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Today I am going to be sharing with you what 13 bloggers wish they knew before starting their blogs.
Before I started my blog earlier this year, I had no idea what to expect. There was so much that I had to learn and figure out, and I wish I had somebody tell me what I was getting myself into.
Today I can say that I have definitely learned some valuable lessons since starting my blog, and there are things I wish I had known before I embarked on this journey.
There is so much to know about this huge network we are all a part of. However, even though every blogger’s experience is different and we are all on a different journey, there is something to learn from each of us in the blogging world.
Today I am excited to share what myself and other bloggers have to say about what we wish we’d known before starting our blogs. If you are a new blogger or thinking about starting a blog and don’t know what to expect, I hope that these tips from bloggers will help you get a better understanding of this crazy but wonderful world of blogging.
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What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Blog
I wish I knew isn’t a get-rich-quick business
I don’t know about you, but I come across articles from other bloggers almost every single day about how they immediately started making money from blogging.
This hasn’t been the case for me, at all. In fact, the first time I made any money on my blog was 3 months into my blogging journey, which you can read all about here.
It takes time to get decent views, sign up for affiliates, get into advertising programs and create a product or service you can sell. These things don’t just happen overnight. Most importantly, people don’t really trust new bloggers enough to purchase from them. It definitely takes time to build an audience that trusts what we have to say.
I wish I knew that blogging coaches were a thing
If I had known that I could pay someone to walk me through some of the things I couldn’t figure out, I would have done so in a heartbeat.
I can’t even begin to explain how much time, effort and energy I put into my blog only because I didn’t know the first thing about it. I would have totally saved the money that I spent on my first crappy host and instead paid for a blogging coach.
There is so much information on blogging on the internet that it can be difficult to know what to do in regards to your own goals and vision.
I wish I knew that networking on Facebook was important
Facebook is definitely my least favorite social media platform. I deleted my personal account there years ago and have never felt better. A few months into blogging I started seeing other bloggers talk about Facebook groups and dismissed it pretty quickly.
That is until one day I was bored, made a new account, and joined some of these groups. You guys, blogging groups on Facebook are so good for networking and getting your content out there.
Now, a few weeks later, I have my own blogging support group on Facebook, Boss Babe Bloggers. It’s so much fun! We have grown into an awesome community of 60+ women in just over a week, and it’s a great place if you want support from other like-minded bloggers, as well as tips and tricks to make your blog grow.
What Other Bloggers Wish They’d Known Before Starting A Blog
A huge thank you to the bloggers who offered their advice! Some of the responses have been condensed in an effort to provide the most relevant information.
I wish I understood the importance of being patient with myself while trying to grow my blog, and the amount of time and effort is taken to maintain it. The first several months I was constantly checking my stats, obsessing over any and all issues, and how to make money. I eventually realized that running a blog is a process in which we constantly learn along the way, and it takes time to achieve our desired results. Rushing and being impatient will not change the outcomes, and only leads to burnout.
-Leslie, Up And Forward On Purpose
If you’re starting out and have plans to monetize your blog, don’t overlook the importance of your blog’s name. You’ll be shocked at how you can be turned down for advertizing or affiliate marketing programs because your name is not professional enough or has too much slang in it.
-Scott, Money And Bills
I wish I knew how time-consuming blogging is. I never thought that a blogger will need to invest so much time on promoting, sharing and creating content besides the blog posts.
-Amanda, Smart Girly Mindset
What I wish I knew before I started blogging is that you don’t have to fit into a niche. If you want to write for the fun of it then you can do that. You do not have to turn it into a business, you can simply keep it as a hobby if you would like. I also wish I knew how much fun Pinterest was. After a year of blogging, I’ve only recently learned how to use it and I’m addicted. I wish I started using it sooner because it really does bring a lot of traffic to your website!
Connie, Earth To Connie
Before I started blogging I wish I knew that it isn’t as easy as advertised by some bloggers to make blogging your full-time job. It takes a lot of time, consistency and dedication. You have to love it! I dislike posts, pins or advertisements saying you can make thousands of pounds in a matter of weeks. It’s not that simple and if it was everyone would be doing it. We are all different and it makes you feel like you are achieving nothing even when you are because your expectations have been set too high.
-Alyssa, The Sacred Space AP
I wish I knew that you need to start your email list when you start your blog. You need an email list to increase traffic, build a relationship with your audience, and make money.
-Pat, Helpful Online Marketer
I wish I’d gone self-hosted straight away. I feel like I’ve got so much more freedom to operate my blog as I wish now but just wish I’d done it sooner!
-Hannah, Everyday Freebies And More
I wish I knew how important choosing the right theme is for your site. I love the theme I have now, but I wish I’d thought properly about integrating the theme with my site, niche and readership as a whole at the start. Another thing I wish I knew before starting my own blog was how to take a half-decent photo. I never realized just how much investing in a camera would elevate my photography. The better your photos, the more eye-catching your content will be to your readers! Something else that springs to mind is posting consistently. Having a consistent time of posting your content is important. It’s more engaging for your readership and for people that love your content, they’ll know when to tune in.
-Sarah, A Woman’s Confidence
I really wish I knew how to create good Pinterest pins from the beginning. Lol, now I need to go back to some older posts and redo those pins. I also wish I had a better understanding of SEO and keyword research from the beginning. It would’ve saved me lots of time!
-Tamra, Nurturing Tamra
Before I started writing I wish I knew what pressure it would be. I didn’t understand how much pressure people put on you to write a certain amount, a certain amount a week and post at certain times. Why can’t I just be ad-hoc? I always wish I knew how brutal the industry was. When I started I just wanted to be collaborative and share but there’s a lot of people that want money, and a lot of it. Can we not just help a friend out?
The number one thing I wish I knew before I started blogging was how much work it is! When I first started blogging, I started it for fun and it quickly turned into a passion that I wanted to turn into a career. I had no idea it would be as much work as it is though! Writing, editing, photography, managing social media accounts, promoting/marketing, negotiating deals with brands, and creating products, plus so much more! Lots of early mornings and long nights, but it’s worth it. I love it, it’s my passion, and I love challenging myself and learning new things. But definitely something to keep in mind when you’re planning on starting a blog, it’s not as easy as it looks, but it is totally worth it.
-Ali, Alexandra Quinlann
Interaction is key… With your readers, other bloggers, via Twitter blog chats, at blogging events, an email list… just to name a few! When I started my blog, somehow I thought when I pressed ‘Publish’, everyone would see it. Wrong! I didn’t know where to start, so here’s my advice to 2015-Paris and new bloggers out there: Sign up to Twitter and Pinterest. Retweet accounts to discover new blogs and share your content; blogger chats to join and host; and pinning blog content on both your own and collaborative Pinterest boards. Blogging events are great for self-confidence and networking too.
-Paris, The Girl In Flat 26
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