7 Lessons I’ve Learnt During My First 12 Months Of Blogging

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7-lessons-i-learned-from-my-first-year-of-bloggingSince I started in November 2015 so many things have happened. Good things and bad things, but mostly good.

When I started I didn’t know back then what most of the things are. Yes, it’s true that I’ve read a lot and I already thought I knew the most important things.

I was ready to start my journey!

During this year it has been ups and down, but somehow I manage to grow little by little month after month.

It’s possible that my results might not impress you if you have been blogging for a while, but if you are new this post might help you to achieve your goals.

During these last 12 months, I made a total of $6,874.90 with a total profit of $5,067.04 (which as a hobby it is, for now, is helping a lot to save money to buy our first house)

Well, here are the lessons I’ve learnt during these past 12 months, I hope it helps you in particular starters that like me, often struggling at the beginning.

#1) Patience Is A Virtue

Things take some time, it’s difficult to see immediate results.

If you work very hard for few months and then you see there is no reward, you will feel heartbroken.

This is a common feeling for many bloggers, I went through that, and sometimes I still feel like this.

But what do I do? I keep pushing, learning, improving, and at some point, results will come.

#2) Help People, Don’t Think Of Them Like Money

Let’s be honest, everybody likes money.

But, doesn’t it feel good when you help somebody and this person is thankful to you?

I honestly feel more motivated by a thankful person than by a new referral.

Since I changed my way of thinking, I suffer less and I enjoy more.

So, try to help people and solve their problem, money will come by itself, which leads me to the next point.

#3) Give Free Stuff

People love free stuff.

Plus, if it’s something useful, something they can use and implement quickly, you will have their attention.

Give free stuff, it can be a book, a report, a video or whatever you think will help your audience.

#4) Start Your Email List ASAP

Your email list is your direct way of connecting with your readers.

People who signup for your blog are ready to listen what you have to say.

So, the earlier you start building your email list, the better.

You will be able to send emails to your readers every time you have new posts, new courses or just to leave a quick site note.

Even if you don’t understand it today, just do it.

#5) Your Time Is Not Free

Analyse, organise and prioritise your tasks. If any task takes more time than what it would cost, outsource. At the beginning, I tried to do all by myself and I wanted to do everything.

I learnt to focus and to do one thing at a time. Then, the next one, and so on.

Following shiny things is very distracting and will consume a lot of time. Decide what are you gonna do and stick with it.

You can check my post with 7 Blogging Hacks that will save you 40 hours a week.

blogging tips#6) Be Ready To Spend Money

There are certain things that you will need to purchase sooner or later. The sooner you do it, the sooner you will get better results.

WP Themes, lead pages, plugins, VPS, you name it. All these tools that people wait to buy, just waiting to get some income out of our project.

It should be the other way around: you invest in these tools, and then the results will arrive sooner. You are speeding up the process.

If you want to see what tools do I use, you can check my recommendations page.

#7) Enjoy Your Work

Doing blogging just for the sake of the money it doesn’t worth in my opinion.

I believe that human beings should do things they like and enjoy. Of course, not all is joy and please, there are also difficult times.

What I’m trying to say is that you should try to enjoy doing blogging, because after all this is all about to be happy right?

 

That’s pretty much what I wanted to share with you guys. I’m sure I forget a few more things I learnt in my last 12 months but at least that’s a grasp of my personal experience.

To follow my journey, you can check my income reports!

If you are thinking about starting your own blog, I created a tutorial-guide that will help you start your own blog for cheap, You need very little investment, starting at only $3.95 per month (this deal is only through my link) for blog hosting. Additionally, you will get a free blog domain (valued at $12-15) through my Bluehost link, only if your purchase is for at least 12 months of blog hosting. My recommendation is for you to be self-hosted. This is important if you want to monetize your blog because your website will look more professional.

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Francisco Anes is a personal finance blogger who loves blogging and spending time with his family. He works from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday but his dream is to reach financial freedom. On his blog, he writes about saving money, budgeting, pay off debt and making money blogging. Francisco lives with his family in Cambridge, UK.

8 Comments

  1. Hi, I loved your article. I’m a newbie to blogging. Can u tell me in details about email list? would also like to know how you create and use your email list.thanks for valuable tips.

    • Thank you Tarjani! To create an email list you need an email subscription system (for example Mailchimp which is for free). By connecting your blog to Mailchimp you can create optins in where your readers subscribe to your blog by adding their emails.
      By doing this, you will collect emails for all the subscribers (this is your email list). Then you can email them once in a while when you have new posts or something you want to share. The best thing is that your can send the email to all of them at the same time.
      If you have more questions you can email me and I’ll be happy to help =)

  2. This is great advice. My current blog is rather new, but I learned some of these over 3 years with my previous blog.

    The biggest thing that I found held me back is that I was incredibly resistant to spending money. If you want your blog to be a business, you need to invest in it *wisely* like you would with any other business.

    Great article, thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Mike, thanks for your comment.
      It takes some time until you feel confident enough to start doing some “investments” in your blog, I’m talking about things that cost $20-$100.
      In my case I started spending money in things I needed soon and that pays off =)

  3. What an achievement for your first year! I’ve been blogging since 2009 and have only actually made about $50 USD to date, $40 that I can’t even access because I need $100 to cash it out. I just wasn’t passionate enough about the topic I was covering on my main blog and my other niche sites never made it far past launch due to my own failure to follow-through. I love writing and I gave myself writer’s block by constantly writing about things I didn’t really care about. I’ve finally discovered what I’m passionate about and I look forward to writing again! Thanks for the follow on Twitter! Best of luck on your 2017!

    • Hi Holly,

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m pretty sure you’ll do great with your blog now that you have the motivation and determination, good luck!
      Cheers

  4. Great advice indeed. Your blog and your stories are so inspiring. I’m a brand new blogger and I have a lot to learn ahead of me. You’re spot on about blogging lessons. Thanks so much for putting out great content. I love your blog. Much success to your passive income journey.

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