I should just call this “how to increase traffic to your blog with little effort” because that is what it has seriously become. I was really hustling with the whole nine yards of blogging back in the fall, especially in October. I definitely saw traffic boom and it felt good. But I found out I really didn’t enjoy a lot of the aspects of blog hustling: the never-ending blackhole of social media, Pinterest, spamming new and old posts on Twitter to vie for attention, spamming other people’s content in the hopes of your content being promoted on Twitter, using Hootsuite, etc, etc, etc. That stuff was no fun at all. It felt like a chore. It made blogging really laborious. I have better things to do with my time. And that’s why the pace has changed around here since the fall.
I felt like I was going to puke. You know that slow, sickening feeling you get when you want to raise your hand to ask a question or a comment in a large forum of people but start experiencing an anxiety attack as you question whether asking the question is totally asinine? Your heart rate skyrockets, you start sweating, and you start overanalyzing what you want to say. I was working up the courage to get started on my blogger investor styles mega-post. First step? Start randomly striking up conversations with other bloggers.
I have a confession to make: I am utterly, utterly terrible at networking. And on top of that, I have a “I’ll-Do-It-All-Myself” complex. It’s a character flaw that I really need to get around to improving. It’s what I aptly like to call Superman Syndrome and it’s a terrible disease that affects more people than I suspect. Why is it so debilitating? Because you will never, ever grow all on your own. It took me 26 years of my life to figure that out.
When it comes to blogging, why is there a class divide between the rock stars and the rest? Why are some blogs huge with thousands and thousands of dedicated fanatics and others not so much? What separates the wheat from the chaff? What’s the secret sauce that allows these rock star bloggers to dominate the field while most others remain drowning in obscurity? Ever wonder why some blogs stand out in an infinite ocean of competitors? Is it pure talent? Is it pure intelligence? Is it pure luck? Want to know how to write a great blog? Want to know what the secret sauce is? Come find out.
I started blogging back in July 2013 and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. To be perfectly honest, I’m still learning so much on the go. I’ve learned about some incredible platforms, resources, and plugins that I wish I knew from the get go. Only through experimentation and mistakes have I learned what I know up to now. I’ve wasted a lot of time by not having had these resources in place from the start. I’m nowhere close to being a blogging expert, but here are 10 things I wish I knew from the very start.
I was inspired to start blogging about personal finance after attending WDS in Portland this past July. I’d been interested in personal finance and investing for quite awhile; I’d been devouring books on investing for over a year. I came out of WDS with a kick in butt to start this blog. However, I’ve been finding it difficult to find an optimal balance between blogging and real life ever since.