Life as a new blogger is terrifying, exhilarating, and sometimes confusing.
With all the information online these days it’s hard to differentiate the real deal from the crappy advice that will just have you spinning your wheels.
Starting a blog is hard work!
As a new blogger, you’re often times either overloaded with information or just don’t have a clue where to begin.
From the first day I started my blog, I found several bloggers that I looked up too, so I’d ask them for advice, follow their blogs, and I learned so much from every single one of them.
I’m so excited for today’s post. 17 successful bloggers and freelancers are going to share their best tips for new bloggers. And several of these wonderful ladies are the bloggers I was referring too.
These women are all making a full-time income with their blogs!
Some are creating digital products, like online courses, some are offering freelance services, and some are monetizing directly from their blog, with affiliate marketing.
And many of them are making a full-time income from a combination from all of these things.
And they’re all here today to offer you their best tips for new bloggers, whether you’re a new blogger or have been blogging for years, but have gotten stuck – this post is for you!
PS: Some of these ladies are offering some stellar freebies to help you in your blogging journey – so make sure to read the bios.
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So, I asked these ladies all one question:
What one tip or piece of advice would you offer a new blogger who’s trying to make a living from home, by either freelancing, creating their own products, or by monetizing their blogs?
Meera is a mom and email marketing specialist turned solopreneur. She helps bloggers and solopreneurs build an unignorable, stand out online presence by simplifying blogging and digital marketing strategy. Steal her swipe file of 2 years worth of email content ideas and start growing your audience today!
Meera’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“Whether you’re just launching or you’re in the early stages of building your business, think about where you are in the journey and focus on tasks and goals that are aligned with your current blogging/business stage and milestones. It’s nice to think I want to go full-time with this business by X. But you need to think about where you are now and what steps you need to take to reach your milestone.
Once you’ve identified your milestone, pick 2-3 goals a quarter and ask yourself the following:
Does it fit in with your blogging/business stage?
Is this a vanity metric or can it be broken down into growth actions/tasks you can directly influence?
Is it possible to have a time or date stamp on each of these growth actions/tasks
Does it fit in with your life? Do you have time for it?
This process is not meant to box you in and limit your potential. It’s meant to put the next most immediate hurdle in front of you rather than this ginormous big leap that you need to take. It’s going to give you the confidence to turn down offers and opportunities so that you stay fixed to your stage appropriate milestones.”
Krista Dickson is a Blog-Woo Mentor, full-time blogger, and the founder of blogbeautifully.com. She helps driven, passionate, intuitive women achieve financial freedom through their blogs. Ready to set up a profitable blog from day one? Join her free 10-day mini-course, Beginner Blogger Bootcamp.
Krista’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
To diversify your streams of income.
“The more different ways money is coming to you, the better! For example, instead of creating one product or one course, launching it, and then not creating anything new for a year, you should always be brainstorming and working on new products and new ways to earn.
As an example, the majority of my blogging income comes from four different sources: affiliate marketing, selling online courses, writing e-books and providing services online.
If I focused solely on one of those types of income, I probably wouldn’t make half as much money as I do with all four!
To start, focus on two different ways to earn (whichever two you feel most comfortable and confident with).
Then once you’ve mastered those two, add in another stream of income.
Then another, and another.
And remember, you can create multiple products within one “type” of income – for example, writing multiple e-books, selling multiple courses, having different affiliate marketing strategies in place, etc. The more, the better!”
For the past 5 years, Kristy Gardner has been the creative brand strategist and owner of Peppercorn Creative. She collaborates exclusively with passionate entrepreneurs, bloggers and small businesses who won’t compromise on quality to create profitable brands, beautiful websites and engaging content. She specializes in clean, clear, modern & content-optimized website design, action-oriented copywriting & editing to target your audience, and mentors her clients on how to most effectively make money and get themselves noticed! Grab her free workbook for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and bloggers who want more time, money & to not suck at life!
Kristy’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“Just do it.
No one stops you from living the life you want, except you.
And this is going to sound kind of harsh, but no one cares about your fear, either. So feel it, acknowledge it, put it away and then do what it is you’re passionate about.
Figure it out.
You’re in control of how your story plays out – so make it happen!
And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help and/or hire someone to work with you while you chase the thing that gets you up in the morning. It makes “doing it”, easier.
I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t invest in a quality website and a mentor early on.
Both were instrumental in the success I’ve seen.
And since no one is positively great at absolutely everything, experts, skilled workers, and the very talented people in our communities can be a huge resource and a worthwhile investment. Supporting each other allows us to support ourselves.
So reach out and like I said – just do it!”
Elna Cain has been a professional freelance writer and blogger for three years. She’s also a Millennial mom to twins. Elna helps moms and others start online businesses. She blogs over at ElnaCain.com and TwinsMommy.com. Follow her on Pinterest! Check out her info-packed freelance writer course to help you set up your freelance biz and finally find high-paying clients.
