I first started blogging in 2016. I had heard about it and was very interested in it but had absolutely no clue what I should have been doing.
I did know a few things. I needed to find a niche. Something I could write honestly and accurately about that was at a high interest to my readers. I pretty much chose lifestyle but emphasized a lot about my career choice, Acting.
While this may be of interest to a lot of people, it wasn’t well SEO targeted. Truthfully, I didn’t know much of SEO at that time and didn’t bother researching about it. Epic fail alert.
I also didn’t know too much about Pinterest algorithms or the importance of creating very appealing graphics through amazing apps like Canva.
I did eventually pour through numerous blogging posts I found on Pinterest and thought I had some things figured out. But I was still laser focused on trying to make this thing work and make money, I simply overlooked some very key details.
I made sure to post as often as I could and share fairly with groups I found on Social Media. But knowing now that was something I was actually hurting myself by doing this. I was blindly manipulating my view counts along with countless others instead of trying to organically grow my blog.
I also might have been shadowbanned a couple of times, still shocked I wasn’t actually banned from the platforms altogether. Very thankful but cautious from now on.
I also realized how important it is to use my blog posts to effectively market my affiliate links without appearing too spammy and breaking any rules.
Hence why you should always have a disclaimer. Always. It actually says that in the terms and conditions.
The truth is blogs take time to grow. It’s unrealistic to set expectations of how many views and subs I may get at this point. But as long as I continue to play fairly on these platforms, I know I will get there.
I’m going to disclose how many views I received last month. It’s quite sad actually. But I did make a very tiny and yet laughable amount from ads that display on this site.
It’s nowhere near enough for me to quit my day job. But I’m making progress. I see the light. And so will you.
If you are just starting out, don’t give up. That’s another thing. I quit both blogs. Way too early. Rather, I simply let them lapse and didn’t continue to learn and grow.
Please take in these few tips from my failures if you will.
1) choose what you are passionate and knowledgeable about. Write about that.
2) Utilize SEO to get ideas on what is trending so that you can use them in relevancy to your blog.
3) Quality of Quantity. If you can’t think of another post. It’s okay. Really. Just go through your old posts and recycle them to make them better.
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4) Use Canva for your images and graphics. There are so many free templates available with fonts made available to edit and use at your discretion.
5) Use your Social Media to promote and remember to stay classy about it. Don’t spam. You will get yourself banned real quick.
6) Have reasonable expectations and learn from others like me. Yes, pin as many posts dealing with blogging and actually read them.
I’m sure I’m missing some other key factors but I’m still learning myself. If you have any advice please feel free to comment. I’d love to hear from others out there like me that are going through the struggle.