New To Blogging? Don’t Give Up On Your Blog!

Dog Blogger

If you are new to blogging then you’ve probably got that bug that all new bloggers get when they start out on their own blog, the excitement of writing your thoughts etc for the world to ponder on.

So you’ve got your blog, you’ve decided to take the Leap and get your own domain and hosting so you have more freedom to do what you want, you’re all set up and you write your first blog post, then your second, third and then you think, “No one is stopping by the blog”.

At that moment your heart sinks and you may start to lose the interest you had when you started the blog, but you should remember one thing, never give up on your blog.

Let’s set you straight with a little bit about blogging, first of all it’s very time-consuming and at times frustrating when you are trying to think of an interesting article for your current and future readers.

Dog Blogger

Secondly, just because you have a blog and you write on it, doesn’t mean people will find your blog, they have to be told about it, shown the amazing articles you have written and then join in with the discussions that can take place via your comments section.

Never Give Up On Your Blog

Over the years I’ve seen many blogs disappear from the blogosphere and a lot of them go after around 12 months, this is probably due to people starting their blogs and then thinking it’s not for them or they just can’t get the traffic and comments that they want, so simply give up.

You should never give up if your only issue is your traffic etc. Let’s face it as soon as you post an article it’s out in the world, opp n the search engines and ready to be found, then it’s down to you to tell people about your new blog posts and get the word out.

Yes blogging is time-consuming, but if you want to make a success out of anything you have to tell people about things, make them want to stop by and read your article and other posts you may have made, as well as leaving comments.

Don’t start a blog just to make money, this is the wrong reason for starting one and people will pick up on this very quickly, start your blog for the passion of writing about what you like, not what others want, unless your passion is something that others will find extremely interesting.

Persevere And Enjoy Your Blogging

Keeping your blog alive is probably one of the main problems with blogging in general, giving it a frequent amount of good content can be problematic, but with time you can overcome this in several ways and these can also be fun.

blogging cat

1. Keep a notebook on you for those moments when something pops in to your head and screams “blog post” at you.

2. Use Google Trends to keep an eye on what is happening in the world and create posts that tally in with the latest news.

3. Keep an eye on Twitter Hash Tags, much like Google Trends you can post up some of the bizarre hash tags that may be trending on Twitter

4. Reviews are great to do, be it film reviews (like the ones I do), or even product reviews of something that you have recently bought.

5. Your daily musings or moans ;)

Shout Your Blog Out To The WORLD!

So how do you get your blog out to more people?

Now there are several ways of doing this, but I’m only going to tell you the methods that I know that work, purely from my experience in blogging since 2008, so hopefully you’ll get the popularity that your blog deserves.

1. Blog Name vs Twitter Name

This is a method that has always been something I recommend to everyone starting a blog/website. When you are buying your domain name, make sure it is the same for your Twitter name!

As an example, my website is blazingminds.co.UK and my Twitter is BlazingMinds this comes in handy for the SEO of you website as you will be linked to Twitter and show that it is you official Twitter for your website, as it has the same name.

2. Social Networking

With the way the world is today, social networking and social sharing is extremely important, as I mentioned above have your Twitter with the same as your website, the same goes for the social networks, such as FaceBook, Pinterest, StumbleUpon etc.

Sometimes someone will have beat on you to it, but if you can be on the majority of networks, then even better.

If your blog is using WordPress then install Jetpack which will allow you to post you new articles instantly to Twitter and Facebook etc. This way you are saving time promoting your site on the two big sites.

2. BlogEngage (Syndicate Your Blog Posts)

Now nice been using BlogEngage since I first started Blazing Minds, yes it’s a paid service, but believe me the power that BlogEngage has is outstanding.

After becoming a member of BlogEngage and selecting your choice of package, all your new posts are automatically listed in the BlogEngage network, for member to read, share, vote and comment on. But it’s not just BlogEngage, your article is also posted to other RSS Syndication sites as part of the package you have chosen.

In my point of view and from experience, BlogEngage is one of the reasons that Blazing Minds has become popular and the other member are superb and very helpful when it comes to help with your new blog.

3. Reading and Commenting on Other Blogs

So I mentioned BlogEngage, this is also an ideal place to find new blogs for you to read and comment on, with a massive collection of blogs to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice.

By commenting on other blogs you will have bloggers see that your blog exists, also most blogs these days are using the superb WordPress plugin “CommentLuv’ which will allow you to show off your last blog post in the comment section with your comment, it’s used here on Blazing Minds and bloggers love it.

