Creating your own blog isn’t that difficult, but it is very difficult to get started. We decided on a provider and chose a blog name. But what happens next? Here are basic blogging tips that will make blogging easier for beginners.
When I started my first weblog four years ago, I thought it would be easier. I assumed that I would write a few articles and gradually more visitors would start to come to my place. However, disillusionment soon followed. Almost nobody was interested in my texts and no comments were left.
Well: These are just typical beginner mistakes that we make when blogging and now I’m smarter. I know what is important, how we prepare our content for readers, and what we can do to gradually make our blog successful.
Are you like me? You are new to blogging, have just taken the first steps, and are wondering what a beginner should look out for when blogging? Then you are right here! I invite you to take a close look at the typical beginner mistakes with me. Here we go!
Blogging for Beginners
Incidentally, the following blog tips are not in any order, they are just randomly arranged. No matter what your level of knowledge, it is not necessary to work through them all. Rather, it’s about skillfully avoiding the most common beginner’s mistakes and not making every faux pas on the Internet.
Link to other bloggers
If you read through the first blog articles about successful blogging or writing blog articles, sooner or later you will come across the term SEO. This means Search Engine Optimization and it is about positioning your blog well on Google and other search engines.
One of the first lessons to learn is to avoid linking to others, especially blogs with a similar topic, as this will strengthen your competition on the internet and you won’t get anything out of it yourself. This is a mistake mostly made by beginners.
A blog thrives on links and other bloggers will link to you much more often if you also link to their articles. This is how you increase your popularity and that’s good!
Comment a lot, get involved!
When I started my first blog, I thought that visitors would come at some point. But let’s be honest: How often do we leave a comment on other bloggers, how often do we have discussions with other people on the Internet? The answer is often: well… not so much!
That’s why it makes sense to leave a comment on other bloggers. Especially with similar sites, it makes sense to talk about current blog articles and to actively participate. Beginners in particular make the mistake of not participating in the blogosphere and waste a lot of potentials.
On the one hand, it promotes exchange, but on the other hand, new readers can also come to your blog if you comment on other bloggers.
Be special, find a niche, get known!
Most beginners blog happily at first. And no: That’s not bad and probably not a problem at all. Everyone started out small and the question quickly arises as to what one should blog about at all.
However, it is often better to commit to a very specific topic and not to report about God and the world. For example, this blog, the Blogkiste, is all about blogging. Other sites are increasingly aimed at beginners in the IT industry. The possibilities are gigantic, so find a hobbyhorse.
The advantage is obvious: the more special a blog is, the more interesting it is for your visitors.
Read other blogs to stay up to date
If you have decided on a very special niche or an area, it makes sense to also look at the competition. What other blogs are there in your area? What are the other bloggers reporting on?
Especially beginners tend to be blindfolded when blogging, but that is by no means a good thing. If you also have other blogs from your area on the screen, you can act in a much more targeted manner and find suitable topics for readers. Quite apart from the fact that it also makes sense for the exchange!
Anyone who reads other blogs learns what is happening in their own niche, finds new ideas for blog articles, and also improves their own writing style. So reading a lot is good!
Don’t care about the money
Many beginners start a blog in order to eventually make money on the Internet. Of course, it is possible to monetize your own blog. But good things take time. It’s seldom the case that we set up a blog and the cash register rings after a few minutes.
As beginners, we should increasingly focus on creating good content in order to reach readers in the first place. It is strange and above all deterrent when every link is just an affiliate link, every article is about a product.
In addition, it is the case that most people lose motivation very quickly if the expected high flight does not occur and instead reality catches up with the beginner. A blog does not become successful overnight and it can take time to get the project up and running.
It is much better to do without any advertising at first and to focus on great and unique blog posts. This is how we create the necessary trust to earn money later.
Write unique content
This sentence appears in various guidebooks and beginners, in particular, are often faced with the question of what good or unique content is. The point here is not to reinvent the wheel, but rather to look at it differently or better.
Let’s take this post as an example. There are tons of articles that cover the topic of blogging for beginners. But in my opinion, these are often very, very brief and limited to a few tips. I try to pick up beginners at their level of knowledge and give detailed tips.
