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  1. This is so helpful, thank you. I’m new to blogging but I want to get it right from the start to avoid making more work for myself in the future & this is just what I’ve been looking for.

    Thanks

    • Congrats on the new blog! It’s an exciting time. I think you’re so smart to try and avoid mistakes and set your blog up right. It helps to learn from those that have gone before you 🙂 Here’s to your success!

  2. Hello Erin,
    You have given some good insights and tips. I have been thinking of seriously doing a blogging, but unsure where to start. I like one day do this as an extra income like most of us on here. I think the goal is to make this as a fun hobby. Any suggestions or ideas is greatly appreciated.
    Joanne from Maine

    • I agree, If you can make it fun first, the money will come. I would say think about what you’re good at and what you have a passion for, this would be a good topic to structure your blog around. Make sure you start it on WordPress as you will have more flexibility and security going forward. Blogging is a journey and if you’re ready to start, here’s a tutorial to get your blog up and running. https://www.suburbansimplicity.com/how-start-profitable-blog/

    • I’m so glad I could help, Clearissa. lighter colors are more pleasing to the eye, so give it a try and see what you think. It’s a good idea to visit some blogs you like and try to apply some of those ascetics to your blog.

    • I’m so glad they are helpful, Rachel! Congrats on the new blog! Definitely start with the basics. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re getting a blog off the ground.

  3. Every so often I read a list like this and realize that I’m missing something or need to give part about f my blog some more attention. Thanks for the great reminder.

    • I know, there is always something to work on. I like posts like this because they do remind you of the basics and what you need to put on your to-do list.

  4. These are really great tips. And they are not just for new bloggers. The longer I Blog the more I learn and then reassess my site. Changing things up to make them work better seems to happen more often than I imagined after blogging for almost 7 years. And it never hurts to purchase some great books about blogging, or take some Great Courses. You don’t have to be a new blogger to use this information. But being willing to learn can help you create a new game plan to improve your site. Will definitely be checking into these courses and books. I never find that I know too much, but I hate finding when I don’t know enough. LOL

  5. Erin- Thanks for posting this! I’m still pretty new to blogging and hope to make mine profitable one day. Your points definitely made me aware of a few things that I need to work on. First and foremost I need to add a search tool, and work on my Pinterest. Thanks for your tips. I found you at #waywow

    • I’m so glad you found this information for your new blog helpful. I know when you first start out blogging there is a lot to learn and a lot to do. Take it one step at a time and you’ll be profitable before you know it!

  6. great tips. Putting links to some of my favorite or most popular posts as an option on my about me page or as another page on the header is an idea that I’m going to give some consideration. That could easily work

    • Yes, putting some links gives people a place to go next and explore your site. The goal is for them to get to know you and for them to stay on your site and look around. This just prompts them to do it! It’s really easy to implement!

  7. Erin – this is a great list of needs – the one things I am not good at is Pinterest. I will have to check out the site you recommended. I use Pinterest for personal use however, have never used it in the way I could to grow my blog so thank you for that extra bonus bit of info. I found you at #WayWow

    • Debbie, I highly recommend it for your blog. It was a game changer for me. It literally has grown my traffic exponentially. I also highly recommend a scheduler so that you can focus on high quality content. I use Boardbooster and I couldn’t be happier! Here’s a link if you think you want to try it https://BoardBooster.com/invite/K5IKF. Let me know if you have any questions!

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