The most basic and yet important blogging blogging tips for beginners. I am damn sure that you didn’t ever thought to include this in your strategy while starting your new blog. Today inorder to start a blog you don’t need to have any technical knowledge. Its just like 1,2,3 and go.
In the 1st step you will chose your desired hosting and in the 2nd step you will select the domain name. And finally you will use the option panel to install any blogging software ( most probably wordpress ). But do you think this is so simple. If so then you are completely wrong.
While starting your new blog you must be having certain intentions to accomplish. You might have though of promoting your online business, to make money blogging or to build a better authority in your niche. Deciding a goal before starting a new website will always help you to keep your mind and work in the right track. And this is also very essential for your blog in the long run.
Top 10 Blogging Tips For Beginners
So from here we are going to discuss all the basic and advanced requirements for starting and managing a successful website or blog. I have also added some links to important articles, so make sure to read them. They all are inter-connected.
Research For Appropriate Domain & Focus Keywords
Keywords : Its really important to predefine your targeted market. Make sure you perform good research using tools like longtailpro, market samurai to find the most appropriate keywords to start blogging.
Make sure your key-phrases don’t have too high competitions and is still having more than 4000 plus monthly local and 6000 plus global searches. This will make sure that you get consistent traffic and you always make money blogging.
You can also use the Google adword keyword suggestion tool to find the most appropriate keyphrases and to find the average CPC. This will help you to find the best niche which will offers maximum click rates through adsense program.
Domain : You have to get a domain name, so as to create a good community all around your blog. And it’s also important that your domain name is related to your niche ( only considering the SEO ). Your site name should be short, meaningful and finally easy to remember. Just for an example : Hongkiat ( Based on owner’s name ), Mashable ( I don’t know ), Problogger ( Targeted and easy to remember ), BLOGVKP ( keyword with owner’s name ). So move and get yours site name.
Now you have your domain name, but you also need some hosting service to take load of your blog’s traffic. You have two different options. One is free hosting and second is premium. As the name sounds, both of the subscriptions will offer a lot more different setups and functionality.
But before selecting any hosting, make sure they full fill your needs. Since you are just starting your blog, so you can move with shared hosting. It’s OK to manage at-least thousand of visitors every day.
Free Options includes : ooowebhost, blogger.com, wordpress.com, x10hosting
Paid Options includes : Bluehost, Hostgator, Ipage, Page.ly etc
Personal Branding : Promote Yourself – Get Connected
Social Promotion : Matt Cutts ( Head of Google’s Anti-Web Spam team ) has said ” We are considering social signals as one of the important factor while ranking any domain on SERPs “. So get ready to spend at-least half an hour daily to share, promote, build and develop relationship.
Few of the most important social websites are :
- Google plus ( Please create you Brand Page )
- Facebook ( Also Create Your Page )
- Twitter Profile
Logo : Once you have your hosting and you have chosen your blogging platform. Now its best time to give your website unique look and brand logo. Get your hands to tut plus network and try to create your own logo design. If your are not feeling comfortable, then just hire someone from freelancer. You work will be completed for minimum of $100 ( or low ).
Theme : It’s really important to give your website a completely different look. For that purpose you may purchase some theme frameworks or get your hands on some free theme. Then finally modify them as per your need.
- Woo Themes
- Standard Theme
- Free WordPress magazine Theme
- Free WordPress Portfolio Themes
Authorship : Prove your domain authorship. Google is currently allowing blogger and webmasters to show off their image just beside of the blog link in search result pages. It’s not only show off, but also helps to get more traffic ( up to 130% ) more traffic. There is one plugin called WordPress SEO By Yoast ( Guide ) which can help you with this feature.
Focus On Your Topic – Avoid ” I am no more interested “
When you start your blog, you usually don’t get too many organic visitors. Sometimes you start think that your niche is no more useful and it’s just waste of time publishing contents here. Sometimes you start felling to shift to different niche. Personally it happened with me too, and trust me I was almost lost.
But then after taking a good interval of 3 days ( not even seen my blog comments and traffic stats ), I got my interest back. In these three days I read too many blog, in my niche. Created a list of article which I will be crafting and publishing in the coming days. And then finally today my blog gets more than 600 organic traffic every day.
So what I learned is, to keep a broad views regarding my topic. Before I used to just write on WordPress code snippets. But now I am usually written on WordPress themes, framework reviews, plugins and they are not just helping me in getting more subscribers, but also helping me to make good affiliate income.
Traffic generation : How To Get More Traffic
I have already written a complete article on this topic. But still I am bringing up the summary. From my point of view, just getting traffic is worthless. I can simply say, you are just wasting your time. What really matters is : Conversions.
Please by ” conversion ” I don’t mean money-making. But I mean to say. converting your visitor into subscriber, regular reader a guest poster. Actually there are hundreds of methods to get huge traffic. Few of them are :
- Forum Posting
- Commenting ( Relevant & 1st )
- Guest Posting
- Article Marketing
- Social Networks
- Please check out my post : Increase Your Blog Traffic : In One Hour. And by one hour I really mean one hour.
Analysis : Track Every Thing
Use free services like Google Analytic, Quantcast to track the page views and visitors. The best insight and detailed data can be only obtained from Analytic. Use Page Content drill to find the landing pages and try to make maximum profit from those articles. You can also check from where your visitors arrived, Referral, Social, Organic, Direct and there are so many other options.
What you just need is to place the Analytic code in your header or in the footer. If you are on wordpress, then you can use plugins like : Google Analytic For WordPress. You can also use Webmaster tools from both Google and Bing. I have found Bing Webmaster tools to be better in terms of on-page SEO checkup.
SEO Blogging Tips For Beginners
SEO is usually avoided, actually after the release of Panda and Penguin. The best way to get the ideas on SEO is to read the beginner SEO guide created by Google itself. The second is to read the guide provided by SEOMOZ.
According to me : Only considering the SEO. Your keyword density should be maintained within 1 to 2 percent. Use of LSI words is really important. Then you should also focus on the Long tail keywords. Finally make sure you add your main targeted words in the snippet, in your first and last paragraph and finally in your Title.
- WordPress Custom Permalink : Better SEO
- Image SEO : 5 Image Optimization Tips For Better Ranking
- On Page SEO Factors : Six Most Important SEO Tips
- Seo For Bing : Tips To Rank Higher
- Importance Of Keywords In Optimizing e-commerce Website
- Google SEO Guide For 2012 : Updated And Revised
- SEO For WordPress : The Ultimate Guide
- Effective Link Building Methods For Better SEO
- Write Blog Description For better SEO
- Build Natural Backlink To Your Blog
Solve Problem : Give What They Need
This is the second most important blogging tips for beginners from my side. Never ever create any article in which you don’t have any knowledge, or which is not going to help your readers. Always focus on quality as well as usability. You can use free software like Traffic Travis from best keyword research. Try to create such contents which is useful for the community.
Don’t Use These Practices
- Content Spinning
- Hiring some other freelancers to write your article
- Creating articles which is not related to your niche
- Writing short posts ( usually below 300 words )
The best way to collect ideas on content creations is to :
- Read other fellow bloggers or webmasters site
- Read the top blogs in your niche
- Using Google Alerts
- Checking your comments for any questions
- Checking your Landing pages with webmaster tools, and creating similar content
I wish my blogging tips would be helpful for every beginner. Please take a burden to share this article with your friends.