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Wow, it has been a whole year since I started this little blog. I had big dreams for Sweet Teal (originally Lace & Glaze) and have learned a plethora of things from being a blog writer. When I started my blog, I knew I wanted to make money off of it in the long run. By reading How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup, I learned that content is key. So I focused on putting together awesome posts. While writing posts involving fashion, food, lifestyle, my dogs, and DIY projects, I realized that I’m really good at DIYs. I started to see that other people enjoyed them as well so I try to focus more around those. I found my blogging niche.
Blogging is something that some people do not understand. When I first started, and even now, I get asked, what is a blog? Why do you blog? I blog because it is a way to share what I like and what I create in a whole other way than just social media. I like to share things and help people. Sharing something like a DIY Headboard for under $15 and knowing I helped people save money on something they could make themselves is part of the reason I blog. The other is because I like to remember. I have this whole database of memories and things that I have done. I can look back on what I was doing in my life at this time, years from now.
If you are thinking about starting a blog, I support your choice 100%. Do it. You will either excel at it or completely fail. It all depends on how much effort you put into it. Here are some tips and things I have learned if you plan on starting a blog.
When I first started this blog I did set some goals. Prior to creating Lace & Glaze, I read many other blogs religiously. I read blogs on fashion, blogs focused around DIYs, blogs about traveling, and even blogs all about being a parent even though I have no human babies. I read about how to start a blog and also how to make money from a blog. I took note of what I liked about those blogs too. I set a goal for myself right off the bat. I wanted to get at least 100,000 page views in my first year of blogging. When I made that goal I had no faith at all. Why would people read what I write? But guess what? I reached that goal, 113,010 page views to this day. You just have to believe readers will come and they will come. Don’t give up on yourself.
I track my followers and statistics each month and have been doing it from the start. I have a note on my phone where I write down how many Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Facebook followers I have at the end of each month and also the amount of page views in that month. It helps to see how I grow and which platform I need to focus on to generate more followers. Whichever needs some love I try to focus on and sometimes I take part in giveaways to help grow those certain platforms.
Spend Some Money
I really did not want to spend any money at all on my blog in the beginning. I opted for the cheapest web host, after trying two others, and bought a cheap website layout off of Etsy. As the first few months past, I figured it was time to start investing in my blog. So I bought a nicer layout and updated my blog header. A blog that is appealing to the eye will get you more readers. People will not read your blog if you have 20 different color schemes, patterned backgrounds, and ads everywhere. Make it pretty and simple because that is all you need. I also started joining giveaways. Oh My Gosh Beck has great opportunities to grow your blog. You pitch in some money for however many links you want to put in the giveaway. For example if I want to grow my Instagram and Twitter, I’ll purchase two links and then when the giveaway takes place, people will have to follow my Instagram and Twitter in order to get an entry into that giveaway.
Become an Affiliate
Becoming an affiliate with as many different things as you can will help you start making money from when you first start blogging. My favorite affiliations are Google AdSense, ShopStyle Collective, Angie Makes, Tomoson, and Influenster but there are so many more out there. Some pay you for having ads on your website and some send you products for free to try out and review. Becoming an affiliate will make you money, plus you’ll get to try out products you’ll end up loving.
Throughout my first year of blogging I have had a blast. Creating things I’d never thought I could and pushing myself to do things I wouldn’t before. Blogging has taught me a lot but the most important thing is to have fun. If you are not enjoying something, why are you doing it?