How to Set up and Monetize Your Blog

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How to Set up & Monetize Your Blog

Tools, Tips, & a Tutorial

How to Get Started as a Blogger

Congratulations on starting your first step to creating a blog! Most likely, you will want to monetize your blog at some point. If that is the case, the key will be to have a professional looking blog. Instead of just giving you a list, as a former librarian and teacher, I wanted to give you some learning tools to help you proceed on your blogging journey. Outlined below, are some tips to consider when creating your blog. They include Research BEFORE You Post, My Favorite Research Resources, Three Things to Consider Before You Launch (Menu, Blog Posts People Will Want to Read, and Social Media). Also, it includes Considerations When Choosing a Domain Name, Why I Chose Bluehost & a Tutorial on How to register for Bluehost, Recommended Themes, and suggested Plugins that will help you succeed and maintain your site.

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Plan out your future.

Blogging is a Marathon, not a sprint.

As you take this blogging journey, please be patient with yourself. It might take some time to monetize your blog.

Research what successful bloggers do, keep writing quality posts, stick to a posting schedule, plug into the power of social media, follow laws and regulations, and do your research first on how to maximize your blog best.

Most importantly, build trust with your readers. Lying about a product you do not like will hurt your credibility in the end. Make sure you build positive relationships with your audience, vendors, affiliates, sponsors, and clients by being upfront about giving honest reviews.

If I can learn how to use Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads from almost scratch, so can you. Learning how to create and use effective social media accounts to align with your niche will be a huge benefit to you and your blog. You might choose to use different social media accounts based on your subject matter. For example, if you are a fashion and lifestyle blogger, you will probably use Instagram and Pinterest as well as a couple of others.

Try to see if you can get the same social media handles for all your social media accounts with your domain name. (Because I did not understand social media accounts at the time I created them, I have different handles for each social media I use.) There are ways I work around different social media handles.

Why Research BEFORE You Post?

When you learned how to drive, you most likely didn’t get into a car and drive directly to the highway after watching a video and reading “parts” of a car manual. You probably took a driver’s ed. course, and practiced driving in a parking lot, on back roads, and built your way up to the highway driving, observing the rules and laws of the roads, with an experienced driver by your side. You built your way up to being an independent and effective driver.

Blogging is the same way. These resources give you a feel for the process, what to expect with the guidance of successful professional bloggers before you approach your blog as a business. (One of the mistakes I made was not getting these resources BEFORE creating and making my blog live. Sure, I wandered around the internet for hours, days, sleepless nights… searching for and reading and watching videos trying to piece it together to find out what successful bloggers do to monetize their blogs. I could have saved a lot of time, money, and energy. These resources are all in one place. Since I learned from this experience, I am passing this on to you. As you can see from my experience, it is never too late to gain and apply some new knowledge.)

My Favorite Research Resources

I am still kicking myself that I did not get these resources earlier in my blogging journey because I could have saved myself a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Remember to be patient. In general, blogging is not a “get rich quick scheme.”

1) *The Blogging Blueprint by Tiffany Griffin

Is this course for you?

This is an outstanding, thorough, and comprehensive beginner’s course! I highly recommend that you take this course if you are about to start a blog, or just started a blog. Blogging Blueprint will take you from the very beginning to how to make money.

Tiffany is a natural teacher. She set up the course as a  step-by-step guide. I have been blogging for 2 years, and I learned a few things that will benefit my blog now. I think she thought of everything! This is what is included in the course. Click on the link to find why this gets my highest recommendation for new bloggers!

*The Blogging Blueprint course is set up as follows:

Module 1: Getting Started

Module 2: Content Creation

Module 3: SEO Made Simple

Module 4: Social Media Strategies

Module 5: The Power of Pinterest

Module 6: Blog Growth

Module 7: Making Money

Course Conclusion

Course Bonuses

2) *Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schoerder-Gardner

Is this course for you?

Yes, if you are starting on your blogging journey, and you want to use affiliate marketing as a way to monetize your blog. Yes, if you are a blogger looking to grow your affiliate marketing potential. This is the most extensive affiliate marketing course I have seen. No, if you are not planning to use affiliate marketing, or if you are already a successful affiliate marketer. Click the course titles to find out more.

 *Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Shroeder-Gardner -–Do you want to monetize your blog? This course is another amazing resource! Plenty of beneficial content focuses on monetizing your blog using affiliate marketing. Resources are well organized and straightforward.

