5 Writing Tips For Blogging Beginners

For the many blogging beginners out there who are just starting out online, I thought I would put together a short list of some writing tips for blogging to help you out.

These definitely helped me out when I first started and I always try to advise people about these when I get asked.

5 Writing Tips For Blogging Beginners

Find Your Own Voice

It is important for any writer, whatever subject they may write about, to find their own voice.  It can be a very personal thing writing for a living; after all, it is your words, your voice, which people will be coming back to again and again.  This is why you need to just be yourself and develop your own style.

By all means look for inspiration from other bloggers, we all do that.  Don’t, however, try to copy another person’s style of writing.  Not only is that borderline plagiarism, but worse than that, you are trying to be someone that you are not.

Just be yourself!

Too often I see bloggers trying to be too complicated in the way they write because that is what they think writing is all about.  We all have access to a thesaurus, but that doesn’t always make you a better writer.  People need to be able to understand and relate to what you are saying and sometimes it is much better to just keep it simple.

Finding your own voice and unique writing style is certainly not easy but the more you write, the better you will get.

Know Your Subject

This is such a crucial blogging tip that can easily be overlooked when starting out.  Whatever niche your blog is focusing on, you as a writer need to be up to speed on the subject(s) that you are writing about.

This may seem obvious (and it is really) but you should always spend time researching your subject matter before crafting an article.

There are bound to be areas within your niche that you know little to nothing about.  If you are trying to present yourself as an “expert” or “go-to person” within that industry, you need to be up to speed on what you are writing about.

You can’t expect readers to keep coming back to your site if you are clearly just “winging it” and making it up as you go along.

Learn About SEO

Without trying to not sound like a broken record, you need to learn about SEO.  I have said this countless times before, but I can’t stress enough just how important it is for you to spend time learning about it.

But hold on Catherine.  What has SEO got to do about writing?” I hear you ask.  Well, EVERYTHING!!!

Writing is at the heart of any blog and if you want your blog to become successful you need to know and understand how the search engines work.  Even a little knowledge can help you greatly in the long run, which is why I always recommend to blogging beginners to learn about it sooner rather than later.

By learning and understanding about things like; keyword research, keyword optimisation, internal links, external links, alt tags, meta descriptions, keyword density, etc. you can craft better articles that don’t just appeal to your readers, but which get picked up and noticed by the search engines.  Only then will you be able to take your blog to the next level.

Don’t Forget About Links

Sticking with the SEO theme, I thought I’d add a section about links because this is something that many new (and existing) bloggers seem to forget about.

Links are important, very important!

Not only do (internal) links help people to navigate around your site to find your other posts and pages that they may find interesting, but (external) links that point to other relevant sites/articles are just as beneficial.

The search engines value sites that don’t hog their readers, but who share other quality content with them.  Not only that, they can better evaluate how good your site is based on what sites you link to yourself.

For example, imagine a fashion blog that only linked out to gambling websites.  That wouldn’t come across as a very trustworthy site.  On the other hand, a fashion blog that linked out to other relevant fashion blogs and online clothing stores would appear a lot more reputable.

Both sites could be exactly the same, but for the search engines only the one that linked out to other relevant sites would be deemed trustworthy.

It is easy to forget about links when writing your blog posts, but always spend time before you publish it by looking for and adding relevant links (both internal and external).

Be Original

With so much information being uploaded every day online, it is quite hard to come up with something truly unique.  There are probably countless other sites within your niche that you are trying to compete against who write about similar subjects.

Don’t let that put you off; it just means that in order to stand out you need to be original.

If readers want to learn about a certain subject or event that is being covered by numerous sites, why would they choose yours?  You need to present your content in a way that makes it stand out from the crowd and, more importantly, keep coming back for more.

This is probably the most important aspect that you will need to work on, but there are many different ways in which you can do it.  Perhaps you are good at taking complicated information and presenting it in a really easy way to understand, maybe you include a lot of humour in your articles, you might have insider knowledge, be an expert in your field, etc. etc. etc.

Your Turn:

So, learn about SEO, try to be original, remember to include your links, research your subject and develop your own voice.

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These are the tips that helped me when I first started out, but what about you?

What writing tips would you give to blogging beginners who are just starting out?  I want to hear from you so please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.


