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I have had a few blogs under my belt. There are definitely things I wish I knew in the beginning about blogging. My first blog was a Wordpress.com blog to go alongside my first Etsy store that no longer exists. Not only was I not self-hosted, I was also trying to make it on Etsy with jewelry which is really saturated. The products took a long time to make so it took forever to put listings up. It was a mess and didn’t last very long. It was a lot of work and really didn’t go anywhere. I had other blogs after that too in different niches. I took the long road for sure. Here is what I wish I knew when I started blogging.
Choose the right niche that will get traffic.
Most bloggers will tell you to choose a niche that you are passionate about. Wouldn’t that be nice if we could just write about our passions? It doesn’t totally work that way. You need to pick something that will do well in Google searches but also on Pinterest. Pinterest drives a ton of traffic to blogs (and is probably how you found this one.) And sometimes a niche doesn’t have enough traffic to make it. I finally decide to write about what I love researching, which is blogging. Traffic increased. Bingo.
Choose the right Facebook groups and utilize them.
Initially, I used Facebook groups a lot more and did a lot of follow for follow. This is not a great tactic because these people are random people on Facebook and not your ideal audience. If they even stay on your platforms, they won’t be buying from you. The best Facebook groups are better used for networking with bloggers in your niche, and possibly gaining advice as a beginner. You can also join groups that have your ideal audience in them. Don’t spam links but maybe answer questions and link to posts you have. Follow the group rules but be helpful.
Buy the annual Tailwind account.
Tailwind has been awesome for my blog. I get almost 200k monthly views on my Pinterest account now. The majority of my traffic comes from Pinterest and I’m not stuck pinning all day thanks to Tailwind. I happen to love Pinterest so on top of Tailwind working for me I do also do manual pinning, however, it is for my own research more than boosting my account. I leave that to Tailwind.
Spend time writing about solving problems for my readers.
My first few blogs really weren’t directed at my readers (oops). I just wrote for the sake of writing. This will not help you gain an audience. Sure, you might be a great writer but what is the reader getting out of it? You need to solve problems for your readers and keep them coming back, and signing up for your email list.
Treat blogging like a business.
At least with my first blog, it was an addition to my business, it was not my actual business. I didn’t post often, I didn’t research blogging. I didn’t go about it the right way. This Summer on this blog my goal has been to post every day. Sometimes the best thing you can do is show up. I take my blog seriously now because it gets me freelance writing clients and I can make affiliate income. Eventually, I’d like to cut down the need for one on one services and focus more on passive income.
What about you, what do you wish you knew when you started? Have you started your blog yet?
If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you, How to Start a Blog. If you are asking yourself “Can you seriously make money blogging?” My main tip is to be self-hosted. This is essential if you want to monetize your blog. It also makes you look more professional to companies you will partner with. Blogging income won’t happen unless you are self-hosted. You can pick from these links: Bluehost, or HostGator.
Already have a blog?
Plan your posts with the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner.
Try some social media scheduling tools, like Tailwind for Pinterest.
Create amazing graphics with the help of Creative Market Pro.
Do some affiliate marketing the easy way, with Skimlinks.
Handle your bookkeeping with Quickbooks.
Just need income on the side?
Trade in your old devices on Gazelle.