5 Tips for New Bloggers

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The blogoshphere can be a little intimidating when you first start, and I assume there’ll be a lot of people with the ‘new year, new blog’ mentality. With that in mind I thought I’d put together a little list of things I’ve learnt and a few tips for new bloggers.



 

What I’ve learnt:
1. Twitter isn’t as scary as you think it is

This is a big one. I, as I’m sure most people do, started all new social media accounts for my blog. The first time you login, it looks like everyone has a million followers (not literally) and everyone is also best friends. Twitter comes across as very cliquey, but most people are really friendly! And you can create your own little clique quite quickly too. Engagement is so important, talk to people and you’ll have Twitter buddies in no time.

2. Engagement

I just mentioned engaging on Twitter, but engage everywhere. It’s sort of a buzz word in the blogging world but that’s for a good reason. The importance of engagement is one of the first things I learnt. If people comment on your blog, reply or check out their blog in return, that’s by far the easiest way to get to know fellow bloggers and drive traffic to your own blog. Leave a comment or like something. It will always be noticed and support is ALWAYS appreciated.

3. More Twitter stuff

So, as I said earlier, it isn’t as scary as it looks and it’s really helpful. Look for chats and comment threads. Both are amazing for meeting new people and you’ll often find the same people partake in the same ones so it’s another great way to get to know people.

4. Don’t be too restrictive

Unless you are 100% sure you want to be just fashion/ beauty/ food/ whatever, do all of it. Or whatever interests you. You may find yourself starting as an everything blogger and becoming a strict niche (THAT word again for those of you who read my last post), but recent events have made me think it’s better to be open to everything. I’ve recently had a blogging content crisis so this comes from experience.

5. Follow a wide variety

Again, this will help you make friends but it will also open your mind. Due to comment threads and chats I’ve discovered lots of blogs I never thought I’d read but now really enjoy. It’s easy to only follow people and blogs that are similar to your own but you’d be amazed how interesting alternative content becomes when you start writing your own.

And finally, one bonus note – having a strict schedule isn’t exactly essential in the beginning but posting regularly is. It’s a lot easier to grow your following if you’re consistent so try to post at least once a week.

Accounts worth following:
Bloggers Tribe – For RTs, comment threads and chats
GRLPOWR – Same as above
Teacup Club – RTs and comment threads
Bee Chat – Chats and RTs
April – Does amazing supportive threads all.the.time.
Bexa – Blog shares every Sunday and a super supportive human in general
There are so many more but this list is a great place to start.

If any fellow bloggers reading this have some more tips I’d love to hear them.

Until next time,
Sophie

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44 thoughts on “5 Tips for New Bloggers

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning #TeacupClub! It’s a pleasure to have you there engaging every week! Twitter is my main promotional tool for my blog, I don’t know where I’d be without it, so I wholeheartedly endorse your advice here! Leaving comments on others blogs really does go a long way, lots of people will return the favour – I know I do! Great post!

    Abbey http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  2. These are great tips and really helpful that you’ve shared the accounts to follow! I need to make a note of Bexa’s comment thread on sundays because I ALWAYS miss that one! xxx

  3. Some very good points. I don’t seem to get a lot of luck with comment threads though – I can leave comments on several blogs but be lucky to get one in return! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong there. But I agree with not being too restrictive. I set out to have my blog about certain things but have come up with a few other post ideas that are about other subjects too. It makes it a bit more interesting to write about different things.

    1. Sorry to hear that! The first few weeks are definitely the hardest. In the beginning I engaged in a few follow trains just to get me started and I’d follow a tonne of accounts, anything that interests you. They obviously all won’t follow back but I’m sure some people will. Once you build up a little bit I find you get more natural engagement too. I hope this helps! x

      Sophie

  4. I’m not a new blogger but I am a small one with very little engagement etc. It’s always nice reading these posts in case there is something I am missing. My only trouble with some of the chats is my work schedule means I’m never on Twitter at the right time!

