It’s my one year blog anniversary!! It has flown by. Man, this year has definitely had it’s ups and downs but I’ve learned an insane amount over this time. I would love to share with those of you are contemplating starting a blog or already have one.
Over this year, I have learned it is rare to have success in your first year of blogging. I will share some tips and lessons I’ve learned. However, I have to say, first and foremost…I attribute ALL of my success to God. I honestly believe there is no way I would of done this well without constant prayer, giving my blog to God daily, and trusting Him for what He wanted to do with it. So…here are some other reasons I believe I had such a successful first year.
I did a ridiculous amount of research.
I spent an insane amount of hours researching everything about blogging. How to make money, how to build a business, how to gain followers on social media networks, how to take better pictures, how to increase page views, and the list goes on.
I ran into A LOT of hurdles and stuff I did not understand (I am not tech savvy). From coding to fixing random glitches on my site, I would find an answer and teach myself how to do it. Most things that would probably take another person 20 minutes would take me 3 hours, but it was worth doing it myself.
The blogging world is another world. I was completely oblivious to how everything works. I read blogging books, spent A LOT of time on Google and Pinterest; reading articles non-stop and learning as much about it as possible. Even now, I still spend a good amount of time reading and learning how to run my business better.
I worked on creating great content.
This means writing about stuff that your audience will love. For me that is: Parenting, Jesus, Saving Money and Recipes. Discover your target audience and write great, helpful posts that will make their lives easier.
Spend time brainstorming topics you would like to write about and just start typing. Get as much good content under your belt as possible.
Reading over your content a few times is also helpful for catching mistakes but don’t obsess over it. Don’t over analyze so that you never click “Publish.”
I got really involved with my social media.
I started a Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook blog page and Instagram account. When you start trying to monetize, many brands look at this as well as your stats and engagement. It is important to show you have a social media presence, no matter the size. I looked for ways to grow my followers on each network and would set aside time each day to be active on each. This is something that is helpful to schedule out so it doesn’t get too overwhelming.
I focus more on Instagram than my other networks, because I get a lot of business through them. However, whatever network you pick , I think it’s great to pick a network you spend more time on than others to really build your following. Always share others content and not just your own. This is also helpful with creating friendships.
I networked like crazy.
I made friends with others that were starting a blog at the same time as me, but I also reached out to those who were clearly making a good living and already had great followings. It is so important to connect with others that are in the same walk of life and get what your going through.
Again, this blogging world is another world and you need to communicate with those who have done it for a while, as well as those still figuring things out. This helped me more than anything.
I made some awesome relationships with women all over the United States and we share tips with each other, vent and just encourage each other in this journey. Just reach out to someone, and if they aren’t that friendly, try someone else. You will find people just waiting for a blogging friend.
I took better photos.
My pictures when I started, versus now are night & day. I still have a long way to go from what I want them to look like, but apps are your redemption. Filters and apps can make any photo look amazing. I looked at photos of successful bloggers and researched tips on taking better pics. Daylight is your friend. Every photo should be taken in natural light if possible and if you can’t edit the mess out of it. Your photos are what will draw people in and I started to grow as my photos got better.
I created a schedule & got a planner.
As a stay-at-home mom, I couldn’t let blogging take over my life. I wanted to be a great mom still and a great business woman but that also means I can’t do it all at 100%. So, I created a schedule that worked for my home and my kids so that I could still put in a lot of time doing both well. Most nights that means, not getting to relax and watch TV but, staying up late working because that is when the house is the quietest.
I write everything in my planner. I started this early and it really helped me plan out what my monthly goals are and track my activities for each day to make sure my time is as productive as possible.
I created a business plan & monthly goals.
Most people are more likely to complete things when it’s written down. Every month, I created goals realistic goals for myself. Some examples in the beginning were: Get 5 new e-mail subscribers, make 2 new pins for Pinterest, write 4 blog posts, get 30 new followers on Instagram. Now as I’ve grown they are very different and include how much I want to make, and how many posts I need to write. My goals now are much more extensive, but the point is to keep your goals realistic and attainable every month.
I could share a million other things I’ve done, which I’m sure I will as I continue to blog, but these are some of the major things that have had a big impact on me having so much success in my first year blogging. I am so grateful to all of you that follow me on my social media networks and read my blog consistently. I appreciate you more than words can express. Thank you friends! I look forward to our journey together and continuing to bring you helpful posts as well as sharing my heart in various seasons of my life.
If you are a blogger, feel free to share some more tips below that have brought you success in the comments for those considering starting a blog! Thanks!