A good article takes on the specific question of the visitor and tries to clarify it step by step. It is important to consider all factors and not to give half or even incomplete instructions.
Complete articles are usually linked more frequently by other bloggers and this is how the first readers find our site on the Internet. It is important to stand out among many competitors.
Be patient while blogging
Many beginners hope that blogging will be an overnight success. However, this usually does not occur. I myself run numerous sites that deal with very different topics.
Usually, when you start a new blog, it’s completely unknown. It, therefore, makes sense to heed the tips for beginners from this article and continue to be patient with yourself and your own blog.
I run a blog that took almost a year to show significant success and visible traffic.
Patience is the be-all and end-all when blogging. If a weblog has become well-known over the years, you can of course use it to make new projects better known. But every beginning is difficult…
Network, exchange ideas
In one of the points above, I explained why linking and commenting are so important when blogging. But you can also do a lot behind the scenes to promote your own blog.
After a while, if you’ve gotten to know a few competitors, you can try to bond with them even more closely. You might give each other an interview, write a guest article for each other when time is tight, or simply recommend each other’s blog posts.
A functioning network is simply worth its weight in gold and has saved me an enormous amount of time on many projects.
If you know your area, you can connect and exchange ideas with others. In this way, joint projects can be created in the future, or streams of visitors can be shared.
Web design and optics
Newcomers in particular quickly take the first interface or grab the first theme that their own blog software offers. However, it makes sense to see if there is something suitable for your own blog.
If I’m making an online diary for children, it might not make sense to choose a black business appearance, and vice versa, a banker might look funny when we greet him in a delicate shade of pink.
Sometimes it also makes sense to look at the other blogs in this area and maybe learn a little from them. It’s not about imitating or copying other websites, but you can learn very quickly what is important to your own visitors.
If you take a close look at your own target group, you can assess quite well what they want. Ideally, our blog reflects exactly that in appearance and appearance.
regularity and consistency
Blogging is often a question of motivation for beginners. At first, everything looks great and new articles appear on our blog almost every day. Over time, however, this regularity decreases because there are hardly any visitors.
However, consistency is an important aspect when blogging, since feed subscribers, in particular, want to be spoiled with the latest tips and tricks or hints. It’s not about writing tons of blog articles, it’s about finding your own rhythm and sticking to it.
Blogging is not about publishing hundreds of posts in a short amount of time. Rather, it is crucial to show a recognizable regularity. This is especially important for new readers!
Set intermediate goals and pursue them
As a beginner, you are often faced with the question of when a blog is considered successful and how you can tell that it is really starting now! However, it is difficult to give a general answer here, so it makes sense to pursue your own goals.
There was the first comment on your blog? Congratulation! Now how about tackling the next ten opinions? You might also want to manage to publish a certain number of articles each week! Then get to the bacon!
I always set myself a certain number of visitors as a mark, which I try to achieve in a defined period of time. This helps me, especially with new blog projects, to stay focused and to motivate myself over a long period of time.
Goals are important and many beginners are quickly discouraged because they don’t really want to start blogging. That’s why it’s good to set small, achievable goals and celebrate when you achieve them!
Meet the expectations of your readers
It took me a long time to stop making this rookie mistake and align my blog to the interests of my readers. Of course, it’s not about disguising yourself, but you should go into the respective interests a little.
How to find out what your readers expect from your blog, what is important, and which signals you should take into account, I have for you in the article How to meet the expectations of your readers and linked here.
It makes sense – especially in a new blog – to pay attention to what your own visitors want. On the one hand, they might be more likely to come back, and on the other hand, they’re more likely to read articles on your blog.
Beginners often run a blog from their own perspective. And that’s a good thing because that’s what makes them unique. However, it is good to consider and serve the interests of the visitors.
Find your own writing style
Some blogs are only read because the bloggers have their own way of blogging behind the scenes. They may be witty, terse, or have the ability to lull their readers. It’s not about imitating other bloggers, it’s about finding your own writing style.
A unique writing style can enhance a blog and make it special. Anyone who finds their own note here can bind readers to themselves and stand out from the crowd!
Mistakes are no shame!
Newbie bloggers just can’t know everything. That’s why there are articles like this here. But I’m also constantly learning and trying to learn new things about my areas of blogging.
