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I really enjoy creating helpful blog content. Especially content that I know will be beneficial for new bloggers. The reason for this is because it took me YEARS to get anywhere significant with my blog because I feel like back in 2013 when I first started, blogging tips and tricks for beginners weren’t as readily available as they are now.
Because we were all new once and I want to provide the information a new bloggers needs that I didn’t have when I started blogging 7 years ago now. Seriously, it took me about 3 years to learn half of what I needed to know in order to grow a successful blog!
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There’s so much helpful advice out there now and blogging tips and tricks for beginners but in this post I want to focus more on the things you might not have thought about. I have plenty of blog posts containing practical advice for new bloggers but here we’ll be focusing more on the mental side of running a blog.
So here are some blogging tips and tricks for beginners I wish all new bloggers knew!
Stop getting upset when someone unfollows you…
We all want followers and want to grow our blog following, I know. But getting upset every time you lose a follower really is unnecessary. There’s a ton of reasons someone might unfollow you. They’re not online anymore, Twitter are clearing out their inactive / bot accounts or perhaps someone just doesn’t enjoy your content anymore. And so what? They’re not your people. Move on.
…and definitely stop moping about unfollows / lack of views etc. on social media
Even worse is when you take it to Twitter and mope about things rather than doing something about them. Your views aren’t as high this month? Okay, let’s figure out why and learn from it. Let’s not take to Twitter and start crying about it. Sorry but someone moaning about their lack of views definitely DOESN’T make me wanna give you a view.
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Be extra careful when it comes to brand collaborations
When you’re a newer blogger, all types of collaborations can sound hella exciting. I know, I’ve been there. And you’ll tend to agree to everything without giving much thought as to what’s being asked of you or what’s being offered to you.
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If you lose your passion, take a step back
Passion ALWAYS shows. So if passion shows, then a lack of passion shows just as much. Whether you started your blog as a hobby or with the aim of taking it full-time one day, always keep your passion in check. If you ever find yourself resenting it or you feel like writing blog content has turned into a chore, step it back, honey. Re-think. Re-charge. And think about what you really want.
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Don’t be like everyone else
I’m never one to say that the blogging industry is over-saturated. I believe there’s a place for everyone here, who can provide a unique insight into their niche of choice. But, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think the blogging industry has a LOT going on and a LOT of people all fighting for a place in the spotlight. I urge you, as a new blogger, not to create a carbon copy of what everyone else is doing. Nobody wants or needs to see the came content 17x over.
You don’t need to burn yourself out to create a successful blog
I see this so much on Twitter and it makes me want to scream. People almost boasting at the fact that they’ve stayed up until 3am, not slept or eaten and are just sOoOo busy. I mean. Stop it. It’s not necessary. And it’s not healthy. As as a new blogger, you really don’t need to be swept into the idea that you have to be working on your blog 24 hours a day in order for it to become a success. Have a bath and a cuppa hun, chill.
Hi! New to blogging and wondering if you have any tips as to get people to notice my blog? ovided Love this post, it provided really great advice!
I have loads of different posts that you’ll find helpful, if you check out my blogging advice category. I’d also recommend checking out my eBook, A Beginners Guide On Growing Your Blog Following (link in navigation) – I share how I gained 5,000 followers in 18 months!
Thank you, I will be taking these tips on board
my advice would to be brave and show the world who you are. Hi there.I am going around the neighborhood introducing myself. My name is Marc. My blog contains excerpts from my book The Driveway Rules. It contains memoirs about growing up with undiagnosed autism. I hope you stop by.
This was really helpful and to the point, exactly what new bloggers need. I wrote a blog yesterday on the same subject. It would be great if you would check it out and leave a feedback 🙂
This was so helpful. Thank you so much
Thank you for your great tips. I am new to this blogging.
Well for this year I have decided to change my blog name but sadly because of it I lose all my followers I change from Reverie to http://yovelee.wordpress.com and I love the name
I WISH I had some of these tips when I started blogging!
Thank you so much. I am a new blogger and I am taking in all the advice I can get. Good luck to you!
Glad you found it helpful!
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Thank you for your great tips. I am new to this blogging world. This will help me a lot
I’m glad you found it helpful 😌
Good recommendations. Thank you so much! 🙂
You’re welcome x
yesssss some solid advice here for sure! x
Thank you x
I would add, do not compare yourself to anyone. Sure it’s great to have an idea of what people are doing, and it can be inspiring. However it can be demoralising in equal measure.
You have to find you’re own path and it takes time. Try not to be disheartened by the incredible stats people publish and focus on doing what you do to the best of your ability.