I think of it as the quintessential course/manual of how to start, operate, and monetize your blog using affiliate marketing while following the rules and laws that govern the internet. Yes, there are rules and laws to deal with when monetizing your blog. There are six modules in this course and an extensive Bonus section. Welcome – Introduction to the Course, workbook pages, and access to a private Facebook group.

Michelle guides you through: who is involved in the affiliate marketing process, what affiliate marketing is, (which affiliate to choose) and where to go to gain more blog traffic, when to start your affiliate journey, why affiliate marketing can be profitable and a good fit for your blog. There are many helpful resources including 80+ affiliate ideas for different niches, tips for holiday marketing, an all-inclusive guide for affiliate marketing strategies…

Worksheets that can help you map out goals, strategize, and brainstorm a plan on how to monetize your site through affiliation. Michelle gives you the guidance and the simple steps to ensure that you can follow along. *Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing  is a thorough course/handbook that can lead you on the path to affiliate marketing success! I am still kicking myself for not taking this course sooner.

The modules include:

  1. What is Affiliate Marketing (3 segments on the ins and outs of affiliate marketing),
  2. How to Find and Apply to Affiliate Programs (6 sections dedicated to determining what your readers want, finding and evaluating different affiliate programs, and 80 + affiliate ideas for different niches),
  3. Follow the Rules (laws and guidelines for bloggers that monetize),
  4. How to Get Your Readers to Convert (10 sections including building trust and marketing strategies),
  5. Strategies and Ways to Promote Affiliate Links (12 segments including utilizing social media),
  6. Rinse & Repeat (7 parts including The Importance of Strong Relationships, Tips to Improve Affiliate Marketing around the Holidays, and so much more),

Bonuses (7 sections counting How to Increase Your Page Views)

2) *How to Explode your Blog Traffic + Make Thousands as a Newbie by Ell Duclos- Are you a new blogger or have you been blogging for a few months but need to boost your blog traffic? This is a wonderful “mini” course! It summarizes key actionable steps bloggers can use to increase their blog traffic.

To optimize the suggestions that Ell gives about Facebook, you will want to be secure with knowledge on how to use Facebook. She suggests that you take a more active Admin/leadership role. I love following Ell Duclos’s blog Ell Duclos: Lifestyle, Beauty, & Blog Tips! Her articles contain a wealth of knowledge about blogging.

Again, for the Facebook portion, it is important to have a blog that you feel comfortable using because some of the recommendations will tap into your blogging experiences. I found this “mini” course to be a great shot of inspiration!

Blog Basics

Facebook Game

Perfecting Pinterest

Other Blog Traffic Tips

Affiliate Marketing-Make Your First Sale

 

3 Things to Consider Before You Launch Your Website to the Public

1)How to Create a Post People Will Want to Read

      • Create posts in Word or some other writing program first and save FREQUENTLY (at least every 10 minutes).
      • Have three-five posts ready to go. You might consider posting your first post and then waiting to get some traffic to your blog before posting your second post.
      • Schedule when your posts will go live on your hosting site. My recommendation is if you have a schedule in mind like two times a week, set up those initial posts spaced out according to your schedule.
      • Make sure that your posts are legible (font & size).
      • Check your grammar and spelling. Readers around the world will access your blog. I use and recommend *Grammarly which goes beyond spell check. You want to prove to potential affiliates, sponsors, clients, customers, and your general reading population that you are knowledgeable about the topic in your post and that you can communicate this effectively. Misspellings, poor sentence structure, word context, punctuation, incorrect word usage (ex. there, their, they’re), and grammar are very distracting and tiring to read (translation readers will stop reading). It signals that you do not care, and this will most likely turn your readers off and any potential business opportunities away.
    • *Grammarly can be plugged into MS Office® and your browser. In my browser, it not only checks my blog posts, but it also checks the emails I write through my Gmail account, blog comments I write on other blogs, and all my social media (this has saved me from many embarrassing misspellings).

    • This program will check your spelling, grammar, sentence structure, pinpoint potential plagiarism (loose translation-stealing someone else’s words, copyright material, work and claiming it as your own), and will let you know and allow you to correct your work immediately. I love the weekly updates that I get in my email that show me: Productivity, Accuracy, Vocabulary, and my top three mistakes. I can see this as a helpful tool for teachers and students to have.

