10 Blogging Mistakes I’ve Made

10-blogging-mistakes-ive-made In the year and a half that I’ve been regularly blogging, I’ve learned so much.  Of course, part of the learning process is making mistakes.  Mistakes, while annoying at the time, are a tool for growth.   Today I’m sharing 10 blogging mistakes I’ve made so far hoping that this will help you grow without having to make the mistake.

I didn’t create pinterest worthy images

For the first six months of posting on my blog, I didn’t create Pinterest worthy images.  I didn’t see why the images mattered since the content was what I was trying to promote.  Little did I know that the way you promote the content is with the eye catching picture.  I’ve now finished going back to old posts and making images.

I switched to the wrong wordpress

How many people have done this?  I started my blog on Blogger and knew that I needed to make the switch to WordPress.  Problem was, I didn’t even know there was a .org so I registered with WordPress.com.  Then I had to switch everything over to WordPress.org.  Switching twice was such a pain!

I updated my theme file without having a child theme

Yes, this was quite painful.  I did quite a bit of customizing to my theme and CSS file.  For quite some time Child Themes didn’t make any sense to me and I didn’t even think about using a plugin.  So, when my theme updated, all of my changes were lost.  I eventually found that there are plugins that create a child theme for you.

I added two sets of google api tracking code

This was an interesting one.  I was working on my Media Kit  and trying to show live stats.  I decided I’d try some plugins to see how they worked.  One of the plugins worked pretty well but my stats seemed off.  One major red flag was that my bounce rate was 0.  I then realized that the plugin added tracking code to my site so the code was then being tracked twice. Deleting the new plugin to resolve the issue.

I deleted my blog’s pinterest board

While working on Pinterest images for my old posts, I uploaded some pins to my blog’s board.  The pins wouldn’t load properly and I decided to delete the pin and try again.  I ended up moving too quickly and deleted the board without realizing what I was doing.  There is no way of getting the board back so I had to re-create it and add all of the pins one by one.

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I used categories as tags and didn’t use tags

Categories and tags didn’t make any sense to me at first.  I ended up adding a ton of categories and decided I would use those instead of the tags.  Once I was a bit more versed in WordPress I learned that categories are a way to sort your posts and tags are more for SEO.  I had to go back and re-categorize and tag all of my posts.

I didn’t use Yoast SEO

SEO is yet another thing I didn’t know anything about.  Actually, I still don’t know much about it.  But, I do know now that I need to have an optimized focus keyword the post needs to have good readability.  I look for those green dots!

I didn’t set a featured image

The featured image showed up looking a bit off when it was displayed on the post so I didn’t use it.  When I created my pages that automatically show posts in each category, I realized that the featured image was needed to show an image for the post.  After a bit of research, I found that there are quite a few plugins that allow you to choose if you want to display your featured image on the main post or not.

I burned myself out

When I started my blog, I decided to post three times a week.  This was way too much!  In the beginning, there’s a ton of behind the scenes webpage design.  This makes it hard to have time to create great posts.  After about two months of blogging I was completely worn out and took a three month break.  When I started up again, I decided I would only post once per week until I was ready to post more.  Now, i post twice per week.  I knew I was ready when I had so many ideas for posts that I didn’t know when I would be able to post them all.

I didn’t have any group boards on pinterest

This wasn’t exactly a mistake.  I just literally didn’t know how to add a group board.  I’d found many group boards but I was at a loss for how to add them.  One day I had a light bulb moment though and I clicked into other bloggers pages to see which boards they were part of.  Many of those board has instructions at the top of the board giving contact information to request addition to the boards.

There we have it.  I know I will continue to make mistakes, learn, and grow.  Hopefully this post causes you to avoid the troubles that I went  through.

Let me know in the comments what your biggest mistake blogging has been.

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How I Made Over $1500 Blogging!

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Today’s post is a very exciting one!  I began blogging in July of 2015 and by the end of October 2016, I had made over $1500!  I began this blog because I thought about it one day and realized that I no longer had any hobbies.  I had previously been in grad school, working 50 hours per week, and buying my first house.  This definitely left me no free time.

A few years after life settled down, I was working 40 hours per week and had no side obligations.  I thought about creating another book but I wasn’t really in the mood for a long drawn out project.  Thus, I began the blog with no idea what I was going to write about!

In November of 2015, I made my first $9 on Izea. I think I just got lucky with this one.  I hadn’t been trying to make money blogging at this point but I did know if was something I wanted to look into.  At this point I decided I was going to take my blog more seriously in 2016.

