10 Things You Can Learn About Blogging – the Best Blogging Resources for Beginners


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As I wrap up my first official year of blogging, I am reflecting on what I have learned and what I wish I had known earlier in the year.

There is so much to know and learn about blogging that sometimes it is hard to know where to start!

While there are tons of things that I learned that I should have been paying attention to, these are my top best blogging resources that I feel would benefit someone in the first few months to a year of blogging.

They will set the stage for a strong foundation and great content that will lead to monetization and growth.

10 Things You Can Learn About Blogging - the Best Blogging Resources for Beginners

 

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Pick a great hosting company.

It may not be something you are likely to think about or focus on as a blogger if you are not into the techy side of everything, but having a good hosting service is key.

Your hosting company keeps your website running and can be responsible for how fast your site runs and how secure it is.

Siteground is my hosting company of choice.  Time and time again they have proven to be faster, safer, and better at customer service.

It is extremely easy to set up (they will do almost all the work for you) and their interface is easy to use.

Sign up for Siteground for $3.95 per month to get your website off the ground and running.

If you are just starting out, I suggest starting with the StartUp package.

Time management is key.

I still haven’t mastered this, but time management skills really are extremely important if you are going to be a blogger.

There are SO many moving parts when it comes to blogging.  It is hard to keep up with everything if you aren’t extremely organized and able to manage your time.

So grab a planner – whether it be in print or online – and use that thing to make to-do lists, create editorial calendars, and just keep track of ALL THE THINGS.

Educate yourself on the world of blogging.

Pretty soon after you start out, I would highly recommend investing in your blogging education.

That is what I did and it is the best decision I made to ensure my success. Elite Blog Academy is the best comprehensive course to take to transform your blog from hobby to business.

Here is the catch though…they only open their doors once a year, so it is best to get on their waiting list

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In the meantime, check out these 2018 Blogging Trends eBook that they have released.  It can help you plan and create goals for your business this year!

Oh, and you know the coolest thing? Ruth Soukup, the founder of Elite Blog Academy, started out just where you are…she started a blog as a way to hold herself accountable to her goals and now she is making more than enough to chase her dreams 🙂

Don’t get caught up in social media.

This was one of the first tips I heard when I entered the blogging world and it is quite possibly one of the best pieces of advice you could follow.

It is SO easy to “go down the hole” in a Facebook group with reading all the posts and comments asking questions and debating blogging best practices.

Stay away from those groups as much as possible and also don’t waste your time in the groups where you are sharing your content just to share/comment/like on other bloggers’ content.

This is a waste of time.

My advice is to join a few awesome and supportive blogging groups.  (I love the EBA Facebook group you get access to if you sign up for the Elite Blog Academy course!).  When you hit a roadblock or have a question, use the search function to find posts related to your question.

Another favorite group of mine is Blogging on WordPress.  Grayson Bell is awesome and he is always quick to respond to this group.  

Plus, he has an AMAZING free course on WordPress!

Get on the email marketing train.

One thing that I ignored for a good while was signing up for an email marketing service.  And when I did, I went with a free account.

In the end, I realized that I just was not getting the functionality that I needed or wanted and it was going to be a pain to transfer all my “stuff” once I was ready to move on to a paid service.

I bit the bullet and signed up with Convertkit.  And I am so glad that I did!

Their tutorials and Help section are amazing and their customer service is extremely responsive.

I especially love how easy it is to set up automations, send out emails, and create landing pages and opt-in forms.

If you can swing it, paying for an email marketing service is totally worth it (but not absolutely necessary) even when you aren’t making money from your blog.

Email is going to be a key component in creating and growing your business, so it is a good choice to invest in early on.

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Create opt-ins.

I did not do this right away (and this ties in perfectly with getting your email set up early) because I was so nervous that whatever free opt-in I created would be dumb and worthless.

An opt-in is a freebie that you offer within your blog posts or on a landing page in exchange for email subscribers.