Elna’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
I’ve been blogging for three years now and I found that the quickest way to make a living from home is to offer a service.
Right now, service-based businesses are becoming more and more popular online. From VA’s to freelance writers to Pinterest managers and more, there’s no shortage to starting your own online business.
You can also offer coaching services if you are an expert in a niche like helping toddlers sleep or helping moms start an online business.
For me, the path I took was freelance writing. From there that opened the doors to coaching and course creation.
What’s great about monetizing your blog is you can try different ways to make money.
If affiliate marketing is something you want to try as a new blogger, you can!
But, if you want to make substantial money quickly, freelance writing is your ticket. You can earn anywhere from $50 to over $300 a post, work with bloggers and businesses and do all of this in your pj’s!
5) Eden fried
Eden Fried bailed on her plan to start law school in May 2016 at the last second (despite paying her seat deposit and securing an apartment in the heart of New York City). Instead, she decided, on a whim, to start a blog and launch an online business. She’s never looked back! Nowadays, Eden earns a full-time income online coaching new and aspiring bloggers how to launch and grow successful, profitable blogs. When she’s not working, Eden enjoys throwing around some weights at her local Cross-fit gym or snugglin’ up to a good book. Download Eden’s Social Media Guide For Bloggers (a free 20-page e-book and workbook)
Eden’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“This is such a fun question for me to answer because I’ve been blogging full-time for just about 1 year now and this is forcing me to look back at those first beginner days in this new, scary world of self-employment! I love the challenge ☺
There are TONS of things I could tell you (I’m having a hard time limiting myself to just ONE) but I’m going to go with this:
Cut yourself some slack and always (ALWAYS) have a sense of humor.
Understand that you WILL fail and that it WILL be hard work.
There will be days that you’ll feel like a complete failure, and you’ll want to hide under the covers with a tub of ice cream and not come out.
But there also will be days that you’ll feel on top of the world – like the day you’ll earn your first affiliate commission or get your first paycheck from a client.
The successful bloggers are the ones who stick it out even on the lowest of low days. While they may groan and complain for a few minutes about their setbacks (whatever they may be) they keep the big picture goal in mind – they remember WHY they started in the first place and they use that to fuel their fire.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were most successful blogs.
When you have low days, allow yourself time to cope, but then get up, laugh about it, and start working again. Keep pushing through, because that’s what this is all about.
And, when you need a hand or a shoulder to lean on, reach out to a blogging buddy.
I’m telling you, this community is FLOODED with incredible people who would be more than happy to help you get out of your rut and back to work. I’d be happy to be your buddy, truly.”
Tanya is a mother of 3 and the Lead Translator & Talent Manager at The Translators, providing clients in marketing, IT, digitization, and Industry 4.0 with complete language solutions. She’s been a freelancer since 2002. Today, she offers courses for freelancers to help them market their services. For the past 5 years, Tanya’s headed an association for professional freelance translators and interpreters, where she’s in charge of training and CPD. Tanya founded this association after running the largest German-speaking business group on the internet from 2009 to 2012. Currently, she’s launching her first signature course: WordPress for Translators.
Tanya’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
Which is easier than you’d think. Don’t follow the mainstream advice you get online from every “huge” blogger out there. Blogging success is not about numbers, but about engagement. You can have 20k followers on Instagram — but if they don’t engage with you, they’re worth less than 200 loyal followers who engage regularly. To be unique, be YOU.
In time, you’ll build a following and your content will resonate with the right people.
Also, a huge plus: If you can start with some cash in the bank. Just cause you can start a blog for free does not mean you don’t have to have any funds to start your business. Make sure you can cover health insurance, social security and most of all taxes.
Expect up to two years of hard work before you can actually make a decent living with your blog.
And be honest with yourself about your abilities.
Can you deal with being an entrepreneur?
Are you disciplined enough to make sustainable decisions?
Are you confident enough to stand up to criticism by some of the people you love the most?
Finally, make sure you make time to recharge your batteries. Don’t mistake the euphoria that comes with accomplishment for being enough to “live” on. Once routine kicks in and once you have the hang of it all, you”ll find that nothing beats a night out with friends, a good glass of Chardonnay and talking everything but business.
It’s so easy to burn out. Take care of yourself.”
7) Kayla butler
Kayla Butler is Creative Director and photographer from the Creative Studio & Blog Ivorymix.com. Ivorymix is a resource for Free Stock photography, content strategies, and creative living tips. With Ivorymix, Kayla provides beginner creatives, makers, and existing business owners of all levels with stock photography, custom content, resources, and tips for growing their online businesses, increasing their audience engagement, perfecting their content strategies and sinking into their creative life.
