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I’m thrilled I’ve made it to my 6 months of blogging!
It feels like yesterday it was WORTH IT!
I’ve always wanted to have my own website and make passive income from my home! and I’m glad I did it as it changes my whole life for the best!
I’ve decided to start blogging last May and finally put it into practice in November. I can say I’ve learned so many things about blogging.
When you truly decided to start a blog that makes money, you’re going to invest time, money, and being patient!!
If you haven’t started a blog yet, I have a full blog post about the exact steps I’ve followed to start a website that makes money
I’ve learned so many things about blogging in my first 6 months I believe every newbie blogger should know about
This post is all about 10 things I’ve learned in my first 6 months of blogging
1. Be Consistent :
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard blogging gurus saying Consistency is the key of success. You’re going to hear it again from me again.
Consistency Consistency Consistency
I know how it is hard to post one blog post every week and promote it on social media. I’ve really suffered from being consistent especially I’m a University student doing research this year and a full-time freelancer. It was really hard to commit to working on my website.
Yet, if you’re not going to be consistent you will never see results and actually make money. Luckily, I’m working on this and I’m glad I’m trying to be consistent as much as I can.
So, if you want to see results quickly, you need to work on it on regular basis.
2. Make a Plan and stick to it :
You’ll get nowhere if you don’t have a plan and take it from someone who actually went through it.
You need to plan it from A to Z even before starting.
Having a plan from the start will organize your whole blogging process and prevent you from burn out.
Make a monthly basis plan about what content you’re going to provide this month to your readers that will actually solve their problems, how many blogs post you’re going to post this month and how to promote it.
I’ve been doing this for the past 3 months and it kept me on track and organized!
3.Learning, Learning, Learning :
This is an important part for growing your audience. I’m glad I’ve invested in the right blogging resources that made my journey as a beginner a lot easier.
Taking blogging courses from blogging gurus who already make 6 figure income made it easy for me to know exactly what’s going to work and follow a clear guideline of how things work.
You can find free resources across the internet but it will only share basic stuff and not the secret ingredient that will help you.
I’m a true believer that learning is so IMPORTANT for new bloggers, it will literally save you A LOT OF TIME!
4. Test things Out :
This is super important and probably the best thing I’ve learned about blogging. Whenever you learn a new thing, figure out something new, also test it out for a period of time to see if it’s working.
Whether it’s a new course you’ve got or a programme you think will improve your performance. Always give it time and keep things that are working and get rid of what’s not working for you.
5. Focus on Pinterest and SEO at the Same Time :
Pinterest and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) are going to be your major source of traffic.
There are like your babies you need to focus on and probably you’ll have a love/hate relationship with one of them or probably both (I’m having a hate relationship with Pinterest right now lol)
Mostly when you start, you’ll hear everyone say focus on Pinterest to drive traffic and then SEO because it’s hard (which is not at all)
Probably that would work best before Pinterest changing its algorithm. Now you need to work hard for 6 months to get traffic from Pinterest (which is totally worth it) and then work on SEO which supposes to take longer to pick up.
6. Make friends During your Blogging Journey :
Why do I need new friends where I already have my own community?
I’ve seen this answer of a girl in a blogging group and she’s kinda right. But, when you’re in the blogging world, you need support and people from the same community to understand you and what you’re going through.
Your journey will be a lot easier when having people to share the same goals of growing your blog and even went through the same things.
I’ve joined AMAZING Facebook groups about blogging where I’ve met the nicest people ever. 6 figure bloggers who answer every blogging question you have and are willing to help!
Definitely give it a try
7. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others :
Please do not do this mistake! I find it to be the most toxic thing about blogging. Every blogger’s journey is different and unique. Some take less time to make it work others take more.
I’ve started blogging at the same time with another blogger where they started making money from their blog where I was still figuring it out.
Have I ever felt bad about myself, the fact we’re on the same road and they reached the ending start of the road where I was still learning and making it work? Absolutely no!
And so, you are! Every small thing you make is huge progress you should be happy about!
Keep in mind, everyone is unique and everyone’s journey is different. It will make it only harder for you to compare yourself to others!
Also, a great thing takes time innit 😉 ?
8. Focus on One Income Stream and Work on it :
When you start, I’m pretty sure you have an idea how you’re going to make money blogging where it’s through affiliate marketing, ads, or sponsored posts. Whatever it is, choose one and work on it.
This strategy will help you earn money quickly from your blog.
Each income stream needs time a lot of focus which why you want to work on each one individually.
You can dedicate your first months to learning affiliate marketing. Then, when you have your hand on it, work on joining Ads agencies like Iozic or Mediavine.
9. Focus on One Social Media Platform :
You need social media platforms in order to promote your content.
You should know no matter how your content is so important and it will be a lifesaver for others. If you don’t promote it, no one will see it. However, when you start, please just focus on one social media platform
Here is why:
Every social media platform has a different algorithm. Facebook and Instagram are different and so for Pinterest. If you focus on more than one, you’ll get overwhelmed and lose control of everything. Also, social media algorithm is changing consistently so it’s hard to keep track for all of them.
And the most important one! it’s hard to grow all of them at the same time. I highly recommend working on Pinterest for our first 6 to 12 months and then work on another social media platform like Instagram.
Frist because Pinterest is the only platform that drives tons of traffic to our blogs as you can add links to your blog. It is easy to drive traffic for it as you do not need people to follow you to get engagements as the case for Instagram.
Once you make it on Pinterest (and you will trust me 😉) start building another social media platform you think it’s the best fit for you!
10. You Will not Graduate from Blogging Education :
It’s funny to say that. I cannot wait to graduate with a master’s degree next month as I’ve got enough from learning lol!
The sad fact for me, there will be no graduation in blogging.
Every day technology is changing, what’s working right now isn’t going to work tomorrow. We can take Pinterest as an example; the algorithm probably was changed 3 times this year.
So, you always need to learn new stuff and be updated with all the changes.
These are the 10 things I’ve learned in my first 6 months of blogging. If you’ve been blogging for a while, what is the one thing you’ve actually learned that changed your blogging life?
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