BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger

These blogging tips from a full time blogger will help you start blogging the right way.

Too many people start blogging for the wrong reasons. The right reason to blog is to communicate your own ideas and options on certain topics. Find the right topic to have a chance of success. Figuring out how to express your thoughts on your blog is sometimes a slow process.

No matter what your niche is, there will be people of want to see what you have to say. Over time you will grow your following. Learn from your readers. You can see what interests them and expand your horizons about topics to include in your blog.

But, perhaps the best tip is to adjust your own expectations. Your blog will not become popular overnight. It takes time, sometimes years to make a “name” for yourself. So, keep at it and be consistent.

OK. Here is some great blogging tips from a full time blogger. Learn what it takes and enjoy the process.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger

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Hey guys. Welcome back to my Youtube channel.

Today I’m sharing all my top tips for starting a blog. So if you’re new to my youtube channel you might not know that I’m actually a full-time blogger.

I just did YouTube for fun on the side. But because I’ve been blogging for so long, coming up nine and a half years of blogging, I get so many questions about how to start a blog. And I try to remind people that I started my blog in 2008 and things were a little bit different back then. But there’s still some stuff that I have learned over the years that would be helpful for starting a blog right now.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Start by Starting

Okay. So my first tip, it’s gonna sound so dumb when I say it, but I hope you guys just hear me out on this. And that is to just start. If you want to get a blog off the ground, the best thing and the only thing that you can really do, is to just get going.

I know a lot of people, like, want things to be just right, and just perfect. But the reality is that you need to get going to get going. And you’re gonna learn things along the way. And the only way to get started is to actually sit down and just go for it.

Don’t worry about things being perfect. Frankly, there’s going to be no one reading your blog at the beginning. Which is amazing because that means you have a lot of time to just sort through and work out the details. And really, just get in the habit of writing it.

I think I see a lot of people starting blogs. And the biggest thing that I see happening over and over again is that they get super excited the first two weeks. Then they lose steam and they can’t keep it up. And by not putting a lot of pressure on yourself at the beginning for things to be perfect that’s gonna help you just sit down and just get in that habit of writing your blog. Maybe once a week, twice a week, three times a week. Whatever you decide is the right amount for you.

People always ask me, okay, “Well, I want to start a blog. what should I do?” And I really do just respond: You just have to start. You know, figure out what platform you want to be on. It doesn’t mean you have to stick with that forever. You can always transfer or move down the road.

I started my blog on Blogger, which is a free platform through Google. And I was on there from a seven and a half years. Then I ultimately switched to WordPress. But WordPress isn’t free. So that might not be the best option for you. But look into Wix, Squarespace, Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress. Anyway, pick a platform and just sit down and start pouring your heart out.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Decide Why You’re Blogging

Okay. So the second tip that I have is that everyone should go into blogging with the right intention. You know, I think when you start anything in life you should try to sit down and figure out like why you’re doing this and what you want your end goals to be.

I think a lot of people look at bloggers or Instagramers oR Youtubers, or whomever, and say, “Oh, that’s what I want to do. They get to travel. They get to work from home. They get all this free stuff. They get to work with all these amazing companies.” And, yes, it’s incredible. And that’s such a blessing. And I’m so fortunate and grateful that I get to do that.

But the number of bloggers who actually hit that level it’s so small, and a lot of the people that you’re seeing who are experiencing that level have been doing this for so many years. That means that for years and years beforehand, none of that was actually coming their way. So if you’re starting with that as your intention, you’re probably going to get frustrated and feel down on yourself for not hitting those goals when in reality it’s just like a long-term game.

I think when you set your intention to say I want to start a blog because I want to have a creative outlet. That’s why I started my blog in the first place. Or you want to start an online portfolio of all your photographs, or you want to place all your writing samples so that you can share that with other people, or maybe it’s just for your own self and no one’s gonna see it.

So just start with an intention that will lead you to success. What I recommend saying is that this is just something that you want to enjoy and explore. And no matter what happens and what opportunities come down the line, as long as you’re always enjoying the writing process, or photographing, or anything to do with blogging, as long as you’re enjoying it, you’re actually successful. You won’t feel frustrated if you don’t become a full-time blogger in a month, or six months, or a year.

I didn’t start full-time blogging until I had done it for, I think, five years, five or six years. And I never intended on becoming a full-time blogger. So that’s just kind of like a cherry on the cake.

