What seems like a very long time ago, I decided to start blogging with no experience to see how far I could get on my own. If you haven’t started already, I’m sure you’re consuming as much information as you can.
Be careful because too much of the wrong advice can turn your dream into an epic fail. My first blog was not unsuccessful, and I made my first thousand online, but it took two hardcore years to learn how to blog.
I had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting into, but I knew I wanted it. The only way to get it was to be laser-focused on learning how to blog.
When you start blogging with no experience, you have twenty thousand decisions that all have to be made immediately.
I took it a step further and probably made forty thousand wrong or useless decisions. Blogging teaches you a lot about yourself, including how you operate and how you learn.
There’s no wrong way to learn, and if your first blog tanks or it’s not what you want to do, try again. I made a little money, but I wasn’t happy. It wasn’t fulfilling enough. How am I going to start a blog and be successful when I can’t decide what I want to write about?
All these people have exciting or fancy lives, and I don’t even like being around people. I suppose introverts like us are fortunate because when the sky is falling, and we’re all trapped inside, we like it. It’s’s like being ordered to do something you enjoy the most.
We should be allowed to work at home unless we don’t want to. Extroverts are suffering while introverts thrive. Unfortunately, even introverts still need variety.
When I start a blog, I write about thirty blog posts, and then I’ve had enough for a while.
Is there more to do?
This isn’t writer’s block; there’s plenty more to write about. After three years of living and breathing blogging, you get a little burned out. It’s not that I want to quit, but I’ve had a little success and worked my butt off for every inch.
The expert advice is to choose a niche or topic and then stick to that one topic… forever. Well, I don’t like following rules. However, the only way to know how to break the rules is to know exactly what the rules are.
I’m sure there’s been a big blogging boom, except many bloggers are running out of material due to a lack of stimulation and inspiration.
Burnout, writer’s block, Oh, No!
You need a break.
Blogging with no experience is super freakin’ hard in the beginning.
The big shot bloggers with their fancy templates and boatloads of traffic started all alone by themselves, just like you’re doing now. A new blogger is working ten times harder than an established blogger with experience.
You will get there, but it won’t be right away. If you’re struggling, read Tom’s post too, he hasn’t forgotten what new bloggers have to go through.
There’s another blogging rule I don’t do. You’re supposed to be disciplined about writing a blog post every single week without fail.
You’re not a machine, and Google knows that. If you’re not getting traffic, it’s not because you skip a week here and there. Many bloggers write once or twice a month.
The real reason is it takes six to nine months for Google to rank a blog post, and that’s only if:
- Your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is on point from the beginning.
- Your content is better than your competition.
- You’re promoting enough so people know you exist.
At least, that’s blogging in a nutshell.
It’s important to remember you don’t exist unless people see your content, and they won’t see it if you don’t promote the posts you write. You do have to be consistent in promoting your blog post on Pinterest and creating new pins for older posts.
Pinterest likes you to be active on the platform at least once a day, and if you add the Tailwind scheduler, she will feed you traffic if your viewers like your content.
SEO and Pinterest traffic consistently grow over time. These search engines make you earn their trust. So promotion is where your consistency counts the most.
There are some rules it’s not a good idea to break, and a smart rule breaker knows that.
Crappy content means crappy traffic.
My writing was okay when I started. Then I decided to mess everything up by researching and listening to all the advice I could find about how to write a blog post.
My first handful of blog posts were way better than the tenth and fifteen.
Listen, as long as you understand what headings are like H1, H2, H3, and how to use them. You shouldn’t overthink your writing style. Make sure to add your SEO keywords to the headings before you publish. These are simple edits you can do in the final draft.
The first draft needs to be written with no interruptions and no corrections.
Did you read that?
No corrections of any kind.
Just write as fast as you can so you catch everything you think.
Your blog posts should be written exactly the way you talk.
It’s that simple.
Nobody wants another blog post stripped of personality.
A blog needs its own unique personality only you possess. It can’t be taught to you, and if anything, trying to write like someone else will only make you a worse writer.
The more comfortable you become writing blog posts, the better they’ll get. You pick up new tricks and better ways to express yourself by reading other posts. You analyze the structure and the basic way of telling a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
When you start to overthink and overcomplicate things, you run into problems.
It’s’s like creating a Pinterest pin; the simpler, the better.
Keyword research is another never-ending rabbit hole of complications.
How do you know what keywords to use?
Lucky for you, I have a solution for all your SEO worries so you can concentrate on getting your thoughts written down instead of allowing a keyword to dictate what you write.
Some blogging experts will tell you to find the keyword and then write the post.
I say, try both ways. Write the post and then edit the keywords into your final draft. You don’t want to prevent yourself from writing about something awesome because you didn’t have the perfect keyword yet. If your content is good enough to rank, then in six months, Google will show you what keyword it’s’s ranking for, and then you can update your post accordingly if you need to.
Be careful when editing successful blog posts.
If you remove or change too much information, you could lose your ranking.
Keep posts fresh and updated by adding more information or more accurate information as time goes on. Updating and revamping blog posts is what you do when you need a break from writing.
You’ll also spend a good chunk of your time learning graphic design and promoting posts using your social media of choice.
I highly recommend promoting your blog with Pinterest since Facebook has made some changes lately, and businesses are scrambling to make up for a huge dive in traffic.
Before you start blogging with no experience, let me add on more piece of advice…
Taking advice on how to start a blog is risky. There are as many opinions as there are blogs. What worked for them may not work for you. If you get to a point in your research where everything starts to repeat itself, you’re either not a new blogger anymore and haven’t realized it yet, or you’re over-informed.
If you told me in the beginning, I could become over-informed about blogging; I would’ve never believed you.
My advice is to stick to the basics, keep everything simple and organized. You can get fancy later when you know exactly how to break the rules.
You don’t need experience to start blogging, but if you want to become a better writer, you have to practice writing as yourself to get better. If you’re just starting out, you’ll need web hosting so you can make money from your blog.
If you’re trying to save money like I was when I started and you’re not ready to go all-in I went with Bluehost. The basic package is all you need, and they set you up with a WordPress blog in a few clicks.
WPX is a smooth setup and will make your blog load faster than any other hosting company. A faster loading blog equals more traffic, and more traffic equals more income (read my review).
If you’re looking for instruction on how to start a blog, an email list, or how to put it all together, try this post with links to everything I know.
And if you’d like an easier way to actually understand SEO, read this post next.