11 Things I Learned in 5+ Years of Blogging

Jenn Leach

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I’ve been blogging for over six years now. I started blogging on the tail end of my ecommerce journey. Ecommerce allowed me to quit my day job and pursue my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. It came with a ton of benefits but not without its drawbacks too. Nothing is perfect after all.

I worked in ecommerce for nearly four years before I sold my store.

The sale of the store was a weight lifted off my shoulders and I do not regret it.

While I loved the business, it was incredibly draining and I ended up working more than I was in my full-time corporate job!

I was going backwards here.

My income was much higher though and I got a ton of flexibility so I can’t complain too much.

The perks were:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Being the boss
  • Unlimited income potential
  • Working from home

The drawbacks were:

  • Long hours
  • Difficulty separating work and home life

Soon after I decided to sell the store, I started looking at alternative ways to make money online.

I had done a little of everything in the past, from selling on Amazon and eBay, copywriting, consulting, coaching, digital products, etc.

While perusing Pinterest, I came across a pin from Michelle Schroeder that had one of her income reports. She had made $69,000/month blogging!

I was in awe.

While I had worked with bloggers in ecommerce, I had no idea that bloggers even made money let alone, that much every month!

It was beyond my wildest imagination.

And that amount was also about double my highest month in ecommerce!

I was intrigued.

Over the next several weeks, I learned everything I could about blogging, and then I launched my first blog soon after.

That blog was successful, earning me $1,000+ per month from around month 3 and beyond.

Since the creation of that first blog, I have built dozens of blogs and I wanted to share 11 blogging tips I’ve learned in that time.

Here they are, 11 blogging tips to help you master blogging and be a better blogger!

1. Write Often

Make this a habit. If you develop a routine with writing, it becomes much easier.

Writing is the backbone of your blog.

Write a lot!

In the beginning, you should have at least 30 to 50 pieces of content on your blog. That means 30-50 blog posts.

Ideally before you launch, if you can but if not, as soon as possible.

When you’re writing, make sure to interlink your posts.

That means link out to your other posts in your writing.

This can help boost your traffic big time. Practice this in every single blog post.

Think about your reader and how your blog post is helping them.

Make it enjoyable to read and include images.

2. Start a Mailing List From Day One

You might not think you need an email list when you start blogging. Trust me, you do.

Pop up an email list using Mailchimp (free for the first 2,000 subscribers) or ConvertKit.

It’s very simple to do and will help you start forming an audience.

Then, write to your email subscribers often.

Try aiming for at least once a month.

  • Share news and announcements.
  • Tell them about recently published blog posts.
  • Talk about upcoming contests and product launches, giveaways, and more.

3. Get on Social Media

Social media is going to be your source of traffic at the beginning, most likely.

That’s because it can take a while for SEO to start kicking in.

SEO (search engine optimization) is what helps you get found on search engines like Google.

So if a user types “how to bake a chocolate cake” into Google, your blog post about baking a chocolate cake comes up on the first page of the search results.

Get on social media. Post helpful things relevant to your audience and blog. You can share blog posts that have been published, photos of behind-the-scenes of your workspace, and more.

Which social media platform to get on?

Install Google Analytics and see what social channels your audience comes from. Then, focus on that channel.

If most of your social traffic is Pinterest-based, then you know Pinterest is the social channel you want to target.

4. Don’t Ignore SEO

I just mentioned SEO above.

Pay attention to this.

There’s a lot to SEO. It can get overwhelming. It is super important to consider and implement on your blog.

To learn SEO, consider:

  • YouTube
  • Reddit
  • Facebook groups
  • Forums

These are all free sources of information where you can learn about anything, including SEO. Take advantage.

5. Collaborate with Other Bloggers

Collaborate with bloggers like you. This can help you grow big time. It’s actually a common practice growing YouTubers do too!

When I was a new blogger, I gravitated to a couple of women in the blogging community. They would talk about my blog on their blog and vice versa.

We would chat about blogging and what we learned, kind of like a mastermind group.

You can do this informally as I did, or you can do collaboration in other ways, like through a group giveaway, a roundup post, etc.

You will grow faster if you embrace community and collaborations can help.

6. Monetize Your Blog Early

Start monetizing your blog from day one, if you can.

Here are 5 ways to monetize your blog:

  • Affiliate links: Mention products that you like and link to them with your affiliate link. You will earn a small commission every time your referral results in a purchase.
  • Ads: Advertisements can be placed on your blog and you make money every time web visitors click on them.
  • Sponsorships: Get paid to blog with brands deals or sponsorships. Work with brands you love that you know your audience will be interested in and make money.
  • Products: Create products and sell to your audience. These products should be relevant to your niche, like ebooks, digital courses, etc.
  • Services: These are services you can personally offer your audience. Think about your skillset and the needs of your audience and how you can help them. Examples include coaching, consulting, auditing, bookkeeping, writing, design, etc.

7. Create Your Own Products Even Before You Think You Can

Make products. Sell them to your audience.

  • Ebooks.
  • Courses.
  • Digital planners.
  • Printables.
  • Merchandise like T-shirts and hoodies, etc.

A lot of products you can create for free or inexpensively. It’s a revenue stream you can introduce to your blog early and be a staple income source moving forward.

8. Do Something For Your Blog Everyday

However small, do something daily.

  • Write a blog post.
  • Post on social media.
  • Repin a Pinterest from a relevant source on your Pinterest account.
  • Email your list.
  • Tweak your navigation bar.
  • Update some old blog posts.
  • Apply to new affiliate programs.
  • Check your stats on Google Analytics.

Just some examples.

9. Share Your Blog With Family and Friends

Be proud of yourself and be proud of your blog. Share it with others.

This will help hold yourself accountable. Share with family and friends, however uncomfortable it might be.

I’ve been there, I get it. Do it anyway.

10. Showcase Your Blog Everywhere

Post on social media. Share on your personal Facebook account. Share everywhere. Get exposure. It’s out there for the taking.

11. Treat Your Blog Like It’s Your Full-Time Job

Treat this blogging thing like it’s a real job. It will change the way you work, change your mindset, and help you get better results.

Final Thoughts

These are my 11 best blogging tips to help you become an incredible blogger. What do you think? Do you have blogging tips to share? Comment below.

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