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So you did it. You thought about what you are passionate about, did some research, and started your very first blog. You’re excited about working from home and all the freedom both mentally and financially that can bring. You’re ready to start. So what's the blueprint for your first 90 days?
Make goals. Is this your hobby, a part of your business model, or are you trying to help people? Figuring out the answers will make it easier to set short and long-term goals for yourself.
Make an editorial calendar. You need to have a plan going into this of what you are going to post on your blog and social media. Research keywords and trends and plan everything. Do not just wing it. Stay focused.
Make yourself a presence on social media. Sign up to all the major ones but focus on two, for now, to get your feet wet. You want to secure your name but don’t spread yourself too thin. Try some new social media tools, like Tailwind for Pinterest. You get a free month by using my referral link. You’ll want to create great images for social media, which you can do in PicMonkey.
Find your people. Look up other bloggers in your niche and network. Think about guest posting and make some pitches.
Make a community. If you have blog comments, answer them. Maybe make a Facebook group. Let your readers know you are there for them. Your community will be small at first and that is okay.
Get started on your email list. You don't own social media followers and platforms could disappear at any time. Get starting collecting emails from the very beginning. You’ll only have a few to start out but that's okay.
Write amazing content. If the content doesn’t exist, how can you promote it? In the beginning writing, great evergreen content should be your main focus. Set up the framework for your blog.
Photography 101. You’ll need photos for your blog and you can’t just steal them from someone else. Stock photos are great but your own photography will also help you. Even if you just have your phone, learn the basics.
SEO. Research keywords that people are searching for. Get the Yoast plugin.
Set up Google Analytics. Get familiar with the program and set it up. This is necessary for your blogging career so familiarize yourself with it now.
Blogging is a great hobby that can become a career. It’s a lot of hard work, sweat, and tears but it's so worth it. You can have the life you’ve always dreamed off if your blog takes off. It really could if you set your mind to it and chose a profitable niche. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Many bloggers fail because they do just that. Keep researching and growing and learning. It could happen to you!
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