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8 Blogging Tips for Beginners: Best of ProBlogger

Posted By Darren Rowse 31st of December 2009 Miscellaneous Blog Tips, Start a Blog 0 Comments

Todays post in the Best of ProBlogger 2009 series is all about the newer blogger and is a collection of some of our more popular posts this year that were aimed at the beginner blogger.

  1. Starting Your First Blog – 29 Tips, Tutorials and Resources for New Bloggers
  2. 9 First Step Goals for New Bloggers
  3. Warning: Do You Recognize These 21 Blogging Mistakes
  4. Crawl Before You Walk – 6 Step by Step Instruction for Starting Your First Blog
  5. 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging
  6. Confessions of a Blogger
  7. Starting a Successful Blog is Like Planning an Invasion
  8. 7 Ways to Turn a Blog Post Upside Down and Get More Comments

What advice would you give a beginner blogger just starting out?

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. I am not a new blogger, but i truly don’t mind going through those posts. Wonderfully compiled Darren, this is just awesome for newbies and I’m sure they would like it.


  2. Those are great posts Darren, I have read all of them, and they have helped me a lot. And I am sure they will help newbie bloggers for starting with blogging.

  3. Like Vishal I am not new to blogging but I think this is a great collection of articles for all of us to go through… I will be going through all of them because I have a huge goal for 2010. I think it is going to be a wonderful year for Social Media and mostly Blogging…


  4. Well i am not say that i am a newer one in blogging world. Last past one year i have learned a lot of about blogging, wordpress and seo. And finally i would like to say thank you to Darren for providing such an enormous content through this blog. From here day by day i have learned a lot and all the best wishes for the coming year 2010

  5. this is a wonderfully compiled post and i believe it will help me a lot. keep it up Darren

  6. This is a great list of articles! I really like article number 5. He mentions good blog design. That is one thing I really struggled with my starting my blog. I struggled with what I wanted it to look like but then finding a good designer. I would like to see a future post on what a good design actually looks like. Because I think everyone has different opinions on what they think a good design looks like. Thanks again!

  7. Thanks for the list, Darren. Despite I am not a new blogger, I’m sure I’ll learn something new about blogging.


  8. point 14 @ Warning: Do You Recognize These 21 Blogging Mistakes?
    (https://problogger.com/warning-do-you-recognize-these-21-blogging-mistakes) is just what i needed, thanks.

    gues i’ll have to start my blog on something else

  9. Hiya Darren, I launched my blog 8 days ago so the posts will come in very handy!

    Wish everyone all the success in 2010!

  10. Exactly kind of content I need. I started blogging on these free platforms and so far out of dozens of blogs only 1 survived for 3-4 months.

    I read a lot of fantastic content on this blog, thank you Darren.

    Even one of my new year decisions will be to follow this blog as much as I can.

  11. That is one good list of information any aspiring blogger need to get things on track. I am sure this remainder type post will help a lot. BTW the “How to Make $30,000 a year Blogging” post should be in this list. People should know how to set realistic expectations and achieve dreams by breaking the task in smaller parts.

  12. I’ve been blogging in some form or another for 5 years, but I feel like I started over mid-2009. I’ve narrowed my niche and am gleaning a lot of wisdom from your site, 31DBBB course, and the forum. I can’t wait to read the posts above!

    I just want to say Thank You for all you do/share. Happy New Year!

  13. Advice to Beginner Bloggers:

    I have some experience to share with our blogger community.

    1. If you have something to write with passion, then start blogging. Otherwise don’t choose blogging. Many bloggers writing updates,news,social media by reading some Top 10 technorati tech blogs. Never ever you are going to achieve in blogging even you can’t fill you pockets with some money.
    So choose what you know.

    My bad experience:
    i started onlineideas dot info as just providing tech updates, mobile websites etc. offered daily minumum of 4 posts. Search engines loved my blog and very soon started to give visitors. But my visitors don’t love about it anything as they could not find something unique there. So i left this blog recently.

    My good experience:

    So i learned a lesson from above bad exp. I found my passion. My passion was able to learn anything others thinking hard to learn. So i learned and started to share about it. I started one blog fourblogger dot com and posted fully useful thesis tutorials. What i have done unique is completely offered video tutorials. Within 10 days of blogging, i uploaded 38 video tutorials in youtube channel and spred those videos all over metacafe, howcast, vimeo etc. Soon i started more visits with less bounce rate from different sources.

