What to Do in Your First Month Blogging ❘ Blogging Tips for Beginners

Your first month of blogging is crucial for setting the foundation for success! Get the best blogging tips for beginners and learn what do in your first month of blogging. Let's break down the essential steps every new blogger should take to kickstart their blogging journey.

A laptop, pink envelope, pencil, notebook, coffee cup, and glasses are arranged neatly on a blue background—a perfect setup for your first month blogging.

If you’re feeling a bit lost at the starting line of your blogging journey, don’t worry because in this post, I’m going to share some game-changing blogging tips for beginners and break down the exact steps you need to take in your first month blogging.

You’ve done the exciting stuff – got your website up and running, got that catchy name, and even went self-hosted. You’ve got all your ducks in a row, and now, it’s time to dive into the world of blogging. But hold on a second, where do you even begin, right?

Let’s break down exactly what you need to do in your first month of blogging to set your blog up for success.  

But before we get started, let me clarify a couple of things.

Although I have worked as a lawyer specializing in International and EU Law (LLB, LLM, PhD) for over 15 years and helped more than 30,000 bloggers and online entrepreneurs create their blog legal pages and policies with my plug-and-play legal templates, free legal templates, online courses, an affordable legal bundle for bloggers, and an affordable legal bundle for online business owners, this article is meant for informational and educational purposes only. 

It does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. I will not be held liable for any damages or losses caused by acting or failing to act on the grounds of the content of this article. Should your circumstances require, I encourage you to seek legal advice through other avenues. Please read my full disclaimer for further information.

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Stick around till the end if you want to know whether I managed to make any money during my first month of blogging and, of course, just how much!

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All right! Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Create a Blogging Content Plan

The first step to take in your first month of blogging is to create a blogging content plan.

You see, bloggers are essentially writers, and writing is at the heart of what we do. It’s all about providing value, engaging your audience, building trust, and fostering a community. Nothing beats compelling content in this game.

Now, keep in mind why you started blogging in the first place and why someone should read your blog. This should guide you toward the type of content you should be focusing on. 

No need to stress about creating the perfect blog post right out of the gate. Your writing skills will naturally improve over time. Right now, what we need is content – content that centers around your audience, their needs, and how you can help them solve problems or offer value.

Write posts that resonate with your audience, address their issues, and provide value, and you can bet they’ll keep coming back for more.

But here’s the kicker – you’ve got to deliver consistently, so write more. But, it’s crucial to have a plan. Don’t just write for the sake of it. Be strategic. Create a list of blog posts that can be interlinked. Your goal is to engage the readers who land on your blog in the early days and keep them glued as long as possible.

For instance, if your blog is about fitness, don’t jump from a post about losing weight to one about gaining muscle. Readers who are looking to shed pounds won’t necessarily be interested in building muscle right away. 

Start with a pillar post for your niche, like “How to Lose Weight,” and follow it up with related posts like “5 Exercises to Lose Belly Fat” or “Best Apps to Track Your Macros and Lose Weight.” This way, they’ll naturally move from one post to the next.

Diversify your blog content too. There are informational posts that boost traffic (and ads revenue), posts that can increase your affiliate marketing income, like product lists tailored to your niche, and posts that earn you backlinks, such as those with statistics or infographics.

Write a mix of these, because you’ll need all of them on your blogging journey.

Step 2: Link Google Analytics & Google Search Console

Moving onto the next step, and that is… link Google Analytics and Google Search Console to your website.

These tools are very important for growing your blog, getting more eyes on your content, and even making money. 

In fact, Google Analytics is vital to understanding your blog’s performance. It gives you all sorts of data about your visitors – where they’re coming from, which pages they love, how long they stick around, and so much more. This info helps you tailor your content to what your audience craves, optimize your blog for better performance, and even figure out how to make money through ads or affiliate marketing. Plus, it’s completely free!

Google Search Console, on the other hand, is the tool you will need to understand how your blog appears in Google’s search results. It shows you the keywords people use to find your blog, which can be gold when you’re brainstorming content ideas.

It also helps you spot and fix any issues that might be holding your blog back from ranking higher in search results, like broken links or crawl errors. It’s like a direct line to improving your blog’s visibility and attracting more visitors.

