Newbie Blogging Tips

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Hello Newbie Bloggers! If you just started to check out my blog and are new to blogging, you came to the right place. Here are my newbie blogging  tips:

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1- Make a schedule. For example, write daily or weekly so your readers can know and expect that you have a new article every day or week. I try to blog at least once per week. 

2- Put buttons on your website. Put “Pin it”, Facebook like, share on Twitter, and share on Google+ so your blog can be shared and viewed more. Also allow comments and likes so your readers can engage with you more. 

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3- Put your blog on social media. On Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more to get your blog more noticed. The key is to put it where you’re more “popular” 

4- Put photos if necessary. Photos make things more visible.

5- Plan ahead. Think of topics (and write them down before you forget!) you’re going to write about so you don’t have to think about it while you’re on the computer. Or if you’re not like that (like me) your idea will come to mind on the computer (seriously, it’s like the computer cures writer’s block) 

6- If you’re a business, blogging is probably the best choice. Your company will be heard way more than you think. You can update about new changes to apps or anything about your brand. Also, it’s probably better to put your brand on social media ,too.

7- You might be thinking, “I have nothing to blog about!” Even I thought that at first. But there is always something on your mind to blog about.

8- Always stick with what you’re writing too. Try not to go off-topic when writing your posts. If you’re trying to stick with a cooking blog, stick with it and don’t really write anything other than it because your readers expect you to always write about that topic (although most WordPress.com blogs I’ve seen mostly write about travel, lifestyle, and writing, so in that case: write what you want)

9- If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, post your timeline so your readers can check out your social profiles. If you don’t know how to do that, go to My Site>WP Admin>Settings>Widgets> and add one your widgets.

10- Actively participate in the Community Pool. To go to the Community Pool, click here. Scroll down, and you’ll find a Community Pool post. Read the article and comment a link to your site.(you’ll probably find me there) Many newbie bloggers go to the Community Pool to gain popularity and interest on their blogs. Also, many expert bloggers go there to help out rookie bloggers. You may get comments like,”Ooo! I really like your theme!” or “I love the way you write.” But you may get some constructive criticism on your blog. That is a-ok because that person only wants your blog to be better.

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11. If you feel the Community Pool is too intimidating, do not fear! The Daily Post recently published a First Friday (scroll down and you’ll find it). Let me explain, it’s kind of like a mini Community Pool, but for newbie bloggers! Rookies go there to interact with other rookies, and some more experienced bloggers go there to check out newbies’ blogs! I go there myself sometimes, to see other blogs.

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12. Tag your posts so that it can gain more popularity. By tagging the post, bloggers can search that post and find your blog on that tag. I talk about this more in this post. 

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13. Insert the “read more” tag in your posts. If you write on desktop, refer to the bar up top. Hover your mouse to the tag and click it. This will allow readers to scroll through more content, therefore more likes and views!

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Blogging has many advantages. It can make you a better writer and thinker. It can improve your writing skills. Whether you have one viewer or one thousand, you know you’re being heard. Blogging is fun because you’re saying your piece and you’re seeing it online. No matter how old or young you are,  you express your creative self. Happy blogging 😀 💻 !

74 comments
  1. Thank you for sharing, this has definitely helped me!

    1. No problem!

  2. Great great tips! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thank you! And no problem.

  3. What I wouldn’t give to sit and have a cup of coffee with you!!! ;). Thank you for this! So gosh darn helpful!

    1. Aw that’s so kind! Thank you!

  4. Fantastic post, thank you for sharing! I’m looking forward to reading through more of your blog

    1. Thank you!

  5. This would definitely help me in blogging. Thank you! 🙂

    1. No problem!

  6. Hi Jo,

    These are some great tips for people who are just getting started. I totally agree with you, whenever you think of something or have a blog post idea, it’s important to write it down.

    I love using Google Drive for this. I have tons of blog post ideas that I can write for upcoming posts. It sure makes the process of writing a new blog post faster.

    You won’t have to sit there and try to come up with blog post ideas. You’ll already have a ton of ideas so all you have to do is write.

    You’ve shared some great tips, I know they will help anyone get started blogging.

    Thanks for sharing, have a great day 🙂

    Susan

    1. Thank you so much!

  7. I am impressive. You are getting the hang of this.Nice 😀

    1. Thanks!

  8. Thank you for these great tips. Really helpful 😃😃

    1. No problem!

  9. Hi! Thank you for the informative post! Could you kindly help me with step 2? How do I add the ‘share on social media’ buttons to my page? In my widget area I can only see the Social Media Icons widget, which isn’t the same, it wants to create links to my Facebook, Twitter etc instead of allowing people to share the content. Thanks!

