Ten Things To Try In Your First Six Months Of Blogging

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I am so excited to introduce you to Anna from Learn Like A Mom. Anna is a client and friend, and she even contributed a chapter in my book! When Anna started her blog, she had so many questions. She was always thinking ahead to the next step, and had very small learning curve because of that-she’s a natural. Because of this, she is a valuable resource for new bloggers. I’m excited to be posting her list of 10 things to try in your first 6 months of blogging (but I think all bloggers could benefit from this list)!

Ten Things to Try in Your First Six Months of Blogging

Ten things to try in your first six months of blogging

One: Get organized! Create or download a planner if that’s your style. Have a blogging bulletin board if that’s how you roll. Just try to contain all of those notes, ideas, and lists in one place.

Two: Follow other successful blogs. Study what they do and how they do it. Participate in some of the socializing aspects to get a feel for it even more. Simply commenting, liking, tweeting, or linking can help you network without any cost but time. Sometimes bloggers even share their secrets–keep your eyes out for these posts!

Three: Link Up! Find Linky Parties. Make sure your content is appropriate, follow their rules, and remember you are creating a name for yourself that will follow you everywhere! There are linky parties for content, social media follows, and even giveaways.

Four: Host a giveaway. This will give you a chance to learn how to use Rafflecopter if you so choose, learn how to make nofollow links, and advertise in this format if it appeals to you. At first, you may have to hunt someone down and offer advertising in exchange for a review and/or giveaway. (I partnered up with people in direct sales.) People love free stuff, so it’s a great way to build the social reach for both of you.

Five: Attend a Twitter Party. As you follow people of interest on Twitter, you’ll find that many of them host, co-host, or participate in Twitter Parties. They are short and you’ll spend so much time keeping up with the conversation that the hour will be over before you know it.

Six: Be Pinteresting. Follow all of Becca’s tips on using Pinterest. Be Pin Friendly on your site by having “Pin it” sharing options on posts, pages, and images, and think about having a Pinterest area in your sidebar. When adding your pictures to your posts, fill out the alt description, include the URL to that specific post, and hashtag the keywords. Here’s a great article about making your pins go viral!

Seven: Instagram! It’s another fun one because of its simplicity. Follow people. Search for topics by hashtag. Like other pictures. Comment on posts. When you’re about to post something, search through the hashtags first to see what’s being used the most for your topic. Then, Hashtag away!

Eight: Remember Suggestion #2? Well, do the same for Blogging Networks. There are a ton of Blog Networks out there, so if you want to see what’s going on, follow them. Keep up with those feeds and pay attention to what they are doing, offering, and encouraging.

Nine: Not all bloggers care to make money, but some would like to. One of the first things you can do is look into affiliate programs. You’ll have some affiliate links and images in posts and your sidebar and you’ll start learning about contracts and how partnering with brands and products can work for you.

Ten: Try to contribute to a blog with a larger audience. I was lucky and knew Sara, from Mom Endeavors before I started my own blog. When she offered me the opportunity, I jumped on it. It gives the host more quality content they didn’t have to create and provides the guest with more exposure!

Eleven: What? Eleven? I thought this was a list of ten. Well, guess what? This bonus suggestion is a keeper for new and seasoned bloggers alike. Read on my friend, read on!

Eleven: Take a break! This is very important. Almost more important that every other suggestion on this list. If you are starting this to have fun, make sure you’re having fun. If you find yourself writing about things you don’t care about. Stop. Regroup. Start again. In the blogosphere, you have to create your own limits. Humans are not machines. Once in awhile you need to shutdown and restart yourself.

Still need some tips? My book, Everything But the Posts, might be just for you! Learn how to create an eye-catching blog that people want to read, build your blogging community and monetize your blog! Check it out on Amazon, iBooks, or Nook.

Comments

    • says

      Thanks Sara! YOU have been a HUGE help as I’ve started this whole thing! I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to contribute on Mom Endeavers AND for all of your guidance as I continue to face challenges in this unknown world!

