You might have heard blogging tips like writing about your passions or write about what you’re feeling well if these are the only two things you’re doing, then your chance of creating a successful blog is slim.
So today I’m gonna cover some important blogging tips for beginners that will help you consistently get traffic to our blog stay tuned.
The truth is that even if people are interested in what you’re writing about it’s impossible for them to visit your site if they can’t find you and even if they do find you, traffic is meaningless unless you can actually get them to read your content.
While there’s nothing wrong with blogging about your passions creating a successful blog goes beyond just you should be a half-decent writer understand the technical elements of blogging as well as social strategies that can help you take your blog from nothing to something.
So, rather than giving you a popcorn bowl full of random blogging tips let’s break these down into three buckets to help you get more traction.
Blogging Tips for beginners That Actually Work
- Blogging Tips for beginners That Actually Work
- Create Content That is Worth Referencing
- Make Your Post Easy To Read
- Write About Topics That People Are Searching For
- Competitor Analysis
- One-Page SEO
- Social Connections
- Build A Email List
- Promote your content
Become a Good Content Writer
The first tip is all about becoming a better writer and focuses on a specific part of your niche now you might label yourself as a food blogger but by covering the topic of food as a whole you may be spreading yourself too thin.
For example, even if you were able to publish two posts per day for an entire year on subtopics like grilling food smoothies, vegetarian diets, slow cooker recipes, nutrition and more.
It’d be tough to compete with larger sites or those that are just focusing on one of those topics.
So, in my opinion, it’s better to focus on being a master of one than a jack-of-all-trades.
So focus on becoming the go-to place people, go to find smoothie recipes and become the go-to place where people go for grilling techniques and after you’ve dominated that niche audience you can try and expand to other subtopics to reach new audiences.
Create Content That is Worth Referencing
The second tip is to create content that’s worth referencing. Referencing requires attribution and attribution in the world of blogging equals links from other websites are important because search engines like Google use them to help decide which pages should rank high in the search engines.
Now, how do you create content that’s worth referencing?
I’ve got three nuggets of wisdom for you.
Create a unique post that no one has written.
The first way is to create content that’s unique and interesting to your industry.
For example, you can write a blog post on some unique topics like Ahref did.
They ran an experiment where they spent over $50,000 on podcast advertisements and to the best of my knowledge, no one had written this kind of post.
And this resulted in around a hundred and forty unique websites linking to their post in a short period of time
Publish Statticis Post
Another way to get people to reference your posts is to include statistics.
For example, a good chunk of backlinko links comes from stats and they’re often referencing his own personal results like growing his organic traffic by a hundred and eleven percent and boosting conversions by seven hundred and eighty-five percent.
And it also works outside of the marketing niche nerd wallet has nearly twenty-nine thousand backlinks because of a mention of a stat naturally as people blog they want to provide supporting resources that back up their claims.
So, make sure yours is in the mix.
Finally include unique images that are worth stealing. Creating high-quality images is hard which means that it’s a point of leverage for those that are willing to put in the effort within our posts.
We often add custom images whether they be graphs from our data studies or illustrations that help better explain concepts not only do they create a better experience for readers but they result in links.
As you can see here Ahref has got around eight hundred and twenty links pointing at JPEG images on their site and then another 1,600 links to PNG images.
Make Your Post Easy To Read
Alright, the next tip is to make your posts easy to read.
In the words of our CMO nobody likes to read they just want the information if they could download it to their brain they would.
And to do that you need to ensure your posts are easy to read and use here are a few tips on how to do that.
- Use short paragraphs instead of big walls of text.
- Short paragraphs help readers progress through your article in small and easy steps.
- Next, break up long sentences because they’re hard to follow. Break up these sentences by finding places where you use words like and because.
- Next, use multimedia in your posts so whether that be video images or gifts they can often help illustrate your points clearer than words finally.
- Write in a conversational tone. The easiest way to check this is to read your copy aloud if it sounds like you’re talking to a friend you’re on the right track but if it sounds like you’re competing in a national debate try again
- The next step is to right-click worthy headlines that aren’t clickbait the one thing that separates your blog from a user is a click fail to get clicks and you fail to get traffic.
- Now since most people will find your web pages through search or social you want to craft a headline that accurately represents your article without sounding boring.
For example, an article titled 20 best headphones gets the point across but it’s boring.
Something like 20 best high-end headphones for under $100 is more click-worthy because (a) it tells the reader that the headphones are of high quality and be high-end headphones are usually a lot more than $100.
- The next tip is to write introductions using the app formula. The headline’s job is to get the reader to click through to the page.
Then your intro needs to hook them in so that they’ll read the rest of the post. So to do that we use the app formula which stands for a line present and proof first.
You need to align yourself with a reader’s problem then you present your posts as a solution to that problem.