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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

11 Responses to “5 Writing Tips For Blogging Beginners”

written by Matthew On 8 January 2015 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Thanks for yet another great and helpful article to kick off the new year.

You’ve raised some valid points.

I especially like your idea of Finding Your Own Voice. Trying to be someone or something that you are not can be difficult, time consuming and most likely pointless. People relate to people. They respect individuality. Being original is a much more beneficial long term plan than simply copying something / someone else.

Perhaps I could possibly add a “part 2″ variation to your Don’t Forget About Links paragraph ?

As well as links pointing AWAY from your site and internal links pointing to other pages WITHIN your site, I might suggest that links pointing BACK to your site from other sites is also a good overall SEO strategy.

The easiest way to do this by mentioning your own site on your own social media pages – tweet your own link, post your link on Facebook and Google +, make sure you add it into the description text on your Youtube video uploads, etc, etc.

And don’t forget to add it into ALL your profiles on all social media sites you hang out on.

Caveat – don’t spam your own social media pages… neither Google, Bing, the other search engines and your followers won’t like it ! But, like in your paragraph about Learn About SEO and keyword density, taking a Baby Bear approach – neither too many nor too few but juuuuuust the right amount – will ensure your site slowly bubbles to the first page of the search engine rankings.



written by Catherine Holt On 13 January 2015 Reply

Thanks for your wonderful and thoughtful comment Matthew.

Your variation is a very good point. Having links pointing back to your site is incredibly important and is certainly to be included in your overall SEO strategy. As you have mentioned, not spamming is the key….no-one wants to see you blowing your own trumpet all the time! However those links will show people that you are there and will go towards helping your overall ranking.

Thanks for taking the time to share with us :-)

written by Matthew On 13 January 2015 Reply

No – Thank you Catherine. I’ve been enjoying poking around your blog – you’ve written some great articles.

I also had a little giggle at your mention of blowing your own trumpet…
I am well versed with your analogy, albeit via my saxophone as I do not play the trumpet.

Craigs suggestion of proof reading and then sleeping on a post before publishing is also a good one. The same can apply to sleeping on emails before sending them too.



written by Craig On 10 January 2015 Reply

5 great tips Catherine and thank you for publishing.

The other thing I would add is be sure to proof your article before hitting the publish button. While you don’t necessarily need to be an English major, it’s easy enough to spot spelling and other major grammatical errors by simply re-reading your post. Better yet, sleep on it, after you finish your draft take a break before coming back for the final proof read.

Sharing now…

written by Catherine Holt On 13 January 2015 Reply

You are absolutely right Craig, proof reading is so incredibly important. I love your idea of sleeping on the post before you give it a final review. I like to do this as it really does give you fresh eyes. It’s amazing what pops out at you that you didn’t previously see.

Get that post looking just right and you will look more professional in the long run.

Thanks for popping by and leaving your thoughts with us :-)

written by Nazmul On 17 January 2015 Reply

Thank you for five great tips.

written by Catherine Holt On 20 January 2015 Reply

Your welcome. Hope you found them useful.

written by Elizabeth On 6 March 2015 Reply

Thank you for the advice, I have been blogging a few months now but still feel so overwhelmed! There is so much to learn! I found your article at #HomeMattersParty

written by Catherine Holt On 6 March 2015 Reply

I know that overwhelm feeling too well…I have been there…as have many other bloggers.

Take one step at a time, focus on one new thing, implement and see the change. If you try and do too many things at once that overwhelm just becomes consuming. If you take it slow then you will get there :-)

Thanks for heading over and sharing with us :-)

written by Angela McKinney On 7 March 2015 Reply

Great tips. When I started blogging I had a hard time finding my voice and at the present time I find it hard to find topics. I am getting better though and putting more time into my blog. #HomeMattersParty

written by Catherine Holt On 10 March 2015 Reply

It certainly can take a while to find your voice Angela, so it’s great to hear that you feel comfortable with where you are now.

If you are finding it hard to think of topics, maybe look at your niche and see if you can refine it. Your niche should be something that you can write on and on and on about with the problem being too many things to write! If you are struggling for topics now, have a think about whether you have refined your niche enough. That may help you become crystal clear on what you are blogging about which in turn will open up lots of topic ideas :-)

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