After receiving endless emails and messages from new bloggers about discouragement, exhaustion, confusion, and overwhelm, I couldn’t help but to write you a love and encouragement letter full of new blogger tips. Those exact words are part of my tagline by the way, so what better post to write for you than this one.
Realizing it was more of an epidemic occurrence than just the minority, I felt I wanted to address some topics that could potentially set you free from your doubts and fears as a new blogger.
Full-time bloggers are one of the most dedicated, resilient human beings I’ve ever met. However, along with that title comes great responsibility which can quickly make things difficult to handle. Especially, when life inevitably interferes.
Children, house chores, full-time jobs, loved ones…. all require a piece of us, and spreading ourselves too thin can result in discouragement and overwhelm.
I am not sure if the following words are way overdue or if I have written them at the precise moment. It is funny how life works sometimes. There is such great pleasure when you find yourself in the right place, at the right time, as I wish nothing more than this being the case for you.
Here are a few words of encouragement for the new and overwhelmed blogger, to help you get through the rough spots and tackle areas you have recently found challenging.
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It is okay to make changes along the way and evolve as you get to know your audience, and you gain more knowledge and experience.
Love and Paper Flowers started as an inspirational (“love”), DIY (“paper flowers”) blog. I wanted to create a place I could encourage others and teach how to make craft projects.
I quickly realized that my niche wasn’t going to take me where I wanted to go financially and crafting is very time-consuming (time of the day I don’t really have).
I immediately fell in love with everything blogging. I started investing in learning materials, implementing the strategies I was learning and some that I came up with myself along the way. As I started to see the incredible positive response unraveling before my eyes, I couldn’t help but to pick up and run with it.
Currently my blog is dedicated to empowering woman find their own voice through profitable blogging and social media strategies, with a splash of parenting, love and encouragement.
I was able to adapt, change, and meet half way between not only what I love to blog about, but what is time efficient and what makes more sense for me financially speaking.
Is my niche oversaturated?
ABSOLUTELY!! They all are.
However, that should not stop you. Only YOU can give the world YOUR gift, nobody else can do that. You have something different to offer because you are your own person, and I know for a fact you can and will find your own audience.
How do I find my niche?
What do you know a lot about? You don’t need to be an expert. You just need to be passionate enough to be able to provide valuable information on a particular subject(s). Mix things up with your opinion and experiences.
Don’t spread yourself too thin on a niche, but don’t wander off to blog about 10 different things at the same time where you lose your identity.
The questions are:
- Is it time efficient?
- Is it, or will it make you money?
- Are there a lot of people out there interested in what you are trying to promote?
- Who’s your ideal reader?
- Who are you writing to?
- Who do you want to attract?
- Is it something you feel passionate about?
Don’t worry about oversaturation. All niches are oversaturated. However, that isn’t the problem, there are enough followers in this world for everyone. Better question is, what makes you stand out from the rest? Don’t be afraid to add your unique touch, your personality, and your spin on things. It is only then that you will find your tribe.
Build your brand, network, be yourself, get the word out there…. and they will follow.
Create an “About” page and include who you are, what your message is, and what they can expect to learn when they are on your site. Be honest and heartfelt, it adds warmth and a human touch to words on a computer screen. Adding a picture can also help readers connect with you and your message.
GROW YOUR BLOG AND YOUR AUDIENCE
Join Facebook Groups for bloggers to promote your content. Here are 10 of my favorite Facebook Group for bloggers and Entrepreneurs, plus tips and strategies to maximize their potential. Currently working on part II of this list so stay tuned. 🙂
Circulate your pins through your Pinterest Group Boards using Tailwind for optimal results. That will draw a massive amount of traffic to your site. It accounts for about 70% of my traffic on any given day. You can find some Pinterest info here and access to a list of 11 Pinterest groups you can join for bloggers of all niches.
Make it a priority to build and nurture your email list. Focusing on email marketing from the very beginning helps build a community, and subsequently clients and customers. Here’s a great article that can help you get going with that.
Guest post on other sites. This helps reach other audiences besides your own. By guest posting you have the ability to reach more people, and also build relationships with other fellow bloggers.
It is never too early to start building an email list. Convertkit makes it extremely easy to build and nurture an overgrowing email list. Here is a detailed post on the power of great email marketing and my strategy. Here are also some tips on growing your email list fast.
Find a mastermind group and/or your accountability partner. By finding a small group of like-minded individuals you can bounce ideas off each other and can help one another learn and grow.