  1. says

    Wow! These are great tips. As a fairly new blogger I’m always looking for ways to improve, reach out, write content my readers enjoy. I have never done a giveaway. Definitely need to do one. Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    • says

      Ellen, I got a great planner from another blogger (My Joy-Filled Life is the name of the blog.) It helped me just gather everything into one place. I still find myself in a frenzy most of the time, but at least the binder has my notes and lists contained. There’s room for growth, but it helps my mind stay on track! Glad you like the post!

  2. says

    It’s so easy to dedicate 99% of your time to your new blog, so much that “life” becomes an intrusion so #11 is my favorite tip – but they all rocked!

    • says

      Ashley, Yes! I noticed how much I was consumed by my blog when I was trying to set up every little detail to make sure I didn’t make a mistake along the way and when I took a break for just three days and didn’t touch it, I was soooo happy! I’m glad you like my bonus tip! Now I remind myself of it when I’m feeling pressured by it and just take a break!

  3. says

    These are such useful tips especially if you are just starting out. Being active with other social media will help to spread the word about your posts. Pinning now!

    • says

      Kerri, Thanks for pinning this! I was completely surprised by the time on social media that was needed to promote my blog or to interact with others. I still find this a struggle to complete in the most efficient and effective way, but maybe one day I’ll feel better about it! Glad you think the list is useful!

    • says

      Cori,

      Your words mean so much to me! Especially since I sometimes feel like I still don’t know what I’m doing! I’m constantly learning something new and what I made a mistake with, etc. But I guess that’s the entire premise behind Learn Like A Mom! So, I am happy to share, and hopefully you’ll share it as well!

  4. Robin Wilson says

    So glad to have found you! One thing that would be helpful for someone like me who needs things right in front of them on paper…would be to have some of these posts in printable format. At any rate, I am printing, reading and absorbing as much of your advice as my little brain can handle! Thank you so much. I have found, sadly, that many established bloggers aren’t as willing to share what they have learned. So thank you again so much for sharing your knowledge!

  5. says

    Robin,

    I have had to literally take notes on things other bloggers have shared with me and then put them in my binder or in a word document. Or I add the blog posts to my favorites or bookmark them. After awhile, when you do things repeatedly, you just do it without thinking. That’s why I suggested that Becca have part of her book geared toward the blogger who’s just gone live. Once it’s routine, I think we forget what it’s like when you’re first starting out and afraid to make a mistake. That’s what prompted me to share this. And this isn’t all you can try to do. There are several things I have yet to try. These were just ten! This blogging business comes with a giant learning curve! Pretty soon you’ll find that people are asking you about it all! Good luck!

    • says

      Me too! I’ve even gone into my phone settings and turned off email and social media notifications some weeks. It’s tough, but necessary!

  6. Lindsay Eidahl says

    Thank you for writing this. It is very helpful. I started my blog (mycreativedays.com) last April. I am having a lot of fun doing it, but there is so much to learn! I love to hear what other bloggers did in the beginning because you don’t know if you are doing the right things. I really want 2014 to be an exciting year for my blog and I would really like to start monetizing….. any tips or help for this newbie blogger would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Becca says

      Fun, Lindsay! You’re almost at a year for your blog!

      I have a lot of blogging tutorials that you can get to from my sidebar, and I recommend heading to AmyLynnAndrews.com for tips! Also, I have a book that is just now available on Amazon for beginner bloggers: Everything But the Posts: Tips, Advice, and Templates from a Blogger Who Has Been in Your Shoes: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IEM7BYO/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_MZU.sb16QVZRV. It’ll be available in paperback within the next week or two!

  7. says

    I’m on my 2nd month of blogging. Thanks for sharing this! It is very helpful.

    During my first month I only had 3k visits, is it OK to start using affiliates at this stage for me?

    • says

      You can always use affiliate links! The ads might take a while to make money, but affiliate links can go in social media posts, blog posts, wherever!

  8. Dawn says

    Thanks for the great tips, just thinking about dipping into the blogging world. There is so much to learn and consider when starting a blog.

