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Blogging 101: What I Learned In 3 Months As A Blogger

When I Started Blogging

 

 

When I first heard about blogging it was in a group on Facebook. As a published author I thought it would be a good way to promote my books, earn some extra income & learn a new skill. I had know idea what I was in for when I started. I had no experience with WordPress, themes, hosting etc. All those things that you need to get you started.

 

Doing some researching for at least a good month. I decided that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I was so unsure about, so I went with a 3 month plan at HostGator and got my domain name there as well. I think I spent a good two weeks just trying to pick a domain name, everyone says you need to find a niche or a focus area that you want to be able to write about comfortably and often.

 

I agree for the most part, myself I like a lot of different things and I have varied interests and experiences. After trying out different names and trying to find one that wasn’t taken,I finally decided to just use my author name and be done with it.

 

I’m glad I did, it gives me room to write about things that I know, and that are important to me without being stuck in a certain box. I guess you could say that I’m a lifestyle blogger that writes books, so far I think it suits me.

 

 

 

 

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Month One

 

First month I guess you can say I was learning about plugins, widgets, codes. You really get some strange looks when you tell people your working on your widgets. Which by the way I’m still having small issues with, it’s a work in progress. Designing a site that suits your personality & brand takes some time, effort and patience.

 

Month Two

 

Second month I was learning how to add a few affiliate links and trying to write posts, while working on a couple of books. I also learned about promoting in Facebook groups and how important Pinterest is for me personally. I finally started a Twitter account as well, and so far so good. I haven’t yet mastered the hashtag thing but I’m slowly learning.

 

Month Three

 

In my third month of blogging I started to work more on SEO, I started using Yoast SEO and learned how to use it some. Thank god for YouTube, or I would never had figured some of this stuff out, it’s not really something that can be explained in a sentence or two.

 

When I first started out I went through two themes before finding one that suits me, and is easy for me to manage without to much difficulty. I chose the Barletta, a free theme from Mooz themes. Some people think that when you start a blog you automatically start making money, that’s not always the case. If you look at some of the blogs out there you’ll find that the ones making a larger income are the ones that incorporate a number of strategies, like selling courses, digital products, ebooks & design services.

 

I’m personally selling my ebooks, but not just here, I sell them on Amazon & Draft2Digital which works for me. As a personal preference I don’t have pop-ups and an email list, at least for now, maybe somewhere in the future.

 

 

 

Finally

 

I just wanted to say I really like blogging, but it’s not for everyone. Some days you just want to sit in front of the tv with a bag of Doritos and watch Netflix. Other days you have so many ideas bouncing around in your head you can’t write them down fast enough. If your looking for a get rich quick type of thing, let me tell you blogging’s not it. It takes patience, time & and lot of hard work to get everything looking good, getting traffic, and staying on top of every aspect of running a blog.

 

These are some of the things I’ve learned in 3 months time blogging. You really need to put yourself out there for public scrutiny, which is hard for someone who is kind of a nerd and introvert, but I’m getting better at it as I get farther along in my blogging journey.

 

I first started out with just a Facebook business page and now I have a Pinterest & Twitter account, which I’m still working on growing. It’s definitely something I recommend if your going to be starting a blog. Active social media accounts help with building traffic to your site.

 

You can follow me on any of those sites. Thanks for reading this post. I may in the future post about learning about Media kits and pitching to brands, which I’ve just started doing.

 

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using some of these links.

 

Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts & struggles with blogging.

 

 


6 Comment

  1. This is a really great post. I posted a similar thing this week; our blogs are the same age! 🙂 I really enjoy reading about others’ experiences, too.

    I still feel like there are so many things to learn!

  2. I can relate, it doesn’t matter how many blogs you’ve already built, you will still learn along the way. Good luck with your blog, Charolette!

  3. What a true, honest post. I’m kind of where you are, because I still learning the ropes on SEO, and the whole monetizing thing. Plus, bringing traffic to your site is something else entirely.

  4. This is very interesting. I just launched my blog two weeks ago. I want to do an e-book but I don’t know how yet. I also don’t have an email list but I keep hearing I need to get one. As you say, it’s a work in progress!

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