Nowadays, it’s not rocket science to start a blog. There are plenty of resources all over the Internet that can provide you with numerous blogging tips.
But becoming a successful blogger is a lot more difficult to achieve. Growing a blog from zero to an endless flow of success takes remarkable consistency, careful planning, smart decision making, and strategic moves.
There is a considerable number of people who’ve done a great job of it though, and I thought it would be useful to learn from them first hand.
These 89 bloggers shared one important tip each for blogging beginners to become outrageously successful with a blog.
Joe Flanagan, GetSongbpm
The most important part of blogging and online content creation is consistency. Make sure you post on the same days, preferably at the same time. You can always gather up enough content for a month and then schedule the posts.
Mark Hemming, Libra Translation
It’s all in the title
Your title decides whether your potential reader is going to click, so you need to hook them. Using a “why” or “what” phrase in the title gets more views, e.g “Why Tablet Computers Are a Must-Have in 2020” as do numbered lists, e.g “7 Ways to Reduce Plastic Use”.
Suzie Finch, The Career Improvement Club
My advice to blogging beginners is to be patient! Success doesn’t come overnight, it takes time for Google to rank pages, social media to pick up on what your doing and word of mouth to get around.
Get into a routine of writing 1 or 2 articles per month and stick with it for a solid length of time (at least 18 months), also try to keep your blog articles relevant to each other, Google rewards domain authority for those deemed specialists in their subject, if your blog is a mix match of random posts it will be much harder to gain traction.
Regardless of how much traffic you get to begin with taking motivation from the fact that each of those views is a real person reading your stuff.
William Taylor, VelvetJobs
If there’s one thing every blogger should know to run a successful blog, it has to be keyword research. Keyword research helps you find out what people are looking for over the internet that’s relevant to your niche.
You can discover common queries and problems that people might have and then you can that info to create blog posts addressing those issues. This way, you can not only improve your SEO but also attract traffic.
Gregory Golinski, YourParkingSpace.co.uk
Your blog shouldn’t be anonymous. You should write about yourself to connect with your audience.
Create an About page on your blog, and talk about your personal experiences in your articles.
If possible, publish your picture so that people can put a face on your content. Not only will this help you gain a following, but this will also help you rank higher in search results as Google seems to prefer websites with identifiable owners, who explain who they are, and why they created their website.
Anh Trinh, GeekWithLaptop
One tip I would give to beginners is to avoid writing about yourself and focus on a specific niche. Sure you can blog about your life but more people are interested in pets, gadgets, food, and other things not about you.
And if you want to be a successful blogger, then you have to treat it like a job. Study your niche carefully and craft your website to specifically attract your target audience. You might want to have a scheduled update list as well so that interested viewers will have a reason to come back to your blog.
Nancy Baker, ChildMode
Statista estimates that the number of bloggers in the U.S will reach 31.7 million by 2020. And that’s only the U.S!
This means: if you’re starting a blog today, there’s a lot of competition.
Luckily, there is a way to stand out and attract readers to your blog: Go niche.
What does that mean?
It means focusing on a hyper-specific topic and becoming the go-to expert on that topic.
For example, if you start with a pet blog, start by learning about food, caring for dogs or cats. If you start with a technology blog, start with laptops.
Later, once your blog has gained some traction, you can branch out and cover broader topics.
Write about topics people are searching for.
51% of all website traffic comes from organic search. This means: for your blog to do well, you need to write about topics people are searching for. Use a keyword research tool to generate ideas.
There are plenty of free keyword tools out there, so take your pick.
Create content worth referencing
It’s also much easier to tell if you genuinely have something wonderful on your hands.
- Is your article unique?
- Did you present ideas, opinions, or point-of-views that nobody else has talked about?
- Will people cite, quote, or link to your article?
- Will people share and talk about it?
If the answer is a resounding yes, then great! If not, get back to the lab and rework it. You can always add a unique perspective by including data, running surveys, or acquiring experience.
Make your posts easy to read
To do this, you need to learn how to edit your copy so that it’s easy to read. The best book I’ve found on this subject is Bond Halbert’s book on editing.
Here are some tips I’ve applied to my own writing after reading the book.
Use short paragraphs. Bond calls this “providing eye relief.” Huge chunks of text daunt readers, but short paragraphs invite them in. Tools like Hemingway help make this easier.
Break up long sentences. People typically read in their mind’s voice. As such, long sentences make it hard to follow. Break up these sentences by finding instances where you used “and,” “because,” and “that.”
Insert multimedia. Videos, images, GIFs, etc. can help further illustrate your points without having to add more words.
Use formatting. Bold, italics, quotes, and lists break up chunks of copy and add extra emphasis to specific points.
Read your copy out loud. This helps to pinpoint areas where your content doesn’t flow smoothly or is boring.
Pratibha Vuppuluri, She Started It!
One important tip I can give for beginners in the blogging world is to know your specific goals on why you are blogging in the first place. If, for instance, your goal is to make money out of it, then, make sure you are taking the right steps to earn from blogging.
Gert Mikkal, DadProgress.com
When I started out in 2018, many experts recommended choosing a niche solely based on expected revenue. It’s, of course, essential to familiarize yourself with the market. That said, to be successful, you also need integrity.
… to be successful, you also need integrity.
I think it’s tough to project that if you aren’t actually interested in the topic. So my advice for beginners is to start a blog about something that you genuinely care about and don’t mind becoming the face of that niche in case you become famous.
Darin Goodsell, Semantic
One of the biggest things to get right, if you want to be successful in gaining more regular readers, is to answer questions people frequently ask about your chosen subject.
A very quick way to discover what people ask is by simply typing in your subject into Google, and checking out the ‘People Also Ask’ feature within the search engine results page.
For example, you could search for ‘dog showing’ and within ‘People Also Ask’ you may see questions like ‘How do you start showing dogs?’. So in just a couple of seconds, you already have a good starting point.