      • Be sure to include a discloser at the top of your posts if you are using any monetizing links. Disclosures are mandatory by the FTC, and I believe this builds trust with your readers.
      • Engage your readers. At the end of your post, ask your audience a question, this allows you to make connections, find out their interests, and increase traffic to your site.
      • Add one or more quality photographs to your posts. By adding photos, you will draw more attention to your social media accounts, pictures help you tell your story, and they will most likely attract more people to your blog. I use my own photographs and Pixabay.

            Blog Post Topics:

      1. Solve a problem your readers have. How to __________(ex: How to Stop your Toddler’s Temper Tantrum (parent bloggers)),
      2. Top 10 ________ (ex: Top 10 Tourist Attractions in London (Travel bloggers)),
      3. Holiday posts- go beyond Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July and so on (ex: Four Festive Foods for a Fourth of July BBQ (food bloggers)),
      4. DIY posts (ex: How to Make a Spring Wreath (craft bloggers)),
      5. List of tips – (ex: 10 Tips to Organize Your Whole House (Organizational/Home/Lifestyle bloggers)
      • Back up your titles with quality post content. If you don’t, you will probably drive people away.

      Subscribe to get the full guide on How to Write a Post People Will Want to Read for free!

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      2) Menus

      Insert the About Me and Disclaimer into the menu part of your blog.

      Create an About Me Page- (Click here to see my About Me Page.)

      • Include a photo of yourself.
      • You can tell your audience something personal about yourself. (Think carefully about what you include. I just use my first name and the name of my blog.)
      • Why you decided to start blogging.
      • Tell your audience something about yourself that relates to your blog.
      • Explain clearly what your blog covers. (You can link to your posts, so your readers can see samples.)
      • Contact information -Social Media Handles, Blog email account (can be Gmail account, but might want to change it at some point.)

      Create a Disclaimer Page-(Click here to see my Disclaimer Page.)

          • A disclaimer page is a must for any blogger that is planning on or already monetizing their blog in some way.
          • This page should include that fact that you are using cookies (no, not Oreos J). Cookies are a way that Google Analytics and most likely affiliate and sponsor links track user usage.
          • I also put my copyright information here, and although my website is not intended for anyone under the age of 13 years old, I still put in a COPPA (The Children’s Online Protection Act) statement. Here is a link to the COPPA Frequently asked questions FTC government site 
          • I also put my Copyright information on here.
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      3) Social Media

      Have your blogs up and running to join the business accounts and use your blog’s address and information. This way you can view analytics if there are any. Pick and choose the best platforms for your niche.

      • Build Buzz on your social media accounts before you launch your blog.
      • Before launching, look and see what other successful bloggers are doing in your niche.
      • Gain some followers before you monetize. Affiliates have their own rules, but most of them will reject you if you do not have a following. Also, each affiliate has their own rules (ex. making a certain amount of sales in XYZ days). If you do not, they will kick you out of the program, and you can reapply at a later date.
      • Pinterest is a database. Therefore, you want to cultivate your collection/boards based on your blog content before your first post. Make sure you are pinning other people’s pins. A popular rule of thumb is 20% your pins and 80% other pins in your niche from other people, and use keywords so your audience can find you. If you are a food blogger, instead of just putting in the keywords Gluten Free you might consider writing your description as Gluten Free Cupcakes. The three word title signals to your audience that this is a gluten free dessert item.
      • Facebook– Join Facebook groups to increase your exposure. I was sitting in Never Neverland with zero views before I joined some Facebook groups (Your blog must be up and running before requesting to be part of a group). You will want to follow each group’s directions, be an active participant, and follow groups where the admins are active.
      • Twitter- Follow and post content from other blogs than your own in your niche.
      • Instagram- I do not use this platform. However, this seems to be a good platform for fashion, make-up, food, travel, blogger information, and product promotion blogger, etc.
      • Goodreads- This is a great platform for book bloggers (which is one of the major parts of my blog). Read reviews from other readers. Find out what’s trending. Connect to people within your niche (readers, authors, other book bloggers, and publishers). Join different reading groups, take reading challenges, and more.

      Which Domain Name and Hosting Site Will You Choose?

      Choosing a Domain Name is one of the most important things you will do when setting up your blog.

