90 Super Easy Tips That Will Turn Even a Novice Blogger into an Expert

It always sucks being the new guy. It always sucks to start something new, to have no idea what needs to be done.

And the truth is that, most times, the advice that is out there on the web is kind of confusing.

Which advice do you follow?

That’s why I am going to offer you some real simple tips. Ninety of them.

Super easy. Super cool. Super useful. Especially if you’re a novice, struggling with readers, with staying consistent, with everything.

  1. Everyone sucks when they try something for the first time. Everyone. Including you.
  2. Reply to comments. I assure you, it’s never a waste of time.
  3. Leave 15 (thoughtful) comments a day on other people’s blogs. It’s one of the best strategies you can use.
  4. Work on your headlines. Every. Single. Day.
  5. Work on your introductions. Every. Single. Day.
  6. If your post isn’t fantastic, it’s not worth other people’s time.
  7. If your post doesn’t add value to someone else’s life or helps them solve a problem, it’s (probably) not worth publishing.
  8. Do not count on friends or family. They are (almost) never a part of your target audience.
  9. Figure out who your ideal reader is and write for them only.
  10. Write the truth. Your truth. And nothing but the truth. Why? Because your success as a blogger depends on it. Probably your life too.
  11. Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite and edit with your head.
  12. Punch those damn keys!
  13. Be patient. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
  14. From 0 to 100 is the toughest battle. Then it gets easier and easier. You also get better.
  15. Word count doesn’t matter.
  16. When you publish your blog posts doesn’t matter.
  17. You don’t have to post every day to be successful.
  18. Quality matters. A lot.
  19. Having fun is essential, especially in the long run.
  20. Writing about what sets your soul on fire, not about what you think is popular, will help you keep going long after others have given up.
  21. Most of the times, it’s not the blog post that sucks, but rather the headline and the first paragraph.
  22. You can either get stuff done, or make some excuses. Which one do you prefer?
  23. Write like you talk. Your readers will love you for it.
  24. A picture is worth a thousand words. Be careful with the ones you use on your blog.
  25. If you do not have time (or the patience) to read other bloggers, you do not have the time (or the skill) to blog.
  26. Formatting can make or break a post.
  27. Haters gonna hate. Don’t reciprocate. Kill them with kindness.
  28. Reach out to other bloggers in your niche. This is the second most important thing you can do to become successful as a blogger.
  29. Readers and money are side-effects of a great blog, not the other way around.
  30. If you don’t know how to do something, you can learn.
  31. If you do not spend time learning, you will stay the same. Staying the same means nothing good ever happens to you. Or your blog.
  32. If there are no readers, go find them. On Twitter. On Facebook Groups. On the damn street.
  33. You’re not a blogger. You’re THE BLOGGER. Be proud of it.
  34. Consistency is key.
  35. When you feel like giving up, remember your why.
  36. Never, ever, ever forget your why.
  37. It’s not about time, but about priorities.
  38. Blogging is about a lot more than just writing content.
  39. You must pay attention to all the other aspects of blogging that are not content creation.
  40. If you do not like people, you’re going to have a hard time.
  41. If you do not like yourself, you’re going to have a hard time.
  42. Consistently produce great content. That’s pretty much it.
  43. When things are difficult, thousands of bloggers are quitting. Do you want to be like them or do you want to succeed?
  44. The harder you work, the luckier you get.
  45. Never underestimate the value of one. It’s that one reader who loves your stuff and is an Internet influencer that can make one of your posts go viral. It’s also that one blog post you wrote that one night when you had nothing better to do that gets half the damn web talking about it.
  46. Overnight success is a lie. I got thousands of views after 2 months of blogging, but had been writing for 8 years prior.
  47. If you produce quality content frequently, you’ll get readers. I know, it’s like the third time I wrote this, but it’s worth repeating.
  48. If you can’t stick to a schedule, you might as well just quit. You need to build trust with your audience, and you can’t do that if you’re not publishing content regularly.
  49. If you’re scared of what people will think, say, or do once they’ve read your words, you’re better off writing in a diary. That you keep under lock. Multiple locks. And armed guards.
  50. Be so good they can’t ignore you.
  51. You don’t go to them. You become so good they come to you.
  52. If you’re not getting the results you want, it’s either because you’re using the wrong strategy, or you’re not working hard enough.
  53. Have no fear of perfection. You will never reach it. Not on the web.
  54. Nobody, and I mean nobody, gives a damn about your personal life. In a way, you shouldn’t either. Dream big, act for the greater good, write to change the world, not about that one time your boy got into a fight with some other kids at school.
  55. Experiment. If you do not change stuff, change will be forced upon you… and you’re going to hate it.
  56. If you want other people’s e-mails, you need to offer folks a free download. Something cool. Or useful. Or both. Like an e-book.
  57. The way you end a blog post often determines if a one-time visitor subscribes or not to your blog.
  58. Use quotes. They’re cool. They also add social proof to whatever it is you’re writing about.
  59. Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods.
  60. Great content, by itself, is not enough. You’ll be writing into the void of the web until you die if you do not promote.
  61. Money or your time. You need to decide if you want to pay with cold hard cash to get readers or use your time in often creative but incredibly energy consuming ways to get them to subscribe.
  62. The best blogger ever is probably some guy who’s too proud to learn how to get people to read his stuff. He also probably lives in his mom’s basement. Don’t be like him.
  63. You can’t use up creativity. The more you write, the better you become.
  64. Don’t save your best ideas for later. Use them now.
  65. Write each post as if it were your last. One day you’ll be right.
  66. People either follow the loudest of the bunch or the smartest. Decide who you want to be.
  67. SEO is not worth the time spent studying about it. It used to be a big deal. But not anymore.
  68. Mood is for making babies and drinking red wine. You gotta punch the damn keys, whether you feel like it or not.
  69. Just showing up means you’re doing more than 90% of the bloggers out there.
  70. Every. Single. Day.
  71. Get your mind right. Without the proper attitude, you won’t go far.
  72. Don’t beg. For attention. For comments. For money.
  73. There is no secret. No magic trick. It’s all 99% back-breaking hard work and 1% inspiration.
  74. If you cannot find your words, use someone else’s. That’s why a lot of my blog posts start with a quote. Your own words will start flowing soon enough.
  75. A bit of swagger goes a long way.
  76. It’s not about facts, but the way you share them.
  77. It’s not what you write, but how you write.
  78. Words and ideas are powerful. They can even shake the world a bit. Be careful how you use them.
  79. Live your life. How else are you going to come up with ideas to write about?
  80. Invest in your blog. If you’re too cheap to buy a book, get a domain, pay for a premium theme, no reader is ever going to invest in you.
  81. You can’t make everyone agree with you. Great writing tends to divide people.
  82. If you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re also right.
  83. Great writing is often about amazing storytelling. Tell a good story, you win a friend. Or several… thousands.
  84. If you do not take your own blog seriously, why expect others to do otherwise?
  85. If you rely solely on inspiration, you will fail.
  86. If you do not know what you want out of blogging, you will quit within a few months.
  87. If you do not have a proper strategy for reaching your goals, you will give up.
  88. Be generous. With your time, energy, content, ideas.
  89. If readers ask you questions, you have earned their trust, respect, and they consider you an authority in your particular niche.
  90. The moment you think that you’ve made it, that there’s nothing new for you to learn, that you’re the best, that’s when everyone else starts to surpass you. The wolf on top of the hill is never as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill.

