I have been blogging for a little over six months now. I am not an expert blogger by any means but I have learned a lot over the past few months. I wanted to share the most important tips and tricks I have learned over the past few months.
The learning process is far from over, I continue to learn new things about blogging and the fashion industry every day and I LOVE sharing what I have learned.
Here are Six must-know blogging tips for new bloggers:
1. Just Start
I spent countless hours trying to perfect my blog, layout and content before I launched my website. I tried reading every book, listening to every podcast, and gathering as much information as I could before I started. I wanted to know EVERYTHING before I started, I didn’t want to make any mistakes. But truth is, you don’t really start learning until you start. Once you put yourself out there and track your performance is when you will really learn what works and what doesn’t. I have really been focusing on the quote “Done is better the perfect!”
2. Appreciate your following
Appreciate all the people that follow you. Listen to them and respond to them. Your followers from day one will be your biggest support. Followers will come and go (trust me the follow/unfollow game is strong)! But the people that are consistently and genuinely engaging are worth your appreciation, they will keep you motivated! Whether you have 100, 10k, or 1 million followers appreciate them. You already took the leap to put your creative self out there, any following you have is amazing!
3. Be Authentic
Be true to yourself. Since I have started blogging I have notice that there are a lot of copycats out there who are trying to follow someone else’s footsteps. There are people who buy followers and have fake engagement, TRUST me it is no way to build your brand. Authenticity is your BEST asset. Plus, blogging is much more fun when it is focused on what you love.
4. Work with brands you are PROUD to represent
Be proud to represent the brands that you work with. I always strive to work with quality brands while creating quality content. If you work with brands just for the “free” stuff you won’t build trustworthiness with your followers and it will deter future brands from working with you. I said no to dozens of companies before I said yes to working with a brand. Set your expectations from the start, know what type of brands you want to represent. This all goes back to being authentic (see tip 3).
5. Don’t compare yourself
Everyone grows at different rates and has different followings. You will kill yourself constantly comparing yourself to others. We all are going to grow at different rates, be patient. Plus your goals could be completely different from the person you’re comparing yourself too! Your goal may be to drive traffic to your website or ultimately sell a product or build customer relationships, while the person you are comparing yourself to could just want as many Instagram followers as possible! Focus on your goals and becoming a better version of yourself and your band.
6. Try new things, it’s all a learning process!
This is SO important and will help your improve your website and brand! When I started out I posted on different days and at different times and tracked my posts performance. I learned what time works best for me and my audience. Play around with different types of content and different writing or photography styles. Learn what you like and don’t like when you are starting out, it is the only way to improve. Plus, you’ll probably gain some incredible insight into your audience. Remember your audience is always changing so it is important to consistently track your performance and make adjustments when necessary! Just because someone isn’t doing something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it, maybe that is what will set your brand apart!
Remember QUALITY is better the QUANTITY, every time!
Whether it is your followers, subscribers, the number of brands you work with, your Instagram feed, etc!
I hope you enjoyed these blogging tips. As I was writing this post I realized I have so many important tips I am learning, so I would love to share more!
Let me know if this is a type of post your like and I will continue to share all my blogging tips, tricks, and secrets!
I have nothing to hide, I loving sharing all of my knowledge with others! Leave any questions in the comments below!
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I really loved reading this post. I agree the follow/unfollow game is strong, I’ve counteracted it by the just following the blogs I actually *want* to follow rather than the ones I expect to follow back, get a nicer feed! A lot of bloggers have said similar things about branding so it’s good to know that’s a universal opinion. I appreciate the point about it being a learning process, I want to look back at my old posts and see improvement to now. I’d totally love to see more posts like this from you!
Kate || http://www.katerattley.com
Hi, Kate! Thank you so much for your comment. Constantly having people follow and unfollow you can be a real downer, but it is so important to stay true to yourself. I am a firm believer it will pay off in the end for those who are authentic and transparent. I will definitely be sharing more tips as I learn 🙂
Thanks for the tips! I could definitely work on #5. Would love to see more posts like this!
Miles of smiles,
I am constantly working on tip number 5 as well! I am glad you liked this post, I can’t wait to share more!
This is great! I’m a new blogger so very helpful 🙂
-Kirsten // http://www.porkandcookies.com
Glad you enjoyed the tips Kristen! 🙂
Thanks for the great tips! Definitely do more 🙂
Love your layout x
Thank you Charlotta, I am glad you enjoyed the tips! 🙂
This is one of the best tips I have read on this topic. I had to pin it to my “blogging” boards. Thanks so much for sharing them!!!!
Thank you so much Emily! I am glad you enjoyed the post. They are tips I still have to remind myself about everyday!
These are great tips! x
Erin x | Erin Azmir Blog
Thanks Erin! I am glad you enjoyed them 🙂
Love this!! Thank you for sharing. Are there any books you read that were must reads?? I’ve definitely found myself pretty halted by what you mentioned in number one, but I do enjoy a good book, haha. I’d also definitely love to see more posts like this! x. Kaitlin
Hi Kaitlin! Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed the post. A couple books I love are Capture Your Style by Aimee Song. It has great tips for blogging and Instagram. Another one I loved (unrelated to blogging) is You are a Badass. It really keeps me motivated and thinking positive when I don’t believe in myself! Both a great reads.
I’ve been blogging for about 6 months now as well, and I have to say I totally agree with everything you said above!!
Thank you for these tips! I’m reading all your blog tip post right now. On to the next one right now!
Thank you for the tips! I was wondering what you think about the Wix websites and whether you think they are successful/worth the time in setting them up?