  9. says

    Wonderful list! Good thing I’m on month 2 of my first 6 months.
    Thanks Anna & Becca for this post… it’s pinned for future reference. :)

  10. jas says

    heyyy…
    thank you so much…. these pointers are just a reinforcement… thank you so much
    p.s i loved ur 11th pointer..the best!!!!! cause alot of us forget that we need to reinvent ourselves and for that we HAVE to shut down and start a fresh.
    I intend on starting a blog myself…so have been reading up alot before i step into the blogoshere! wink..wink…God bless
    cheers
    Jas ( India)

  11. says

    Great post! I’ve been blogging for years, but am just now starting to take it seriously. I may have a lot of experience under my belt but can use all the tips I can get. Thanks!

  12. Elizabeth says

    Thank you! I am still brand spanking new to blogging and need to focus on a few of these: twitter party and instagram specifically. I would love to find a bigger blog to post for but am still in process. Thanks for some great tips. On one hand, it helped me see that I am on track. On the other, it gave me a few things to shoot for! Great post!

  13. says

    These are great tips! I have done a few and am very new to this creative outlet. I am not really looking to make money. although I wouldn’t turn it down. I am mainly doing it for fun. I am going to try all the tips I haven’t yet and THANK YOU for #11. That is something I am struggling with and I want feedback on my posts, but never get any, so I know I am doing something wrong or a m just that boring.

    I look forward to following your site for ideas.

  14. says

    Fabulous tips… even for the veteran blogger such as myself. I’ve attended just a couple twitter parties. They were fun but I would like to try that out again. I’ve also only had one guest post on a larger site. I would like do that a few more times too.

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

  15. says

    Great post! I’m very much a beginner blogger and these tips are very helpful. There are a few on the list I’ve never considered and will be looking into soon. Thanks!

  16. says

    Nice List! I think first six months of blogging is more kind of learning period, and you need to gather all the source of information and guides that you can. Its the time where you need to spend more time on other blogs then on yours :)

  17. Nicki Lewis says

    Great list! What is the best way to get started on giveaways? I started a linkup myself and have been slowly building it. What is the best way to build it?

    • says

      Hi Nicki!

      I actually wrote about giveaways and how to get started in my book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IEM7BYO. There are templates in there that you can fill out and send to brands you’re interested in working with.

      I wrote the book because so many bloggers (just like you!) have been asking me these questions. It talks about getting traffic to and building a community around you blog, as well – that’s how to build your linkup!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  18. says

    Just purchased the kindle version of your book. I can wait to read it all the way through. Thank you for visiting my site. I just wish I knew how to get people to comment. I ask questions, but rarely get comments.

    • says

      Thanks, Brenda! I hope it helps. Don’t forget that the Facebook group (in the bonus content) can be a good source of information!

      It’s not easy to get comments–people share a lot more now, and as long as you’re getting your message out, people will come back to read more ;)

  19. says

    Thank you very much for posting this list! I’ve just hopped back into the blogging world, and a lot has changed! ^__^

    I am actually going to save this list to my computer so that I can look back on it often, and learn from it…especially #11. I forget to that one a lot.

    Again, thank you very much for posting this!

  20. says

    this is perfect! already worte them all to do this! im in my first month of blogging, so i hope to grow in then ext 5 months!
    xoxo,
    Orly
    coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com

  21. says

    That was such an informative post, thank you so much. Only being in my 4th Month of blogging, all of those tips are super useful. Thank you very much!

  22. Dana says

    Hi, Thanks for the post, Ive just created a College lifestyle/fashion diy blog and am verry new to the blogging world. What is a linky party? how does that work?

    • says

      Hi Karen,

      There are several options for giveaway entries. I usually ask people to follow me on various social media networks and maybe share the giveaway (not just my blog) on their networks.

  23. says

    Awesome tips! I never used Twitter or Instagram much in the past, so I’m trying to get the hang of it now that I have my own blog and want to connect with other people.

  24. says

    Very new to blogging (only have 2 posts up so far) and loved your site as well as this post
    1 I feel like I have been blogging my whole life as I have been writing my whole life! and now I think after finding your site I am on the right road. I have read as much as I can about this business called blogging and am excited to be a part of such a great community. I have liked and followed and hope you can stop by and read a post or two some time soon and leave feedback. As I get better at this, I am sure my writing voice will come out and I will be able to post pics and really get into this. Thank you so much for your hard work and the sharing of ideas and knowledge! Have a blessed day! Shelly @ anotherseasonblog.wordpress.com

  25. says

    What a fantastic list!! Seeing as how I’m still in that 6 month window, I’m definitely going to take a closer look at a few of these things! What a great, encouraging community to be a part of! So far, blogging is the best decision I’ve made in quite some time! Thank you for sharing!

