Are you looking for blogging tips that increase your online presence?
Well, I had made a LIST of 14 Actionable beginner blogging tips, that will help you to grow your blog faster.
Starting a blog is not a difficult task, but growing a blog will be!
If you put consistent quality content with the right strategy, you will surely taste the SUCCESS.
Every beginner blogger make some mistakes! I made tons of blogging mistakes in my earlier days.
But, Earlier you identify your mistakes, earlier you can improve it, and you’re good to GO for growth.
So, without wasting time let’s move on to 14 Actionable beginner blogging tips to GROW your blog.
Beginner blogging tips
Sharpen your writing skill
Blogging is all about writing quality content. If you write engaging content, people love to read your blog.
You can’t write on a blog like you used to write an essay in your 8th std. Make sense?
I’m damn sure, You didn’t read the whole paragraph of the above image. This is not reader-friendly.
People going to bounce back from your blog post if you write like this.
Make content scannable. People love to scan your copy and if they like it, they will read it carefully.
- Add headings, sub-headings, bullet points, infographic, images whenever possible.
- Short paragraph always works like a charm. 2-3 sentences in a paragraph is a sweet spot.
Ankit Singla has a unique formula to make crisp paragraph that people love to read. He calls it, PEN formula.
Put point that you want to draw attention to your reader in the first sentence. Explain your point in the second sentence.
Move to the next point in the last sentence.
Check the example of PEN formula writing below,
Did you notice? I also try to write as a PEN formula.
Confused? Let me help you to understand with an infographic.
There is no thumb rule to write a blog post only in PEN formula. You can write as you need.
Just try to write in a flow, so the reader gets attached with your content.
Avoid extra words from your copy. I used to write like this in my earlier days,
Look, How fluffy words make my content BORING.
Now, I used to write like this,
On point, No Fluff!
Try to write content without fluffy words.
You can use Grammarly tool to improve your grammar mistakes. It’s a FREE tool, Just install the chrome extension and you’re good to go.
Look, writing quality content is a skill and Nobody born with good writing skill.
But, you can develop writing skill through practice. Practice makes you better than yesterday.
Write daily in your google doc. It’s been anything. Just write and Keep practising!
Set a small milestone and treat yourself after fulfilling it
If you want to make money out of blogging, you have to treat your blog as a business.
All the business have certain goals to complete within a months-if not years. Set a small milestone for yourself.
It could be anything from publishing 5 blog post in a month to read 2 articles in a day on your niche.
Try to complete your goals and give a treat yourself whatever you liked.
In my earlier days, I used to treat myself with double cheese Margherita pizza for completing my goals.
I know It’s not a healthy option 🙂 You should try a better one!
In short, the thing is to ENJOY the process.
Remember, Blogging is a marathon, YOU have to go way far! It becomes easy for you if you enjoy every small milestone.
Practice image SEO
Google couldn’t able to see images, but they read the images.
What do I mean by that?
Google crawling bots will identify your images by alt text you put inside the image.
…and luckily WordPress offers manual image alt text option. You’ll find it in the “Add media” section from your WordPress editor.
So, if someone searching with that keyword chances are more your image shown in the results if you well optimised your keyword.
…and it increases your traffic.
Here, I got 130 organic clicks in a month just by optimising images.
Not bad, huh?
So, try to add at least one image in your blog post and put your main keyword into the image alt tag or alt text option to increase your organic traffic.
I’ve put together in-depth guide on how to increase website traffic with Image SEO. Check out once if you struggling to increase your traffic.
Set up Google search console account
Google search console help to index your blog on Google, So Google bot can crawl your website and list it in the search results.
To set up your GSC account,
First of all, you have to link your website with GSC.
Go to Google search console. Enter your email id.
The page looks like this,
Enter your domain name into the first box and click on the continue.
You get a page like this, where you have to do verify your domain name.
To verify the domain, Copy the code and paste into your hosting server’s TXT record.
Every hosting company has different C-panel. You can ask help to your hosting customer support to find “TXT record”.
But, Let me give you a small overview.
Go to your hosting account. Find the Domain section and look for “DNS zone”.
When you click on DNS zone, you get a “TXT record” option.
Now, Enter the code into TXT record’s “Value” box, which you copied from Google search console.
Alright, You pasted your TXT record into hosting service.
Now hit verify button on Google Search Console.
Congratulations! Your domain is verified.
Sometimes Google takes time to verify your domain ownership. So, if you get an error message, wait for a day.
Now, the next step is to submit a sitemap. Sitemap indicates google that your website’s pages exist and ready to rank.
For submitting a sitemap, open your GSC account and from the left side menu, click on the “sitemaps” icon.
I assume you’re using any SEO plugin in your WordPress. If not! then install Yoast SEO plugin in WordPress.
