Today I’ll be sharing 9 blogging do’s and don’ts you should keep in mind if you want to start a successful blog and make a living from it. So if you already have a blog or thinking of starting one, look nowhere else until you finish reading this article.
Because it’s going to be useful to your blogging venture.
Undoubtedly, blogging is an incredible way to promote your business in today’s highly competitive online market. Blogging keeps your audience engaged and helps you maintain your brand’s internet presence.
However, starting a successful blog is not easy, and there will be many ups and downs along the way, especially if you’re just starting out.
Therefore, don’t be a fool and start a blog without first learning about the do’s and don’ts blogging I’ll be discussing here. Yes, there are a few things you must consider before you launch your blogging business. It will be quite effortless for you to get maximum benefits if you follow these blogging guidelines.
Feeling excited? Let’s get into it.
The Do’s of Blogging
Do you want to know how to create a successful blog? Let me offer 9 blogging Do’s to keep in mind when starting a blog.
These rules, thankfully, will help you in accomplishing your blogging goals.
1. Do: Select Your Niche Wisely
As a beginner, you should understand the importance of niche selection.
Want to know why?
Because once you’ve selected a niche, you’ll be writing about it for years. Moreover, there are plenty of amazing niches to blog about. Choosing the right one can be a bit tricky. Therefore, I suggest you determine your blogging niche wisely.
But how to choose the right blogging niche?
I’ve discussed it quite extensively in my book “Blogging from ZERO“. In short, follow these 3 points to get a crystal clear idea:
- Follow your passion.
- Select only a topic you’re interested in.
- Solve problems or answer the questions of your audience.
Here are the top 5 qualities of the perfect blogging niche:
- Minimal competition
- High-Profit Potential
- Solves a Practical Need
- Strong Market Demand
- Professionally & Personally Satisfying
2. Do: Focus on Your Audience
One of the most common blogging mistakes that most beginners make is that they put themselves in the first place. However, focusing on your audience rather than simply sharing your own opinions is critical for creating a successful blog.
Why is it important?
It will help you connect with your target audience.
And, that’s why your blog should be all about your audience. You should understand your audience’s biggest pain points and really help them out.
Similarly, you need to address the queries of your audience.
3. Do: You Must Own a Domain
The domain is the web address your audience will type to get to your blogging site.
For example: digitalmillions.org
If you want your blog to look professional you need to buy web hosting and a good domain name for your blog. Having your blog hosted on free blogging platforms doesn’t look professional at all. You don’t want that, right?
Advantages of owning a domain name:
- Connect with your target audience
- Control your brand
- Maintain your ownership and present yourself as a professional
- People will remember your site easily
- Boost your SEO
- Helps you in competing with similar businesses online
4. Do: Provide Simple Solutions
Keep in mind that the most important factor in your blog’s success is audience retention. If you truly want to capture your readers’ interest, you must respond to their queries in your blog in the simplest way possible.
But how to do it?
One of the best ways to do it is to read multiple articles on the same topic before writing your own blog post. Focus on the feedback and comments of the audience.
Highlight the most asked questions or problems.
Get a paper and pen. Start writing at least 5 simple solutions to each problem. You have to convince your audience that you’re here to solve their problems.
Get a piece of paper and a pen. Begin by finding at least 5 easy solutions to each problem. You must convince your audience that you are here to help them with their issues. You can even create an ebook and offer it to your readers.
You can learn more about it in my special report “Blogging from ZERO“.
5. Do: Use SEO to Get New Readers
SEO is the best way to rank your blog on search engines and drive tens of thousands of organic readers to your blog.
Want to use SEO to rank your blog? But, don’t know what SEO is?
Well, let me break it down into simpler terms.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO is a broad term for keyword research, link building, and for ranking content in Google search engines.
In simple words, SEO means how people will find your blog on Google.
If you follow proper SEO techniques, it will be super easy for new readers to reach your blog. SEO ensures that new readers find your blog pretty easily.
Recommended: SEO Fundamentals Course for Beginners (100% Free)
6. Do: Focus on Quality, Not Quantity
While quantity is important, quality is equally essential.
To be honest, having a large number of blog posts really help position your website as an authority in your niche. However, in case most of your blog posts are of below-average quality, it only makes things worse.
You can only build an audience by delivering top-notch content. So, instead of writing lengthy blog posts, produce engaging, well-researched blog posts that really help.
Quality always beats quantity when it comes to blogging. You’ll soon lose your audience’s interest if you offer irrelevant content that doesn’t help.
7. Do: Monetize Your Blog
If you’re not making money from your blog, you’re doing something wrong.
Even after investing months into blogging, if you aren’t making money, believe me, you’re just wasting your energies and time.
In fact, you’ll lose motivation to continue.
Honestly, blogging takes time and it can take years to make your first $1000 from your blog. Most bloggers don’t even reach their first $100 after years of blogging. But, it doesn’t have to be like this. You can really make $1,000 in less than 3 months using a special blogging technique, I discussed in my special report “Blogging from ZERO“.
You want to make money from your blog, right?
There are many options for monetizing your blog. You can select one to monetize your blog. These are a few ways to make money from your blog.
- Adverts: They are similar to newspaper advertisements.
- Affiliate links: Like Amazon links or product buying links.
- Sponsored posts: You can earn by featuring a brand or product in your blog.
- Products: You can sell a product via your blog.
- Services: You can also sell a service through your blog post.
- Donations: You can even ask for donations.
8. Do: Pay Attention to Social Media
These days, no one can deny the importance of social media. However, if you want to promote your site, social networking becomes highly important.
So, you should promote your content on social media platforms.
