6 Success Tips for New Bloggers

dreamstime_xs_9965270When I started my blog nearly two years ago, I barely even knew what a blog was. I just knew that “everyone was doing it”, and it was something that I was going to have to learn if I wanted to elevate my small business success. I hadn’t even planned on starting a blog because 1) I didn’t feel I had anything to blog about and 2) I thought blogging was for people that didn’t have anything better to do. Almost two years later, and I’m wondering what took me so long to learn how to simply embrace the blogosphere? It has been the biggest blessing for me since I launched Moms ‘N Charge in 2012, and I have formed the most awesomely amazing relationships through blogging. But I had to learn to embrace it.

I friend of mine recently told me about the Femworking Blogger and Small Business Conference being held on October 26th. This particular conference excited me because it is brining together two things I absolutely love: blogging and empowering moms/women. So when I found out about their blogger panel contest, and their request to share information about lessons learned through blogging, it was a no brainer for me.

Over the past few months, I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from friends, clients and associates alike about how to start a blog, and tips for writing blogs. There are so many things I’ve learned since I started, but I wanted to share my top 6 tips.

6 Success Tips for New Bloggers:

1. Be authentic. As a new blogger, it is so easy to get wrapped up in what everyone else is doing and how they are doing it. It can be difficult to get into a groove and find your own voice. But people know and appreciate when you’re being authentic. Speak from your heart. Don’t try to be someone you’re not because you think that’s what people want to read.

2. People are BOLD behind their computer screen. When I first started writing for Black and Married with Kids, it was the first time I really had to learn to grow some thick skin. When you first start blogging, most of your readers are friends, family and their friends and family. So writing for such a big platform like BMWK, you’re exposed to the real world of how harsh and cruel some people can truly be. It’s so easy to take comments personally, especially when you’re being called things like “irresponsible” or a “dinasour” (ouch). But 9 times out of 10, those people haven’t even taken time to read the entire article. So just take it with a grain of salt.

3. Be creative and think outside of the box. I had no idea that blogging was more than just words on a website. You know that saying, “pictures are worth a thousand words”? Well the same holds true when blogging. Sometimes a simple picture will drive a point home quicker and more powerfully than any words you can carefully put together. Blogging can be a video (yours or otherwise) with an opinion attached. It can be a link to an article with your point of view, or a giveaway. There’s no cookie cutter way to do things, but lots of great options you can implement.

4. Choose your titles wisely. The title of your blog post is usually more important than the content. Think about it: when you watch the news, they always give you those headline teasers that tell you what’s coming up. This is so you have to stay by the TV and wait until commercials are over in order to hear the details of the news story. The headline is what draws people in to click on your post and read it.

5. Be consistent. When I started out, I thought that publishing a post once a month was blogging. It wasn’t until I started creating new content and posting regularly, that I began to gain a following and build relationships with other amazing bloggers. Don’t try to blog 6 times a week just because someone said you should. Do what’s realistic for you, but once a month isn’t going to cut it either (*wink).

6. It’s not about you. Blogging is a conversation. Yes, people may click on the title link to read the post, but if it’s all one sided, then you may risk the chance of them coming back. You always want to leave room for your audience to chime in with their own thoughts and opinions. So if you want to start a conversation, be sure ask a question and invite them to share their thoughts in the comments section.

So on that note…

For the veteran bloggers: What tips would you add to this list that you’ve learned since you began your blogging journey?

For aspiring bloggers: What are the challenges you are facing with getting started?

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15 Comments

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    Crystale
    October 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Thank you for this info Christine! I plan to get more serious about blogging for my photography business, and I will definitely be able to use all if these tips. ESPECIALLY the one about being consistent. 🙂 I can see why that would be important. I just have to make sure I set aside the time and make a plan to do it.

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      Christine St.Vil
      October 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      You are so welcome Crystale! The great thing about the work that you do is that it doesn’t call for a whole lot of words. People (including my myself), love your work and I’m sure would love to see more of it on your blog 😉 Please let me know if there’s any way I can help!

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    Living Life Lovely
    October 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    These are great tips! Thanks.

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    Christine St.Vil
    October 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Thanks a bunch Living Life Lovely! Can I just say how much I love that? 😉

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    Martine Foreman
    October 10, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Great tips, Christine. I love this post!

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    Kara
    October 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    These tips are on point, Christine! Good stuff. 

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    Britni Newton Vigil
    October 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    These are great tips. Do you have any specific tips for post titles?

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    • Reply
      Christine St.Vil
      October 16, 2013 at 6:12 AM

      Hi Britni! Thanks so much for stopping by! Your post titles should be clear enough that someone wants to read it to find out more. But they should also include your keywords (I juse google adwords) to help with SEO ranking. Hope this helps. Maybe I’ll write a separate posts, although I’m still working on titles 😉

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    Tiya
    March 1, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    I have to thank you for this post! It’s so helpful, you have provided excellent tips.

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      Christine St.Vil
      March 2, 2014 at 6:28 AM

      Yay! I’m so glad it was helpful for you Tiya! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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    Christine St.Vil
    March 28, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Hi Britni! Sorry for the delayed response but thanks for stopping by and for your compliments! I'm still learning new things with post titles, but I've found success with a few things; using key words in title and post are most effective, and I also have success with numbered posts (such as this one). I'll be teaching this very thing and more in my upcoming blogging course as well: https://radicalsuccessinstitute.com/blogging-101/

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