I posted my very first Goal Digging to Happiness post on July 27, 2015 and now it’s coming up on six months! What started out as my accountable journey to becoming financially free, early retirement and overall happiness, just one goal at a time, provided opportunities to a whole other world of income generating opportunities and eventual work independence!
I began blogging on Blogger, but soon purchased my own domain name and switched to a word press blog via Bluehost. Once on WordPress, GDTH had a more professional appearance. I was able to add valuable plugins needed to grow an audience and begin building my brand. Additionally, since I had no idea what I was doing, it felt good to be able to have backup to assist me with whatever I was having difficulty with.
Since having a wordpress blog, my page views per day have nearly doubled and are continuing to increase with hard work. I’ve been able to build connections and market directly through the wordpress community. Finally, Bluehost is conveniently priced and offers great support, which is a major plus since I have basic computer skills
If you’re interested in starting a blog, click my link here to get started right away!
Building an AUDIENCE
As mentioned above, once I switched over to WordPress, my page views per day nearly doubled although still not in the upper thousands. I continue to build my audience by commenting on other blogs within my niche community as well as outside. I build relationships with other bloggers and reach out to them for help. In most cases, many bloggers are eager to help and will with little to know cost. However, there are some bloggers who have become established and their time is money. I understand this concept.
If you’re a newer blogger and need help but are on a limited budget and do not have much to offer, reach out anyway. Shoot an email or reach out via the Contact me form. I’m always willing to share my experiences thus far, for as little as a Twitter post share or a Facebook page like! Those small tokens go a long way.
In order to earn an income via blogging, building an audience is essential. Right now I earn a very minimal income via Google Adsense and Media.net. I’m also an influencer with Izea and Tap Influence. However, my following is so little that I hardly receive gigs from them.
I also have affiliate links via Amazon and Target. I’ve gained a little income via those affiliate links. Most of my online income comes from freelancing. You can check out my online income reports below:
This is the most crucial part to blogging, building an audience, and building relationships. Although, I hate being on social media because I feel like it takes so much of my time. There are amazing widgets and plug in that will simultaneously post to your social media platforms.
In addition to simultaneous posting, it’s important to join Facebook groups like The Careful Cents, Blogging on your Own Terms, Social Hack and She Rocks Her Marketing to gain helpful tips from other bloggers, build relationships, network, and even market your work. You can also find a plethora of helpful information via Pinterest.
Youtube and Google have helped out tremendously when I get stumped on something. I can’t wait to see where blogging here at Goal Digging to Happiness continues to take me. Thanks to all my GDTH valued readers, subscribers and Facebook and Twitter followers for being interested in my journey.
How was your first six months blogging? What did you wish you wish you knew then that you now know? Any helpful information, tips, or tricks?