Last updated: 10th Jun, 2021
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I started writing my blog on WordPress 8 months ago. In this post, read about what was going on and what I would do differently if I were at the beginning again.
The first 4 months are described in detail in the post How to start writing your own blog – my first 4 months.
What would I do differently if I were at the beginning again?
1. I would immediately enroll in an online blogging course(s). I am currently enrolled in an excellent Udemy course Blogging for a Living – Perfect Small Budget Project.
2. I would join Facebook groups for WordPress and blogging.
3. I would hire a WordPress tutor more often and earlier.
4. I wouldn’t waste so much time on the technical stuff. I would work more on the content.
5. I would read more blogs similar to my own and learn from them. I would look for them on Pinterest.
For example, I really like The werk life blog.
6. I wouldn’t write about too many different topics. I would try to niche down more.
7. I would think more thoroughly about who am I writing to. I would think about my target audience.
8. I would manage my time better. Read the post on how to get more time and energy for a side hustle.
10. I would write shorter posts. The average length of my posts is 2200 words. Now I know that lifestyle blog posts don’t have to be that long.
Summary after 8 months of blogging
- The technical stuff is mostly taken care of.
- The design of my blog is mostly taken care of.
- I’m starting to work more intensively on the content.
- I am gradually joining affiliate programs. This means that if readers make a purchase through some of my links, I get a small commission. Read more here.
- I have spent 340 euros on the blog so far.
- I have spent about 400 hours on the blog in 8 months (rough estimate).
What was the most challenging up till now?
Changing the domain name. After 4 months I changed the domain. For someone who doesn’t have a technical background, this may be difficult.
Translating the page into English. Managing a bilingual blog is quite a challenge until you get used to it.
Editing the sign-up form on a bilingual page. I hired a tutor for this.
What mistakes did I make?
1. I bought a translation plugin. A bilingual blog edited by one person can be translated for free. I learned about that later.
2. I didn’t ask for help with link redirects when I changed my domain name. So after 4 months of work, I lost my rankings on Google and started my SEO from scratch.
3. I tried to figure out the more complex plugins (as well as WordPress) on my own and lost a lot of time.
How much money I’ve spent on my blog so far
First domain name: 9 EUR
Hosting package (I use Slovenian hosting service Neoserv): 20 EUR
SSL certificate: 20 EUR
Bard Pro theme: 30 dollars
WordPress tutoring: 150 EUR
Changing the domain name (again with Neoserv): 30 EUR
A plugin for site translation: 80 EUR
Upgrading the hosting package: 4,5 EUR
Total spend in the first 8 months: 340 EUR
Don’t give up when it gets difficult
There were several times when I wanted to uninstall WordPress and delete my blog. I was often stressed out when I didn’t understand the technical background.
It was challenging to change the domain name because I knew nothing about the technical background.
Blogging is a neverending learning process. Knowledge won’t come overnight. In the beginning, it can sometimes feel overwhelming and frustrating.
I would recommend you to insist even when it gets difficult. Every small victory outweighs all the challenges and efforts! 😉
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