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7 Essential Tips for Beginning Bloggers
Congratulations, you decided to take a leap and start your blog! I dipped my toe in three years ago and haven’t looked back since. However, you need to have realistic goals for your site. I can assure you that blogging is hard work; it honestly can be a full-time job depending on the amount of content you want to provide.
Here are my tips for beginning bloggers to help you get off to a great start and hopefully a fun and profitable future in blogging.
Own your brand. What I mean by this is if you decide that you are a frugal blogger then focus on frugality and savings. I know that I won’t visit a site that is a total hodgepodge of topics. Not to say you can’t talk about other things, but focus on the brand you want to portray as a blogger. That is how brands will connect with you.
Find good people to work with in building your blog/brand. This sounds simple, but there is a myriad of web hosts, web designers, business card designers and so much more out there at our disposal. Ask for recommendations from other bloggers.
Use the social media outlets that work best for your site and distributing content. You don’t have to post to all platforms. Find the networks that work best for you in connecting with your readers.
Make sure your blog post titles are clear and contain keywords. SEO (search engine optimization) is your best friend, and keywords do matter if you want readers to find your posts.
Find a small conference or boot camp to attend for new bloggers in your area. You can learn so much from a one-day session. Once you are ready to boost the growth of your site and relationships, you can branch out and spend more money on large conferences.
Share content you believe in, you don’t have to take every single promotion that comes your way. If it’s not a good fit, say NO! Believe me, brands won’t take it personally, they will respect you more for being honest with them.
Join a blogger network. The blogging community is a supportive, creative, and fun. Find and connect with relevant people and your existing community. I have had days where I want to bang my head against the wall, on those days I can hop online and connect with my virtual pals to bring me back to reality.
These tips may seem trivial to some, but I find these tips to be very integral in starting and building a successful blog. Stick with these pointers and you will be on your way to sponsored posts and event invites in no time.