Two months after launching my website, I’ve reached fifty followers on Pinterest, officially made $5 off of my site, and my daily traffic has started to climb. While these are my top three accomplishments there are many more behind the scenes goals I’ve reached. Starting this blog wasn’t easy, but as I continue to learn it’s becoming more and more like second nature.
That being said I wanted to share a few words of advice for any beginning bloggers. I’m definitely not a pro and only scratching the surface of my site, but I feel like I’ve learned so much compared to where I started.
Starting Out With Support
One of the most important things I realized is that when you begin this process you have to have some sort of support system. Personally, I found a group of bloggers and we all created one big group message on Instagram. This way if one of us struggled when one thing or another we could easily have a group to reach out to for help. Without the support of this group and my loved ones, I would never have survived or come this far. If you're looking for this type of group it is super easy to find multiple blogging facebook groups that are happy to help.
Social Media: Do’s & Don’ts
When I first launched, I started off mostly advertising via Instagram. I knew when I first put my site into the world my friends and family would be the source of most of my traffic. As time went on, I finally got around to starting a Pinterest account. This is when frustration set in. I had seen how many people used Pinterest as their biggest source of traffic, but it just wasn’t showing results. Now after consistency, hard work, and lots of research I’ve started to see just how rewarding the Pinterest platform is for bloggers. Instagram is a good start, but in the long run Pinterest holds the majority of your views.
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Be Willing to Invest
"If they can do it, I can do it." That's thought that myself and many others have when looking at other successful bloggers. While this mantra isn't inaccurate, it still takes a lot of hard work, effort, and investing to get to where those bloggers are. I never knew just how much time I would spend on simple tasks that took a lot of effort. When you start off, you have to be willing to set aside time, and even a little money, to get started. Starting off you're going to put in a lot of effort, time, and more. Don't let that scare you. Trust me it'll be worth every investment you make.
Do Not Give Up
There are times when I’ve been working on fixing an issue, adding a special graphic, or simply writing a post, when I thought I would never figure it out. I can not count how many times I’ve struggled to make something work, or nearly waved a white flag because I didn’t know what else to do. When you’re working on a website, there are a million things that can go wrong. It is just going to happen. The important thing is to not let those things overpower your perseverance.
Remember Why You Started
Are you trying to reach financial freedom? Do you want a site you can add to your resume? Why did you decide that a blog was what you needed? If you take yourself back to when blogging first took root in your mind, you'll find the answers to those questions. Remembering why you started is so important because those motives are the ideas that will pull you to see it through.
Chase Your Passion
All in all, the most important advice I could give would be to simply chase after your highest passions. Use this platform in a way that encourages you, keeps you positive, and fills you with joy. When you do the things you love, all of the hard work ends in reward beyond compare. There is no bad way to go after what you love. Follow your passion and there is no telling what you will find.