I’ve just always enjoyed the process of blogging regardless of whether I’m getting paid for it or sponsored or free stuff or traveling. I’ve just always loved blogging even without all those things. And I’ve always felt successful because of that. Once you start blogging, one of the things that I struggle with and that I hear a lot of other people struggling with, is that you might have a hard time coming up with things to write about.

I always say, you know, come up with what your niche is gonna be and what you’re going to be blogging about. Try to keep it narrow so that you have a specific take on something and that people know when they come to your blog that that’s what you’re going to be talking about. But also broad enough so that you still have things to talk about over time.

You don’t want to keep things super specific, where after blogging for six weeks, you’ve just completely exhausted the list of things to blog about. But, you also don’t want to be so broad that you could blog about absolutely anything and your readers are gonna be so confused when they come to your blog because they don’t really get what you’re about.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Got 50 Blog Post Ideas?

So, I always recommend that when you’re getting your blog off the ground to sit down and try to come up with 50 blog posts ideas. If you’re starting a successful blog you’re going to have more than 50 blog posts over time. But I feel like that 50 number is such a sweet spot of knowing that you have tons of stuff to write about. And if you can get to 50 you can get to 100, you can get to 500, and you can get to a thousand,

But if you’re writing that list of things, and this by the way is just a list of topics, it’s not that you’re actually going to sit down and write those 50 posts all at once. You’re just coming up with ideas. If you get to number 25 and you realize that you really have exhausted that list, maybe your blog is a little too narrow and you need to broaden the horizon just a little bit so you can get to that 50 mark.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Where Do You Get New Ideas?

People always ask me like, “How do I keep coming up with ideas?” Guys, I’ve been doing this everyday a blog post every single day for years. And there are times when I start to think to myself, “Okay, that’s it! I’ve got to quit my blog. I don’t have any more ideas.” And then, all of a sudden, an idea will come out of nowhere. So keep that running list of things and when you hit 50 you know you’re in the sweet spot of having a niche topic without being too broad. And also, without being too narrow.

So, one way that I try to come up with ideas is just to look around me and try to get inspired by everything what I am doing. What have I’d done the past week? What’s something that’s worrying me? What are my girlfriends and I talking about? Where am I shopping? Did I read something new in the news that I thought was interesting?

I try to keep my blog like a conversation with my reader, like a conversation with friends. Because I think of my reader as a friend. So looking at what my friends and I are doing and talking about and interested in actually helps me come up with tons, and almost nearly, I guess I would say, endless ideas.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Put Out the Best Content Possible

Okay. So this next tip is something that I wouldn’t recommend. 9 years ago when I was starting my blog because the blogging world, it was so different, but it’s something that I think you really have to focus on now in 2018, and that is quality. You need to make sure that even if you’re just starting out and you’re still figuring things out that you’re putting out the best content that you can put out.

It means the best writing, the best photography, now obviously, you’re going to get better over time. And you will continue to perfect things and figure out what works for you. But, don’t just try to, like, whip something up and think that it’s okay. Because it’s the bare minimum you know. Really put in the effort to make your content great.

That’s what’s gonna really help you stand out among other people who have been doing it for nine years, or eight years. I see people starting blogs they’re taking photographs like at night and it’s dark and it’s grainy and you can’t really get a good clear idea of what they are what their personality is. And there’s a striking difference between that which just looks kind of like lackluster versus someone who has been doing it for a long time. It has a much more polished look.

So go through some of the accounts that you are really inspired by, or that you think are really amazing, even if it’s not the same niche as you. And then try to figure out how to get your content to be that great.

Here are some pro tips.

You don’t need a fancy camera. You can take incredible photos and videos with your iPhone. And the key is that you just need to focus on lighting. Try to get as much natural light as possible. If natural light is impossible, try to you know find a light source in the room that’s going to help brighten things up and play around with it. This is supposed to be fun and it should be an experiment. You’re gonna learn as you go. And that’s part of the fun of it.

But make sure you are trying to get the best content that you can when you’re starting because you’re just gonna get ahead of the game that way.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Quality in Consistent Quantities

Okay. So, yes, my last tip was about quality of content. But then my next and final tip is going to be about the quantity. I know people often say that its quality over quantity. But it’s quality in consistent quantities. So figure out what’s gonna work for you.

