Tips For Beginner Bloggers #1

Monday, 7 November 2016

For those who don't know, I have been blogging for a year, but ThatBelleMakeup has only been up and running on the internet for under 12 months. Seeing as I am still a "newbie" blogger, I wanted to share some tips for those who are starting out to blog. When I started blogging, I had help from a few people as well as reading endless posts, so I hope this post helps.

Know what your niche is.

I am a beauty and lifestyle blogger, so I blog about makeup, skincare, baking and advice. You don't have to be a specific blogger in terms of one niche, you can be a blogger about everything but it's important to know what you are blogging about. Especially the fact that you should be happy about what are blogging. 

What camera (s) do you need to use?

You may be reading this and think I have to have a DSLR, Olympus PEN Generation camera to be a blogger. You don't have to..I don't have one. They are definitely worth the investment, don't get me wrong and they are amazing at taking beautiful photos, but if you are starting out blogging you can use your iPhone or Android. Mastering the technique and editing, you can produce such a beautiful photo. After a while, you can look to purchasing a camera that is suitable, affordable and easy to use. 

How do I increase my traffic?

Now this question, I'm still having trouble with and I'm learning on the job. That's another thing, blogging is a hobby/job where you are learning new things every single day. In regards to increasing your traffic, I'll give you the basics that I do every day that has definitely helped me. If you're uploading your post make sure you share your link on ALL social media platforms with the appropriate hashtags to promote your post. Retweet all your old posts, share your posts on Instagram, change your photos to the name of the post not "image83293" and check that the title for your post is easily searchable on Google.

Enjoy writing.

Don't blog just for the sake of it because your readers will sense it immediately. It's like reading a book, sometimes you may feel like the book wasn't completely thought out etc. Make sure that you have a love for writing and personally enjoy it. It is alright to take breaks whenever you want, your break can be so beneficial to your blog and self. Taking breaks enable you to think of more inspiration about your blog or even help you improve. 

Learn more about affiliate programmes, etc.

There are many affiliate programmes out there; Affiliate Window, ShopStyle, Tradedoubler - just to name a few. Affiliate programmes are essentially programmes that allow you to earn money based on sharing their promotions and links via affiliate links that they provide. To explain the basics of this programme is that you share a link via Twitter or on your blog, someone clicks on it and purchases something and then you receive a percentage of the commissions. The commission that you earn isn't big based on links but it all depends on the programme you are with, most programmes give you 7-10% of the commission. It is worth taking time out to research about the different affiliate programmes out there which would be helpful for you. 

How many blog posts should I post?

There shouldn't be a minimum or maximum. Some people post only once a month, five times a years or 70 times a year. It really shouldn't matter right now if you are starting out, it is worth trialling out how many blog posts you feel comfortable with posting and how it fits in with your lifestyle. The amount of blog posts you post is mainly dependent on yourself, for me personally I aim to post 3-4 times a week averaging around 15-16 posts a week. 

What kind of blogger do I have to be?

This leads me on to the next question on what kind of blogger you want to be. What kind of blogger do you want to be? You can be a full-time blogger with a job, etc and still make it work. Those type of bloggers, I applaud because they are so hard working bloggers. Part-time bloggers also work incredibly hard and this is shown in their posts. Or you don't even have to be a "specific" blogger, just blog anytime you want whenever you want and when you feel like it. You don't have to make yourself a certain type of blogger. 

I hope this helped those who are beginning to blog! And if you are new bloggers, leave a comment and a link below, I'd love to follow you. If you have any questions, do leave them below as well!

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