I can’t believe it’s been one month since I started this blog. In this post I’m going to re-cap my numbers for you (everything) and tell you what I learned in my first month of blogging that I didn’t learn from other people.
I want to be totally honest with everyone about the numbers I see, because I think that people are sometimes misled. I was buying into the whole “Make $10,000 in Your First Month of Blogging!” Sure, that may be true for someone who already has successful blogs and websites, but I think on the whole this doesn’t happen. This certainly didn’t happen to me!
Total Views: 776 (as of 1/31 @ 8am)
Pinterest Followers: 166
Facebook Followers: None (I have done 0 work in this department)
Blog Subscribers: 1
Money made: $0.07 (this is from GoogleAdsense)
Goals for February 2017
Total Views: 1,000
Pinterest Followers: 250
Facebook Followers: 10
Blog Subscribers: 10
Money Made: I’m not setting a goal in this department.
What I Learned
The most important thing I learned is that blogging takes time. It’s about so much more than writing just your posts. You have to promote yourself through social media so that you are not just writing to yourself. You need to spend time on graphics, SEO (which still flabbergasts me) and readability.
I invested most of my time on Pinterest, which has proven to be a great site and the source of most of my authentic traffic. I also started a Facebook page for my blog but have not put much time in at all on this front, which will be a goal of February.
My traffic spiked a few times throughout the month, where I would get about 50 visitors in a half hour. This is from StumbleUpon. StumbleUpon is a great website to get some traffic to your blog, but you need to be careful. I’ve read that they make sure you aren’t just posting your own work and that you aren’t re-posting as well.
There are so Many Resources at Your Disposal
So far this month I’ve experimented with Tailwind, specifically. I love this resource. Tailwind will pin for you at designated times, you only have to spend a little bit of time allocating when those pins will be posted and what pins you’d like posted. There is a free trial to allow you to pin 100 pins for free.
I have been using Canva and Pexels for making graphics and stock photos, respectively. These are great resources for the new blogger, especially if you don’t want to spend countless hours taking photographs yet for your posts.
Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin
In the beginning of the month, I was trying to post to Pinterest 30 times per day and asking to be added to any group board that I could (though I’m only in two). I was posting to Twitter, which I have since shut down. Meanwhile I was writing an armada of posts, and still am.
I ended up getting a little bit burned out by the end of the month and took almost the entire weekend off. It’s important, especially in the beginning stage of your blog, not to wear yourself out. I see now, that it’s more important for me to have killer content than to post constantly to social media.
You Can Get Accepted to Google Adsense the First Time
That being said, Google Adsense isn’t going to pay the bills, and I don’t think it really does for any blogger. Bloggers earn more money through affiliate links and sponsored posts. These can be difficult to get in the beginning stages when you don’t have tons of traffic.
Where to go From Here
If you’re looking back on your first month of blogging (like me), you might be trying to decide what to do next. As I mentioned, there are so many little factors to blogging and you can easily burn out by feeling that you’re spreading yourself too thin. Evaluate what areas of your blog need the most amping up. I will be focusing on adding more posts that really get to the meat of what I’m about. I will also be setting aside time for social media and promotion.
Have you just started blogging? Let me know in the comments below and link your blog! I’d love to see it! What have you learned that you wish you had known sooner?