This is always a good place to start as Google themselves are literally telling you people are asking these questions, so you know the audience is there and you have a better chance of gaining a readership.
In addition to this, you could try websites like AnswerThePublic that will give you plenty of other question ideas, and use various keyword research tools to find out just how many searches those questions get asked.
Nour Eissa, Stacks Market
When it comes to blogging there are only wrong ways you want to avoid when it comes to the right way, it’s your way of writing in general.
What to avoid when writing a blog:
– being generic
– not giving beneficial information
– writing a title that is clickbait and have the content lack in quality
– attempting to keyword stuff your blog post
– using numerous Jargon when the audience isn’t used to these terms
– copying others work without quoting them or mentioning your resources
– overwriting a simple concept to make it complicated for the reader to understand
What to try to approach when writing especially when just starting:
– researching the topic you want to write about extensively
– acquainting yourself with keyword planning tools, so that your blog post has a chance of ranking when you use these keywords without stuffing them in the post of course.
– always keep reading on how to improve your writing skills, whether by following certain experts’ advice or taking courses, reading books. as when it comes to the writing field, you always have to adapt to its changes so that your writing improves with time and your readers will grow further and further.
Jon Dulin, MoneySmartGuides.com
My biggest tip for beginners is to not get sucked into the idea that you will become rich overnight with blogging.
It is a lot of hard work to get traffic and then turn that traffic into an income. Many people make it sound like all you need is a website, but you need to work hard too.
Many bloggers won’t start making money for 6 months to a year after starting their site. And this is with consistent writing, promoting, networking, etc.
There are the rare few who experience a lot of success early, but the vast majority don’t.
And to put into perspective what I mean by a lot of work, a typical post of mine takes me between 5-10 hours from start to finish. And this is typical of the other bloggers I network with as well.
Steven Wood, Swankyden.com
My most important tip for someone starting out blogging is to think long term.
My most important tip for someone starting out blogging is to think long term. I’m on month 11 of my blog and now is when I’m starting to get results.
I got discouraged some months wondering if it was worth it or if I was doing things the right way. Following my plan I slowly got more and more content posted and google started sending more organic search traffic.
Lisa Sicard, Inspire To Thrive
Start with your own self-hosted blog platform. Do NOT use a free space to blog from. The self-hosted website is like your home, you own it. No one can take it away from you. Invest a little money upfront so you can grow your blog.
Pete Callaghan, Promoly
When blogging, always have an overall goal in mind before you start to write.
Ask yourself, why am I drafting this post?
For example, are you writing intending to educate readers, or do you plan to convert readers into paying customers?
Once you’ve worked out the goal, start reverse engineering to create the article. If your plan is to convert readers into customers, what type of content is needed to edge people towards the pay button?
Spend some time with keyword research tools to get an overall feel about the queries/keywords (relevant to your niche) that people are plugging into google. Take into consideration search volume and keyword difficulty.
Begin jotting down ideas of possible article ideas, headlines, and subheadings. By doing this, writing will become much more manageable.
If you have a target word count of 2000 words, use your proposed subheadings and split them into mini-blogs. Say you have seven subheadings, you now only have to write ~285 words per subtitle — 7x285words=1995 wordcount. When complete, compile the mini-blogs, and you have yourself a winning article.
This formula is fool-proof and can help take the novice blogger into a blog-writing machine.
Michael Lowe, Car Passionate
The key to a successful blog is sticking with it. It can be disheartening when you don’t have the reach you would like or aren’t getting the numbers, but it comes with time and dedication.
Nothing is successful after a day of work, otherwise, all car repairs would be oh so simple!
If you write and commit to the blog like you are having success with it, ultimately it will become successful because you have the right frame of mind. If the blog is to help your business or product, make sure that you have a passion for it, people will notice and want to join you on the journey.
Roy Morrison, Meaningful Profits
If your goal is to be commercially successful with a blog, treat it like a business and not just a hobby. This means developing a business model including what target audience you will be delivering value to and how it will be different from your competition.
Moreover, you should have a clear understanding of how you are going to generate revenue – be it through affiliate marketing, selling your own products or advertising.
Too many beginner bloggers that want to be successful treat their blog as a hobby rather than a business and that’s why too many fail in building a commercially successful blog.
Adrienne Urban, Whole New Mom
As a blogger, you need to have a strong desire to serve your readership if you want to make it long term.
There are a lot of ups and downs to running a blog; Google ranking changes can be brutal, social media platforms change their rules and reach, readers unsubscribe, technical issues will rear their ugly head, and personal challenges will come into your life.
As a blogger, you will need a reason to keep writing – and that reason is your readers.
When you solve a problem that your readers have, they will see that and keep coming back for more. And you will have the motivation to keep going, not only when things are going your way, but also when the going gets tough.
With so many blogs starting up these days, you need to be ready to be in it for the long haul and to be able to weather the storms. Having a focus on serving your readership will allow you to do just that.
Stella Samuel, Brandnic.com
Sticking to one niche. As a beginner, different blogging ideas may crop in your head. However, it’s always important to choose a specific blogging niche and stick to it. Readers always want a site where they are sure upon visiting, they will land to a solution. Therefore, if you chose to blog on health invest all your effort into that topic and provide the best content.
Ethan Taub, Billry
Blogging can only become successful if you know what you are using it for. Knowing your niche and who is going to read the blog will count towards its success.
Imagine your most average client every time you are creating a new post. Does it appeal to them? Will they be interested in the topic surrounding the post? These are all important things to note for your blog.
No amount of hard work will make that blog a success if no one is reading it. Appeal to your audience, and be different from other people. They will want to come to you because you are giving them something different, a unique perspective.
Kenny Trinh, Netbooknews
When starting a blog, pick something within your interest first, something you’re already familiar with, forget about making money and focus about sharing your passion to others, be ready to be criticized not everyone will like your style and that’s fine because no style is wrong, be informative and witty, lastly, never stop learning.
