You want to be a pro blogger?
We all do. We all wish that we will get to their level one day.
In this article I will be answering those two specific questions:
- Why you should want to look like a pro blogger from day 1?
- How to look like a pro blogger from day 1?
You’ve just got the answer you were looking for.
To start making money from your blog, you should look like a pro blogger. People need to be sure that you know exactly what you are doing in order to trust you.
Tip of a pro blogger: Building trust.
Building trust with your readers is going to pay off one day or another. It’s the trust they put into you that motivate their purchases through your website, it’s their trust in you that keeps them coming back knowing deep inside that you actually make money from displaying ads and they are beyond happy to help you earn, and not annoyed at all from those ads, because they know deep inside them that you truly deserve this stream of income for the value you are providing to them.
Trust is key. If you don’t build it from day 1, you won’t make the most of blogging.
Let’s get real for a second being a pro blogger is very difficult nowadays.
Your niche has probably more competitors than you imagine, your competitors are more established and are more experienced than you are. I don’t say that to discourage you from blogging. Not at all. I am just stating real facts that you need to absolutely take into consideration when you think of starting a new blog and slowly turn it into your small business.
But you are just starting right?
How can you look like a pro blogger when you know deep inside you that you are not YET one?
That’s what this article is about, I will try to break this topic into small easy to digest slices, so that you can feel like a pro after reading this article.
Fake it until you make it, that’s what they say in the movies.
Well, it’s true. We are going to do the same exact thing with blogging. We are going to fake being a pro blogger, until one day out of a sudden we become one.
So how can we do that?
Purchase a domain name.
This is like A BIG STEP you should really consider to take. Most people don’t want to invest any money into blogging until they are sure it’s rewarding and they can make money from it. And that, my friends, is a HUGE mistake. Think of blogging as a small business, and you can turn it into a big one if you work really hard on it and you actually believe in it. You can’t start a business in the real world or even on the Internet without investing, that’s NOT possible. So, as I mentioned above, think of your blog as business and do a small favor to this business by purchasing a domain name.
There’s a lot of pros that come along with purchasing a domain name:
Looking more professional.
Monetize your website the way you want.
High quality severs.
Complete ownership of your blog.
I choose to go with GoDaddy.com for the domain name, but you are free to use any platform.
Create quality content.
Looking like a pro blogger includes writing as a pro blogger. And how does a pro blogger write? PERFECTLY.
We are not talking here about writing as J.K Rowling or any other established author. No, that was not my point.
Writing perfectly in the blogging world means you should KNOW A LOT about what you are going to write about. In other words, you should be the most well informed person about this topic in order to add value to it. So, before getting into content creating I usually follow same easy little steps that had always helped me create quality content.
Brainstorm all the ideas you have in mind:
Making sure you never run out of ideas for your blog content is such a huge step to committing to blogging. From day one, I started a word documents called “Brainstorm”. And for you guys who don’t know what brainstorming is, it’s the best technique available for creative problem solving, it consists of amassing information, stimulating creative thinking and then developing brand new creative ideas. In my “brainstorm” word document I try to put all the ideas that I have in mind, and that I’m interested to write about, I also do some Pinterest research in order to get some inspiration to add to my own ideas. I try to keep this word document updated on a daily basis, if it’s no possible than at least on a weekly basis, that way I am sure that I’m never running out of content ideas for my blog.
Pick the one that inspire you in that moment.
Choose one of the ideas that you brainstormed and the one you are totally in the mood for writing. Let me make that clear, if for instance you are blogging about how to start a blog, sometimes you won’t feel like talking about technical stuff, and you’d rather just cover topics about the design of the blog or something fun. So, don’t push it, it will be noticeable from your writing. Instead feel free to enjoy what you are creating, and keep in mind that writing is a creative outlet, it can get frustrating at times but that doesn’t mean that it should always be. Enjoy your writing journey, and you will see how fast you can improve your writing skills with a blog.
Now, take a cup of coffee (or tea), and do some research. I can’t stress this enough. Research is ultimate key to blogging. You should know what your competitors are providing if you want to get ahead of them. Want to outrank a competitor? Ok, fine. Look through their blogposts and make sure you add MORE value to your blogpost. Remember blogging is about value.
More value (quality)= More traffic = More money
Now after all this small crucial steps, you are ready to finally write.
Put on some nice classical music, open your favorite writing tool and start putting your heart and soul into that blogpost. Trust me when I say that people notice the difference between rushed blogposts and the one made with pure passion and love.
Make yourself accessible.
When it comes to blogging availability is key. If you think of your blog as a small brand that you are trying to grow over time, then personal availability should be the core of your preoccupation. Having great quality content can attract a lot of people, but being available to each person who really needs your help is what will make your brand grow exponentially.
How to make yourself available?
There are multiple ways to make yourself available, one of the most obvious, and underrated, one is to always stay active on all your social media platforms, responding to comments, interacting with people, answering questions etc…
Making time to actually interact with your readers on your social platform is crucial, because those readers are just trying to establish trust before buying a course or any services that you have to offer.
Make sure your site is loading fast.
Having a slow site can affect badly a lot about your blog, from your traffic since people won’t actually wait until your blog loads, to your google ranking, since the average load time is one of Google’s ranking factors.
Here are some tips to improving the speed of your blog:
Identify what makes you site slow down:
First you need to find the reasons why your website is slowing down. PageSpeed Insights is one of the most used page speed measurement tools, it basically measures the performance of a page on both mobile and desktop devices, and provides good suggestions to improve that page.
Get read of plugins you don’t need/ use:
Choose your plugins wisely, when a plugin is coded poorly it slows down your website.
Why optimizing your images is so important? Your reader shouldn’t wait for the image to load. Every image on your website must be downloaded each time a reader opens a page.
It is also important to remember not to put a lot of images in the website this includes the photos in the website design as well as the ones in the content.
Don’t forget caching:
Let’s first start by defining what does “cache” mean, a cache is a temporary storage area, and “caching” is the process of storing data in a cache.
It is a great way to speed up your content delivery and reduce the amount of requests from your server.
Social media sharing:
If you can’t do without social media buttons, consider using plugins like Floating Social Bare.
Finally, don’t stress about that a lot. Enjoy your journey into professionalism, it’s a long road but definitely worth taking. Make sure you don’t forget to enjoy the view along the way.
Allow yourself to be a beginner, no one starts off being excellent.