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I can’t believe it, but I already had my first blogversary a couple of days ago! 🙂 I think I can officially call myself a blogger now. There’s so much that I have learned in the past year. Amazing! I can’t believe my almost 35-year-old brain is still capable of learning so much in such a short amount of time.😉 Even if I were to stop blogging someday – can’t imagine, I like it too much, but if… 😉 – I still built many new skills I can use for the rest of my life!
7 Blogging Tips I Wish I Knew Before Starting A Blog
Be eager to learn... like, a lot!
If you don’t have any prior blogging experience yet, and if you plan to run a serious, successful blog in the future, take into account you’re probably going to feel a little overwhelmed in the beginning. Many beginning bloggers don’t have a clue about the amount of work that has to be done behind the scenes to create a blog that looks and runs like the pros! There is a lot to learn when you would like to turn blogging into a career; from blog design to the basics of coding, blog promotion, improving your writing skills, and much more. Therefore, you should ask yourself these questions before you start: am I willing to learn a lot? Am I willing to invest my time and energy in it? Do I even have the time and energy for that? To be successful at blogging – and to be able to persevere in blogging – it requires a considerable amount of inquisitiveness and a burning passion for blogging!
Review your stats weekly
It’s needless to say that keeping track of your stats is essential for any blogger who wants to be successful. Google Analytics shows how frequently people visit your blog, the duration of the visits, the number of pages they visit, and more. The data you can extract from Analytics is incredibly valuable, and the best part of it is that it’s for free! Same for the statistics of your affiliate programs/networks. It is great to track how many times your affiliate links have been viewed or clicked on or even resulted in a sale. You should definitely keep track of all those numbers! If I don’t put a limit on it, I’d be looking at my statistics all the time. 🙂 It may sound a bit pathetic, perhaps it is a bit… but when you think of it, it’s not so pathetic at all. This is what I’m doing it for. Every visit and every sale is special to me. The visitors and sales are the rewards for the amount of time and energy I spent on it. But in my case, checking my stats all the time was at the expense of the time I had to write more content. And content is what matters most at the beginning of your blogging journey. You want to publish as much new high-quality content as possible on your website, and not spend your time on checking your stats. Checking statistics is a useful and fun thing to do, but there really is no need to check them more than once a week, or once a day if you like. So protect yourself from doing this too often, especially when you don’t have all the time in the world, like me.
Connect with other bloggers
This was perhaps my biggest lesson; to connect with other bloggers, and thus be social. Which is something I’m not by nature, but what I need to learn to succeed in this. 🙂 I’m a loner, and I have difficulties asking other people for help. But… For a little while, I’m a member of some Facebook groups for bloggers. And since I became a member, my understanding of the blog-o-sphere and blogging is expanding daily. I am learning so much from the other bloggers in those groups! Most bloggers are very friendly and willing to help one another. As a result, I’m beginning to open up more and more, and I’m making much more progress with my blog because of what I learn from them. If you’re introverted, like me, I advise you to get over these feelings. You’ll see it’s actually quite fun once you overcome that barrier and start connecting with all those great bloggers out there.
The Golden Combination: Pinterest, Tailwind, Canva
Sadly enough, I just learned about this combination a couple of months ago. I wish I had known this way before…! 😞 So please, listen to my advice, you’ll thank me later for it. Believe me, you really will! … You’re welcome!😉 Most of my blog traffic is generated by using this golden combination! Pinterest is a visual search engine where you can promote your posts with Pins. Although it may sound simple, you really should delve into Pinterest strategy first. Because in order to rank high on Pinterest and therefore, to be seen, you need an excellent strategy.
One part of this strategy is to schedule and post your Pins with Tailwind. Especially if you are not from the United States, and if you don’t think waking up in the middle of the night to post some new pins is for you. Tailwind also offers the option to join their Tribes. Tailwind Tribes are groups in which you can promote your Pins so that other users can pin them on their own boards. And in exchange, you pin the pins of other Tribes members back on your Pinterest boards.