Holding HandsI thought I would reach out to all you experienced bloggers out there and ask you to share your experience with people just starting out in the blogging world. After blogging months or even years, there must be some things that you look back on now and know that you would do differently now? Or perhaps there may be some things that you are glad that you did right at the time, which you could have missed and regretted?

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What one piece of advice you would give to a new blogger? It could anything from the technicalities of setting it up, to marketing, content, layout, work ethics, even personal development. Be as wide as you wish with this. It could even be about issues such as getting the support from family and friends.

 

I know there are a lot of knowledgeable people who read this blog, so I would be really grateful if you could share some of that knowledge in the comments bellow. Give someone a helping hand and let them see your expertise and benefit from it. Your advice could massively help someone for many years to come, and they will always feel grateful towards you, and could become a very helpful friend to you in the future. Create some good Karma for yourself.

 

The best 5 pieces of advice (not including mine!) will be added to this blog post with a link back to their site. Thanks in advance. : )

EDIT 3 May 2013 – I decided instead to dedicate a whole new post to my top 5 pick. You can find them here - Best Of The Best – Top 5 Pieces Of Advice For A New Blogger

 

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85 Responses to What One Piece Of Advice Would You Give To A New Blogger?

  1. Jon Rhodes says:

    I’ll start the ball rolling with this. I would definitely advise a new blogger not to use any of the free blogging platforms out there, such as Blogger. Unless it’s just a small hobby I would definitely advise them to get their own domain name and hosting. This is because a blog on someone else’s network is essentially their blog. For a kickoff you have to follow their rules or they have the power to pull the plug on you. You might spend years building up content, authority and followers, and someone has the power to pull the plug, for any reason, and whenever they choose.

    Or they may change the rules – it’s their rules and they can change them whenever they want. They may for example decide that now you have built yourself up into a popular blog, you must pay heavy fees to continue using their service. They could bring out a fee structure that increases as your traffic increases. Effectively you will be forced to pay, or go out of business. You won’t want to start again and take several years building up a new blog, so they will essentially have you over a barrel.

    • Zweischneid says:

      Yes and no.

      While I agree with you that a “professional” blog should be self-hosted, I would strongly recommend a truly new blogger to not make their “first” blog their main big thing.

      Free platforms such as Blogger and WordPress.com are very good testing grounds to get your feet wet blogging.

      And your freebie blog might still serve you later, if you’ve made the plunge to start a serious blog, to doodle around, post off-topic stuff, etc.. .

      Not to mention that having a blogger/Wordpress.com Open ID is necessary to comment on many of those blogs out there.

    • Zweischneid says:

      Also, very important, it should be noted that you CAN (!) lose a self-hosted blog too.

      All those security plugins are out there for a reason, and popular sites/blogs will get targeted by attacks (hello Burger King!). Nobody’s going to hack Blogger/Google soon though, nor will you ever spend a week trying to unscramble your MySQL after a virus ate it.

      Overall, I think the benefits of self-hosting do outweigh the risks, but risks do exist on both sides.

      • Jon Rhodes says:

        Yes, some fair points you make. A free blog is a good practice tool and also it is possible to move a blog from Blogger to WordPress, so all isn’t lost if you do change your mind and want to take it more seriously in the future.

        For me though it ultimately comes down to a motivation thing. I have used Blogger in the past and I just didn’t take it seriously and put enough effort into it. When I started paying for hosting a WordPress blog, I was putting my money where my mouth was and it seemed to motivate me so much more to work harder on it.

        I think other people take you a lot more seriously too, but I can see the benefits of using them if you are completely green. But if you want a blog to become popular, it would be so much more difficult with a freebie as you are less likely to attract followers, natural links etc. because people don’t respect them as much. I personally wouldn’t recommend using free blogs unless the blog was purely for hobby and not business.

  2. The one piece of advice I would give to a new blogger is it is a marathon, not a sprint. What I mean by that is you’ve got to be steady in your efforts in networking, posting, and building traffic. Short sporadic sprints won’t work and you will become frustrated when those sporadic efforts don’t yield the outcome you want.

