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My first month as a new blogger just ended and I got 4,600 page views! I am still in awe about how many readers have came to read my blog, but I know I worked hard. It took hours and hours to get my site up and running to even look like a website. Here are the tips and tricks that got my page to where it is in the first month blogging.
I Never Had a Plan
I actually decided I would start blogging the day before I published it. My blog started with a whole 2 posts and I was still trying to learn to maneuver WordPress. The next few weeks as a new blogger were tough. I challenged myself and wrote and published an article every day for the first week. Looking back, that was crazy. I will never do it again. If you see a series on this website, I have taken the time to write these in advance to keep myself sane.
There’s a Huge Learning Curve
If you look back on my first few posts, you can tell the difference in post style and pictures. I had no idea how to make pins or what SEO even stood for. I will go back to those posts when I have time to create different images and update their SEO.
It’s tough not to get discouraged as a new blogger. There was something every week that questioned if I wanted to keep blogging. My Facebook group posts (I will talk about this later) kept disappearing and I had no idea why. I would have a great day of 400 views, but the next 2 days I had 50. I had no idea how to read my analytics or who was viewing what. It felt like I was starting a new job, but had no one there to mentor me in the process.
How I got 4,600 Page Views as a New Blogger
Research, Research, Research
I spent at least 30 minutes a day researching something new for my blog. I learned what SEO stands for and what images were successful on social media. It is very overwhelming with how much having a blog entails. If you think a blog is just posting articles and people will magically visit your page, it’s not. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
How are you going to get people to your page? How will you get them interested to jump around? What on Earth is a bounce rate and do I want it to be high or low? These are all questions that seemed foreign on my first day blogging, but I now know the ins and outs of them all.
Facebook Groups Are Essential
A couple days into blogging I learned about Facebook groups. They are designed to help encourage people to come to your blog and get feedback to make it better. If you use them the right way, you can earn engaged readers who subscribe to your blog. Those are readers that will come back often. Some Facebook groups focus on page views for page views. Yes, those will get you traffic, but will not help you grow your blog. I recommend staying clear of those groups and posts, as I did.
Facebook has been having some glitches and issues when you post multiple links. It will delete your post without telling you and refuse to let you post links for an undisclosed amount of time. This happened to me and was the most discouraging thing that happened to me as a new blogger. What could be more frustrating than taking the time to write posts, but not be able to promote them? I took it as a calling to focus on my content and stepped off of social media for a few days. Now I devote 3 days a week to Facebook promotions and put my focus elsewhere the rest of the week. It was a blessing in disguise.
If you’re looking to start a blog, these are my top 3 Facebook groups:
Blogging with Heart: This is by far my favorite Facebook group. The admins are very active in the group. They also have daily threads to help promote your blog and you can help promote others in your niche. During my first month they even had a live Pinterest webinar.
Pinterest Ninjas: Ironically the woman who held the live Pinterest webinar on Blogging with Heart is the admin of this page. I love how bloggers all work together. This page is helpful to meet other bloggers and help promote your page.
Mom to Mompreneur: This Facebook is very helpful when starting out as a new blogger. The admin is very active sharing tips and tricks with you. I also recommend downloading her free Pin Promote Planner. It has valuable tips and I find myself going back to it every few days.
Pinterest is Everything
Within the first week, I converted my personal Pinterest page to a business account. Sometimes I still regret this. Before blogging, I used mine every day for pinning recipes and even had a board of what food I was making for the week. I made irrelevant boards to my readers (like that one) private so I could still use it behind the scenes.
It took a few whole days to get my Pinterest looking like a business page that matched what Journey to SAHM is all about. I created new boards that matched my site and organized my existing pins to the corresponding boards. It was definitely a headache, but worth it to keep my already existing followers. The day after I finished with my Pinterest page, someone in a Facebook group complimented me on the look and feel of it. If that doesn’t boast your confidence as a new blogger, I don’t know what will!
95% of my efforts went into Pinterest. Toward the end of the month, I started a Facebook page and announced to my friends and family I started a blog. I also added my website link to Instagram and experimented with Twitter, where I had the most followers prior to blogging. My followers on Twitter are not as engaged right now, so I am not sure how to leverage them as of yet. Once I learn how the algorithm works with Twitter, I might be more successful. Going into April, my goal is still to focus on Pinterest.
Pinterest Group Boards
At the end of the month, I learned about Pinterest group boards. I joined 3-4 groups, but still do not understand what the benefits are. This is something I will be researching into next month. A group board is where one Pinterest user will allow other users to contribute or “collaborate” on one of their boards.
If you’re a New Blogger
Here are my best tips if you are a new blogger just getting started
- Focus on content
- Start with one social media platform and build up your following
- Learn something new every day
- Get started with Facebook groups now
- Write down post ideas when they come to you – I have a note on my phone with a list of them