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10 Must Know Blogging TipsFor All Beginners John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com WE HAVE THE MARKETING HELP YOU NEED!
10 Blogging Tips for Beginners I have been a blogger now for over 6 years and I have built 2 succesfull blogs in that time so I believe the blogging tips for beginners I share will help all wanna-be bloggers get started on the right foot and mindset. Blogging on paper seems so easy, I just write, and my blog will be popular. “insert braking noise here” haha truth is, blogging is the complete opposite of that. In 2015 you need to be a jack-of-all-trades to succeed, writing great content alone isn’t good enough anymore. Remember this…“you need to run your blog like a business” Meaning it takes a lot more than putting pretty products on shelves to succeed in a business, and it takes more than putting up great content to build a successful blog. Here are my 10 Blogging Tips for Beginners. John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com
1 \ Don’t Let SM Use You I am going to make this #1 because I think it’s that important. As a new blogger you need to use Social Media to help expand your brand and your blogs reach. But what you shouldn’t do is use SM so much that you are taking time away from your blog. Your goal in the beginning should be on growing your blog… that’s it! You want to get on SM, use it to help you reach your main goal and get out. John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 2 \ Be Helpful and Available In the beginning, you will have to GIVE much more then you receive. Being helpful and available is a great way to show you know what your talking about and it’s also a great way to attract readers and subscribers. No one can say no to help, especially FREE help: Someone emails you, reply right away.Someone comments on your blog, reply and be thorough with your reply.Someone asks a favor, do it “within reason” and do it to the best you can. As a new blogger just think, I need to give give give to finally GET!
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 3 \ What Are You Here To Fix? You need to find something you have smarts in and build your blog around helping people fix that problem. Once you have your “why” make sure your content is PERFECTLY targeted to that why… ALWAYS! Do you know one of the biggest reasons people stop following blog they have loved for years? The content has changed, the content has gone off topic.
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 4 \ Be You – Bring YOU There are soooooo many blogs out here that it is very hard to get seen. I can sit here and tell you 50 “techniques and strategies” to help you be one of the lucky blogs that get some attention on a regular basis. I’m not going to, all the strategy in the world won’t help you unless: You bring something new to the game.You bring something unique to the game.You bring YOU to the game. Listen there are so many different ways to build a successful blog, the advice is the same, they work. Here’s what I mean…
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 4 \ Be You – Bring YOU How many posts a week should I write? Who cares! I see blogs kill it with one posts a week, and I see blogs that kill it with 5 posts a week. How long should my blog posts be? Again who cares! I see blogs that kill it with monster 2000 word posts and I see blogs kill it with 500 words. I think you get the idea. The point I’m slowwwlllyyyy trying to make is, you have to be YOU, be unique, write in a way NO ONE else does or can. Share your personality so people see the real you, this makes it much easier for your readers to either relate to you or trust you. Writing content from a unique and personal place is the BEST way for you to stand out and get your new blog seen, followed and shared.
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 5 \ Build Your List From Day I I know it’s hard to believe, but I made mistakes when I first started my blog. My biggest mistake? --- Not growing my email list from DAY 1. I didn’t start building my list until I was almost 11 months into my journey. That one mistake has haunted me for years, because no list equals no money or MUCH less money in my pocket. So get an offer together, get some forms up and start grabbing emails now.
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 6 \ Have A Professionally About Me Page Your about me page is POWERFUL. Well if you lay it out correctly it is. My about me page on JohnPaulAguiar.com is still one of my most popular and visited page. On Brainy, our About Us page we went with sharing our explainer video, explained idea of the blog and shared our awesome list of Expert authors. Think of your about me page as a personal job application. Share some personal “who are you”.Share something about your blog “Why is it here and How can it help”.Share your skills and experiences.Share some of your accomplishments. End it with an email opt-in form.
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 7/ Have A Posting Schedule, BUT… As a blogger you will want to have a Posting schedule, it helps your readers know when to expect a new piece content from you. A posting schedule is all good for many reasons.. Right? Right, BUT… Don’t let that posting schedule tie your hands so much that you NEVER post 1 or 2 days later because something came up. Basically, I don’t want you beating yourself up if you miss posting on a certain day. Life happens, just post it the next day and get back on schedule.
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 8 / Use A Post Idea List I have used a Post Idea List since my first month of blogging and I still use it. A post idea list helps you keep track of post ideas you come up with. As you blog, there will be days where post ideas come to you 5 at a time and there will also be days where you can’t pay for a post idea. What do I add to my Post Idea List? It will be an idea for a post with some bullet points I can expand on later. I few different title ideas. A keyword or keywords I may want to rank for. It really doesn’t matter what you add to your list, as long as you can come back to it weeks or even months later and be able to pull together a blog post from your notes and ideas.
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 9 / Learn To Walk Away I’m a big believer in knowing when to take some time off. Let me share some TRUTH… “Blogging is HARD Work!” On the surface blogging is simple, you write blog posts and people come to read those blog posts. This isn’t Field of Dreams, and if you build it, they will NOT come. From coming up with quality blog posts on a regular basis, to promoting those new posts, to getting on Social Media, to connecting and building relationships, to the tweaks and fixes your website needs and etc… Trust me it’s WORK… so knowing when to pull back and take some time off will be a huge help in keeping you motivated and working toward your goals.
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com 10 / Be Consistent and Realistic Most bloggers quit way to soon, they expect magic in a couple months and when it doesn’t happen, they quit. BIG mistake! It will take 12, 24 months of hard work for you to say “my blog is successful” Own that, breathe it in and understand it. It’s not that you suck as a blogger, it’s just the reality of building a successful blog in 2015. Knowing this truth should be liberating! Now you can STOP focusing on “why not me”, “why not yet” and just focus on the WORK! As a blogger you need to enjoy and bounce forward off any and all “small wins”, the more small you get, the faster you will have a successful blog.
John Paul Aguiar | @BrainyMarketer | BrainyMarketer.com The Wrap Up Now that is a mouth full of blogging tips for beginner bloggers :) The point I’m tried to share here is blogging takes real work, so before you jump in, make sure you know the reality. You need a plan in place to follow as you grow your blog, BUT don’t stress if you waver off the plan, just keep moving and good things will happen. you can read the full post at: http://www.brainymarketer.com/10-blogging-tips-for-beginners
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