    Instead, think of the training tips for a marathon that I use. Every week you need to increase your distance by 10%. This seems like so little going from 1 mile to 1.1 miles. But, after a bit of time and dedicated commitment, you will be at 10 miles and that 10% will be an extra mile and so on.

    Celebrate the little successes, keep the goal in mind, and stay the course in building your blog.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      You’re right Greg. You may have to work hard for 2 years, even more, without hardly any financial reward. Most people give up well before then,so don’t give themselves a realistic chance of making the big time. Greg, how many hours per week would you say is a reasonable amount of time to put into a blog for a person who has a full time job? Obviously there must be a balance between not burning yourself out, but doing enough to keep progressing.

      • In my experience, I would recommend at least 10 hours per week. I think for someone with a full time job, this is achievable. You just have to cut out some TV time :).

        • Jon Rhodes says:

          That sound quite sensible Greg. 1 1/2 hours per day will more than do 10 hours in a week. If you focus, you can get a lot done in 1 1/2 hours. If you had all day it can sometimes be a disadvantage. You can plod along all day without getting that much done. A focussed hour and a half day can yield some great productivity. There’s no excuses folks!

          • Jon,

            I agree with Greg, you have to invest the time into blogging if you want to have a worthwhile one. To streamline the process it’s good to have an editorial calendar. For years I thought that I didn’t need one because my blog is structured, meaning I have book reviews on certain days, interviews on another and biographies on another. But I realize that despite that I need more structure to ensure that the posts get written. Also try to write several blog posts when you have some down time.

            Avil

          • Jon Rhodes says:

            Great suggestions Avil. Another benefit to the structure you talk about is that readers know when new content is going to be published, which can encourage them to visit far more regularly.

  3. My piece of advice would be to reach out to bloggers and form a support network that van help answer your questions as you get started. Without yakezie I don’t know if I would still be blogging today! They were so helpful and I was so clueless when I started.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Good advice Lance, and the Yakezie network has also been helpful for me. There are many new problems that you have to deal with in the early days of blogging, and it can be really great to have some support. Experienced bloggers have already dealt with many of these problems, and so can offer you advice for a quick solution. You can work really hard yet still have few visitors, and can feel like giving up. When you talk to bloggers who are a few years up the road from you, it can remind you that it is possible to build a successful blog. They can do it, so can you. It just takes time and effort.

  4. As a new blogger, I can tell you that the thing that has given me the most consistent “lift” is being active on Twitter. Prior to becoming very engaged on Twitter I was getting 15-20 views per day. Now that I make consistent efforts on Twitter I get 40-60 views per day. I am 2 1/2 months into my blog, I know the numbers aren’t huge but I really feel like Twitter has helped.

    The twitter advice I have is to share others content 80% of the time and your own 20%. If you help others out on Twitter, they will reciprocate!

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      That’s some great advice Nick. I think a lot of people could benefit from sharing more of other peoples content.

    • Iain Robson says:

      Twitter is a fantastic tool if you use it correctly. It constantly surprises me when things go viral.

      The amount of traffic you can get from it is ridiculous.

      Just imagine if Justin Beiber retweeted something of yours. It would be rather interesting.

      • Jon Rhodes says:

        If that happened Iain, I would definitely get Beiber Fever! But you do raise a great point. If for example you were doing some sort of charity work and messaged a few celebrities, you would have a chance of one or two of them retweeting you. Now there’s a thought…

  5. Andrea Hypno says:

    Don’t spend a dime, except for hosting and a webdomain, until you know the tricks of the trade. And it would take months of reading around to reach this point, especially to separate the fluff from the real knowledge. For me the hardest thing was to separate self-proclaimed gurus from people who really know what they are saying.

    Not doing so someone could end up with a professional theme, a lot of must-have premium plugins from affiliate sales and hundreds dollars spent without results. Correct if someone starts a blog knowing how the blogosphere works, wrong if he’s a total newbie.