Kayla’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“The advice I would give a new blogger is, don’t stop yourself from investing in using the right tools that are proven to support the strategies you are hoping to use to making money online.
Even when something might seem expensive now or seem like just another “sales tactic” you don’t need yet – take a second or third look and research the testimonials of other bloggers.
Watch out for false claims, but be sure to ask around before you invest your time or money.
For instance, one of the best money makers I have is an upsell landing page that gets triggered when people want to make a purchase from my digital products shop. This feature cost me a little bit of money up front, but it helps my audience and customers tremendously and it helps me generate 30% more income.
These little tools and tips are worth the initial investment because they are proven to bring you big returns when used properly.”
Yami is a blogger at two blogs: Boss Latina (which is less than a year old) and The Latina Next door (which is about 5 years old). On Bosslatina she provides bloggers with feminine stock photos for their websites and their social media channels. On The Latina Next Door Yami blogs about all things Home Decor, DIY and Recipes.
Yami’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“The most important thing about trying to make an income online is to ignore where everyone else is at and focus on yourself. Not everyone is going to have a 5 figure launch or a make $2,000 in affiliate sales in their second month. Comparing yourself is only going to hold you back because everyone’s journey is different.
You also do not have to create your own product to be a successful blogger. You can start with ads and affiliate marketing – these will be the easiest ways to monetize when you first start out. Then, when you start generating traffic, study your audience. See what content is the most popular and what isn’t.
This will help you narrow down your focus and may even propel you to start creating a product or even go after specific sponsored content.
There are so many options out there, but nothing will be quick and easy and not everything will be a fit for everyone.
There will be hard work and a lot of learning involved, but it can be done. Just focus and stay steady.”
Cathy has been a freelance writer for the last 9-months and started earning over $1K/month in her second month. I added Pinterest management at the start of the year and combined, I make a reasonable part time income which suits me and my toddler perfectly! You can read more on her blog – This Mama Learns. If you want to learn some Pinterest basics, check out my free e-course Pinterest Power Up.
Cathy’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“The one piece of advice I’d give to a new blogger who wants to make a living from home is this:
You need very little to start out, it gives you time to learn the ropes of blogging, and helps you bankroll your living expenses and make investments for your blog (if that’s what you’d prefer to do). It also helps you get used to doing creative work on a schedule!
When I remember how difficult I found it to write a blog post a week for my own blog… well, now I write far more than that!
Most successful bloggers I know offer (or used to offer) services. Whether that’s freelance writing, virtual assistance, social media management, graphic design, or web design… If you’ve got a skill (and you do, because you’re blogging), you can sell your services to those who need it.”
10) Jennifer Snyder
Jenn is a wife to one great guy, mom to the best 3 crazies a woman could ask for and a proud blogger. Her passion is to help women learn what to do AFTER they start a blog, so they can grow it and have the flexibility to do the work they love while spending time with the people they love.If you’re struggling to get the traffic from social media without getting sucked into it all day? Then check out Jenn’s freebie so you can get more traffic from social media, get out, and get on with your day!
Jenn’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
My piece of advice for a blogger looking to earn an income from her blog is to know your people!
You have to know who your ideal reader is and what she needs.
Go out there and find your tribe.
Go into Facebook groups and see what your ideal readers are talking about.
What questions are they asking? What are they struggling with? How can you help them? Make a list of things that you see when you are doing this research and start to brainstorm ideas on how you can help them.
Beyond that go out there and be friends with your readers. Look at them as your friends, not dollar signs. Help them, give to them, care about them and the money will come.
I am still a “small blogger” with under 10k page views a month, but I am making a full-time income blogging because this is what I have done.
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Go out there, find your tribe, and love on them. Build relationships and build trust. Then look for ways to help them through your blog posts and paid products.
If you are struggling to define your ideal reader and find your tribe, please check out my program called “Find Your Tribe Online.” It will save you time by showing you exactly where your ideal readers are hanging out, plus how to connect with them!
11) Lupital Santana
Lupita Santana started her virtual assistance business Lupita Santana Virtual Assistant in August of 2016, soon after she had her son, Asher. Because of her organizational savvy and knack for setting up systems and processes, she gained traction in the industry quickly and has experience working with fashion bloggers, lawyers, graphic designers, business coaches and more.Lupita is now currently re-branding her company to Lupita & Co. and shifting direction in her business to focus on online business management and strategic planning.
Lupita’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“Don’t sell your sanity.
Do something because you love doing it and not because it means you’ll have money.
You will get burnt out faster if you do things out of desperation for money. Stay true to your passion and you will continue to love what you do!”
12) Abbey Ashley
Abbey Ashley is a Virtual Assistant Coach at The Virtual Savvy, teaching women and men how to start their own Virtual Assistant business from scratch. She loves helping her students find their passion and turn it into a full-fledged online business. Find out how to start your own virtual assistant with this free step-by-step Virtual Assistant Launch Checklist.
