Being a beginner blogger, I relate so much to not knowing where exactly to start. I used to be so stressed out on idea that my blog will never have enough views or followers to actually make something from it (as I assume you’re blogging because you want to make money or at least are looking into doing it so in the future). I wasn’t always really confident about having a blog and actually making money out of it. You might have a plan and a vision but you don’t know how to begin.
I wanted to share some of my little wisdom with you and assure you that there is no right or wrong way of starting a blog. If you have an idea, think about it. Think how you will develop your blog over the months and years. You have to look at the bigger picture. Of course, it is easier said than done but at least try. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A WHOLE BUSINESS PLAN when you first start planning.
Create A Vision Board
I highly recommend starting with a vision board. So you have an idea you can see in your head. You know exactly what you want to do and share on your blog. You have everything figured out, right? Well, not quite. Creating a vision board with everything you thought about – name, theme, couple of initial posts and social media setup – and be very eye-opening. You might be surprised how many things you don’t like when you put them down and look at them all together. Vision board is something I used to create my perfect blog. There is always going to be something that will go wrong or be different from what you envisioned. So try to look at things from a different perspective (literally and figuratively).
I know that most of you probably won’t agree on this as I have seen so many posts about how to start a blog where people said to go for Business Plan on WordPress from the beginning, but let’s be real for a second. Not all of us have money to go for the one of the most expensive plans here. Some of us won’t be able to start high and that’s okay. Of course, there’s a huge difference between paid plan and free plan but when you only began to blog – it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the content you put out there. After all, the content is what attract people to our blogs. You can work on the looks later on (or create your own graphics for the blog like I did). First, attract people, then make money. It all comes in a pattern, do you see it?
Focus On Content
As said above – looks don’t matter very much if content you’re creating is bad. From the beginning, it is important to create posts that will lure people in and be captivating enough to read though them. Content is the most important on your blog as it states what you are passionate about and what do you like to talk about. Try to forget about the looks of your blog and ask yourself if your blog is interesting and your posts are the best ones you can write. This will help you establish if you are giving your 100% to your blog posts or you just “fake it til you make it” kind of a person. For me, it is very important to create content where people will be able to say “that’s interesting” or “this is useful”. You want people to genuinely like your blog. Even if you would like to start from the expensive plans – it doesn’t guarantee you that you will make money straight away if there is no people reading your content.
Connect With Other Bloggers
If you already have a niche and know what kind of blog you have, try to connect with like-minded people who will follow you because they want to read your work. For example, I like to connect with lifestyle bloggers (if you are one of them, follow me on socials and let’s be friends!) because I write a lot about it. But I also love body positivity people as I am one of them and I am passionate about home decor as well. So if you know what your blog is about and, obviously, want more followers and subscribers, you have got to connect with people who might find you work interesting. I highly recommend doing it so on Twitter as there are so many accounts that can help you grow your audience from the day one!
Pinterest Is Super Important
Before I started using Pinterest I had very few views on my blog because I mainly focused on Twitter sharing. But what I realised is that on Twitter there are most of the same people all the time sharing their content and they won’t lick on your link again if they already did couple days ago. It is quite hard to create blog posts every day so we have to focus on promoting the other ones just for our comfort and peace of mind. That’s why Pinterest is so important – it gives you the flexibility to share you Pins (which you can design yourself on Canva or other graphic design sites, or you can work with ready-to-use templates) and freedom to post anything you would like. It is a bonus if you research for groups on Pinterest where people are sharing blog posts and help each other grow! It is just the other platform where you can connect with and meet people who have the same interests as you.
Tailwind Is Actually Not That Good
Many blogs telling me to keep using Tailwind and make sure I have it as it can help me grow my blog but I have been using it since the beginning of my blogging and it didn’t help me much. The free version of Tailwind gives you only 100 pins you can create and only 30 of them you can share to tribes and then, you either pay for the Premium account (which is $119 yearly) or you wait until the next month to post things again which is not a great idea if you’re trying to make your audience see you right here, right now. For me, the price of the premium account is too high and I cannot afford it so Tailwind is a big flop to me. You might want to try it or you’re already using it, but for me it wasn’t successful. Was it successful for you?
These are just some tips from me to you that I believe to work. What tips would you give to beginner bloggers?