With your commented starting to appear on other blogs, you will start getting traffic back to yours and in turn, hopefully, those bloggers with leave comments for you as well, but always remember, leave well written comments that are to do with the article not just things like, “great post”, “very interesting” or even “thanks for sharing”, because your comments will be deleted.

4. Advertising (Free and Paid)

Don’t be afraid of advertising your blog, you may have noticed I’ve mentioned FREE advertising, yes folks you can advertise for free, more on that in a moment.

There are so many sites offer paid advertising, but my method for this is direct through the blog you are visiting, most bloggers will have a graphic or two that says, “Advertise Here”. These are direct fro. The bloggers and this is usually the best method to use as you know the site that your blog will be advertised on.

OK, let’s get on to the FREE advertising, this is a little different to paid advertising and is a great method, although a little strange. I did right an article about this on BlogEnage a little while back, but I’ll give you the methods here as well.

FREE advertising is one of the simplest things to do and you can do it all by yourself, when you post a letter or parcel, add your website address and twitter name to the bottom of the letter etc. Sounds crazy I know, but it really does work, trust me I do it myself.

Although not free at first, but costing very little, buy yourself a T-Shirt or Sweatshirt with your website and/or Twitter printed on it with your logo if you have one, wear it around your town or in work even when you are on holiday, people will see it and check it out.

Radio advertising for free!

Surprisingly you can get advertised on the radio for free, I used this method purely by accident, my local radio station @PointFMRhyl, has requests and contests, when I first started texting in there were two Karen’s, so I simple added “Karen from Blazing Minds” on the end of my texts, so they would know it was me, now I get a mention for Blazing Minds.

For me everything worked out with the radio side as working with my local cinema on film reviews , I also do them on the radio station as well, so your blog can open other sorts for you ;)

The World Is Your Blogging Oyster

So there you have just a little bit of help with your new blogging adventures, remember, it’s your blog, you control it, you are the one writing the article, unless you have also started accepting Guest Posts (but that a whole other article for you to read).

Keep at your blogging, enjoy it, let’s face it, you wouldn’t have started your blog if you had nothing to say, so why stop! Keep your thoughts etc flowing, you don’t have to post every day, twice a week will suffice when you first start out. When you get more popular, then you can post more to keep your readers interested in you.

Last of all, develop your style, I always write the same way as I talk, throwing in a bit of humour from time to time and everyone knows my style, so develop your own, NEVER COPY anyone else style, be original.

Karen Woodham

Karen Woodham

Editor-in-Chief at Blazing Minds
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds blog an avid blogger/journalist of all sorts of interesting and odd things. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based in Rhyl, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles in The Daily Post Newspaper as well as other publications.
Karen Woodham

@BlazingMinds

Entertainment Journalist, Writer, Blogger, Photographer, founder of #NorthWales No.1 blog http://t.co/zR0wkC81oE. #PurpleBiz winner @PurpleDogNet 3/5/14
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Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham

43 Responses to New To Blogging? Don’t Give Up On Your Blog!

  1. Hajra says:

    When I was new here I was told to enjoy blogging otherwise I won’t last long and that was the best advice ever! I feel the newbies get too lost in page ranks, numbers, statistics and other minor details and it makes it difficult to actually enjoy the whole process.

  2. Mitch Mitchell
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    My goodness, this was comprehensive. Any new bloggers who can’t use this to get things going in the right direction aren’t even trying! :-)

  3. Richard says:

    I started blogging when I set up my Car Detailing website. There was various reasons for doing it, none of which were to make extra money. I wanted to show potential customer my knowledge as well as creating new regular content to help with page rank. I also enjoy writing. This has to be your main reason, otherwise you’ll just give up.

  4. Richard says:

    great link as well, just been having a look and well worth anyone else reading to check it out aswell

  5. Julie says:

    Really good advice! It is important to never ever give up if you want your blog to grow.

  6. Robert Tuttle says:

    Such a great post Karen…I just ran across your blog on the CommentLuv Facebook page and I’m glad I did. You’ve got a lot going on here.

    Staying on topic I’d like to say that this is a very good article with some great useful tips. I really dig the free advertising ideas, I actually never thought of that. Thanks for sharing some great advice!

    Cheers to Blogging,
    Robert Tuttle

  7. Dragos
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    I enjoyed very much the free publicity advice as I never thought so much about it and pretty clever that radio signature you did! I am planning to start a new blog and I am so anxious to skip over the waiting part and see my first visits on the site. I do some guest posting sometimes and find it pretty helpful also. God luck with your work!

  8. Matthew Killorin says:

    Excellent advice Karen. I’m amazed at how many bloggers don’t embrace social media. Twitter is a blogger’s best friend.