Abbey’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“Here’s my advice for new bloggers:
The absolute BEST advice that I can give to new bloggers is to focus on growing your email list.
Don’t worry about how many likes are on your Facebook page or how many Instagram followers you have (at first). If you want to monetize your blog, you need a list of followers who know you, love you, and are used to getting emails in their inbox from you.
Most people who want to monetize a blog started out by creating some kind of product, course, or program.
They spend months and months creating the thing and then do next to NO sales. Why? Because they don’t have an audience to sell to!
In order to sell from your blog, you need to have people to sell it to.
I recommend not even beginning to think about a product until you have 1,000 email subscribers. Once you reach that number, ask your list what they want to learn about, then create a product or service around the answer.”
13) Traci Benoit
Traci has been a freelance writer for over a decade, both part-time and full-time. She recently began a blog to help other moms become successful freelance writers. She has a free 7 Day course to Freelance Writing Success on her website Freelance Writing Mom.
Traci’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“Don’t stop trying and don’t compare yourself to others.
I’m a freelance writer. So are a million others out there. If I compared myself to every other writer that seems to have it down better than I do, have a better blog, have a better experience or just seems to be better at the whole blogging thing than me, I’d have quit a long time ago.
No one else can offer what you offer. Be you and make your own path.“
14) Lucy Damasceno
Lucy Damasceno has spent the past 20 years creating, optimizing, and evaluating any piece of writing she has got her hands on. She became a full-time freelancer 2 years ago and works from her home in Ireland.
Lucy’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“Be extremely professional.
It’s not because you’re working from home or a coffee shop that you should provide a low-quality service, miss deadlines, or present your work poorly.
There are many reasons why you’ll get hired, but if you want to sign long-term contracts, you will soon discover that it is all about trust.
Clients will pay the higher rates for reliable freelancers, those able to deliver what they promised.
And the same dynamic works if you are starting your own business and is hoping to have loyal customers.”
Kate is a blogger, freelance writer, and social media strategist. She’s been a full-time freelance writer for 2 years, and blogs about lifestyle, blogging, and entrepreneurship over at Layered Indulgence. Looking to boost your blog traffic? Enroll in my free 6-day Pin Perfect Challenge and learn how to use Pinterest to skyrocket your page views!
Kate’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“My best piece of advice is to keep learning and invest in yourself.
Before I even started my freelance journey, I took a freelance writing course and I’ve continued to invest in blogging courses throughout the years. It can sometimes be tough to justify when you’re not making a lot of money from your blog or freelancing yet, but if you invest in strong, reputable courses and eBooks, you will grow your influence and income!
Just make sure to do your research to find the education that’s best for you!
You have to look at it as an investment for your future rather than a chunk of money you’re spending right now.”
16) Carmen Peters
Carmen Peters is a Virtual Assistant at V-A Virtual Assistant. Carmen left the corporate world to pursue the online world. On this entrepreneurial journey, she started V-A. My mission is to help and support SME’s with their admin needs and assist in growing their businesses.
Carmen’s Best Tips For New Bloggers:
“Don’t wait for everything to be perfect.
If you have a website setup and your first blog post ready to go launch it.. don’t get stuck in the pre-launch mode.
You will learn, adapt and make changes along the way, just don’t delay!
I made the mistake of getting stuck on getting everything perfect for my website and as a result, I was not getting any clients or business in. I learned that is okay to not have it all perfect and that as we grow – we can improve and do better. We will also evolve so even if you reached a level of perfect you will undoubtedly make updates.
Lastly don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for their feedback a fresh set of eyes can pick up on small details that we have overlooked. Just go out there and be awesome!”
Gina Horkey is a married, millennial mama to two precocious toddlers from Minnesota. Additionally, she’s a professional writer and online business marketing consultant with a decade of experience in the financial services industry. Gina enjoys helping other freelance writers and virtual assistants gear up to quit their day jobs and take their side hustles full-time via her website, Horkey HandBook.
Gina’s Best Tip For New Bloggers:
“Give yourself two years to make it happen.
While you can find success MUCH faster than that (I did), this long-term focus will help you immensely in giving yourself enough time to succeed.
Two years sounds like a long time, but in the scope of life, it’s really not.
Think about it, doctors go to college for like a billion years (okay, more like seven) before graduating and starting their residency. So committing two years (and a whole helluva lot less money!) to growing a successful online business or blog is NOTHING.
So get started and then keep going – as long as it takes!”
What a collection of incredible and actionable tips and advice! Thank you SO much to the ladies who participated in this expert blogging roundup. I know I learned a thing, or two – and I hope you did, too!
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Until next time,