Ryan Biddulph shares his experience on blogging. He runs a great blog on Cash Gifting and he is sharing some tips he learned when he made mistakes during the course of his blogging journey. Want to be part of this tribe, take a look at the guest blogging guidelines.
Are you new to blogging? It can be a humbling experience. I remember my first few months in the blogosphere. Visiting accomplished blogs was a nerve-racking experience. How could I run a blog like that? I had zero coding experience and my writing was poor. Instead of inspiring me, stopping by top blogs was a confidence killer.
I got past these feelings by deciding to stick with it. If, nothing else, I’m a persistent person. I might not know how to do something but I’ll find someone to teach me how to do it or I’ll learn the in’s and out’s myself.
Over time, I have developed a few pointers which someone new to blogging might want to heed right off of the bat. Save yourself months of trial and error by following these tips.
Pick A Theme And Stick To It
My general theme has remained consistent but my sub-themes have varied. I focus on a work at home activity called cash gifting and teaching how to use the law of attraction.
Over time I’ve strayed from my topics. This lack of direction has confused some of my readers. By sticking to a particular theme you create clarity. Clarity is powerful ally to a blogger. It creates order in your mind which promotes a more powerful reader experience. In addition a reader gets a firm idea of what to expect when visiting your blog.
Practice Writing One Post Per Day
Don’t be concerned with the length or quality of your posts in the beginning. Get familiar with writing. Practice makes a person perfect in blogging.
I was terrified to write in the beginning. People were going to criticize me, I thought. They’d make fun of my writing style. This fear prevented me from writing on a consistent basis which was my biggest mistake as a blogger. To gain confidence as a blogger you must write. It doesn’t matter how well you write when you are a newbie; you just have to write or you will never improve.
Comment On Every Blog Post Which You Read
My readership didn’t grow significantly until I started to comment on every post which I read. Virtually every guest post opportunity I’ve received came from writing thoughtful comments.
Don’t write a “comment drive-by.” Read the post and take your time in crafting a valuable commentary. A blogger loves thoughtful comments. They add value to the post while demonstrating that the blog has a presence. When I see 10 or 15 comments I realize that this blogger is becoming influential. They probably have something interesting to say so I’m likely to stick around for future posts.
Open A Twitter And Facebook Account
Twitter and Facebook allow you to share posts with your friends. Most blogs provide a Retweet or Facebook Share button. Use them!
Since RT’ing and FB Sharing my posts have been shared on a greater scale. Whatever you want, you must give. Want to be promoted? Promote others. This is a simple law of the universe which many ignore. They try to do everything on their own. This isn’t possible. It’s fine to aggressively promote yourself but make sure to do the same thing for other bloggers. Each RT or Share potentially establishes a brand new network for you.
Blogging should never feel like a job. If it does, take a break. If this feeling persists for weeks or months you’ve selected a poor motivating factor. Re-assess why you wanted to become a blogger and either move forward with enthusiasm or move in a different direction.
What tips would my fellow bloggers would like to add?