    I am happy about this blog and going to improve it lot with more extending wordpress video tutorials also.

    2. Do not believe false traffic driven techniques. Driving traffic never easy.

    My bad experience:
    I have tried so many techniques from posting thread in forums to exchanging ad banners. But none of them worked.

    My good experience:
    As per my experiece from fourblogger dot com , i learnt super cool techniques.
    1. Offer some thing unique like video blogging as i did in my blog.
    2. Post more content especially what your readers want.

    *Now i daily try to write as per search engine visit keywords.
    I write a post about inserting search bar in thesis nav bar. My search engine visit was from keyword ‘inserting google search box in nav ‘ . So next day i posted about this.

    *Post the things what your readers asking in comment. I did this here. http://fourblogger.com/how-to-add-search-box-in-thesis-theme-navigation-bar/#comments

    3. Don’t thing blogging is not easy to earn.

    I started onlineideas dot info to earn money online. But when i applied to google, got a heart breaking mail. It told bloggers from india and china will be approved after atleast 6 months of blogging. But soon came back from this broke.

    Started fourblogger dot com and running last two weeks without even a single affiliate link or banner. I have ever linked a word thesis with thesis affiliate still now. Because i learnt affiliate marketing works great and works only if you build trust with your readers first. So upto reach some goals i am not going to use ads in any format.

    Still i have lot to tell but later.

    Thanks for reading my comment.

    please ignore typos in ths comment as i typed fastly. :)

  14. Darren-
    It was gratifying to go through the tips for new bloggers and check off each of those nine. While I have been doing this for a few months now, I still consider myself a beginner.

    I would be really curious to see the next nine goals that you would suggest.

  15. Thanks for sharing these all in one place – great resources and I’m going to make sure all my readers know about them!

  16. Thanks for the collection of articles. I had been looking for a list like this for a while. I’ve already implemented some of the tips suggested, and am seeing an increase in traffic (marginal, but measurable) already – and it’s only been a couple of weeks since I implemented the change.

  17. My tip for new bloggers: find your unique voice and do it on purpose. When I first started blogging I tried really hard to emulate other successful bloggers in terms of writing style, tone, and even level of snark/sarcasm. What I found was that the more I started to write in a voice and tone that was authentic to me, the higher my traffic got.

    The bottom line: be yourself – your unique voice is what will make you stand out from others and help your readers form a real connection with you that will keep them coming back.

  18. Oh my goodness! This was fun! I read most of these posts as I started my first blog a mere 9 months ago. It was fun to see how far I’ve come. Also good to be reminded again of some basic principles. I know I still have a lot to learn and a long way to grow, but it’s reassuring to know how much I’ve learned in a year.

  19. Very helpful.

    An idea that could be helpful both to you and the blogging community would be for you to prepare an ‘online textbook’ of blogging advice from your archives, guiding a blogger from humble beginnings to successful career.

    You’d have to think about the order of the articles and perhaps add a little extra explanatory information in the earlier articles, but, all in all, it could be a very good way to get people to spend a long time on your site.

  20. Will get started on reading some of these articles.

  21. I remember reading most of those, but a couple I didn’t get the chance to read. I really like these “best of” posts.

  22. Great list! Thank you. It is wonderful to have so many awesome resources to learn from!

  23. when i was new at my business,i would be needing post like this.anyways good for bloggers. new as well as experienced.

  24. This a great collaboration of posts
    that I think that any newbie blogger
    could definitely benefit from.

    I wish I knew what Problogger
    was a newbie because it would
    have saved me a lot of time and

  25. My very best advice is to believe of what you are doing and exceed your expectations about your blog! don’t be afraid or shy.. start big and end bigger!

    I actually started a new blog in a try to teach people making money online from blogging, I have a great contributing team working to provide beginners with tips from a personal experience!


  26. Nice collection mate! I surely gonna check them out.

    I say the most important thing in starting blogging is passion. Because behind every successful person, there is a fiery passion. It’s the fuel that provide them with power to make it through. Don’t you agree?