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Step 3: Get on Social Media

The next step I have for you when it comes to what to do during your first-month blogging is to get on social media

But hold up, I’m not saying you need to become a social media guru overnight. No, no, we’re keeping it simple, especially since you’ve got your hands full.

Here’s the deal – go ahead and snag your handle on all those social media platforms using your domain name. Consistency is key here. You want your blog name to match across all those platforms. Trust me, you don’t want someone else swiping your handle while you’re busy building your blog.

You don’t have to dive deep into all those social media strategies right now. If you’re up for it, you can start automating your blog posts to automatically go out on your social media profiles when you publish them, and that’s it. Keep it simple during your first month of blogging. The main focus should be on crafting your blog, not getting tangled up in the social media maze.

Once your blog actually looks like a blog, that’s when you can pick ONE social media platform, usually the platform where your audience hangs out the most, learn the ropes, and start using it to drive people to your blog. It’s all about taking it one step at a time.

Once your blog grows, you can think of adding other social media platforms or repurposing your content in different formats. 

Step 4: Start Your Email List

Moving onto the next step, start creating your email list.

If you want to make money blogging you need to start building your email list ASAP, It’s all about “the money is in the list.”

But hold on, I’m not talking about rounding up your friends and family for this. Nope, what you need to do is establish a trusty connection with your readers, and the best way to do that is by grabbing their email addresses. 

Here’s why:

First, emailing is more personal. It’s like a one-on-one conversation with your readers. 

Second, having their emails means you don’t have to sit around waiting for them to come back to your blog – you can invite them anytime you want. Plus, if something happens to your blog, like technical issues, you can still reach them.

Having an engaged email list is where money comes into play in blogging. And you’ve got to start nurturing that relationship ASAP and keep it growing by dishing out tons of value.

Now, the best way to get people into your email list is by offering a freebie. It doesn’t need to be a masterpiece, especially not at this stage, but it should be valuable and related to your blog’s topic.

If you’re short on time to create a freebie right now, no worries – you can think about it in your next month of blogging. But – please, please put a newsletter signup box in each of your blog posts. If your blog is delivering value, plenty of people will want to stay connected, and subscribing to your newsletter is the way to go.

Don’t make the newbie mistake of collecting your readers’ emails and then not writing to them. I know you’ve got a lot on your plate right now, and the temptation to say, “I’ll write to them next month” is real. 

But here’s the thing, if you wait too long, they might forget who you are. Life gets busy, and people don’t remember every newsletter they’ve signed up for.

I made that mistake and I had to delete 2000 subscribers and start all over again which wasn’t nice, so don’t make the same mistake. 

You may not be ready to send out a full-blown newsletter just yet, and that’s fine. But drop them a line, even if it’s just to let them know there’s a new post up. Remind them that you’re out there.

You can start with a free plan from services like ConvertKit or MailerLite. It’s all about taking those first steps to build that all-important email list.

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Step 5: Learn SEO

The next step to take in your first month blogging, learn SEO.

SEO is what you need if you want your blog to take off. 

Here’s the lowdown: to make money with your blog, you need people to actually read it, right? You could have the most mind-blowing content, but if your blog is hidden in the depths of the internet, you’re basically shouting into an empty room.

Being found through a search engine is like striking gold. And there are some seriously sweet perks to it. First off, it’s passive – once you’ve optimized your blog and posts for search engines, you don’t have to keep tirelessly promoting every single blog post. It just does its thing.

Second, when someone finds your blog through a search, it means they’re already interested in your topic – it’s a win-win!

But SEO takes time to work its magic. That’s why I’m all about starting to implement SEO techniques from day one of your blogging journey.

So, here’s my advice: invest in a good SEO course. Yeah, I’m saying, spend the money on it. 

Think about it this way, in life, if you want to succeed at something, you’ve got to know what you’re doing, right? You invest in your education. Blogging is no different!

Unfortunately, lots of new bloggers spend hours scouring the web for free info, but trust me, that won’t get you very far. 

First, you won’t find all the info for free, and even if you do, it’s often bits and pieces, sometimes even conflicting. If you want to learn something that’ll take your blog to the next level, invest in a course from someone more experienced than you. It’ll get you better results, and you can use the time saved to actually work on your blog.

