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6 Blogging Tips Newbie Mommy Bloggers Need To Know To Succeed

Blogging tips newbies need to know would have to come in handy for me 7 years ago.

When I started blogging on my first website, which was originally an online store, I knew nothing about blogging. I was trying to find ways to get traffic to my website and I read that blogging was a good way.

For 2 years I published some blog posts without having a clear idea of what I should be doing. I was shooting in the dark.

I was working online for 3 years before I realized the true potential of blogging and then I went at it with everything I had. I quickly learned that I don’t even need my own store to make money online. In fact it was cheaper, less work and more fun to blog to make money online.

I have now been blogging full time for more than 3 years. There are plenty of things I wish I had known before I started working online for the first time.

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Here are some blogging tips newbies need to know:

6 Blogging Tips Newbies Need To Know To Succeed

Do It Yourself

And yes I mean everything. Build your own WordPress website from scratch and have it self-hosted.

If you are serious about blogging my opinion is not to go with Wix, Weebly or any other free website service.

And don’t pay thousands to a web developer to create the most beautiful custom built website for you.

You simply don’t need it. There are plenty of beautiful themes available for free that you can use. You may be told that you should have your website completely unique and custom built. Well I had that and it did nothing for me.

The important thing on your website is the content that you create. If you create content that is useful to your readers and engaging that is really all you need. It does not have to be fancy.

You also need to know how to work your own website. If you build it yourself you will learn everything there is to know about your own website.

It is really not that hard to learn. I am not a techie person yet I have learned how to build my own websites.

In simplified terms you need to do the following:

  • choose a niche (what is your website about)
  • buy a domain name
  • set up your website hosting
  • set up your website on WordPress
  • choose your theme (how it will look – and you can change this at any time)
  • make sure your settings are correct and tweak a few things
  • add some plugins (plugins are sort of like apps – they add functionality to your website)

And there you go – you can start publishing blog posts.

This might sound complicated but having over the shoulder training will help you to set it all up in a jiffy – and yes my first course [FREE] that will be live soon will show you exactly how to do all of the above!

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Learn Some Basic SEO and Content Marketing Skills

Search Engine Optimzation (SEO) might sound scary and complicated but it is actually very simple. SEO involves the things you do on your website (on-page SEO) and off your website (off-page SEO) that helps search engines find and rank your blog posts. This in turn means that when your target audience types certain search terms that you have targeted into search engines they will find you.

There are many things that go into ranking your website and getting organic traffic (traffic from search engines) but it is not hard to learn and very soon you will be pumping out high ranking content.

Some things that you will need to learn are:

  • how to add and verify your website on Google Analytics (this is where you see all the information relating to your Google traffic)
  • how to add and verify your website on Google Search Console, Yahoo and Bing
  • how to submit your website sitemap to search engines
  • how to do keyword research and what to do with your keywords
  • how to optimize your content for search engines
  • how to create images and optimize them for search engines
  • how to make your website mobile friendly
  • how to optimize your website for speed

Yes this all sounds terribly technical but it really isn’t.

My courses will be covering all of this information in very easy to follow videos.

I will add the links as soon as the courses are live.

SEO factors

Publish Content Regularly

Once all of those technical things are out of the way you can get on with blogging. This involves creating and publishing content on a regular basis.

Blogging tips newbies often hear is to publish as much content as possible, but this is not really the case.

You don’t need to publish new content every single day, but figure out a schedule that works well for you and publish content on a consistent basis. If you can only publish once a week that is fine. Make a goal to create and publish a post every week at the same time so that you have a good routine that is manageable.

Focus on creating high quality articles that are engaging rather than publishing lots of content often.

Make sure to allow some time for promoting your blogs on social media too since this will be a great way to get some free traffic before your website starts getting organic traffic. Sharing on social media is part of off-page SEO so it can ultimately help your website ranking.

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Be Unique, Be Real, Be YOU

There are thousands of bloggers out there. So don’t try to be like them – you will just get lost in the void. Find your own voice and your own style of blogging. This is what will set you apart from the rest.

