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How to Start a Blog

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If you are just getting started in your blogging journey, you’ll L-O-V-E this report of my first 10 days blogging and how I went from 0 pageviews on a brand new blog to 1,645 in 10 days. This may not sound like a lot, but trust me, it is!

The first thing I did was got to BlueHost and purchase my domain and setup an installation of WordPress, which cost a grand total of $3/month for hosting and about $14 annually for available domains.

After some research, I decided on the Olivia theme for it’s versatility and, frankly, how pretty it is! As a bonus, it was on sale for $26, which is WAAAYYY cheaper than many other themes that are out there and works much better, in my opinion.

After additional research on the best long-term traffic options, I decided to focus my energy on Pinterest since it is essentially a search engine, but is easier to crack than Google.

I learned one of the most important ways to rank on Pinterest is to have popular people share your pins. How to did I do that? With Tailwind! It’s a scheduling tool that allows you to join “Tribes” with top-notch Pinterest users and experienced bloggers. You share their content and they share yours!

An influential mom blogger shared one of my pins and it was getting huge views and repins. It took a bit to figure out what people were searching for to get to my pin.

As it turns out they were getting to it through a search for “mason jars” of all things. I had referenced mason jars in the pin description and with her influential reach, my pin started to rank for mason jars! How cool is that?!?!

Now we’re a total of 4 days in and I started researching SEO on Pinterest, because if I’d accidentally ranked, what could I do if I had a strategy, right?

In one of the Facebook Groups (ironic, huh?) I met Caroline Simmons who recommended her book, The Basics of Blogging’s Pinning for Pageviews. In the book, Caroline breaks down her strategy for generating 140,000 pageviews in 60 days using Pinterest SEO. I highly recommend it! Since starting to use her strategies, my other pins have started to gain traffic too. You can check out the book here.

One thing I’ve noticed, if you’re using Tailwind, is that there can be a few days delay in an influencer sharing your pin. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t see same-day results there.

I also tried StumbleUpon, which is good for pageviews, but Adsense won’t count towards your views, and it doesn’t seem to have great engagement. I might try playing around with it in the future to see if I can leverage it in a beneficial way.

I also setup an Adsense account to monetize traffic. Of which, I’ve made a whopping $4.50 so far. It’s not going to replace my full-time job, but you’ve got to start somewhere right?

Long-Term Strategy

Long-term, I plan to monetize my blog using affiliate marketing. Once my pins start to gain some traction, I can promote content from them.

For instance, using Awin I can join Etsy’s affiliate program.

And using Share-A-Sale I can join Tieks’ affiliate program.

The Basics of Blogging also has a Mastering Affiliate Marketing e-book, which explains how to setup Amazon Affiliate programs and pitch affiliate products. It was tremendously helpful to me, and I keep referencing it as I go. You can check it out here.

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