I’ve been asked this same question several times recently:
“I’m just starting to blog.
What great advice do you have to share with me?”
I thought perhaps a blog post might be helpful for my friends who are just getting started in the blogging world.
Officially, I launched my blog 16 months ago.
It’s been an amazing journey filled with so much fun, learning, and so many new friends.
Honestly, I still feel like a beginner… a newbie of sorts.
But, I realize that I’m probably not a freshman anymore. Maybe, I’m now classified as a sophomore.
I’m still learning and growing, but I’ve learned so much!
So, here is my best advice to those of you who feel like incoming freshmen.
Here are 10 Great TIPS for Brand New Bloggers!
Tip One – Take only one BITE at a time.
Maybe you’ve heard the corny joke told often by my Hebrew professor, Dr. Kirk Kilpatrick:
Question: How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time – like you eat everything else!
In blogging, it’s best to take it one item, one issue, and one blog post at a time.
You can’t do it ALL today.
- Take deep breaths and take your time.
- Don’t rush.
- Don’t get stressed.
- You will learn. You will grow. You will understand more soon.
But, you will NOT grasp it all in one sitting!
Tip Two – Realize this is a marathon race, not a dash or a sprint.
Blogging is NOT typically a get rich quick scheme.
It will take you time to get established, connect, and gain traction.
- Blogging does NOT typically have a fast success rate.
- Your numbers will not go crazy overnight.
- The best and most successful bloggers I’ve met have worked hard for long months and many for years.
- They have put in the time, been trained, worked hard, and run the daily race.
If you are willing to set a fair pace, you can “jog” along in your blogging and do well.
However, if you want to speed, sprint, and hurry, you may need to pick another kind of ministry/business.
Tip Three – Surround yourself with amazing mentors.
Don’t try to do this by yourself! Reach out to some other bloggers and business owners, and ask for their help.
Learn from others who have been running this race longer than you.
I am so grateful and blessed by the help and the encouragement from people like:
~ Heather Heuman at Sweet Tea Social Marketing.
Heather is a personal friend and a woman who has helped me to really understand the in’s and out’s of social media. She is a wonderful consultant, and you may want to talk to her yourself. You can connect with Heather HERE.
~ Jennifer Bly at The Deliberate Mom.
Jennifer is one of my online friends who knows a lot about a lot of stuff. She has started several websites, and she is a treasure-trove of information. I encourage you to drop by her site. You can connect with Jennifer HERE.
~ Christi Gee at The Cheerio Trail.
Christi is a personal friend and one of the greatest encouragers I know. Her posts and her emails are always so positive and affirming, and I can highly recommend her site. You can connect with Christi HERE.
~ Dale Partridge from Dale Partidge.com. I found Dale’s site on Pinterest, and I’ve read many of his posts. He is someone great to follow on social media as well. You can find out more about Dale HERE.
Tip Four – Make a bunch of friends out there.
I encourage you to get very active on social media and start making some friends out there.
How? (Here are a few simple ways to get started!)
~ Start a Facebook page for your blog! Invite your friends to like it. Start liking other bloggers’ Facebook pages as well.
~ Join some Facebook Groups. You can usually ask other bloggers about these. Once you find one group, you can typically find others to join.
~ Join Pinterest and get in on some of the Group Boards. Usually, you can just contact the “owner” of the group board by looking at the list of contributors. Send them an email and ask to join the group.
~ Join Instagram. Start meeting other bloggers on Instagram. Connect with, like, and comment on other people’s posts.
Tip Five – Be kind, be kind, be kind!
It is always worthwhile to be kind, generous, and gracious online!
For every time you ask for something, give back 3 x’s as much. Give, give, and give.
The blogging community is vast and it can be so supportive.
If you will go into this motivated to give more than you take away, you will be blessed! You will be loved and supported by bloggers and readers across the globe!
- So, when you can thank someone publicly, thank them!
- When you link to another blogger, do it!
- When you can show kindness and generosity, go for it!
Acts 20:35 echoes this well: “You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
Tip Six – Learn as much as you can – all the time!
Think of yourself as a giant sponge! And, take some great classes to enhance your skills.
Here are a few classes that have helped (and still are) helping me:
~ For a Great Overall Blogging Course – I recommend Christian Bloggers Bootcamp with Arabah Joy. This course and the interaction along with the course are amazing! I think this class has made a huge difference in the way I blog. You can save 10% on this course when you use my code: “MER10.”
For more information about this class, you can link HERE.
~ For Help with Pinterest – I recommend Pin in 21 Class with Arabah Joy.
This 21-day class has literally made my blog traffic from Pinterest go crazy! I took a picture of my Google Analytics after I completed the class. I’ve shared it below so you can see the benefit!
You can read more about this Pin 21 course and others HERE.
~ For Setting Goals – I recommend Grace Goals Project with Arabah Joy.
This program will greatly assist you as you set goals and seek to achieve change. You can read more about this class by linking HERE.
Tip Seven – Use some great tools.
Blogging is not easy!
However, you can employ the use of some great tools to make it much, much easier.
Here are some of my very favorite tools – that I currently use and can highly recommend.
For paid website hosting – I use Bluehost.
These folks have been available to assist me at every turn. I’ve talked to them many times on the phone and really appreciated their service. I think their prices are fair, and my website has worked well with Bluehost.
For auto posting images to Pinterest – I use Tailwind.
I prefer Tailwind to Board Booster. Tailwind has many more great posting options and they offer a variety of tools to use in conjunction with Pinterest. The people are great, and they offer training sessions and prompt customer service.
You can check out Tailwind by clicking on the image below:
For paid advertising on my site – I use Sovrn.
This company is so easy to work with and gets your advertising dollars to you quickly. I can highly recommend Sovrn to bloggers of all types and sizes.
You can link to them HERE or click on the link below:
Tip Eight – Pray over your efforts.
Ask God to bless you as you research, write, blog, share, interact, and impact others.
Pray for God’s favor. Ask Him for wisdom.
Here’s a verse you can pray as you write:
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17, NIV
Tip Nine – Don’t let your blog consume you.
You could literally spend 18 hours a day writing, posting, linking, and working on your blog.
- Don’t do this!
- Make a list.
- Work your list.
- Then, go and enjoy your day.
(Also, don’t check your stats all the time. Once a week is enough. If a post is going “crazy,” you’ll likely know it.)
Tip Ten – Get help where you are weakest!
Sometimes, paying someone to assist you is worthwhile!
For example, I was struggling to create images for my blogs and for my website.
I discovered that a blogging friend of mine was starting her own graphic design business with her husband.
So, I’ve hired them to assist me with images and designs.
They are fast, creative, dependable, and their images are beautiful! I absolutely love all of the designs that they make for me! (And, I can now spend my time focusing on other aspects of my blog.)
You can get 3 FREE IMAGES if you use my code! “3FREE.”
They are the “DESIGN DUO,” and you may want to check them out.
To talk to them about their work, you can email Alison at email@example.com.
Or, you can see their business page by clicking here: Design Duo.
Those are my top 10 tips for all bloggers — myself included!
- What about you?
- What are your tips, suggestions, and thoughts?
- What advice would you add to my list?
I always enjoy hearing from you!
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