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5 Beginner Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

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Like many others, I started blogging as a way to journal my thoughts, struggles and triumphs. Shortly after having my second child, I decided to start writing again.  It was then that I realized the incredible potential blogging held. Since I already had an existing blog I thought it would be easy to transition it to what it is today. However, it’s not as simple as  changing up categories and picking out a new theme. There are countless little and not so little tasks that go into blogging that I just wasn’t aware of.  I’m sharing my top 5  beginner blogging mistakes.

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1. Stop researching and just start writing

When it comes to blogging, you will never know enough. Researching is great for beginners but just as important (if not more) is to just start writing! Getting your content on your site is more important than reading the thousands of articles geared towards newbie bloggers.

This one is a biggie for me. I  would’ve written at least 10 posts during my first 3 or 4 months of blogging had it not been for me falling down the online rabbit hole of blogging knowledge. If you want to spend some time reading and absorbing all you can – cool. Here’s a time-management tip: set a timer and stick to it. Shoot for 30 minutes a day (depending on your schedule). Use these 30 minutes wisely because when your times up – it’s time to write some content!

2. Start your Pinterest page early

No matter your niche, Pinterest can be a great source of traffic for your blog.  I completely underestimated the power of its referral potential.  Over the last couple years more and more bloggers are coming to realize that a good portion of their traffic is coming from Pinterest. In fact, I shouldn’t even be writing this post. I should be creating a DIY post about Trace’s Gone Fishing 1st Birthday Party. That pin has received over 16,000 impressions since I pinned it!

If you’re ready to start on your Pinterest page, I would read A Beginner’s Guide to Improving Your Pinterest Strategy  over at the Soccer Mom Blog. She has some great tips when it comes to Pinterest and your blog.

3. Create a Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Don’t under-estimate the power of social. In fact, brands will expect that you have presence on all these platforms.  Having these pages established will be essential to promoting your content. However, be careful and don’t get sucked in! Don’t worry about followers or fans. If you are a beginner, these numbers can be discouraging. It takes time and consistent work to build up your audience. Don’t give up! Just get your pages established and share your wonderful post for the world to see!

4. Focus on one or two ways to monetize your blog 

There are many ways to make money blogging. Most sites make money by ads, sponsored content, affiliate links and selling products.  You can even sell products or services. Honestly, the sky is the limit. The right way to monetize a blog for one person, may not be the right way for you. Pick one or two and spend some time developing that channel. Overtime you will realize what  works for you.

Truth is, it’s hard to make money with no traffic. How do you get traffic? By writing and promoting your little heart out!

Ready to start making money?  Make Money Blogging is a great resource if you are beginning to think about how to monetize your blog.

Disclaimer: This is an affiliate link but I’ve vetted the content and wouldn’t share anything with my readers that I haven’t used or purchased myself. 

5. Set attainable short-term goals

Instead of spending hours reading articles and scouring the internet,  create at least 3 goals for your blog. Creating these short-term goals will help you feel accomplished and motivated. TRUST ME! It took me 2 months to figure this out. I was doing  a bunch of everything while getting a bunch of nothing done. Some examples of easy short-term goals can be:

  • Come up with a consistent post schedule – It can be one post a week or one post a day. Whatever it is, make a goal and stick to it.
  • Weekly goals – This really helped me climb out of the dark blogging hole. I would set 3 simple goals a week. Some of them were: create Facebook page, post 2 photos to Instagram, optimize at least 2 past posts for SEO.
  • Write at least 4 blog post a month

I’m sure there are more than these 5 beginner blogging mistakes which I’ve listed, but these are the ones that really affected my progress during my first 4-5 months.  Keep writing and sharing your content. What are some lessons you’ve learned during your first year blogging?

 

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Learn how to make money blogging even if you only have 1,000 monthly page views! Get real actionable tips to start earning an income blogging, and learn how to make a living as a blogger!

 

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are included in this article. 

February 17, 2017
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Meaning Behind Rebel Soul Mom

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I finally officially changed the name of my blog. Pink Lemons and Rainbows served its purpose.  It helped me document a journey no one should take, yet many do. My blog needed to evolve alongside me as I practice the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I want to introduce you to Rebel Soul Mom. It took months and many weeks of brainstorming names before going back to one of my original 5 options (4 months later). Even my husband was helping me come up with names. Which ended up helping me figure out what I did NOT want my blog to be called. I say that with mad love.

How did I come up with Rebel Soul Mom?

It started with me jotting down iterations of adjectives that truthfully did not describe me. That quickly led me to words that actually DID describe me, my parenting style and creative flair. Words like misfit, simple, edgy, creative, hot mess, graceful mess (this one was already taken or it would’ve been #1) are honest representations of who I am. The words fringe, grace, soul and mess eventually led me to Rebel Soul Mom.

 

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January 13, 2017
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Wow…I won an award for one of my blog entries!

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I’ve come to see that many awards are given in the blog world. I’m happy to say that one of my post recieved an award for the Best  spiriImagetual/healing post. Click here to read the post.

I was in great company with the list of talented writers that also won awards for other categories. If you would like a few good reads I suggest heading over to the post where the winners are mentioned.

January 3, 2014
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