    Imho obviously. Knowledge should always come before practice, then practice makes perfection. :)

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Thanks Andrea. There are so many “experts” out there that simply rehash all of the basics and myths about building a successful blog. The best people to follow are those that have actually built successful blogs or online businesses themselves. People may think that they know how to do it, and can teach others, but you can only really know for sure when you have done it for yourself. So I would say that if you are going to buy anything, make sure you know the person behind the product is a genuinely successful blogger or internet marketer. You should be able to easily find examples of their success. In fact they should be showing you their success to back up why they think you should buy their product. This should not be pictures of expensive cars and luxury homes, but examples of successful online businesses that they have created. But remember, you can’t really buy a secret to success. The more you put in to your business, the more you will get out of it – that’s the real secret and it’s free, but can be hard work!

      • Andrea Hypno says:

        I agree, not everything works for everyone and what works for a blogger could be useless for another, beyond the basics I mean. Also being able to be committed for a long time helps. :)

  6. Sharon says:

    The one advice I would probably give would be to find your voice. There has to be something distinct about your blog that keeps people coming back for more; and that ‘something’ is not just the quality of your posts (though there is that), neither is is how smart you are, rather it is your unique voice. If you have a dry sense of humor, let it show. If you’re generally sarcastic, let it come across too. Be your unique self even on your blog.

  7. Iain Robson says:

    I would say that the one piece of advice that I would give a new blogger is to do outreach.

    Don’t stay in your bubble of your blog. Get out there and interact with people. Get on forums, post comments, comment on youtube videos, connect on twitter. You can’t solely focus on your blog and expect results.

    I think that is probably the biggest piece of advice that I would give.

    Also, as was mentioned, having a blogging buddy can make a world of difference.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Good advice Iain. Blogging is all about building connections and friendships. You can do that staying at home. You have to go out to public places and visit other peoples’ homes in order to be well connected.

  8. Hi Jon,

    Excellent question here.

    Far and away, engage in personal development. I agree with each of the practical tips above but most bloggers lack the sufficient mental tools to see good advice, seize good advice and use good advice to better their lives.

    Each blogging breakthrough I experienced arose after spending deep, intensive sessions meditating, visualizing and affirming. I read posts like this, took the advice to heart and acted on successful, practical tips only after I cleared out my mental head trash in the “blogging limiting belief” department.

    If you do only 1 thing today to improve your blogging skills as a newbie, sit in a quiet room for 20 minutes. Observe the thoughts and feelings traveling through your mind, in respect to blogging, or everything. Once you reprogram yourself, mentally, you happen upon posts like these or generate creative ideas directly from the ethers, become more successful, and wonder why the heck you ignored good advice years ago.

    Clear your inner world and success follows via any venture.

    Thanks for sharing the question Jon. Enjoy your day.

    Ryan

  9. Jai Catalano says:

    Stay niche. It’s important to nurture a niche or even micro niche market. You can slowly branch off from there as you grow but starting to wide and working inwards can be lonely because your audience won’t always be able to connect with you. Also, listen to what other people have to say and then say what is true to you from the heart.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Thanks Jai. If you pick a niche enough niche, you can quickly become THE place to go for information about that particular area. Then like you say Jai, you can expand once you have got some popularity. Good plan!

    • Iain Robson says:

      That is great advice.

      There have been too many times when people have too broad of a view and don’t narrow down one’s focus enough.

  10. This is a great post, and one that was sure to drum up some good tips conversation!

    My tip would be to note your post ideas as soon as they enter your mind, don’t leave them till later and hope you’ll remember them.

    I enjoy trail cycling and more often than not, when I’m out in the air with nothing to cloud my mind, my inner-self finds its voice. These days I keep a small pad and pen on me for this very reason or I at least note them on my phone.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Very important Richard. It’s easy to think of a great idea and be fooled into thinking that you will remember it Later. It’s surprising how quickly that great idea can simply slip from your mind – gone forever!

