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 Revolution, The 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.