So making mistakes is human and completely normal. That’s why it’s important not to do everything right the first time, but simply to try things out a bit. What kind of blog articles are better received? How does blogging software work anyway?
Anyone who gets lost in too many detailed questions can quickly forget the essentials. Namely to bring your own blog forward and to provide new and great content!
There’s no shame in being a beginner blogger. It is not an offense if you make mistakes. The important thing is to learn from it and to shed the reputation of a beginner as soon as possible.
Use the social web
Everyone knows Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or LinkedIn and the success proves these networks right. More and more people are connecting with each other, exchanging content, and thus enriching the Internet. There are gigantic streams of visitors that are generated via such portals.
Ideally, you use them too. It’s not about constantly cluttering up your own accounts with irrelevant messages – although that would of course be helpful – it’s about showing your visitors this possibility.
If you offer the option to share alongside your blog articles, that can go a long way. You don’t need your own fan page or anything else for this, just the option for others to do it for you.
The potential of the social web is enormous and beginners in particular often lose sight of this aspect. It is quite simple and you should also use this opportunity!
Don’t be afraid: no master has fallen from the sky yet!
Many newbies worry that their first few articles aren’t good enough. And of course, making your thoughts public is often a scary step. But that is nonsense and completely unfounded.
Most bloggers who start out blogging aren’t big names in their field, and it’s normal for an article not to please every reader. However, there is no point in worrying unnecessarily before you have even started.
Newcomers in particular worry about whether their own articles are good enough and whether the readers are satisfied with them. Here we are again with the aspect of mistakes and there is simply no point in asking yourself endless questions about whether you are good enough. Try it!
It is hardly possible to write perfect blog posts and very few live up to these standards. If only perfectionists survived, the network would be empty in a few hours.
Search engine optimization
Everywhere you read that SEO would be the be-all and end-all for new blogs. To a certain extent, this is true, of course, but one should not overdo it. Many beginners try to link the first weblog as often as possible so that visitors come via Google and Co.
SEO for blogs is a very important aspect and it is unnecessary for a complete newbie to do everything to work for search engines.
We prefer to just try out the first things and then the links usually come by themselves. The basics should be observed, but you don’t have to make the horses unnecessarily shy.
Initially, your focus should be on creating special and unique articles, and then gradually dedicate yourself to the special features and SEO.
Keep the tech up to date
Over time, you install more and more plugins on your own blog and WordPress or other systems continue to develop. In order to eliminate potential security gaps and ensure functionality, we should always keep our blog software up to date.
Sometimes, however, it makes sense not to click on update immediately, but to give it a little time. For example, if a new version of WordPress is offered, we could see in advance whether the whole thing went smoothly with other bloggers. Just ask Google.
Up-to-dateness is extremely important to ensure the functioning of your blog. However, caution should be exercised here in order not to shoot something in the background.
Practice makes perfect – from blogging beginner to blogging pro
I now run some sites on the Internet. I earn money with many of them, I run others because I enjoy it. However, I had to familiarize myself with the subject for years and try out a lot.
I now know where to find new topics, what to look out for, and what my readers expect. But that just takes a little time.
If you are an absolute novice, you should try many things to get better and better at finding your way in your field. Over time you will – I can promise – become such a big name in your niche because dealing with the topic will eventually bear fruit.
Your own eye doesn’t train overnight. But if you deal with a product, an area, and of course your blog over a long period of time, you will always get better and better at it!
Not just goals, but making plans
I have already written that it is important for beginners to set small intermediate goals and thus feel their own success vividly. that can be extremely motivating.
However, if we set ourselves goals, we should also prepare them properly and not simply assume that we will eventually achieve them. For example, I plan most blog articles over a longer period of time.
I make the first drafts and think very carefully about what my next posts should be about and what I actually want to blog about. This saves an enormous amount of time and it is often easier to work through a list than to sit idly in front of the monitor.
And even if these are sayings that we know from childhood days: Order is half the blogger’s life and it is much easier to achieve the goals you have set if you proceed in a planned manner.
Step out of anonymity
When I find a new blog, I would like to know who is behind it. I like that on the one hand and on the other hand, it’s exciting who we’re dealing with.
