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:


  • 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.)


  • 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.


  • 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)

343 thoughts on “25 Blogging Tips for Newbies and Veterans

  1. Managing a blog is not one day work, you must have knowledge of the technical side of being blogger. A blogger must have community to interact with his/her blog.

    1. I agree with this statement @mobierscom:disqus. Building a community like @jeffgoins:disqus suggested takes time and we should not let stats govern our lives. Create great content and write to educate and inspire your audience.

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    Valuable information for any newbies. I like your “Tell the truth. Never lie, mislead, or cajole. Trust is slowly earned and easily lost.” point. I just start my blog in march 2014. I want to make my blog more perfect and You are very experience in this field so can you please review my blog. My blog is uditpatel.com. My blog is cover tips and tricks about blogger, wordpress and web design.

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  6. Love this! Your point about only being able to “create or react” is one that has really stuck with me from your Tribe Writers course. Googled it and found this awesome, concise collection of tips. Thanks!

  7. Thanks for writing this post! I keep reading that bloggers are supposed to copy other content but I agree that they should be *inspired* by other content but ultimately creating their own, awesome, posts and ideas.

  8. Great resource, Jeff! I bookmarked it. As regards the date, I disagree: When reading an article, I want to know, which events and technical developments could have made it into the article.

  9. Wow, where was this guide a few weeks ago. I made it a goal in 2015 to pay more attention to my analytics. I

    ended up hiring a coach to show me a few things, i learned more in this article!


  10. Hi Mariel, thanks for the tips! They are going to be very useful as I am new to the blogging world. Hi Mariel,

    thanks for the tips! They are going to be very useful as I am new to the blogging world.


  11. I don’t have the words to explain my thankfulness to you. These tips have helped
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  12. This was very helpful! I’ve fallen into the obsession of stressing about how much traffic my blog is getting. I originally created my blog as a way for family and friends to keep up and interact with my time overseas. Unintentionally, I started having more traffic than I expected and now stress about the content. Still wanting to keep it authentic but also I would like it to be more relatable to readers who do not know me personally. Thanks so much for the tips!

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  13. the way it looks very simple but impressive for beginners. on point-point looks verysimple explanation anyway. for us as a starter might be the motivation and inspirationto become a benchmark of understanding in blogging. because motivation andinspiration itself can make us create an article that is good for the readers. Thank you for sharing

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  15. wow, thank you for such a very beneficial tips although it was my first visiting here. i’m really interested in writing but lately, before reading these useful tips, i felt of leaving and quit writing for a while due to lack of inspiration. but reading this article helps me to develop again my interest. an infinite thanks i bit to u. 🙂

  16. Thank you! I am a 1 week old new bloger. Still figuring this out. Thank you for your own version of tips. I have a question. I decided to run my blog in my mother language (french). I am still not sure it is a good decision. What do you think? English all the way or your city/country language or bilingual?


  17. These tips are helpful, easy to understand.
    I am new to blogging, I noticed that whenever I post something new I get the visitors but the day I don’t publish anything I don’t have visitors what’s the reason behind it? Am I supposed to write post daily? Am I making some technical error?
    Kindly guide me regarding this as it is very frustrating, you can have a look at my blog its https://peacefulmindbody.blogspot.com


    1. I’m new to blogging as well, but I looked at your blog and thought you might appreciate hearing my impression. Keep in mind that I am also an English instructor so my eyes are pickier than most. The first thing to catch my eye was your very first sentence in the leading mission statement for your site. I am on an iPad right now so I’m afraid if I switch back over it will close my comment, but it the first and second sentence connected awkwardly. Also, there were several areas where you did not space your punctuation correctly ,like this,for example. If I wasn’t looking at the site to give feedback, errors like that would’ve given me an unprofessional vibe and turned me away from the site.

      As to your question about return visitors, it seems like your posts are not skim friendly and they are formatted in pretty large chunks of block text. I also had trouble determining a organizational scheme to your site. One post went into great detail about diabetes, probably to the level that one a fellow professional would understand, but I think your intended audience is the layperson.

      My last tip is to try to find a voice. Your writing style is very clinical, which makes sense given your background, but try to loosen up a little and be more casual and comfortable with your audience, that may be why people only show up when a new article is posted. They don’t want to just hear you talk.

      Anyway, I’m a beginner as well but I hope my ideas are of some help to you. Feel free to check out my very new blog (just a few days). Any feedback you could offer would be greatly appreciated as well.

      Zachary Smith


      1. Thanks for the feedback. English is my second language so I admit I might have created punctuation errors. I will go through the blog again to correct them. My main purpose is to help people who are having difficulty in living a peaceful life and that’s why I have focused more on content than technical side, but after reading your comment I agree that my blog should look more professional in order to attract audience.

  18. The information is given in by Jeff is more accurate and will take me into good shape, I was about to give up on my blog because I hardly got comments but now I know why.

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  20. Great post. I think I worry too much on whether or not people are reading my posts. Like you said it takes time. I just need to enjoy it and not worry about numbers.


  21. Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for this post. I agree with most of these – but certainly not all of them. The points about not writing too much, having a point and posting as often as possible are the parts I’m not sure about.

    I think there are 2 core styles of bloggers. Those who are as you previously described, who want to convey one precise message expertly and clinically; and then there are those who prefer to tell a story and to entertain their readers while also covering some key lessons.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like both styles equally. I find that sometimes I do just want the barebones “this is how it’s done” style post to solve my problem. However, sometimes I prefer more of a story and to feel like I’m having fun while learning something.

    I think it’s important for bloggers to distinguish themselves into one of these two groups and stick to it. As you said, finding a style and keeping it consistent is key, you don’t want to be switching it up all the time.

    Serious or fun, it’s all good to me!


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  24. Loved this post! Extremely helpful! I am in the very early stages of creating my blog and I am eating up all the advice and blogs I can. I have a quick question – can your niche be too specific? I have a target audience in mind, but I fear that where my writing is going may be a niche of a niche if you will. Any advice? Thanks!

  25. Found this very helpful, thank you! I’ve just written my first blog and I’ve saved these tips to guide me on my journey.


  26. I really enjoyed your tips on being a good blogger. I agree
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    to write a lot but with your tips it can help people stay focused.

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