5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started My Blog

What day is it!?!? HUMPDAY!!

I hope you are all having an awesome week so far. I am super pumped for you guys to read this post and I hope maybe seeing some of the things I wish I had known before I started my blog will help any new blogger babes out there on their journeys. HERE WE GO!!

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  1. UTILIZE PINTEREST

Okay so this is literally THE BEST ADVICE I never got! I honestly didn’t realize the value of Pinterest until like a few months ago. I have friends who are getting 700K+ views on their Pinterest leading to amazing blog traffic and the more I noticed that the more I realized I needed to work on it. Now, I am by no means a Pinterest expert as I just recently started working on mine but in the span of about a 2/3 months I have gone from 1K monthly viewers to 8.7K. Some of the best tips I have gotten from researching, FB groups, and friends, are to to make easy to navigate boards, make sure your pin photos are high quality and if they have fonts make sure they are bold and easy to read, and to make sure you are pinning a mixture of other peoples pins as well as yours.

2. Learn Basic SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is such a key element to having a successful blog or website. SEO is basically the process of getting organic traffic to your blog from search engines naturally. I am most definitely not a SEO expert in fact when I first started learning basic SEO principles I felt SO over whelmed but I stumbled across this article Blog SEO and it helped me SO much. It is definitely a learning process but SO worth it and I wish I would have been researching it WAYYY back.

3. Don’t Be Afraid of Getting Personal

This is actually something I am still working on but it is definitely something I trying to do more. Getting personal with your audience is what helps them relate to you and it helps form that connection between you and your audience. There has never been a time where I shared something personal like an embarrassing moment or something I have been going through privately that it didn’t help me connect more with my readers.

4. Balance Focus Between Your Blog and Social Platforms

I have struggled with this and honestly will probably continue to struggle with this until the end of time if we’re being honest. When I first started blogging I thought the only way to grow was to grow my socials and put the majority of my focus on them, which isn’t completely untrue because having a good following on your social media platforms is always helpful but it is NOT by any means the best or most effective way to grow your blog. I definitely wish I would have spent more time on SEO, Pinterest, and other avenues of blog growth because they have helped me more than my social media in just the short time I have been working on them.

5. Build An Email List/Newsletter

So funny story but I have had my followers and friends all tell me that I needed a newsletter for A WHILE and honestly just kept putting it off because I didn’t think it was necessary or needed. I WAS WRONG! It has actually been proven that newsletter readers stay on your site 80% longer than other readers and therefore are more likely to engage on your blog posts. It’s also a great way to connect with you readers on a more intimate scale and share things directly with them before it goes public. I can’t recommend it enough!

I hope that by sharing these I can help some new bloggers jumpstart their journey’s and avoid some of the mistakes I made when I started mine. I would love to know what you guys wish you had known before you started your blog so if you have anything to add DEF leave it below in the comments!

I love to hear from you guys so don’t be shy ;) My DMs and comments are always open.

I hope you all have an awesome week and I will talk to you guys soon!

~Alex