I have been blogging for a very long time and I have made lots of mistakes. Most of the mistakes, I made could have been avoided if I had a mentor or an experienced blogger to help me out when I hit a brick wall.
My vision is to see 1000’s of millennials, discover their purpose and start successful online businesses.
So, I decided to reach out to 11 expert bloggers to share their lessons learned. I asked them to share what they would do differently if they had to re-do their blog business journey all over again. And what they wish someone told them when they first started.
I would like to thank each one of them for taking the time out to help my readers learn more about how to be a better blogger.
11 Bloggers share lessons learned:
Sue Dunlevie / Successful Blogging / Blog Consultant
While I love my entrepreneurial journey, I wish I had an offer to sell right from the start.
I thought I needed to build my list and have a following before I could monetize.
I wish I had done the research about my target audience and built an offer right from the beginning, something I could be known for right away.
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Meera Kothand / Meera Kothand / Professional Writer & Certified Email Marketing Specialist
There are two things I would do differently:
1. Use Pinterest from Day 1 – I neglected Pinterest well into 6 months after starting my blog. The moment I started using it, it quickly became my #1 source of traffic and it has been instrumental in growing my list on autopilot every single day.
2. Use affiliate marketing as a source of income from Day 1 – I neglected affiliate marketing until a couple of months back because I thought that it just wouldn’t work for me and that I needed a huge following and traffic to make a decent affiliate income. The moment I became more intentional about it and made strategic content choices to boost my affiliate income, the amount I made increased by several folds.
I’ve potentially lost out on hundreds of dollars and hundreds of subscribers because I started on Pinterest and affiliate marketing really late.”
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Sharon Gourlay / Digital Nomad Wannabe / Travel Blogger
The biggest thing I would change is that I would have started sooner. I made so many excuses about how I couldn’t be successful online and it stopped me acting for a long time.
The second thing I would change is that I would have made sure I was pursuing the right goals from the beginning. As a blogger, it’s easy to get caught up in chasing traffic or a certain number of followers. Since I wanted to make money, I should have focused my effort on that rather than other numbers.
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Paula Dennholt / Easy Baby Life / Mummy Blogger
If I could start all over again, I wish someone would tell me:
The relationship with your readers is everything! Don’t be shy to be real person. Spend, 20% of your time writing content and 80% connecting with readers and marketing your content.
Obviously, you do need to create good content too, but if no one knows about it, it won’t matter.
Invest (time & money) to learn the basics of graphic design, how to write great content, the techie side of blogging and so on, but also save up to sometimes outsource! It is not easy to always do and know everything yourself!
It took me 10 years before I really started taking courses and outsourcing some things. Last year, the traffic and earnings of my blog sky rocketed after starting to focus on the right things.
Do one thing at a time and have patience. There is no way you can manage to do everything at the same time. It will just be overwhelming. For example, don’t try to grow all your social media channels at the same time. Start with one, then move to the next and so on. Then repeat with the next social network.
[clickToTweet tweet=”The #relationship with your #readers is everything! http://bit.ly/2lQ89uA” quote=”The relationship with your readers is everything!”]
Enstine Muki / Enstinemuki / SEO & Blog Monetization Expert
I started my online journey a couple of years ago and a lot has changed since then. If I had to redo my online business differently, I would certainly pay attention to 2 main things; I believe will give my business a huge lift.
1 – SEO: This is one area of online business that has evolved big time. I have seen proof that proper SEO can drive your business to remarkable profit so I would pay closer attention to SEO.
2 – Blogger Outreach: The most successful bloggers are those that are well connected. The more you connect with like-minded and successful bloggers, the more likely you will succeed.
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Suzi Whitford / Start a Mom Blog / Mummy Blogger
I wish someone told me not to stress out so much. That it’s okay to filter out the noise and just focus on what you know will work.
When you’re a newbie blogger it’s easy to become overwhelmed quickly and give up. Don’t. Find a blogging buddy, and help each other stay positive. It’s a long journey, but it’s worth it.
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Eli Seekins / Launch your dream / Blogging & Entrepreneurship
I would have started 5 years earlier.
I wouldn’t have waited to have it “all figured out” before I got started.
I would have hustled more, and been more patient.
I would have been authentic and transparent with who I was and where I was at in life.