We’ve taken and highly recommend Mike Futia’s Stupid Simple SEO Course. It’s our top choice and very popular among pro bloggers. He also offers a Free SEO Masterclass is you are wanting to get a taste of what he has to offer.

Really,  SEO is just as crucial as going self-hosted and protecting your blog legally. They’re like the pillars of your blog’s success, and you’ve got to invest in them to make it big. 

Now, before we move on to the next step, are you curious about how much I earned during my first month of blogging? Well, here it is – a cool $128. I know it might not sound like a fortune, but realizing that we can make money doing what we love is a big part of where we are today.

Step 6: Pick What You Want to Promote

Back to the steps to take in your first-month blogging, choose what you want to promote.

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money blogging. 

But, you can’t just promote anything and everything on your blog. It’s got to be relevant to your blog’s topic and genuinely beneficial for your readers. So, you need to make sure that whatever you’re promoting is actually top-notch and solves your readers’ problems.

But even with the good stuff, don’t go overboard. Bombarding your readers with too many offers can leave them feeling overwhelmed, and you won’t have the time to give each affiliate product the attention it deserves. You’ve got to show your readers that you really know the product and explain why it could be a game-changer for them too.

So, here’s my tip – focus on around 4 to 5 products, services, courses, or whatever that could genuinely help your audience, and write a bunch about them.

You see, they say that on average, someone needs to see an offer about 7 times before they decide to buy. So, the more you write about a single product, the better chance someone will actually go for it. Plus, the more you dive into these products, the more likely you’ll uncover that special value that convinces someone to hit that “buy” button.

Pick products that match where your readers are at. For instance, if your blog is all about fitness for beginners, suggesting a high-end Peloton probably isn’t the best move. They’re just starting out, and they don’t need anything fancy or expensive. So, don’t just promote the best, promote what’s best for your readers.

Oh, and here are two tricks: try to find products that offer a free trial or give out freebies. Promoting something that’s free is a breeze, and once they’re in the system, the product owner does most of the heavy lifting. Also, look for products that offer recurring commissions. You sign up a person once, and you keep getting a cut as long as they stick around. 

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Step 7: Create Systems

The next step you need to take on your first month of blogging is to start creating systems

Whenever you tackle a task, create a system for it and write it down.

I get it, right now, it might not seem all that important. But if you start documenting your processes from the get-go, it’s going to save you loads of time down the road.

Someday, when you’re all set to take your business to the next level and you need to bring in new team members—maybe a business manager or some staff—you’ll thank your past self for making this effort. Trust me, trying to whip up all these documents at once can be a real headache.

Instead, if you build them out gradually, say, the first time you perform a task, you create a document outlining the steps, it’ll be a breeze. 

When you’ve got these systems in place and you decide to delegate tasks, you can rest easy knowing your tried-and-true methods will be followed. It’s like having your own customized guidebook for your business.

But here’s another handy thing – these documents can be a lifesaver for you too. Think about it; there might be tasks you don’t do all that often. Having them written down, step by step, can be a real time-saver and help you avoid those little hiccups along the way.

Step 8: Get Your Legal Stuff Sorted

Moving onto the next step, get your legal stuff sorted.

If you’ve got your website all set up and running, I really hope you’ve already checked this off your list. But if not, listen up because this is crucial.

No matter what kind of blog you’ve got, there are five super important reasons to make sure you’re on top of all the legal stuff:

First and foremost, it’s just the right thing to do. Being legally compliant is all about respecting the rights of your audience and readers. It’s ethical.

Having those legal pages on your blog boosts your professionalism, big time. It shows you mean business and makes you look more credible, even if you’re just starting out. Building trust with your audience becomes a whole lot easier.

Dodging legal issues means steering clear of fines, lawsuits, and formal complaints. Trust me, you don’t want your blog’s reputation or finances taking a hit because of legal trouble.

Dealing with legal problems down the line is a major headache. Lawsuits are stressful, time-consuming, and can drain your resources. As a blogger, your time is golden, and you’d rather spend it on creating content and growing your blog.

Here’s the exciting part – having all your legal ducks in a row can actually open up new doors for your blog. It can lead to more opportunities and income streams, boosting your overall success. 

