I am a little over a week into blogging now and have run into many obstacles along the way, so I want to put my advice out there to people who are thinking about starting blogging so that you can know what you are getting into and so that I can hopefully steer you away from some obstacles.
There is no surefire way to start doing anything without making a few mistakes, but there is definitely a way to make sure you can make less of those mistakes. So here are some of my tips for you.
- Go into it open-mindedly. I honestly expected to have more daily visitors than I do currently. It takes time to attract people to your blog, and even more time to get people to subscribe for post notifications or your newsletter. So, do not expect to have hundreds of visitors in your first week. I am just over a week into it, and I just passed the 100 visitors mark.
- ***Do your research. We all know that research is key to any success, but sometimes it is easier to just skip that step and go for it as I did. I didn’t research or even know about host servers, domain purchasing, affiliate marketing, or anything like that. I just knew that I wanted to start a blog to get my ideas out there. So, do your research about all of what is needed to start and maintain a successful blog. I didn’t know anything, so I have been having to do a lot of research.
- Use WordPress. Some people caution against it, but it is a great website builder. There is an excess of different themes that you can use, and lots of plug-ins to help make almost anything possible.
- Choose a good theme. While there are lots of themes, most of them suck and will not allow you to easily edit your layouts. Do some research about the best themes for what you want. I have had to restart this blog site half a dozen times because my themes wouldn’t let me edit them to insert the Adsense codes.
- Don’t worry about a niche to start. If you already have a niche, that’s great, but if you don’t that’s fine too. I certainly do not know my niche yet. A lot of bloggers say that you need to have a niche to start a blog, but that’s just not right. People come for your posts mainly, not your whole site.
- That’s another thing, market your posts. Pinterest is great at this. You can make individual posts for each of your blog posts. Also, use Tailwind. Do not use it for all of your posts; I read that Pinterest uses software to determine who actually posts from Pinterest, and they prefer it if you do. So that might make them more lenient to put your posts higher up in the searches. Tailwind is a site where you can share other’s posts to your Pinterest boards, and vice-versa. So this is a great way to get more visitors. I have not had a lot of luck with Tailwind yet but will keep you updated. It’s definitely worth a try.
- Social media. Social media is your friend. Whether you are using your personal accounts, or are creating new ones with an alias like me for privacy, social media is a great way to get visitors to your blog. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others are simple ways to share links to your blog and build up traffic.
My biggest tip is to just do your research about everything. Know exactly what you have to do. Write a list of programs, plugins, and anything else you will need.
Have some extra posts ready too for those days when you don’t feel like writing. A great way to plan posts is to write a list of possible topics and pick a day to write about each topic.
I hope you learned something.
Be your best you.