Humans have this intense need to be liked and accepted. No matter what you do some people will like you and some people won’t. Make sure that the people that do like you like the real you. Wouldn’t it be sad to try and be something you are not and be liked for that rather than you?

When you are authentic and true to yourself your passion will shine through in your blog and you will reach the perfect audience that is matched to you. When you speak to this audience they will trust you and your blog will grow with followers and engagement.

Don’t be a sheep, following the flock. Be the black sheep and stand out. It is your time to shine.

Email Marketing

Build An Email List

This was one of my biggest mistakes and if I could start over from the beginning one of the first things I would do is start building my list.

You may have heard all the phrases such as the money is in the list? Well it truly is.

Think about this – every time a visitor comes to your website they may never ever return. But if that person signs up for your newsletter you can bring them back to your website over and over for many years to come. You can send them offers, coupons and competitions.

So get your newsletter system set up and start collecting subscribers as soon as you can. From the very first visitor to your website you want them to able to subscribe.

Get Social

Get Social

Setting up social media channels for your blog is so important. This will give you a way to share your content without sharing it to your personal profiles (unless you want to too) while at the same time building online authority for your blog.

As already mentioned sharing your content socially will bring in your first readers to your blog for free and at the same time it is performing off-page SEO which will benefit your website.

Do you have any blogging tips newbies need to know? Or perhaps you have a blogging question? Leave a comment below and I will answer you as soon as possible.

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  1. Richard says:

    When I first started my blog, I felt quickly overwhelmed by all the online jargon and techniques to track traffic and/or generate more. The biggest key I found to start with was consistency and commitment to building something over the longer term. As you wrote in this post it needs to be uniquely you and thats what will motivate people to keep coming back if you are able to write from the heart and on interesting topics that like minded people are also interested in. 

    If you commit to learning over time then nothing will stand in your way.


    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Richard you are so right, in the beginning it can be very overwhelming! But that can be said of anything new too 🙂 It is about sticking with it and learning the basics – then being consistent and unique!

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. Rutz says:

    This so straight forward and to the point.  I like the fact that you say be unique, be real, be you.  This is the best part I like about myself because as an introvert, I love to express myself in writing and it gives me the opportunity to be real me and to bring up stories in a natural and a flowing way. Thank you.

  3. Lynne Huysamen says:

    Spot on Rutz – why blog if you are going to try and be something you are not? It makes no sense!

    People will follow you because of who you are so this is the perfect opportunity to be genuine, to have loads of fun and connect with like-minded people all over the world… oh and make money of course. We mustn’t forget about that part.

  4. Adyns68 says:

    Hi Lynne

    I like your presentation, you make it so easy to understand.

    I have a question, when you say, be unique and be you, does it mean that I need to write what matters to me? will people be interested in that? and will I be able to earn money from that? Because, all I really want is to make money fast, so if it can be done by what everyone is doing, why is that bad?

    I think the 6 tips covers everything one need to make a good blogger.


    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Brilliant question there – yes I believe that if you write about the things that matter to you then you will be able to make money online – in any niche. And yes if you are interested in it then you will be able to find others online that are interested in it too! You don’t need a huge audience to make money online, you just need a little piece of the pie. 

      I’m not saying you can’t choose a niche that others are also in, but do it in YOUR way and in your own voice. This is what will make you stand out. 

      Unfortunately making money fast online is a fairy-tale and one that so many people get sucked into. Blogging is not a quick fix that will earn you money immediately. It will take a few months at least to get yourself up and running and to start earning some money. 

  5. Stratos K says:

    Very good tips you give there. Most of them I already follow but one thing I still haven’t started is email list and from what I hear this is a very important one. I have it on my “to do” list of things I am planning to do next so soon I will have to dedicate the time for that. When you are new to all this blogging it may be a bit overwhelming but I you keep digging most will become second nature pretty fast. Just don’t be afraid to dive in.

    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      That is brilliant that you are doing most of them Stratos and yes it takes a bit of time to get into it. I do advise that you start building your list as soon as you can! If you can’t get to learning much about email marketing right now then at least sign up with an email autoresponder now! I love Sendpulse since they offer a free starter account for email marketing up until 2500 subscribers, free push notifications (send as many as you like and to as many subscribers as you like) and a free Facebook Messenger bot too! 