      Your trail cycling will be similar in a way to what Ryan was talking about with meditation. Many people love cycling and running because their mind clears into a meditative state. In this state of mind you can come up with the best creative thoughts, without even trying. Like Archimedes in the bath with his Eureka moment! He may not have knew it, but he was probably meditating whilst relaxing in the bath.

  11. I realize you’re looking for tips from experienced bloggers, well I’m not. Unless of course you consider three weeks a long time. I could’ve saved myself two of those weeks if I’d found the two sites to which I now refer constantly on my first day, problogger.net and yoast.com. In short my tip, for what its worth, is don’t run before you can walk. Blogging is about content that others find useful or interesting. Write first then worry about dressing it up with themes, plugins, SEO etc etc. When you are ready to dress up your blog find the plugins and themes others are using (not necessarily the ones they’re advertising) by left clicking on any page and looking at the source code.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      You’re fully entitled to contribute Michael as you have some real life experience of blogging. I have to agree with you, the content is THE most important thing to focus on. I’ve never visited Yoast, so I will take a look right now! Good tip about finding out other peoples’ themes and pluggins.

  12. Amanda says:

    I think if I had to give one piece of advice to new bloggers, it would be that content is most important. Granted, there are other things that are important too, like promotion and commenting on other’s blogs and forums, but if you don’t have good content, then people aren’t going to stick around. You might see some traffic spikes, but that’s all they’ll be. Spikes. And then things will get back to normal and you’ll be disappointed. There are no quick secrets to doing this and being successful at it, so focus on your content. Be consistent with it. Whether you write and post once a day, or week, or month, be consistent.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Hi Amanda, thanks for your comment. Content is the most important. Too many bloggers spend too much time and energy trying to game the system, when all they need to do is put that time and energy into creating great content.

  13. Euforilla says:

    Hi there! I came here from problogger!

    And even though I’ve been blogging for quite a while now, I don’t think I can call myself an expert, anyway I do have a piece of advice for you :)

    The other comments here already pinpointed to the most important things: your voice, content, niche. That’s all good indeed!

    But if I might add something: have fun!

    Do not blog “because you have to”, if you’re not having fun keeping a blog, no one’s going to have fun reading it, don’t you think?
    Of course there will be times when you’ll need to force yourself a little to put out some content, but that’s just temporary (everyone have bad days!), but if you find yourself not having fun anymore, not knowing what to write else… ask yourself “why did I start?” “who am I writing this for?” “what is fun to me?” and if you will, write about that, and you’ll see that everything will flow fine again!!!

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Good point. If you don’t enjoy it, your readers are likely to sense this. Also if you enjoy it, then blogging becomes easier through those periods of time when no ones seems to be listening to you. Can I ask you Cristina why did you start your blog?

      • Euforilla says:

        I wanted to prove myself I could do a University Thesis and keep up a big project, to prove myself I could do a thing that required commitment on a long term program, and I wanted to share with italian readers what I found available only to english-speaking readers.
        Now I’m still doing it because I like to share, to be read, to blog my creativity :)

        Why are you blogging? ^^

        • Jon Rhodes says:

          It’s a great thing you’re doing Christina, as I can imagine that there is not nearly the material available in Italian as there is in English. Us English speakers get so spoilt so we don’t bother to learn second languages. I make a full time living from the internet mainly with my hypnotherapy websites. I’ve been involved with e commerce since February 2007. I see a LOT of people wasting their time and others with various spamming tactics. Also it gives the industry a bad name. I blog about ethical internet marketing principals, and try to show that this is actually the best way to earn a living online. I know I can’t change everything, but rather than complain, I am attempting to do my little bit. Also I do enjoy writing and connecting with readers. : )

  14. marty says:

    After starting your blog make sure to reach out to other blogs in and outside your niche.Its helps you learn ,you dont feel so alone, and you get great ideas.the blog will get better as you go along.It will grow and change as you do and thats okay.

