There are thousands of pins and ads saying: MAKE MONEY BLOGGING.
The dream of work from home and earn money from your computer. It’s possible!
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But here are the things that no one says about blogging:
1 – There is an industry of blogging.
There many people just trading likes and they are not necessarily concerned about the quality of their content.
If you are beginning, like us, you will find lots of blogs with posts on how to become successful with your blog. If you take a closer look, those blogs contents are truly only about blogging! Most of them will want to sell you something. They will give you basic tips, but then, they want you to buy their book or course on blogging – I guess that’s how they make their money, which is disappointing if you want to start your blog about any other subject.
There is also a lot of cheating on-line. Many people just follow you to get follows or likes back, and then, they unfollow! So cheap! This is certainly not gonna help you to create an audience and make money with your blog. The most important thing on blogging is engagement with your audience! People that actually wanna read what you have to write.
There are payed apps for everything! Apps that Pin for you, apps that post on Instagram for you and so on. There are also many people selling services of blogging advertisement. We decided not to pay for any of these things and invest on organic sharing.
2 – Facebook groups give more instant feedback than Pinterest.
It takes a while to actually build a Pinterest audience and be able to reach your public, even when you are added to many group boards.
But Facebook demands constant attention.
We started with Facebook groups on blogging. But, as said on topic 1, there is this industry of blogging. So, advertising your blog to others bloggers might work for that day. But it won’t build an audience! Many bloggers advertising their blogs on these groups don’t really care about what you are writing and who you are, all they want is for you to like or share their blog/post.
Therefore, we recommend you to advertise your blog in groups that have subjects related to your posts. That way you will create an audience that is truly interested in what you are writing! Also, always read the description of the groups you are in. Some groups don’t allow you to share your own posts, so, every time you want to share something, pay attention to where and how can you do it.
There is a lot of people just using groups to advertise even if they are not interested in the topics. Of course, the groups want to avoid that, because they need to keep the quality of their content. Post quality stuff and participate on the groups you are interested in. This is the best way to keep an honest on-line environment and have an long term engaged audience.
Also, be aware that there is a lot of people doing porn stuff with Facebook profiles and groups. We really had to avoid that once we started our public profile.
Pinning is said to be the key for many bloggers. We didn’t get there yet, but we are keeping working on it and we will share our records. So far, we are following the main advices of submitting to groups, following also influential people, and pinning, pinning, pinning.
3 – It might be addicting and disappointing.
Sometimes you get very excited that people are liking your stuff and then, in the next day, nothing else happens and you get a little sad.
Sometimes you get 5 new followers and in the next day three of them are gone!
On Instagram this trend is huge! There are even apps that track the “recent unfollowers”. One app I dowloaded is called “Follow cop”, its a free app that tells you the people who don’t follow you back and the people who recently unfollowed you. To tell you the truth, we don’t really use it because we are not trading follows. So the people that follows us will therefore be the ones that are truly interested on what we are posting, right?
4 – WordPress and bluehost.
What is what?
WordPress.com is a website. It combines the on line software for making the blog and the hosting service. Good news is that they have a free plan for starting. You can set up your data and start learning how to make the blog for free.
WordPress.org is for free, but you have to download it and you need to use it together with a paid Host, which is a kind of cloud. It is where your website will be stored.
Every blogger advises starting with Bluehost and WordPress.org because it’s the best relation cost/benefit. In terms of price, it really is.
But this requires that you start paying for it from the beginning.
We’ve chosen to go with the free WordPress.com as a start. Many people don’t recommend that because it gives the impression that we are not professionals. Well, that is the truth! We are not professionals yet and we’ve decided that we will upgrade to the paid account only when we have the guts to do that!
What is the difference?
So far, we don’t have an address free of ‘wordpress’ on it and every time we Pin, even pinning as lemonadesoflife, our articles are said to be wordpress articles. That’s not very nice, but we decided to hang on with this, anyways.
Other than that, everything works fine. When people click on ‘Read it’, it goes directly to our post. No problem.
5 – Our numbers:
We launched the blog in March 21st 2017. By April 21st we’ve got:
- 100 follows on Pinterest
- 53 page likes on Facebook
- 26 follows on Instagram (we didn’t work on Instagram so frequently)
- 27 likes on the very blog – WordPress
- 379 visits on the blog (from 32 different countries)
- 1,963 views on the blog
We’re learning a lot on how to build an audience, and how to make even more interesting content, and we’re gonna keep you updated on our strategies!
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All the best for your journey,
Alice and Beatrice.