Blogging Basics: CRUX of Blogging Tips for New Bloggers

A beginners mini guide to blogging to become a successful blogger

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If you have decided to start blogging or haven’t achieved your blogging goals yet, then you can’t afford to miss this post.

I have the essentials of blogging laid out for you.

You will also learn more tips after reading the expert views of other seasoned bloggers in the comments section.

As a beginner, it is important that you know the basics of blogging to be a successful blogger.

In my four years of blogging journey, I have come across many bloggers. I have seen some of them rise to success, but I have also witnessed many bloggers who quit blogging altogether.

Yes, blogging is not easy and this is one of the harsh realities of blogging.

However, if you understand the blogging basics, you can be assured of a long haul as a blogger.

You will also avoid the mistakes of blogging that many newbie bloggers make. It’s okay to make mistakes but we should learn from them, shouldn’t we?

You can treat this post as a beginners mini guide to blogging, but I’m sure it will also help many bloggers who have been blogging for some time but not yet quite touched the mark they aspired for.

Before we go ahead, here is a small announcement.

I’m going to start a new blog, and it will be only about blogging. Yes, you can call it a blog for the bloggers, by a blogger. 🙂

My new blog is harleenasingh.com, and you are ALL cordially invited to subscribe to the invitation list to know when it is launched.

What is blogging: Blogging is the act of writing in a blog, which is a regularly updated chronological web log of articles written by one or multiple persons known as bloggers, about various topics or events. This is just the basic definition of blogging, as there is a lot more to it.

The CRUX Of Blogging

It’s true that blogging is a combination of tasks and it is not just writing.

Blogging mainly includes researching, formatting, making it visually appealing (creating specific images related to the post), optimizing it for the search engines, and then post promotion.

Most bloggers go through this basic process in blogging. However, not every blog or blogger becomes successful in achieving the desired results.

Successful bloggers do the same thing but in a different way or do it by adding more pizzazz to it. 🙂

They know that you need to rise above the basics of blogging and go to the advanced level, which is the CRUX of blogging. That’s their secret sauce to success.

“Implement The CRUX of blogging to be a successful blogger.” 

CRUX is an abbreviation, where:

C means CONTENT
R means RELATIONSHIPS
UX means USER EXPERIENCE

You knew it, right?

However, knowing is not enough and you need to practically implement CRUX on your blog and in your blogging methodology.

There are tons of different factors that go into ranking well, but the biggest is high-quality content. – David Sinick

CONTENT

You know content is the king. Some may try to dethrone content with SEO or link building, but the fact is that “quality content” will always rule the blogosphere.

“If comments are the soul of a blog, then content is the heart.” 

Content is the backbone without which your blog cannot rise to success.

I had written a post on how the writing process can help to create compelling content. I hope it helps you improve your blog post content.

Here are some more quality content writing strategies that I wrote in one of my guest posts.

Most importantly, your content should be:

  • Well-researched and supported with authentic facts.
  • Meaningful, with the end purpose of helping the readers.
  • Unique and useful with fresh matter.
  • Written in a compelling style along with impressive images.
  • Optimized and strengthened with keywords.
  • Formatted with tempting title and compartmentalized with helpful headings.

If you get all these things right along with implementing the points from the two linked posts mentioned above, you would definitely have great content and do wonders as a blogger.

Links are valuable, but Google still gives importance to quality content. You can read its guidelines to create valuable content here.

Quote on blogging basics by David Aston

RELATIONSHIPS

If content is the king, then relationship is the queen.

Unless your content is backed up with highly effective SEO, it would spend its life anonymously – as if living in exile, no matter how great it is.

This is when relationships come to aid. Building relationships creates engagement , which  makes your blog lively.

This in turn ensures a regular supply of traffic to make your content valuable and royal.

Relationship is the breath of your blog (though SEO can be termed as power breathing!). Combining them both will give super power to your blog.

It will keep your blog pulsating with visitors and keep it active.

At The ABC, we teach our blog members the importance of building relationships. The members visit each other’s blogs through post promotions and reciprocate in all ways.

“Reciprocation is the key to building relationships in blogging.” 

