Here are my 8 tips for new bloggers:
- Be patient and consistent.
You can’t gain a hundred followers overnight. It takes time to earn a loyal audience who wants to read what you blog about. To start with, I suggest posting at least once a week. Even if you can write 2 or 3 posts in a week, start with one. Have the rest as buffer posts because sometimes life happens. Increase the frequency when you get a hang of it.
- Take help of WP tutorials.
When I started blogging, I was unaware that WordPress had its own tutorials. From blogging fundamentals to building a business website, WordPress’ Daily Post has it’s own tutorials. If you need inspiration to write a post, they give you a kick every day in your mailbox. Check them here.
- Add tags.
Tags help you get searched on the explore section. EverydayInspiration and Postaday are two of the tags that I got to know about from WP tutorials. Make sure that you don’t overuse tags. A maximum of 15 tags+categories should be used. Know more here.
- Have an about page.
Let your readers know who you are. If you wish to keep your identity anonymous, even then have an About page to tell what you are going to blog about, your likes and dislikes, anything that you’d like them to know.
- Have a contact page.
Let your readers reach you out in private. I have made several blogger friends via emails.
Don’t just stop at liking blog posts of other bloggers. Write personalised comments. Tell them what you like about the post. Share what you found relatable. If you have written a similar post, add a link to that post after the personalised comment. DO NOT shamelessly self promote by asking bloggers to visit you.
- Participate in writing prompts and challenges.
They not only give to blog ideas but also help you find like-minded bloggers. You also get discovered by them.
- Seek feedback.
Don’t feel shy to seek constructive feedback from fellow bloggers. But be specific about your queries. Do you want a feedback on layout? Do you want to know more about themes, menus or widgets? Do you want them to advice you on a specific blog post? Whatever it is that you want to know, be specific about it.
If you have any questions or want to add to the above tips, go ahead!
In response to Dr Tanya’s Blogging Insights # 41 — Sharing Pearls of Wisdom