Creating my blog last December was a lot of work. When I say work I mean I researched other blogs I sat in a few online webinars, and also joined a few Facebook Groups. Creating a blog is relatively easy but getting the views is where the fun starts. There is so much great content out there.Trying to find out how my work stands out from others is what I had to learn in the last five months.
Finding My Domain
I didn't know what my niche was or where I wanted to head. I knew I had a journal full of ideas, but I didn't know what direction to go towards. So, when I created my first domain "The Twenty Somethings", I thought that it was a pretty general URL. I'm in my twenty's, I'm doing stuff in my twenties, so why not call it The Twenty Somethings. I didn't think twice about it when I finally found a name. I thought it was the perfect name until I bumped into a friend. He told me he saw my post and gave me some tips on how to better promote my work. This is probably month 2 into blogging. He asked about my URL. "Why The Twenty Somethings?" and you know I had to give him the whole rant on why I choose that. And he replied, "So you only want your blog for 10 more years?". Let me tell yall I was shook because I knew I wanted it way longer than 10 years. So here I am Five months later with Simply Autumn, Autumn is my middle name btw.
What is a Niche?
I searched "how to be a successful blogger" on Pinterest. Pinterest had unlimited information and so I kind of picked the pin that had the prettiest graphics. For the most part, the blogs I read mainly talked about finding a niche. I didn't really understand what that was. The only niche I could remember was the one I learned about in 11th-grade science class. I took a look at my brainstorming journal and saw that I had beauty, how-to's, reviews, and questions about blogging. So, my niche is Beauty, Lifestyle, and Blogging tips. Even though I haven't been blogging, I have learned so much where I wish I knew five months ago. So, the girl/boy who wants to start their own I'm pretty much in a position to share some insight.
Promoting & Traffic
I haven't had much writer's block yet, this month I've prewritten five blog posts. I knew that I wouldn't have been able to write, this has been a hectic month. I mainly focused on gaining foot real traffic to my blog. First, I had to figure out which one of my platforms gave me the most engagement. I experimented with my followers. If you're wondering which platform it is, its Instagram & Facebook. Figuring out who gave me the most return is important because it gives me an idea of how much time I need to spend on creating my Instagram Post and what hashtags I will use. As far as Instagram, I usually update my status with the link and write a blurb on what the post will be about. Friend and family, then like the link and share. I got a lot of exposure that way. I also promote by sending me links to my friends through text. They are my biggest cheerleaders. As of today, I have 41 subscribers that mean I have gained 8.2 followers each month in a five-month time frame. To be Five month's in I think I'm doing great!