      All you really have to do is add a subscribe form urgently and then while you are gathering subscribers you can learn how to do email marketing! 

  6. Marios Tofarides says:

    Hey Lynn,

    Great post! This is exactly the kind of content needed for building an audience and drive traffic online. I’d add one more: commenting. If you are a newbie blogger, commenting in other niche authority blogs is a great (and free) way to get discovered and drive traffic to your site. I made great friends with other bloggers, just by promoting them on social media and commenting on their blogs.


    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      #7 Blog Commenting – thank you Marios for adding your experience to this post for new bloggers! 

  7. geni says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I am brand new to blogging so your advice came to me super handy. As a newbie I am a but overloaded with the new jargon and unsure about the things I am supposed to be doing and learning but your article made it clear.
    Thanks so much and wish you all the best

    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Geni every new blogger feels the same way. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and very soon your daily routine will involve mostly writing, publishing  and sharing your posts. Everything will become second nature to you in time. 

  8. RoDarrick says:

    Thanks for this post. Its really been of great help. Firstly, I just started my blog and getting a niche was like fighting the world war for me. But thankfully, I am over that. I never realise the germaneness of e-mail list. I will get right into it immediately after this. Also, I have been engaging myself in thorough learning of the SEO and creating unique contents. I agree with you that one does have to do everything by oneself to give the feel of personal business to one. Seriously, I cannot be appreciative of this post enough. Thanks

    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Yes choosing a niche can be really tough, I totally agree with you there. My best tip for choosing a niche for a first time blogger is simple – what are you passionate about? And that is your niche, simple as that. 

      My reason for this is that you are going to need to learn a lot before you start making money, so you may as well make it as fun, easy and enjoyable as possible. If you are writing about something you are passionate about this ticks all those boxes. 

      Once you understand that process of blogging – how to write, how to SEO your posts to get traffic, and how to monetize your website then the world is your oyster. You can then create more websites in any niches and you can earn from them all. 

  9. Augusta says:

    I am mother two and new to blogging. I actually started last month. Though, everything is still very new to me, like sometimes I felt so lost and don’t know what to do next. I have been reading and reading about blogging and the benefits that comes along with it. So, I started. 

    With the relevant informations on your blog, that I am learning from. I think blogging will be interesting for me. About doing it yourself, you are right. One of the reasons, it took me so long to start blogging was, I was always scared and because I am not into IT stuffs. I believed, I could not do it. 

    So, I was always waiting for the best time to have the money to give a developer to do it for me. That wasted most of my time. Learning new things, especially when it comes to technology stuff, it can be challenging and looks difficult. But until, you start before you will know you can also do it. 

    Another challenge I have is how to create email list, I really don’t know and I am going to start learning on that. There are lots of great points you mentioned of which I don’t know about. I have bookmark your page to start learning about them and working on my blog too. Thank you 

    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Augusta when I started my computer skills were limited to email, Microsoft Word and Excel, and Quickbooks (accounting package). Yes I could do online searches for information like everyone else but technical skills – a huge big zero! 

      So just take it one step at a time and focus on what is in front of you. It will all come together. 

      I wouldn’t stress too much about email marketing – as long as you get a subscribe form up on your website for now to start building your list that is good enough! I love SendPulse – you can sign up here for their services. You can use them for free until you have gained 2500 subscribers. 

      Setting up a subscribe form is not too hard – here is a training video I published at Wealthy Affiliate showing you how to do it. 

  10. H Phomrong Maring says:

    This is an engaging article. To be a good blogger who receives quite a flow of traffic is not easy as well as not impossible.

    You made a few points here that I hadn’t thought of. For instance, getting a website self-hosted and not paying thousands of dollars to the web developers are indeed, worth noting.

    I also hear you say that it is not really hard to learn how to blog all by oneself and of course, that’s the crux of the blogging of things and the same path every professional blogger went through.

    Regarding the SEO part, I had done the On-page and Off-page SEO and still find my website devoid of visitors. This stirs up the very thought whether the ‘time factor’ comes into play or not? Say, how old is your website for Google ranking? Or whether you are spelling out the same points as all other bloggers do and that there’s not a pint of uniqueness in your content and so on? These thoughts come into my mind and I just cannot second-guess other than this. Will be happy if you have any point in support of the idea.

