Here are my favorite and best blogging tools and tips after 6 months of blogging. My first suggestion is for you to realize that these are a few tips I learned along my journey and blogging is a unique journey for everyone.
Next, there are countless blogging tips, lessons and resources I have come across in 6 months. This post could be VERY LONG, but I am going to try to limit it to the BEST BLOGGING TOOLS and TIPS I have learned during my novice journey.
If you are starting your own blog, you should and will read countless pieces of advice. After six months, I am just starting to feel like some of the pieces are falling into place. I am starting to see more organic traffic from Google and I am figuring out the type of pins my “people” are clicking on.
So hang in there and keep plugging away! I hope that with these blogging tools, you will also begin to have an increase in your growth. In the near future I know I will be able to come back and say that my growth has continued!
BE AWARE: other bloggers may make money on the courses they are recommending. Everyone wants to make money with their blog. Some bloggers are better at in than others.
Hopefully, you will find bloggers that you trust and know that they are only recommending blogging products, tools, and plug-ins they REALLY believe in and ones they used themselves.
How did I start a blog?
I have always been creative and always doing DIY projects that I thought people would want to see. My herringbone accent wall in my bathroom was the DIY project that really had me wanted to start to share my ideas with the world in my blog.
I was also on maternity leave after having our third child and thought…
Hey, why not?!
I truly knew nothing about blogging at the beginning of this journey. Here are the blogging lessons and tips I learned during my first week of blogging.
Best Beginning Blogging Tips
Don’t forget to PIN for later!!!
1. Find Facebook Groups that will help educate you about blogging.
I have found several groups, where the discussion threads have taught me so much. I do not publicly post in the groups that much, but a lot of people ask great questions that help a lot of people.
Have you ever heard…
“You don’t know what you don’t know.”
While some of the questions asked have helped me figure things out that I didn’t even realize existed or that I needed to look into.
Tips for Facebook Blogging Groups
The list below is my favorite groups that I have read and participate in share threads for the past six months. Some more experienced bloggers will state that share threads may not be worth your time. However, if you are just starting out, I feel that it gives a little bit of traffic you may not have had otherwise.
I believe the biggest challenge in participating in share threads is to make sure you are getting a turn in your investment. If you are not seeing any increased traffic from participating, then stop doing them. The more important part of these groups are the questions that are asked and reading other bloggers’ comments.
In each group, there are people who have been blogging for years and others who are just starting out. Some groups have share threads every day and others are purely for educational purposes.
Groups are pretty easy to join, just make sure if they ask you questions before joining that you really answer them. I think that is the main reason people may not be accepted into a group.
Favorite Facebook Blogging Groups
Meet friends and make connections
In these groups, I have been able to find blogging friends with like-minded bloggers. I even was invited to participate in a group DIY challenge (you can check out my blogging friends and how the challenge works in this post).
In addition, I have been awarded several different blogger awards from my fellow bloggers that I have met in these groups.
2. Figure out your blogging goals
Do you want to make a full-time income? Are you just exploring a passion? Is this a creative outlet? For me, I want to explore my creative side, while making some passive income. I do not need this blog to replace my full-time income, but making some money would be nice.
In the blogging groups, I have heard about different ad companies that are the BEST ad companies to use. Therefore, my goal is to have enough page views to apply for one of the following one day:
Monumetric (10,000 pageviews)
Mediavine (25,000 views)
AdThrive (100,000 views).
According to other people in the groups, Google Adsense and other ad programs may not be worth it. However, I did find one ad network that was newer and really didn’t seem to overwhelm readers. It is called FOMO and it was really simple for me to set-up and continue to use.
Update: FOMO no longer exists. However, they did say the may come out with something else soon!
3. How to easily use Affiliate Marketing?
If you are reading this I am sure you have come across affiliate marketing.
I am still figuring out my strategy. However, I do think it is important that you ONLY promote things you would use or that you do use personally.
I signed-up for Amazon Associates right away. It just naturally made sense to be able to link to supplies I am using right there. The cool thing about Amazon is that you have a 24-hour cookie after someone clicks on your site.
So if Johnny wants to see what type of spray paint I am using on my AMAZING teal desk makeover, then he will click. If he purchases something on Amazon within 24 hours then I will receive some sort of commission.
While the commissions are not as high as they once were, it is just too easy to not link to Amazon and the millions of products they have available. For me, I love being able to show people exactly what type of supply I am recommending for my DIY or art projects.
BEWARE: Amazon has very strict policies to adhere to. Make sure you are following all the guidelines and that you use proper wording in your disclosure BEFORE any affiliate links.
Make affiliate links “NOFOLLOW”
If you are wondering what the difference is between “nofollow” and normal links then check out this article about how to use HTML code. In short, you want to make links “nofollow” when you are getting compensating or you don’t want Google to associate your site with.
Other Affiliate Sites
I also recently joined, shareasale.com. There are few of their partners that make sense for my posts. I love that I am able to find products that really work for what I am talking about in my posts. Most vendors on Share-A-Sale tend to have longer cookies than Amazon, which is a really big plus!
If within a few months I could figure out how to join Amazon Associates and Share-A-Sale, I am sure you can too.
I did not even know what a cookie, disclosure or affiliating marketing was before I started my blogging journey.
4. Pinterest is your FRIEND!
The BC Stack is the first group of blogging resources or materials that I have bought. I couldn’t pass up that I could get all of these blogging ebooks, tips, and resources for under $40.
The only catch is that the BC Stack is only available for a limited time each year. You can click and be notified when you will be able to purchase next year’s BC Stack. You can also sign-up here if you are interested in promoting this AMAZING group of the best blogging tools and resources to your readers and friends.
If you do not know what the BC Stack is, it is a group of the best blogging tools (ebooks, courses, etc.) from bloggers who really KNOW what they are talking about. There is actually too much information in the Stack to read everything. I am still working my way through a lot of information.
My biggest Pinterest Mistake
I read that I should always pin from the post when adding new pins. Currently, I only manual pin and at first, I was repinning my pins within Pinterest.
This is a big “no, no”
Now, that I have stopped doing this, I can see that my pins are starting to reach more people. I recently had a pin go “viral” and had 500% more people click thru to my site. You have to keep working on posting “new” pins and finding what works for you. I will say that the pins that work for a lot of my DIY posts, are not always the prettiest pins, but they do get people to click and visit my site.
I may explore other sharing options in the near future, but I am trying to keep my costs as low as possible.
Are pin descriptions important?
In my opinion, the more information Pinterest has on what your pin is about, the better! Therefore, I also recently have started using data-pin-description=” in my HTML codes to help when people are pinning from my site. Honestly, I get to work most of the time, but sometimes Pinterest doesn’t want to pull those descriptions.
Here is a great article on how to add pin descriptions within your HTML codes.
Blogging is a TOUGH job or hobby
I hope that this list of my best blogging tools and tips can help you as you are on your blogging journey. I could have kept writing…
But I decided that I should end this list hear. I am sure in a few weeks or months I will add another post about my best blogging tips after writing a blog for 1 year!
As I stated at the beginning of this article, everyone’s blogging adventure is different. Some of these blogging tips are ones that I wish I had found all in one article to help me see that I was making progress.
What are your best blogging tools and tips? Do you have a favorite blogging resource you recommend?