Hi guys! I’m so glad you are here today 💕
I am so ready to get down and teach all those bloggers just starting out, how to look like a professional blogger right from the beginning!
I’m sharing all my top tips to help you get your blog out there FASTER, + make you look like an “expert” right from the beginning so that you can start earning some income from your passion!
Am I saying that it’s going to happen in a year for you? NO. It could be a year, it could be a few months, or maybe more! It all comes down to how DEDICATED you are. Nothing comes easy. You have to work hard and consistently at your passion in order to see growth.
But, since I know your end goal is to pursue blogging as a career, I want to share with you some of my tips on how you can look like an “expert” right from the very beginning!
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Table of Contents
- 1 1 – CHOOSE A PROPER PLATFORM
- 2 2 – GET STARTED ON PINTEREST FROM THE BEGINNING
- 3 3 – GIVE YOUR SITE A BRAND LOOK
- 4 4 – CREATE AN E-MAIL LIST FROM THE START
- 5 5 – BE AS CONSISTENT AS POSSIBLE
- 7 7 – HAVE SOCIAL SHARE BUTTONS
- 8 8 – HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS PRESENT
- 9 9 – WRITE WITH CONFIDENCE!
- 10 10 – NETWORK
1 – CHOOSE A PROPER PLATFORM
This is so important! If you want to seem like a “professional blogger” you gotta look like one. If you have a blog with the domain name: “www.yoursitename.blogger.com” it won’t look professional. Unfortunately, if you are trying to make this your career, you will have to invest in your blog a bit. And I get it! I didn’t want to invest in my blog in the beginning but I am damn glad I finally did! I would have never made the income I am making now if I stayed on a free WordPress platform without my own domain name!
I suggest self-hosting right from the very beginning. In my personal opinion it’s the best platform to grow your blog.
GOOD THINGS ABOUT SELF HOSTING?
- You own your blog
- You own your domain name
- You can monetize your blog however you want, no limitations
- You have quality, high-speed servers
- You can customize your blog however you’d like, including plugins and email list builders!
Without being self-hosted you don’t have complete ownership over your blog and you do have to follow rules when it comes to monetization. Also, your customization will be limited.
When choosing a host for your blog, you have many options, but Bluehost is the most popular one, as they make it super easy to set up a website in 5 minutes, and it is cheap!
They offer website hosting starting from only $3.95/month which is super affordable. You also get a free domain name with your purchase and so many other benefits.
2 – GET STARTED ON PINTEREST FROM THE BEGINNING
Don’t wait! Pinterest is the golden key for bloggers. All the professional bloggers are on Pinterest, I promise! If you think about it, Pinterest is like a free marketing platform for bloggers. You click on images in Pinterest and it brings you to someone’s blog!
If you haven’t utilized Tailwind on Pinterest yet, you should definitely try it out! Tailwind is approved by Pinterest and is my favorite Pinterest scheduling app! It allows me to pin in my sleep and helps me reach audiences all over the world!
All in all, Pinterest is key to growing your blog traffic and reaching your target audience! So don’t sleep on Pinterest!
3 – GIVE YOUR SITE A BRAND LOOK
If you want to look professional you need to give your site a “brand look”. Your blog is essentially going to be your BRAND! You want to make it look as put together as possible.
- Choose a theme that is appealing and easy on the eyes. You can find some gorgeous affordable themes on CreativeMarket.
- Create Pinnable Images for your blog posts that have the same “look” so when people see your pins they think of you! You can use Canva for this!
- Use the same colors and color scheme for all of your images.
- Try to also use images that are of high quality. I understand if you are not a professional photographer because neither am I! I like to purchase stock images for photos that I can’t professionally take myself. SO MANY people use free stock images so the same images are showing up EVERYWHERE. I want to be as unique as possible. IvoryMix is my favorite for stock images!
- Invest in some “professional blogger” lighting so that the photos that you take inside are brighter and clearer! I use Limo Studio Box Lighting & the Neewer Ring Light, This improved my photo quality by SO MUCH!
4 – CREATE AN E-MAIL LIST FROM THE START
It’s important to be growing your e-mail list, JUST IN CASE social media decides to die, this will make it so that you have your “subscribers” all in one place! You’ll also be able to connect with your readers on a more personal level through your e-mail list too. Which is important!
I recommend using MailerLite, they are extremely affordable, free for up to 1,000 subscribers, and it’s SO EASY to use and set up! I recommend them over MailChimp.
If you are wanting to grow your e-mail list, make sure you have an opt-in! This is something that you send your subscribers for free to thank them for subscribing!
The opt-in should be related to your niche, that way you are attracting your ideal audience!
5 – BE AS CONSISTENT AS POSSIBLE
I am so serious about this! Nothing screams “newbie” than not being consistent. I will be so honest with you. In the beginning, it’s vital to be consistent, and keep being consistent with all that you do! Starting out as a blogger you will have many moments where you sit there and say “UH, I don’t want to do this, it’s not worth it, I will NEVER grow.” I get it. I have been there and done that.
I know this has been a lot of “the truth hurts” moments, but I am telling you how it is! You need to stay consistent. Long breaks can really hurt you. I know that breaks are important but if you disappear on your audience for months at a time, they will never trust you. Trust is important especially when it comes to making money through your blog! You NEED a trusting audience, and one way to get your audience to trust you is to consistently put out your best content and to be as consistent as possible!
Yes, all the legal bits are what you need! It’s important and you will look professional with it and you will save your butt in the long run from any legal issues!
Your about me should give all the details about who you are, what your blog’s purpose is and everything else!
You should then have a contact page with a contact form and e-mail address so that you can be easily reached if need be! (plus many brands will contact you this way if they ever want to work with you!)
A disclosure policy lets your audience know that you do sponsor posts but that your opinion is never persuaded by the compensation you receive! That every opinion is honest. It also discloses that you use affiliate links and get a small commission when others purchase through your links! But again, your opinion is always honest.
Check out the legal bundle that has all the policy templates you need to protect your blog!
7 – HAVE SOCIAL SHARE BUTTONS
This is so important! If you want your blog traffic to grow, you need to make sure that you have share buttons so that your audience can share posts with their audience if they enjoyed it! I use the social warfare plugin and LOVE IT. It’s free as well.
8 – HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS PRESENT
You don’t want to connect with your audience just through your blog, you want to connect with them on social media as well! So make sure you have your social media links present. Many themes will come with social media icons that allow you to link them to your social sites.
You can also use Milotree which is a plugin. This will pop up a new social channel for your audience to follow each time they visit your site! It will shuffle through them randomly and suggest a new one to your audience each time.
9 – WRITE WITH CONFIDENCE!
Nothing more important than writing with confidence. If you believe in yourself, others will too! That’s one thing that I learned throughout my journey. Through blogging, I was actually able to find my confidence. Now I am confident in everything I do, especially when reaching out and pitching to brands!
10 – NETWORK
It’s so important to network with other bloggers! You don’t just grow alone, but you grow together! Guest posting on other’s sites is HUGE. It not only helps improve your SEO (search engine optimization and ranking higher on google) But it also helps you to get noticed by more people! Plus you might even make some great friends!