30 things you should do by the time you’ve been blogging for one year.

First Year of Blogging: 30 Things You Need to Do

If you’re a blogger, then you know that there’s always more to learn. But if you’re just starting out, the learning curve can seem pretty steep. That’s why I put together this list of 30 things you need to do in your first year of blogging.

Whether it’s learning how to use social media to promote your blog, or figuring out the best way to structure your posts, I’ve got you covered. Get ready to take your blogging skills up a notch or two!

30 things you should do by the time you’ve been blogging for one year:

30 things you should do by the time you’ve been blogging for one year.

1. Decide how to monetize

This is the very first thing you should do when you are starting a blog. Lots of new bloggers find this question super intimidating, and prefer to try a lot of things out to see what works out.

This is a risky and time consuming approach. If you know how you want to monetize from the start, you can build an audience who will love your products from the very beginning.

2. Set up your site on WordPress and decide loosely on a tagline

I highly recommend self-hosting on WordPress.org from the very beginning, as opposed to WordPress.com, which will have a lot of limitations. Squarespace is also a good option.

My favorite host is Flywheel.

3. Create loose branding – color group and font pairing

This is important, because it will allow people to visually identify who you are and what you are about. However, I say “loosely” because you don’t want to be spending thousands of dollars on branding before you are totally sure how you’ll be making money and where your traffic will be coming from.

I recommend choosing a few colors that complement each other, as well as two fonts (headline and body copy) that you like. Let that be your branding for now, until you are really ready for something more specific.

4. Balance short term goals and long term goals

With blogging, a lot of your big and passive income will come in the long term, as you get more traffic, visibility, and subscribers.

I recommend balancing out long term strategies with a pricier product (like coaching or mastermind programs) that you can launch alongside your blog, so that you can start bringing in a good income from the beginning, without sacrificing long term, passive income.

5. Learn to trust your desires and your purpose and mission

It might sound crazy, but this is one of the most important parts of journey with blogging.

Staying aligned with your desires, purpose, and mission will keep you going in the long-run!

The desires that you have – to make more money, to travel more, to fulfill your purpose – those desires were given to you by a higher power, and it’s not selfish to pursue them.

6. Have an SEO strategy focused on your monetization methods

While you don’t really need to run out and buy a course on search engine optimization, you should definitely learn enough to be dangerous, so to speak!

In Step One, you decided how you plan to monetize. Now, you should be sure to focus your writing and SEO efforts on content that will draw in readers that will be interested in what you plan to sell.

7. Narrow down your categories and create content clusters for SEO

Decide on 5 categories for your blog that will be your main categories (which should in some way relate to each other at least a little bit). Then, plan at least 5 blog posts for each category.

This will be a great start to help both your readers and Google understand who you are and what you do.

8. Start a Pinterest account

Pinterest isn’t what it used to be for bloggers, but it’s still the best way to gain some traffic in the short term. I recommend starting a Pinterest account and creating a few pins for each of your blog posts. That will start to bring in traffic more quickly that search engine optimization, and also begin to build your Pinterest SEO.

9. Create one social media account in addition to Pinterest

10. Email marketing tool

11. A way to create landing pages for sales pages and opt ins

12. Create a free offer opt in

13. Automate a welcome sequence

14. Market research and conversations

15. Learn the art of storytelling

16. Network with other bloggers

17. Invest in your knowledge

18. Master blog post best practices

19. Learn how to balance content creation with marketing and sales

20. Get clear on your strengths and the first person you want on your team

21. Set goals for one year, 5 years and life vision

22. Learn when to pivot versus when you’re having FOMO or other fear (having a coach helps)

23. Look for guest posting opportunities

24. Seek guest bloggers

25. Create your first thing to sell

26. Know your data

27. Gain confidence by working on mindset

28. Create a tagline

29. Work on site speed

30. Review your year and celebrate

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