I wanted to post here and try to help some of the beginners out. I remember back when I was new to blogging and had no idea what I was doing. It can be overwhelming and it can seem like there are too many things to do and not enough time to do them all. However, it doesn't have to be so complicated.
Outside of the absolute basics, which you can find in my signature (free, don't worry).
There are a few other tips I would like to provide.
1. Create a plan and stick to it
By this, I don't mean create just a plan to write a blog post a week or one every two days. While the content is vital, you need to use that content properly, too. You need a marketing plan. Some of the things I include in mine are:
- Share on all social platforms
- Create multiple tweets and schedule them for later dates
- Message anybody I mentioned in the post to let them know about it
- Link back to the post in good, real blog comments on other blogs
- And More!
Having a plan to implement for every blog post makes a huge difference and will get you to more subscribers and traffic faster.
2. Expect it to take at the very minimum 6 months to seek decent traffic/subscriber numbers
Too many new bloggers quit because they don't see results fast enough. It takes 50 to 100 good blog posts, all marketed well, to see much of any traffic or subscribers when you're first starting out. Yes, you can get lucky, but you should never aim for luck to be the deciding factor between your success and failure. Instead, aim for each blog post to be a small traffic generator.
I like to think every blog post I create will provide about 100 visitors per month for me. While many will provide more, this keeps me going and helps me realize if I create 100 posts, I will have 1,000 visitors per month. Then, it just becomes a numbers game, the more you produce (high quality, of course) the more traffic you will get.
3. Don't be intimidated by the writing
So many new bloggers get intimidated by the writing process. It doesn't need to be difficult. Make the research easy by using Google and the top 5 to 10 results as your sources. Then, just write as you would talk about the subject to someone. Don't worry about perfecting your grammar and making everything sound perfect. Just write and write and write some more.
The first 50 blog posts can be looked at as your practice to help you find your voice. Every blog post will make you a better writer if you put in the time.
I hope this helps at least someone in this forum. Please add your tips and comments below!!