Tips For New Bloggers


One of the things that I love about blogging is the huge variety of blogs and bloggers there are. Every other week new bloggers are popping up and starting their own blogging journey, so with that in mind I wanted to put together a post with some of my tips for new bloggers!


I've been blogging for 4 years next month and in that time I've done my fair share of blog posts dedicated to all things blogging, so if you would like to read any of those, they are all group together here. There's a little of everything from how to keep organised, how to get good flatlays, how important engagement is, all that good stuff!  In this post though I'm going to be share some tips for new bloggers! Some of these tips will apply to all bloggers, and others are more geared towards newer ones, so there's a little something for everyone!

Set up your own domain

One of the biggest things I would recommend for new bloggers once you start is to get your own domain. Whether your on blogger or wordpress, having your own domain for your blog (ie, yourblogname.com/.co.uk) is one of the best things you can do early on. It makes your blog look more professional, and it's going to give you a cohesive look and feel to your website. It also means that right from the start, you're going to be working on improving your Domain Authority (DA) and your social scores for your blog, which is something that is going to really benefit you later down the line when you are hoping to collaborate with brands.

Your DA is your search engine ranking score that tells brands how well your blog will show up in search engines. Basically, the higher your DA, the higher up your posts will show on google searches, and the higher up you appear, the more likely a brand is to want to work with you to showcase their products. The best way to get your own unique DA is from setting up your own domain. You can do this on site such as GoDaddy and they can cost usually from only a few pounds, getting more expensive the more add-ons etc that you want. But its an investment that's 110% worth it if blogging is something you're serious about!

Pick a responsive and easy to navigate layout

Another thing that I would highly recommend, which goes for all bloggers and not just new ones, is to have a theme on your blog that is responsive and easy to use, and ideally responsive on mobile too. This is something that will encourage people to spend more time one your blog, because by have a responsive and easy to navigate blog layout will make it easier for people to click through to any related posts you have to the one their one, make it easier for them to be drawn in by your photos, or even catch your social medias to follow you there and see more! Having your site be mobile browser friendly too is a big bonus, because I'm sure there are a lot of fellow bloggers and readers who are more likely to be reading blogs on their phones throughout the day than sitting down at their laptop to read them! If your theme doesn't come with a responsive mobile option built in, the best thing to do is pop into your settings and turn off the mobile theme option, so that even those on mobile will see your full desktop site instead!

I personally recommend either Pipdig or Etsy for your blog templates, as those are the two sites I use on my blog when I want a new look, and they always come easy to install, fully editable and responsive. Pipdig is on the expensive side, with templates sometimes ranging from £20-40, but if you love a theme and want to make that investment for your blog, I highly recommend it. I have a Pipdig theme on my blog, and I love it! They can also install your theme for you if you want. However, Etsy is a fantastic option for blog templates too, with most costing under £10 and you're supporting a smaller shop. I've had some beautiful ones from Etsy in the past, and I love them as an affordable option when I want to change up my layout for a bit! Just type in "responsive blogger themes" (or wordpress if that's your platform) and you're all set!

Be active on social media

This is a big one when it comes to blogging, as a big part of how you are going to get your blog and your content out there is through social media. In a society where people share every detail of their daily life on social media, it's the place to be for promoting and sharing the content that you write.

Now, when I say be active I mean that in two main ways. Firstly, and most obviously, you're going to want to be sharing all of your new posts on social media once they go live, because it's how a lot of your current readers and new readers are going to see that you've posted. I have a whole post on how to increase your blog traffic here that has more in-depth details about using social media to increase your views but you should be using it consistently to post the links to new posts. Also using social media to take part in blogger chats and to find new bloggers to follow and engage with is key.

The second way I mean to be active is to just do that - be active, but outside of your blog. Sure, people love to know what is new on your blog is doing and what fun things are coming, but we also want to see the bloggers. What are your likes and dislikes? What fun things have you been up to lately? What's going on in your life? Being active just as yourself, the blogger, keeps you relevant on people's timeline's and lets your form relationships with the people you follow and boost your following, which then in turn will keep you in people's mind when they scroll down Twitter or tap through Instagram stories and see you've got a new post.

Engage with other bloggers and their blogs

So this is one that I think is really important for bloggers, new and established. Engaging with other bloggers and their content is one of the best ways to get a step into the blogging world for new bloggers and to make new friends and connections for established bloggers. I won't go on too much here, as I have a full, in-depth post about the importance of blogger engagement that you can read here. But engagement is a huge part in being a blogger, as not only does it show your support for other bloggers, but it keeps you active in the community, and it helps you network with other bloggers with similar interests and genres.


Cohesion

As a new blogger business this is something you're going to want to get sorted from the start, as it will make things easier in the long run. What I mean by this is that from the word go you're going to want to have all of your blog related stuff cohesive, so your blog name should be the same as your social media handles and your email address, and your logo and headers should look the same on your blog as they do on your media kit and your business cards. This way all of your social media outlets and your blog are cohesive with each other and easily recognisable, and it gives your overall 'brand' a clean and professional look.

This one goes for all bloggers, but the reason I recommend it specifically for new bloggers is because for the longest time I didn't have a cohesive look. My socials were all the same, but my blog had a different header to the branded business cards I was giving out, and my email address for my blog work wasn't related to my hiyaitsashley name. It took a lot more effort to get everything looking and reading cohesive later on than it would have to just have it all match and look uniform from the start!

Consistency

This one for me is probably one of the most important things for any blogger, consistency is key. By that I mean a few things, for the big one being to have a consistent posting routine, which seems fairly obvious but isn't actually something people always do. Having a consistent posting schedule and keeping up with that is something that is going to really help you. It means that you are getting regular content out and that any readers of your blog will know when to expect new content from you. It will also allow you to plan and prepare your content in advance.

It also means being consistent on social media, so making sure you share your content, share regular updates and just all around be present. Being consistent with the type of thing you post as well, because it wouldn't make much sense to have a beauty blog but then have a Twitter page or Instagram feed that only showcases food, would it?

With content consistency that comes down to your blog. I personally like to write about a huge variety of topics on my blog, with there being beauty posts, lifestyle, days out and even food reviews. But that has always been the type of blog I have, so for me that is consistent and it means that I have the same type of readers coming back time and again which then in turn boosts my numbers, my views and my engagement. So being consistent with your genre and type of posts will also will help to set you apart. In this post I talk a little more about keeping on schedule and being consistent, so if you'd lie to know more that may give some extra detail!

What tips do you have for bloggers, new or established? Do you agree with these tips? What is something you wish you' know when you started blogging? Let me know in the comments below!

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