  26. says

    Thanks for the awesome tips! I’ve started a blog this past month and im nervous to release it to the public! I’m not sure when is exactly the right time because I always feel like I can be adding it doing more! Please visit my website I’ll appreciate any and all pointers and help! thank you!

  27. Jill says

    Great tips! I’m jut starting out too. Can you tell me how I go about finding images for my blog, and placing my logo on them?

    Thank you!
    Jill

  28. says

    Hi Becca,

    You put the most important point first – get organized!

    Different methods work for different people – but without a plan, it is really difficult to sustain a blog.

    This is my first time visiting your site – and I am so happy to have found it. I am looking forward to your future posts.

  29. says

    Thanks for the great tips. I definitely needed to be reminded to take a break. As a new blogger I want to do everything and do it all now. I feel like I am already so far behind the game and want to make my site perfect. Instead I am taking a breather, refreshing and coming back in a few days with fresh eyes. Thank you again for the reminder.

  30. says

    I am a brand new blogger, and I loved this list! It has helped so much getting my blog up and running. I am definitely going to take many of your tips and use them in my blog! Loved looking at your blog :)

  31. says

    Very helpful stuff. I’m not a blogger myself but a web developer. I’ve recently launched my new website to help newbie bloggers find that perfect images for their blogs, but like a newbie blogger, I am yet to build an audience and still trying to get myself some organic backlinks.

    Thanks for the great read.

    http://www.breitpad.com

    Cheers

  32. says

    Thank you so much for your tips! I am starting a blog but I am only 18, a student in college and Central/South America is a very tough audience to start a blog in… any way I’ll try every tip in your list!! THANK YOU!!!

  33. says

    Thanks so much Becca – I will use this as my checklist as I embark on my journey. A question though – I would love to share this blog on my site – fully credited of course…..firstly – would you be interested? and secondly how do I actually do it. I don’t see a button…..

  34. says

    Thank you for sharing the tips, I’m just now starting my blog. I think the best tip is to have fun though, at least that’s the reason behind me starting my blog. I’ve had some trouble setting up the page, I’m going to regroup and start again tomorrow! Thanks again!!!

  35. says

    Thanks for the post Anna & Becca! As new blogger, this list is great! Although some of the tips I am currently implementing its nice to feel as if I’m on the right track and focusing on the right kind of aspects of my blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

  36. says

    Amazing post! I especially agree with the social media tips, getting your voice out there is one of the most important parts of being a blogger!

  37. says

    Great tips. I am in the place where I am taking a breath and asking myself if I am staying true to my intentions. Can be a bit overwhelming but am loving the journey. Tips from folks like you and others have been helpful along the way. Thanks.

  38. says

    This is really great, i enjoy everything i read on this article. informatics, interesting

    Thanks for share this great information

    More of this

    Thanks

  39. says

    A year and a half later this post is still helpful! Thank you so much for imparting your wisdom and secrets. This will help me so much! I definitely under estimated the power of networking with other bloggers.

  40. says

    I’ve been blogging for a little more than three months now. I’m glad to see I’ve already gotten into most points on this list! One thing I still don’t understand though are Linky Parties. I don’t really know how they work and I don’t know where to find them either. I’d really appreciate some inputs!
    xx Carina

  41. says

    Thank you for the great post! I just recently started my own blog and would love to gain some followers! I’ll keep all of your tips in mind :)

    Elizabeth.

  42. says

    Great tips thank you! I especially loved the information on Pinterest. I just recently started my first blog and know that Pinterest would be a great outlet for me but could not seem to get any repins! This helped tremendously! THANK YOU!

  43. says

    Thank you!!! I’m a newbie at all of this (only 2 months in!), and while I’ve done quite a few of these things already, it’s good to know that the other things I’ve been thinking about are logical to others who have gone before me!! Fingers (eyes, legs, toes) crossed that we all have continued growth and success with these and other great tips!

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