And then you finish off with some proof as to why they should trust you. Here’s an example from my blog in the first sentence.
I align myself with a reader by saying do want to start a blog in 2020.
Then I present my solution by saying how I started a blog that is making me a good handsome money every month.
In a rounding here keep your intro short on point and focus addressing why the readers on that page in the first place.
- The last writing tip I have for you is to create feedback loops. Your first draft should never be your last.
I also do the same thing, through a pretty rigorous editing process the I generally starts with an outline.
Once I decide it, I start with my first final draft and no doubt I should think it’s pretty good.
But then I again read and reviewed it and then I came up with my final post.
This feedback loop helps me to always put my best foot forward on every post I publish.
Now let’s move on to the more technical aspects of blogging.
Write About Topics That People Are Searching For
The first tip is super-important and that’s to write about topics people are searching for more commonly referred to as keyword research 51% of all blog’s traffic comes from organic search.
And if you want a piece of that traffic then you need to use keywords that people are actually searching for.
Fortunately, search engines like Google give you clues through features like autosuggest just type in a topic you want to write about and you’ll see a few other closely related terms.
There are other freemium tools out there like answer the public where you can find keywords phrase with questions
Now the problem with these tools is that you can’t see keyword metrics meaning you don’t actually know how much traffic you can get.
To find this information you’d have to use premium tools like Ahref and Semrush keywords explorer where you can basically generate lists of keyword ideas, see important metrics like search volume and keyword difficulty.
And decide whether they’re worth pursuing for your blog.
Here you can watch the complete video tutorial for keyword research in Ahref.
Another strategy worth doing is to cover your competitors best topics and by best I’m referring to the pages that are sending them to consist of traffic every month.
To find your competitors popular pages just enter their domain in a tool like SEMrush or Ahref site explorer then go to the top pages.
Report which shows you the pages that get the most monthly search traffic
So, if I were in the prepping niche then I would definitely consider going after these topics since they make up around ________% of the entire websites organic traffic plus they all seem pretty relevant to me which brings us to our final technical tip.
On-page SEO refers to the practice of optimizing web pages to help them rank higher in search engines so without overcomplicating things you should include your primary keyword in your title and URL.
And make sure you cover your main topic sub-points.
For example, if you’re talking about how to make the perfect cup of coffee you should probably talk about things like finding the right roasts water temperature grind and brewing methods.
All of these would be relevant if not crucial.
To truly cover the topic info here you can watch a full step-by-step tutorial on doing on-page SEO for blogs.
So I recommend watching that and mastering this process.
Ahref video on on page seo
So, now I am on to my final tip which is to get social connections. And I’m not talking about which social media networks you should use.
So the first tip is to connect with other bloggers you admire in your space.
Smart bloggers reach out to forge relationships with one another they offer feedback help and often cross promote each other’s content.
And this is often why it seems like all of the big players in your industry are friends.
They started early and they grew together. Now not everyone is going to want to be friends but there’s a good chance that people in your industry want to connect.
They just don’t know, you exist at least at this point.
So to get started think of five to ten people you admire in your space these might be people who run blogs and newsletters that you’re subscribed to or maybe people you follow on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Linkedin, etc.
Write their names down on a piece of paper and note something that you actually admire about their work.
Now go and email them with the purpose of just connecting don’t ask them to share your content, review it, link to you or ask for any kind of favor.
Just send a simple and genuine email like:
Hey, name (Name of the person whom you want to connect)
I just wanted to say that I really admire whatever you do thanks for whatever you admire (write about what you like the most).
I sent a similar email to the Ramesh Rawat in 2019 in around a year later we ended up working together and became good friends.
Nothing was created here, it just happened organically.
Build A Email List
The next social tip is to build an email list from day one.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re trying to remember which site you were on that had that awesome recipe or tutorial or whatever it was.
Well if you had joined that email list you know without any kind of email opt-in forms you’re preventing your readers from getting future content or product updates.
Building an email list also acts as a good way to perpetually get traffic to new posts you publish.
And since subscribers are warmer visitors than cold traffic some of them might share it on social or even linked to you if they have their own blog.
So the bottom line starts building a list from day one.
Promote your content
Your blog is just like your own product and if you are not promoting it, you are losing a lot of potential and targeted traffic.
Finally is to promote your content in online communities. Now, this is a bit of a touchy subject because you don’t want to spam Facebook groups or Reddit with things that people are going to get angry about.
Instead, spend your time integrating yourself into these communities/groups to become a recognizable name and face.
And as you see a need to share content that can help solve other group members’ problems, if you nail it you can get thousands of visitors.
If you don’t, it can get you banned from those communities or groups.
So share links sparingly and spend most of your time just meeting like-minded bloggers.
To build mutually beneficial relationships now I’m wondering if you have any blogging tips that I’ve missed let me know in the comments and if you enjoy this article make sure to share it.