My Advice for New Bloggers and What I Would Do Differently

Recently I’ve seen an influx of young bloggers in the community. I think it’s really cool that younger gals are trying to make it in the blogger world, but I’ve noticed that many are trying to monetize their blogs and that they’re focusing on that more than anything. 

If I’ve learned anything from working in SEO, it’s that content is king, but as well as that, there are also some other things you should consider before you make yourself a blog. 

Think it through

Before I made this blog, I had created and deleted about 8 blogs. I was unsure if I could keep up with it, if I’d lose interest or if I would run out of things to say. Having had this blog for 3 years now, I can say that I don’t regret taking my time. I actually think that, had I had more time to think it through, I may have taken this website in another direction. That being said, the experience this blog has given me is invaluable, and it’s complimented the job I’m in now.

If you’re thinking of creating a blog, make sure it’s what you want. Write about what you love, what you find interesting, and start finding similar bloggers who inspire you. Take it slow and learn all you can before throwing yourself into the deep end.

Find your niche

When I started out, I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. I kind of decided not to have a niche in the end, and I labelled myself as a lifestyle blogger. If I did it all over, I would have focused on one thing (interiors, fashion, or beauty). I think now that the market is becoming more saturated, it’s important to know what you want your site to be, what audience you’re targeting and what you love writing about the most.

Will you brand yourself or create something new?

Branding yourself can be a big task. It’s about getting your name out there, having your social accounts linked to your blog and having to suddenly be professional. I honestly didn’t think about this when I first started out, and I totally regret trying to brand myself. If I could go back, I think I would try and create a new blog and make new social accounts for it. Having said that, I’m starting a new project at the moment, and if I didn’t have the knowledge I have now from my current blog I wouldn’t be able to work on it.

Do it for yourself, not for money

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, NEVER start a blog in order to earn money. Creating an income from your blog should only be done once you have an audience, a great website and some really good content. Earning money from blogging should be a result of hard work, not something you’re entitled to from the get-go.

Get to grips with SEO

In order to get a great website, you will need to get to grips with SEO. SEO, in basic terms, is how well your website ranks for the things you’re writing about. There are tonnes of free resources out there at the moment that can help with blog SEO, just do your research and get to work. You’ll find that hard work pays off (and ranks you better on Google).

Network – the community isn’t that bad

In the past, I’ve definitely slated the blogging community, and there are a lot of things wrong with it in my opinion. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t met some amazing people whilst being a blogger myself. Get out there, enjoy the content of others and hype others up, you may find you get the same in return.

Ignore the stigma

At the moment I think that a lot of people who aren't in the community give bloggers a bad name, and tbh I think this does come down to a choice few bloggers who, in my opinion, make the community seem like a bitchy place to be. It can be, and I think some bloggers give others a bad name, but this doesn’t have to be you. As long as you don’t think you’re above others, write about what you love, and embrace others, then I think you’ll be on to a winner.


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