10 Great TIPS for Brand New Bloggers!

 

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.

Could you use some essentials to follow as you are starting out in the blogging world? Here are 10 practical tips for how to begin well and keep your wits about you as you blog!

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. 

~ Enjoy some Link Up Blogging Groups. Here is a list that I’ve complied. There are many more groups you can join, but these will get you started. Just click HERE to go to my list.

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.

https://www.coursecraft.net/c/ChristianBloggersBootcamp/splash

~ 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!

Pin in 21 Class

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.

Grace Goals Project

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.

Check out BLUEHOST by clicking on the image below:

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:

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

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:

sovrn Holdings, Inc.

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

Could you use some essentials to follow as you are starting out in the blogging world? Here are 10 practical tips for how to begin well and keep your wits about you as you blog!

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 designduographics@gmail.com.

Or, you can see their business page by clicking here: Design Duo.

lifeofscoop.leadpage.co/the-design-duo-melanie-redd

That’s it!

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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41 thoughts on “10 Great TIPS for Brand New Bloggers!

  1. I wish I knew some of this when I began. Great pointers here Melanie and this will certainly help many getting started. Hey, even us “sophomores.”

      1. Happy news for you! This post received MOST VIEWED this week at Party at My Place linkup! Well done….always love featuring my buddy! I will be showing you off on Thursday.

  2. What a great, encouraging, and helpful post Melanie! I’m so flattered that you included me in this and I love to help and share information with others – your words are a blessing.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    1. Thank you, Jennifer!
      You may not remember, but last year you often took extra time to give me and others instruction and great ideas. I appreciate the way that you are willing to help and to encourage others.
      You are a blessing!

  3. Thank you Melanie for this!!! I have been blogging with intention for almost a year! This post has helped encourage me and given me some thought and some things to get started on! You are such a blessing. Thanks again! I am going to share this on all of my social media sites!

    1. Hey Lisa,
      I really appreciate you stopping by today.
      And, I think we all needs some good words of encouragement, don’t we!
      Blogging is a challenge!
      I’m blessed by you and by your ministry!
      Melanie

  4. What a great list of resources! I’ve been admiring your graphics lately. Now I know who’s doing them. : ) Have a great weekend, Melanie!

  5. Great tips Melanie! I could have used this when I was starting my blog for sure! And I’m so blessed you are one of the great friends I’ve met blogging!

  6. Melanie, this is a great list! My daughter has been talking about starting a blog. I’m pinning this for her, but it also has some great reminders for us all! Blessings!

  7. Thank you for all this information, what a great resource. I’ll be pinning this and referring back to it often. I appreciate that your advice is to pray…love that!! thanks again, I’ll be trying, well, all of these!

  8. Hi! Thank you so much for writing this post. I have been looking for great advice like this. Especially the spiritual verse. I pray but never while actually working. Thank you so much. This means more than you know.

    1. Hey Mimi,
      Thanks for stopping by to leave a kind word today. I really appreciate your visit.
      And, sometimes prayer really helps me to focus and keep my mind on what matters most!
      So glad you were encouraged!
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  9. Hello,
    Thank you so much for these tips. As a brand new blogger, I appreciate the guidance. I’m looking forward to putting these into practice.

    1. Hey Deborah,
      I’m so glad you stopped by today! Welcome!
      Blogging is an amazing adventure, isn’t it! It’s good to have you on the adventure with us.
      I look forward to connecting with you again soon~
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  10. Melanie, I can not believe you have only been doing this for a year and half!!! I feel like your picture is the one I most recognize in the blogger world. I love when I see your pic on twitter or pinterest because then I know it will be good info! you are so involved in social media for the good of spreading Gods Word and I admire you for that! Thank you for all you do to encourage us that is blogging for Christ

    1. Thank you, Carmen!
      You are very kind, and I greatly appreciate your affirmation and encouragement.
      Blogging is a most unique ministry, isn’t it!
      So glad to connect with you on this journey!
      You bless me~
      Melanie

  11. Such Great tips. I always love your work. I needed theses tips when I started. Some of my favorites are collaborate with other bloggers. Make friends. It is such a great community and I have met people that I love to watch their ministries in action. Blessed to be a part of this community. Thanks again, friend!

  12. I’ve been reading blogging tips for hours and while they were definitely motivating, yours was the most uplifting.

    I love your writing style and have actually taken the time to look around.

    I couldn’t resist the urge to comment. Thank you so much for such an inspiring post!

    I’ll keep these tips in mind as I continue my blogging journey!

    1. Hey Shalaria,
      It’s so good to hear from you today. Thanks for your kind words. You bless me!
      And, I wish you well as you continue your blogging journey. It’s quite an adventure!
      Thanks for stopping by. Please keep me posted on how you are doing and let me know if I can assist you.
      Blessings to you,
      Melanie

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