Note to Newbies

I have been blogging about three months and joined the Yakezie Challenge for about a month and a half. I couldn’t be happier with where I am, but if I had to do it all over again, here’s what I would do differently. Hopefully a newbie blogger can benefit from my growing pains. I don’t have any regrets as I learned a lot from my missteps, but perhaps this list can make your process more fun and more efficient.

Bread and Butter

No matter what, since you are creating a blog, make sure you work on good quality posts. This does not apply if you have some time to kill and just want to vent your mind. But nothing will kill your traffic faster than stale, uninformative, or uninteresting articles. Do not stress on stats (traffic or money), focus on your bread and butter and everything else will fall into place.

Invest In Yourself

If you are using a free blogging site, cut to a self hosted one, IMMEDIATELY! The only exception to the rule is if you are not that serious about your blog. You find enjoyment just writing and posting your thoughts. However, if you are serious, you need to move to a self hosted site to show you mean business as better opportunities await you in the future. You look more legit. Advertisers want to work with people who look more legit. If you take the Yakezie Challenge, the sooner you cutover the better as your Alexa ranking will be reset. This reset almost derailed me from the start. But because I did it early I was able to persevere and make up for the lost momentum. If I cutover later down the line, it would have been way more difficult resetting my better Alexa ranking and I might not have even gotten off the ground. Also you actually feel more legit as you continue along your blogging career.

No Wallflowers, Be a Social Butterfly

Similar to real estate’s golden rule of “Location, location, location”, in blogging make sure you “Comment, comment, comment”! Second to producing good quality work, you have to get your name out there by leaving good quality comments, interact in community forums (setup your signature with website and social media links), participate in blog carnivals, and look into guest posting. On top of this, make sure you tap into your different social media streams by selflessly promoting others while continuing to expand your network through reading and wait for it… commenting.

Monetize

Although my passion for writing drives me to post, what’s wrong with getting rewards for your effort? As you expand your network and grow you readership, you can get some returns with AdSense and affiliate links. If you are just in it for the money, like a lot of other career paths, you will not be a happy camper. Blogging requires a lot of hard work and dedication and you may discouraged by the slow trickle of funds. But like I said before, if you stick to your bread and butter and you setup some monetizing options in the beginning, you don’t have to worry about it in the future.

Buddy System

Blogging is an adventure. But it is even sweeter with a good support system. Besides your immediate friends and family, make sure you lean on your blogging buddies. For me, I couldn’t have made it this far without the help of my friends at Yakezie. I must have asked countless questions and never once did I feel inadequate or dumb for asking. By selflessly helping others with support, guidance, advice, and links, we are all growing together as a community. Just like how Iron Man couldn’t do it all on his own, you don’t have, too either. Whether it be Alexa rankings, advertisers, fighting SPAM, or drones, make sure someone has your back. Yakezie Assemble!

Do you have any advice for newbie bloggers?

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43 Responses

  1. Some good advice for blogger newbies or not. Thanks. This is my first time on your blog. I like your site design.

    • Buck says:

      Those were the big ones. I have a few minor ones I may put together as a sequel. Thanks! I went back and forth on some themes and liked this in the end. Kinda sci-fi like, modern, and unique. Someone mentioned white letters on black may be bad for the eyes, not sure. What do you think?

  2. MoneyCone says:

    Excellent post buck! Can’t stress enough on quality over stats!

    Commenting is another simple activity that shows immediate reward.

    • Buck says:

      Thanks! Yeah sometimes I catch myself hung up on stats. If there was an award for best commenter, you would get it in my book. 🙂

  3. Good advice. I couldn’t agree more about yakezie. Great support there. it has definitely been great to get some help while I get my bearings in the blogosphere.

  4. Advice for a newbie? Don’t get frustrated. People will find you eventually as you comment on other blogs and make your presence known in your field around the web. Also, don’t be afraid to venture into and comment on a blog of another genre.

    • Buck says:

      Oh, good one. I don’t know how many times I got frustrated. 🙁 Good tip on venturing out, will have to give that a try! What other genres have you ventured into? 🙂

  5. Jackie says:

    Pick a topic that you love and would talk about for years no matter what because you enjoy doing so. That will see you through the discouraging times.

