A month blogging may seem like a very short time, but for me is an incredible accomplishment. Those who know me would agree that I am a very creative person that enjoys enrolling in new projects every once in a while. The problem, however, is that I not always finish what I start. Therefore, the fact that I have been posting for the last 30 days is a huge milestone.
Now, even though there are still a lot of things I have to figure out, I am motivated to keep going. That is why I wanted to share with you the Ten things I learned After 1 Month Blogging:
1. Content is Key
Keep writing. That was what everyone I knew who had a blog would tell me. At least twice a week I try to upload a post, but it is not always easy. Something I was really concerned about was the quality of my posts. I wanted them to be meaningful, well written and good looking, and that takes a lot of time.
Also, during this month I experienced writer’s block. When I decided to write about What I loved the most about Cuba I had no idea of how to start. It took me a lot of time to figure out the layout of the photographs or how I was going to describe everything but right now is one of my most viewed posts (which makes me very proud).
Now I have no doubt that content is key. You may have a beautiful blog and incredible images, but if you don’t share creative content with your personal touch, people are not going to stay around. I wish I had more time to write every single day, but I prefer to post two somewhat good posts a week than a daily not-so-good one.
2. Share on Social Media
I love Twitter and since I started blogging it has become kind of an obsession. I find sharing on social media incredibly useful not just to direct traffic to your blog, but also to receive feedback. The blogging community is extremely helpful there and would gladly share your links if they think your content is worth it.
But Twitter is not the only social network you should be sharing your content on. Instagram is also a great platform if you are a lifestyle blogger. Even though it doesn’t generate that much site’s traffic (at least for me) is a great place to meet other bloggers and share your daily life.
Finally, Pinterest. This one is said to be the most traffic-generating social network, although I haven’t figured out how yet. In fact, if you have a Pinterest Strategy guide, feel free to leave it in the comments down below. I will be forever grateful.
3. Engage with other bloggers
Something I learned during this first-month blogging is that everyone likes to feel appreciated. After you put hard work on your blog and each of your posts, you always like people to recognize your effort. Therefore, share the love, people! Commenting on other bloggers posts is extremely important to not only grow your blog’s presence but also to build relationships. I try to read and comment at least 10 posts per day and I it has been really helpful for my blog.
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4. Blogging Stats are really helpful
Throughout this month I have realized that stats are really helpful. I am an Excel nerd and love to keep track of everything, so blogging wasn’t going to be any different. I have this huge chart where I document every time I post, every time I comment on other bloggers post, along with all of my social media stats.
Keeping a record of everything you do regarding your blog is extremely important to know what you are doing wrong and what is helping your blog grow. Let me know if you want me to upload my excel chart for your own blogging stats! 🙂
5. It takes time and hard work
If anyone tells you that blogging is an easy job, then they are not doing it right. I have to tell you that I love writing and that blogging has a relaxing effect on me, but I put a lot of hours on it. It is not just writing your post. It is also about promoting it, gaining subscribers, finding new ways of increasing your traffic, engaging with other bloggers, learning how to improve your site… And the list could continue!
I now get why blogging can become a full-time job. As someone who loves the comfort of words, it is a fantastic opportunity to express myself, but putting so much effort on it and not seeing immediate results can be somewhat demotivating (Check point #9).
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6. Making money is not as easy as it seems
I have heard of so many different bloggers who claim to have made from $100 to 1,000$ the first month. To that, I have to say: Whoa, that’s impressive! My blog has made just $12 during this first month (may I say I am weirdly happy about it?).
I have joined different affiliate programs but the truth is that even if you have a highly viewed blog (which I don’t), it is not that simple. But don’t give up!. I believe it has to take some time to build up your brand-knowledge and, therefore, making money is a long process.
7. Make sure your posts are SEO-optimized
Every single post I have read about blogging talks about SEO (Search engine optimized). To put it into simple words, this means that you should make sure that your content can easily be found using Google. Even though you could do it by yourself it would take you a lot of time so make sure you install some kind of plugin to do it for you.
Yoast SEO is the one I use for my blog and I am loving it! It checks your post title and its body. You can also add some key words and it will help you optimize them within your post. Good, huh?
8. Keep yourself motivated
Blogging can sometimes become solitary and if you are not seeing any improvement, to remain motivated can be a challenge. Believe me, I felt that way. Thankfully, I came across this post of 30 Blogging Tactics to Stay motivated [Research] by Heidi Cohen (@heidicohen) that I loved. She gives you some tips to reduce the frustration that a blank page can create.
Some of my favorite ones are the following, but go check her post for the complete list:
- Create a special blogging ritual: I normally start writing at 9 am, so a prepare myself a good cup of iced coffee before sitting in front of my computer. I set my timer on for two hours and write whatever comes to mind. I read this technique from a book and has been really helpful in my blogging process. Don’t judge your thoughts, just write them down as in a diary and inspiration for your next post will arrive.
- Participate in Twitter chats: As I said, the blogging community on Twitter is great. There are a lot of people willing to help you and chats are just super fun. If you find someone going through the same steps as you are you will fill motivated.
- Examine your analytics: You already now that stats for me are everything, so they were a big part of this first month blogging for me.
9. There is much more left to learn
Well, I think we all agree with that. I guess that even an experienced blogger is always looking for ways to improve their site. Believe me, the blogging world can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t take a step at a time.
10. Enjoy the process
And finally, enjoy the process. I started blogging because I wanted to use my free time to do something I love: write. I wasn’t even thinking of making any money (remember my $12?), so don’t put too much pressure on yourself and enjoy the moment.
Blogging for me has been this month an extremely exciting experience full of doubts and problems but also knowledge and happiness. What about you? Have you been blogging for long? Do you remember your first month? Let me know in the comments down below!
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