Many beginners shy away from the step out of anonymity and try not to come to the fore if possible. They attach little importance to their own personality and hide behind pseudonyms. However, that is a great pity, since blogs in particular – after all, we are still dealing with a kind of online diary – are a very personal type of website.
Also, when we’re trying to monetize a blog or want to be known as a specialist in our field, tying blogging to a name can help!
Those who openly show who they are can build trust with their own readers and thus fuel the discussion in their own contributions and the return of their own visitors!
Notice your readers!
Many beginners are very happy when the first comment has been made or the first email has landed in the inbox. However, the initial euphoria is often followed by total disinterest.
In order to fuel the communication among your blog articles, it makes sense to respond to existing opinions and questions. After all, you write mostly for the valued visitors and you should ideally show that. Do you have any opinions on an article? What feedback is sent to us? Is something bothering my readers? Go for it!
I don’t mean that we have to answer every comment or continue all discussions indefinitely. But you should at least show your readers and visitors that it doesn’t matter at all whether they write something or not.
Those who pay attention to their readers are usually rewarded by you. On the one hand, new articles enjoy more frequent comments, but usually, they are linked more often in this context!
Have fun blogging
I can’t stress it enough: In order to be really successful with your blog, you should enjoy your work, you should enjoy writing and this aspect is one of the essential aspects of blogging.
For example, I started blogging for professional reasons and was also a complete beginner. At that time I had to write about software that I was neither enthusiastic about nor particularly interested in. I quit the job after a few weeks.
Also, the articles were bad and you could tell that I didn’t enjoy writing on the subject at hand. This affected both blogging success and readership, which didn’t want to increase at all and frustrated me even more. Beginner or not!
Whether you’re a beginner, a pro, or a casual blogger, if you don’t enjoy the actual blogging, it becomes difficult to stick with it in the long run.
Blogging for Beginners – Was That All?
I could expand this article many times over and give more blog tips for beginners. But that would probably be counterproductive since it would increasingly focus on details and special things.
Blogging is really fun and the exchange, in particular, excites immensely if you tackle the matter properly.
Of course, I would also be happy if you left a comment and your very special beginner’s tip to enrich this blog article together 🙂
Choose a name for your blog. Choose a name for your blog that is descriptive.
Get your blog up and running. Get your blog registered and hosted.
Personalize your blog. Pick a free blog design template and customize it.
Create and publish your first post.
Increase the visibility of your blog.
Earn money by blogging.
Bloggers are paid via ad networks in two ways: per impression or per click. Paid per impression – with these ads, the viewer does not need to click on the ad in order for the blogger to be paid…. “Advertisers pay website owners based on how many people have seen their ads.
As a beginner, you’ll want a blogging platform that’s simple to set up, has a low learning curve and doesn’t necessitate any coding knowledge. As a result, it’s critical to select a blogging platform that’s adaptable and has room for expansion. Starting on the wrong platform can make switching later on extremely difficult.
Earnings from Affiliates Affiliate marketing is one of the simplest and most common ways for beginners to make money blogging. It is not necessary for you to have your own products or services. You simply promote other people’s products on your blog, and when someone purchases something, you earn a commission.
People unquestionably continue to read blogs. In fact, 77 percent of internet users worldwide enjoy reading them. Blogs are read three times more than emails in the United States alone. As a result, the number of bloggers in the United States is expected to rise to 31.7 million this year, up from 31.2 million last year.
Successful bloggers pick a niche and stick to it. They write about their chosen subject on a consistent basis, with a consistent voice and approach. Even when they write about something that appears to be off-topic, they tie it back to the niche in which they know their readers are interested.
If your blog receives more than 10,000 monthly unique visitors, then you can monetize it and generate a nice revenue stream from it. Making money from a blog with fewer than 1,000 visitors per day is the real challenge. A blog’s life cycle, like any other, has different stages.
In 2022, blogging is still relevant, albeit in different ways. Today’s buzz is all about content marketing and how multiple pieces of content distributed across multiple channels can benefit your own website. It’s no longer just about blog posts: it’s about various content pieces.
Health and Fitness.
Business and Marketing.
Technology and Gaming.