When you start blogging, it can be a bit daunting on knowing what to do. It can honestly feel like you are a lonely fish in a huge ocean. So, in order to help you, I decided for this post share some of my tips for new bloggers.
Before I continue, I want to share my story of being a blogger. I started this blog in 2012 and kind of treated it as a joke posting less than regularly. After about six months, I kind of left it and forgot about it. I only began to take it seriously in Autumn of 2016. Previously, I had got close to zero views and likes. Now, this is when I saw a huge increase in views and likes.
I thought I’d never share my stats, but to demonstrate my point of how your stats can increase dramatically I wanted to share them.
Note how far my views went down and then how fast they went back up again. Oh, and don’t bother to try and read some of my old posts, most of them have been deleted.
As well as this, in 2012, I only had six visitors if you were wondering.
Now, here are my tips!
When you publish posts you can tag them. By tagging them, you add keywords to the post allowing it to be sorted into a relevant topic. This allows more tailored traffic to reach your content.
My advice for tagging is to add general and specific tags; for example for a Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffin post, add the tags recipe as well as chocolate.
I cannot stress this enough but make your posts shareable. To make your posts shareable, have good looking graphics and make sure to add social media icons and links. This will expose your content and site to a whole new audience.
You also want to make sure to be active on social media. I am not say in any way you should get all of them and go crazy, a few is fine. I personally don’t have Instagram or Twitter, Pinterest is the one I have and I love it!
When blogging, scheduling is your best friend! This allows you to write posts in advance and not worry about writing your next post.
This makes sure you consistently share content and continue to build an audience instead of staying inactive for a long period of time whilst you think of ideas or are not able to post.
When starting your blog, you need to decide on a theme. Not just for your site, for your posts as well.
For your site, it’s simple enough but for your posts, it could be having a certain font size or colour, have a certain image at the start or end of each post or having a certain layout for certain topics.
This makes sure your posts look aesthetically pleasing on your homepage and online.
I cannot stress this highly enough, make sure you have good quality photographs! You have a better chance of someone following you if you have good photographs.
No one likes blurry or pixelated photographs, but we can’t all afford a good camera or phone. In some of my posts, I use stock photos. Now, for this photos I don’t pay for them and you may be asking, how?
There are a few sites that offer free, yes free stock photos. Here’s some I’d recommend:
Continuing on from my last tip, if you have taken good quality photographs, how do you prevent people stealing them? This is where watermarking comes into play.
No one likes a huge dirty watermark across the entire photograph to put them off looking at it. That is why I like to put my blog name in the top right-hand corner. This not only means someone can’t take it as there on so easily, it also means if it shared on social media your site name is on it.
The best posts and blogs have good graphics. This can please the eye if you are looking at long pieces of text and some graphics divide each paragraph.
Software to create these can get pricey, though luckily there are some amazing websites out there where you can make your own for free! Here is some I’d recommend:
Out of all of them, I’d definitely recommend Canva as that is one I use most often.
Making your site easy to navigate can help in getting more traffic to all parts of your site not just the front page.
Having a few key elements can aid in this, which are:
- Display shortened versions of your posts on the front page, so if your audience like the post, they can continue reading it and you can more views.
- Have an About page so your audience can read all about you. It doesn’t have to be too personal, just a little story.
- Have a Contact page so people can contact you and have more than one way for people to contact you also.
- Keep your site navigation simple, don’t have two front pages for example.
Individuality is probably the most important tip I can give you. Don’t get caught up in trends and do your own thing. People prefer to read about something they have never heard about than read about something they have heard about a million times (not literally though).
Don’t be afraid to try new ideas and don’t worry about followers, likes, views or comments you’ll get on that post. Be yourself and don’t let stats stop you.
Seriously, no one likes spelling or grammar mistakes. Read through your posts before publishing them!
Spelling is easy to fix but what about grammar, web browsers don’t do it automatically. To help me, I use Grammarly which is free and can be downloaded as a browser extension. It is like a pair of eyes and reacts whilst you are typing!
And those were my tips for new bloggers! I hope you found them useful and if you feel I have missed any, let me know below. I apologise also for this post being so long, I had a lot to say.
And OMG, we are so close to one hundred followers! Thank you for your continued support, it means a lot.