    1. Aah that’s annoying! Do you engage in comment threads often? They’re easy enough to do even if you’re working (providing you can spare 30 seconds). I often share a link but comment on others later when I have a little more time. You can look for ones in different time zones too, there’s some at pretty much every hour of the day so I’m sure if you found even one you could participate in on a regular basis you could gain some engagement that way. Good luck! x

  5. These are fantastic tips Sophie! Twitter is such an awesome place for bloggers. Thank you so much for mentioning the Sunday Blog Share and the lovely words you said about me. You are so sweet! Thank you for all the blog love and support, I really appreciate it. Have a fabulous 2018! xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  6. Twitter is a brilliant place for bloggers! I agree that it is easy to get involved in things and engage with people. I’d love to talk to you more on twitter and on our blogs 🙂
    Love Penny
    PebblePen.com

  7. These are great tips! I’ve found Twitter so useful, it’s where most of my page views are coming from 🙂

    lots of love, Jasmin
    // littlethingswithjassy.com

  8. I love using Twitter for interacting with people. especially other bloggers. It’s a great place to find guest posters as well! I’d also add that getting set up on Pinterest is another tip because it’s such a huge traffic driver when used correctly.

    Things take time and blogging takes time to learn. I also remember not having a niche when I first began, but I’ve found my sweet spot and am so happy that I stuck with my blog through it all.

  9. These are incredible tips lovely, and I’m excited to try them soon. Im a new blogger, well I started in 2017, and I agree with you on this.

    littlewritingworld.wordpress.com

  10. These are some great tips and you are so right, Twitter can be intimidating at first glance but once you get stuck into it, it’s an amazing place to be.
    Lea, xx

  11. One thing I’m planning to get better at for 2018 is engagement on all my social media – sometimes I’ll think oh I should reply to a tweet then decide on liking it and keep scrolling instead! I definitely agree with number 4. I think the best thing is to write a sprinkle of everything so you don’t feel restricted to one specific topic -if I were to describe my blog with a phrase it’d probably be a little bit of everything – inspiration comes from literally everywhere for blogposts and that’s what makes it so fun!

    -Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

    1. Glad that one of your goals is to engage more, it can be a little intimating at first but what’s the worst that can happen? Someone doesn’t respond and you probably forget about it. I love the positive impact Twitter engagement has had on my blog x

  12. This is a great post and it will really come in handy for new bloggers and I agree with engagement as that’s what blogging is all about and supporting fellow bloggers! Ayse x

    1. So true! I love getting comments from all viewers (obviously) but it does make me really happy when I see those familiar faces pop up. So important to get to know a few people x

    1. Literally. I remember sitting there with about 12 followers and seeing everyone chatting away thinking HOW am I ever supposed to do this?! I love it now! x

  13. I started blogging a few months ago and wish I would’ve had a post like this at the time. Twitter has been so helpful with getting my content and blog out there and the community is amazing.

    1. I honestly have no idea how people grew a blog before Twitter, it’s the source of 80% of my views/ engagement/ AND the best place to meet people. SO important for growing my little blog x

  14. Loved this! I’ve had my blog for a while now but I never really tried to engage with other bloggers much until now. Would you say that instagram is as good to have as twitter when it comes to ‘promoting’ the blog and engaging with others? cause I’m still a bit shy of showing my blog off to ‘real life’ people haha X

    1. Glad you found this useful! Honestly, I don’t want to be negative but not anywhere near as well as twitter. It’s not bad for making blogging friends but if we’re talking about actual blog traffic then I’d say for every 100 views that come from twitter, I get maybe 5 from Instagram but that could be different for you if you feel more comfortable there! I was nervous too but I love talking to everyone on Twitter now x

    1. Twitter is great for me too, definitely where most of my views come from and where I’ve built up most of my blogging relationships from. I honestly wouldn’t know what to do without it. Glad you found this helpful! x

  15. What a great post, I found it all so daunting when I first started as you feel like people may look at you and think you’re a bit weird but I’ve been so overwhelmed by the lovely people I’ve met and how supportive the majority of the community is! I also found Bloglovin is a great way to find new blogs and keep people updated but I’m currently having some issues with getting it to connect with my blog!

    Beth x
    isthisseattaken.net

  16. Awesome tips! I think all new bloggers should start using twitter as it really brings traffic! It actually took me ages to finally make a twitter account for my blog and now I wonder what I what I was so worried about as it was the best decision! xx

  17. I ❤️ Twitter I comment on a couple of Facebook groups & posts links to the blog & have a few Instagram posts but Twitter is what drives people to my blog for sure & I love it The chats & comments threads can definitely be a great way to engage fabulous post

  18. I agree with you, Twitter is a brilliant place to find new blogs and to also drive traffic to your blog (it’s my main source). When I first started, which wasn’t that long ago, it was incredibly intimidating as it seemed as though everyone knew everyone. Although, people are really supportive and as long as you stay away from the drama it’s all good. Thank you for the recommendations by the way! x

    Alicia | https://www.alifestyleblog.co.uk

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