Go to Yoast>General>Features from your WordPress dashboard.
Find the “XML sitemaps” option and click on the “Question-mark” icon.
Now click on “See the XML sitemap” option.
It redirects you to the new page, where you can find your sitemap URL link.
Sitemap looks like this,
Now, copy the URL link and enter it into the GSC and hit submit button. Done!
Now, Google will start indexing all the pages of your website.
Easy steps 🙂
Wisely choose hosting service
This is a debatable topic. Different people have a different point of view.
Don’t fall in the traps of FREE or CHEAP web hosting service.
Hosting plays a vital role in your blog speed and loading time.
And google admitted, they love the website which has fast loading time.
Remember, the way you pay more, you get better service. Buy hosting according to your budget and user reviews.
If you’re a beginner I recommend to use Bluehost. It is easy to access for a beginner.
For BloggingShala reader, Bluehost exclusively offer you 60% discounts and a Free domain for the first year.
If you’re an advance, go with Siteground. On Bloggingshala, I use Siteground.
If you’re running a business blog where your traffic is more than 100,000/month go with Wpx hosting or Kinsta.
Find low-competition keywords
Keyword research is the foundation of any SEO campaign.
Keyword research will decide whether you get organic traffic or not.
If you’re a beginner, I always suggest finding the long-tail keywords.
Long-tail keywords are more specific and have low-competition compare to the short-tail keyword.
Look below, I entered “affiliate marketing” keyword into Ubersuggest.
It shows me 49 “SEO difficulty” score.
…and on the other hand, I searched for long-tail keyword “affiliate marketing for beginners”.
It shows me 21 “SEO difficulty” Score.
The second keyword is easy to rank compare to the first one.
That’s why I suggest targeting long-tail keywords if you’re a beginner.
Best tools to find the keyword ideas:
- AnswerThePublic.com (free)
- Quora’s Question page (free)
- Google keyword planner (free)
- Ubersuggest (freemium)
- SEMrush (7 days free-trial + Paid)
I’m not going deep on keyword research here. I had already written an in-depth article on keyword research guide.
Never misguide your readers
This is the most crucial topic. If you want to build a brand, never misguide your readers.
Your readers are your assets. Treat them as your customers but never sell them garbage.
Suggest a product or service that you really use or you personally believe it will be one of the best for your readers.
Rather than writing a sales copy, educate your readers on how to use product or service that, you promote on your blog.
Provide values to your readers by giving away free materials. It could be cheatsheet, video course, e-book, templates anything.
Don’t chase money. It will come for SURE. Just focus on building your brand.
Build an eco-system
Don’t rely only on Google for traffic. Build multiple traffic sources.
Google continuously change their algorithm. Nobody knows when google comes up with a new algorithm.
Sometimes new algorithm hits your website down from SERPs, and you lose your traffic.
(SERPs: Search engine result pages)
If you have a blog audience in your eco-system. You will never be scared by the new Google algorithm update.
That’s why I SUGGEST, to build an eco-system.
Now, You wondering, How to build an eco-system?
Easy process 🙂
Add a free lead magnet to your blog. Give away high-quality content as a lead magnet.
If your blog readers are interested in the lead magnet, they will signup for it as an exchange of their email ids.
Now you have email ids of your readers. So, you can send emails to the reader, your new blog post, course, affiliate product or anything that you want to send via email marketing.
(Don’t spam them otherwise they will unsubscribe you!)
According to Hubspot, email marketing generates $38 for every $1 spent.
Even, you can ask your readers to connect with you on different platforms like Youtube, Twitter, FB page, Linkedin or telegram channel via email.
Chances are more, your reader connects with you on different platforms, if you already provide values to him.
How to drive traffic in the initial days?
SEO is a major weapon to drive traffic, but it takes time.
For initial traffic, you should use social media. Share your post on social media platform where you hang out more.
Quora and Pinterest are work like a charm for initial traffic momentum.
Quora is a question-and-answer platform. Where the real person asks and answers the questions-and-answers.
To make an account on quora. First of all visit to the Quora.
You get a page like this, just sign up with your Google or Facebook account.
Now Quora ask you about your Interest. That’s way quora try to understand you and showing feed according to your interest.
Select at least 10 topics to move on the next step.
Next and last step is, to follow at least 5 space to start on. Quora space is “like-minded people’s community”.
Done! You’re ready to ask Question and give answers.
Enter any keyword or keyphrase to search Question in the magnifying box. You will see tons of question appeared related to your keyword.
Click on any of the questions you want to answer it.
When you click on the “Answer” icon, you get a page like below, Where you can write the answer.
You can insert images and your blog link, whenever possible. Don’t spam your link here and there otherwise Quora will BAN you.
Pinterest is also a great platform to drive traffic to your blog. It is focusing on images. You have to make a catchy image to gain traffic.
