It has been about six months since I started blogging and I am learning a lot from the many mistakes I have made. I knew I wasn’t going to grow my blog quickly and I knew I wasn’t going to get rich overnight. What I wasn’t expecting was the discouragement that can come with it all. It’s very easy to want to give up, or to feel like you will never have a blog as good as, “So and So.” But, I remind myself all those successful bloggers I look up to, started somewhere as well and they more than likely made mistakes too.
Here are some mistakes I have made and what I would do differently if I had to do it all over again.
The first thing I did wrong was I didn’t monetize my blog right away. When I first realized I wanted to blog and try to make money doing it, I started reading lots of posts on how to do it “correctly.” I read in a few different places that it’s a waste of time to use affiliate links and monetize your blog until you have at least 5000 fresh views a month. (I am sad to report, I am nowhere near that.) There are some Affiliate Marketers that actually won’t even look at your blog unless you have so many views a month. But, there are also some that will let you sign-up right away so you can start monetizing immediately. Two that I know of are: Shopstyle and Amazon Affiliates. Even if you don’t have a lot of views a month in the beginning, monetizing in the beginning helps you. Since I did not monetize my blog from the beginning, I now have to go back and add links to old posts. I have evergreen content that if I had links for the supplies I used to create the pattern, I more than likely would have made a little money from the get go.
Secondly, I did not set a schedule for myself. This is seriously a must! I made a daily to-do list, but not a schedule. I just worked on my blog when I had time. I allowed life and my illness to quickly take up more time than it should. I believe in schedules to keep you on track and that’s how I was so successful with homeschooling. But, I knew when I started this blog that I was and am going through a heck of a time with my illness. So, my thought was I will do what I can, when I can and it will slowly build itself. What I am realizing now, is a schedule has actually really helped me post just about weekly and that’s still dealing with everything I was before. I realized how much time I have wasted and made excuses for. Every night before bed, I look at my next day schedule and then I plan my day accordingly. Having it written down on my calendar how and when I am going to do things has really helped me be more productive.
Thirdly, I didn’t build a support group. I went solo. I wanted to build my blog on my own with no support because I felt people wouldn’t understand my daily struggles. If I am being really truthful, I wanted to prove to everyone I am still capable of doing things and I can do it on my own. If I am being even more truthful, I think I needed to prove it to myself. When an illness takes away the life you once lived and knew, it can make you feel like you lost your identity, who you were. It can make you feel alone and isolated if you let it. But, I was wrong. We all have struggles we deal with everyday, obstacles we have to work through to achieve our goals and to have support, positive support is really important. The blogging world is amazingly supportive and everyone helps everyone succeed, it’s not meant to just be a one man show, but a group of people helping each other. Get involved in Facebook Groups, engage with other bloggers on Instagram and Twitter. It’s amazing when I reached to other bloggers the support that was there.
Another thing I learned is to have some extra blog posts in your arsenal. You never know when kids might get sick, or you might get sick, or life just happens and you are unable to post. If you have a back-up plan, you will be okay. Your blog will continue to show consistency and you will be able to take care of whatever is you need to. I am working on my back-up blog posts currently, but definitely wish I did this before I ever posted on day one.
I am still learning, I am still trying to be consistent and I am definitely still trying to get my schedule figured out. But, I won’t give up and I will keep working hard to achieve the goals I have set. If you want to blog and you are feeling inadequate or feeling like you may never make money at it, keep going anyway. It’s perseverance, hard-work, determination and a positive attitude that will get you where you want to go. Don’t give up on your dream, whatever that is. No matter what you do, stay true to yourself.
Courtney Echeverria, CrochetRemedy.Com ©