Happy Blogiversary! This is a great list. I really need to get a planner- there are so many things to keep track of in blogging and without one I’m feeling lost! It’s so true about blogging friends and learning from others. I’ve learned a ton from many, including you! 🙂
YES! Thanks so much! Appreciate it!
Congrats on your first year! What an exciting milestone!!
Thank you for sharing this information! I just began my blog 3 months ago and it can be quite overwhelming! I too give it all to God, for He brought me here, and it’s His Journey…always. Blessings!
It totally can be but keeping God first is definitely my key!
Thanks so much for sharing this! I started my blog about 3 months ago so found this very helpful!
That’s awesome! Good luck at it!
Sue | mama of three boys
Congrats! You have done so well. I enjoy your blog because you are Another sister of three boys. 🙂 God bless you in the years to come!
Aww thank you Sue! Appreciate it!
Claire - HeartHandmadeUK
This is a great post! I really struggle with the networking part, I get so exhausted running two blogs that I struggle to stay on top of facebook groups etc but I know how important they are. Congratulations on your success 🙂
Yea, facebook groups are a whole other crazy thing! I just manage which ones I use daily.
This is a great post. I love learning about how other bloggers found success and the tactics they used to get there. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! So glad!
Nothing could be more joyful when your hard work pays off. I can imagine this as my blog has also started earning a good amount within 5 months and I am working to release out my income reports very soon!!
Keep Going!! 🙂
That’s awesome~ I look forward to checking them out!
I love reading about other blogger’s success. Congrats to you. I know you have been working hard and deserve it!
The How-to Guru
I really appreciate that! It’s nice to see it pay off!
Congratulations on your success – here’s to many more years!
Thank you!! I hope it continues lol
All of these are must. I have had my blog for over a year, and have grown so much. I am still going to keep growing with it and take all this advice. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! Good luck with it!
Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.
Thanks for the great tips! I’m trying to grow my little baby blog right now and I’m going through the learning and experimenting that you talk about in this post. There’s so much to figure out…it can be overwhelming sometimes!
It truly can! I figure out one part and just work on that for a while and then add more to my plate.
Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor
Congratulations on your success! I can’t believe it’s been a year already. These are awesome tips that no matter how long you have been blogging you can learn something from.
Thanks so much hun!
Congrats on your one year blogiversary! I love hearing tips from other bloggers. I have really been trying to grow my social media to drive more traffic to my blog.
xoxo, Nicole | http://www.blondeintheburbs.com
Yes, social media helps a lot!
Harmony, Momma To Go
I love this post alot! i need to up my photo game and I JUST started a blog schedule! So much to learn but I am enjoying it!
Thanks so much! Yes, I still need to up mine too lol
Lyndsay // Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen
Congrats! I love seeing bloggers succeed at doing something they love– blogging!
Yes, I truly love it!
Jen | MiddayMornings
Love this list! I just started blogging in February and am knee-deep in research too. It’s awesome how many resources are out there for all different niches. I’m trying to create a schedule for myself too – and my planner is my right-hand man for that. Thank you for these tips. And Happy Blogiversary! 🙂
Thank you! Yes, a schedule took me a while to figure out but, it will come!
Marissa | Diytified
I was blogging as a hobby last year and this year, I recently decided that I would try to make money from it. Starting out, I knew nothing about the need for SEO, image optimization and all the blogging jargon. But I’m slowly (ever so slowly, lol) learning bits and pieces. I would love to start making money. But going “all-in” with a full-time job makes it a bit difficult. Great job mama! So happy for your success!
Yes, working with blogging is so hard. I don’t know how people do it! Thank you!
Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
Congrats! I love these tips. I’ve been trying to focus on these things as well in hopes to grow my own blog! My main focus has been — and always will be — creating great content.
Yes, great content goes a long way but, you have to promote with that too!
Congratulations on having a great year! I have found that having written goals works for me too. I love crossing things off of a list!
Yes, lists are my favorite! I have one for each day lol
This is my first year of blogging and I have high hopes on making it successful! I love reading success stories and finding out what worked for others!
If you put your mind to it and are willing to put in the time you will!
Way to go! The one year anniversary felt big to me, too. I’m curious, as a blogger who has been around for longer than a year, but is finally considering getting more serious about the business side of things…what have you felt was MOST helpful in making the transition to monetizing your blog? How have you effectively connected with companies, etc.? Thanks, and congrats again!
No problem! Feel free to send me an email of DM if you want to ask other questions but, I honestly felt like connecting with others that were monetizing and they directed me to start applying for networks to get accepted in by increasing my page views and I went from there. I got a template together that worked for me to send to companies and directly pitched to many as well. Hope this helps!
I’m just starting out too, so found this post super helpful, thank you!