According to Hootsuite, 335 million monthly users on Pinterest and continuously growing.
Pinterest works like the image search engine. Look, I entered the keyword “blogging tips” and I get tons of results.
So, people are searching for images here. The key feature is you can put your blog link in Pinterest.
If anyone finds your PIN(Image) interesting, he/she will click on the link that you gave and land to your blog post.
Isn’t it amazing!
To make a business account on Pinterest, head over to Pinterest.
Now, Click on create a business account.
Fill up the name of your brand and add your website URL.
Now, Pinterest asks for your brand’s main focus. select according to your niche.
…and in the last step explain your brand’s category,
Done! You’re ready to explore Pinterest.
You can add Pin with your URL link. So if someone clicks on your pin, he/she will land to your website.
However, If you already have a Pinterest personal account then you should convert it into the business account in a few steps.
Go to your profile, and select for “Add a free business account” option, fill the necessary details and done.
You can find your Pin’s performance like Clicks, Saves and Impression in the analytic dashboard section.
Since Pinterest is not so old, keyword stuffing plays vital roles to rank your images.
Make sure to use targeted keywords in title, description and pinboards.
Optimize your profile according to your niche, so you get more exposure.
Believe me, if you optimize your profile as well pins you will definitely get HUGE traffic.
Pinterest SEO is a little bit tricky if you’re a beginner.
My friend Marina has a FREE course on Pinterest for new bloggers.
Sign up for it and you will get step by step information on how to set up your business Pinterest account to optimize your pin for more traffic.
The premium theme is always better than the free one
Most of the Beginner uses a free theme for their blog. I also used free themes in my earlier days.
But, the free theme comes with a limitation. It has poor coding which slows down your blog loading speed.
And you know! Google loves website which has fast loading speed.
It’s ok to use free themes in the initial days, but if you want to build a business that makes money, you have to look out for a premium theme.
I recommend, to use Generatepress premium theme. It’s lightweight, FAST and more SEO-friendly.
On this blog, I use Generatepress premium theme and to be very honest it’s the fastest and budget-friendly theme among all of them.
If you want to invest in any premium theme, I highly recommend Genratepress Premium.
With this coupon code, you will get a 10 % discount exclusively for the BloggingShala reader 🙂
If you want to use free themes, then make sure you choose themes only from WordPress themes dashboard only.
Any third-party free themes will ruin your blog anytime!
Re-invest money into the business
Every growing business has a single set rule. Make a profit and re-invest some amount of profit to grow business.
Since your blog is also business for you, you can do the same as a big firm. Re-invest your profit into the growth of your business.
I actually do it actively. I re-invest my profit percentage into paid courses to learn new things, tools that help me to grow my business.
Money makes more money!
Headline matter a lot
When people find you on google or any search engine, they only click to your post if they find your headline perfect for their query.
So, make attractive headlines that people love to click on.
It doesn’t mean, that make a CLICKBAIT headline. It only ruins your google ranking.
So, draft a headline according to your blog post content.
For the better headline, you can use Coschedule’s free headline analyzer tool.
Enter your headline in headline analyzer tool and it will give you score according to their set rule.
Make sure, you get a higher score for your headline.
Buzzsumo analyzes 100 million headlines…
..and they get a conclusion:
- Strong emotion makes your content more sharable.
- Use Power words to get more click.
Example of power words:
- Numbers and brackets into headline lead you more clicks.
Look below the example of numbers and brackets in the headlines,
If you want to create a killer headline, check out this guide.
Pro tip: Draft at least 11 different headlines for your post and choose the best one which is more presentable.
Blog post introduction
First 2-3 paragraphs decide, whether user, read or not your full blog post.
If your intro is not engaging, user bounces back and its effect on your ranking.
The one set rule I almost follow in my all post.
Start with a pain point of the user. Next, give an idea of how their problems will solve out with your blog post.
Then, without fluff dive straight into the point.
Everyone is busy! No one like to read FLUFF.
Business email is must
If you treating your blog as a business, make sure you use the business email rather than the standard g-mail id.
Business mail id looks like:
Standard mail id looks like:
Business mail id looks more professional and your readers may trust you more when you send them emails.
Many hosting providers offer business email service. You can opt-in for them as well.
You can go with Zoho mail, Which is free by the way, to make a business email.
Check out this guide, to make your free business email with Zoho mail.
Blogging is a game of patience.
Stay consistent and apply the right strategy to grow your blog.
If you’re working on Ideal niche and put QUALITY content, soon you will see your blog growth.
Let me know in the comments, Which blogging tips you liked the most!
Is it a PEN writing formula?
Building an eco-system?
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Hello Blogger, I am Hardik Sonawala from India. On this blog, I will help you to learn Blogging, SEO, and Affiliate marketing from Basic to Advance level