  27. Nice list! I’m going to be considering every tip you give out, especially the part about the plan? Yeah I never have one XD


  28. I have officially decided to take action today. after reading this post i went over to my blog and I have decided to post my first about me information. I just wanted to thank darren because I have been reading all your post and i havent done anything you taught but now i think its time all the information here is so good there is no way you could fail if you just listen and apply all these techniques being taught seriously. I am a newbie but i dont feel like one because i have already learned all this stuff just havent applied any of it. everyone i wish you a happy new year and thanks again darren your stuff is great.

  29. the kind of list – refresher course – i need for my new online venture. just can’t wait to read this one ’tis holiday season.

  30. Nice list, really helpful for newbies whom just start blogging out there.

  31. These posts are must read for beginners in blogging. I hope anyone who’s new in blogging could bumped into this site as soon as possible ;)

  32. Wonderful post Darren ! I am a regular reader of Problogger and I read all these wonderful posts

  33. Hmm… Should I start a new blog in year 2010?

    Well, on my iPhone blog, the post I like most is showing the tips on installing the invisibleSHIELD for iPhone.

    What’s yours?

  34. Happy New Year and best wishes.

  35. Great stuff. I really appreciate you guys posting this type of information and I often incorporate into my own blogs.

  36. Thank you for listed some previous post on this post. I am a blogger that start blogging after reading your articles on blogging.

    Wish you happy new year Darren….

  37. Darren,
    good info..

    pascal,i would like to join to ur blog rite nw..

  38. Thank you darren for giving usefull list for beginners and I wish u all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010

  39. wow. this one link alone Starting Your First Blog – 29 Tips, Tutorials and Resources for New Bloggers is brilliant if you’re trying to get started and get a site off the ground with original content. I’ll definitely be bookmarking that page and using it as a reference for kick starting new sites this year!

  40. This is a great place to start, had my small blog going for about 6 months but in the new year i’m looking to ramp it up a bit.

    Thanks for the resource!

  41. Nice collection mate! I surely gonna check them out.

    I say the most important thing in starting blogging is passion. Because behind every successful person, there is a fiery passion. It’s the fuel that provide them with power to make it through. Don’t you agree?

  42. Thanks for the tips. I’ll be sure to keep them in mind for 2010. Happy new year!

  43. I’m a new blogger just starting out. The advice I would give to other newbies is to take baby steps. I’m a professional journalist, so I know how to write. What I am learning is marketing and design. The design part has really held up my progress, but I am reading everything I can get my hands on about blogging and design. Since, my blog is about animals, photos are important.
    I’ve been blogging for 6 months, and just changed host servers. The server I originally had wouldn’t let me take advertising. So, I had to change. Before signing on to a host site, ask as many questions as possible. Do your research. Talk to other bloggers, and read blogs.
    And if you are going to start a blog, make sure you love your subject matter. I have an endless supply of stories about animals, and I love the research and talking to other experts.

  44. All these posts are awsome Darren. I think ( as you rightly remind us every now and then in your blog) that the secret to successful blogging is information. interesting, unique content, THIS will bring loyal readers.


  45. All these post are really useful for me as a new blogger. I’m still happy that i have gained my pagerank for my blog yesterday! Hopefully i can learn a lot from here!

  46. Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, the storytelling trainer says: 01/02/2010 at 3:28 am

    Hello from beautiful Montana:

    Thank you so much for the great articles. I have two different blogs, on on parenting and relationships and one on death and healing.
    I realize that my posts are much too scattered.

    Now I know better so I will do better. Isn’t that we all like to do?

    In gratitude,
    Judy Helm Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, family relationship author and keynote speaker

  47. Thanks Darren! There is something for everyone there. I am sure you are very experienced, yet you keep it simple enough even for newbies to understand.

    Its a learning experience.

  48. A full guide and very useful articles for beginners, thanks for sharing your insight :smile:

  49. I would have to honestly say that i have been at this site for an hour reading and I have learned alot. I have been getting frustrated at the low amount of traffic I am getting but from some of the posts that I have been reading, I have a newly found motivator. Thanks Problogger! My site is only six months old and I still feel that I am new to this. I am not a great content writer but I guess I will have to muscle through it somehow. I can take advice from a site that has a #3 position on google and is honest with his readers.

  50. Darren, thanks for compiling such a list for the beginners. Especially the “Confessions of a Blogger” post is to be read and understood well.

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