5 truths beginner bloggers {who are serious about blogging} need to know

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I have had my blog just shy of a year now, but I didn’t really get serious about it until three months ago.  I know right!?  I still consider myself somewhat of a beginner because I am still learning so much every single day.  There is a lot that goes into blogging and it can be hard to sort out.  If you have the money upfront, there are tons of excellent online courses you can take to help you learn the ropes.  However I know a lot of people (myself included) don’t have the extra cash to shell out in the beginning to take a blogging course.  So I have been puttering along, learning a little here and there as I go.

Since I’m currently obsessed with reading “how-to” posts for bloggers, I wanted to compile my own list of tips for those of you just getting started in blogging.  These are just some observations I’ve made and things I’ve learned so far as a newbie.  I really hope they can help you too!

Blogging is NOT a “get rich quick” scheme

If you are serious about blogging you are probably hoping to make money from it.  I know I am.  I’ve read other blogger’s posts about their income reports.  I’ve seen food bloggers sell cookbooks.  Other bloggers get sponsored by companies.  Yes people do make money blogging and some do extremely well.  However it’s definitely not a get rich quick kind of deal.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication before you might start seeing results.  Some bloggers that I follow have literally been blogging for almost 10 years.  10 YEARS!  They may be well off now, but they sure didn’t start out that way.

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You can’t bank on going viral overnight

I’ll admit it.  When I first started blogging I was secretly hoping I would publish a post and wake up the next morning to see that my post went viral and had 100 million views.  The news would be calling me for interviews and I’d have messages from companies wanting to sponsor me.  Umm hello, Earth to Jackie- come down from your dream cloud.  Not. Gonna. Happen.  Hey, a girl can dream right!?  I realize that yes it does happen for some people.  Some lucky people put up a post and it goes viral and they do get famous.  Unfortunately that is not the reality for most bloggers.  So don’t be counting on it.  Put in the work and your following will come.

You need to think of your blog as a business

I started this blog last May (2016) but did not get serious about it until this past January (2017).  Crazy right?  I published a few posts on WordPress and then realized if I wanted to do it right I should get a self hosted site.  If you are planning on monetizing your blog you need a self hosted site.  I went on Bluehost and purchased a domain, transferring my posts from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. But then I did not post consistently or try to promote myself for 7 months!

How can you think you are going to have a successful blog if you are treating it as a hobby.  Blogging is work.  The bloggers that are making money are treating blogging like it’s their job.  They look at it as their own business and that is the mindset you need to have to be able to profit from it.  You wouldn’t rent out a store front to only open it once a month, on one day, when you felt like opening it. Right?  You can’t only blog on the days when you “feel like it” and hope to be successful. You need to blog all the time whether you feel like it or not.  Write drafts and revise them later.  Have a posting schedule and stick to it.  Promote yourself on social media.  Read articles about blogging.  Join blogger groups for help and support.  BE CONSISTENT.

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Keep on keepin’ on

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Your blog needs to look professional

Your blog should be nice to look at and easy to navigate.  There is a lot of competition out there so if your website is dull, boring, ugly, or hard to navigate people aren’t going to want to stick around.  Many of the platforms used for blogging have themes you can download to make your site look a certain way.  I use WordPress and I did pay for theme.  I made sure it was responsive, meaning it would work on both desktop and mobile devices. I had friends and family tell me if they liked it or not and made sure they were able to view it on a variety of devices.  I made my own logo on canva.com.  I try to make tweaks and updates to my site often to keep it running smoothly and looking good.

Your pictures need to be good quality

If you don’t have a professional camera you can still blog.  There are plenty of free stock photography websites you can find on the internet if you are in need of pictures.  I take most of my pictures with my phone and use free photo editors such as photofy, canva, and vsco to make them stand out.  People don’t want to look at blurry grainy pictures when other bloggers are using beautiful high quality photos.  All of my pictures aren’t perfect.  It is a work in progress.  But I do try to post the best ones possible with what I have.  If I can’t take my own picutres I get free stock photos and use those instead.

So what do you think?  Did you notice any other truths about blogging when you first started out?

Let me know in the comments!

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One Comment

  1. Tanyi Melvis Bechemnyo

    One truth about blogging I discovered is that the people who get famous fast are the ones who usually blog about things people want to hear.

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