Friday, January 13, 2017

Blogging Beginners Cheatsheet


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If you'd like to start out on the right foot with this whole process here's a few main things I think you need to know to do. These may seem very obvious but indeed they are not. It's easy to get wrapped up in the busy day to day and forget to stay on top of the work that needs to be done to help you be successful. So when I first started blogging it was very relaxed, ho-hum and this can work for some people but I always wanted to be seen and be social.


  • Consistency

This is a big one! I never thought it mattered being on a schedule or having any kind of consistency. But at the end of the day you have to be reliable for your readers. I started out as an all week long blogger. 6-7 days and short and sweet posts, mostly linkups. This isn't a good way to blog or be successful in any kind of way. Now I blog 4-5 days a week with longer and more helpful posts on a variety of topics and less linkups, maybe one to two per week. You can also reuse old content, freshen it up and make it shiny new. This will make your hard work show better and appease your target demographic. It's a bit of work for a larger payoff-a new graphic will sometimes turn it all around. So here's my top points for a smooth start to your new space. 

  • Be Social/Social Media

Being social to me means, talk to your peers and people you look up to. Communicate and share you genuine thoughts and feelings on their content and what they put up. Engage them in conversation aside from blogging on social media and get to know them. You never know what someone might help with, 
Whereas having a good technique with social media is different but also needed. You will not get seen at all if you don't share, share, share! Make your readers and the public aware of your content and why they should read it. Pay attention to certain times of day that work best for each network you're on. This does not mean link drop constantly or bombard any groups and things. Don't be that person, it's rude and it will get you booted from groups and/or blocked. 

  • Find your sisterhood or tribe


Being a blogger you will hit burn-out at some point. It's nice to know you have things in common and people in your corner. I have found, begun and continued many friendships with quite a few ladies I wouldn't have ever met otherwise. These friendships have been so valuable over the last six years and I have relied on these gals when my friends have been busy or otherwise not cut out. It's a special thing when you share your thoughts and ideas with people. You genuinely want to see success and give success to them by supporting each other. These bonds form easily and also by working with each other you get a new found sense of friendship. 

  • Yes Niche, No Niche

There's a huge debate. Or was. Should of you have a niche or main topic to your blog? Or does it matter? Should you not and just write what you love to no matter what? Well honestly in my opinion, it's both. You should have a focus. But you shouldn't narrow yourself for the sake of a niche. It's not an all or nothing thing. I consider myself a lifestyle blogger but I also write about love and marriage, pets and a lot of other things. I say do what you feel most comfortable with and just stick with it. 

  • Use Visuals (even if they are just stock)

Your blog posts need to have some sort of visuals, even if they aren't the very best quality. I'd rather look at cell phone pictures instead of one big long text with nothing to break it up. I have learned this lesson the hard way. Recently I have just simply used royalty free  stock photos and customized them all to fit my blog. This has paid off pretty well and fit my audience in the best way I know how. Occasionally I will take some personal pictures (still just high quality amateur photos) relating to the topic, if I have them.

  • Have a signature or sign-off


It's the end of the post. What do I do now? Well it's a part of branding and making your blog or site look cohesive. So create or have a friend or designer do it for you and make a signature, a farewell bit, a funny little 'bye now' or later gator or just your name. It's a great way to have people remember you, by not only the language you use in the post but also in the sign-off. Something that is just you and will be original to your site. 


The main point is to just put the time and effort in from the start. It's a lot easier than going back and forth to fix or correct everything a year or so later. If you learn or saw any insight in this please leave a comment down below telling me or even better share with a friend! 


5 comments

  1. Great post. I love hearing what works for other bloggers because so much of it can be trial and error. I especially like your point about the sign-off being used for branding. I've never thought of that before. I'm going to try to figure out how to change my signature since I can't remember how I originally did it.

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  2. Love these tips, Nora! I used to have a signature but don't anymore. It was part of the coding of my old layout. I didn't really like the font of that one, so I should just create a new one with a font I do like. :)

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  3. These are great tips for every blogger. Consistency has always been very important to me. Thank you so much for sharing.:)

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  4. Really good point. And thank you for sharing because I'm still learning a lot about it. Just can't find the time to do it all. hehehe -Cass from sugarsaltspice.com

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  5. Great tips! I've been seriously blogging for a year now, and I realized pretty quickly how much blogging consistently changed my game. I've also been trying to make my posts more meaningful with information I know my readers will genuinely appreciate, instead of a bunch of "fluff".

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