What’s important when running a blog

If you are new to blogging or even if you’re not there’s always something to learn and the next thing to figure out. I know myself my learn for blogging bucket list is quite long. Literally,  I learn something EVERYDAY. That’s Tip! 😉

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Never Stop Learning

Seriously no matter how advanced or how many followers and page views you have, you will never stop learning. So don’t put up some magical wall when you think you’ve reached your peak because you haven’t keep learning. Even if it’s to learn how to teach people how to blog. {Yeah I said that}

Pageviews

Focus on your pageviews first, and by that I don’t mean stare at your analytics… but I do mean first – before you try to make money from your blog or really anything else, make sure your page views are where they need to be. You can do this by making a Facebook or Twitter page just for your blog, but more importantly by creating quality content and posting consistently. This post gives 10 super simple tips to watch your numbers grow.

Systems & Tracking

I can’t stress enough how I wish I had put systems of how I do things and platforms where I track things. I’ve had to play the catch-up game so if you are new – start them now. Some of the apps I use to save time in tracking and I recommend them for life and blog business, but strictly for blogging my favorites are:
Teamwork
-Trello
-ToDoist
-LifeTick {for goals}
-Evernote
-Wave {more for my VA Business}
Freshbooks {more for my VA Business}

WordPress

You will want to get a domain and self-host with WordPress. If you are just starting out, I recommend buying your domain from goDaddy, that’s where I don’t even what to tell you how many I own. 😉

You will want to host your domain though MomWebs, especially if you are unhappy with your current hosting provider. I have had the best luck with them, and they are actually affordable and easy to work with. Anytime I’ve ever had a question {no matter how dumb} they are happy to help and stick with me with me till I understand it. Click their logo below to check them out.

THIS IS MY ONLY BLOGGING REGRET!! I didn’t give WordPress a thought… I feel like I would be much further ahead of the blogging game and if I would have just started there {at least with my domain}. If you’re just starting out or even if you’re a seasoned blogger I recommend hosting with MomWebs

 

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Index

Yes, another tracking/organizing tool. I thought it was dumb when I heard it too! BUT once I got everything indexed {if that’s a word}, it saves me massive time. No more wondering, scrolling and searching calendars, and lists. Start it now if you are new, if you’re established I recommend setting 30 minutes a few times a week aside and set it up, OR you can hire a VA to do it.One of my blogging role models, Danielle, wrote about blog indexing and why you need one. Which is what inspired me in the first place.

Example Blog Index
This is an example.. When I do them now the look a bit different and pending on what all you are going to use it for you can customize to fit your needs!!!

Index your site WITH GOOGLE

You might think that since you’re a blogger that has already happened {I know I did}… WRONG. Google only recognizes you for what it wants to, you need to get in there {on the back end}, see what they are doing and take steps to index yourself better. If you see what they already have you as you can build on that, one of the most important things you can do for your SEO ranking. If your interested in getting this done for you {cause it’s not hard but complex} just click here and email me!!

Pinterest

You need one, you want one… make sure you use it for your blog too!! My traffic has grown tremendously since using Pinterest more regularly consistently.

What's Important when running a blog

Images

Along with making sure you have awesome pinnable images you need not forget to work in the background of your images. What do I mean? Change the names of your images, in WordPress. What you name a picture comes back to get you; when you pin it from your post. I still have some old posts I need to fix. So start from the beginning and title  and alternate text every picture. Sizing is also important I do 3 every time I make an image or I at least would like to in a perfect world},  sometimes that means making 1 – 2 separate images, and more than often it mean resizing and cropping the original.
Pinnable Image: 650×975 {The first image in my post}
Facebook Image: {Uploaded into the Yoast SEO plugin}
Feature Image: 650×650. This doesn’t matter so much, but be sure whatever size you pick you – make ALL your feature images that size. If you aren’t sure what and why you would need a feature image, you probably aren’t on WordPress, that’s okay. When you convert you will LOVE IT!
– And more recently I make at least one Long Pinterest image, long Pins stick out much better than the normal triangle.

Don’t be afraid to ask

You might think it’s stupid, but no question should go unanswered; especially if you have a person you turn to. This goes with never stop learning. Maybe this should be its own point but NETWORK. I can’t stress enough how important this is, while you are doing so you will create contacts, friends, and sometimes these people turn into a lot more; life business partners :)While you are networking you will learn the answers to a lot of your un-asked questions, and you will most likely find the person that you know will have the answer. So make sure you have your blogging friends on your Facebook Page.

Have fun

The minute you stop totally loving your online blogging time is the time you need to give it up, or at least take a break. If you dread your tasks now, working through them, could possibly ruin your love for blogging forever. If you need to step away and don’t want to lose what you’ve built try hiring a VA to do some tasks you are up in arms with, free up some of your time by having some guest posts, I’ve done that several times with my sites through the years.

What’s your #1 thing you wish you knew from day one of blogging?

8 mistakes beginning bloggers make

Blogging has become a very important part of many people’s lives today. Everyone is welcome to blog about food, travel, hobbies, collections, books, movies, recreation and more. There are so many blogging platforms that you can choose from, depending on your needs as a blogger.