    To get social along with building an email list, and finding one’s own voice are the good points in focus and yet, they find a waning troll in my conscience and would love to hear your feedback.

    I look forward to your Free Course that will be live.

    Wishing you a HUGE success journey.

    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Well there are many factors that come in ranking and traffic… it’s not just one simple thing but many little things that make up the bigger picture. It’s like doing a big puzzle. 

      Here are some things that you can look at which will impact your ranking:

      – What keywords are you targeting – do they have traffic? Does your keyword make grammatical sense? How much competition does that keyword have and how strong is that competition? Is your keyword a long-tail keyword or a fat head keyword? 

      – How old is your website? How fast is your website? Do you have an SSL certificate installed? Is your website mobile friendly? 

      – How often do you publish posts on your website and do you publish consistently? How long are your posts?

      – SEO – how well are you implementing SEO on your website? Do you have your keyword in your url, your meta title and meta description? Do you have your keyword in the beginning and end of your post? Are you naming your image files (and video files, pdf files) correctly using your keywords? Are you using your keywords in your alt tags? Are you adding videos to your posts? How well are your Youtube video’s SEO’d? 

      Have you checked Google Search Console to see whether your website is returning any issues that you can resolve? 

      My personal feeling is that if you are creating quality content regularly, choosing your keywords wisely and implementing some basic SEO you will start ranking and getting traffic. It may not be overnight or as fast as you would like but I believe it will happen if you keep at it. 

  11. LearnToEarn Admin says:

    When starting out with building your own website with your niche passion to help others online, it can become quite daunting as there is so much to learn.
    What I have found that really works is to take it one step at a time, work at your OWN pace – it’s not a race, make sure you understand each concept as they are taught – if you don’t, just ask miriads of questions until you understand it, apply what you have learnt in the training, and follow through to the end.
    One huge secret:
    Don’t let the shiny syndrome distract you from what your are doing – we all have a tendency to want to do things faster, so we divert our attention to something that may be better.
    My advice: Don’t let that happen to you if you want to be successful!
    Push through with determination, tenacity and the will to succeed and help others in the process!

    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Thank you for adding that very valuable bit of advice! You are 100% right – there are so many people trying to make money fast and hoping for a short cut and there just isn’t one. 

      Making money through blogging is amazing, I absolutely love it – but it takes time and effort to build your business. This can be very frustrating if you don’t understand that you are going to have to put in a lot of work without seeing the immediate results in the beginning. 

      It took a while before my blog started earning money and in the beginning I couldn’t see much traffic or engagement … or anything. I had to have faith and keep on at it. 

  12. Great article Lynne. And although I am one of those “expensive web designers” LOL, I totaly agree with you. Not everyone needs a professionaly built website. When you are a full time, 100% blogger all you really need is great content and some knowledge on how to get noticed.

    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Oh dear I hope I didn’t upset you with my thoughts in this post Karmen! You know my first website I had built for me and then I had it revamped by another developer at an even higher expense and I struggled with everything. It was only when I took it into my own hands and figured it out for myself (and ripped out all these fancy features) that things started coming together for me.

      I now do almost everything myself and get some help when I need it. I do need some assistance with this website by the way, just a few things that I am not happy with and I would like a little more of a professional vibe…. but we can talk about it sometime!

  13. Hi Lynne,
    I just started my blog and am going through these steps almost exactly. Your post gives me confidence that I am on the right track. I still need to come up with a schedule for creating and posting content so I am working on that. I look forward to your course on SEO. I am trying to learn all I can about it and your course sounds like it will be very straightforward. Thanks for the post!

  14. I also wish I knew all of this when I first started blogging, especially what SEO is and how it works. Back when I first blogging for the first time, I don’t think that SEO was even a thing yet. Haha! Oh and email marketing! I’m still working on that one too.

    1. Lynne Huysamen says:

      Oh that is another post I want to write – things I wish I knew before I started working online! If I knew then what I know now…

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