  15. Nicole says:

    Great topic. I’m a new blogger myself, but the one advice I’ve found really helpful is to focus on following a schedule and blogging consistently. I’ve read lots of conflicting opinions about this. Some experts say you should blog every single day; others say once a week is fine. I just think it’s important to find the best schedule for yourself so you don’t burn yourself out and then stick to that schedule. For me, right now, that’s blogging twice a week on Mondays & Thursdays. I think this helps to build community because my readers always know to expect new posts on those days, & I’m consistently adding new content to my site.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      You’re right Nicole. An “expert” might say blog every day, but if you work full time and have 3 kids, then your once a day blog post is not likely to be of a great quality!

  16. shamsudeen says:

    I always share this with every new blogger I came across, “Don’t put money first on your reasons for blogging” If you do, you will never become a better blogger.

    I learned this the hard way.

    Thank you Jon.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      This is true. It can take an awful long time to make anything worth having money wise. If money is your sole objective, then you easily become demoralised before you get to the point where you start to generate an income.

  17. Rohit Sharma says:

    Hi Jon,

    The one piece of advice I’d like to give to newbie blogger is try to establish a BLOG PROMISE for the readers; What thy can expect from this particular blog.

    Be it frequency of blogging or the core niche, if conceived and adhered properly. The blog should get rewards soon. This promise can be understood just like the any corporate mission!

    You have initiated a nice discussion here, BTW I am also participating in problogger’s group writing workshop. See ya on my blog…

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Good thinking Rohit. It’s rather the same as your USP (unique selling point). Have something that makes you different from everybody else. Give people a reason to use your service or products, rather than anyone elses’.

  18. Hi Jon,

    Found you on problogger. I have only been blogging for about a month. But, the advice that I would give to new bloggers is that you really have to love doing it if you are going to stick with it. It takes time to build a community, market yourself, and write quality posts. I love to write so would continue doing it even without readers. But some people start blogging thinking it is going to be easy to make money and that isn’t the case.

    Lisa

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Hi Lisa. It certainly isn’t easy to make money blogging, and doesn’t happen over night. If you love it then you can persevere through this initial period of few visitors and little or no income.

  19. Great question and talking point! My advice would be to blog about something you’re passionate about – so decide what you are passionate about, and if you can’t find a passion, then devise some basic life coaching questions to find out what really makes you tick. It’s no good blogging about your career, if you’re fed up with it, and likewise it’s no good blogging about your business if your heart’s not really in it. True, you can find out enough information, but your passion won’t shine through and readers will notice this. Blog about something that really interests you, even if you don’t know all the answers – finding out about them along the way can be the process and people will be interested in joining you for the ride. Be Passionate, be Prolific and create a blogging Pandemic in the niche you have chosen!

  20. Great post!
    I would say to stay creative, and to keep time aside for invention and imagination.
    I have a discussion post here too about blogging state of mind:
    http://dexterousdiva.co.uk/2013/04/08/the-blogging-frame-of-mind/
    and an e course on Idea Generation and Creativity for Bloggers here:
    http://dexterousdiva.co.uk/e-courses/

    Also, to just enjoy blogging still, and remember why you started it :)
    Jo
    x

  21. Ethan Pepper says:

    I would say try to figure out not only what kind of things you like but what kind of things you like writing about. For example you may love playing video games day in and day out but that doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy writing about video games. If you don’t enjoy the subject it will show and soon you’ll quit writing altogether.

    The other thing I would say is get some experience before you start spending any serious money.Get a feel for how to do things manually before buying any automated tools.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      That’s true Ethan. There can be a difference between what you like doing and what you like writing about.

      I wouldn’t spend anything on a new blog either. It is usually not worth spending money on a new blog until you have everything well set. By this I mean plenty of quality content, tweaks on your design, and some sort of promo. There is so much you need to do that doesn’t cost, and I would say focus on these first.

  22. Tammy Eakes says:

    I am new to blogging too. My advice would be to find inspiration in your daily life and ALWAYS jot down your ideas. I keep a list in the notes app on my phone. Daily (sometimes hourly) I enter simple one liners that will later help jog my memory of whatever inspiration came to me in that moment. Then when I sit down to write I don’t have to brainstorm about what to write. I pull up my trusty little list and go from there.
    I found you on the problogger Discussion Post contest. I am participating too. Thanks!

