If you are new to blogging and are wondering where you should put your best foot forward, then this article is for you. Blogging for beginners can be quite the challenge. Trust me, I know. I found that there is a lot more to blogging then I ever thought there could be.
The most intimidating thing for bloggers though is content creation. Well I just wanted to go over some tips and suggestions that will help you get your feet a little wet and see if blogging really is for you.
Many people think that you should just be able to sit down at a computer and write a blog no problem. This is not the case at all. You need to have a clear direction of what your blog is about and where you want to take it.
You don’t want to waste time or money on a project that is going to fail right out the gate. Do the research to see if you business or blog is a viable option.
Blogging for Beginners | Where To Start Your Blog:
So where do you start with your blog? Well like the G.I Joe’s always say “Knowledge is power!” This is true for blogging as well. We need to be informed bloggers and not be afraid of a little study time.
If you want to get serious with your blogging, then this is where to start. Some topics and areas that you can start researching today are:
- Term and Definitions: Get to know the lingo that is being used today by bloggers. If you don’t know what a word means, take the time to look it up! There are a lot of terms and phrases used not only in the world of blogging, but also used in this free training course as well.
- Read other peoples blogs: This is great advice for the new and upcoming blogger. Reading other peoples blogs gives you a feel of what blogging is all about.
You also get some great insight into the world which you are about to dive into. Notice how their page is laid out.What things attract you to their blog? What things don’t you like about their blog?
How does their blog relate to the reader? These are all questions that you as a blogger should consider for your own blog. By reading other people’s blogs, you can determine what “feels” natural and is easy to read compared to someone who just jumbled a bunch of words together and offers no value in their content.
- Engage On Social Media: This is a great place to see what people are interested in about your topic. By engaging on Social Media you have the luxury of talking with real people who have real questions about the topic of your blog.
You can also get a sense of how to fulfill the needs of the market for your blog. This is a great place to go and get new ideas and always keep your blog on topic and up-to-date!
When you are first starting to blog, be sure that you are creating a blog around a subject that you are truly knowledgeable about. Take the time to learn the basic fundamentals of blogging before jumping into the blogosphere.
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Do you remember when you use to go to school and the teacher asked you to come up with a comprehensive report on a topic? What was the first thing that you did? You BRAINSTORMED!!!
Writing a blog is a lot like writing a report. When writing a blog though you want to convey the facts to your audience so they get a clear picture of what your business or topic is about.
If you sit down and brainstorm some ideas you will be able to include more valuable content into your writing. You will also be able to construct a more cohesive blog post when you outline your content before you start to write.
Blogging for beginners does not have to be hard. Just remember the basic foundations of writing. Here are some steps to help you start the brainstorming process:
- Come up with a solid idea! The research you did before should have lead you to a point where you know that the idea you are about to run with is a solid one.
If you researched and found that there was not a great demand for your idea, look at areas that relate to your idea.
Chances are, there will be a demand in one, if not more, areas of your idea that people are interested in.
Start your blog post there to generate more traffic to your site. This is a great SEO tip!
- Find supporting facts! People today want to receive something when they read your blog.
Whether it be information, or to purchase a product, people want to feel like they have come away with something from your site.
If you are running a blog campaign, or creating content for sales, you should always have supporting facts and links that support your content throughout.
This will increase the quality of your content. It also makes your writing more engaging to the reader.
- Start Writing! Sometimes some free writing can really get the creative juices going. Open up your Microsoft Word, or even Notepad and just start writing like you were writing your blog.
This will help with how the blog is going to look and feel, as well as giving you the confidence needed to write your content for real. You can see where your content needs improving, or if you can even run with the topic to begin with. It is also nice to have rough draft of your content before you write!
- Jot Down Ideas When You Think Of Them! This is something that I had to learn the hard way. I was always getting these great ideas when I was away from my computer.
I found that if I keep a pencil and pad on me at all times I could take down ideas as they popped into my head. This increased my content production because I had all my ideas right on hand.
I found this to be a very useful technique for people who have kids or a busy lifestyle. Don’t lose those precious ideas.
- Get Organized! After you have come up with your idea and you have done the research, get your thoughts organized. Writing out an outline for your content is a great way to achieve this.
Think of the headings you will use while you create your outline. After that look over your supporting facts and determine which heading those facts belong under. This might seem like a simple process, but it is one people like to skip over all the time!
So if you don’t think that you can be a successful blogger ask yourself, “Am I really do all that I can to get my blog up and running?”
The answer is that you could probably apply yourself a little harder. Blogging for beginners is going to be hard. Stick with it though.
It will get easier! Find the time to blog, and make it a commitment. Only you have the power to really bring your blog to life!Free Training Videos and eBook