It’s also good to take what some bloggers say with a pinch of salt… not everything you read is true!
I’m a new blogger actually and I’m having a hard time editing my blog. But this one boost my hope. Thanks for the tips!
Great advice! Thanks!
This is great advice! I remember a few years ago my twitter feed was practically FULL of complaints about views etc. I think even seasoned bloggers can take something from this, especially about taking a step back and burnout! xx
I agree. I think as you get further into your blogging journey that’s when you really do need to take time out as it can get so busy x
This is so interesting. I think about things like this quite a lot almost like a little check in with myself. Not sure about something? What would I tell someone else? What am I happy I do/ did at the start etc. You’ve mentioned some really great things here, especially getting over the followers thing – that one took me a while x
Thank you – definitely all good things to still remind yourself even if you aren’t new xxx
I’m a relatively new blogger and I just wanna say thank you for this post. It has given me a lot of tips as well as encouragement.
I’m so glad 😌 x
I’m not sure if I still count as a new blogger, having been blogging for 16 months now, but this advice is definitely still relevant to me – the last 3 points in particular!
Thank you! The advice definitely isn’t just for new bloggers 😌
I always find info like this very useful, when you’re just starting out you definitely feel like you have no idea what you’re doing. This definitely provided some clarity. Positive influence can go a long way!
Thank you – glad you found it useful!
Thank you – glad you found it useful
This is so helpful! I really hope follow/unfollow dies a death one day. It has to be the most annoying thing – I tend to block any people I recognise doing it though xx
I block them too! SO annoying x
If only tips like these had existed when I first started, I might be less angsty about my blog! Haha!
Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived
Haha oh no!
I definitely agree with stopping worrying about follower numbers x
This was really helpful!
these are fab tips. deffo stop when youre not feeling it. ive only just learnt that after 3 years
Glad you learnt it though!
I love this – especially the take a step back if the passion goes. I’ve had a few breaks over the years when it’s all just got a bit much, and each time it’s left me buzzing to get back to it. I think I’d tell myself that, at the end of the day, I’m doing it as a hobby and it doesn’t matter – if getting 3 book reviews a fortnight done is too much, then ease up on it! Actually, wait, I’m telling myself that now as well, aha! Great post!!
I think these tips are just as important for ‘existing’ bloggers as well as new bloggers as it is easy to forget the basics
I agree actually 😌
I love this post so much. Thank you for your tips! Starting again with my blog in the latter half of 2019 was scary but I’ve learnt so much from my first time around. I know exactly the direction I want to process in and the brand I want to become. I’m less worried about the numbers (especially on Instagram) and more interested in creating quality content for my blog.
You’re blog has been so helpful in my journey too which I’m incredibly grateful for.
Kate | thelittlecrunch.co.uk
So glad to hear you have a clear vision of what you want for you blog – best of luck with it! 💛
Great post! I agree with you about passion in anything you do in life…including blogging. If something is too much of a chore, then something is wrong. The great thing about blogging is that people share their ‘passions’. For some it is photography; for others, it might be travel. You catch a glimpse of the world from another person’s perspective and that is a wonderful thing. 🙂
Absolutely agree 🙂 x
You always give such great advice! xx
Thank you x
Excellent advice! I especially agree with not burning yourself out. Hustling ALL. DAY. LONG isn’t something to be proud of!
Nope, it’s totally not! x
You provided some really valuable tips here! We can get so fixated on numbers that sometimes we need to take a step back and realise that it’s better to have fewer followers who engage with your content than hundreds or thousands of people who don’t. I would also add the fact that it’s not necessary to invest in expensive equipment or courses before you start – as long as you have passion for it, you can take beautiful photographs on your phone and learn as you go!
Dominika | Into the Bloom
Oh totally! Engagement is definitely more important anyway! And that’s a really good thing to add too – learning as you go!
Great tips! I’m not a ‘new’ blogger but I’ve only really been blogging now and again. I want to really focus on my blog this year so this advice is really helpful. Thanks for posting!
Hope you get into blogging more regularly this year!
Great tips, every new blogger should read this!! The one about losing your passion really stood out to me, I definitely think that’s such an important aspect to consider. And you’re right, your audience can really tell when you’re passionate, and the same when you’re not!
They absolutely can tell 🙂
Good advice for ALL bloggers!
Very good advice for beginners. I’m just (re)starting my blog so I will take the points to heart. Thank you!
Hope they help!
SUCH good advice – I need to use some of it myself! I can be a nightmare!