As a blog starter you should:

  • Enable comments on your blog. Comments are really required – read this post to know why. You may also use the CommentLuv plugin if you want to. It helps new bloggers get comments, which helps in relationship building.
  • Reply to the comments on your own blog posts.
  • Visit, read, and comment on other blogs, and those who visit your blog. Don’t forget to share the posts on social media too!
  • Find influencers in your niche and connect with them through their blogs and social media profiles.
  • Join communities like The ABC and bond with other bloggers.
  • Create round-up posts on your blog and invite other bloggers.
  • Interview other bloggers and influencers on your blog.
  • Guest post on other blogs and invite other bloggers to guest post on your blog.
  • Mention and link to other bloggers and blogs in your blog posts.

Remember that the search engines such as Google like interaction and engagement on the blog. The only way to do that is to create quality content and long lasting mutual relationships.

USER EXPERIENCE

You can think of user experience as the palace of the king and queen. 🙂

People will be interested to meet the king and queen only if their palace is beautiful, quick to reach, and easy to navigate.

Why would anybody want to meet them if they don’t get the royal treatment?

Similarly, the user experience of your blog, which includes its speed, navigation, and the user interface, is one of the main deciding factors for people to visit your blog.

If you are a beginner or a seasoned blogger you should:

  • Make your blog load fast. Remember that many search engines including Google, consider speed as one of its ranking signals. Read this post on Aha!NOW to learn how you can speed up your blog.
  • Choose a better coded theme, preferably a premium theme for your blog.
  • Declutter your theme and make good use of the white space. Have minimum number of plugins and widgets on the blog.
  • Use navigational buttons and options throughout your blog on all the pages and posts, so it is easy to move from one page or post to another.
  • Adopt a color scheme that makes your blog look good – but don’t overdo it!
  • Make your blog mobile-friendly so that the mobile visitors can easily access and view your blog on their Smartphone and iphones.

We, at Aha!NOW, provide blog services to fasten your WordPress blog and make it mobile-friendly.

DO READ: 11 Powerful Blogging Tips To Help You Become A Successful Blogger

Quotation on blog by Brian Clark

Blogging Basics For Beginners

I hope you liked and understood the CRUX of blogging. It is content, relationships, and user experience – you should imprint that in your heart and mind.

The blogging basics are simple indeed – create helpful and meaningful content, and indulge in mutually beneficial reciprocal relationships for a successful blog.

Blogging for beginners is no bed of roses.

Initially, you may face many blogging problems, however, at The ABC, you can discuss them with other fellow bloggers and find solutions too.

Don’t worry about your blog’s Alexa rank, just implement the CRUX of blogging on your blog and you are good to go.

Sooner or later, you are bound to get a good Alexa rank even if you do not indulge in link building.

If you want to be a professional blogger, then you should read this post that has golden advice directly from the probloggers.

If you wish to learn from my personal blogging experience, I’ve laid it all out in this post.

It’s only when you have cleared the basic stage that you should think of making money by blogging. But start creating your list from day one. I learnt this very late, but never too late to start!

Over To You –

What are the basics of blogging that you have personally experienced? What blogging tips and strategy would you suggest to the new bloggers? Share in the comments.

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  1. Manoj Kumar Sethi

    April 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Good article for beginners. I would like to share a question :
    Will my website traffic get impacted if I am going with premium theme i.e will it increased compare to normal free version theme ?

  2. ketan pujari

    August 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    very nice article…ideal for beginners…and also for learners.

    i also learned lot from this article.

  3. Hemant Kumar Arya

    April 22, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Woow Awesome post. This is really helpfull for me. You made my day. I just loved this article. You helped me alot so I just wanna say thanks to you.
    Thank you…!!

  4. Shivam

    February 26, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Hello Harleena,
    Good Day
    Thanks for share your complete guideline with us. AS well, i am newcomer Blogger i am always searching for Blogging Guideline that will make a good carer for me as a Blogger. To be honest, By reading your this article, learn a lot’s of points.
    With best Regards,
    Shivam

  5. Al Green

    December 5, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Harleena,

    Thanks for the reminder to keep things simple. I tend to overthink and complicate the process when I should really be focusing on the fundamentals.

  6. swaraj nandedkar

    October 26, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Hello Harleena Ma’am!

    Everything you expressed in this article is absolutely right. The “C”, i.e., Content is the king. It is 100 per cent true. I am experiencing the power of Content from Last two years.

    I realized the power of “R”, i.e., Relations with other bloggers after joining Kingged.com. There, i connected with many bloggers who are doing better than me. After connecting with many of them, i experienced the true power of relations in blogging.

    I am yet to experience about the UX”. I always use Premium WordPress themes according to the Niche of my websites. Till now, i never faced engagement issue on my blogs. (Thanks to these themes).

