Start Blogging With 4 Useful Tips

Are you looking to start blogging?  How much time do you have available in your day?  Are you someone that sits there twiddling your thumbs wondering what to do next?  I didn’t think so!  I have not  met many people that say they have lots of spare time on their hands and I don’t expect you are any different.

So if you admit to not having much spare time, what is your plan to start blogging and integrate this into your life?  Have you given much thought about how you will find the time to actually undertake the blogging?

What is your perception of how long blogging will take you?  Are you going to commit one hour a month, a week or a day to it?  Have you given any thought as to the things you will need to learn to make your blogging successful, such as SEO, linkbuilding, guest blogging, commenting, social media and so on…..

If you are intending to start blogging as well as undertaking a parenting role or other employment, then your time management and schedule will be even more important.

Let’s be real here….starting a blog does not require a degree, but it does require effort, hard work, and an allocation of time.  If that is not something you are prepared to give, then blogging may not be the right path for you.  However, if you are serious about giving it a real shot, these 4 blogging tips will certainly help you be prepared.

4 Blogging Tips To Consider When You Start Blogging

Start Blogging By Setting A Schedule

Start BloggingOne of the things you need to do right from the word go in the blogging world is to set yourself a schedule.  Then you need to commit to it!

Are you intending on posting, once or twice a week or maybe every day?  Whatever schedule you choose, keep it going and be consistent.

Consistency is the key to your longevity as a blogger, and things you do regularly become habit.  Once things are habit they are a lot easier to maintain.

Make sure you start blogging with good habits and create a blogging schedule!

Utilise Social Media But Don’t Spend ALL Your Time There

Social media is a fantastic tool for building your profile, engaging with others, increasing your readership and is also a fantastic place for learning.

The one huge problem with social media however is that you can WASTE a LOT of time there!  You may say to yourself, “I’ll just check in on this Facebook group” and before you know it another hour has passed.  Where does that hour sit with your schedule?  Did you allocate that hour for Facebook or are you now having to play catch up with the list of other things you should have been doing with that time?

I agree that social media is critical for the growth of your blog, but getting caught up in the realm of the platforms can be a huge trap to fall into, especially when you first start blogging.

It is a great idea to set yourself a schedule to determine how much time you are going to spend on your social media and divide this time between the different platforms that you are using.  This will help you maximize the time you have available and keep you on track!

Start Blogging With High Quality Content

On of the things that you will really need to pay attention to is the content that you will be placing on your blog.  That good old saying “Content is King” is here to stay, and for good reason.

High quality content is important for many reasons:

* To keep readers engaged and return for more

* To be recognised by the search engines

* To build yourself as an authority and expert in your niche

It is all very well ‘saying’ that you are going to do the above, but exactly how do you PLAN to do it?

Treat Your Blog As A Business

Start Blogging NowAssuming that you are blogging for business, you need to treat it as such.

Even if you intend to blog for fun without wanting to make money, it is wise to start off with that professional head as you never know what can happen down the track or the direction you would like your blog to take.  If you start off in a professional manner, then it will keep your options open as you move forward.

Are you intending to make an income from your blog?  If so, then it would be a great idea to keep a record of your expenses and also your income.  The busier your business becomes the less time you will have to dedicate to this.  Starting it from the beginning will make things a lot easier in the long run, and again it’s another habit that you start and habits become natural processes.

Whilst blogging can no doubt be a whole lot of fun, there is no hiding the fact that it is also a lot of work!  Being organised and committed to your blog will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable but will also lengthen the lifespan of your blog!

Does the thought of all the things to learn in blogging sound quite overwhelming?   The learn how to blog program is amazingly tailored to walk you through the process of blogging.  It will help set up your blog to the design and format you wish, and help your understanding with the many components of blogging.  It’s a case of leaving no stone unturned to ensure that you have fun blogging, but also get the most out of it.

Are you yet to start blogging, or have you been blogging for sometime?  What things are you struggling with most, or have you struggled with?  Do you have any tips to share to assist your blogging experience?


Written by

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.

10 Responses to “Start Blogging With 4 Useful Tips”

written by Nathaniel Kidd On 30 May 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

I agree that blogging can be a lot of work and especially so if you are blogging with a mindset of making money at it. Having great content to share is probably the most important aspect for me. Once you have the ability to engage your audience and be seen as a authority figure you are at least on the right track.

Of course you then need to understand the importance of SEO, linkbuilding, generating traffic and things of that nature. Consistency is also important. I have a schedule that I try to follow so that I do not spend too much unnecessary time on one particular task. I admit it can be hard work but it is very rewarding as well.

Thank you for sharing.

written by Catherine Holt On 30 May 2014 Reply

Great content is essential if you want to have success with blogging Nathaniel. You can blog until the cows come home, but if you have nothing relevant to say, then why would anyone read it! Produce the content, engage, build your network….repeat :-)

written by Ryan Biddulph On 30 May 2014 Reply

The business aspect is huge Catherine. Be a business person who blogs. Help, monetize, prosper. Monetize your blog from Day 1, work your blog daily and yep, work on a strict sked. Thanks!

written by Catherine Holt On 30 May 2014 Reply

Thanks Ryan. It’s true, if you want to have your blog as a business you need to treat it like one. No business is going to be rewarding without putting in the effort. I agree with monetizing from day 1 too. It’s not like you are going to start earning lots of $ from day 1, but you might as well set up the structure and have a plan of HOW you are going to make it profitable.

Thanks for your feedback :-)

written by Steven Wilson On 30 May 2014 Reply

Hey Catherine,

Starting with quality content is huge. Blogging is not easy, so when you start generating traffic you need to have something for them to enjoy, share etc.

I also like the treating your blog as a business mentality. Honestly, I am kind of stuck to how I want to monetize my blog. I have mainly been focusing on content and meeting some awesome bloggers like yourself.

I’m not rushing it. It will come to me soon enough.

Nice post Catherine. Take care…

written by Catherine Holt On 30 May 2014 Reply

The content of the blog is the ground work, and your right that this will obtain repeat visitors. The more enjoyable and shareable your content is, the more likely you will grow your readership.

Monetizing a blog can be difficult when you don’t have a focus point. Have you thought about what your product is? Once you know whether you want to target your own or an affiliate product it will help you plan a strategy for monetization much easier :-)

written by Marc On 30 May 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,
I can agree with all of these tips from my own experience. Social media can be great when it is used efficiently, but it’s so easy to spend way more time than you realize on different social networks. Treating a blog like a business is something that most people don’t do, and it really separates those who have success with those who do not.

written by Catherine Holt On 31 May 2014 Reply

Social media is awesome, but it can really suck your time can’t it. I know I am guilty of that mistake too. It’s such fun too though which makes it e en trickier!!

written by Sherman Smith On 6 June 2014 Reply

Hey Catherine,

There is not one point I disagree with. I think the major change for me for this year is writing high quality content and focusing on a specific niche market. It was a struggle since my blog was more generic, but I found something that was of interest to me and my market of readers started to change. Which is a positive thing. I use to blog every other day, but now once a week just to give each post a little more “mmph” to them! Thanks for sharing!

written by Catherine Holt On 6 June 2014 Reply

Focusing on a specific niche market will certainly do wonders for your blog. Otherwise it’s like being a “jack of all trades and master of none”. Great to hear that by making some changes you have noticed positive outcomes for your site! Thanks for your feedback :-)

Leave a Comment