Erin || MakeErinOver
All of this advice is so good. My only addition would be to make realistic goals and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make them! Thanks for your advice. 🙂
That’s a really good point too!
Could not agree more with all of the above! It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging since 2015 now but even still require advice and help! I definitely think you’re one of the best people at giving blogging advice Jenny! I love your style of writing 🙂 also congrats on those 10k followers of yours I saw over on twitter!
Ashleigh – https://www.ashleighsmoments.com
Awh thank you! Although I’ve been doing this 7 years and still need advice on things! I still buy ebooks and courses to help me learn things I’m still not sure of 🙂 You never stop learning! And thank you!
Thank you so much for this blog post! I am a new Blogger myself and I will keep your tips in mind 🙂
Hope they help!
Brilliant tips for new bloggers. Last year was my step back time and now I’m ready to get back into it and really enjoy it all again.
So glad you’re enjoying it again!
These tips would have been so helpful to me when I started blogging, especially because accepting brand collaborations was something I wasn’t great at when I started blogging. I also tried to grow felt quickly and obviously it took me a lot longer to get there than I initially thought x
Oh neither was I – I said yes to anything haha!
These tips are absolutely amazing! I love seeing new bloggers!
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
Thank you x
This is a great list! I love that it has different advice than other posts I’ve seen (and done) about advice to new bloggers.
I especially love not complaining about lack of views on social media.
Thanks so much – I did want to offer some sort of different advice to normal!
Thank you Jenny for the tips. I am new to blogging and I totally agree that we are all unique. The first thing that was hard for me to cope with was that it will take time. I always remind myself that Rome wasn’t build in a day.I will keep your tips in mind and come back for more.
That’s absolutely true!
This is a well-being post in itself. We have to look out for our minds and souls when sharing them with others. Nothing is worth burning yourself out over, so I love your tips, which seem focused on dampening down the stress some people find comes with their blog. 🙂
I wish I’d been better at saying “No” from the start, so my advice would be that you don’t have to accept every opportunity that comes your way! If you don’t feel the product is worth your time and effort, then just say no.
Absolutely. I wish I’d done that too!
I used to see a lot of people getting upset with unfollowers months ago, I never really personally get bothered when someone unfollows me (never know who it is as I don’t keep track with any follow tracker app) as it’s not really my business – like you said, maybe the person just doesn’t enjoy the content anymore and that’s okay!
One thing I’ve definitely been is extra careful with brand collaborations – I recently had a brand reach out to me quite literally on new years day but something just didn’t sit well so I decided to turn the opportunity down. It’s so so important to see if the brand aligns with your blog before accepting a collaboration. Passion ALWAYS shows 100% – although maintaining a schedule is super important it’s also really important to put out content you’re happy + passionate about, not just content for the sake of posting.
YES – shine bright on your own! You don’t have to follow what everyone’s doing, carve your own path and the readers who enjoy your content will come 🙂
I think the main piece of advice I’d give to new bloggers is that you don’t need to have a niche, post about whatever makes you happy!
Totally agree with everything you’ve said! Sometimes a niche can help but definitely at the beginning it’s important to just write about whatever you’re passionate about otherwise you’ll lose that passion pretty quick!
Some really great advice here – I remember when I first started blogging I did get caught up in the whole following business etc which would often get me down. But now, years later I found that the content I produce is hugely improved since I stopped focusing on followers etc. And now I’m hoping to go self hosted this year too.
That’s great to hear! Hope you do get to go self hosted this year x
This is some great advice, especially the follow/unfollow obsession and moaning and panic.
Thanks for sharing ❤️
Great advice! I hate seeing people constantly whining about how much they must suck because people unfollowed them… It’s the nature of social media. I guarantee you that the greatest, most successful bloggers out there are also being unfollowed for a variety of reasons!
Hahaha exactly! It winds me up SO much!
When I first started blogging a post like this would have been super helpful. These are great tips especiallt about getting upset about unfollowers. Thank you for sharing Jenny! Excited for your book! Xxx
Thank you Lauren! xxx
Some great advice here – especially when it comes to unfollowers / lack of views! I feel like this can be so disheartening when you’re first starting out but it’s something we all face from time to time, but like you said, it’s all about getting up and being proactive and figuring out what can be changed. I can’t wait to read your book Jenny! x
Absolutely 🙂 I understand why it can be disheartening at first but as soon as you change that mindset, things will improve 🙂 And thank you!
This is lovely advice for both new bloggers and old time.
It’s so easy to get sucked in on how many followers we have that it’s easy to loose sight of what made us start our blogs. The passion to write. Etc.