      Here are some things to consider when selecting a domain name:

      • It will permanently be a part of your URL as a blogger, and it is part of your identity/brand. Your domain name is the way your audience will find and relate to you/ your brand.
      • Choose a domain name that is easy to remember and spell.
      • You will want a domain name that identifies who you are/ what you are representing (ex. Bestbookreviews.com.) However, do not be too specific because your site will most likely expand over time. I chose teacher-librarian-forlife.com because it leaves the door open for me to go beyond book reviews to have a lifestyle section and a teaching section that creates themes for teachers and parents using books and activities.
      • Keep your domain name short. (I made this mistake because I was very focused on explaining what my blog is all about, so you see that it is longer.) In my defense, teachreadlife.com was taken. Therefore, think of about 5-8 deviations for your domain name BEFORE you register. I use Bluehost, and I was thrilled that it came up with my domain name when I typed in teacherlibrarianforlife.com. I appreciated Bluehost generating several suggestions with my keywords in mind.
      • If you provide virtual assistance or mentoring services, you might want to include your modified first and last name as part of the URL because your business is personalized, you are providing a service. (Be mindful of the information you share in your domain name because you do not want someone knocking on your door out of the blue.) Because the whole world can see your blog, you might consider using some deviation of your first/ last name/ perhaps using a middle name as a replacement for your first name (while still maintain your identity and building trust with your audience).
      • If you are selling something and have a brand name, you will want to include your brand name in your domain name in some way.
      • .com Search engines like Google associate .com with businesses. If you would like to monetize your blog and work with various vendors, you will want a professional looking website that does not have WordPress as part of the domain or .org unless you are an organization.
      • Try to see if you can get the same social media handles for all your social media accounts with your domain name if you can.

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Hosting Choices

Why I Use *Site Ground now

I Highly Recommend *Siteground.

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Posting & Updating Posts is a snap because of its speed.

Very High Uptime Reliability

Affordable Hosting

Super Fast Upload Time- Faster than most other servers

Quality Customer Service 24/7

Free Website Transfer

 

Why I use *Bluehost

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      I use *BlueHost as my hosting site because they offer: Big Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sale

        • 24/7 support,
        • Numerous helpful Tutorials/ “How To” learning tools to use for Self-Help- go to SUPPORT- Click & scroll down- to Self-Help, Then- type in what you need- Click search-Select and click the category that best describes the help you need-and read directions/ watch the “How To” video(s), such as “How To” install and utilize plugins (How To resources available).
        • Free Site Builders.

       I have provided a video tutorial for you on how to register to use * BlueHost as your hosting site.

      What to Consider When Choosing a Theme

       I wanted the following features:

      • Mobile device friendly -The majority of people that I know look at the internet on mobile devices. Some themes are not compatible with mobile devices, so your readers only see certain photos and articles.
      • Easy to use for people without technical skills -(I am not a coder, far from it. Creativo gave me the freedom to adjust my blog the way I want it without creating code.)
      • Versatile theme -Creativo has so many templates to choose from to complement virtually any blog.
      • Flexible features within the theme
      • Outstanding customer support

      I paid extra for theme installation and support. (To me, it was definitely worth the extra money!)

      Plugins

      Google Analytics- This is free. It is a must have if you monetize your blog. It provides valuable analytics for your site such as how many people visit your site, how long they stay, etc.

      *PicMonkey-Create and modify images for your blog, social media, create appealing freebies… I love the free variety of graphics for my Pinterest Pins and freebies with the paid subscription.

      Get a 7-day Free Trial of PicMonkey

      Yoast SEO– This plugin costs money, but it is well worth it. It measures how readable your blog is. It shows you with green-great, yellow-needs improvement and what specifically what part of your post needs improvement, and red- multiple problems (again, it makes specific suggestions). I am less concerned with readability because I write as I talk.

      UpdraftPlus&WP-Optimize– I use the free version, but you can buy a premium version. It backs up your blog. It is extremely important to have something to back up your blog.

      MailChimp There is a free and a paid version. It is free for up to 2,000 email sign up subscribers.

      Replyable– This is an affordable way to allow people to leave comments on your blog. You will want some way for your visitors to leave comments on your blog. (There are other plugins that you will need to add for this to work. Replyable will direct you.) You can see immediately how many comments are waiting for you, and it sends notifications to your email.

      Feed Them Social – Social Media buttons that allow readers to connect my blog posts to their social media.

      Registration Honeypot, Stop Spammers blocker, & AnitSpam by Clean Talk– These are free. These help block spam. You will want a plugin that blocks spam to your site. Without them, I got spammed on a regular basis.