James Canzanella, Isolated Marketing Nights
One of the best blogging tips I have is to start writing posts centered around long-tail keywords, especially if you’re looking to get traffic from Google. The beginning stages of a blog can often feel like you’re stuck in quicksand, so going after super competitive keywords can take a lot of time. To counter that, long-tail keywords are easier to rank for and are much less competitive, allowing you to start getting traffic earlier in the process.
Jason Hughes, Veganliftz
Concentrate on what readers want. When you’re blogging, you are not doing that for yourself. There must be an audience that you are targeting. This means your content should be strictly meant for the readers.
Make the content solution-oriented, problem-solving, etc. By so doing, the audience will always be thrilled and keep on wanting more from you. Besides, use the simplest English that can be clearly understood even by non-native English speakers.
Kylie Moody, Blueclaw
Over 50% of website traffic comes from organic search, so if you want your blog to be found, you need to know what information people are searching for.
How do you do this? Keyword Research. There’s plenty of keyword research tools out there (SEM Rush, AHrefs, Keyword Planner, the list goes on). As a blog writer, you should be interested in the long-tail keywords. Long-tail keywords are generally a lot more specific and can often be written as a question to find a very specific answer.
To find these long-tail phrases Answer the Public is a great tool. By entering your core phrase (e..g. ‘SEO services’), Answer the Public will churn out many variations of that search term:
– What do SEO services involve?
– How to choose SEO services?
– Why are SEO services important?
For a blog based around SEO services, each of these variations represent an individual blog topic so can give you inspiration for different angles to expand your blog.
By answering these search queries, your blog will be providing relevant content, which will help you to rank in the results pages and you will be found by organic searchers.
Peter Koch, DollarSanity
You want to be noticed? Well, start noticing. Be active in bloggers community, interact with other members, read their articles, share them and comment on them, write something you liked about the post, suggest improvement if you think it’ll help.
The blogger will respond back with share, link back or comment. It is simple, everyone loves comments, it is in human nature to like to be noticed.
Syed Ali Hasan, FIlm Jackets
Before you start researching writing content, first know who are your target audiences. Because not everyone will read your content, but if you have specific people in mind, it would be much easier to get visits and even convert them to customers.
For example, your topic is Christmas Gifts for Star Wars, so your target people would rather be pop-culture fans. Now, use keywords that target these users, such as Star Wars gifts, Star Wars merch, Star Wars collections, etc. Once you use these related keywords in your blog, you will start getting visits from people that are specifically Fans of the Force.
Marc Andre, Vital Dollar
The most important tip I would give to new bloggers is to keep a long-term focus. Building a successful blog takes time and patience.
In the 13 years that I’ve been blogging, the biggest problem I’ve seen for new bloggers is unrealistic expectations in terms of how fast they will be able to grow their traffic and start making money. Almost every successful blog took time to grow.
Most bloggers experience very slow growth in the first year, but then things tend to pick up after that if you have the patience to stick with it. My advice is to go into it with a long-term mindset. If you’re not expecting to see a lot of progress during the first year, you’ll be better prepared to survive that first year and less likely to get frustrated and give up.
Allan Dib, Successwise
Answer your prospects’ questions. If you want to connect with your audience you need to tackle their problems. What do they regularly type into Google? And what can you share that is an ‘aha’ moment. Bring a little personality into your writing, but most importantly, give them a solution or next steps.
Michael Helwig, Micahel Helwig Interiors
Blogs are wonderful to express your knowledge and passion for a subject. If you’re interested in building a blog my number one tip is to know your audience. Pick an imaginary person that you have a connection to and develop a detailed bio about who they are:
What do they care about?
Where do they “hang out” online?
Why are they are interested in your subject?
Be specific with this exercise. It might seem strange, but the more specific you are, the better your chances will be to make a connection with them.
After you understand who your ideal audience is, come up with 3 to 5 related subject areas to write about on your blog.
For example, I write about interior design. My focus is small home interiors, so I write about the benefits and challenges of small space living, decorating small homes, and how to improve your quality of life through small space living.
When you know specifically who your ideal audience is and what they care about, research some longtail keywords related to the 3 to 5 subject areas you want to focus on for your blog. This will keep you inspired to write your posts consistently.
Alison Wright, Simply Hatch
The best tip I can give is to learn some basic SEO and write your posts around keywords you have a chance of ranking on Google. You want to get on Page 1 of search engine results. Most bloggers make the mistake of chasing after really popular search terms that are impossible to rank as a beginner blogger.
Jump on Ubersuggest, (which is still largely free), and search for 3 to 5 word phrases with an SEO difficulty of less than 10. Around 5 is best for brand new blogs. The monthly search volume may be really low for these terms but it doesn’t matter. It’s getting onto Page 1 that counts.
As soon as you rank for one keyword, you’ll start ranking for similar related keywords. For example, if you start to rank for “money-making tips for students”, you could also rank for “money-making tips for college students” or “student money making tips” all with the same post. These tiny search volumes will start to add up.
I have a post with an SEO difficulty of just 6 that sends me almost 2,000 visits a month from Google – all for free!
As your blog grows and builds authority you can start going after harder keywords with greater search volumes. Bloggers who complain that it’s too hard to rank on Google aren’t being realistic when they select their post topics. Go for the low hanging fruit – the really easy to rank search terms first.
Charlie Worrall, Imaginaire Digital
Don’t just write about a topic that you think people want to read about. Do the research! There are so many blogs out there that are great but they don’t get enough traffic to become a big blog worth reading.
So, the idea is that you find out how many eaches a month a single phrase or topic gets and write about it. This is going to get readers to your website so that you can start to get traction, build a brand and become successful.
A great way to do this is to use something like Ahrefs or Google Trends and have a look at how many people are searching for your topic. After that, you can plan the content you’d like to create. You can even write about things that are less searched for and weave them in between the other content too.
