7 Hints And Tips For New Bloggers – What I Learnt After 6 Months Of Blogging

Today marks 6 months that I decided to start blogging and to create THIS MUMMY ROCKS.

I can honestly say that starting a blog is one of the best things that I have done for myself. Check out why I started blogging….

You see, I am the type of person who likes to be kept busy, my mind has to be working on something otherwise I get restless. I like to be doing something productive but I also love helping people. Blogging is perfect for those things!

I also know what it is like be a ‘newbie’ and feeling a little overwhelmed. 

So I thought I would share with you 7 Hints And Tips For New Bloggers. What I Have Learnt After 6 Months Of Blogging.

Find Your Tribe and Network

When you start blogging it can be quite daunting at where to start, what to do and who to ask for advice. I have found lots of support mainly from Facebook groups such as The Revolution Inner Circle, Mamapreneur RevolutionThe Blog Tech Women  and so many more! You start to get to know other bloggers really quite quickly. 

Once you have found your tribes, network. Help each other. Share contacts, follow each other on social media platforms and collaborate. Get to know other bloggers. I can honestly say that I have met a lot of amazing, like minded bloggers who are all inclusive and supportive of each other. My type of people!

7 Hints And Tips For New Bloggers - What I Have Learnt After 6 Months Of Blogging find your tribe

Attend Conferences And Blogger Events

In the past 6 months I have attended both BlogOn X and BlogOn Toys. What an event BlogOn is. Where 200 bloggers come together in Manchester to meet each other, attend workshops run by experienced bloggers and to meet brands in the brand den!  Check out BlogOn Website for more information.

Be Prepared For Your Social Media Following To Yo-Yo And Don’t Take It Personally

Oh the great follow unfollow games that go on on some of the social media platforms can be really frustrating. At the start, I used to think that if I lost followers that I had done something wrong. I now have the mentality to think. ‘I’m obviously not for that person’ and that’s ok. You can’t be everyones cup of tea! There are plenty more people out there that you will be able to connect with.

7 Hints And Tips For New Bloggers - What I Have Learnt After 6 Months Of Blogging social media

Building Your DA

In 6 months I have gone from a DA of 1 to 26. How did I do this? By joining in Linkies, replying to crowdsourcing requests in Facebook groups and contributing to guest posts for fellow bloggers. DA is your Domain authority, which is how you rank in search engines. The higher your DA the better.

Schedulers Are Your Best Friend

Schedulers are a life saver for me! My time is precious, so anything that can save me time has a massive YES! from me! For Twitter I use SocialOomph. Pinterest I use Tailwind. For Instagram I have just discovered Planoly and for Facebook I use their built in Facebook Page scheduler. It takes me a maximum of 2-3 hours a month to fill them up and then they’re ready to go!

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Organisation And Planning Are Key

Have an idea of what you want to write about and when it’s best being published. Do your research. I have created a number of spreadsheets on an app and website called Airtable. On Airtable I will have spreadsheets for links, blog calendar, monthly stats and goals, amongst other things. I also use an app and website called ToDoist where you can set up to do lists. I find these keep me on track, with not only my blog but with my childminding business and general life. 

7 Hints And Tips For New Bloggers - What I Have Learnt After 6 Months Of Blogging weekly planner

Record Your Stats

At the end of every month I use Google Analytics to check my Page Views, Unique Visitors, number of sessions and bounce rate. I also record all my social media following, mailing list, position in any charts i am in and my DA. This helps me see the areas in which I need to work on. It also gives me focus and I set myself goals based on the months figures. 

7 Hints And Tips For New Bloggers - What I Have Learnt After 6 Months Of Blogging record your stats.

I hope that this has helped any new bloggers out there that are feeling a little lost and overwhelmed! 

If you’re a new blogger or established blogger, what are your hints and tips for new bloggers? Let me know in the comments below.

Check out my Blogging Tips Pinterest board for some handy hints and tips I have found. 