Same goes for an accountability partner. It doesn’t matter the time, or the day, or in what kid of blogging mental breakdown state you are in (haha), you can always count on your accountability partners to come through. They keep you on your toes and they make you, well.. accountable. This kind of support is priceless!
Thank you Ashli S., Stephanie D., and Jessica D. (to name a few), for constant ongoing support. 🙂
MAKE MONEY BLOGGING
Affiliate marketing is the fastest way to make money blogging. Here’s an overview.
Sponsored posts. Reach to companies that you can work with. You can do so on your own or sign up with a third-party company such as Linquia and Izea. Work on creating a following first, then make a media kit.
A media kit is a document you present to companies you want to work with. This usually contains your social stats, blog stats, what you charge, etc.
Consider media kits as a bloggers resume. Many opt to buy Media Kit templates that match their brand and that look professional since it will be presented to important companies in hope of a partnership. I believe most companies will ask to see your media kit which will determine whether or not they will want to work with you.
Don’t think for a minute that you must be the Kim Kardashian of blogging to get noticed by companies.
Many companies cater to smaller bloggers and micro-influencers. You lose noting by pitching to companies you love and would like to work with. You will never know if you don’t try. Just be confident and assertive. If you don’t knock, the door won’t open.
Electronic products. Come up with your own eProduct. Talk about passive income heaven for years to come!!!! What do I mean by eProduct? Any electronic product you can make.
How about an eBook!!! Yes my friend, an eBook!! Yessssss, you can do it. Wouldn’t that be fabulous?! Putting all of your knowledge onto paper.
I recently invested in a eCourse that takes you from “not sure what to write about” to launching your own eBook in 90 days. For more info in the power of eProducts read this article: How These 4 Pro Bloggers Earn Passive income and How You Can Do it too”! It’s all about the eBook writing process, and these 4 incredibly successful ladies who have done it. I really want you to consider it.
Ads. Insert ads on your site. Google Adsense is good starting point.
Freelance. Do some freelance work.
Physical products. Come up with your own physical products and open up an Etsy shop!
Think. Be creative. Look around and borrow ideas. Hustle!!Think. Be creative. Look around and borrow ideas. Hustle!!Click To Tweet
I know firsthand how hard it is to focus on building a blog/ business with all the daily responsibilities (kids, chores, work, etc.).
With that said, consistency is key!
Buy a paper planner. On the “month outlook” of the planner write down all the things you want to get done that month. Then on the “weekly outlook” of the calendar sort things out by priority on a day-to-day basis. As each week passes, check what you were able to complete, and move over to the following week what you didn’t have time to finish.
Proper time management will help you stay focused on the bigger picture. It will provide you with both structure and flexibility for a more realistic approach on things.
Try to use social schedulers to put some tasks on autopilot.
Here is a great article put together by my friend Marina from Yestotech.com. I had the honor to have been part of this amazing group of bloggers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners a few month back. You’ll learn about time management and productivity tips from 30+ fellow Bloggers and Entrepreneurs.
You have a gift. A God-given gift with a unique finger print, don’t ever doubt your potential. Push forward! You can do it! For yourself. For your children.
Don’t be afraid to fail. When a door closes, don’t feel like a failure. Keep your head high so you don’t miss the other 3 doors God has opened instead. The promise doors.
Stir away from analysis paralysis. It happens as a result of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation to the point where that decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. If that seems like you, TODAY you break free!
I believe in you. Take a chance. Take a risk. The reward can be mind-blowing, if not the experience will be valuable so that when you try again you can get it right.
Believe in yourself despite of your circumstances.
When a bird stands on a tree branch it is never afraid that the branch will break, because it doesn’t put the trust in the branch, but chooses instead to trust in the power of its own wings.
Don’t be afraid of investing in your knowledge and your future. To be a nurse I invested thousands of dollars. If this is your career now, make it count! Equip yourself with the best tools and resources to get you to where you want to be financially in the fastest time possible. For a full list of tools, resources, and learning material that have made an incredible impact in my blogging journey, click here.
Learn, read, ask questions, do, watch tutorial, read again, and then read some more. There is A LOT to learn, and that is okay, just always continue rising even if it’s slowly. In either instance you are bound to reach the top.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge is money!
Don’t give up. Never give up! As long as there is life, there is hope.
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And with that I leave you.
I know it’s a lot of info. Take a minute. Reflect and take action. Whatever you decide, believe you can do it….. AND YOU WILL!!!
Talk to you soon,