and I am sure if you would but put to practice this checklist you will enjoy your life as a blogger.
Do make sure to share this with your friends and don’t forget to comment your thoughts. That’s like really important. I need to know what you feel about this article. Was it helpful, useful, or not?
Theodore Nwangene is a blogger and Freelance Writer. He’s currently on a journey to help bloggers and entrepreneurs write kick-ass contents, build a better and profitable blog, increase visibility and boost their online authority. He just wrote a kindle book titled: 21 Writing Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Writing Compelling Articles That Will Open Doors and Land you Clients. Click Here to Get Your Free PDF Copy Now >