Are you a new blogger searching for motivation to continue blogging? Have you thought about starting a blog? In an effort to keep myself accountable and track my progress, I am sharing with you my honest opinions on blogging after the first six months with hopes that this information will help you. Here are four ways that I stay motivated blogging that you can use too.
# 1 – Reflect on Any Changes You’ve Made
One great way to stay motivated is to reflect on how far you have come. Be proud of all that you have accomplished thus far. I personally have made major changes to The Greenspring Home over the past three months and these changes should be recognized.
Launched my new website
The biggest change for The Greenspring Home was the launch of my new website which is now self-hosted and on the WordPress platform. I have zero coding experience, but I managed to build and design it on my own. It was extremely frustrating at times, but I feel a great sense of accomplishment having done it myself.
Accepted into Reward Style
The Greenspring Home was finally accepted into the Reward Style affiliate program. I applied for the first time a few months ago and the application was denied. Instead of giving up, I focused on growing my following organically and improving the professionalism of my website.
Focus on building a genuine, engaging following before you worry about how to make money with affiliate marketing. You will need a sizeable following to make steady money. Think of Reward Style as a sales funnel with an average conversion rate of 1%. For every 100 product link clicks you receive, you will average one sale. Keep in mind that not every blog page view or Instagram like results in a click.
Signed up for Tailwind
If you have never heard of Tailwind, Tailwind is an approved third-party partner of Pinterest that allows you to schedule an unlimited number of pins in advance. Why should you care about Pinterest? Pinterest is the # 1 referring traffic source to my blog, which is why I have made Pinterest my highest priority.
With Tailwind I no longer have to log into Pinterest every day to manually pin one photo at a time. I simply fill up my schedule and Tailwind releases my pins at optimal times throughout each day. Tailwind also gives me the ability to schedule one pin to multiple boards at the same time, allowing me to fill up my calendar with fewer pins overall.
I highly recommend signing up for Tailwind if you want to grow your blog traffic, and they offer a free 30-day trial to get started. The trial is a referral link, but I will only get credit if you eventually sign up for a paid membership because you saw the value like I do.
Improved my photography
One of the hardest aspects of blogging is teaching yourself many new skills and typically all at once. I have struggled with photography from the beginning but I am determined to improve over time with experience. This summer I taught myself to shoot in RAW and manual mode; there was a lot of trial and error but after awhile I was able to shoot freely.
I attribute my success to two videos which I know you will find useful. Maison de Pax also wrote an incredible Interior Photography Series with oodles of great tips.
# 2 – Utilize Online Resources for Ongoing Education
You can never know enough about blogging. The online business world is ever-changing and new roads to success are constantly emerging. I spend any downtime I have listening to industry experts and implementing their tips and strategies on growth. Once I started doing this, the direct result was a consistent increase in monthly page views to my blog.
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# 3 – Find Your Self-Motivation
If you are struggling to stay motivated, please know that you are not alone. It is very hard to stay focused and dedicated when you aren’t making money, but those who do will reap the rewards of success. Did you know that 90% or more blogs fail every year? Every day that you take one step of action you are now ahead of someone who stopped. Your blog’s growth may be slower than a full-time blogger, but if you don’t give up your business WILL progress over time.
When I started The Greenspring Home, I had no idea that blogging actually requires full-time hours. I also knew I wasn’t going to make steady money for the first year, but I didn’t know exactly how that would feel. Remember to be proud of the work you are able to put in and take it easy on yourself those days you didn’t get everything done.
# 4 – Set Realistic, Short-Term Goals
Do you start one task and easily get distracted by another? When I first started blogging, I thought I started my day knowing what I needed to get done. Throughout the day I would get distracted by emails, social media, online shopping, reading, etc. By the end of each day, I really didn’t a lot accomplished.
Industry experts have taught me that setting realistic, short-term goals is the key to mastering productivity. Start by setting a 90-day goal for your business. Your goal can be comprised of multiple projects that will help you reach that goal. Make sure that every day you are only working on tasks that will help you reach your goal.
90-Day Goal for my Blog
On June 15th, I set a 90-day goal for The Greenspring Home to reach 5,000 page views per month. When I set this goal, my website was getting 1,000 page views per month. I set three main projects – publishing my Summer Outdoor Living Tour, Pool Bathroom Makeover, and Laundry Room Remodel. Every day I worked towards completing those projects. I also started directing all of my Instagram posts towards blog posts.
Steadily my photos from these completed projects gained traction on Pinterest and brought me steady traffic. I am pleased to announce that with one week left I have nearly reached my 90-day goal. At the time I honestly didn’t believe it was possible to grow my traffic by five times in three months, but it, in fact, was possible! What’s my next 90-day goal? In the next 90 days, I will re-coup all of my investment costs and make my first $1,500.
That’s All For Now
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Have you been struggling with motivation for your own blog? Do you have any tips to add? I would LOVE to hear your experience in the comments section below!