Blogging and social networking are like two peas in a pod. It’s impossible to have one without the other. Share your blog on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest and boost your blog’s traffic. Try making hashtags, ask for shares, use catchy pictures and religiously promote your content in every possible way.
9. Do: Communicate with Your Audience
Your success depends on the relationship you have with your audience. To strengthen this relationship good communication is essential.
Knowing your audience will help figure out what content they are interested in.
As a result, you should seek their feedback, respond to their questions, and appreciate their comments on your blog. Make an effort to solve their issues with your content. It will help you in developing a special bond with your readers.
The Don’ts of Blogging
Here are 9 common mistakes that most newbie bloggers make. But if you want to achieve success in your blogging career, you should avoid them.
1. Don’t: Choose a Very Broad Niche
When people first start blogging, they usually choose broad topics, which are not ideal for beginners. As a beginner, you should first choose a niche, then a micro-niche, and then stick to it. For example, creating a blog on “weight loss for women” is a smarter choice than starting a blog on general health-related topics.
Want to know why?
Because you’ll be writing about your topic for many years after you’ve chosen it. The more you focus on your niche, micro-niche, and sub-topics, the better off you will be.
Because it’s easier to become an authority in a smallar niche.
Must Read: 100+ Profitable Niche Ideas for a New Blog.
2. Don’t: Force Your Ideas on Your Audience.
The majority of beginner bloggers push their own ideas in their content. However, that is not the proper course of action.
You should rather engage with your audience.
And, your content should deliver value to your audience.
If your idea appeals to you, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will appeal to others. Determine what is best for your target audience. Solve their problems and tailor your content to your audience’s preferences. It will work better.
3. Don’t: Write Without Supporting Data
Whenever you make any claim in your content, try using data and research or link to supporting resources. It will support the claims you make in your content.
Do you wish to be recognized as a reliable and informed writer? If so, it’s a smart choice to add relevant data to prove your claims.
Don’t be a childish blogger that doesn’t use statistics to back up their claims.
When you include facts and relevant data in your content, it will appear more compelling. So always use data, statistics, and scientific references to prove your point.
4. Don’t: Write Complicated Sentences.
Write as you speak. Your writing style and tone should be straightforward, welcoming, and easy to comprehend. The majority of new bloggers use an academic tone in their posts. If you want to keep your audience, don’t make this mistake.
Keep in mind that the tone of an exam paper is incompatible with that of a blog post.
If you want to create interesting content and keep your audience engaged, you must encourage them to keep reading by writing in a style that’s effortless to read.
5. Don’t: Copy Content from Other Sites
Some new bloggers believe they can create new content by copying texts from other websites. But unfortunately, this will not be the case.
Plagiarism is toxic to your blog’s health and reputation.
It didn’t work in college, and it won’t work in your blogging career either.
Don’t publish plagiarised articles on your blog. Your readers will easily be able to recognize if a section of your blog has been copied from another source.
Stop rephrasing old bullshit content. Otherwise, you’ll get penalized by Google which could be a big blow to your blog’s organic growth. You should always produce original and fresh content for your readers.
6. Don’t: Ignore Content Quality
Do you want to grow your blog and attract a larger audience? If you answered yes, you should remember the phrase “content is king.”
People will only read your stuff if it contains a genuine value.
But, if you tried a trick, you’d lose your audience.
So, stay away from clickbaits like Top 10 tricks, First Time Ever, and other click baits. Cheap gimmicks like this can only be the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, it will all come crashing down, and you will eventually lose your audience.
7. Don’t: Be Impatient with Traffic
Beginners want to hit jackpot overnight.
They desire instant success, and to achieve that, they need immediate traffic.
It’s relatively common nowadays. They use false thumbnails, click baits, catchy titles, email subscribers, RSS feeds, and social shares to gain a lot of views. But it’s the biggest blogging mistake you’ll ever make.
You might get immediate traffic and overwhelming results. But it’s not going to last longer. After all, life for these views is very short – usually a day or two.
You should really focus on organic traffic and long-term benefits.
Recommended: How Long Does It Take to Make Money Blogging?
8. Don’t: Try to Make Your Blog Perfect
You’re a beginner.
You just need to take action and start a blog.
So, instead of obsessing over perfection, just launch your blog. Most people just wait for the right time and never really take action.
Don’t become one of those fools.
Over the first several months of launching your blog, focus only on publishing high-quality content on a regular basis. Keep in mind that the more often you blog, the more chances you’ll have to get more traffic to your blog.
Over time, the quality of your blog will improve.
But, don’t get too caught up in perfection at first. It doesn’t make sense.
9. Don’t: Lose Hope
You’ll have many ups and downs in your blogging journey. Especially if you study established blogs in your field, you may feel discouraged and depressed.
But comparing yourself with people with years of blogging experience is really silly. You should focus on what you’ll become after years of launching your blog.
Will new bloggers look at your blog and ask for your advice?
That’s what will make the difference. So, don’t lose hope.
Remember that all of these blogs started from the ground up years ago. They began in the same way that you did. It’s only a question of time and effort.
Learn from your mistakes and keep improving your blog.
Soon you’ll rock!
Ready to start your blogging journey?
Go ahead and launch your blog. And of course, if you don’t wish to wait years to make your first $1,000 from your blog, read my book “Blogging from ZERO” where I discussed exactly how you CAN start making money as fast as possible.
These 9 blogging do’s and don’ts are the foundation for your blogging career. If you really want to grow with blogging, you should follow the above-mentioned points.
They’ll help you achieve blogging success.
Always make an effort to contribute to your audience and provide them with useful knowledge. Write engaging and problem-solving content for your readers to ensure that they understand how useful your information is.
Always keep in mind that “Content is king.”
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