So, let me tell you why it’s not just about covering your legal bases for your blog – it’s actually a fantastic opportunity with a bunch of awesome benefits.

First off, when you’ve got your legal stuff sorted, you’re not just another blogger; you look legit and trustworthy. This will help you connect with your audience, turn them into loyal fans, and even repeat customers.

Plus, it’s not just your readers who take you seriously. Clients, potential affiliates, partners, and joint ventures will too. It opens up a world of opportunities.

Also, it’s really important  to get into those affiliate programs and ad networks. For instance, Google Adsense often rejects new bloggers because they’re missing something as basic as a privacy policy.

And last but not least, it plays a massive role in boosting your blog’s visibility on search engines like Google and Bing. And you know how essential that is for driving traffic to your blog.

So, bottom line, make sure you’ve got your legal bases covered. 

But, when it comes to your blog’s legal protection, steer clear of free stuff like generators and free templates – they’re often incomplete, too generic, and may not meet your specific needs. 

Also, avoid copying legal pages from others; it’s a copyright violation and could lead to trouble.

Hiring a lawyer is ideal but can be expensive. Plus, most lawyers are unfamiliar with blogging nuances. A practical option is to use lawyer-drafted templates specifically for bloggers. They’re reliable, indicate necessary clauses, offer support, and cost much less than hiring a lawyer.

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Step 9: Go Self-Hosted 

The next step to take in your first month blogging if you haven’t yet is to go self-hosted.

Yep, all the previous steps if you’re not self-hosted means nothing. If you have created your blog but it’s not self-hosted go back and change that.

Let me emphasize this – starting with a self-hosted WordPress site is non-negotiable. Going for a free platform is like locking yourself in a cage of limitations that will hold you back from growth and making money.

Those free platforms, and even some premium ones like Squarespace, Wix or premium WordPress dot com, come with so many restrictions. You won’t have the freedom to customize as you’d like, stuck with basic themes, and no cool custom plugins to enhance your site.

Monetization? Limited.

The worst part with free platforms is you don’t fully own your blog. They can pull the plug on you without warning for even minor rule violations. 

Scalability is another issue. As your blog flourishes, you’ll want more features and handle more traffic. Free platforms often can’t keep up.

Also, think about going with the mainstream choice – self-hosted WordPress. Most advice, tools, and resources out there are tailored for it, so it’s a safer bet, especially when you’re just starting out.

I understand your budget is tight, but really, going self-hosted is essential plus you don’t need to spend a fortune to go self-hosted. Bluehost for example, is a super affordable webhost that I definitely recommend for new bloggers.

I hope this has given you a good idea of where your focus should be in your first month of blogging. I know there is a lot on information to digest. Just take things one step at a time and do your best to stay consistent. You’ve got this!

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Hi there! I’m the founder of Blogging for New Bloggers®Tinylovebug®, Legals for Business Owners, and host of the popular Blogging for New Bloggers® Facebook group (36K+ members). Originally from Italy and currently based in Melbourne, I’ve worked as an international lawyer and university lecturer in different countries for over 15 years. I use the combination of my research, teaching, legal, and blogging experience to show new bloggers, just like YOU, how to blog profitably and legally. I started my first blog, Tinylovebug®, at a time when I needed to take my mind off my fertility struggles. Born as a creative outlet, this little lifestyle blog blossomed into a profitable business within the first six months. As the money grew more and more consistent, I went on a mission to empower other bloggers to do the same. Only a few years later, I’m now a mum and have helped over 30K bloggers, podcasters, course creators, coaches, and other online entrepreneurs start and grow their business and protect it legally with my courses and legal templates.  Whether you want to grow your traffic or make money blogging, I will help you achieve your full potential! Take my FREE course - Blogging for New Bloggers Fast Track or my FREE  Legal Course for Bloggers - Legally Blogs™ and set yourself apart from the average new blogger!

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  1. Hi – thanks for these tips 🙂
    The only thing I would say would be around your terminology of self-hosted. I read that and was like, what I have to have my own hosting server? Shared hosting would probably better describe what you are trying to say. I totally agree – if anything this should be the first thing on your list as I see that many newbies don’t understand the differences between hosting companies and domain names – I was one of them! 🙂

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