11 Tips On How To Blog, If You Want To Succeed (From A Travel Blogger)

Let’s talk about blogging, how I got to blog, (although I am an engineer by education), and what have I learnt so far after countless years of blogging. These are my best tips on how to blog if I were to start right now.

I wasn’t sure about the number of things I want to share with you because I always want to share so much, so let’s look at 11 things you should know before you start blogging.

My blogging experience started around 2008 (maybe a bit earlier). I can’t really remember the moment I discovered Blogger. That’s the platform from Google that people started blogging on. I was a beauty blogger at first. With the same dose of thoughts posts that I have today, but at a reduced frequency.

Years have passed, and so did my passion for blogging. It never disappeared, but I think there were a few years that went by without publishing anything. School kept me busy.

But since 2017, I decided to publish regularly, and that’s what got me some constant traffic on my blog. And I learnt a lot about blogging in the past 3 years.

Still, I do realize how much I still have to learn. As everything else, blogging too is a learning process.

My personal best tips on how to blog

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1 Choose a niche before you pick a domain name

As I already wrote about my beginnings as a blogger, I was rather confused about my niche (and I had no idea blogs have to be about niche stuff) and I just used my 7-grade nickname for my domain.

Of course, it was free to use it on Blogger, but even when I decided to pay for a domain around 2016, I chose the same name.

And now I am stuck with JuliaSomething, which has nothing to do with anything except for the fact that it has my name in it. I guess it could have been worse. But SEO-wise, it is terrible. I will discuss SEO later on.

Here are some ideas for profitable blog niches if you need some inspiration.

2. Post consistently

One of the fundamentals of blogging is the work of writing and publishing.

As I already told you, I only started to publish constantly around three years ago, in 2017.

And what have I learnt from it?

The more content you publish, the better you become and the higher the chances of people landing on your blog.

3. Read other people’s blogs from your niche

If you want to stay competitive, you need to know what others are doing and what they are writing about.

Living in a bubble will keep you in a bubble. Take it from someone who still chooses to live in a bubble.

Research and make a list of blogs from your niche as early as possible. Read them, follow them, study them, and get inspired by them. Of course, try to choose the one that other people are reading too.

4. Look out for the trends and apply them

By reading other blogs and website, some trends will start to become more obvious. The way they ask for newsletter subscription, or how they compose the titles. Or perhaps it’s something with the theme they use, the platform they host their blog on.

What are the current trends in your niche?

I’m not talking necessarily about Google Trends; that’s for topics (and right now, it’s all about the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s driving travel bloggers crazy).

5. Don’t expect that your friends will read your blog

… Because they won’t. It’s a harsh reality, but you have to adopt this mindset that your friends and family don’t care and are too busy to be bothered.

Don’t take it personally; they still like you (maybe), but they might not be so interested in your topics. And that’s ok.

Your friends are not your audience, so stop stressing them because they will most likely get annoyed by your tactics and ignore you completely after a while.

6. If you want people to read your blogs, then write useful information

People are all in a hurry, and most are using the internet to make their lives easier. Everything else falls in the bucket, and I don’t have time for this.

How do you write useful information? You research it.

See what people are reading on other blogs and what they are searching for online. Again, checking what the competition is doing might give you an idea.

Many online tools give the exact keywords and phrases that people are searching for on Google, but that’s a HUGE topic ( and I will not start it here).

7. Typos make you look bad

Obviously, I am not a native English speaker. And I do make all kinds of grammar mistakes, confuse words and I have tons of typos.

And it’s not good. People don’t want to take advice from someone who can’t write. That’s the truth. I use some paid tools to aid my typos and grammar, and even so, some mistakes manage to slip.

What to do? Read the blog post out loud, read it backwards, and ask someone else to read it. Then, you can buy tools to help you, but there’s no solution to a limited vocabulary.

8. Results take a long time

I’m so full of these bloggers who brag about their hundred thousand viewers after two months of blogging. That’s bullshit, and I don’t trust them.

Blogging takes time.

Writing takes time, and it takes time for people to reach you. It takes time for Google to acknowledge your blog (and to decide if it should be shown to others). It’s a long process, and I consider to be a beginner after all these years.

As with everything else, there’s no magic formula. And if someone is claiming otherwise, asking you for money for some sort of course or service, it’s bullshit. Don’t waste your money.

9. Everything you need to know is already online (and free)

Yes, most courses are not full of information that you can’t find anywhere else but are merely an organized resource (but limited) of what’s already available online for free. If you’re willing to look for them and do the work.

If there’s something you need to know, want to learn, or that you’re struggling with, then there’s probably (at least) one forum/blog/resource available online. Don’t rely on only one resource to get the best tips on how to blog because you will probably need to read a bunch of the best blogs in the field to get the best blogging tips.

10. Blogging is a lot of work

You have no idea. You either do it because you LOVE it, or it will be a waste of your time because nothing will come out of it if you are not willing to work for it. And blogging is a lot of work.

I tried to do some research for this blog post. I found out that a lot of people are asking things like “How can I make $1k per month from blogging?” and “How to make money from blogging?” and it made me laugh. By the way, the way most bloggers make money is via affiliate marketing links and ads on their blogs. I wrote a detailed Ezoic review if you want to understand how the ads work.

There are a few bloggers that started with a huge Instagram following and drove their traffic from there or that are supported by some super big website (another huge talk that I will not open here).

But for most of us, the struggle is real, and it sucks. Ever since the lockdown of the world happened, I’ve been kicked out of my job, have no extra income, and I’ve been blogging more than ever. It takes the entire day!!! (maybe I’m trying to drown my sorrows?!)

I will tell you a secret. Today, I felt so tired from writing yesterday’s travel bucket list post, and all I wanted to do was sleep.

But I couldn’t because I had to write another blog today (it’s part of my personal challenge to blog daily for 30 days) and that’s how I got to write this post. A post that was supposed to be around 500 words so then I could go to sleep, but it got to over 1000. I sure talk/write a lot.

Which brings me to my next point…

11. Talk to a blogger

And ask them how blogging works. You will definitely learn that blogging is a journey, and the best tips on how to blog always come from someone who has been successful in blogging for a while.

You might be surprised to discover that it’s nothing like you have imagined, and it would be better to make this discovery before you waste months and years of your life building something.

I offer my humble help as a blogger who still tries to make it, blogs daily, and is convinced that this is the only job she wants. That’s me!

Iulia Vasile

Iulia is a travel expert, blogger, engineer, freelance copywriter, and a curiosity-driven personality. She sees travel as the ultimate tool for self-improvement and personal growth, and that's the main topic of her blog, Juliasomething.com.

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