Simply put, I would have just started, without any expectations.
I wouldn’t have worried so much about the technical stuff.
I would have made less excuses.
I would have taken more risks.
I would have been more giving.
And I would have put more energy into building relationships. And these are things I continually push myself with.
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Tobi Asehinde / Digital Marketing Skill / Digital Marketing Consultant
As an entrepreneur, I wish that I had learnt digital marketing before getting into my first online business.
I founded digitalmarketingskill.com (formally vibewebsolutions.com) in 2012, in my bedroom with just a laptop, a sofa, bed and internet connection during my Master’s at the University of Portsmouth in the UK.
Before I started my digital marketing consulting firm, I teamed up with my flatmate to start an online hotel booking business.
I lost all my savings from a summer internship I did, to a digital marketing firm that drove little or no results for the online business.
I became broke and frustrated that I took matters into my own hands and decided to learn digital marketing. So, I read all the books, blogs and watched all the videos I could get my hands on.
Then I got to testing.
A lot of the things I tried failed, however, I just kept going.
I didn’t want to give up.
Eventually, I started getting traffic, converting the traffic to sales and retaining more customers.
I became obsessed and passionate about digital marketing as I started getting clients in different countries and continents.
Now, my goal is to help and empower 10,000 people in the next 5 years to succeed in their business or career using smart digital marketing skills, channels and strategies.
[clickToTweet tweet=”I became #broke and #frustrated that I took matters into my own hands http://bit.ly/2lQ89uA” quote=”I became broke and frustrated that I took matters into my own hands”]
Vishwajeet Kumar / Imbloggingtips / Internet Marketing & Blogging
Blogging has evolved so much in recent years. I started my blogging journey in late 2015. When I started my blogging journey, I wrote on topics that I liked the most.
It helped me to deliver some informative posts to my readers. The very first step of blogging is to choose the right niche (which you are passionate about).
Choosing a right niche will help you to deliver quality content to your readers and help you to increase your blog authority.
Creating quality content is very important part of your blog. Always remember content is king.
Make sure your post is unique and try to write in your own way. Sometimes we try to copycat others tone. But when you start to write more and more posts, you will soon adapt your own tone.
Add some call to action words in your post, which will increase more user engagement to your blog.
[clickToTweet tweet=”The very first step of #blogging is to choose the right #niche http://bit.ly/2lQ89uA” quote=”The very first step of blogging is to choose the right niche”]
Lade Salami / Hairducation / Hair Growth Consultant & Blogger
From the time, I decided to start a blog to when it went live, it was almost 2 years.
So, I really took my time to make sure I was putting out content, I was happy with from day one.
There’s nothing I would change about my entrepreneurship journey but the only thing, I underestimated was how long it took to create good content.
One thing I’d say… it’s often said that your passion must drive you at first not just the money. It was the passion for my niche that kept me going.
[clickToTweet tweet=”It was the #passion for my #niche that kept me going http://bit.ly/2lQ89uA” quote=”It was the passion for my niche that kept me going.”]
Bay Simpson-Yussuff / The Entrepreneur’s Nook / Business Strategist
I realized very quickly that entrepreneurship is indeed a journey. One that is built gradually through consistent practices.
Being an entrepreneur requires time, commitment and the ability to make quick yet strategic decisions. I dived into entrepreneurship head first and was more focused on my logo, website and social media presence amongst other things.
If I had to re-do this journey all over again, I’d spend time testing my business idea first by engaging with my ideal clients. I’d ask them more questions to know their exact pain points (in their own words) and lastly, I’d spend more time creating and putting out consistent content through my opt-ins, my blog and social media posts.
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Vladimir Gendelman / Company Folders / Founder & CEO
I made a lot of mistakes during those early years. I micromanaged my employees and burned bridges with good people when I didn’t know how to handle a situation. And, at one point, I took a wrong marketing approach that nearly bankrupted the company. But, I didn’t give up and kept reading and learning.
I developed a reporting system for projects and gave my employees ownership over their work. As a result, their talents shined and productivity soared. I also explored other marketing strategies including content marketing and social media. Now, Company Folders has grown into one of the fastest growing private companies in America.
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I would like to close this post by thanking all the blog experts featured in this post for sharing their expertise with my readers.