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If you’re a beginner blogger looking to become a full-time blogger, then this post is for you. These 11 tips will help you transition from a hobby blogger to a full-time income blogger. Whenever I am asked, how long does it take to become a professional blogger, the answer is always the same. It depends on how much effort you put in.
There’s no real time scale for your blog skyrocketing, but one thing that is for sure, the more effort you put in – the quicker it will be.
Here are my top 11 tips for how to look like a professional blogger from the beginning.
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The platform you use for your blog
One of the most common things I see with beginner bloggers is using sites like Square Space and Wix. I was once one of those beginner bloggers but if you are looking to take your blog seriously and stand out from the crowd, you need a self-hosted website.
What is a self-hosted website?
A self-hosted website is where you build your site with WordPress using a self-hosting platform such as Dreamhost or Bluehost. I have been using Dreamhost for over three years now and I love everything about the platform. It’s affordable for new bloggers, offers a monthly rolling plan and is easy to navigate.
In order to have ads on your blog, plugins, themes and all the other good things that help boost your blogging career, you need a self-hosted website.
A personalized domain
A big factor that is going to set you aside from the rest of the hobby bloggers is a fully personalized domain. Let’s look at an example.
- Non-personalized: www.happinessinsummer.com.blogpost
- Personalized: www.happinessinsummer.com
By having a personalized domain, you are taking away the .blogpost or .WordPress from your URL. This shows your readers and brands that you are serious about blogging and have invested in a domain.
Choosing the right theme for your blog
Having the right theme on your blog is key for building a brand and readers attention. Although you don’t always need a paid theme, paid themes do offer a lot more customization options.
Having a theme that is on-brand with your colours, fonts and layout will boost your traffic.
Free themes that I love:
These free WordPress themes offer a lot of customizing options.
Create a brand
As I mentioned above, when choosing a theme, you want it to correlate with your brand. Having a brand is one of the most important parts of blogging. Having a clear and easy to read brand will move you from a hobby blogger to a full-time blogger.
Things you can do to start the branding process:
- Include the same colour and fonts throughout all your pages.
- Design a logo and include this throughout your posts and also on your Pinterest pins.
- Keep your social media in line with your brand.
Have all the legal pages
If you are serious about looking like a professional blogger from the beginning, you need to ensure that you have all the right legal pages. If you don’t have the correct information your blog could be in trouble.
Also, if you have an email opt-in on your blog, this also collects personal information.
Create an email list + have a professional email
Building an email list is something that is overlooked by beginner bloggers because it can be difficult compared to posting on socials to build blog traffic. In the long run, having an email list is what will build you to become a full-time blogger.
I’ve mentioned this a lot in my previous posts, but social media changes all the time. Ten years ago TikTok wasn’t invented, but now it’s one of the leading social media platforms. Platforms grow, develop and change throughout the years but one thing stays the same. Email marketing.
Creating an email list allows you access to your readers at any point and you own your email list.
Another great way to look like a professional blogger is to have a personal email. Let’s look at an example:
- Normal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Personalized email: email@example.com
Consistently posting throughout your blogging career is key to becoming a professional blogger. Posting once a month is great if you’re a hobby blogger, but if you’re looking to become a full-time blogger and earning a substantial amount of money, then you need to consistently post.
A great way to be consistent is by using a blogging schedule to keep everything in order.
Include quality graphics on your site
Although people are there to read your posts, graphics make it a more enjoyable experience for the reader. Adding graphics throughout the site will help break up the text and make it easier to read.
There are a number of free sites that you can use for graphics such as:
Canva is great for creating pins and video pin content as you can add animation to the pin without having to really animate it.
Visme is Canva mixed with PowerPoint which is incredible for creating infographics and graphic design. I have only recently started using this platform but I love it already.
Have a clear contact page
When brands and other bloggers are looking to work with you, you want to make it as easy as possible to find your contact details. No one has time to go through your entire site to find an email address.
Creating an easy to use contact page will help your chances at working with brands for sponsorship opportunities and also networking with other bloggers.
Network with other bloggers
Networking with other bloggers will create more opportunities for your blog and therefore build your blog a lot quicker.
Ways to meet new bloggers:
- Facebook groups – Blogging for beginners
- Instagram – using hashtags
Reaching out to bloggers may seem scary, but it will benefit your blog.
Link your social media
When you create a new post or page on your blog, ensure there is a way that people can visit your social media and share your content on social media.
Including your social links in your header is the best and easiest way of ensuring that your social links are easy to view.
Also, make sure that all the links work.
How to look like a professional blogger from the beginning
Blogging full-time and earning thousands isn’t a pipe dream and you can do it. Don’t wait till you’re 4 months in or 3 years in to start treating your blog like a business. Become that professional blogger from the beginning as it will make your blogging journey a lot easier.
These are my top 11 tips for how to look like a professional blogger from the beginning. Remember, it’s not about pretending to be a professional but more about how to become a professional blogger.
What are some tips that have helped you transition to a full-time blogger?
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