Liz Brown, Sleeping Lucid
Most bloggers get swayed by public belief and tend to adjust their content in order to agree and not go against others even if they truly believe in the opposite. Although there’s nothing wrong with following the trend, we must first remember that in order for a blog to be of quality, sincerity must always be present.
Sincerity and extensive research will definitely be seen through your content and felt by your readers. Sharing your personal opinions is what people want to see and hear and you never know, this uniqueness might even make you stand out from the rest.
Sam Orchard, Edge of the Web
Balance is essential when you’re starting a blog, you want to think about your SEO strategy, but at the same time, you need to remember to write for people, not for search engines. The best way to achieve this balance is to think about SEO to find topics and keywords.
Look for things that other people aren’t writing about, but users are looking for. Once you’ve identified some good targets, focus on writing a good, valuable article on it.
Spend some real-time to make sure you’re creating a post that users are going to really enjoy and encourage them to share it. In short, think “SEO” for setup and research, but think “User” for actual content. That’s the best strategy for a successful new blog.
Matthew Myre, Berri Properties
The biggest tip I have is to write 1,000-word articles 3-4 times a week. There’s a lot of answers out there saying that 500 words is enough. It’s not.
As a new website or blog, you have no SEO ranking. Google has no idea who you are or what you stand for.
Google’s number one job is to answer people’s questions accurately and clearly. 500 words often isn’t enough to answer anyone’s question with enough information to make them feel answered.
By writing 1,000 words at a minimum, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to answer questions fully as well as gather better SEO ranking due to a higher volume of keywords.
Philip Westfall, PageCloud
In order to run a successful blog, you need to focus on search engine optimization (SEO). If you write blog posts based on what your target audience is searching for, you can get recurring visitors to your site without having to spend money on advertising.
Mark Webster, Authority Hacker
Our whole business centers around helping beginner’s getting started with a successful money-making blog and there are definitely a few tips we like to give anyone just starting out.
There’s one tip, in particular, we give all newbies just starting out and it’s a simple one: seek progress, not perfection. When you’re just starting out, it’s only natural to want everything to be perfect. You want to pick the perfect theme, the perfect logo, the perfect color scheme – that’s all before you’ve even gotten started on actual content.
The problem is, this can be a risky spiral. If you spend too long trying to perfect something menial, it’ll quickly distract you away from the things that actually matter. There’s also a good chance that when your blog is up and running, you’ll find out that your “perfect” color scheme doesn’t actually work anyway due to other changes on the site.
The point is, it’s far more important to actually start doing meaningful work on your blog and ensuring that things are continually improved rather than poring over one tiny detail. Remember, the theme or logo of your website isn’t going to make you successful alone! Focus on the things that matter and improve them as time goes on!
Avinash Chandra, BrandLoom
If you are just starting with blogging- make sure that you link to enough good quality sites in your blog post. This helps Google identify high-quality links in your write up and rank your website as high quality. This will help you rise through the search engine rankings.
There is no “right way” to approach blogging. However, you must think as your reader if you want to write good content. What does your reader want? Will your blog appeal to him? Think about what will make them happy with your content, and write with that perspective in mind.
Luka Arezina, DataProt
One of the most important elements of a successful blog is its audience. Instead of aiming for a broad and diverse community, you should focus on one group of people and study its needs, values, and habits. Once you do that, it will be much easier to create relevant content and engage readers. Over time, you will be able to expand your reach and include a variety of content for different audiences if you decide to. However, it’s best to keep your content very focused on the initial phase of blogging.
Wycliffe Ouko, MyEssayDoc.com
I would like to respond to your query because I have been running a successful blog since 2017.
Most people who think of blogging usually have one thing in mind, which is, making money, in fact, a lot of money. If they do not make that money within the first few months, they simply quit.
Anyone who wants to create a successful blog should make blogging their passion, and not something they do just to make money. It should be something they love doing, with or without money. A blogging beginner should never think of blogging as a main hustle, or even as a side hustle. With time, everything falls in place and you find your blog making more than you ever expected.
It took a year for my blog to start giving me returns, and now, I have earned more than what I thought I could earn. In fact, I decided to quit my main job because my blog is now paying me.
Ben Taylor, HomeWorkingClub.com
Creating written content for a blog is a tiny fraction of what’s involved. There’s outreaching to other sites, building links, social media, doing deals with affiliates and advertisers, and learning SEO so that you stand a chance of anybody finding your site on Google. Many people aren’t nearly as enthusiastic about these activities as they are about the “blogging” itself, but you need to be driven to complete all the tasks if you want to be successful.
Laura Greenhalgh, The Bolt Way
My main tip for blogging beginners is to be consistent. When you’re just starting blogging you might not see the results you want straight away. You’ve created a great piece of content that you’re proud of but the traffic and views aren’t there yet. Yet is the keyword here.
Develop a regular posting schedule and produce two or three high-quality posts a week (depending on your capacity if blogging isn’t your full-time job).
Remember to never substitute quantity for quality – you want your readers to truly value the content you’re creating. If they see you’re posting frequently and the content resonates with them, they’ll keep coming back for more.
Don’t forget to get social and spread awareness of your blog across your digital networks. Encourage feedback from your readers and reply to their comments so you stay engaged and relevant.
Mark B. Huntley, Credit Knocks
I think to be a successful blogger you must be passionate about the subject of your blogs. Readers today are looking for authenticity in your posts and they can tell when the blogs are forced. I regularly see well-financed blog startups fail because the subject matter that they chose was strictly based on monetization and not on something of interest to the founder(s).
Mackenzie Deater, Evenbound
One of the most important aspects of blogging is to remember to blog consistently. It’s easy to get swept up in this new great initiative, and put out a whole bunch of blog posts all at once, only to burn out and let your blog sit without updates for months. Search engines love fresh, consistent content, so this will only hurt you in the long run.