    1. Nevermind, I was just being blind 😀

      1. No problem 🙂 !

    2. So basically you go to “My site” and then “Sharing”. You can connect your WordPress.com profile with other social medias like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Or, you could go to My Site -> Customize. Click “Widgets” and press “+Add a widget” scroll down to find the “Social Media Icons” widget, plug in your social media links and volia!

  10. It’s definitely worth sharing. I see a lot of new bloggers starting out.

    1. 😄👍🏽❤️

  11. […] every day brings a new lesson in coping with life, people, myself, technology. I want to thank Jo at The Inquisitive Writer for helping me learn a little more about blogging: how to make a Read more line. Messing around, I […]

    1. Thank you for sharing this post!

  12. Ps: I’ve found the Read More button right next to the one that says ABC. But I see you have to insert it partway through your post — where you want the break — not when you start. “Learn a little everyday.”

    1. Yup, you want to insert it at the right area to pause.

  13. I’m glad you’re offering some help to new bloggers and agree with everything in your post. As to tags, I’d also mention Categories. I like to think of these as a filing system with Categories being the drawer (general topic) and tags being the file tabs inside.

    But I’m puzzled about tip #13. I never knew one could do a Read more. Is this only for readers to see. Is this Tab you speak one of the buttons on the upper right when you’re adding a new post, the one that says “Display as sticky” when you hover on it?

    1. Thank you for your comment! I agree with you on the category thing, but I personally don’t check bloggers’ categories, I just scroll through their blog and read recent posts, unless I want to see something specific. And for the read more tag, that is for bloggers. When typing a post, refer to the toggle bar (the edit bar) up top. Hover your mouse over the buttons, and one will say “Read More”. When you click on it, it will insert a dotted line on the post. When readers are scrolling through your blog, that line will look like a link saying “Continue reading” The sticky option is a different thing; it means your post will stay at the top of your post.

      1. Thanks much! I’ve learned two new things now. 🙂

  14. Thanks for these great blogging tips, which I will have to come back to and definitely start using!

    1. No problem!

  15. Super helpful, thank you <3

    1. You’re welcome!

  16. Your tips are REALLY helpful! Thanks a lot! ❤️
    Check Out My Blog Tho:
    https://smilingdreamerblog.wordpress.com

    1. Thank you! And sure, I will check out your blog!

  17. Thank you, this is indeed very helpful!

    1. You’re welcome!

  18. Wow! Your posts are amazing!!! They make so much sense! Anyway, I am a newbie and i found your tips very helpful, I’d be glad if you could check out my blog: https://coalescentkairos.wordpress.com/ Cheers!

    1. Thanks for checking out my blog! I checked out yours out, and I love your positive attitude.

  19. I’ve been doubtful of using the Read More tag. I might just start using it now.

    1. Glad I helped someone!

  20. Very helpful, zebra. Hehe.

    1. You’re welcome 😋

  21. Thanks for the tips. I just started blogging about a month ago, and I can’t believe how many people have already gone on it! Thanks again for the tips, this will help me a lot. 😊

    1. No problem!

      1. 😊😊. It really helped 😀

  22. Thank you so much for the tips!

    1. No problem!

  23. This was really helpful, thank you!

    1. You are welcome!

  24. Hey,I’m new to this blog I followed you a long time ago but never got any emails about new posts on your blog or on the reader.Today is the first day for me to check your blog again and I explored this blog a bit.I really like your tips and I’m gonna try them all.Thank you for the tips.

    ~Salma <3

    1. Thanks for following me! Maybe a bug or something, I don’t know. And thank you for your comment!

  25. Great tips!

    1. Thank you!

  26. Great tips. I’m new to blogging so the more tips the better! I’ll have to try some of these out.

    1. Thank you!

  27. Helpful tips, thank you!

    1. You’re welcome!

  28. thank you for the tips Jo

    1. You’re welcome 😀

  29. Thank you so much, this helped me a bunch! xx

    1. You’re welcome ♥️

  30. Hello Joe! It was a great help to me. A good treat for newbies out there (like me :-p )

    1. You are welcome!

  31. Hello Joe, I really like your tips it’s really helpful..
    I have scheduled your post, it will be published today!! thank you for your submission ..

    1. Thanks!

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