I have been blogging for four months now and it has been exciting, scary, and empowering for me. I thought it would be great to write about what has been helping me to understand blogging so that I can eventually have an income from it. Starting a blog is a big deal but the work of keeping it going is a lot harder. I keep telling myself to write five posts for the month. In reality, sometimes it is only two that I get out. It is like riding a horse, if you fall off you must get back on and continue riding. Beating yourself up is never going to lead to great things. Looking at Facebook groups for collaborations or guest postings has been another thing I do and say “I am interested” as my response. This is better than thinking no one wants you. I have nothing to lose if I keep letting others see I can be helpful to them.
Affiliate marketing and adding links is not easy and I have had a mental block to doing it. I have taken classes and seen others talk about it but for some reason I have not taken action. When I decided to take small steps toward doing it plus trying to show by example in my Facebook group, I was able to gain traction. This is just one example of not saying but doing whatever you can for around thirty minutes, which is better than nothing. Here are a couple of points to help other new bloggers realize this is a journey and to remember to stick with it. There are some affiliate links in this post so if you click on the link I may get a small portion from it. Thank you.
- Starting off with a free website is not a good idea. I like to get things for a good deal and free sounds great but I knew I wanted to take this seriously from the start. I have been using Bluehost bluehost.com/track/kbenn19 and it has been working well for me.
- Do not get hung up on stats for your blog. You cannot expect to have an instantly successful blog. Rather, you should think about posts that can help your reader and reaching out to other bloggers in your niche to collaborate with or gain as a mentor to go the right direction toward success.
- Listening to the ProBlogger podcast and reading Darren Rowse’s book ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Incomehttp://amzn.to/2gDCokS has given me information that is not overwhelming and very useful as he makes it easy to process and implement.
- Another book I have enjoyed reading to help me figure out blogging is Ruth Soukup’s How to Blog for Profit http://amzn.to/2g01w1j This book is filled with great information and helped me to not get overwhelmed trying to figure out the whole process of monetizing a blog.
- Having the right mindset to be okay making money and taking the steps to make it happen is so empowering. I found Denise Duffield-Thomas’ book called Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class http://amzn.to/2g01w1j was helpful in reinforcing those thoughts. I did not realize my doubt in myself had more to do with the way I perceived money and not asking for what I know my value is with helping others.
- I have found Suzi Whitford’s Blog by Number ebook http://www.startamomblog.com/blogbynumber. Each chapter covers the whole process of starting a blog for a busy mom and what you need to do but in manageable steps. I love the page that gives you great titles for a blog post so you have a easy reference to go back to which I have been doing.
- Two apps I really love using right now are Bity, to shorten my long links www.bitly.com, and BeFocused to use as a timer to help me stay on task when I am working.
I hope these tips and tools are useful and give you the knowledge to be confident on your journey to starting a blog and sticking with it. There is so much to learn and the road can be bumpy but it is so rewarding and exciting to get a post out so others can read it and find value in it.