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What Bloggers Wished They Knew Before They Started Blogging

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What Bloggers Wished They Knew Before They Started Blogging. There is a saying “The Grass Looks Greener On The Other Side.” The blogging world seems like so much fun.

Look how easy those bloggers make money just by blogging about their lifestyle. Wow, that blogger is so popular, and she is not even a celebrity. Maybe I should start blogging, earn full time from home and soon the world would recognise me.

What Bloggers Wished They Knew Before They Started Blogging

Those are just examples of how some of us decided to take a leap into the blogging world. But when you are on the other side, then you realise that nothing comes easy. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Starting a blog is only just the beginning of the journey. A journey that is not only fullfilling but hidden with knowlegable adventures.

The Secrets, Bloggers Wished They Knew Before They Started Blogging

Speaking of knowledgeable adventures, recently I mentioned that I have started the second part of the Roundup Post Blog Series. 3 bloggers took some time off their busy schedules, to share their secrets about What they wished they knew before they started blogging.

Monidipa from With Love Moni

Monidipa From With Love Moni

Monidipa Says:

When I started blogging it was a hobby, now it has become my passion. I do
not monetize my blog or compete with anyone but I had seen people getting help from my posts especially the mental health topics. But now that it has become a passion and one of my work as well, you can say that I have officially entered the blogging world. Now I wished I should have known many things.

1: SEO: I am still learning it

2: Getting the exact keyword for the blog post

3: Using internal links for people and Google to find my site

4: Not leveraging call to actions (CTAs) on my blog was a major mistake.

5: When starting a blog, headlines matter because they make your readers
click on your site in organic search results.

6: When first starting a blog, you put up a contact form because you think
it’s something you need, even if you’re not expecting anyone to use it.

Karen Says: I completely agree with Monidipa on all the points that she has given. I wished I knew about SEO before I started blogging. I believe that even blogging is just a hobby for some, every blogger needs to know at least the basics of SEO.

Dalene Ekirapa from
Dalene Ekirapa- The Quintessence of Life and Style

Dalene From Dalene Ekirapa

Dalene says:

I wish I went self-hosted right from the beginning because owning my own blog came with so much good; I got targeted traffic, collaborations and people took me more seriously.

I wish I optimized my images and posts because it really took me a couple of days to optimize all the old posts and images as I was revamping the blog.

I wish I wrote optimized content right from day one because frankly, I had to delete a lot of old posts and create redirects for them.

Karen Says: Yes being self-hosted has so many advantages. And my advice for those of you that are serious about earning an income from your blog, do take that step to move to a self-hosted site. Anyway, if you want to know more about starting a lifestyle blog, I suggest that you read Dalene’s post on How To Start A Lifestyle Blog From Scratch

Abbey From BlissfullDesigns.com

Abbey From Blissfull Designs

Abbey says:

Before I started blogging, I wish I had known how much communities help especially Facebook and Pinterest. I have learned so much from fellow bloggers. It’s such a great way to learn and build relationships and connections.
It’s also a perfect platform for asking questions because you get such a variety of opinions.

For my first blog, I wasn’t active in many communities. However this time
around, I spend probably half of my entire workday (as a full time blogger)
just talking to others on these communities!

Also, with my first blog, I had no idea that pay per click affiliate programs existed. This time around I started making money in my very first week of blogging without any affiliate sales, just the clicks! Now, not every retailer pays per click. It’s definitely worth it to find the ones that do as a new
blogger.

Karen says: I love both Pinterest and Facebook. Besides organic traffic, both of these communities are my main source of blog traffic to. And yes there are so many ways that a blogger can earn their income. So if you are planning to earn from your blog, do check out Abbey’s blog at BlissfullDesigns.com and find out her secret of earning through pay per click.

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What do you think about this topic … What Bloggers Wished They Knew Before They Started Blogging. Do you share the same view as Monidipa, Dalene and Abbey? Share with us your secrets in the comment section below.

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46 Comments

  1. Monidipa Dutta says:

    Dalene and Abbey have pointed out exact right things. However now I have learnt to customize my blog too..

    1. karenmonica says:

      Great to hear that 🙂

  2. I will have to agree with what Moni and Abbey have to say! While a contact page is so important , I didn’t have it from day one! As well, I salute all the blogging communities around me. They ahve been so helpful in growing me into the blogger I am today!

    1. karenmonica says:

      I have to agree with you Dalene, the blogging community is a great help 🙂

  3. SEO- YES! I’m still learning it! My blog now is self hosted but I also started out with one that wasn’t. Very true! And yes, FACEBOOK AND PINTEREST blogging communities are a must! My blog skyrocketed after I discovered them a year ago. Endlessly helpful! The only thing I wish I knew before I started is how much I was going to L O V E blogging. I thought maybe I would get bored with it but, I’ve been blogging for over a decade and wish I had started sooner!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that is a long time. I am sure you know a lot about blogging by now 🙂

  4. I wish I knew how long it takes to really build an audience if you’re blogging about something outside the realm of beauty and lifestyle. I wouldn’t have felt like I was failing as much if that were the case.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes at the beginning it’s not very easy to build an audience. But don’t worry too much about it. The most important thing is you enjoy writing and sharing 🙂

  5. I’d love to know who you learned the most about SEO from. That’s a piece that is definitely a bit of a struggle. I’m glad you have got so many things worked out – it takes time and practice, for sure!

