When I first started blogging, I was all over the place. I did not know what I was going to write about, what I made in income or when I had to post. I wish I had something to keep me organized. I started blogging with my sister, Jamie’s Precious Peas, as a guest poster on her site. It wasn’t long before I wanted to branch out on my own. I am a huge researcher and love to be the best at everything I do. I know that I spent more time researching how to promote my site than actual writing! I wished I would have researched tips to successful blogging.
Tips to Successful Blogging
- Make A Plan: In order to be successful in any business, you need to make a plan of action and follow it. This is called a business plan. How will you know when you have “made it” if you do not know where you are “going.” By using a Blogging Planner, you layout your inspiration, expectations, and deadlines. Having everything in black and white right in front of you helps you visualize the master plan. Then by answering questions like “One thing that worked well for my blog this month…” you can figure out how to adapt your plan for the upcoming month.
- Set Goals: Goal setting is of utmost importance. It helps you stay on track. When blogging it is so easy to get side-tracked. How many times have you been on the internet and got distracted by the “new shiny thing” on someone else’s blog? Setting goals helps you maintain the course and also gives you a sense of achievement when you complete one. As quoted from the Blogging Planner, “What you think about – you bring about.” There is space each month to record minor and major goals as well as set up a reward system for yourself when you achieve one.
- Keep Track of Your Cash Flow: Money Money Money. Can’t by happiness, but it sure makes it easier if you know where it is going. I found that my blog really took off when I started to put money into it, but how do you know when your blog has reached that point to afford it? By keeping track of course. With the Blogging Planner, you can record the sponsored posts, ad networks and other cash flow in while also recording your expenses to run your blog. At the end of each month, I would take my net income and put it back into my blog. Since I did not make any money previously from my blog, I wasn’t used to the incoming cash. However, everyone’s circumstances are different, so spend only what you can truly afford.
These are only a few tips to get you started. I will share a few more each month, but I really suggest getting an organizational tool like the Blogging Planner. There are two sizes to choose from, either the Executive for $57.99 or the Travel Size for $37.99. They both have the same information, but for some size does matter!
The Blogging Planner is structured so any blogger can use it. It is not niche specific, so if you are just writing to vent, breaking out into review and giveaways, sharing your crafts and recipes or blogging about blogging, it won’t matter. The tools you need for successful organization are the same and included!
Like these tips? Want more? Tell me what you need help with and I will address them in next month’s post.