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25 Blogging Tips for Newbies and Veterans

We’ve all seen them. The same old, tired lists of regurgitated tips on how to blog better. They’re so common, you could probably name most of them in your sleep. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of them. I want to know what really works.

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Photo credit: Felix Triller (Creative Commons)

Since 2006, I’ve been a blogger and have helped thousands of people learn this craft of online publishing. Still, there are days when I feel very much like a newbie.

When I quit my old blog and started a new one, I realized how much I didn’t know about blogging. So I decided to put together my own list of tips — stuff I started doing recently that I should’ve been doing since the beginning.

So whether you’re just getting started or have been blogging for awhile, here are 25 tips to help guide and direct you:

General

  • No copy-catting. Stop trying to be like someone you admire and instead find out what unique offering you have.
  • Tell the truth. Never lie, mislead, or cajole. Trust is slowly earned and easily lost.
  • Be awesome. There’s enough mediocrity out there. Stop adding to the noise, and do something outstanding.
  • Give yourself grace. Be patient; it takes time to find your voice.
  • Pick a theme. But realize readers will stick around for your voice, not your subject.

Growth and community

  • Don’t measure stats too early. If you’re obsessing over daily numbers and you’re only a few months into your blogging journey, you’re wasting your time. It’s still too early to pay close attention to trends. After that, make sure you have Google Analytics installed.
  • Make your content easy to share. The majority of content that’s shared online is done through social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, and others. You should make this easy for your readers to tell their friends about you. (A WordPress plugin I recommend is DIGG DIGG.)
  • Encourage community. Write unfinished posts, and ask your community to complete the conversation.
  • Never underestimate the importance of networking. If you’re not connecting regularly with readers and other bloggers, you’re missing out.
  • Guest post, guest post, guest post. (Enough said.)

Writing

  • Write timeless content. On the web, old content is perceived as irrelevant. Don’t write a newspaper; create a resource. (This is, incidentally, why I intentionally don’t put dates on my posts.)
  • Don’t write too little or too much. Generally, I try to write at least 300 words and no more than 1000 words. More than that, though, only write as many words as it takes and cut the rest.
  • Have a point. Don’t just word-vomit on your audience.
  • Write with conviction. Pick a side and be bold. And if you’re wrong, admit it.
  • Short sentences win.

Motivation and inspiration

  • Don’t give up. Bloggers who stick with it ultimately win.
  • Write as often as possible. Constantly capture ideas and turn them into posts. A tool that may help is Evernote.
  • Expect critics. A few people hating you is a sign you’re doing something right. Be prepared.
  • Find ways to regularly get inspired. This is the only way you can inspire others. When you’re empty, fill yourself up. Don’t neglect this.
  • Realize you can only create or react. At any give time, make sure you know which one you’re doing.

Miscellaneous

  • Write for scanners. We live in a busy, distracted world. Don’t demand attention; earn it.
  • Build an email list. If you ever want to sell or promote something, having people’s email addresses (and their permission to use them) is essential.
  • Invest in a good web design. Bad design can get in the way of good content.
  • Be generous. Give away more information, content, and ideas than you’re comfortable with. People will reward you. Link to others, but never let someone pay you to do so.
  • Watch what experts do. Not just what they say.

These are my 25 tips. You probably have 25 of your own. And that’s okay, because I’ve realized that everyone needs to approach blogging in their own way. That’s part of the fun. Feel free to add to this list in the comments.

Want to be a better blogger? Check out my free course: Intentional Blogging

Special thanks to my friend Frank Viola’s list of “Advice for Bloggers,” which inspired this one.

What blogging tips would you add? Share in the comments.

*Photo credit: Felix Triller (Creative Commons)

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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    Really love this – to the point and helpful. Still working hard on your ‘be awesome’ advice but hopefully getting there…

    As always content is king and with so many brilliant blogs it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to be original, here are some tips I put together to try and help; http://www.lucidica.com/blog/how-to-guides/blogging-for-beginners/

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