This can be a one-page PDF guide, a short e-book, a checklist, or any other resource you think would benefit your target audience.

One year later and I have tested out a few different types myself and I quickly learned which ones were dumb and worthless and which ones were valuable.

And guess what? It really didn’t bother me in the end after all!  I learned something and that is a huge help in moving forward with future opt-ins.

This area takes some time to get right, but once you do you will see a huge increase in subscribers.

Learn the ins and outs of Pinterest.

If used correctly, Pinterest can bring you tons of traffic to your site and new email subscribers to your list.

One of my favorite resources to learn about Pinterest is Simple Pin Media’s podcast.  Definitely, check it out.

If podcasts are not your thing, her blog is just as helpful and she also offers courses on Pinterest.

Once you learn all about Pinterest accounts, group boards, images, and keywords, it is time to decide how you are going to manage your Pinterest strategy.

Tailwind is a great tool that helps you analyze which pins and boards are performing on your account.

There is also a great scheduling tool that allows you to set it and forget it when it comes to pinning.

Make sure you are sharing your content on social media.

Once you get moving on the whole blogging thing and you start having content you want to share with your audience, you need to start sharing on all those social media channels.

It can be so overwhelming and time-consuming to keep up with all your social media accounts.

Worrying about images and descriptions and when to share can feel like a full-time job.

Social Warfare is awesome and it makes it easy to set up social media sharing how you want it to display.

I love that it lets you designate the image you want to be associated with each different social media channel and even gives you the guidelines for the dimensions the image should be for each social media platform.

There is also a space to add descriptions as well.

Some other benefits include attractive sharing buttons that adapt to any screen, zero loss of social shares count if you change domains, and a plugin that does not slow down your site!

Style your images effectively.

Images are essential to your content.  You especially need them in order to drive traffic from Pinterest.

There are some simple guidelines to follow out there to style your images to catch readers’ attention.  Here is a great podcast episode from Simple Pin Media (+ show notes) with some of those guidelines.

I use PicMonkey to edit the stock images that I use in my blog posts.

It is easy to add text, change the size, and style your images the way you would like.

You can also easily store your images in PicMonkey’s Hub, which is great for working across multiple devices and collaboration with team members.

There are a few other free or low-cost photo editing sites out there – the other popular one is Canva, but I find PicMonkey easy to use and it has been my go to from the beginning.

Cultivate your email list.

Once you have your email set up and your opt-in created, it is time to make sure you keep your list engaged.  This is really hard in the beginning.

What are you supposed to say to all these strangers now that they are receiving your messages straight to their inbox?

Date Your List from Rosemarie Groner is a great resource to help you learn how to write to your list to keep them engaged, cultivate trust, and eventually entice them to buy products from you.

Your email list is the only thing you can absolutely control.  It is essential to the success of your business as you build a community that trusts you and looks forward to hearing from you.

Date Your List is short but jam-packed with great information.

Site speed matters!

This is something I did not pay attention to for a very long time.

I was reading about how site speed could be to blame for lack of conversions and so I checked my speed and it was horrible!

It makes sense though.  When a site is taking a long time to load I usually look for my info elsewhere unless I already know that the site is exactly what I want to read.

There are a couple of free sites that will test your site for you, but the best thing you can be sure to do is to make sure your image size is optimized.

I purchased ShortPixel and I am very pleased with how it has helped my site speed.

I would recommend cleaning out your image library though to ensure you are only optimizing images that you are using since there is a limit.

Blogging is a great way to start a business and scale it to whatever size you desire.  There is a steep learning curve mostly because there are just so many pieces to fit together, but one day it just clicks and it all makes sense!

Knowing where to focus and what resources to use are half the battle.  There is so much information out there that sometimes it is hard to wade through and find the valuable items.  These are the best blogging resources I have stumbled across for beginners.

If you have started a blog recently or are just getting yours off the ground and running, leave it in the comments – I would love to check it out!

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