When you start blogging, it’s good to give yourself a schedule that’s manageable in the long-term. Some of our clients post just once a month because that’s what they have time for in their schedules.
Guess what? They still rank really well. They have the time they need to make those blogs as great as they can be in both content and SEO, and because they’re posting new content on a regular schedule, their blog does well on search engines.
It’s important to know that as long as you’re posting great, optimized content consistently, you’ll start to see your blog creep up in SERPs.
Kevin Rodrigues, Gardening Mentor
The most important tip for blogging beginners is to understand the purpose of starting a blog. You need to ask the question of whether you are blogging for yourself or others. If you’re blogging for yourself, you don’t need to worry about people reading it. However, if you want to blog and attract an audience, you need to write content tailored to them.
This is where choosing the right niche becomes an important factor before you start your blog. You need to pick a niche that is popular and can attract an audience. Some of the popular niches are those that solve a pain, provide a solution, entertain, or help with a hobby.
Once you pick such a niche, you need to learn about content writing so search engines like Google find value in your content. And they will reward you will higher rankings on their pages. Which means more people will read your blog.
Some of the blogs I created were personal and not many people read my posts. But there were others where I focused on a niche like fitness, language learning, and gardening. And by creating good content that people search for, I managed to get some success.
Jovan Milenkovic, KommandoTech
The chances are that what you’re an expert in, has many other skilled bloggers covering it. For example, blogging about business-in-general will leave you in an extremely tight competition of already established blogs that will be hard to beat when it comes to Google results.
But, if you focus on small business and work your blog in a way that is appealing to small business development, it will get you much higher chances of a good ranking. Don’t choose the niche randomly, but research the keywords and competition thoroughly to find the least saturated, specific angle for your blog.
James Speyer, The Azrian Portal
The more specific you make your blog platform, the more likely you are to achieve notoriety and success. Broad topics are incredibly saturated already, making it hard for newcomers to find their place. However, it’s still possible to build yourself as a reputable authority in niche areas.
Craft out your specific place in the market. For example, blogs about reading and general fiction are very popular and hard to break into, but by honing in on a more specific area of fiction (fantasy in this case) I was able to narrow my focus and access a more targeted audience than broad appeal fiction bloggers who’ve already cornered the general market.
Brian Robben, Robben Media
Think of blogging as a marathon, not a sprint. When you have this perspective, it gives you the time to relax, learn your craft, find your voice, and publish amazing quality for your audience.
Too many people go crazy month one, get frustrated they don’t have thousands of views from organic traffic, and burn out or quit. The best blogs are multi-year projects, if not decades, of putting out valuable content and then (slowly) receiving traffic, subscribers, and monetization.
Be the tortoise in patience. Be the hare in your capacity to learn and execute. Then you can build a blog with millions of views. But if you’re the hare in patience, it’s a recipe for disaster.
Personally, I built a blog that hit millions of visitors in three years. But behind the scenes, it took me publishing three 2,000 word blog posts every week for three years straight. That’s a total of 468 blog posts and over 936,000 words in 36 months. I only say that to encourage you that it takes time, and it absolutely can be done.
Andrea Travillian, Aspirify
The biggest advice that I give to beginners is that you need to write for the long term. Don’t approach it like a one time post and keep churning out content. Instead, look at things people will be interested in for the long term.
This way your efforts today continue to pay off down the road. The only time this does not work is if you are doing a blog that focuses on trends, such as hottest colors or fashion. In that case, make sure you are still balancing content with some long term content. Such as how to incorporate fashion into your wardrobe.
Aleka Shunk, Bite Sized Kitchen
Two Tips For Blogging Beginners:
1. Spend the time to do your research FIRST!
I have heard from bloggers time and time again about how they need to “fix” old posts because of how poorly constructed they were or that they chose a “heavy” theme and need to change themes. Doing things right from the start will prevent a lot of hassle later on.
2. Pick a specific niche that you truly love OR truly know a lot about.
The more specific, the better! Less competition is always good. I hear many bloggers mention how they want to change niches or add an entirely unrelated topic to their blog after the fact. This is not smart SEO wise and can cause you to lose a lot of readers/followers if you do this late in the game.
Emily Polner, No Repeats or Hesitations
When starting a blog, it’s a smart idea to master SEO as soon as possible. Writing and publishing posts that are optimized for search engines right from the get-go will give you a huge leg up in building a dedicated and engaged readership.
The blogging world is quite saturated, but you can use SEO to strategically position yourself as a subject matter expert in whatever niche you’re writing about. This is a powerful way to distinguish yourself from other sites and yield lucrative financial and publicity opportunities.
Marshall Simmons, Project Manager
The one tip that is, in my view, the most crucial element of running a successful blog is to make sure that you’re writing content that has actual value for your readers. It doesn’t matter what the end goal of the blog is (converting readers into customers or otherwise)… if you don’t create actually useful content, then you’re wasting your time.
Timothy Ludwig, Jorsek
It’s a rare thing to be the only subject matter expert on whatever you blog about. Strive to be an expert who can write about their subject in a way that demands attention.
Beyond that, write a lot and read a lot. Don’t get caught in the trap of reading only within your interest areas. Read everything and you’ll find that what you read will be a catalyst in your evolution as a writer, which must be an ongoing process.
SEO helps, too, but first, find your voice.
Joel Klein, Self Generated Income
To be successful as a new blogger, don’t try to recreate the wheel. Bloggers are successful when they answer questions people are looking for. If a new blogger tries to be too original with their content, nobody will read it because no one is searching for it.
Once they have some success and a solid audience, they can cover more unique topics. But until then, stick to what already works.
Michael Larson, nuphorIQ
Most important tip for new bloggers is to focus on solving problems and providing value. It’s great to use your blog a journal if the purpose of your blog is to practice writing or if you just want to journal!
But if you’re looking to grow blog traffic and build an audience, you have to be focused on giving value to readers. That said, you can use stories to build interest and provide context to your posts, so don’t throw them out! For example, in this post, I relate a story about my neighborhood to demonstrate the value of branding in web design.
