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If you are interested in making money blogging, please follow the steps in my post on how to start a profitable blog using Bluehost and WordPress. If you combine the tips you find here with the process on that page you will be up and running with a blog in no time, and in a good position to start bringing in money from your blog!
Since starting Money Hero two months ago, I’ve learned so much about blogging and what it takes to be a good blogger. Every day I learn something new, and I want to share what I’ve learned so far on my journey. Whether you are a new blogger or are thinking about starting a blog but haven’t gotten it off the ground yet,
these helpful blogging tips can help you to become really good at getting your thoughts out there for the world to see.
1. Start your blog with WordPress.
It may seem easier to use a hosted blogging platform such as Blogger to start your blog. The setup is almost next to none. However, these platforms are very limited in how they allow the writer to customize their site.
Also, many force you to use a domain name that is on their platform (think www.yourwebsitename.blogger.com). Wouldn’t you rather have a site with a url that reads www.yourwebsite.com? It may not seem like much, but having a unique, custom domain name does so much for your credibility and professionalism.
I wrote a detailed post about how to set up a WordPress blog using Bluehost. The initial process can be done in as little as 15 minutes, and is well worth the time and the effort to have something that you have full control of. You can get a year’s worth of hosting for your blog for less than $3 per month!
2. Write amazing content.
Writing great content is a vital part to having a successful blog. If you write detailed and focused content, over time you will start to build a loyal following that will keep coming back to read your writing. If your writing is scattered or unfocused, you’ll lose credibility and people won’t take you seriously as a blogger.
3. Write in your own voice.
A personal blog is exactly that, personal. Meaning that it should sound like there’s a real person on the other end of the blog post. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and put a little personality in your writing!
When I write, I do it in the same way that I would as if I were speaking to you face-to-face. It will help you be relatable, and therefore a more trusted source for information. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read material online that sounds like it was written by a robot. I think it’s way better to establish a connection with the writer, as it will make me more comfortable and more open to what he or she has to say.
4. Know your audience.
Who are you writing to? What do they like? What are their interests? It’s hard to write for a crowd when you don’t know who that crowd is. Figure out what you want to write about, also known as a niche. That way, your writing can be more focused and can help a specific subset of people.
It’s better to be really really knowledgable about one topic than to be so-so on a variety of topics. You know, a jack-of-all-trades-but-master-of-none sort of thing.
5. Be active in your niche’s community.
Writing on your blog is great and all, but even better is being an active member of your community. Participate in forums, subreddits, and on other blogs. Answer questions on Quora. Guest post for other blogs in your niche, and allow them to guest post for you.
This will establish you as a reliable source of information in your niche, when your name and face start being attached to your topic of choice. This will help to drive traffic to your site.
6. Get active on social media.
Social media will be huge for driving traffic to your site. If you don’t have one already, set up a Facebook, a Twitter, a Pinterest account, an Instagram, and anything else that is relevant to your site. This will help you to build your brand, which in turn will make you a reliable source in your niche.
7. Learn SEO
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is another incredibly important aspect of driving traffic to your blog. Good SEO is absolutely necessary for you to get ranked on search engines such as Google, so that people can find your site.
Learn the dos and don’ts of SEO to ensure that you are getting organic (not paid-for) traffic to your site. SEO is very complex, but don’t worry! I can teach you. Head on over to my services page for more information on how I can help you with your SEO.
More blogging tips for new bloggers
These are just seven helpful blogging tips for you if you’re new to blogging. There are plenty more out there that can help you perfect your writing skills and establish yourself as someone who is both knowledgable and reliable. Stay tuned for tips on how to drive traffic to your site so that readers can actually find that great content that you’ve written!