My Second Month Blogging
This blogging journey has been very humbling yet super difficult and stressful. Until I can get to the point of quitting my job, I cannot do anything but work and sleep. I’m super busy. I work a 4am-12pm job, come home, and work on my blog until I have to sleep. Even though I am just going, going, going, I love it. I love blogging. To me, not a second gets wasted when I’m blogging. I enjoy it very much. Sure there’s a lot of work involved but It’s something I love doing.
The second month is where I started getting more traffic. The first month was okay; at the end of January I was getting about 500 pageviews a day. February, on the other hand, has been sky rocketing views. Of course, I don’t really know what ‘sky rocketing views’ really means yet, but to my beginner blogging mind, I feel like I’m getting a lot of views. At the beginning of this month, I started with around 600 views a day. On the 6th, I broke 1,000 views. The 9th, I got over 2,000 views. Four days later, I hit my highest, which was a few hundred short from 4,000.
5 Things I learned from my second month blogging
I had the hardest time understanding what was going on at the beginning. I applied and recieved an email saying I got accepted multiple times but everytime I logged in, it would say that my account was being reviewed even though I was already accepted. Finally, I went back into where I placed my code and put it directly below the <head> that I was supposed to put it under in the first place.
(The thing was that I already placed something under that for google adsense and I didn’t want that to stop working because of me putting something in between the two.) After, I put it directly under the <head> thing, I recieved an email saying my account was fully approved. Before, I only was partially approved because there is multiple things you have to do to be fully accepted. Getting that out of the way, I started placing ads on my site.
Still trying to understand how to work adsense, I made about $10.00 by the end of the month. Happy valentines day to me.
I started posting more than one picture for each blog post. Having multiple (different) pictures for one post, really brought more pinterest visiters. With pinterest being by main sourse of traffic, this has helped a lot.
I have read a bunch on SEO and although I don’t have a complete knowledge of it, I know enough to make my posts SEO friendly. Start doing this from the beginning. I didn’t and I learned my lesson. I had to go back to every simgle post I ever made and make it SEO friendly. Even though google doesn’t really notice your site until about 6 months after (because the domain was sitting for so long in active), you won’t have to go through all that later on when you have even more posts. Plus, your site will be ready for google.
Don’t blog for only money-
Don’t blog for the simple fact of making money. 1.) It doesn’t happen right away. 2.) You will be super miserable doing something you don’t love doing. 3.) It won’t be as successful because your heart is not in it. You will work much harder if it’s something you enjoy and it really won’t even feel like work.
Start a mailing list-
This is another one of those things that are easier if you do it from the very beginning. Sure I only have 15 subscribers right now but at least it lets me learn how to work it before having thousands of subscribers.
I really hope you are learning as much as you can about blogging. Good luck to you!
To see what I learned from my first month blogging: Click Here