  9. Ardiv Jauhari says:

    Thanks for the post Karen, I have always been wanting to try out BlogEngage but was not sure whether it’ll be a worthwhile investment but your post confirm that it is! Which package do you recommend for starters by the way? :)

  10. Anand says:

    Hi Karen

    It hit closer to home when you said a lot of blogs don’t cross 12 months. I remember commenting a lot on your blog besides guest-posting on BlazingMinds in my early days of my blog that I have shuttered since.

    Not to worry now though. Although I no longer blog, I have launched a traffic exchange site that helps my users double their website traffic in a matter of minutes. I’m happy to be back as long as I get to stay in the same community.

  11. Lola Stoney says:

    New bloggers get overwhelmed when they realise the amount of work they need to put in to get their blogs where they want it to be, however, all that you have listed in this blog is all they need to do. May be it is easier written than done, but then, your writing and blog itself serve as an encouragement not to give up. Great post Karen.

  12. Matt Hayden says:

    Just on the subject of advertising: You mentioned putting your URL on a t-shirt. I’ve never tried this myself but I can see how it can work. It will be seen by thousands of people if you wear it often. Surely some of them will remember it and look at your blog.

    If you’re willing to spend a bit more money you could even put your blog address on your car. Think how many people would see that!

    Also, you can be crafty and park it at events that would be full of the kind of people who would take an interest in your blog. For example, if you blog about gadgets, make sure you drive it to the next big electronics trade show in your city.

  13. Lisa J. says:

    Hi Karen!

    I enjoyed your article very much! I talk to many people who are super excited about starting a blog, only to get bored, discouraged, or feel burdened after just a couple of months.
    As you so well pointed out, blogging is a long-term endeavor that a person should be passionate about or it becomes just another task on the list!

    Your article was very encouraging to new and old bloggers – I have a few that I plan to send your way to read this too!

    Have a great day and blog on :)

    Lisa

  14. Aniruddha Rege says:

    Karen, this is a great article. Very very helpful for someone like me who has just started a new blog (just a week old). It hasn’t even got indexed yet, and most of the traffic is being driven from my promotion through Facebook and Twitter.
    This article is just what I needed. I’m doing some of the things you’ve suggested, and will incorporate the rest as far as possible!

  15. Jens Woinowski says:

    The 12 month barrier really makes me wonder where I will be next year with my blog. I started it in December 2013 :-)

    Besides the typical social sites (like twitter), I am planning to try slideshare, and I use rebelmouse, already. Maybe some of your readers have experiences with those. I would be very much interested.

  16. Koj Tajo says:

    Hey, So nice of you to roll out this post. Starter like us needs encouraging tips like this one. One good point of my blogging is I am not considering earning money as sole reason though I wont mind in future, if I do so. And hey karen, I would try that my blog dont die off so early. Happy blogging!!!

  17. Bashir Ahmed says:

    Hi Karen,

    Great post. I’ve seen most of bloggers just disappear within 1 year and the reason was they don’t know how to get traffic and loyal readers. Their aim was just to earn quick money from blog and they failed.

    Blogging is not an easy task to just purchase the domain and hosting then lets money will come overnight in your pocket.

    Blog needs lot of hard work and patient. Creating quality content and sharing on social media sites like facebook, twitter, linkedin, G+ and so on.

    Good unique content, blog design and relationship with fellow bloggers are the keys of blog success!

    Thank you!

    • Karen Woodham
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      says:

      Very nicely put across there Bashir, it does take a lot of hard work and I think this is why the majority of blogs that do stop after a year, just didn’t realise the time and effort involved to work on a blog.

  18. Andrew Rezk says:

    Hello Karen, That is indeed a helpful article.
    I agree, Blogging is a very time consuming process, it also takes alot of effort even if you are passionate about what you’re blogging about. You will need to take it seriously and treat it as a business, otherwise you won’t get any traffic or good results from it. When i first started, I gave up on my blog several times, because i couldn’t make enough money blogging, but now i understand how blogging can be a great tool to drive traffic and build an online business.
    Best,
    Andrew

  19. I was once struggling in the beginning and I believe it is part of the growing process of being a blogger. Very helpful tips you have here for the beginners out there.

  20. Karen, Your Right. I found you through Blog Engage myself. Since your website basically does what mine does but is more centered around gaming. I do intend to venture into movies at some point. Since movies, games, and music is my life and my passion. I am actually a independent film maker or soon to be one anyhow. I game for the story, watch movies for the story, and listen to music to re-feel my life’s story. Thanks for the tips – Scott Craighead

  21. shameem says:

    Well this is really an boost for all new comers to blogging , great tips with loads of information .This would help new as well as experienced bloggers too.

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