    Reading this post made me fresh to work on my blog with more energy.

    Thanks for this post!

    Have a Nice Day Ahead!

  7. Sumesh Dhar

    October 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Nice Article Harleena Singh. Very Helpful and informative. As a blogger what i can suggest to new bloggers is that work hard don’t run for money. Work for Quality content, Update daily, build good links, don’t do spam, Learn SEO and other stuffs from the good sites and implement the ideas, SEO is nothing but just a experiment. So keep experimenting and keep learning and never think that you are king of blogging…
    Thanks
    Regards
    Sumesh Dhar

  8. Siddharth Sharma

    September 11, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Hi Mam,
    Awesome Post indeed! Actually nice to see your process that you are taking blogging to next lever and now yo have been started a great community on this blog.
    Blogging is working on interest if you are ready with lot of interest with focus then yo will surely become successful.
    Thanks for this guide 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Siddharth,

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it. 🙂

      The ABC has been on the blog for a while now, but yes, I’d soon be starting off with my new blog, so stay tuned!

      That is true, as bloggers, we need to follow our interests as we can only excel if we write about things we like, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  9. Rahul Zajari

    September 5, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Hey Harleena,
    Thanks for sharing with us beginners step to make successful blog in all time.
    If we want to do successful in blogging career then we must have to know all the basic factors regarding with the blogging. Thanks Harleena for sharing these factors with us.

    Cheers,
    Rahul

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Welcome to the blog Rahul! 🙂

      You are most welcome, and I am glad the post could help out in some ways. That is true – and these are the basic factors that bloggers need to follow, especially newbies.

      Of course there is lots more to blogging than meets the eye, but one needs to start with these CRUX factors and take it up from there.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  10. Valerie K

    August 12, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Your blogging tips are sensible and refreshing. Too many pro-bloggers and product promoters set unreachable goals for new bloggers. It makes you wonder if they truly mean to help, or if their real goal is scaring off potential competition!

    Lovely Post!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Welcome to the blog Valerie! 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words, and I am glad you liked them. 🙂

      I agree with you there and perhaps that is what new bloggers keep in mind when they start their journey, which disheartens them midway – making them give up their goal.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      BTW – Do add your Gravatar so that we can see who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion. 🙂

  11. Swapnil Jagtap

    August 5, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for the post. This is very helpful for me for my blog. I am saving this page for reference. Keep posting.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Welcome to the blog Swapnil! 🙂

      Glad you liked the post, and I am sure it would help you in many ways. If I can help you with anything, do let me know.

      Thanks for stopping by.:)

  12. Rohit Mewada

    July 29, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for Share This, I am new in blogging and today learn something new that i never head.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Welcome to the blog Rohit! 🙂

      You are most welcome, and I am sure this post would help you in more ways than one, especially as you are new to blogging. If I can help you with anything, do let me know.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  13. Sarah Arrow

    July 29, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Enjoy your break, and I can’t wait to see your new blog! Exciting times!
    Love the CRUX acronym, I’ve not seen that one before and it’s very apt, thanks for sharing it with us, it will be really useful to new bloggers.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks so much – and I did have a great time, though have been working behind the scenes on some new projects simultaneously, so things took longer than usual. 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it – yes, it’s just been made for this post itself!

      Thanks for stopping by, and shall see you soon as well 🙂

  14. Apoorv Agrawal

    July 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Yet a great post. Well many new blogger’s think the blogging helps to fill their pocket well that’s not at all true. For that you should have consistency to you blog aprart from having CRUX though new blogger’s hardly know why but this post will surely let them make aware about the advantages of Content Relationships more important and User Experience which is yet another thing to take care of, especially to learn from experiences.

    I’m trying hard to maintain CRuX though things are working slowly but surely helping me out 🙂 And support from such a good community well not to doubt about my first community aha-now 🙂

    Regards
    Apoorv

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Apoorv,

      Thank you for your kind words – glad you liked it and could relate to it. 🙂

      I agree with you there, as blogging is not a quick way to make money or get rich overnight. Things take time, just as in any business you start and it’s the same with blogging. So, new bloggers especially need to keep the faith, be patient and persistent with their efforts, which pay off eventually.

