I recently published a post entitled What One Piece Of Advice Would You Give To A New Blogger? I asked loads of bloggers, both old and new the question of what advice would they give a new blogger. I received a LOAD of great replies. I promised that I would publish my top 5. So here they are in no particular order. If you have any other pieces of advice to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below.
If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to read the original article as there are simply TONNES of great advice that I couldn’t include here. You can learn a lot by other peoples experience, not just your own.
Here they are then, my top 5 pick…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 travelling 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.
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!
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