Almost a year ago to the date, I decided that I was going to start a blog. I really had no idea what I was doing, but with a few resources and a lot of work, The Orthodox Mama went live in March 2015.
Now, one year older (and hopefully one year wiser!), I can look back at some of my early mistakes and cringe. What was I thinking? 🙂 Here are:
5 HUGE Blogging Mistakes I’ve Made
1. I Set Zero Goals
I am usually Ms. Go-Getter when it comes to goal-setting. (If you’re not convinced, check out my Goals for 2016.) That’s why it is fairly shocking that I set no clear goals for myself when I started The Orthodox Mama. I had a vague idea that I wanted to encourage Orthodox Christian women, share things I’d learned about living faithfully in the modern world, and–hopefully–make a little money. But, I didn’t set any specific goals to help me along the way.
2. I Wrote For Myself Instead of My Audience
In the beginning especially, I wrote for myself instead of for a particular audience. I chose topics that I was interested in and expounded upon them. However, I didn’t pause to consider if those topics would interest other people. In fact, when I did a reader survey nine months into blogging, I found out that one of the topics really wasn’t relevant to most of my audience!
3. I Tried to Do It Alone
On the surface, it might seem that blogging is an individual sport. I mean, it is just one person at her computer writing about what she likes, right? Not so much. There is actually an amazing community of bloggers out there with a wealth of knowledge, ideas, and experience. Ignoring that community was a fairly stupid mistake. Now that I have begun to reach out to more bloggers, I have learned so much and made some great friends.
4. I Didn’t Start an E-mail List Right Away
For the first few months of blogging, I didn’t have an e-mail list. I didn’t send any newsletters out to people–because I didn’t even have an account with a subscriber service! If you’ve been blogging for any length of time, you’ve heard it a million times: you need to build your e-mail list. It’s the best way to connect on a deeper level with your audience, to update them on recent posts and events, and to make them aware of great deals they might enjoy. By the time I finally got around to starting an e-mail list, who knows how many of those relationships I missed out on!
5. I Ignored Pinterest
This may be my biggest mistake of all. For the first nine months of blogging, I basically ignored Pinterest. Sure, I would “pin” a new post. But, I really didn’t get the whole Pinterest thing. Consequently, my traffic from Pinterest was almost non-existent. However, since Christmas I have put a TON of effort into understanding and utilizing Pinterest more effectively, and I have seen amazing results! Now nearly 50% of my daily traffic comes through Pinterest, and that number is climbing each day. I could kick myself for not starting this earlier!
How I Fixed Those Mistakes
Fortunately, I was able to fix those mistakes and learn from them.
How? I registered for The Elite Blog Academy.
The Elite Blog Academy (EBA) is the most comprehensive blogging course out there. It is taught by Ruth Soukup, the founder and writer of the Living Well, Spending Less blog. Ruth absolutely knows what she is talking about. In addition to running her own blog (from which she earns a full-time income) and teaching EBA, she has also written best-selling books and speaks at conferences around the country.
The Elite Blog Academy is by far the best investment that you can make to ensure your blogging success. Through the in-depth lessons, hand-outs, assignments, and the community forum, you will learn:
-How to write killer content
-How to organize your blog’s layout
-How to use Pinterest to grow traffic (my favorite unit!)
-How to monetize your blog
-How to work with brands
-How to create your own products
-And much more
My Experience with Elite Blog Academy
I signed up for EBA last September and am taking the “slow route” through it. Because of all of the time commitments that I have, I have decided to really focus on one unit each month. I dig in to that unit, make sure that I implement each strategy, complete each assignment, and evaluate my progress at the end of each month.
So, I am currently finishing up Unit 5 (out of 12). With that in mind, I thought I would share my stats so that you can see how EBA has positively impacted my blogging. I am actually pretty nervous to share these with you. So many big bloggers out there have 100,000 visitors each month and earn a full-time income from their blogs. That is just not me—YET. However, by continuing to work through EBA, I know that I will see continued growth and progress.
My Blogging Stats
|Average Daily Views||185||450|
|Views Per Month||8,540||13,677|
Update: I had to let you know about my crazy traffic growth this year! I have been faithfully implementing Ruth’s advice from Unit 5 (Pinterest and other social media). My page views (as of September 2016) are over 45,000 per month! I now have over 5,000 Pinterest followers and 700 e-mail subscribers. That is huge for me! If you’re looking for proof that EBA works, those stats alone are enough!
As you can see, I have experienced consistent growth since beginning Elite Blog Academy. Even taking the slow route!
Is EBA Right for You?
So, is EBA right for you? Maybe.
If you have a blog that you want to take to the next level, AND if you are willing to work really, really hard, then yes. This course requires serious effort. Consider it a graduate level class in blogging.
If you are in a place financially where you can invest money back into your business, then yes. EBA is a significant investment. (It will cost $499 this year. They will be offering, though, a 12 month payment plan, which can help in your budgeting.) However, Ruth also guarantees that you will see growth and income from your blog–or you get your money back. Again, considering the class like a graduate course in blogging will help you understand the cost.
In the end, you’ll need to make the decision as to whether EBA is the right fit for you at this point in your blogging career. If you are interested, you can sign up for the waiting list HERE. Doors are open for a VERY limited time.
I wish you the best of luck as you begin (or continue) your blogging journey. And, like I said, it’s a great community. I’d love to hear how you are doing and answer any questions that you might have. Feel free to e-mail me at: email@example.com any time!
Have you made any embarrassing blogging mistakes? Do you have any blogging questions for me? Leave a comment!
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