      Bluehost– This plugin is free and integrates your WordPress site with the Bluehost control panel.

      Redirection– Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors.

      Widget Importer & Exporter-(free) Imports and Exports Widget

 

99 thoughts on “How to Set up and Monetize Your Blog”

    1. Hi Allie,

      Thank you for your comments! 馃檪 Please be patient with yourself. I am in my seventh month of blogging, and after taking Abby and Michelle’s courses, and starting to implement the strategies, I finally feel as though I am gaining traction. If you have questions I can answer, I would be happy to answer them for you. Facebook groups are wonderful for getting organic traffic to your blog. Happy Blogging! 馃檪
      Best,
      Christina

    1. Hi Toni,
      Thank you for your thoughtful comments! 馃檪 I am so pleased that you found this information helpful! 馃檪 If you are not part of Facebook groups, yet, they are a great way to generate organic traffic. If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know. We are all in this together.
      Best,
      Christina

  1. You shares such valuable information and it was so easy to follow! I鈥檝e learned a lot from Abby Lawson! Thanks for sharing all your tips and resources, it was so helpful!

    1. Hi Heaven,
      Thank you for your comments! 馃檪 Thank you for your kind feedback! 馃檪 Abby Lawson is awesome, and I love her exclusive Facebook group that comes along with the course! 馃檪 Are you a part of this group? They are very supportive! If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know. We are all in this together.
      Best,
      Christina

    1. Hi Jen@Jenron-Designs,

      Thank you for your kind comments! 馃檪 I am glad you found this post to be useful! 馃檪 We are all in this together. I am so glad that this will help make your blogging experience smoother. Facebook groups are a great way to get some organic traffic. If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know.
      Best,
      Christina

  2. It looks like an in-depth guide to blogging. I always look for the latest trends in blogging, marketing, and advertising. Your tips are awesome.

    1. Welcome, Stella! 馃檪 Thank you so much for your kind comments! 馃檪 I am so pleased that you found my post to be helpful. As a former teacher/professor, I am a firm believer in sharing knowledge. I am always on the lookout for the latest trends, too. Please feel free to post any sites you find helpful/ a post on your blog about blogging that you would like to share.
      Best,
      Christina

    1. Hi Keshia,
      Thank you for your kind comments! 馃檪 You mentioned you would like to see more like this. It would be great if you could give me a topic you would like me to focus on? I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
      Best,
      Christina

    1. Hi Jeferson,
      You are welcome! 馃檪 I am glad you found these resources useful! 馃檪 I wrote this because I wished there was something like this out there at the beginning of my blogging experience. Are there any other blogging topics you would like covered in future posts?
      Best,
      Christina

    1. Hi Nominal Nomad,
      Thank you for your comments!? I am thrilled that you find this list useful!As I mentioned above, Yoast and PicMonkey are my favorites. I also think it is crucial to have some type of spam blocker/protection.
      Happy blogging!?
      Best,
      Christina

    1. Welcome Glorious Heights,
      Thanks for stopping by. I am so glad you found this post helpful!? Seo Yoast is one of my favorite pluginS. Please feel free to touch base if you have any questions I can answer. PicMonkey is great photo editor for freebies and pins if you have your own pictures/stock/pixabay.
      Happy blogging!
      Best,
      Christina

  3. what a great list you got there! topics for articles can be challenging at times but a top 10 list is my go to and fun to write about

  4. Hi,
    You have an amazing resourceful blog here and articles that you have are full of information.
    Actually I want to monetize my blog with affiliate programs but i need guidance as i am lost in the confusion. Hope you can help me out with it, i am grateful for all the information.
    I am a blogger myself, but newbie. It’s been over an year that i got fully engaged with my contents and built nice followings and traffic that helped me a lot earn a little through adsense but the thing is it’s not cutting it. It crossed my mind many times about introducing my webs to affiliate marketing but i was waiting for right moment, and now when i have the traffic built up and trusted following, i feel like i should start promoting products related my niches now. But finding the products of different niches in one place/platform or even getting approved in a program that might just refuse the starters is hard. I’ve been searching on my own and found this revglue program here in UK that is offering those kinda services and stores data with free CMS tools and 100% commission on sales which caught my eye and i feel like i should try joining them but that would be nice to gain some advise from some professionals on this. revglue.com/free-wordpress-plugins any suggestions or recommendations are highly appreciated.

