Recently I asked my followers online this question: “What are you struggling with when it comes to blogging?” I wasn’t surprised to learn that different people are struggling with different things, so I wanted to write a post today about the most common struggles and questions in the blogging world, and answers to how you can conquer them! Note: This post may contain affiliate links; however I only promote products I love, from companies I trust.
I have no idea how to even get started and what blogging platform to use.
Getting started may feel overwhelming at first, but here are the steps:
- Decide what your blog is going to be about
- Decide on your blog name (make sure the URL web address and social media handles are available; if not keep brainstorming until you find a name that is)
- Purchase your domain name and web hosting through either Bluehost or Siteground (these two companies are the best in the business!)
- Install WordPress
- Optional: purchase a premium WordPress theme and stock photos for your new blog! (The photos I use on this site are from Haute Stock, and I LOVE them!)
- OR….take a look at the new all-in-one WordPress Sites by StudioPress and you can forget about fooling around with technology!
Here are a few detailed posts with more information on how to start and set up your blog:
- How To Start A Blog: Easy Step-By-Step Guide
- Understanding WordPress: A Guide For New Bloggers
- Starting A Blog Checklist: Things To Do Before You Launch
- The Best WordPress Themes For Bloggers
- WordPress Made Easy With StudioPress Sites
I am overwhelmed with social media!
Create a social media game plan! I promise, it doesn’t need to be hard, overwhelming, or even all that time consuming. What social media platforms are best for reaching your audience? Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? Instagram?
I personally post on all four of these, but I put more time and effort into Pinterest and Instagram since that is where I get the most engagement and traffic from. I pre-plan all of my social media and schedule everything in advance with Viraltag and Tailwind. It is so easy, and saves me a ton of time! For example, I schedule a month’s worth of Pinterest content in one hour. Yes, one hour per month is all it takes and I get a good amount of traffic from Pinterest.
These blog posts have tons of useful tips and tricks for using social media for your blog:
- Pinterest Tips For Bloggers
- Instagram Tips For Your Blog or Business
- How To Schedule Your Social Media Posts With Viraltag
I can’t figure out how to make money blogging.
Thanks to the amazing power of the internet, more people than ever are making money online. I have a dream of being able to “work” from anywhere in the world, as long as I have a laptop and internet connection. Wouldn’t it be amazing to not be tied to a desk for 40 hours per week, have more time to spend with your family and friends, and get paid to do what you love? Well, your dreams could soon become your reality because there are several ways to make money blogging.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sponsored Posts
- Sell your own eBooks or eCourses
- Sell your own physical products
If you want to start making money on your blog, check out these posts with details on how to get started:
I work full-time, have kids, and can’t find the time to dedicate to my blog.
Believe me, I can relate to this one! When I first started blogging, I was working full-time, teaching part-time college courses, plus I’m married and have two kids! We all have other obligations, but if having a successful blog is a priority to you, you CAN make it happen. Start by simply scheduling one hour a day to work on your blog. Either wake up earlier in the morning or stay up later at night. Maybe give up a little time that you would be otherwise watching TV or scrolling through your social media feed. A little time here and a little time there will add up! Just take everything one step at a time, and focus on one task at a time. You can do it!
Staying organized is essential. I am addicted to making “to-do” lists, and my entire life is scheduled in my planner. This helps me stay on track, on-time, and reminds me of things I need to accomplish. My favorite planners are the Business Planner by Restored 316 Designs and The Big Picture Planner by Design Aglow.
Here’s a handy post! Take Charge of Your To-Do List: Tips For A More Productive Day.
I have a blog, but I don’t know how to reach more people and grow my audience.
The main point of having a blog is for someone to read it; but how to you reach your ideal audience and spread the word about your new blog? I started promoting by blog very heavily on social media. I joined groups on Facebook where my ideal audience would be, and started online “networking” like crazy. When you have a blog, you definitely can’t be shy about it! Post links on your personal social media pages, join Facebook groups, and offer help and assistance to people who are in your niche. Build your own community!
Here are a few posts that will help you grow your blog and reach a wider audience:
- Blog Stats From The First 30 Days
- Five Easy Ways To Grow Your Blog
- The Top 10 Facebook Groups For Bloggers and Creative Entrepreneurs
When I decided to start a blog, I had a lot to learn. Of course there was the technical side of things and getting everything set up, but one of my biggest worries was getting people to actually read my posts! What if I spent time and effort to get my site up and running and then no one actually visited my blog?! Recently I was thrilled to find the tool that I wish I had from day one. My friend Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog has put together a free guide called “5 Types of Content that Will Boost Your Blog Traffic” where she shares the kinds of posts that took her from zero pageviews to hundreds of thousands of visitors a month! Her insight and examples are so helpful and can help get any blogger or blogger-to-be started on the right track.
I know there are a ton of links to other posts within this post, so feel free to read up or bookmark this page to come back to later. I wanted to make it easy and provide you with all of the resources together on one page! The important thing to remember is that every blogger struggles; we just all struggle with different things because we have our own unique strengths and weaknesses. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. Be true to yourself, offer a fresh perspective and new content, and grow at your own pace. Whether you have 4 hours a week or 40 hours per week to devote to your blog, you can make it happen!
Lastly, I have gathered ALL of my favorite blogging tools, and must-have products, and resources that I use and love, so feel free to check out this page if you’re looking for something specific. Happy Blogging!