Gwen Montoya, The MOB Nation
The best tip I’d give to someone starting a blog and wanting to be successful is to be consistent in writing and promotion. You need to maintain a regular writing schedule to create content, but you also need to maintain a promotion schedule to push your content out. The best way is a blend of social media, SEO, and email marketing. If you’re doing the hard work of writing blogs, why wouldn’t you take the time to promote them?
Ramona Cruz-Peters, Fab Everyday
My advice to new bloggers is to learn about SEO and write/create posts with SEO in mind from the beginning of your blog. This is important for long-term growth, and the time investment will pay off.
I wish I had known this when I started my blog over 11 years ago, as I have had to invest a lot of time updating my old content for search engine optimization over the last few years, and wish I had optimized the posts when I initially created them instead.
Becky Beach, MomBeach.com
The most important tip is to write for your avatar. Choose an avatar, which is the audience that you are serving with your content. For example, if your avatar is a young military mom, then write blog content centered around the struggles that she may face.
Pick relevant keywords pertaining to your niche. Solve problems with your blog posts to get free organic traffic. If all you do is write about yourself then no one but your friends and family will visit your blog.
Anna Rider, GarlicDelight.com
Learn to think exponentially. You won’t make much progress in the beginning but you have to stick with it for years to see success. If you want to quit, then quit. Seriously, quit. Then ask yourself if you miss blogging in 6-9 months. If you miss it and decide to go back to blogging, then you have the grit you need to survive the years of making little to no money.
Sally Fox, Sally M Fox
One thing I wish someone had said to me when I was starting out is this: Write like you talk. It sounds simple, but often beginner bloggers (myself included) get carried away with flowery, thesaurus-vomit language.
You want your blog to feel easy to read, relatable and most importantly TRUE. All that bogus language does is make you sound like a used-car salesman in a shiny suit.
Imagine you’re talking to your best friend and you can’t go wrong.
Benjamin Houy, Grow With Less
My number one blogging tip is to make sure not to neglect backlinks. I see so many bloggers who write lots of high-quality articles and just hope that they will naturally get traffic. When this doesn’t happen, many bloggers give up.
My recommendation for new bloggers is to spend at least half of their blogging time using HARO, guest posting, and #journorequest to build backlinks. This may sound like a waste of time but just a few quality backlinks can have a huge impact on how well a new blog ranks on Google.
Michael Anderson, Passport Explored
I think one of the most important tips for beginner bloggers is to pursue high-quality backlinks at an early stage. The reason for this is that Google doesn’t trust websites that don’t have backlinks and this will make it difficult to rank organically for any search terms related to your business.
On the other hand, if a blogger consistently acquires backlinks from the very beginning then they’ll have a much higher chance of receiving organic search traffic throughout the lifespan of their blog, something which compounds over time.
Nikola Baldikov, Brosix
It is pretty obvious, but many people do not do it. Do keyword research, write on topics that people are looking for, and create content based on your experience and data. Do not just write based on existing content.
Malte Scholz, Airfocus
The one major tip I have for blogging beginners is to do some basic keyword research before writing each new piece of content. While your main goal may not be to get organic traffic, it doesn’t hurt to know which keywords work best for a certain piece of content.
If you’re just starting out, you probably can’t afford to buy a subscription for an expensive tool such as Ahrefs. However, there are lots of great free keyword research tools out there, such as Google Keyword Planner and Ubersuggest.
Before you start writing a new piece of content, research a few different alternatives for each keyword. Sometimes, minor differences in keywords can mean a huge difference in the number of monthly searches. That way, you will be writing the content that people on Google are actually searching for.
Tami Nealy, Find Your Influence
The most important thing when starting a blog is to clearly identify the type of content you want to write about. Lean into what you know for sure. If you are passionate about beauty and fashion, trying to write about baking may not seem authentic. Stay true to who you are and your followers will remain loyal.
Corina Leslie, ZeroBounce
The best tip I can share is to create content that’s unique to you. It’s not easy, but it’s the only way to stand out and become memorable.
So ask yourself: what do I know that no one else can express the way that I do? Then write that, and be generous: give people all the information they need. They should leave your blog feeling like they’ve learned something valuable and wanting to come back.
Apart from that, consider interviewing experts in your niche. It’s one of the easiest ways to create unique content, not to mention these people will help you by sharing the interview and drive traffic to your blog.
Also, be prepared for a long-term commitment. There are more than 600 million blogs in the world today, and growing a new platform takes time. Post consistently, keep SEO optimization in mind and promote your content on all possible channels.
Zakiyah Toor, IsItWP
For those new to blogging, I would suggest creating a content marketing plan before creating and publishing any content. Having a mapped out content calendar allows you to organize your schedule so you provide readers with the right information at the right time.
Keyword research tells you what your customers are looking up in search engines right now, which you can use to brainstorm relevant topics for your calendar and build a following quickly.
Sean Gates, ThinkSaveRetire.com
Just like most things in life, knowing your audience is key. I recommend that beginning bloggers do some research to clearly define who their audience is, and what content they are already engaging with so they can model their own content after that.
Courtney Keene, MyRoofingPal
There are lots of tips I could offer, honestly, but I feel like so many of them are common sense. Post regularly, provide good content your audience wants to read, focus on monetizing only after you’ve established patterns of satisfying said audience, etc.
But I feel like the biggest tip goes further in-depth with that last point, and it’s to provide an overwhelming amount of value to your readers. The best blogs post weekly (or daily, if they can swing it) content that’s thousands of words long and chock full of useful information. They might have a call to action at the end asking the reader to sign up for a mailing list or a free offer, but they primarily focus on delivering great content so that readers will come back again and again.
This is how you build relationships, and how you ultimately convert readers to buyers, subscribers, or whatever it is you’re trying to do to monetize your blog.
