When it comes to blogging and building my online revenue stream I was a little late to the game. Fortunately there were many successful bloggers readily providing information on how to build a successful blog.
Rather than initially accepting what these gurus were saying I started doing my own thing and learning from trial and error. I wanted to do things my way which ended up being both expensive and time consuming.
To avoid doing things the hard way, here’s something beginners should keep in mind about blogging.
- Focus on your readers and their interests. This will not only increase your readership but will also help you build trust and credibility. Once you have established a relationship with them it becomes much easier to promote revenue making strategies to them.
- Avoid poor quality hosts or free blogging sites. These are great for both the casual or hobby blogger but do nothing to enhance your reputation. There are inexpensive hosting options that give you complete control over what you do and you don’t have to worry about having your blog shutdown by a third party blogging service. Establish your own domain name and build your blog around it. It becomes much easier to promote and more recognizable for your readers.
- Read other blogs and network. Other bloggers will share information and tips that have made them become successful. You may be fortunate enough to obtain a guest blogging spot or some inside news on things happening in the blogging community. It is your way of building relationships and expanding your social capital online.
- Avoid monetizing your blog too soon. Many beginner bloggers write several posts and fill all available real estate on their blog with ads. It smells of desperation and destroys credibility. The lure of passive revenue from ad programs such as Google Adsense is tempting but it’s a short term strategic for successful blogs. Avoid the temptation to make a few dollars and build your blog first.
- Backup your blog. Your content is your blog. Your blog is your lifeline for making money. Losing your content could spell disaster on a major scale. Create regular backups of your blog and take measures to test changes before implementation. Every change impacts your ranking and if your blog is not available or if your changes become “unfriendly” to the search engines, you need a way to reverse the changes.
It’s never too late to learn and become a better blogger. These 5 blogging tips will put you on the right track from the start and allow you to avoid the expense and tough lessons I’ve learned in the last few years.
For more blogging tips for beginners, you can also check out 5 Tips for Beginning Bloggers, the first in this series of articles.
Have any blogging tips you would like to share?