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24 Comments

  1. October 8, 2018 / 9:40 am

    Thanks for sharing these tips. My da is 10 after a good 6 months of blogging but never heard of linkies or seen any crowd sourcing requests – were these in the Facebook groups you mentioned you joined? I am just googling Linkies now to learn about it! Melis x

    • October 8, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Hey lovely, thanks for popping by. If you search ‘crowdsourcing’ in facebook you should come across groups. They can be really useful for getting your blog noticed and contribute to others blogs. Brilliant for linking back to you!

  2. October 11, 2018 / 10:16 am

    I swear you’ve been blogging for longer than six months! You have done amazingly and should be so proud of yourself with your progress. You make several great points here, I might try Airtable as I need something like an online diary to help me with my weekly and monthly tasks.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week

  3. October 11, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Always looking for ways to up my game. Thanks for the tips. Visiting from #CoolMumClub.

  4. October 11, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Yes to all of these. Having a tribe makes blogging much more fun and I love scheduling things. Haven’t been to a blog conference for over a year but they are great for meeting other bloggers and building relationships with brands. BlogOn is one I want to go to at some point. #coolmumclub

  5. October 12, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Hi Claire and welcome. Wow you have achieved a lot in 6 months and I am feeling completely disorganised having read your list. There are some very useful tips here and I am sure planning and scheduling makes the difference when it comes to achieving that super blogger status. Thanks for sharing this with us and good luck with building your blog further. #TweensTeensBeyond

  6. October 12, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    hey you should check out #coolmumclub! Newbies always welcome x

  7. October 12, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Hey! Thanks so much for sharing – even three years on it can be helpful to remember some of the basics we picked up in the early days – it’s like driving, so many bad habits and laziness creeps in!
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub, and don’t forget to try and add our badge – it helps our DA too, which is a small reward for all the hard work involved πŸ˜‰
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  8. Annette, 3 Little Buttons
    October 14, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Hey Claire, wow!! You are amazing for 6 months. You definitely should be proud of what you have achieved. Someone once said that the first 6 month and then 1 year mark tend to be key, in whether a new blogger will be able to stick it. I have no doubt that you will soar through these milestones. The only tip I would really add for a new blogger is to write. With passion. With heart. With honesty. If you write, they will come πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining us for the #dreamteam
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  9. October 14, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    My only comment would be for newbies to really think about their reasons behind blogging. If you’re not passionate about what you’re writing about, or are purely doing it for money, you’ll never stick it out.

    (also, DA is about domain authority and credibility, not about where you rank)

  10. October 14, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I still need to do some of these after blogging for 2 years! My organisation and scheduling is non-existent ans something I definitely intend to work on when I get the chance! Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama (as you say, linkies are a great way to meet new bloggers and increase your DA!)

  11. October 15, 2018 / 4:22 am

    This is great advice! I’m two months in and I have like 16 people on my list and my DA is a 4. (But up from a 2 last week, so maybe I’m doing the right things.) I feel like I have a good idea of what to do basically, but I don’t have a sense of how what I’m doing affects my stats. Like I had 100 page views one day last week, but I have no idea why. As far as I can tell Pinterest and Tailwind don’t show dates like that on re-shares. Any ideas for tracking? Should I be noting down what I’m doing really specifically so I can look up what I did when I get a lot of views or pins? πŸ™‚ Julie
    Julie recently posted…22 Gifts for the Feminist Mom Smashing the Patriarchy between Carpool and BedtimeMy Profile

  12. October 15, 2018 / 10:08 am

    you’ve got some great suggestions here. #CoolMumClub

  13. Sharon Parry
    October 22, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    Oh dear my last comment seemed to disappear! There are some fab tips here that will be useful to new bloggers. It would be great to see more midlife bloggers on line too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

  14. November 17, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Hey, Lady who Rocks!
    I loved reading this. You have got this down to a T. I also love linkies and trying hard to push my DA up. In fact, I stopped trying for just a few months and mine fell from 36 to 31!
    I also love meeting new people and building a tribe. Starting a blog was one of the best things we ever did. It is what landed us a role on the Channel 5 show!
    Great going, girl. All the very best with your blog.
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