The first steps

The first step I took towards monitizing my blog was to become self-hosted through wordpress.org.  I made this transition at the end of 2015 and in January of 2016 I added Google Adsense.  Adsense has been by far my most consistent income source.

Here is a rough breakdown of my income sources.

Ads – $1020.00
Freelancing –  $410.00
Affiliate –  $15
Sponsored – $140.00
Product Sales – $8.00

Ads

Ads have been by far my largest income source.  I use Google Adsense and Media.net but I’ve only made about $4.00 from Media.net.  The rest comes from Google Adsense.

I do have a trick for Google Adsense.  The more present I am on my blog and social media, the more money I make.  There are quite a few Facebook Groups that I use to gain interaction through my site.  As long as I’m consistently participating in these threads, I see the reward.  One thing to note is that you cannot ask anyone to click on your ads!

Freelancing

Earlier this year,  Izea had a survey for Ebyline, a company they bought that creates product descriptions for Ebay.  I participated in their projects for two months and earned over $400.00.  I haven’t had any freelancing work since.

Affiliate Programs

I’ve heard a lot of great news about affiliate programs but honestly I haven’t been that impressed.  I’ve made about $15 in affiliate programs and could list all of the ones I belong to but, I wouldn’t recommend using any of them.  Plus, it just adds a bunch of unnecessary selling to a page which could turn off your readers.

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored posts are something that just starting working for me!  Early in the year, I had a couple of small sponsored posts through Izea (roughly $10 total).  Once I hit 3000 followers, I was able to sign up for Linquia.  I have now participated in two campaigns and have made about $120.  Something to note here is that I also turned down two campaigns because they didn’t align with my blog or my opinions.

Product sales

This area is one of my goals to improve over the next year or so.  I have a couple digital products on Etsy and I have my book.  Once I finish my Paycheck Series, I will compile the posts into a digi-book.  At this point, I haven’t seen very much activity or income generated from Product Sales.

Something else to note is that I don’t have a large following.  I get roughly 3000-4000 page views every month.  This stat also just increased from the 2000-3000 range a couple months ago.  Anything is possible.  Best of luck to all of you bloggers!  Let me know if you have any tips as well!

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October 2016 Blog Income Report

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This Month’s Top Post: 10,000 Cupcakes Challenge – 253 Views

This Month’s Runner Up: Why I Don’t Buy Bottled Water – 225 Views

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!  I’m drafting out this post while handing out candy.

This month I started off to a great start!  I got all of my posts planned for November and December and even created most of my Pinterest art in the first week of the month!

Speaking of Pinterest, who else was irked by the layout change?  Since my old board covers no longer fit the new layout, I created all new ones!

While I was being productive, I decided to make all of the pins for my #TBT posts.  I was able to get all of November and December’s art done.  This means that I’m now done creating Pinterest art for older posts!

I noted last month that I was starting to write a bit more personally.  I now have a few posts about my life and all of my new excitement!  I am both thrilled and anxious to be sharing my life on the internet.  Either way, I’m diving in and  hoping for a good outcome!

OCtober 2016 INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue
Ads – $153.85
Sponsored Posts – $58.20
Affiliate Programs – $1.81
Total: $213.86

Expenses
Tailwind – $10..00
Etsy – $0.50
Post Supplies – $3.85
Total: $14.35

NET INCOME: $199.51

VIEW PREVIOUS BLOG INCOME STATEMENTS HERE.

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This month I was able to grow my following by 375  people!  What’s interesting with this finding is that it completely follows my trend line.  Last month I created a trend-line on my followers graph just for fun.  The amount of exponential growth seemed unrealistic to me (and still does).  But, this month, I was on point with the projections at 3804 followers.  (3800 Projected)

Last month I mentioned that my plan was to focus on my Paycheck  series.  I was able to write three sections for the series last month.  One was posted in October, and then one is for November and the other December.  Next month, I will continue to work on this series as I am hoping to be able to put the series into a digital E-Book at the beginning of the year.  I will then continue to publish one section per month.  **Eek.  Here’s to accountability.  I hadn’t written this goal for the public yet.  This just means I need to wrap it up!

Next month I also plan to do a bit more with YouTube.  I used to really love making YouTube videos when I was younger and I’m excited to get back into this and share a bit about myself and all of my new adventures.

Thank you all for your continued support!

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