Focus on content first. Over-deliver on the promises, you make with the premise of your blog. If you do this, you can cultivate an audience that will grow organically. Then you can worry about more deliberate methods of converting that audience.
Darin Evangelista, ChatterSource.com
The one tip that I would give to blogging beginners is to refine your niche. The internet is very competitive and new bloggers have almost zero chance of competing with large publications. That is why it is best to start with a niche that you are knowledgeable about, then refine it, and then refine it again.
For example, if you want to focus on parenting, you might want to narrow that down to tips for single parents. From there, narrow it down even farther to budgeting tips for single parents.
Niching down and dominating a subject area will help get the ball rolling. Once the blog gains some traction, you can start to expand your expertise.
Jake Hay, PopShorts
One important tip for blogging beginners is to make sure you give your readers a call-to-action. Doing this is a way to create repeat visitors to your blog. It can be something as simple as a “follow me on social media” or “comment your thoughts below.”
The addition of a call-to-action statement is the best way to keep readers engaged with your content that you have taken the time to create. The more engaged a reader is with you and your content, the more likely they are to come back for more.
Elna Cain, ElnaCain.com & Twinsmommy.com
I’ve been a blogger for six years and run multiple blogs as a way to diversify my income streams and have a sustainable income every month.
There is no right way to start a successful blog. Some blogs create a viral pin and they suddenly start a business with a product and make money blogging.
Other blogs use guest posting to network and connect with other bloggers and leverage their audiences as a way to grow their brand and send traffic to their monetized posts.
Still, others rely heavily on search engine optimization to make money blog and use keywords in their content to drive sales.
Personally, the #1 way to be successful is to understand this fundamental concept – have the right message with the right product given to the right audience.
When all three align, then you have a successful blog. However, figuring out each of those components can take years, failures and many trials.
Cassy Aite, Hoppier
The one tip that I have if you want to become a successful blogger is to instill some personality in your writing. The internet is filled with random articles that list the same facts that you can find on your own. If you want to stand out and actually grow your reader base, you absolutely need some personality in your content. After all, the thing that makes your blog different is your standpoint.
Often times, the content that ranks well on Google and gets a lot of visits isn’t the most comprehensive, detailed or accurate piece of content. It’s the content that tackles a topic from a unique angle that gets the visits, shares, and backlinks.
So, my main tip is – make sure that your personality shines through in every piece of content you create.
Joe Flanagan, Tacuna Systems
From my experience in my years of blogging, the best advice I can offer to new bloggers is to “create a niche”. A common mistake a lot of bloggers make is trying to write for everybody. You need to stick to a niche and an audience, especially when you are just starting out.
If you chose to run a gaming blog, don’t try to include a gossip column. Likewise, if you run a gossip blog, there’s absolutely no need to include technical articles. Sticking to a niche is not only easier but also builds a dedicated audience faster
Dylan Gordon, FunnelWays
Running a successful blog takes time and effort to build, but it’s well worth it. While a lot of people overcomplicate it in the beginning with things such as backlinks and crawl budget, there’s one thing that should come before the rest!
Consistently publishing quality content over a period of time is what you need to do before anything else.
Submitting your sitemap to Google Search Console, keeping your website light (plugin wise), and then publishing great content that understands user intent will make all of the difference! Building links, in the beginning, won’t help unless you’ve already done this.
Stacy Caprio, Deals Scoop
The right way to approach blogging to be successful is to write for your customers, not for search engines. Make your content good and something you and your customer would enjoy reading and browsing your site for.
When your content is truly good, that is when you’ll succeed in blogging as you start to get loyal readers, followers, and recognized by search engines as a un-sought out bonus.
Eryn Lueders, Successfully Simple Sisters
If you want to be a successful blogger, find a topic and niche where you can be authentic in your writing. You don’t have to be the expert, but you should have a real curiosity about the topic. Your audience can tell if you’re not passionate about your topic, and it will be much harder to build a following. Plus, if you enjoy what you write about, you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
Blogging is a long game and to be successful, you’ll have to stick through it even when it’s not easy for you. When you’ve picked a topic and niche you care about, it will be easier to stay the course.
Angela Ash, Flow SEO
Blogging is part art form and part science, which is why you can be as creative as you want while still following important SEO guidelines so that your content will rank. Let’s face it – a blog isn’t of much use if no one can find it on the search engines.
SEO optimization is so important when you are hoping to drive new customers to your blog. That’s why you have to be sure that you take advantage of every opportunity to get you ever closer to that coveted Google Page 1. However, it’s a little different for each niche.
When it comes to optimizing content, sites that are rich in high-quality images tend to rank very well.
One quick thing that you can do to your existing blogs or main pages is to be sure to give your images a little love. Keep them compressed (preferably under 100 kb), and always be sure to include your main keyword in the alt text. It may sound simple, but it works! This way, even your images may begin to help rank your blog.
Hope Ashley, UpFlip
When you first start blogging, one of the most important things to do is to select the right topics. And one of the best ways to do this is to check o what is currently ranking with your competition. If you have a blog on local dining, then see which topics are currently popular for that niche. Then, you can use this as inspiration, and easily create an original, high-quality post that you know will already be appealing to your readers, customers, and clients.
Bryan Truong, GameCows
One tip that I can give in terms of starting your own blog – always sticks to your niche and try to master it as much as you can. Because different blogs have their own niche; ours is specifically for board games so we try your best to publish content that enhances what we want to provide to our readers like reviews and round-up articles. So we do also study the board games that we publish and try them out to be able to give the accurate and most truthful information out there.
So just really stick to your niche is the tip that what I would give to someone who’s starting their own blog.
Janke Schreiber, Nelspruit
Don’t simply write blogs for the sake of selling your product. It’s important to give readers valuable information. Write naturally to avoid commercializing something that’s meant to serve as a platform to reach an audience for their benefit and not merely your pocket.