There you have it: 90 quick and simple to follow tips on blogging.

Does this mean blogging will magically become easy? No.

But it does mean that you’ve got a huge checklist of things to do in order to become successful as a blogger.

Good luck!

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72 thoughts on “90 Super Easy Tips That Will Turn Even a Novice Blogger into an Expert

  1. I’m 78 and a pretty new blogger, so there are tons of things yet to learn, and here you are with 90 of them right up front! I’m far enough along now – about 6 months – that more and more of them make sense. Keep them coming! I love this!

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      1. And it would take me a long time to write it. ]

        Anyways, most of the advice is pretty simple and straightforward. Don’t think there would be too much to explain.

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  2. Cristian, thank you for the helpful points as always! Do you have a post that elaborates on point #67? I’ve been applying a lot of your advice and it would be a great relief to me not to have to dive down the rabbit hole of SEO. What is it that makes you say it’s no longer important? Thank you! I’m going out of town for a couple of weeks, but look forward to purchasing and learning from your book upon my return.

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    1. Because most of the tactics that used to work, no longer do so, and because people used to be so obsessed with keywords and ranking high on google that their content didn’t even make much sense.

      The truth is that content was, is, and always will be king. You write for people, not robots.

      Also, much of what determines search engines to rank you high is about the websites that link to you, and that can only be done by writing great content that people mention, share, and recommend.

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  3. Thank you for the inspiration! It has given me a sense of bravery not in my heart before. I will write my heart and my truth. Either it is read or not. Either way, I am using my voice, and it’s cathartic.

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  4. Thanks Christian, this is great! At the risk of revealing myself as utterly clueless………I am stuck on 60?! Does this mean that one needs to have ads? Thanks again, Christina

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    1. Hi Christina,

      No. You need to find your ideal audience. You need to find readers. Either via social media, either by going on similar blogs, or via guest blogging, getting interviewed, working with other bloggers in your niche, commenting on popular blogs…

      You could pay for ads, but this is just one of many options.

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  5. Really enjoyed the tips of being a successful blogger. Being new to this world I was sort of wondering what to do and what not to do. But this is a really solid post. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. I appreciate these tips. I started my blog in 2016, but I did not build consistency or give it much thought. This year, I am working on developing and placing my blog into my daily writing routine. I found a lot of these tips helpful, especially the advice about not wasting time on SEO as well as the tip regarding ending your blog post properly to gain a following. Thank you for saving me from hours of research\distraction on something I do not need to get started. Write on!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, lots of great advice there. I must admit I had not really thought about all this, I just kind of fell into blogging but I am enjoying it. The main thing I have taken away from this post is that you need to be genuine, and you need to put in some hard “work”. I use the inverted commas because if you’re enjoying it, then it doesn’t feel like work.

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  8. I started my blog in December 2018. I’ve started many, actually, when I was in high school. I never kept up with it, until now. It’s made me so happy to continue writing, even as I get insecure about follower count and the amount of views my posts get. But I’m learning more about writing and how I write and what I write and I love every second of it. It makes me so happy to be able to produce content and to love what this is. This post of yours has helped me affirm those values. Thank you. I love your blog. Thank you. Keep writing. You’re inspiring a bunch of people.

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  9. Thanks so much for taking the time to put together an incredible amount of information that will help others. Also, for writing in terms that we can all understand. Like many, blogging is new to me, and although I dedicate much of my time to learning, writing, editing… it can at times feels overwhelming. The work that went into your article is truly appreciated.

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