Are you a new blogger looking for simple tips to improve your blog? You’re in the right place. This post is going to give you 10 simple tips every new blogger should implement.
Thinking back to when I was a new blogger, there was an overwhelming amount of information out there about how to create a successful blog. The thing is, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.
I wish someone would have given me a few simple tips that I could implement right away just to feel like I was making progress.
That’s what I have done here. I’m giving you tips that will help you stay motivated early on in your blogging journey.
In no particular order, here are 10 simple tips every new blogger should implement.
Just Hit Publish
The first tip is very simple. Just hit publish! The hardest thing about being a blogger (to me at least) is feeling vulnerable and wondering if people will think your posts are good.
The truth is, not everyone will like what you have to say and they won’t be afraid to tell you that they don’t. That’s ok.
It just means that they aren’t your target audience. Write the post and hit publish anyway. Someone out there is waiting for your help. The best part about this is, hitting that publish button gets easier every time.
Install Google Analytics
Installing Google Analytics is a very simple blogging tip that you should not skip. Google Analytics is where you will find all of the stats for your blog.
The stats found here will give you all types of information about your site. As a new blogger, this information is priceless.
You will find out the number of page views you’re currently getting and which posts are the most popular on your site. This information can be used to write more targeted posts for your audience.
Do you have a post that is doing exceptionally well? If so, write more posts on this topic. This will not only increase your number of page views, but it will also help Google see you as an authority for that topic.
Using Google Analytics as a new blogger will help you grow your blog quickly and learn so much about your audience.
Create A Blogging Schedule
I’m sure you have seen this time and time again, but this is a really important (and simple) tip for new bloggers. Create a blogging schedule.
As a new blogger, you’re probably trying to do all the things. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You can’t!
There is no way that you can possibly get everything that seasoned bloggers talk about done at once. The best strategy for new bloggers is to choose one or two things to focus on and create a blogging schedule to get those things done.
Once you gain more experience and tasks become second nature to you, add new tasks to the schedule.
The easiest way to create a blogging schedule is to list out the tasks that you need to complete every week and the tasks that only need to be completed occasionally. Decide which days you want to set aside for each task.
Be sure to distribute the work evenly and add a day of rest if possible. This will keep you from being burnt out quickly.
Refer to this schedule as you’re planning out your week and you know exactly what you need to focus on each day of the week.
Use An Editorial Calendar
In addition to having a blogging schedule, new bloggers should also use an editorial calendar. While these things are similar, they serve different purposes.
A blogging schedule shows you what you need to do each day for your blog. An editorial calendar gives you an overview of when you are going to write and publish blog posts and schedule social media posts. The two work hand in hand.
Use the editorial calendar to plan your next few blog posts and social media posts. Pay special attention to any holidays or special events coming up and add themed posts as necessary.
When you’re planning your week, look at your editorial calendar to see what posts are coming up. Then look at your blogging schedule to see what day you have set aside to complete the related tasks.
For example, if my editorial calendar says I have a post for back to school that needs to go out next Friday, I know I need to write this post before Friday.
My blogging schedule says that I write posts on Mondays and collect images on Tuesday so I know that this post needs to be written on Monday and the images will be collected on Tuesday. Simple right?
Save time every week by using your editorial calendar and blog schedule together to plan your week.
One of the biggest mistakes new bloggers make is doing too much too soon and becoming burnt out quickly. That brings us to our next tip. Be consistent.
Consistency is the only way to increase your traffic and reach your target audience.
Think about it like this. If your favorite music artist only released one album every 10 years, you would probably forget about them in the meantime and move on to listening to someone else’s music, right?
Blogging works the same way. When someone is impressed by your blog, they want more. If you are inconsistent, people tend to lose interest in your content even if it is really good. You don’t want this to happen to you.
Publish your blog posts on a schedule and send out emails to your list regularly. Create your blogging schedule and editorial calendar and stick to it.
Don’t Obsess Over Vanity Metrics
When I started my blog, I would check my page views and bounce rate in Google Analytics every day. I was obsessed with looking at my blog stats.
After a while, I became discouraged because my blog wasn’t growing as quickly as I would have liked. What I didn’t realize was that I was obsessing over the wrong stats.
Yes, it is good to check your pageviews and bounce rates monthly or even weekly, but these are vanity metrics.
What you should really be checking is the behavior of your audience.
What pages do they land on when they come to your blog? Do they stick around long? Do they return to read your next post? Are they clicking your links? What is your most popular blog post?
All of these stats are more important than page views. With these stats, you can find patterns that reveal what your audience prefers on your site.
This will help you create new content that your audience loves. Stop obsessing over pageviews and start using the behavior section in google analytics to your advantage. Your blog will improve faster this way than using vanity metrics.
Befriend Like-Minded Bloggers
Blogging friends and mastermind groups are essential to building a successful blog. It’s great to have someone besides your family members to talk to as you go through the different stages of running a blog.
Blogging is a great way to make new friends. These friends actually get you and understand the struggles of blogging. The community is so accepting and helpful.
Join Facebook groups and find other bloggers that are in the same stage of their blog as you. Form an accountability group with them or even join a mastermind group together.
This is a great way to have someone to share ideas and learn new things with. Who knows, you may even be able to teach them a thing or two.
Claim All Social Media Accounts
The next tip is to claim all social media accounts. Do this as early in your blogging journey as possible. You will need to do this for all platforms, even if you don’t think you will use them.
The reason is, you never know what direction your blog will take in the future. You may not want to use Instagram or Youtube in the beginning, but you may need to record a tutorial video or post a cute photo a few months from now.
It would suck if your blog name was unavailable for your social media handles.
I took this advice as a new blogger, and I’m so glad I did. I finally feel brave enough to record videos after blogging for 3 years. Had I waited to grab my Youtube handle, my blog name may have been gone by now.
Don’t Be Afraid To Invest In Your Blog
As a new blogger, I didn’t have much money to put into running my blog. I was also afraid that I would put so much money into this blog and there was still the possibility that it wouldn’t work out.
Here’s the thing. You’re going to have to invest money into anything that is going to be successful in the long run.
I’m not saying invest your life savings into your blog, but you are going to have to find the sweet spot between investing in a new blog and buying every blogging related thing under the sun.
A few things that you will have to spend money on for sure are your hosting and domain. Shop around for the best prices and go with something that fits into your budget. Siteground and Namecheap are great places to start.
You will also need an email service provider. Use free trials and free services like MailerLite to your advantage while you are learning the ropes.
Next, figure out if it is worth it to you to pay for a social media scheduler. There are free options out there for this like Planoly and Buffer, but at some point, you may need to pay for services like Tailwind as well.
Blog education is also something you will pay for at least once. Shop around for reasonably priced membership sites to get the most bang for your buck.
My point is, creating a successful blog is not free. Be prepared to invest money and keep working hard to make your blog profitable to offset the cost.
Take Care Of Yourself
It is so easy to get burned out as a new blogger. There are so many things to learn and implement.
It is perfectly fine to pick and choose what you implement and save everything else for later. Don’t miss out on precious time with your family and friends to work on your blog.
Take breaks and time off to take care of yourself. Go for a walk, take a long bath, or even schedule up some posts and take a few days off. You deserve it!
Blogging is not a sprint. Lay the foundation and implement new things at your own pace and you will be on your way to having a successful blog in no time.
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