Blogging is used to increase online presence, reach an audience, provide unique content, and rank in search engines. No matter if you’re a business owner or simply a humble foodie, traveler, hobbyist, political analysts, medical professional or anything else in between, blogging is truly a wonderful way to communicate with a certain group of people who share the same interest with you.

However, even when it’s all simple to set up, maintaining a blog, can be too much to handle for some. The problem lies with not knowing how things work, from the blog site’s SEO to the methods by which you can monetize it.  It’s not easy, but by knowing what to do, {and what not to do} can help you avoid beginner blogging mistakes. This post has affiliate links

Being unwilling to invest

Spending money to get your blog off the ground is the first step to knowing that you are serious about your blog. Building your blog brand name {and you} is a step that needs to be taken seriously from day one in order for success to come with leaps and bounds. You need to invest in your site because you might have one thing in mind when you start but your dreams could evolve before too long. Being in control of your site is key.

Being a perfectionist

If you’ve known me for any length of time you know I’m a perfectionist {and I won’t even say a slight perfectionist}, I’m a full on crazy lady ! If something can’t be done and done RIGHT I will often just not do it at all. So at times people will come over to my house and think I’m the opposite of perfectionism… But the way I see it. ‘ I don’t have time to make it nice and perfect so why bother.’  Yep that’s me HUGE down fall on my part. {I’m recovering}.

When it comes to blogging and site editing I must have to let it go. And I’ve been doing better. For example, I’ve spelled a word wrong in the URL of my site, and I choose not to fix it… My old self would of fixed it and then went around and deleted all the shares, pins and more on the www. and changed the URL… But my new {older}, self said… ‘I’m not thinking anyone will notices except me.’

Publishing a post between good and perfect is just well perfect!!! It doesn’t get much better than that. The same with photo’s, no one is going to notice if the block you squared off perfectly matches the picture that you are blending it into. Make the words pop away from it and know that people will look at what pops. {Now that you know all my secrets}… 

Not Linking to Other Sites

Only talking about yourself is both not nice and annoying. However, it’s also not good for your SEO {search engine optimization} Even if your end goal is to make money, people don’t follow sites that have no class 😉

Not Answering Your Readers

Blog comments are something you should NOT take for granted. Comments are good for your SEO, as well and a great way to connect with your readers or future reader. How you would you like if you commented on someone’s blog {you were waiting on an answer}… and they never did.

Beginning Blogger Mistakes

Not Promoting

“Build it and they shall come.” Yeah NO that’s not how it works. You have to find a system and platform that works for you. Before I really started blogging I would have never guessed that this was the case… I thought set it up right, put up great content and ta-da you have an audience. NOPE that’s not how it works. I’ve found that since starting to treat my blog like a professional blogger, I spend just as much if not more time on social media than I do creating content. As a VA I work 100% in the background of my clients blog’s and trust me it’s a full time job.

And not preparing a weekly newsletter is a big one too! You readers signed up for exclusive content and they want to hear from you. If they change their minds they will unsubscribe. I love ConvertKit for my {and several of my clients} for newsletter services because it’s more like writing a letter to your best friend. Each content upgrade gets a form and the form gets a tag and the tag gets a sequence… If I just confused you I’m sorry but ConvertKit is like no other!!!

Anyway, don’t forget to promote your posts and yourself {meaning get to you know them on a personal level} to your newsletter list!!!

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Writing Fluff

This was a mistake I made at the very beginning of time, and I was called out on it by family members and friends… and I’m so thankful. I want to know you and you want to know me!!! That’s why we are here right {well at least one reason}. Writing stiff, fluffy and dull posts will not get your blog anywhere. Thanks Sister!! 😉

Write like you talk and like you act, paint the picture to your readers and even make a video just for your blog or newsletter is what readers really want to hear. I’ve gave up on editing {for the most part}, and I just type like I would want to read. {Are you liking it, let me know in the comments 😉 } And yes I talk with emoji’s in real life, sorry if it bothers you!

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Not Sharing Your Awesome

This was another mistake of mine in the very beginning! I thought I want my site to be THE BEST! SO I’ll just write the BEST stuff here… Wrong, when I’m guest posting I put ten times more energy and editing than I do here. Why? Because I’m for sure going to get in front of new people, it’s kind of like when you go to your husband’s company party for the first time… you want to be awesome and not have any of those weird or embarrassing moments!!! I’m sure you know what I mean. So go find where you want to be seen, guest post there and BE AWESOME!

Being Wishy Washy

Decide how many times you want to publish content to your blog and ACTUALLY STICKING TOO IT, is harder than it seems. But you must do it. Even if you have to do something like take a break {make sure you publish up some old content for at least your new readers to see}, and create. Then you will be able to get on a schedule to create, and STAY ahead. Write at least 2 articles in advance or have a article or two in the drafts for when life gets crazy. It’s easy to start a blog with 20 posts scheduled and before too long have nothing in que. Why? life gets busy.

For you to understand how to succeed in blogging, here’s an info graphic we made about the common errors that most new bloggers make. Pay attention to these mistakes, and try your best to avoid doing them.