I wrote a post about what I learned 3 months of blogging a few months back, and now since my blog is now 6 months old I thought I would give a little insight as to some of the things I’ve learned and still learning about blogging now that I’m 6 months in.
First Thing I Learned
Well I learned that you need google analytics especially if you decide to pitch to brands and ask for products or payment. The brands like to know visitor statistics, engagement & things like that. Keep that in mind if this is your goal, you should try and learn all you can on google analytics, YouTube is a good source of information on the subject. Using social media platforms and sites is extremely helpful in driving traffic to your blog. My main focus is Pinterest, I get at least half of my traffic from there. I would definitely pick one or two that you are good at, and build on those as much as possible. Google analytics will help you see where your traffic comes from and help you target the areas you need to work on.
The Second Thing I Learned
Having a blog is very time consuming, I honestly didn’t think it would be, but it is. You have to promote a lot and keep up with all of your groups, write posts, add links etc. The list seems endless at times. It’s basically a full time job just trying to make it work the way you want. I get frustrated at times because there are a lot of things I want to write about, and trying to find time to make it all work together with the time you do have is hard to do. Life beyond blogging does go on, and trying to fit everything into your daily life is not an easy
Pitching to brands it’s not for everyone. There are a lot of ways to work with brands, some of them come to you and some you can pitch to and see what happens. If you want to know more about pitching to brands you should watch some YouTube videos by Morgan Timm she is a good source of information and has worked with a lot of brands and companies that connect you to brands. I would suggest if you are working with brands and getting compensated to keep good records for tax season. There are several networks available that work with bloggers who connect you with brands for reviews, sponsored posts etc. Some are more popular than others, you just have to screen them for yourself & decide if your the right fit for whoever you choose.
The Fourth Thing
I finally decided to set up a email subscription, so I can send out newsletters and free downloadable items. I’ve added a pop up or two, but I’m trying not to go overboard. I had originally decided not to do one, but after thinking about it a lot and getting some very helpful advice I finally decided to give it a try. I chose MailerLite, which has video tutorials on their site and helped me decide on using them. It’s free up to 1,000 subscribers than starts at $10 a month for up tp 2,000 I think. Very easy to use, so far so good.
Fifth Thing I Learned
I think the one thing I learned is that you need to find your own voice and not compare yourself to others. I see so many blogs that are carbon copies of others that it’s frustrating to me that it seems to be what a lot of people are trying to do. I know that some of the successful ones have income reports where they show how much they make. That is of course a combination of things like, courses, affiliate links, ebooks and many other areas.
I know my blog doesn’t look like some of the others out there, but for me that’s a plus I honestly don’t want it to. I think if you’re so busy trying to be like everyone else how can you be yourself, how can you show your true personality and opinions. It’s one of the reasons I write about a lot of different subjects, because that’s all part of what makes me who I am and the different things that spark my curiosity.
Even though I may not be making a ton of money at the moment I’m still going to stick with what I know to be a true reflection of my life and parts of life that interest, inspire, educate or just plain amuse me on occasions.
Blogging isn’t for everyone and being six months in I can say some days I’d rather be doing something else, but then I start thinking about all the things I could write about and do with my blog and it gets me motivated to keep doing it. I must like doing it or deep down inside something would have told me to give it up at this point. Do you ever feel like that?
I just want to thank all those who offer heartfelt advice and are genuinely nice bloggers I’ve met online, I always appreciate their honesty and kindness. In the future I may do a online course maybe something before winter I’m still brainstorming and seeing if this is the right fit for me and my blogging journey.
I did start offering my services for making Pinterest graphics, and Facebook, Twitter cover photos. I found that it is something I do well and enjoy doing to. I will soon be taking on Pinterest clients and advising on how to set up your account and boards to gain the most traffic. I will be ready to launch that service very soon, so keep that in mind if you need help with Pinterest.
My best advice to new bloggers and those getting ready to start a blog, well that would be to do some research before you start & make sure it’s something you’re really excited about and that makes you want to create something everyday. Look at it as a business if you’re looking to monetize in any way. Look into all hosting companies out there and choose the best one for you not whatever’s popular. Be yourself, I can’t stress that enough, don’t do what everyone else does just because it’s the popular choice, find your own way and use your own unique voice to stand out from everyone else. Success doesn’t happen overnight no matter what any says, it takes hard work, time & a lot of persistence. Two examples of bloggers who I follow and are unique & successful are AllisonMarshall at Wonderlass.com the other is Morgan Timm at MostlyMorgan.com both are different in their approach to blogging, but are still extremely successful and have great content to share. I enjoy ready both of their blogs and gaining from their experiences.
I hope you enjoyed this post and can relate in some ways about your own blogging experiences. Leave a comment below and tell me some of your favorite things about blogging.
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