Before I start this post I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who follows my blog on Bloglovin because I recently reached 200 followers (yay!). A couple of weeks ago I posted my 10 blogging goals for the next 3 months (here) and this was one of my goals, so to achieve it so quickly is amazing! Anyway I thought I would do a similar post and list 5 things I have learnt since starting my blog 3 months ago. I am still very new to the blogging world, so I’m sure I still have A LOT to learn, but here’s what I’ve learnt so far:
#1 Social media is very important– I would have fewer page views if I wasn’t on social media, most of my views come from Twitter and Bloglovin. Getting involved in chats on Twitter increases the number of people who are aware of your blog and are a great way to get involved in the community (I really need to take part in more!). Twitter is probably the best way to promote your posts, I have found that using RT communities, such as @FemaleBloggerRT, vastly increases the number of people who read my posts. Bloglovin is also great as it allows you to read and comment on other blogs and it is by far the easiest way to follow blogs as you are able to read them all in one place.
#2 Blogging is time consuming– When I first set up this blog I thought that I could just take some pictures, write a bit about the product and hit publish. Turns out there’s more to it than that! Firstly it’s quite difficult to take a decent photo and even after you’ve taken one that you’re happy with, it still needs editing before it can be included in a post. For example most photos will need brightening (I rely on natural light) and I have to reduce the size of them too. Then you have to actually write the post and try to make it sound as interesting and helpful as possible, which is not easy!
#3 Content is also important– Ok so this one may seem a little obvious but it really is important. I’ve only realised recently that my review posts, while useful to people who wanted to actually buy the product, were not that interesting and weren’t getting as many views. I do still write them, but also include posts like this, which add variety to the blog. If you look at successful blogs they have amazing content that you want to keep reading and lots of different types of posts.
#4 Google Analytics is so useful– It really helps to be able to find out where traffic is coming from. As I mentioned in point #1 Twitter and Bloglovin are my biggest referrers, I know this because of Google Analytics. It means that you can focus your efforts in the right places. For example I barely ever get people coming to the blog from Facebook so I don’t spend as much time on my Facebook page. Google Analytics has loads of other useful information as well such as page views, whether visitors are new or returning and bounce rate.
#5 I can do it!– When I first started out I had no idea how to create a website, use WordPress or what the letters SEO stood for. I am in no way an expert in any of these things now but considering how much of a beginner I was I have come a long way! Trust me if I can do this anyone can! I probably haven’t even touched the surface of what WordPress has to offer, there are so many plugins etc that I would love to try (any recommendations?), but I’m sure I’ll figure it out along the way.
I’m sure there is still so much to learn and I am sure there are things I have learnt and completely forgotten to write about. Sorry if my points are all really obvious to more experienced bloggers. Do you agree with my what I have written? Is there anything obvious I have missed out?