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Welcome! 馃檪 Thank you for your kind words. 馃檪 I am in the United States, so I have not even heard of this company. You might want to ask any Facebook group you are a part of about this company. (I, personally, would be skeptical of any company that is offering 100% commision.)
      I was approved by Amazon shortly after I had my blog go live. In retrospective, this was not a good idea because they have more stringent requirements than other affiliates marketers, and I did not have enough traffic coming to my blog to meet those standards. However, it is easy to reapply, and I got accepted so I am an affiliate again. They offer a variety of products. I do not know if you have Share-a-sale in the UK. Usually, your web/blog hosting site offers an affiliate program (if you pay for hosting). I mentioned the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing in my post. This is a comprehensive step-by-step course that offers insight into how to successfully find and apply affiliate marketing. Once you are finished with the course, you can be an affiliate. Many of the Social Media schedulers also offer affiliate programs such as Tailwind. I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me again.
      Best,
      Christina

  5. Very informative post, thank you! I’ve been blogging for many years but I’ve never put much time and effort into monetising my blog. I will make use of some of your suggestions.

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    1. Hi Monserrate,

      Thank you for your kind words! 馃檪 Blogger is free and good if you want a simple blog that you do not want to monetize. You need very little technical skills, but you have limited control over your site.
      On the other hand, WordPress is good if you want to make money off of your blog. You have more control with WordPress. You can install a number of different plugins that can help you with SEO (search engine optimization) like Yoast. I use Bluehost as my WordPress hosting site.
      Feel free to ask more questions.
      Best,
      Christina

  8. This post was so helpful! I’ve been looking for different resources to help with my blog, and this is a really helpful list. Thank you so much!

    1. Happy New Year, Julie!? Thank you for your comments. If you sign up for my blog, you will have access to all my freebies. Linky parties, Facebook groups, and Pinterest group boards are a great way to increase your traffic.
      Happy Blogging!
      Christina

  9. Hello christina.

    These are very useful tips and I wish I had stumbled on a post like this when I first started.

    And my favorite course of all is the affiliate marketing course by Michelle

    I definitely recommend this post for all new bloggers

    Thank you so much for sharing

    1. Happy New Year, Tanyi! 馃檪 Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for the recommendations. Yes, I really love the Affiliate Marketing course, too! I am so excited that you will be writing a guest post for my blog! 馃檪 I love your blog, and I signed up.
      Best,
      Christina

  10. This is a great post that covers the basics of starting a blog. I wish I knew from the beginning which plugins were useful and which not, and not just install everything, haha.

    1. Happy New Year, Joanna!? Thank you for your kind words. I鈥檓 so glad you found this post helpful. I still switch up my plugins on occasion. Yoast SEO is still my favorite for SEO because it spells it out for me. You should see how many plugins I installed and then deactivated.Lol. They say not to have to many because it will slow down your site.
      Happy Blogging,
      Christina

  11. I cannot express enough how valuable your post is ! I will save it and re-read it , It contains a lot of information that are all very important for every blogger. unfortunately, with blogging it’s not easy to grow and we need a lot of patience ! thanks for sharing these tips !

    1. Happy New Year, The Handy Journal!? You are welcome! Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you found this post helpful. I know it takes some time to get some momentum. Facebook groups, Pinterest group boards, and Linky parties are a great way to get more traffic to your blog.
      Best,
      Christina

  12. I think my biggest takeaway from your post is the statement of research before you post. Thank you for this. I research to much sometimes I think, but I also focus on nursing knowledge and application. I enjoy using multiple resources to either confirm my personal thoughts or to obtain reliable information to share.

    1. Happy New Year, Mallory! As a former librarian, I am a huge fan of researching my topic. You will just want to make sure that your articles are reliable. Follow the CRAAP method to see if your articles are:
      1) Current (nothing older than approximately 5 years),
      2) Relevancy,
      3) Authority (the person should have the credentials and background for your particular topic),
      4) Accuracy, and
      5) Purpose (Clarify your purpose. In your case, I would guess that it would be to inform or educate.)
      Sometimes, your finding might contradict your initial thoughts.
      If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. 馃檪
      Happy Blogging!
      Christina

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    1. Happy New Year, Soccer Tips!? Thank you for sharing some constructive criticism for this post. I have slowly been revamping this post over time. Yes, I agree, and have been thinking of different titles for this post that might be more captivating. This will be a top priority this year.
      Best,
      Christina

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