Technically I’m not a new blogger as I’ve been doing it around 2 years now but this post was still really helpful for me! I still sometimes get a little upset when people unfollow me but I’m going to try and not do that anymore! X
I hope you don’t! Your blog is wonderful so anyone who unfollows you is wrong haha!
I’ve said this before so many times but you are soooooo good at tips and advice for bloggers, not just new ones either.
When you’re starting out, it’s so hard to build that following and any unfollowers feel like a personal rejection. It’s hard to put things in perspective and realise that it’s really not you, it’s them.
The only other piece of advice I’d give to new bloggers is if you go into it thinking you’ll make a lot of money fast, rethink your options. Blogging is HARD WORK, although if you have passion for writing and engaging with people it never (or rarely!) feels like a chore 🙂 Fab post, Jenny xxx
Totally agree and YES that’s a really good point. I think a lot of people will go in thinking it’s a get rich quick scheme when it’s literally so far from that! x
I realized I had hit a writer’s block and wasn’t passionate about writing anymore, so I took a break for a while. That period allowed me to re-evaluate what I wanted to write about. Even though I started out with four main topics, I wrote more on inspiration.
Another tip is to not care what people think (to an extent). I remember when I first started writing posts about God, I was so scared. I thought people would be turned away from my blog but I came to the conclusion that it was my blog, and they didn’t have to read it if they didn’t want to.
That’s great that you were pro-active and took a step back! And that’s so true!
Yes. And I thought I would never get back to it, but when the inspiration hits you to write, you write lol
This is such a helpful post! I always make sure to be inspired whenever I’m writing. If I don’t feel passionate enough, I take a break and don’t force it! Lovely post, thank you for sharing!
Thank you! Trying to write when you’re not inspired is almost impossible!
Yes! Even if I finish a post, I wouldn’t like it and wouldn’t be satisfied
Thank you so much for the helpful insight. I am a beginning blogger, but very excited about the future! Blogging is fun! I will look out for your book. Make sure you give us the details:)
Thank you! You can pre-order my book in my sidebar 🙂
LOL you are so straight to the point! but everything is true – doing is better than moaning – and time will reap results.
My passion for blogging is starting to revive again after a long break – i just need to decide on what I want to next write about!
great post 🙂
That’s great, hope you get going again soon!
Totally agree with everything you’ve said! I’ve definitely moaned before about unfollowers but over time you just learn to deal with it and accept that people have that right to unfollow if you’re no longer their cup of tea xx
Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk
Exactly! If we all moaned every time we lost a follower, Twitter would be a nightmare haha!
I agree so much with all of this! Although I’m a hypocrite cause I’ve definitely whinged when people I thought were friends unfollow. But it’s all a learning experience isn’t it? You’re especially right about brand collabs – people really try to take advantage and when you’re new it is so exciting that anyone’s approached you that you perhaps don’t see that. And YES about the passion part. I’ve seen so many bloggers force out content that they clearly don’t care about and it just doesn’t reflect well on them at all!
Beth x Adventure & Anxiety
I think if it’s a friend it can definitely hurt depending on the person though!
Great tips, I’m finding it hard to get followers so I might not loose sleep over it 🙂
Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes
Don’t lose sleep over it – they’ll come.
Great advice. I am learning to pay no attention to views and followers. But it’s not easy.
I wouldn’t say pay NO attention. But just don’t get worked up over it!
These are all so helpful, for new and old. It’s easy to forget the basics at times.
My advice would be to find your ‘tribe’ those that will support you, share their knowledge and build you up are the ones you need behind you.
Thank you for always inspiring x
Thank you and YES to finding your tribe! I love that!
Fab tips! I definitely need it to be drummed into me to not get too worked up when I get unfollowed! Becca x
Haha hope you can let that go!
This is so relevant. Especially about burnout. The path to success with your blog is not to kill yourself over it. I’d also add that define success your own way. You might be blogging for your own creativity, or to make money, or to get views, or to start interesting conversations etc. etc.
Oh yes defining success in your own way is a great point!
This is really great advice, Jenny! So many new bloggers need to know about these, as it’s so easy to get sucked in to the views/followers hole and accept collaborations from brands who don’t always have your best interests at heart!
Thank you – totally agree!
These are such great tips!! I’d say not to spend much money to start either; use free blogging platforms and a camera phone to start with 🙂 No point paying for a website, hosting and a camera if you’re only going to stick with it for a couple of months and get bored 🙂 x
Holly | http://www.gollymissholly.uk
That’s an excellent point!
Ooo these are some really good tips and ones that you don’t see all the time! Thanks for sharing Jenny!