      Even if things take time and seem slow initially, as long as there is gradual progress, you are on the right path, so keep going. Yes indeed, the community support is what keeps us all going as well – and stay tuned for new things that would be coming up for the ABC soon as well.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  15. Karan

    July 24, 2015 at 12:03 am

    New bloggers don’t understand the power of content. They are more into making money right from the start. It’s very important to concentrate on writing great conente for users. Try to solve their problems. Then think about other things.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Welcome to the blog Karan! 🙂

      Absolutely! New bloggers mostly start blogging with the sole aim of making money or making it big right away, without giving things a thought, especially the content, which should be nothing but quality, besides other things.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      BTW – Do add your gravatar or profile picture so that we can see who we are talking too – just a friendly suggestion. 🙂

  16. Sylviane Nuccio

    July 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I hope you enjoyed your blogging break if it’s over, and if not, I hope you’re having a good time.

    I know I haven’t been here in a while, but never forgotten bout you 🙂 I was on a break myself this past week while in Spain.

    You certainly have written a very complete information here for anyone wanting to learn all the trick of blogging.

    I’ll be sure to share.

    Take care 🙂

    `Sylviane

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Sylviane,

      We sure had a nice time, though it was all work with some quality time spent with the family, so made it all worth the while. The break ends tomorrow, so stay tuned for our return. 🙂

      Yes, I know you were travelling and visiting so many places – good to have you back as well.

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it.

      Thanks for stopping by, and shall see you soon. 🙂

  17. Cararta

    July 18, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Congratulations on launching HarleenaSingh.com.

    With all you have on your plate, it is amazing that you are now
    creating another blog.

    I also had no idea that the CRUX is Content, Relationships and User Experience. Such a useful reminder of what we as bloggers or wanna be bloggers should be doing!

    Miss anyone of these three and stare failure or a long hard road to success in the face.

    Makes me recall a comment you made to someone….website design, grammar and spelling may not be perfect,
    but if the content is appealing and your relationship with your readers is there, then they will return because of their experience with your blog is desirable.

    CRUX says it all.

    Cararta

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Cararta,

      Thank you for your kind wishes. 🙂

      You are absolutely right there, but we gave things a deep thought and felt that it was time to move ahead and start HarleenaSingh.com to separate things between both the blogs. However, things have taken longer than usual as we are working simultaneously on a few other projects – which you’d get to know of soon.

      That’s right – we need to keep them all in mind to move ahead in our blogging journey as they are all the main essentials for bloggers.

      Kind of you to have remembered those lines, and yes – it’s all about the relationships we build with our fellow bloggers and readers that really counts at the end of the day.

      Thanks for stopping by, and sorry for replying this late – but glad I made it finally. 🙂

  18. sanjeev

    July 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing the experience of your blogging journey.This is really mini guide to blogging for beginner. Every newbie blogger must read it.previously i just know about king of seo,But With the help of your blog I find out the queen of seo. Thanks for sharing great knowledge of seo.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Sanjeev 🙂

      You are most welcome, and I am glad you liked this post on the basics of blogging, especially for beginners. Yes indeed, the King and Queen – both are needed to rule effectively, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      BTW – Do add your Gravatar so that we know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion. 🙂

  19. Mark

    July 14, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Thank you for sharing such straight forward advice Harleena

    And your CRUX formula is extremely easy to remember and implement!I still have no idea how you consistently find the time to balance it all!

    Congratulations on the start of your new blog!And I’m sure none of us can wait!So glad you decided to focus on blogging!

    And I will definitely be studying there!And I’m definitely looking forward to it!Enjoy your time off, you’ve definitely deserve it!

    • Harleena Singh

      July 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Mark,

      Glad you liked the blogging tips shared in this post. 🙂

      Yes, the CRUX formula works for all bloggers, if they learn the way to go about it. It’s not easy, but if one’s committed, then dividing and devoting times for things that matter is possible.

      I appreciate your kind wishes for the new blog, and though the blogging niche does well on this blog, but I felt it was time to make a special place for it and for bloggers who wish to learn more.

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, time off, though busy working during this break! Have a nice rest of the week 🙂

  20. Jeeshan Anwar

    July 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Hello Harleena Ma’am
    Thanks for these tips for remain in blogging job.
    There are many bloggers who start and quite blogging. But Your tips may help them to keep strong with blogging job.
    Thanks

    • Harleena Singh

      July 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Jeeshan 🙂

      Glad you liked these blogging basic tips and could relate to them. Yes, many bloggers start blogging but they call it quits for various reasons. Hope this post helps them in more ways than one.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂




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