One thing I recommend if you’re a newbie, is to come up with a niche and stick to it. This is one of my biggest downfalls and it’s made my main blog suffer because of it. Make sure it’s a topic that you enjoy talking about and won’t grow tired of, whether it be family life, savings, crafts, cooking, stick with it and don’t try to combine too much of something else or your viewers may throw in the towel and stop visiting your site because you’re too all over the place. If it’s a niche that works with multiple topics, then more power to you. You won’t have to make multiple blogs in order to be fully satisfied like myself. I have one more adult oriented (shh), my personal one here, and my savings blog. It would be nice if I could combine them all somehow, but that just won’t work.
Another thing I recommend if you want your viewers to take you seriously is to come up with a domain name. Most definitely the same name as the title of your blog. You don’t want people to assume your crazy because your domain name points to iliketoeatcake.com, but your blog title/header says “Wicked Heart” or something oddball like that. We’re automatically going to assume your blog is not about eating cake, therefore predicting that you’re loony pants. If you have a blogspot.com domain, you can always change the title to whatever you’d like your domain name to be. I recommend doing this as soon as possible if you’re going to take blogging seriously as you don’t want to lose your google page rank, back links, and other optimization down the road once you switch to .com, .net, or a .org domain.
Also, please please don’t pick ungodly colors that are hard on the eyes for your theme. Make it visibly appealing. After all you want your readers to stick around, not run for the hills to never return. I don’t know how many times I have seen bloggers with hideous layouts and think to myself, how on earth do they have a following? They make me want to gouge my eyes out with their misaligned header, small repeating backgrounds, fonts, and color choices. But, it’s their blog, their decision. Just know that I won’t be sticking around to see if you’re actually worth reading. Call me a blog design snob, the choice is yours, but there are plenty of professional blogger themes that don’t cost a thing, and in fact I am using one right now from Nymphont.
Do you have any other recommendations for newbie bloggers?