    1. karenmonica says:

      To be honest I learned SEO through reading articles online and by trial and error. I have made a lot of SEO mistakes in the past but to me that’s part of learning 🙂

  6. Natasha says:

    Pay per click affiliate programs are very beneficial. When I first started I had no idea that it was even available for me to use. I am slowly growing my blog each week!

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s great. It’s always very motivating to be earning from something that you enjoy doing 🙂

  7. Some of the stuffs, I wish I knew before, but of course I still have time to make some of them correct.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes there is always time to correct those blogging mistakes 🙂

  8. Diana Tidswell says:

    It was a little surprising to hear it from them and that even bloggers think that way too.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Which part is surprising to you Diana?

  9. These are actually some things that I am now going to implement on my blog (namely, the headlines and internal links). Really good tips!

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s great. Good headlines are very important.

  10. Geraline Batarra says:

    We all have the same thing in mind. I find them very enthusiastic bloggers. Love this blog

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, they are. Wow thank you Geraline 🙂

  11. When I started blogging, Twitter was barely a thing, hardly anyone was on Facebook, and Pinterest and Instagram weren’t even thought of. My wish is not that I knew something more, but that we had more tools like these to grow our audiences! My original blog might still be standing!

    1. karenmonica says:

      When I first started blogging, social media weren’t an in thing too.

  12. This is such good info, thanks for putting it together. I’m still learning the blogger ways and SEO is a hard one to crack. Getting keywords right has definitely boosted by stats. 🙂

    1. karenmonica says:

      Getting the right keywords are important to boost your posts

  13. The first one – SEO! So important, i’m still learning it too but helps people find our websites quicker!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, SEO is definitely very important 🙂

  14. Preet says:

    This is such a great post. I wish I knew that blogging is so addictive Lol. This is really my passion where I love to share my writing skills.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Glad to hear that you enjoy blogging 🙂

  15. Clare Minall says:

    Oh, That was an awesome one. Mine, I wished that I know the power of Pinterest before blogging. Itw as a great platform that can help you with your blog.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, Pinterest is a great platform. I joined Pinterest quite late too

  16. Helen Neale says:

    At first, I thought that blogging is all about writing. I didn’t know about a niche, SEO, headlines but step by step I ahve learned and look at now. I am not saying I’m successful but I am a pro 🙂

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that’s great Helen. I am sure you know a lot about the technical sides of blogging by now.

  17. Elizabeth O says:

    so perfect post for the starters. i still think about those points while writing my blogs.

    1. karenmonica says:

      yes, I believe as a blogger we all wished we knew a lot of stuff before we started blogging.

  18. Actually I have little idea what is my wish when i want to start blogging especially for writing an article. And by read your post I begin have more a lot of thing that related on blog post writing. Thank you for share

    1. karenmonica says:

      Glad to hear that 🙂

  19. Excellent read for anyone thinking of starting a blog. I have been blogging since 13 years. And have learnt so much since then! SEO is definitely the most important

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that is a long time. I am sure you have learned so much in those 13 years.

  20. Hi Karen,

    Thank you for a fantastic blog post. You have been able bring together 3 amazing bloggers, and that is a huge credit to your networking ability.

    One thing l wish I knew before l started blogging is the amount of hard work blogging requies. Many people fail to succeed at Blogging because they think you can have instant success with blogging. And they don’t have the stamina to stay for the long term.

    In every field of endeavor, success comes through innovation, and hard work. And it doesn’t happen overnight.

    Blogging is no different. In fact, somebody once said that the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

    Thanks again for sharing.

    Best regards,
    Pedro

    1. karenmonica says:

      Hi Pedro. I definitely agree with you. Success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes passion and hard work to be successful.

  21. I am definitely still learning about SEO too, it’s more complicated than it looks but since blogging is more a hobby for me I’m not too fussed. It’s nice to know how to do these things if needed though 🙂 Great Post!

    1. karenmonica says:

      As long as you enjoy blogging, that’s all that matter. Learning SEO and other things related to our blogs are all bonuses that will benefit us in future.

  22. Bindu Thomas says:

    This will really help many new bloggers. SEO very important one in the case of blogging. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes Bindu, SEO is very important.

  23. I totally agree with starting out by hosting your own site in the very beginning! I started out 2 years ago with a Wix site and stopped blogging shortly after because I realized that I made a huge mistake but didn’t want to spend more money to fix it. Here I am 2 years later starting over with my own domain! Let’s hope this time goes better! lol (: Thanks for the awesome tips!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Hi Dayna, welcome back to the blogging world. I am sure that this time it will work for you. All the best 🙂

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