Is it your first month blogging?
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When I started blogging, I didn’t have a “Blogging for Dummies” book, so I just read every tutorial I could find and Pinned my heart out.
I learned everything I know about blogging (code, marketing, social media, content, etc!) by myself! But goodness gracious, did I ever make mistakes! That first month blogging was especially a doozy. If you’re contemplating starting a blog or are in the beginning stages of blogging, I wanted to share with you the mistakes I made and things I did to get where I am now.
The First Month Blogging: Mistakes Made
My first month, I went CRAZY with plugins.
Actually I probably did this for the first three months, because it took me awhile to figure out what plugins even were. I was THAT clueless! I installed so many “recommended” plugins from articles with titles like, “10 plugins every blogger needs,” that my website was having crappy loading times and things started to interfere with one another. My site looked so bad with so many different share buttons, pop-ups, etc. I did have fun seeing what’s out there and what different plugins do, but now I use only what I “need” to help me reach my blogging goals.
I loved my blog name…and then I didn’t… six times.
Yep! And I probably would have done it again if I hadn’t finally decided to get serious about blogging. If you knew me well, you’d know that it’s not something I’d normally choose. But I had finally figured out that if I wanted my blog to grow, I needed to stop changing my name. So I decided to stick with the name, “Busy Blogging Mom” because it’s to the point and sheds some insight about what I write about.
I focused on the look of my blog…more than the content.
While I followed the suggested, “ten posts before going live” thing, I didn’t understand that my content needed to be long and helpful. That sounds silly now, but you can’t just write for nothing in general. You have to have a purpose, and for the most part, people want advice about something, how-to’s, or something that’s emotionally resonating. Finding your niche in general is tough when you want to write about so many different things, so while I wish I would have focused on content sooner, I’m giving myself some slack here because I think it’s normal. (Now I try to only write posts that are 1000+ words.)
I tried to monetize way too early…
…and then wondered what was wrong with my blog when it didn’t start making money right away. It then backfired when I got kicked out of Adsense (gasp!). DO NOT, FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON PINTEREST. So many articles are misleading and Pinterest made it sound like blogging is an easy way to make a living. UM YEAH, have you seen my last income report? If you haven’t read it already, do yourself a favor and read it so that you can have a reality check. I’m not trying to be a downer, I just don’t want you to get ahead of yourself. 🙂
I spread myself thin.
I did too much, too often. I had Pinned so many articles about blogging and was trying to follow the suggestions on all of them. I now know that not every influencer and ad network works for everyone, and I know that I can’t do everything. I am focused on only two social media platforms (because they’re my biggest referrers), and I have totally ditched a few influencer networks that weren’t doing anything for me. I got so burnt out a few times that I quit blogging entirely a few times. I didn’t understand that slow and steady is really the best way to go with blogging.
Things To Do In Your First Month Blogging:
- Pin anything that you might think could be useful to you as a blogger, and actually read the articles and tutorials! I created a secret board for all of the things I wanted to read and come back to. Suggested search terms include SEO, Pinterest marketing, income reports, content marketing, social media strategy, and opt-in.
- Play around with Canva and PicMonkey to develop the fonts, colors, and icons you think you would like to use on a regular basis. Here’s a tutorial for that.
- Explore stock photo websites like LibreStock.
- Brainstorm a lot and write down your posts ideas on a master list. When you think you’ve come up with a good amount, identify categories that they might fit into and develop your niche accordingly.
- Submit your site URL to search engines like Google & Bing.
- Read this post defining blogging terms so that you aren’t confused all the dang time.
- Check the WordPress.org help forums when you need help with technical issues.
- Visit other blogs and subscribe to a few that you like.
- Pick a few (2-3) social media platforms to focus on for your blog promotion. Picking too many can spread you too thin.
- Ask other bloggers when you need advice–they are generally willing to help out and can be very supportive!
Things NOT To Do In Your First Month Blogging:
- Do not spend money on anything other than hosting, your domain name, and maybe a theme. Trust me, you’ll change your mind about what you want for your blog several times before you settle down. Also, you can find a LOT of free information around the web.
- Do not try to monetize your blog yet with ads. Your focus should be on creating original content and “finding yourself” as a blogger for several months or until you have a significant social media following
- Do not apply to influencer networks just yet even if you don’t plan on using them soon. Save yourself from the rejection and just focus on the important stuff first!
- Do NOT try to mess with your site code unless you’re a super tech savvy.
- Do not participate in Liebster awards unless you REALLY really think it’s the best use of your time (trust, me it’s not).
- Do not sign up for too many blog groups and other networks… you will feel overwhelmed!
Okay, are you overwhelmed yet?
(I really am trying to help you, I promise!) The reality is that blogging is very involved and requires a lot of patience.
If you’re a veteran blogger or even just a few months in, I want to know what your first month blogging was like. Exciting? Confusing? Both? Let me know!