5 things I wish I knew about blogging from the start

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I think back to that time 5 years ago when I first started blogging. I was basically copying my friend because it looked cool. I’d blogged in the past, back in the Xanga and Livejournal days but that was more of a way to vent my teenage angst rather than try and put a message out there and share things about my life.

Starting a blog from nothing is fun. I didn’t know anything so there wasn’t really any pressure to blog a certain way or have a set theme.

This was back in the day of Google Friend Connect and before Instagram was really used. It was simpler then and being naive to things was nice. But it did slow my progress in those first few months.

So here are the things I wish I knew when I first started blogging.

how to start a blog

You can get free themes.

Whether you pick Blogger or WordPress – you can quickly bag yourself a free theme just by using the power of Google.

The way your blog looks is important as it’s the first impression your readers will have about your blog. So be sure to look up some tips about what makes a good blog layout

Try different types of content.

It can be hard thinking of blog posts when you first start. Try different types of blog posts to see what gets a better reaction from your audience. Also, see what type of content you prefer writing.

  • FAQ’s
  • List posts
  • Guides and how to posts
  • Debate posts
  • Funny posts
  • Life stories/learnings
  • Review posts
  • Wishlists

Learn about blog photography

Learning about photography is really going to help you in terms of blog growth. The right photos can be the reason a reader stays or leaves your blog and if you are wanting to work on Instagram growth, knowing about photography is imperative.

Don’t focus on just how to use a camera to get the best results, look into things like photo styling, flat lays, layouts, backgrounds, and props.

If you don’t have a camera, there are plenty of tutorials about how to take great photos with just your camera phone!

Learn about the legality of blogging

It’s so important to learn about the law and guidelines around blogging.

You should also read up about copyright laws, guidelines around competitions and disclosing sponsored posts.

Nobody likes getting sued, so be sure you’re clear on the rules.

Teach yourself about SEO

SEO (search engine optimisation) is one of the most important things to get your blog up high in the search engines.

There are many tips out there, but you can read some of the following to get you started. SEO can get complicated but there are many quick and easy things you can do it get started.

5 thigns i wish i knew about blogging

 

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5 Comments

  1. December 6, 2017 / 8:30 am

    These are good tips! I really need to read more about SEO, I learn so much from your posts about it! 🙂 I started blogging a few years before my current blog too, although I’ve found I’ve stuck with this one the longest. Having a set format for posts has been really helpful at keeping me sticking with blogging every week!

    Hope you are having a great start to the week and all your Christmas preparation is going well! I’m hoping to wrap some more presents today!
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  2. December 6, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I definitely need to up my photography game! Annnnd I remember the days of google friend connect – how nostalgic!

  3. December 6, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I wish I’d known that blogging isn’t an easy way to make a quick buck! It took a good 6-12 months for me to start working on paid collabs, and even then it definitely hadn’t been a quick buck. It’s a lot of hard work, and I wish I’d known that from the start. It wouldn’t have put me off, just given me a reality check 😉
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  4. December 12, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I’m still useless with SEO, but I think I have all the legal stuff under control now! It took me about 2 years of blogging to discover the wonder of free themes for blogger! 🙂 Tania Michele xx
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