Readers will notice knowledgeable content and when they are in search of a product or service offered by your company, they will remember your brand. Your blog is where you get the opportunity to share your passion and educate others on a specific topic.
Taylor Randolph, The Travelling Souk
You must know the questions your potential readers are asking and create content that answers those questions.
Head to the forums to discover questions that are consistently being asked. Most likely, these are questions that they have typed into Google and did not find the answer to. This means that if your blog directly answers this question, it will soar to the top of the search results.
To quickly find the questions your readers are asking, type your keyword into Google like this: inurl:forum + “cheap vacations” Find the pressure points that are brought up again and again. Then, create a blog post that specifically addresses these questions and provides detailed answers.
Mike Ronquillo, Appetiser Apps
Blogging has evolved over the years and thousands of contents are produced every single day. Producing a successful blog takes a lot of creative energy, not a lot of people do it.
Coming up with topics, writing, and publishing your blog is not as hard as promoting it. It’s not even close. But a lot of people don’t promote their blogs.
If you want your blog to disappear into the woodpile: Don’t promote it. If you want your blog to be “just another blog” on the internet: Don’t promote it. If you want to succeed in blogging:
Promote it like crazy. If there’s one thing you need to know to be successful in the blogosphere, you have to be relentless in promoting your content.
Take Taylor Swift as an example. She writes a 12-16 track album every two years. But she promotes the very same album worldwide for two to four years straight. Years!
Once you create a blog you need to make sure it’s reaching the right audience. What’s the point of creating the blog without promoting it? You need to share it three to ten times more. That’s the minimum. Spend more time promoting your content than you did creating it.
Promote it with the right audience. Use social media, content aggregation sites, and even forums to get noticed. Though just a caveat: Don’t be annoying in sharing your content. Make sure you are still adding value to the conversation. Don’t promote it for the sake of promoting it.
Make sure your content is reaching and touching the lives of the right people. A lot don’t do it and some don’t even try. But you need to make sure your blog is consumed by your target audience.
Most blogs written will never stand a chance unless their own creator shares them far and wide. Those who do, enjoy success in the content-generating world.
Lilia Manibo, Anthrodesk.ca
Anyone who would like to succeed in blogging must be passionate about the niche that he/she has chosen. They must be dedicated to creating quality content for their audience. The message must be informative, engaging, and interesting. Your blog should be unique to stand from other blog sites that are now available online. It should be authentic so you should exert extra effort to make it successful.
Karlee Tate, Online Optimism
For beginning bloggers, I recommend practicing consistency above all else.
When you begin to build a following for your blog, evaluate how the tone and style of your content correlate with your blog’s image. Do your posts accurately portray the purpose of your blog?
Look at your blog from the audience’s perspective. If you perceive different tones from your posts, your audience will notice this inconsistency.
An inconsistent blog will lead to a loss of viewers because they will be unable to grasp the objective of your blog. Ultimately, this will make it difficult for you to gain a loyal following.
To promote consistency within your blog, schedule your content in advance and at regular intervals. This will give you an ample amount of time to brainstorm and organize your ideas into a cohesive outline. You’ll find that the content in each post will begin to flow and complement your blog’s image.
Yoann Bierling, Where Can I FLY?
To run a successful blog, what matters is to find an audience that will be genuinely interested in what you write about… But they will only find and follow you if you write what they are searching for. Think about what your readers might want to look for in the topic, and write about it, on top of expressing your own interests.
Once you’ll have reached a regular audience, it will be easier to introduce the pieces of content they didn’t know they were interested in, but it won’t happen at the beginning, as they just won’t come to read something that doesn’t answer their direct requests.
Reuben Yonatan, GetVoIP
As a CEO, I can tell you that blogging has been one of our most effective acquisition channels.
The trick is learning enough about your audience that you know what’s valuable to them.
To do this, don’t just write and publish. Write, publish, and then share your content in places where people from your target audience hang out. That could be a Facebook group, a Slack community, or a place like Quora—anywhere you can get real feedback from people you hope will follow you.
Let their feedback guide you. You’ll see from their reactions if people are responding positively to your work. If they are, do more of the same. And if they’re not, adjust and try different things until you start to find traction.
Paul Zalewski, Fathercraft
If you want to start a blog, make sure you have all 3 parts of this formula: Patience + Passion + Multiple Distribution Strategies!
Patience because no matter how good you are, when starting a blog from scratch, it may take years before you really take off.
Passion because it’s a whole lot easier to be patient if you’re passionate about what you’re writing about, plus you’ll produce better content.
Multiple distribution strategies because if your plan is just to use one (like waiting for traffic from Google or sharing on social media, you may be waiting even longer for results!)
Just FYI we’re a blog for parents-to-be and dads, we started our company as a blog. It took us a full 10 months from publishing our first post until we got any meaningful traffic to our website.
Tommia Hayes, Community Health Charities
Audience. Knowing who you want to target is vital when starting a blog. You need to establish who you want to target and understand how your content will resonate with the reader. This will also help with where and how to market your blog. Along with creating the format and design for the blog.
For example, if you’re blog is geared towards a younger audience, a visual and modern design to attract a younger crowd. But if you’re targeting an older audience, something more simplistic resonates with that crowd more.
Content. Be sure your content is relevant to the audience you’re trying to target. If your blog is targeted to young working moms, why share content about kids being aggravating? That isn’t relevant to your reader and would turn them away.
Be sure to create a content calendar to help with organizing your ideas and keeping you on track when sharing your content.
Hayley Luckadoo, Luckadoo Media Co.
Set aside one full day at the beginning of each month to focus only on your blog content. The biggest part of having a successful blog is consistency, and it’s easy to be excited to get started but lose momentum when life gets in the way.
Choose one day (preferably the same day each month) to write and schedule all the content for that month and bank up as many posts as you can, regardless of how often you’re releasing new posts. When life happens, you’ll be thankful that you already had posts ready to go!