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      I don’t do this Tammy, but I really should start doing! I will go and take a look at your blog right now!

    • Ethan Pepper says:

      A great way to take notes and stay organized is Mind Mapping I like FreeMind. Easy to use and free.

      • Jon Rhodes says:

        Good idea Ethan. I used to use mind maps for revising for my law exams. I would try and boil down a whole area into a large mind map, and then tape it to my wall. I would then keep looking at it until I could picture the whole thing in my head. It really did work well.

  23. Darcy says:

    My advice to new bloggers is to not obsess about stats and don’t compare themselves to other blogs. There are too many variables in the online success game so when we start stressing out about who’s doing what better or worse than me, it sabotages our creation process. It hinders networking. Focus on creating and connecting first and foremost!

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Yes Darcy, it can also take up a lot of time and energy obsessing about stats – I’ve been there! Men are particularly vulnerable to this as we love figures and stats. A good tactic is to limit yourself to looking at them once per day. Just look at your visitor stats, sales etc. first job of the day and get it out the way with.

  24. I agree with so much of what’s been said, and I don’t want to be too repetitive, so I’ll keep it simple: HAVE FUN!

    That’s the best advice I can give. If you enjoy blogging, then it’s worth it, no matter how much money you make, or how many clients you get from it, etc.

    As others have said, the way to have fun is to be yourself and connect with an online community.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Too true Sarah. Connecting with others definitely makes blogging a far more enjoyable experience. It’s nice to actually receive emails and get comments on your blog. It’s really boring when you wake up in the morning to find nothing has happened over night!

  25. What a great question, Jon, I’m no expert, but 1) I would advise anyone who wants to write above all else to be yourself. I read a blog yesterday that was fairly well written but laced with profanity, as if the writer was trying to come across as gutsy and real. Actually, it was forced, contrived and really off-putting. 2) Edit mercilessly; too many writers take 2,000 words to say what they could have said in 300, and I don’t have time to read it. If I want a long article, I will pick up National Geographic.

  26. ElizOF says:

    I’m entering my 5th year as a blogger and have learned a lot from the experience. I started blogging on two free platforms; Blogger and WordPress and remain grateful for the support I received from both when I was a newbie. However, I believe that at some point, a blogger should make the leap to a self hosted site and spread their wings. I’m slowly easing my way there.

    My advice to a new blogger is fourfold: (1)Choose your topic and your blog name carefully because both will help you envision a future beyond your first “Hello World!” blog post. (2)Join a blogging community where you can meet like minded bloggers, and make sure you participate to build a following/supportive team. Problogger and SITSGirls were a tremendous support when I started, and then, WordPress initiated the Daily Post which made a huge difference too.
    (3)Add/Write original content on your blog as often as possible.
    Group prompts and challenges are nice but your original content will help you stand out from the crowd. (4)Focus on your game and be patient yet realistic about your progress. Define what success means to you and make peace with it. Some bloggers jump in feet first and become very successful. Others take a more circuitous route to blogging success. It’s all good.

    A few more bits of advice: Be compassionate with yourself. It’s pointless to beat yourself up over your progress. Look at the facts, know when you need to ask for help and then enjoy the journey. Another tip is that you could be a Google darling one day and then experience an indirect/direct smack down the next. Mourn, then pick yourself up and keep on blogging. You’re not alone, we’ve all been there, and you will recover. I’ll add that if at some point, you wish to take a break, go right ahead and do it without regret. Blogging is hard work and rejuvenation is important to our survival.

    A final bit of advice is to remember that whatever you say on the internet is forever so think before you blog! Pay it forward by helping other newbies, and remind yourself that blogging is one facet of your creative expression, not the whole enchilada. Now, go for it! ;-)
    I read all the comments above and I loved the insights my fellow bloggers shared.
    Eliz

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Thanks for a great comment Eliz! I particularly like your point about what you write is there forever. That’s why I think that quality is soo important. It can take just one badly written piece to ruin your reputation, so make sure everything is good. It is better to write one great article than it is to write 5 mediocre ones.