Now don’t try to go overboard. If you can’t commit to putting up a blog post every single day, don’t put up a blog post every single day. Sit down and say I know that I can guarantee blog posts twice a week and that’s gonna be on Sundays and Wednesdays and stick to that. So that’s gonna be your quantity. It’s just being consistent with how often you’re posting. You don’t want to go you know, 60 miles an hour right at the start, and then all of a sudden, after two weeks of doing that, you completely burnt yourself out and you have to take two weeks off. That’s not gonna make someone that feel enthusiastic or excited to follow you if they feel like they’re not gonna get a specific amount of content. Let people know what to expect from you. And as long as you’re meeting those expectations, that’s gonna be enough.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Use Social Media

And then, going off of that, you know obviously blogging is on a platform where you’re gonna be able to write and share a lot of things like that. But there’s also that social media component. Try to be on as many platforms as you can without losing the quality of your content. So that might mean saying, I want a blog and a YouTube channel. But I don’t have time for Instagram and Twitter. Or saying I definitely don’t have time for YouTube, so I’m just gonna focus on my blog and Instagram. And try to keep one tweet a day.

So figure out like what’s gonna work for you, where you’re not losing the quality of your content. But that your readers know exactly what to expect from you and that you are, you know, keeping that hamster wheel moving. And you’re not burning yourself out. But you’re also not just disappearing and only coming in sporadically. Commit to a schedule and figure out what works for you even if that’s just once a week. That’s totally fine. And your readers might be, like, so excited that you’re going to post on Monday morning. And that’s how they’re gonna start your week. You don’t have to be blogging every day.

So don’t think that you know quantity just completely overrides everything else. It’s a balance and it’s more of an art than a science. Figuring out what works for you so your readers are happy at the end of the day.

So, if you liked these tips, I’m going to leave two blog posts that I’ve recently written on my blog with tons of tips. These were kind of top level tips. And then in the blog post I go into more detail. If you have more questions or you maybe you started a blog recently, but you just want to dive a little deeper, those two blog posts are going to help you a lot. I spent a lot of time putting them together and everything is free. I’m not trying to sell you anything you know. I don’t think you should buy blogging tips from anyone. The content is out there in the world, so I just put my two cents and I tried to answer as many frequently asked questions as they get. So start there. If you are more interested in starting a blog and if you like this video give it a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already.

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You Want to Make Money Blogging

So, you want to make money blogging. If you’re starting out blogging for profits, here are some key tips to make you successful.

An established blog with plenty of visitors can generate a good income. The money comes from ads you display on your blog. There are several ways to monetize your blog. For example, you can add affiliate links in your blog or you can allocate space for an ad network, like Google’s AdSense, to include appropriate ads.

But, let’s not rush things. Plan to take several months to write helpful content on your blog. This will attract repeat visitors. Once you have loyal visitors returning to your blog you can start monetizing your blog, that is, making money.

And, for many bloggers, the real money is made in the mailing list they develop. Interested people will join a mailing list to get even more help and advice. And, then you can offer various products that will help them. This is a way to make even more money.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here is a great video that help you get started on the right track.

You Want to Make Money Blogging

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So you want to start a blog but you’re not really sure that it’s actually going to make money, right?

Well I definitely think that it can. and it doesn’t take years to cut your first check if you have the right strategies in place.

I’m Allison Lindstrom, the unofficial nerd for Driven Girl Bosses and today I’m going to be talking about all of the main factors that really went into me earning my first $200 blogging.

So if you’re new here, you should probably know that I am a full-time blogger. That’s how I make my money. I started my blog called Frugal and Prairie Calm. Now, it’s called Alison Lindstrom Calm. But I started it back in March of 2015 and in June of 2015 I earned two hundred and thirty six dollars and 57 cents.

It’s rather small when you think of depending on that kind of income. But I was very blessed and I worked really really hard. And I was able to turn that 236 dollars into a full-time income by the time March of 2016 rolled around.

So, yes, you can totally make a full-time income from vlogging. No, it’s not easy. And it’s not an overnight success. It doesn’t happen quickly unless you’re extremely lucky, or you’ve got some really impressive connections.

Now, really quick for transparency sake, I do want to say that I earned that 236 in June of 2015 through sponsorships and ad revenue. Now ad companies and sponsorship companies I mean depending on who you’re connecting with, who you’re working with, they pay out on different cycles. So sometimes they pay out in 30 days, 45 days, 60 days. I mean it really just depends.

