I'll be giving you my best blogging tips and tricks for beginners
My name is Lisa G. O'Reilly, and I live in San Diego, CA where I'm an SEO expert. I started blogging back in 2003, and I absolutely love it. But I hate "bloggers" that using what I call "spam blogging" to try to make a few bucks. You know these kinds of people. They pump out crap (or simply steal and "spin") other people's stuff to try to make a quick buck. So, I figured that I would show you how to do things the right way and reveal my best blogging tips and tricks for beginners.
Instead, I'm going to show you how to blog the right way. You'll learn my best blogging tips and tricks for beginners:
- How to pick a market to blog about.
- How to pick a great niche within that market.
- I call it the "Goldilocks" niche. One that's not too big or too small. Doesn't have too much or too little competition. Just like the fairy tale story, we're looking for a niche that's "just right."
- How to choose the right keyword to build your entire blog around. For instance, this blog isn't just about "blogging." Nope, it's about the best beginner blogging tips and tricks that I've discovered in my ten plus years of writing blogs about several different topics.
- How to choose the best topics to write about and putting together a solid plan to cover that content on a regular basis.
- How to find out how much content your competition is publishing every day, week or month and how to pump out a little bit more.
- How to research your topic so that you can write content that's so much better than your competition's.
- How much content your post needs to have to stand a good chance of outranking your competition.
- For example, when I did research about writing this page, I discovered that, based upon the rankings of my competition for this keyword, this piece of content should have about 1556 words.
- What other related keywords you should sprinkle throughout your content. For example, for this page, I discovered that I should include all of these keywords:
- post blog, beginner blogging, blog post, tip blog, writings, blogger, start, writing posts, blog great, tips, content, blogs tips, post, starting a blog, readers, beginners, bloggers blogs, working, blogging beginners
- Like how I included all of my related keywords and made it entirely natural by using them as an example?
- How to get excellent ideas for your blog directly from your readers.
- How to better understand your readers without becoming creepy.
- How to find your voice by writing for yourself first.
- Funny story, one of my favorite, most successful bloggers (determined by the excitement of his fans) is Zach Golden. Zach created a foodie blog called "What the Fuck Should I make for Dinner?" It's a hilarious, Quentin Taratinoesque, a profanity-laden blog that has thousands of fans and just as many haters. And that's the beauty of it, those that hate his profanity "share" their disgust which earns him more fans. So, remember this: be true to your voice first... screw what everyone else says.
- How to build an email list from your blog so that you can make some money.
- How to create a call-to-action so that you can have your readers promote your blog or buy something from you.
- How to build a consistent writing and publishing schedule that you like to follow instead of dread to follow.
- How to, after you're done publishing, make sure that it's super-easy for your fans to share and tell others by adding social share buttons to your site. Also, you want to make it simple for readers to tweet content within your blog post. Yes, some people will steal your content if you don't protect it but you'll gain a much bigger audience if you make it easy to tweet.
- How to be prepared for critics and worse... haters. My grandfather used to tell me, "If they're shooting at you then you're probably doing something right."
- How to create a schedule you can stick to. Most experts say that you should post at least one to two blog posts a week. I kind of agree with that assessment, but if you can only create one post every 10-14 days, then I'll show you how to make the most of them. And remember, you don't have to "write" blog posts. One of the methods I most enjoy is creating quick videos and posting them on my blog with a transcription that I have done on Fiverr.
- How to use WordPress on your own hosting and not WordPress.com. Then, install Yoast SEO so that you can make sure that your blog is properly SEO'd.
- How to uncover the best keyword phrase to write your blog post about.
- How to repurpose your blog content instead of always creating new content. Do you have a popular video that would make an excellent checklist?
- How to emphasize key points in a blockquote or italics/ bold. And how to refrain from overdoing it.
- How to track your followers reading schedule so that you can schedule your posts to achieve the most engagement. Contrary to popular belief, Tuesdays and Thursday mornings are not always the best time to publish.
- How to continually be inspired so that you can achieve more and more success. This is one of my best blogging tips and tricks for beginners because it's so simply once you set it up.
- How to easily spell and grammar check your blog posts so that you don't confuse your readers. One of my favorite examples comes from Cheers when Rebecca holds a gun on Sam and says, "I'm sorry, it's not loaded. No. I mean. I'm sorry. Period. It's not loaded. Period." In the first instance, the comma indicates that she wishes the gun was loaded so she could shoot Sam. The second case means that she's sorry she pulled the gun on him and assured him that it's not loaded. VERY different interpretations.
- How to write frequently when you have a few spare minutes. In a past life, I wanted to be a screenwriter, and so I carried little notepads around with me like a TV detective (this was before the PalmPilot, remember that gizmo?) I had it to write down ideas for stories consistently, and now I do the same thing with my blog. Nowadays, I use Evernote instead of my notepad.
- How to choose the right drink to put you in the right mood. This might sound a little weird, but it works really well for me. When I'm in the creative process of coming up with an idea or writing a blog post, I drink a glass of wine. Then, the day after I've completed the post, I have a cup of coffee, and I go through it again and again. Basically... Booze = Creativity... Coffee = Focus.
- How to find out what expert bloggers do to reach bigger and bigger audiences.
- How to find spectacular images that add spice to your story... and how to save a bunch of money on them as well.
- How to submit your blog posts automatically to niche bookmarking sites without being too spammy. There's a line that you don't want to cross when it comes to Google.
- How to write compelling blog posts based on case studies. Statistics are boring as shit in will have your readers clicking the back button if you don't know how to make your post "sticky."
- How to take something that you've read or heard elsewhere and presenting it to your audience without just copying the other person's content.
- How to create a follow specific goals for your blogging... especially if you wish it to be a revenue generator.
- How to generate a list of topics for the next year within just a few minutes. Honestly, I think too many people overthink this part of the process, and they just need to start writing.
- How to write so that your readers and easily follow your thoughts. For instance, Ernest Hemingway wrote in concise prose and is considered one of the top five American writers. That's why the creator's of the Hemingway App created their app. It makes my writing much easier to read and follow. Plus, when I add the power of Grammarly, my writing is clear and concise.
- How to write long lists like this one that people will love and share. It's not a mistake that I chose to write this blog post as a list of the best blogging tips and tricks for beginners.
- How to write blog posts that are longer than 1,500 words and why just about all of your posts should be longer than 1500 words.
- How to proof read your blog posts with two apps: Hemingway and Grammarly.
- How to get your point across instead of just vomiting all over the place. There's not a lot worse that having arrived at the end of a post and thinking, "I have no idea what the hell this writer's point is. That was a complete waste of my time."
- How to measure your site's stats and when to start measuring them. Too many bloggers obsess over their stats early on and don't publish enough to attract readers. Add your Google Analytics tracking code but ignore it until you've published 25 posts or been publishing for at least six months, whichever is greater.
Plus a whole lot more of my best blogging tips and tricks for beginners
Well, that's what I promise to deliver to you with this blog. You'll discover so much high-quality advice and my best blogging tips and tricks for beginners that you should be having fun, beating your competition, and making some money in a short amount of time. And if you don't, then please let me know, and I'll be happy to help you.