If you have blogging questions, this is the post for you.
One of the great things about blogging is that it doesn't change much.
Sure, some things slowly change over time, but for the most part, if you asked a question about blogging last year then the answer would still be appropriate for this year.
No matter how long you've been blogging you'll find that new bloggers always ask the same questions. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right answers.
In this post, let's explore 5 of the biggest questions that new bloggers tend to ask and provide some answers that will help.
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1. How Often Should I Blog?
This is an often asked beginner blogging question.
The old advice was that you should write as much as possible. Some people even used to suggest that you write and publish a blog post every single day.
The reason why is because blogging was becoming a race. If you wanted to do well, you had to produce new content constantly.
On the other side of the spectrum, you have some bloggers that believe you should only write when you have something quality to say.
These bloggers tend to write epic 2,000+ word blog posts that they intend to promote continuously for long periods of time.
So what is the correct answer?
Unfortunately, there isn't one. Both methods work but only if you are writing content that your audience finds value in. That is the sticking point.
If you can't write content that has some type of value for your audience, then it won't matter if you write 7 times a day or once every 2 months.
A better answer would be to look at the future of your blog. The more content you have, the more chances you have of being found on Google or attracting a visitor.
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By this logic, you would think that blogging daily would be the best approach but the reality of it is, this can get tiring.
Instead, you can take this approach:
- Blog furiously for the first 1-2 months to build up your content library.
- From month 3 forward slow down your blog writing to a pace that you feel comfortable with.
The logic behind this is that if you can build up a nice content library (15-20 posts), then you can spend time promoting those posts with a healthy rotation. From there you just find the schedule that best works for you.
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2. What's the Best Way to Make Money Blogging?
It really depends on your niche, but if you want to ignore niches, then the best way to make money blogging is by understanding your audience. When you understand your audience, then you can find the optimal method of making money.
Let's pretend you run a Mommy blog. This is one of those niches that is pretty wide open, so new bloggers come into it unsure of the best way to make money.
You have a number of options:
There are even more ways to make money, but in general, these are going to be the 3 main ways so which one is best? Anyone can make money from ads. You simply build up traffic and slap some ads on your site.
However, you can make way more money through affiliate marketing or selling your own products. Of these two which is the best? This is where it depends on how well you know your audience.
If you know your audience is filled mostly with nursing mothers that have trouble producing milk, then you could write a recipe book on the best foods to help them produce more milk.
Sell that book for $19 and that might make you money than any affiliate product can offer you.
In contrast, if you know your audience is filled with moms looking to find the right toys for their toddlers than you would want to do affiliate marketing.
The wise people in the crowd will notice that you can do both methods without them getting in the way of each other!
So what's the best way to make money blogging? All of them when you can use them together in a way that means you aren't reliant on just one.
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3. How Do I Get Traffic to My New Blog?
Before we dive into how to get traffic to your blog you have to ask yourself if you have something worthwhile for people when they do arrive at your blog?
Too many bloggers assume that a lack of traffic to their site is a result of them not being able to generate traffic when the reality is their content isn't good enough.
Great content gets shared.
If 20 people visit your blog and none of those 20 people like what you've written, then you have to find a brand new set of 20 people.
However, if 20 people visit your blog and 5 of them share a piece of content, then you've reached an exponentially larger audience without trying.
This is why it's important to make content worth sharing. With that being said how do you get traffic?
You simply get your content in front of people that will care about it. This might be on Pinterest or Facebook Groups. Over time it can be with Google.
Too often you'll find bloggers blindly sharing their content. You see this a lot with Facebook Groups. It's like casting a net into a body of water without knowing if there is any fish and if there are if they like your bait.
If you write good content and find out where the people that will love it are hanging out then the rest becomes a lot easier.
4. Do I Really Need an Email List to Make Money?
Of course not!
However, you are severely limiting yourself.
The fact of the matter is people won't remember your blog enough to continuously come back to time and time again. A mailing list (I use ConvertKit for my mailing list) gives you the opportunity to talk to your audience on your terms.
Wrote a new post? Email the people that are already interested in reading your content. Have a new product? Email the people that have the most potential of turning into customers.
You can make money with ads or affiliate marketing, and these things do not require a mailing list. You can even create an ebook or online course and hope that people randomly come across it.
However, it's a lot easier selling to people that trust you than it is to people that just met you and this is why it's always recommended that bloggers build their mailing lists.
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5. When is the Best Time to Publish a Blog Post?
Back in the days when people used RSS readers (if you don't know what those are it isn't important), it was very important to publish at specific times.
Not so much.
The reason why is because the times you promote the blog post are going to be more important. If you publish a blog post at 3 am it isn't going to be any different than publishing one at 3 pm.
However, if you promote a post at 3 am it is going to get a different level of traffic than the post at 3 pm. Publishing time isn't as important as promotion time.
Publish whenever you want but understand when your audience is online so you can optimize your promotion times.
Always More Questions, More Answers
There are of course many more questions that bloggers should ask and millions of more answers.
These are simply some of the more frequent beginner blogging questions asked.