7 Tips To Avoid Looking Like A Newbie Blogger

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Hey there! I’m Ariel Shanelle and I know many people are struggling online to figure out how this blogging thing works. It’s so exciting to have a website to call your own, but without the proper knowledge we begin to struggle. We struggle to get traffic and shares. Everyone blogger wants to be successful and I will help you any way that I can. Today I want to teach you how to look like a professional blogger (even if you just started).

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1. Use consistent picture sizes.

I so wish someone would’ve told me this when I first started. I had three different sized images on my home page. Talk about embarrassing! Now, I use 800 x 500 photos for my featured images and any horizontal photos. I use 600 x 900 for vertical images and my Pinterest pins. You can use those sizes if you want, as long as they are always the same size.

The way I do this is with Canva. If you head over to Canva.com, you can click on custom dimension in the top right corner.

Canva For Sizes

Then, enter the size you prefer.

Canva For Sizes

Click ‘Create new design’. You can upload pictures onto Canva on the left hand side under ‘upload’. I usually use a grid under the element tab. This is an easy way to make sure your pictures are always the same size. Plus, Canva automatically saves anything you create. This way, you can access your pictures from any computer.

2. Don’t make your paragraphs too long.

When paragraphs are too long, it distracts your reader. White space in the background are a good thing. The tab key is your friend. Use it.

3. Use more pictures.

Pictures help your readers stay interested. Everyone likes to look at nice picture, especially in between reading. Don’t underestimate the power of great images.

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Please make sure you’re using free stock photos, paid for stock photos, or photos you’ve taken. You can get in really big trouble for using copyrighted images without permission.

Some of my favorite free stock photo websites are:

pixabay.com

freeimages.com

unsplash.com

ivorymix.com

stockfreeimages.com

pexels.com

4. Make a pin for your post.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a post and couldn’t find a pin to share it on Pinterest. Most of my traffic comes from Pinterest and I can’t pin your content without a Pinterest image. I make my Pinterest pins 600 x 900. I put my Pinterest pins at the bottom of my content, but I’ve seen others stick them in various places. Do what works for you, but please make a pin for it.

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5. Have a way for people to comment and share.

It’s so disappointing when I fall in love with a post only to be rejected when I try to share or comment. Comments and shares help your blog so much. Therefore, when you don’t have a way for your audience to comment, you’re missing out on building your relationship with them.

People love to share their opinions and stories when they feel connected to your posts. Please give them a space to do so.

For sharing, I currently use the plugin Social Warfare. I like it and haven’t had any issues with it. I definitely recommend.

There are plenty of plugins you can use for comments. Some include Disqus or Commentluv. To be completely honest, I’m not sure which one I use. I think mine is what came with WordPress.

6. Use headings.

Not only are headings good for your audience, but it’s good for your Google SEO rank. You definitely want to work toward a great SEO rank on Google since it’s the number one search engine on the web.

Some people skim through content. By having subheadings, your audience can find the stuff they want easier. Always think about your reader!

 

7.Talk like you would to a friend.

This last one is important. Your website is more than products and content. Chances are there is someone else out there with the same information you’re sharing. The reason why people would keep returning to your website is if they enjoy you.

That’s right! People will enjoy your personality, but you’ve got to be sure to include it within your works. Don’t talk like a robot all the time. Instead, include personal stories about yourself and explain to them why you completely understand what they’re going through.

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Blogging can be tough. It’s really time consuming especially if you have a family and full time job like I do. However, you can do it. I know you can! Don’t give up and continue to learn!

What’s your blog about and how did you know you wanted to create it? Please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your story. Also, if you’ve enjoyed this post, please share it on social media to support this blog.

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18 thoughts on “7 Tips To Avoid Looking Like A Newbie Blogger

  1. Hello there, Nice post! 🙂 I didn’t knew about the image size part, thank you. My blog is about my blind lifestyle. I write it with my long distance boyfriend. It’s a great way to spend time together while we teach sighted people how blind people do this or that. We wanted to show sighted people that we are like them, we can’t see, that’s all. We’re also hoping to monetize it in a year, two or…even 3 because this will be our chance to meet. We’re together for 4 years but never met… so… We hope that we will be able to make it work.

    1. Wow Diana!! That’s truly amazing! I’ve never heard of anything like that. You are awesome!! Good luck to you in your blogging adventures!

  2. I needed this today. I’m working on my images, including resizing them, so this information is very helpful. I never thought of creating them through Canva, what a great idea.

  3. I love these tips and tricks! Especially write like you’re talking to a friend! I hate reading blog posts that sound so monotone! The expression makes it fun! Great post. 🙂

    1. Hi Brittany! I do use Canva for all my photo resizes. I get what you’re saying because that definitely would be easier. I just like to be sure the dimensions of the original picture look great stretched to size before I put it in my blog.

      As long as your photos look great, there’s nothing to worry about.

      Good luck blogging! 🙂

  4. Great post! I started blogging a little over 2 months ago and didn’t hardly use images, had long paragraphs and NO headers. I’ve learned a lot since then! They only thing I don’t do is create a pin for my post that is within my post. I create a pin on Canva and use it to promote my post on Pinterest. I have share buttons at bottom of each post. Is this good enough? Would appreciate your advice. Thanks!

    1. Hi! I understand what you’re saying. However, when someone clicks the “share on pinterest” button, it’ll pull up all the photos on the post and ask them to choose one for a Pinterest pin. Having a great Pinterest pin in your post increase your chances of getting more traffic from their followers.

    1. Most of my traffic comes from Pinterest. I definitely believe it’s something worth trying. When you create one, let me know. I’ll follow you 🙂

  5. Loved your tips to avoid looking like a newbie blogger, Ariel!
    It took me some time to relize the power of #7. But, once I found my “voice”, doors began to open.
    Hashtags are something I never got into on my post. However, now I feel the need to research and start using them more like you suggested.

    Great post. How about we make this an eBook giveaway for new bloggers. That would be VERY useful to them?

  6. These are great tips and I did not know about most of them when I started blogging, but I am learning. I only recently started putting Pinterest pinnable images on my blog posts. I had to go back and fix about 20 of them.

  7. Thanks for sharing this post, really good tips to keep in mind. Its so easy to get caught up in the process of ‘writing’ a blog but I like that you say to write to a friend, definitely helps when it comes to building genuine connections.

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