  27. Keep on blogging! Get into a routine of blogging regularly. Be consistent. But if you miss a deadline or get behind don’t panic. Just post again. Don’t apologise – just post again.

    Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get many hits or much income from your blog. As you time goes on you will get more traffic eventually if you keep on blogging.

    By all means do lots of other things to encourage people to read your blog: find your voice, research your niche, reach out to other bloggers, publicise your blog through social media, etc. But one of the main things you will need to be doing is to keep on blogging.

  28. Here’s my 3 tips:
    1) blog about something that you like, and you’d do without anybody paying you
    2) be super patient, it takes lots of time to build your blog
    3) don’t beat yourself up when you’re not consistent and you don’t post the greatest blog posts :)

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Yes Delia, if you would do it for free then this should help see you through those times when you are making no cash and it seems like no one is visiting.

  29. Sam Woods says:

    I would say a big point is consistency.

    Lots of start up bloggers, sometimes start off with lots of enthusiasm, but over time when they don’t see the results they want straight away they either give up, or don’t put enough effort into it.

    As well as consistency, I think they should go with a topic that really interests them and willing to learn about, or something that they already know. For example it would be pointless me starting to blog about golf as I have no interest in it.

    But overall, the biggest help I think would be to start, persevere and learn from their mistakes.

    Sam

  30. Seth says:

    Hello Jon

    I am actually the new blogger that needs advice. So it’s strange to be the one giving advice. Mine is: join ‘competitions’ – aka challenges. I don’t really like to use the word competition but cannot think of a better word. I only say competition because there is a prize involved.

    What type of competitions? Problogger Writing project type. Don’t focus on the prize. I think it is hard to be the best at something when you have less experience than others. So just do your best.

    Try to comment on fellow bloggers that joined. Notify them that you commented on their blog and ask them to return the favor. Be polite and friendly when doing so

    Participating will get you comments. This is how I got my first comment on my website. So I know it works and it’s worth the effort.

    Dos
    -Remember to follow instruction.
    -Write specifically for the challenge. Tailor your content
    -Again, visit and comment on other blogs

    Donts
    -Don’t do it last minute.
    -Don’t comment just for the sake of it. Provide thoughtful and valuable comments.People can tell if you didn’t put effort

    I broke some of my dos and donts and I’ve learned from my lesson. Hopefully this tip will be helpful

    Seth

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      Yes Seth, group writing projects or competitions can be great to get people onto your blog. I may run one from here in the future. I have a few ideas going on in my head at the minute!

  31. The one piece of advice I would give to any new blogger would be to find a mentor who knows what they are doing. You will get the best and quickest start, especially if you want to make money, if you can get help from someone who is already doing it.

  32. Great question John. I would offer some small advice. make sure your opening email to a potential blog is friendly, professional, and unique. Do not use generic mass produced emails. These gain very little success from the bigger more illustrious blogs.

    • Jon Rhodes says:

      That’s very true. These big blogs receive loads of mass produced emails every day. They quickly become blind to them and they get ignored. After all, if someone can’t be bothered to write to them individually, then why should they be bothered to read it and respond to it individually?

      You are probably best to write fewer but more personal emails. This is likely to yield far better results. Another trick is to write a semi personal email. You can have the main body pre written, but add a unique introduction and maybe edit the body a little to show that you are actually writing the THEM. Take the time to get a feel for them as a person and how they do business. It’s worth it.

  33. Denzil says:

    I would suggest that people must not be afraid. Experiment with your blogs look and feel. Put it out for people to review. Reviews are great ways for people to give you great advice. And also dont be afraid to change your template even if you have no experience. People want to see you succeed.

    Also, look up other blogs and see their style. Identify a style that works for you and learn as much as you can about publishing your posts or videos. I dont have a great Facebook or Twitter following but joining communities helps put you out there. Good luck!!!

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