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Blogging 101: Essential Tips and Tricks for New Bloggers

Ready to start blogging but don’t know where to start? Welcome to Blogging 101!

Blogging is a great way to build your online presence, boost your business, build a community, express yourself and more. So it’s no wonder that today, there are over 600 million blogs in the world and content marketing is still one of the most efficient ways of exposing your business to potential clients.

But if you’re just getting started, blogging may seem a little overwhelming.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

This Blogging 101 guide will help you navigate the basics of starting a blog and making money out of it.

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How can I start blogging as a beginner?

Even if you’re a beginner, you probably already have an idea of what a successful blog should have.
However, if we were to select a few basic steps, we would go with these six:

  1. Choose a niche
  2. Set up your blog (choose your platform)
  3. Create quality content
  4. Promote your blog
  5. Engage with your audience
  6. Monetize your blog

These are the essentials of starting a blog that works. Let’s have a closer look at each one of them.

📌 Blogging 101: the essentials of starting a blog

1. Find your niche

When it comes to blogging, finding your niche is an essential first step. Your niche is the specific topic or subject that your blog will focus on, that is what you’re going to write about and who you’re talking to.

It’s important to choose a niche that you’re passionate about and that has a potential audience.

So, how do you find your niche?

If your blog is a personal project, start by making a list of your hobbies, interests, and areas of expertise. Consider the topics that you enjoy researching, reading about, or discussing with others.

Instead, if you’re starting a blog for your business, focus on your activity: What do you do or sell? Who are your potential clients and what problems they may have?

Once you’ve identified a potential niche, research other bloggers who are covering similar topics. Most likely, there are already hundreds of people talking about the same topics.

So, look for gaps or opportunities in the market that you can fill with your own unique perspective. Consider how you can differentiate yourself from other bloggers in your niche.

It’s important to choose a niche that has a potential audience.

If you’re the only one interested in a super specific topic, then no one will read your blog posts. On the other hand, if your niche is too broad, you’ll probably get lost among the other blogs on that same topic.

Think about who your target audience really is and what they are interested in. Consider what problems or challenges they may have that you can help solve through your blog.

Before committing to a niche, test it out by writing a few blog posts or creating some content on social media. See how your audience responds and adjust your niche as needed based on their feedback.

2. Set up your blog

Now it’s time to do the actual setup.

Setting up your blog can be a bit overwhelming at first, but don’t worry – most blogging platforms offer step-by-step tutorials to guide you through the process.

Take the time to choose a domain name, hosting service, and platform that aligns with your technical knowledge and budget, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different themes and plugins to find what works best for you.

Creating a well-designed and easy-to-navigate blog will pay off: you can attract and retain your audience and build a successful online presence.

💡 How do you set up your blog?

Check our step-by-step blog checklist!

3. Create quality content

Once your blog is set up, you need to start writing.

Creating quality content is the most important step of our Blogging 101. You could have the prettiest of blogs, but if your content is poor quality then your blog will probably be unsuccessful.

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Here below you’ll find the steps to create the best content for your blog. Open each section to see exclusive tips 👇

Before you start writing, you need to brainstorm blog post ideas. Think about what topics would be of interest to your audience, and what questions or problems they may have that you can address in your content.

Tip #1: If you don’t know where to start, online communities like Quora, Reddit or Facebook groups are a good place to look. People with the same interests and problems often come together to discuss them. Your potential readers are probably there, too!

Your headline is the first thing your audience will see, so it’s important to make it engaging and attention-grabbing. Use action words, numbers, and emotional triggers to make your headlines stand out and entice readers to click through to your content.

Tip #2: Your creativity here will pay off, but there are also tools that can help you with catchy titles. An example is the Headline Studio, which you can use for free.

When writing blog posts, use clear and concise language, break up your content into easy-to-read sections, and don’t use over complicated words.

Tip #3: When we’re writing something we know well, it’s easy to use complicated words and become unclear for our readers. We expect that everyone reading our blog posts knows exactly what we’re talking about. This is not always true. To make your blog posts easier, you can use the Hemingway Editor! It’s a free tool that will suggest edits and rewordings for your complicated sentences.

Apparently, blog posts that feature an image every 75-100 words get double the shares of those without. So, use visuals to break up your text, illustrate your points, and make your content more appealing.