So I just wanted to clarify that and be very transparent and say that I earned that 236 in June of 2015. I didn’t deposit that money in my account in June of 2015. So before I get into my details here, you know, I just want to say have a back-up plan if you have financial obligations. This definitely didn’t happen overnight for me. And before I worked on just my blog and selling courses and things like that, I worked as a virtual assistant as a freelancer. That’s how I made my income before I was able to finally get my blog up to a point to where I could, you know, shift directions. That kind of, change careers, or just shift my career if you will.

So definitely, have a back-up plan.

Okay. Let’s get into the details now. There were a lot of factors that went into that first check. But here are the main ones that I think really made a difference.

Key factor number one to Make Money Blogging

I prepared my mindset for business. Do not under any circumstances let anyone make you feel guilty for having money on the line and wanting to make a profit from your blog. If that’s not the path for them, or if that’s, you know, doesn’t feel right for them, just whatever, they’re playing a different ball game than you’re playing.

Make sure that you have the mindset of a business woman so a you would like to make a profit.

And B, you really want to provide some sort of value in some way. So you’re still contributing to the world and, you know, maybe inspiring people or enriching their day in some way. But you also want to make sure that the time that you invest is profitable. And there’s nothing wrong with that. OK.

Factor number two to Make Money Blogging

I determined my main niche and then I listened to my audience. And when I started blogging I think I wrote about five or six different categories. It was a little crazy. Okay, I’m not gonna lie to you. But I was still kind of like figuring myself out. But I listened to my audience.

So I got questions about personal finance. But, brother, did I get some questions about blogging and online business. So I was really fortunate in that case. I was talking about a subject that I just could talk about all day. And on top of that that was the obvious category that my readers really loved more than anything else.

Key factor number three to Make Money Blogging

I actually started the darn blog so really quick. If you’re interested, I actually have a step-by-step video tutorial on how to set up your blog and your hosting just to get you started. Because sometimes the technical stuff is a little overwhelming. And I’ll leave a link for it somewhere around here so you can click on that and go take a peek if you want to.

But in the meantime, I will let you know that fear of failure: that is the number one reason I receive when I ask any of my readers why they haven’t started a blog yet. I just want to take a moment and give you a high five. Okay? Let’s talk about how brave you’re being for putting yourself out there on a blog. Yes, you will probably run into a few meanies online. I know that I certainly have. But if we’re getting real here, you’re probably going to run into them in real life as well. Because sometimes this beautiful world can be just a little messy. So embrace that fear and just start your blog. Unleash that incredible girl boss that you are. Because you could really make a difference.

Key factor number four to Make Money Blogging

I connected with other bloggers. I always like to say that bloggers support bloggers. We can really help each other out with a learning curve. When we get started with blogging we inspire each other. And I know that being close friends with some of my really really awesome bloggers out there have just, really, like pushed me to be the best businesswoman I could possibly be.

When you get a group of really intelligent, just like driven, women who want to make a difference in the world, and they just kind of support each other, incredible things happen. Okay.

Key factor number five to Make Money Blogging

And this isn’t a hard rule, but I feel like it was a little beneficial for me. I did have a good collection of posts before I really started promoting hardcore. I told people about my blog when I was like, kind of, starting out. But I really started pushing it, promoting it, on all the social media platforms once I had, I would say, like maybe 20 or 30 posts written.

The idea behind this is that when people land on your blog if your content is great you only have three posts, that’s okay. But, the idea is that if you have 20 or 30 and people land on your blog and you’re putting in a lot of time to promote on social media, they’re more likely to stick around because you have 20 to 30 very good blog posts.

Key factor number six to Make Money Blogging

I changed strategies when what was working for the crowd wasn’t working for me. I very much walked the beat of my own drum. And I try to be very conscientious to find inspiration from other bloggers. But if it’s just not working for me, I just give myself permission to say, “Hey, girl. Change strategies and try something else.” Even if like everyone and their brother is over there doing you know whatever that is, if a certain strategy is just not working for you, change it. Even if that’s what everyone else is doing and they claim it’s going to work if you’ve really tried it. And as you’re just not seeing results, you are your own rock star. So find something else that fits you.

Okay guys. That wraps it up for this video. And if you walk away with one thought, I really want it to be, I can totally do this because you can.

Be sure to hit the like button if you are excited to start your blogging journey. Or if you already have started your blogging journey I would love to hear about how it’s going. Leave me a comment below don’t forget to subscribe if you want to catch new videos in the future. And as always, I’m Allison Lindstrom, and I will see you next time.

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