  6. I agree within finding a community, staying engaged, and writing great content! I would also agree with Jackie that you better love the topic you are blogging about, or else you’ll get bored and be over it in a few months!

  7. Fox says:

    Great post Buck.
    You broke it down in very simple terms and some of the key points you identified were great.
    Buddy System has been huge for me, especially since joining the Yakezie challenge.

    Fox

    • Buck says:

      Thanks! Yeah wouldn’t be chugging along like this if it wasn’t joining the Yakezie Challenge. Probably the best move I made in terms of blogging! 🙂

  8. Good tips.
    Know your audience. My football post is very slow, I guess personal finance bloggers and readers are not really interested in football.

    • Buck says:

      Thanks. Good point. Interesting I thought more people would be into football, at least the National Championship. Ironically, since I’ve been so busy working on my blog, my interest dried up, too! 🙂

  9. Hi Buck!

    Great tips indeed. Thanks for sharing. You hit the nail on the head…several times! Hmmmm, I don’t know if I can offer any tips yet as I’m still learning, but I agree 100% with the idea of connecting with a community. There is definitely strength in numbers.

    Take Care.

    • Buck says:

      You can stop one of us, but you can’t stop all of us! Hmmm, what other cliche can I use? If they can’t beat us, they’ll have to join us! 🙂

  10. Roy says:

    Hey Buck,

    Any recommendations for hosts?
    This is what I’m most afraid of to be honest. I once signed up with webhostingpad for 3 years on a super cheap deal and it was crap.

    What do you guys think of Bluehost?

    • Buck says:

      I only know about the company I use, iPage. I heard good things about Host Gator from other Yakezie members. I’m been pretty satisfied. Sometimes it feels slow and I did have a few outages, but their customer support is excellent as they quickly resolved the problem. Price is reasonable, actually cheaper than most I found. Good Luck! 🙂

  11. Buck, I agree with all your points and the buddy system is what inspires meto keep going!

    Also, I’m a big proponent of quality over quantity. I think if you really spend some time on posts and make them informative and interesting, you’ll have the best luck building a readership.

    • Buck says:

      We’re on the same page, buddy! Quality over quantity, good point. I think most blog readers are intelligent and will see right through a bunch of fluff. So let’s keep our posts informative and interesting! 🙂

  12. I totally agree with your guidelines Buck. I also would like to emphasize that quality posts will keep attracting SE traffic well into the future, so it’s worth investing time in!

  13. Aloysa says:

    It is interesting…but with blogging what really matters is content. Good, interesting, quality content will make people want more. And then of course, commenting and guest posting. But I always will focus on content the most.

    • Buck says:

      Content is king, eh? Yeah, I agree with you. Let’s keep making good, interesting, quality content because that’s what the readers want! 🙂

  14. Great advice! I would add that you shouldn’t quit when you get to that point of thinking that you’ll never get readers, revenue, etc. For me, it’s a case of the hare and the tortoise and I’m the tortoise.

  15. Clay Burt says:

    Another good post, but you should really consider linking to that challenge if it was truly good rather than just mentioning it so I don’t have to go google it 🙂

  16. Set your sales goals high but your expectancies lower.

  17. Thanks so much for your brilliant article;this is the kind of thing that keeps me awake through out my day. I have been searching around for your site after asked to visit them from a colleague and was thrilled when I was able to find it after searching for awhile. Being a avid blogger, I’m glad to see others taking initivative and contributing to the community. I just wanted to comment to show my approval for your work as it is very encouraging, and many bloggers do not get admiration they deserve. I am sure I’ll be back and will recommend to my friends.

  18. Great post, and extremely helpful. “You don’t have to do this alone” Ha! I immediately thought of the Ghostbusters combining the streams.

    Bread and butter, I try to write well, before everything else. It’s hit and miss for me. Some of my earlier posts would put an insomniac to sleep. Hopefully I am making some progress.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks glad you got something out of it. Ghostbusters combining streams, nice one! I hear you. Some of my early posts could easily be forgotten. We all have to start somewhere, right? At least we are building on our foundation and improving along the way. Keep it up!

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