Tip #4: Many images you find on the internet are protected by copyright, so you can’t just use them as you like. Make sure you’re allowed to use the pictures and videos you’ve selected. There are a few websites, like Unsplash or Canva, where you can download royalty-free pictures.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of optimizing your content so that it ranks higher in search engine results pages (SERPs). Use keywords in your content, optimize your headlines and meta descriptions, and use internal and external links to improve your SEO.

Tip #5: Take your time to understand SEO, it will really make a difference for your blog. One good place to start is the ahrefs blog: they have all kinds of guides, from beginners to more expert users.

4. Promote your blog

If you’ve SEO-optimized your blog posts, search engines are already crawling them and adding them to their search results, but you can give a little boost to traffic with a bit of self-promotion.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Use social media: choose the social media platforms where your target audience is most active, and share your blog posts with captions, hashtags, and visuals.
  • Send a newsletter: email marketing is a great way to keep your readers engaged and drive traffic to your blog. Add a contact form to your blog so that you’re readers can receive your last posts in their inboxes.
  • Use guest posting: guest posting on other blogs in your niche is a great way to get exposure to new audiences and drive traffic back to your blog. Reach out to other bloggers and offer to contribute to their content.
  • Participate in online communities: participating in online forums, groups, and communities in your niche can help you build relationships with other bloggers and potential readers. Share your blog posts when relevant and provide value to the community by answering questions and sharing your expertise.
  • Use paid advertising: paid advertising, such as Google Ads or Facebook Ads, can help you reach a wider audience and drive traffic to your blog.

5. Engage with your audience

Don’t forget to engage with your audience!

By engaging with your audience in meaningful ways, you can build a loyal following and create a community around your blog.

So, respond to comments, ask for their feedback, use social media to interact with your audience. All this will contribute to the building of your community.

6. Monetize your blog

Lastly, your blog can also be a way of earning money. If you’re creating a blog for a personal project, why don’t use it as a side hustle?

There are 3 popular ways of doing this:

  • Display ads: One of the most common ways to monetize a blog is by displaying ads. You can sign up for ad networks like Google AdSense to display ads on your blog. Ad networks pay you based on the number of clicks or views your ads receive.
Be careful!

If you choose this, be aware that there are rules you need to follow. For example, you may need to adhere to the Transparency and Consent Framework and use a Consent Management Platform (CMP).

  • Sponsored content: Another way to monetize your blog is by partnering with brands to create sponsored content. This could include sponsored blog posts, tutorials, or product reviews. You can learn everything about sponsored blog posts here.
  • Affiliate marketing: Affiliate marketing involves promoting products or services on your blog and earning a commission on any sales made through your unique affiliate link. You can join affiliate programs for companies and products that align with your niche and promote them on your blog.
🚀 iubenda has its affiliate program, too!

Check it out here.

When it comes to monetizing your blog, it’s important to choose a strategy that aligns with your goals and values. You don’t want to sacrifice the quality or integrity of your content in order to earn some money. Be transparent with your readers about any sponsored content or affiliate links, and always prioritize providing value to your audience.

📌 What are some dos and don’ts of blogging?

We’ve come to the end of our Blogging 101. We’ve summed up our Dos and Don’ts in this table below 👇

Dos ✅
Don’ts ❌

Create high-quality, informative content that provides value to your readers.

Plagiarize content from other sources.

Promote your blog through various channels, including social media, email marketing, and guest posting.

Overdo it with ads and sponsored content, which can make your blog look spammy and turn off readers.

Interact with your readers by responding to comments and engaging with them on social media.

Ignore your readers or fail to engage with them.

Collaborate with other bloggers in your niche to expand your reach and build relationships.

Spam other blogs or engage in unethical practices to try to gain traffic.

Consistently update your blog with fresh content to keep your readers engaged and attract new visitors.

Neglect your blog or go long periods without posting new content.

Use a clean, easy-to-navigate design that enhances the user experience.

Use clickbait or sensational headlines to attract clicks.

Be authentic and transparent with your readers, and write in a conversational tone to build trust and connection.

Write in a way that is difficult to understand or use complex jargon that may confuse your readers.

Use keywords and SEO strategies to improve your blog’s visibility in search engines.

Use irrelevant or misleading tags or categories

Last but not least, like every other website, blogs need to meet online legal requirements.

This means that you need to be aware of and meet your legal obligations when it comes to data privacy.

The first thing you’ll need is a privacy policy, as this is required under almost every legislation worldwide.

Compliance can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle.

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