A newbie blogger is liable to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of different aspects that go into blogging. It is hard to know where to spend your time and energies.
This is what I suggest in terms of priorities.
You have to write good articles. It is advisable to write 5-7 really good articles. These articles should set the tone of the blog. They are the kind of articles that you would be happy to put in a selection – ‘Recommended Reading’. You can highlight these excellent articles, so that people who come across your blog will read them and want to bookmark it. Without good content everything else is a waste of time.
You can write 1,000 excellent articles, but, if you have no inbound links, if you don’t tell anyone about your blog you should expect 0 traffic. You may get the odd short burst of traffic from blog posts, but, these will soon tail off (google, give new blog posts high rankings for about a week before dropping there rankings.) Getting links is an art. The most important is to have some good content. View – How to get links to your blog
- Note: Links should be natural. You want to slowly build up the number of links that you get. Don’t wait 6 months and then think – I’ll get a 100 links this week. It doesn’t work like that. Google want to see a steady progression of links. The sooner you start the better. If you don’t get any links you will be demoralised by the lack of traffic.
- Note: I will be writing more advice about links soon.
- Not every article has to be very indepth. It is good to offer a mix of long and short posts.
This is similar to point number 2. Subscribers are the best way to build your blog and gain natural links over time. See: How To increase RSS subscribers. You should look to start building RSS subscribers soon after writing your first 10 articles.
A new blogger should get a good design. This is essential for attracting new subscribers and links. However, you don’t want to spend too much time because there is a lot to learn in this area. I advise using a free template and pay for a really great logo. People don’t expect perfection in design. Something clean and simple will keep you going until you make the big time. But, you want to stand out from the crowd.
Things For New Bloggers To Avoid
Looking for affiliate programs.
There is no point trying affiliate programs when your trafffic is small. Get traffic first before worrying about advertising.
Hours Tweaking design
Not worth it in beginning
Spreading Yourself Too Thin
Don’t Take on More than you can do Well.
It is better to do 1 blog well, than struggle with 5. In a way I don’t follow my own advice because I have over 7 blogs. But, 20% of your efforts can give 80% of your results.
Don’t Plaster Your Site With Adsense.
If you want have an adsense block at the bottom of a post. This is a good position without being too impluctatious. But, if you plaster your blog with 3 big blocks in the beginning, it is a bad move.
Hours Checking your Stats
Don’t get too carried away by earning 20 cents everyday – Think big. Do use your stats to see good keywords but don’t spend too many hours reading them (I say this from personal experience and am shamelessly an unreformed stat a holic)