Are you new to the blogging world? Consider these 10 things before you do anything else with your blog.
1: Why Are You Blogging?
Why are you blogging?
Most new bloggers blog to make some money. Which is a poor driver which always leads to failure.
A few may want to become full time, pro bloggers. Awesome, but you need to commit fully to blogging to make your dream come true. Be ready to pay the price to become a full timer.
A select, rare few simply blog to have fun and to free themselves. These guys and gals become superstars.
Pick a fun, freeing driver as a newbie and you will be unstoppable.
Pick a niche you feel passionate about (Tip #10). Don’t chase profits; chase passions.
2: Buy a Domain and Hosting
Pay $10 a month or more on hosting. Buy a domain name related to your niche, which runs ya about $15 a year.
Own your online real estate. Build a powerhouse brand. Emit a professional image. Run laps around newbie bloggers on free platforms.
3: Are You Willing to Master a Skill for the Next 1 to 3 Years?
I advise every living, breathing blogger to write 1000 words daily in a Word document for practice, then to trash the document to detach from their writing.
This daily practice drastically cuts your learning curve. Meaning you will go from new, green blogger to seasoned, skilled blogger in months.
Most bloggers don’t practice writing behind the scenes. Which is why most bloggers struggle for 6 months, 1 year or 5 years, or longer.
If you master one skill quickly as a newbie, it should be…..learn how to write!!!!
I used to tear up in frustration after writing 300 words as a newbie, but I kept at it, writing daily.
After diligently writing every day for years I have been featured on many of the world’s most famous blogs, like Richard Branson’s Virgin blog, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive and Lifehack and I was even featured on Fox News.
Write guys! Then, practice writing some more.
4: Buy Courses Hire for Services
Invest in premium products and services to cut your learning curve.
Newbies become veterans quickly when they pay to play the blogging game.
5: Focus on 2 Core Components
Create helpful content on your blog. Write one 800 to 1200 word post weekly solving 1 specific problem suffered by your ideal reader. Please, stick to one topic. We want specialists, not generalists.
Connect with successful bloggers from your niche (Tips #7 and #8). Friends expand your presence like wildfire.
6: Guest Post
Guest post on blogs from your niche.
Leverage your presence.
Befriend fellow niche bloggers.
Hit the ground running.
Do you feel scared to guest post on other blogs? Practice writing more to gain confidence. Feel the fear. Guest post anyway.
7: Blog Comment
Write 4 to 6 paragraph, in depth, thoughtful comments on top blogs from your niche.
Blog commenting is a low/no barrier to entry bond-building and traffic-driving technique perfect for new bloggers.
8: Promote Top Niche Bloggers Aggressively
“The wealthiest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
As a new blogger make this quote your mantra. Look for and build networks by commenting on top blogs from your niche, by tweeting posts, by featuring top bloggers on your blog and by tagging them to alert them of your feature.
Make friends with blogging big dawgs. Said big dawgs will expand your presence exponentially as they befriend you, promote you and endorse you. Yes, even newbies gain major league endorsements when they write 1000 words every single day, in a Word document, for practice.
9: Are You Still There?
I am considering that you may have re-considered after reading about all this responsibility LOL!
10: Unless You Are Having Fun and Blogging Your Passion this Journey Is Meaningless
As a blogger with 9 year’s of experience I can tell you: the years I spent chasing anything other than my passion were largely meaningless and the years I spent following my passion were the most profitable, fulfilling, fun and enjoyable years of my life.
Newbie bloggers, follow your passion first and foremost (tip #1). Build your blogging campaign and life on your passion. Your rise will be meteoric, at worst, and god-like at best. And you will love the ride – largely – which is the whole point, anyway.
Guest post by Ryan Biddulp from Bloggingfromparadise.com
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.