Are you ready to start a blog? If so then Vishwajeet’s blog has tons of resources that will make blogging for beginners easier. All you have to do is spend some time on this site and you’ll find resources, SEO tips, and other goodies to help you grow your blog.
If you’re brand new to blogging and want to cut the learning curve in half, you’re in the right place. I’d love to tell you that blogging is easy.
You might have read tons of income reports online that promise riches in months or weeks. Well here’s a little bit of a reality check.
It’s going to take a lot of persistence and work to grow your blog. Starting a blog is the easy part. Even if you struggle with the technical aspects, over time you’ll learn WordPress basics so you can manage your own blog.
However, there are some things that you need to do on a regular basis that will help you succeed. At first, it will seem like you are not gaining any traction.
Whatever you do, don’t give up. It takes time to start seeing the results. I have no doubt that if you follow through with these tips, you will see the success you want.
Blogging for Beginners 5 Things for Success
No one starts a blog and says I’ll try to make it a success. If so then you are already setting yourself up for failure.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
-The Empire Strikes Back
Instead, you need to go all in and be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the success you want. No, I am not saying that you should quit your day job or spend a lot of money on courses and products that promise overnight results.
The great thing about blogging is that you can do it anytime day or night. You might have to give up your Netflix binge-watching for a while.
Don’t worry, it won’t be forever, but imagine how much free time you’ll have once your blog is making money. All you have to do is be willing to put in the time now and eventually, you will see your hard work pay off.
Here are the 5 things you need for success. If you do this, I have no doubt that you’ll achieve your blogging goals.
Choose A Blogging Platform
You’ll probably be tempted to go with a free platform because it won’t cost you a thing. However, if you’re trying to build a profitable blog, I recommend going with a self-hosted WordPress blog.
It does come with a little bit of a learning curve, but don’t worry, if you’re serious about creating a profitable blog, don’t go the free route.
Sure, it’s going to take a while to learn how to use WordPress. But the learning curve is small compared to the price you’ll end up paying if you choose a free platform.
Cons of Using A Free Platform
When you are blogging on a free platform, you do not own it. Sure, you wrote the content and put in the hard work.
Every free platform has terms that you have to follow. They may not sound very constricting right now, but when it comes to monetizing your blog, you may run into issues.
The great thing about using a self-hosted blog is that you do not have to spend a lot of money. Here is a great article on why you should not use free platforms.
Yes, you may want an awesome theme that looks amazing. However, if you’re a brand-new blogger, the design of your blog should be the last thing on your mind.
Your main goal when you start a blog is to create awesome content.
You want to provide so much value to your readers that people will keep coming back to your blog. If your blog can help them solve their problems, then you will not have any issues finding your true 100 fans.
Invest in Education to Cut Your Learning Curve
One of the biggest mistakes that most new bloggers make is they refuse to invest in their blogging education. They think that they can learn everything for free.
I used to think like this. I would spend hours sitting on my laptop opening one website after another. Watching one YouTube video after another.
While it’s true that you can find almost everything for free online today. The question you need to ask yourself is how much time do you have to kill?
If you’re not in any type of hurry and tons of time to kill. Sure, you can probably find everything for free. Just be careful, because there are so many different opinions online, you’ll find yourself going down a rabbit hole trying to listen to everything.
Personally, in my opinion, it’s best to find a blogger you really like. Someone who is getting the results you want and invest in their course.
As a brand-new blogger, it can be challenging to find the right course. Personally, I wouldn’t invest in a course right out of the gate. Just pick 2-3 bloggers that share what they do online.
Make sure they are credible and are taking action on what they preach.
The worst thing you can do is follow someone who says do this and do that and they do not practice their own teachings.
Once you’ve been blogging for a few months, you can decide if you are ready to invest in a blogging course.
When you invest in courses, you will cut your learning curve in half. You might not learn everything you need to know from one course. However, you will pick up helpful nuggets and techniques you can use to grow your blog.
If you do pay for a course, please make sure that you use it. The worst thing you can do is spend your hard-earned money on a blogging course only to NOT take action.
Do Something Every Day to Grow Your Blog
Wouldn’t it be great if we published our blog today and tomorrow we had a thriving business? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Just like planting a garden, it takes time. You’ll have to spend time watering and pulling the weeds.
If you just planted the seeds and walked away. Instead of vegetables, you would end up getting a bunch of weeds.
Your blog is the same way. If you start out hot and heavy publishing posts and promoting it. But after 4 months, you say “what the heck it’s not working.”
So, you decide, I’m just wasting my time in this niche, I am going to start another blog.
What you don’t realize is that all that hard work was working. However, you didn’t see it yet because it takes time to see the results of your efforts.
If you’d only continued doing those daily blogging tasks, you would’ve eventually reaped the rewards.
It’s easy to get discouraged when we don’t see immediate results.
However, you have to keep persisting even when you’re not getting the results you want. You have to believe that all the work that you’re putting in today will be beneficial to the growth of your blog.
Make Blogging Friends
Blogging is hard and once you become a new blogger, you’ll realize that you’re all alone. Your current offline friends won’t understand what you’re doing.
Your significant other may not understand why you’re spending so much time online. The only people who understand our desires and persistence are other bloggers.
I’m not sure if it’s because they’re as crazy as we are. Other bloggers know your struggles and pains. Because they are either going through them or have already gone through them.
Be sure to make some blogging friends that you can turn to when times get tough. You can also use a blogging buddy as an accountability partner.
I personally haven’t done this, but I’ve seen many people ask for accountability partners in Facebook Groups.
Even if you get an accountability partner, it’s still up to you to do the daily work you’ll need to do to grow your blog.
No one is going to do the hard work for you. You will have to spend time guest posting and developing habits that will grow your blog.
We can’t do it alone no matter how much of an introvert you are. You need friends, so be sure to take the time to start making them.
You can get started by commenting on blogs on a regular basis. This is how I met Vishwajeet and look, now I am guest posting on his blog.
Measure Your Blog Growth
Don’t make the same mistake I made when I started my blog. I never took the time to measure my blog growth.
I worked on my blog every day. Every day like clockwork, I’d work on my daily blogging tasks. However, at the end of the month, I had no clue if what I was doing to grow my blog was helping.
Now I make it a point to track metrics on my blog. I realize the 80/20 rule for measuring success.
One of the most important things a blogger can focus on is their email list.
If you’re growing your email list, that’s awesome. These are people who have shown interest in what you’re doing and have given you their email address.
As bloggers, we all want subscribers. Here’s a great article that will help you get started building your email list.
If you’re trying to build a profitable blog, you need to measure your blog growth. Otherwise, you won’t know what blogging tasks are actually worth doing or what’s wasting your time.
Final Take Away
Hopefully, these blogging for beginner’s tips helped you realize what it takes to create a profitable blog.
Don’t worry about how long it takes to make money with your blog. Put your head down and focus on these 5 things. Over time, I have no doubt that you’ll be happy with your results.
Don’t forget to check your Analytics on a regular basis to tweak your content and pivot if you need to.
As long as you set realistic goals for your blog, I have no doubt that you’ll succeed as a blogger. If you have any other tips that can help new bloggers, please share them below.
I’d love to hear what you have to say to help out our fellow bloggers.
About The Author:
Susan Velez is a WordPress Freelancer who loves helping new bloggers start, grow and monetize their passions through blogging. She loves helping new bloggers with the techie side of blogging, sign up for her free 7 day WordPress course at susanvelez.com. You can follow Susan on Twitter @SusanWPTutorial