Five Tips for Beginner Bloggers

19 June 2016

Since I've been blogging for almost three years I thought it was about time I share some of the things I've learnt with those of you who are new to blogging or are thinking about starting a blog!

1. Don't get hung up on the numbers
When you first start your blog it's easy to get obsessed on the numbers; page views, comments, followers. After a while you'll soon realise these things don't really matter. In my opinion, it's more important that you enjoy making the content you create and that even if you only have a small audience, they are engaged! Focus on your content, and the numbers will follow.

2. Find your theme
Before you start your blog it's important to have an idea on what kind of content you want to create. If you're not sure, my advice would be to choose something you're passionate about. Whether it's photography, beauty, fashion, or something else entirely, in the first few months of your blog it's important to have a consistent theme as this is what will attract people to your blog. After all, if someone visits your blog to read a beauty review but the rest of your blog is based around cars they're less likely to follow your blog as the rest of your posts don't interest them. Bit of a random example, but hopefully I made my point clear!

After a few months, you can expand your blog and incorporate more topics once you have established a loyal following. For example, on my blog I now do beauty, photography, and lifestyle. Obviously, you can post whatever you like since it is your blog, but if you're interested in growing your blog, try and stick to some sort of theme.

3. Invest in a good template
If you're not very experienced in HTML and coding, you may want to consider investing in a good template for your blog, as this is one of the first things your reader will see. Whilst your content is the most important aspect, reading it off a pretty blog is always much more satisfying!

You don't have to spent a fortune to get a nice template. There are hundreds of free templates online or if you're using blogger there is also a template option where you can alter fonts, backgrounds etc. Alternatively, if you want to spend some money on your blog you can buy a template off of sites such as Etsy. In my experience, I've always found it more beneficial to buy a template as they're usually more professional-looking and well coded. You don't even have to spend lots; I got my blog template on Etsy for £3!

4. Create a timetable for your blog

credit: careergirldaily

When your blog is just starting out, consistency is key! You should try and establish a timetable for when you plan to post, but make sure it is realistic! Take into account your other commitments and make sure you have to the time to maintain your blog, as it will take up a lot of your time if you're committed to it.

If you don't have the time to write a post three times a week, you can take advantage of the schedule feature on blogger and bulk-write lots of post and schedule them to go up whenever you like. This is especially good if you have a holiday coming up and can't guarantee you'll have an internet connection to post when you're there!

5. Spent time on the photos
Make sure you're including photos in your posts; These are one of the first things that your reader will see! Even if you can't afford to own a DSLR camera and are using your phone, make sure you're taking photos in good-lighting and with a clean background! If you're using your phone, take advantage of the apps to edit your photos to improve clarity, brightness, and sharpness to improve quality. It's also important to make sure your photos are large and will attract the reader's attention. Even if you can't take photos yourself, you could always find photos online - just make sure you credit whoever's photo it is!

So those are a few of my top tips for any newbie bloggers out there! Hopefully this helped you and good luck with your blog!

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