19 Essential Blogging Tips for Beginners

May 31, 2017

I know what you’re thinking.

Do we really need another list of blogging tips?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen these types of lists all over my social media lately. That same boring list of blogging tips that sounds more like common sense.

Yeah, I’m sick of those lists.

I want real blogging tips!

That’s why I decided to put together my own list of blogging tips – things that I wish I knew before I started blogging.

If you want to start your own blog, then I definitely recommend reading this helpful guide and grabbing a cheap hosting plan! But for those of you that want to improve your existing blog, continue reading for some helpful tips.

But for those of you that want to improve your existing blog, continue reading for some helpful tips.

Blogging Tips for Beginners:

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The Basics

  • Don’t be a copy-cat. It’s nice to admire and look up to other bloggers but you don’t need to be them. You’re a unique person and you have something unique to offer. It may take you a little while to figure out your particular je ne sais quoi – but you’ll get there, trust me.
  • You have a voice, now use it. Nobody wants to read something that’s stiff. Write like you’re talking to your friends. Don’t use words that you wouldn’t use in real life. I personally find it really helpful to dictate my posts out loud. It makes everything sound more natural.
  • Stay truthful. Nobody is going to want to read your blog if they feel like you are lying or misleading them. Sure, trust can be earned. But it can be lost just as easily.
  • Design your blog, don’t just write it. No one is going to stick around and read your content if your blog doesn’t look nice. Make sure you go self-hosted. And then choose a beautiful theme to pull everything together! Oh, and you can get cheap graphics and logos on Fiverr!
  • Share your secrets. This means that you should be giving away more information than you feel comfortable with. Your audience will appreciate you for it.



The Community

  • Have one. You want to interact with your readers. Ask them questions in your blog posts, run a poll on social media. Do something that will make others feel connected with you.
  • Get their emails. This is important even if you’re just starting out. Have people subscribe to your blog and keep their email addresses. You might want to sell or promote something in the future, and these are going to come in handy. My favorite free email marketing service? Mailerlite hands-down!
  • Use social share buttons. If you want your content to start showing up on social networks like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter – please make it easy for your readers to share it! Have social share buttons at the end of your post, make your images pinnable.
  • Stop checking your stats. Okay, I’m really guilty of this one. It’s hard not to obsess over your numbers but if you’ve only been blogging for a few months – you are just wasting your time.
  • Network. Seriously, this alone deserves a separate post. If you want to be a successful blogger, you need to network. Connect with other bloggers. Write comments on their blog posts. Write guest posts! Share other blog posts. Join Facebook groups, Pinterest group boards and conversations on Twitter. Be where the people are.

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The Content

  • Be evergreen. In the midst of the information age, outdated content is useless. You need to be writing content that is timeless. If it’s not timeless, make sure it’s updated frequently. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stumbled across a post from 3 years ago and all of the information is now irrelevant.
  • Use keywords. Do you want people to find your posts through search engines? Make sure you add keywords to your posts. Try not to go overboard with this, as a lot of keywords will just be in your text naturally. But at least make an effort to add a keyword in your title and snippet.
  • Know the magic number. As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t be posting anything that is less than 300 words. You can think of more to say!
  • Get to the point. Please don’t ramble on to your readers about nothing. People are busy and they are going to be scanning your posts to look for the good stuff. If you have a point, just get to it.
  • Format correctly. Use proper punctuation. Avoid using too many abbreviations or slang. Don’t write run-on paragraphs. And always try to make your sentences short. I highly recommend using Grammarly, which ensures that all of your writing is clear and mistake-free!

The Inspiration

  • Stick with it. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was any blog that you see online. If you want to make money blogging, you need to stick with it. Don’t give up!
  • Ignore the haters. Every single person who has created something of value has a hater. Remember that. Haters gonna hate and creators gonna create.
  • Keep track of your thoughts. I don’t know about you, but I get my best thoughts when I’m laying in bed trying to fall asleep. Suddenly, I’ll get an awesome blog post idea or come up with something I want to say on social media. Document your ideas, you never know when they will be helpful. I personally like using Evernote, because it syncs across all of my devices.
  • Live your best life. If you want to inspire others, then you need to be living an inspirational life. Surround yourself with the best people, be open to trying new things and you will always have something exciting to share with your audience. And make sure you always get a good night’s sleep. Which can only happen for me if I’m sleeping on my Nectar mattress!
  • Be the change you want to see. What kind of blog would you love to see? Be that blog. The world is a big place and chances are, if you want to write about something – someone else wants to hear about it.

Final Notes

Just remember that different things work for different people. I find these tips very useful but you might think otherwise. A piece of advice from me to you: experiment with your blog. Try out different things and see what works best for you.

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And if you’re hungry for more blogging tips, check out some of these posts:

And if you have your own blogging tips, let me know what they are in the comments!

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6 Comments

  • Ankita Arya

    Ohh this is an Awesome list, Maya!
    I just smiled while reading this point – “Stop checking your stats.”
    I have personally felt that checking stats on various networks absorbs soo much of your valuable time hence I have now set a particular day for analysis. :p

    June 1, 2017 at 18:22 Reply
    • Maya

      Ankita that is such a great idea! I might have to do the same thing because YES, it is very time consuming. Especially since checking your stats in no way helps increase your stats!

      June 2, 2017 at 05:57 Reply
  • Barb Shelton

    LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE your tips!!!! AND the way you think!!! 😄 I just launched my blog a couple months ago (even though I’ve been working on it for 1.5 yrs.(!); had a few setbacks), so I am still new enough at it that I will be able to glean MUCH from your ideas!!!!!! 💡 Thank you!!!!!!!! 💕

    June 2, 2017 at 01:00 Reply
    • Maya

      You are very welcome! I’m so happy to hear that you loved them! All the best on your blog.

      June 2, 2017 at 05:57 Reply
  • Princess Miiaa

    I totally agree with you when you say people always give the same tips. OMG! And my social media is also filled with this kind of posts. ( emoji with the hand on the face, lol) You nailed it with this post and I loved it.

    June 2, 2017 at 03:09 Reply
    • Maya

      Right? I wasn’t sure if I should even write this list because they’re so overdone! But I’m glad I did. Thanks Mia!

      June 2, 2017 at 05:58 Reply

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