Happy 19th of the month – it’s now 5 months since Never Say Nether began. 😉 As always I’m writing my blogging experience down with a “things I’ve learnt article.” Thanks so much to everyone who has been reading, even though I’ve not had much time and promotion has been basically non-existent. Hopefully, I should have more time now summer has come around (sitting on the balcony with a Pimm’s and my laptop).
So with my blogging experience, here are 5 things I learnt this month:
My Blogging Experience:
1. SEO Articles Take Time but They Are so Worth It
When you really get down to the nitty-gritty when it comes to SEO, then it feels like the bane of your life. The article takes so much more time, it’s more strategic and a lot more thought is involved. Not to mention the fact it’s incredibly repetitive. BUT it really does pay off. I’ve been taking a break from blogging on and off and many people still visit the site without promotion. In fact, it’s only been growing and growing as time goes on because it usually takes around 3 months to properly rank.
So, if you’re thinking that SEO isn’t worth the effort, then you couldn’t be any more wrong.
2. Your Health Comes First
I write ALL THE TIME. At work 4 days a week and then I either have guests over or something happening so I don’t get much free time. The thought of blogging all the time alongside it was horrible at first, I just completely burnt out. I was posting 3 long articles a week along with the promotion and it just wasn’t sustainable.
If your feeling yourself burning out, just cut it down or leave it for a bit – trust me, burning out completely just isn’t worth it and your website really won’t be getting new content then.
3. Finish an Article Before Starting Another
Some people probably really won’t agree with this, but you can’t deny that most of the time you have so many articles “almost finished.” It gets overwhelming and then you end up with lots of articles done in one go and then you have to start again with others. Make a promise to yourself to stick to one or two and that’s it. If I’ve got one just sitting in the drafts for ages, I’m going to try to just finish it and get it out there. Clear drafts = clear mind for me. 😉
4. There’s Never Too Much You Can Say About One Topic
The longer the article the more Google and other search engines will reward you. It looks like you’re an expert on it and maybe you are. Your readers will appreciate it too, as long as it’s not wordy and blocked text. The longer my articles the better they’ve ranked and then anchoring them makes it even better and more user-friendly. Don’t feel like you have to split your articles up into different articles unless it really is long (like really long) or it’s not totally related. I’m going to carry on writing long articles and anchor things more.
5. Social Media Is Hard to Keep up With
I LOVE Instagram, but it just got far too difficult to keep up with. I have millions of photographs (literally) and editing them all properly takes so much time. Along with finding relevant and different hashtags and then engaging all the time. Pinterest was another – if I wanted an article out there quickly it wasn’t possible to put it straight to Pinterest as it’s worth making a whole cover and doing it properly. I know when I sort my time management out I will get there.
If you work a lot, blog and manage all those different social media channels, kudos to you, you’re amazing.
Join me next month to see what I’ve learnt at the 6-month mark!
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