Are you a brand-new blogger who’s getting frustrated with your results? What most people don’t tell you is that it’s hard to get the momentum of a new blog going. However, if you really want to learn how to succeed in blogging, I am going to share some tips.
I’ll also give you some suggestions on what to do, this way you won’t feel lost. Feel free to put these tips into action and watch your blog start to grow.
So many people set up a new blog because starting a self-hosted WordPress blog is easy. All you have to do is pay for a domain ($10 per year) and hosting (around $60 per year).
You can literally start your own online business for less than a night out at the movies. Last time I went to a movie it cost me $120 for 4 people with popcorn and drinks.
It’s not hard to find cheap reliable hosting. Heck, you can even get the hosting support to set up the blog for you.
Most companies offer a free WordPress installation for new customers. If for some reason they don’t, then I’ve got you covered on the basics of WordPress.
Once you get your blog setup, one of the biggest mistakes people make is they spend time on useless tasks, like trying to find the right plugins.
Some of them even go as far as hiring a website designer to create a fancy site for them.
That’s not going to help you learn how to succeed in blogging.
Yes, we all want a great looking blog. However, if you’re brand new to blogging, there’s no reason to start spending money on those things. I was amazed when I read how this blog gets 6 million views and she only spent $70 to start her blog.
You need to put your head down and work hard. I’m going to help you out by providing you some great tips that you can start using to make sure that you’re making the most of your time.
6 Tips on How to Succeed in Blogging
I am going to give you 6 tips that I am using to grow my blog. You won’t have to invest in any software programs or purchase any products.
It’s going to take a lot of work, so be ready to roll up your sleeves and put in some elbow grease.
Set A Blogging Schedule
One of the biggest mistakes I made when I started my blog was that I was inconsistent with my blogging schedule. It was so easy to get caught up in other blogging tasks that I never stayed consistent with my blogging.
If you want your blog to grow, you need to set a blogging schedule that you can live with. It doesn’t matter if you’re posting new content once or twice a week.
The most important thing is to post on a regular schedule that helps your blog grow.
Write Blog Content on a Daily Basis
When I heard Ryan Biddulph talking about writing every day, I really had no clue why he was saying that.
Today, I realize how important writing content on a daily basis is. By following this advice for the past several months, I have noticed that my writing has improved.
I can now write a 1,000-word article in no time at all. Of course, it takes me a little longer to go back and fix it to make sure that I fix all the spelling errors. However, with Grammarly, you can make sure that everything looks good enough.
I still don’t write as fast some pro bloggers. However, I have noticed a huge improvement in my writing since I started my blog.
What to do: Make it a point to start writing content on a daily basis. Even if you only start out with 500 words, you’ll eventually be able to write more content faster.
Use your newfound writing skills to write set up an editorial calendar for your blog. Once you’ve got enough content written in advance for your own blog. It’s time to get off your blog and start writing for other people’s blogs.
This will help you start getting your name out on the blogosphere and you will build your own audience for your blog.
Don’t Compare Yourself To Someone Else’s Middle
It’s so easy to get caught up in the compare game. You may even spend time reading people’s income reports online and deep down inside you’re thinking, why am I not:
- Getting traffic to my blog?
- Able to grow my email list?
- Not making any money?
- As popular as they are?
- Able to grow my blog following?
- and (put your silent thoughts here)
It’s so easy to get discouraged and play that comparison game.
The truth is that it won’t help you grow your blog. In fact, it will only hurt you and you’ll start to think that you’re not good enough to become a successful blogger.
What to do: Put blinders on and stop looking left and right at others. Focus on your own blog growth. It doesn’t matter where so and so is or how much they’re making.
Their results are not going to impact your bottom line. You’re the only one who can make your blog a success.
Stop Focusing on the Money
I’m not going to lie, I started my blog because I want to leave my freelancing business. However, I was no fool when I started my blog.
I knew that it was going to take a long time to grow my blog. That’s why I paid for my hosting 3 years in advance.
I figured that in 3 year’s time, I should be able to get the blog to pay for itself.
Yes, we all want to make money from our blogs, otherwise, we wouldn’t keep doing the same tasks day in day out. Even when we’re not seeing the results we want right away.
What to do: Hopefully, you chose a niche that you’re passionate about. Stop thinking about the money and focus on writing amazing content that actually helps your readers.
It’s okay to monetize your blog from day one. Just know that you probably won’t make any money right away. That’s okay, just keep doing the next best thing for your blog.
Keep Learning and Growing
None of us were born bloggers. We’ve made the decision to start a self-hosted blog and share our thoughts and experiences with others.
Just like an athlete has to keep practicing to become better each game. Growing a blog is going to require you to keep practicing each and every day.
This means that you’ll need to educate yourself on blogging tasks such as:
- How to optimize your blog posts.
- How to learn the basics of WordPress.
- How to use social media to help you grow your blog.
- How to etc.
Unfortunately, there’s always something to learn when we’re trying to grow our blogs.
As new bloggers, most of us don’t want to spend money to start outsourcing right out of the gate. This means that we have to wear all the hats in our business.
What to do: Do something each and every day that will help you grow your blog and move it in the direction you want to go. You can’t learn everything at once, so don’t even try.
Invest in online courses and follow successful bloggers who share what they’re doing to grow their blogs. If you do invest in online courses, make sure that you’re actually implementing what you’re learning.
Promote Your Content
While it’s nice to see, your blog growing because you’re publishing new content on a regular basis.
The important thing to remember is that you need to get off your blog and promote it. One of the biggest mistakes I made when I started my blog was that I didn’t start promoting it right away.
No one knew about my blog and it wasn’t until I started getting off my blog and working on the promotion that people started finding it.
What to do: If you’re a brand-new blogger, you should be spending more time promoting your blog than writing content for it. You might have heard about the 80/20 rule in blogging.
While I don’t really focus on how much time I spend promoting my blog. I do make it a point to get off of my blog and work on promotion every day.
It Takes Time
It’s so easy to believe that you can grow a successful blog in just a matter of months. Especially, if you read all those income reports online.
The truth is that it takes time to grow a blog. It’s hard to tell you how long it will take you to start seeing success with your blog. Everyone has their own journey to experience.
The most important thing you can do is no matter how much time it takes, you need to keep working towards your goals.
This is why it’s so important to set blogging goals and have a huge drive to achieve your success. If you know why you want to create a successful blog, you’ll be less likely to quit when things are taking so long.
Final Take Away
If you were to peel back the curtains on any successful blogger, you’ll hear stories about their struggles. Most of them would tell you that they didn’t see success right away.
Some of them might even tell you that their current successful blog is not their first blog. Many bloggers will start a blog only to realize that they started a blog they weren’t passionate about.
As long as you started a blog in a niche you’re passionate and are not willing throw in the towel even when things get tough.
I have no doubt that you’ll see the success you want. Just remember, it takes time and no one knows when your blog will start taking off.
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