My first six months of blogging have been a rollercoaster. I have gone from wanting to quit altogether, to spending hours (trying) to perfect the theme and layout. The blog first began when I wanted a place to document my travels and my photos. Now I have come to realised travelling isn’t the only thing I want to blog about, in fact isn’t even the main aspect of this blog anymore.
There are many things I wish I had known before starting this process, which I have come to realise as time and experience goes one. Therefore, I’ve decided to share these lessons in the hope they will be helpful to you so you don’t make the same mistakes I did!
Joining communities will boost your traffic
Communities are a great way of increasing your traffic and getting your blog exposed to more people. On Twitter for example there are tons of pages just dedicated to sharing other bloggers content as well as twitter threads where people engaged with one another and generally support and interact with other bloggers.
This is also true of a ton of other social networks where there are whole groups for bloggers on Facebook and Pinterest as well. You can find a list of great groups to join here.
Don’t be afraid to spend money on quality products
When I first started out, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money at all. I found the cheapest host I could find, a pretty basic theme and didn’t really spend a lot on attempting to market it. As a result, I have essentially have ended up paying more because I have since had to change themes and hosting because of poor quality. Researching and investing on quality things on your blog will pay off and will make your blog stand out and appeal to people.
Some great investments are:
- Siteground: They a great self hosting platform and are very helpful. I haven’t had any problems with my site since switching to them.
- Great themes I would recommend for blogging are Pipdig, 17th Avenue , Herpark Studio and Hello You Designs.
- I would also recommend investing in Tailwind for Pinterest. This will save you so much time and energy as you can schedule pins easily and quickly.
Your skills will develop
I have learnt so much about writing, photography and creating graphics these past six months and the more you post you will come to realise what kind of content works for your audience. This also applies with style and tone of voice. You will find the more you write that you will find a style you are comfortable with and that your readers will enjoy helping to develop and build your brand.
A great tool I wish I had known about when I started blogging is Yeost plugin which is great for helping you to improve your writing. It helps you SEO optimise your content as it analyses your text as you go along and makes suggestions on how you can improve it for your visitors and the search engine, which is very important to get your blog seen by those who will use search terms to find what they are looking for.
I have learnt so much about marketing my blog in these six months as well. One thing I wish I had used sooner is Pinterest. If you’re not already signed up I suggest you go and do that as soon as you’ve finished reading this. ALL professional bloggers use it and for many it is their main source of blog traffic! For all you need to know about Pinterest, check out ELLDUCLOS.
Consistency is key
When I first started out I wasn’t consistent with posting at all. I originally aimed for twice a week which was too much for me. When I didn’t manage to maintain this it left me feeling defeated and wanting to give up. I therefore decided instead to post once a week which is much more manageable for me.
Make sure you set realistic goals for your content and keep it as regular as you can. That way people have an idea of when you’re going to post so can look out for your content. Don’t be too ambitious and stress yourself when you’re struggling to meet your goals. It’s always better to start slower and realise you have time to post more than burn out trying to met an unrealistic target for yourself.
Only you are in control of the success
The saying ‘practice makes perfect’ really is true here. Your hard work, productivity and patients will pay off as your spend more time learning, putting that into practice and developing your blog. I still constantly look for new sources of information to improve my blog and my content. The main source of information I look to now is definitely on Pinterest because it is easy to find useful information and you can connect with other blogger.
You can do this.