How I got 3552 page views in my first 18 days blogging

How I got 3552 page views in my first 18 days blogging

Can you tell I’m pretty excited here?

3552 page views, 2896 sessions and Pinterest analytics going really well in less than THREE WEEKS OF BLOGGING!

Here’s how I did it.  Firstly, I worked my backside off, lol.  I had the idea for my blog in my head for, well, a  few weeks, and used my previous blogging experience to test out all avenues.  I have barely slept in 3 weeks.  Every moment has been either working my day job, making pathetic efforts at feeding my kids or learning about blogging.  Don’t worry about the kids, they’re quite big and can happily fend for themselves if the situation calls for it.

I should also say that when I’ve worked my backside, off, hardly slept, blah blah, that’s been out of choice.  I’m having FUN!!

I have not yet earned a single dollar in actual affiliate money, but I have earned 2 free months on TAILWIND by just telling other people how well it’s worked for me, lol.  How utterly mad is that?  I’m gonna say it’s pretty freaking crazy.

 

Oh, Pinterest.  Yeah, did that.

 

It’s an interesting and confusing curve.  Apparently my profile isn’t being seen much, but my pins are GOING OFF, considering I started with absolutely zero!

So, how did I do this?  Well, there were 2 main ways.  Firstly, I focussed on one pin, linked to one post.  I had tested this pic out on crochet groups before I started my blog, and they all seemed to love it.  I got over 700 FB likes on this post in a crochet group within 2 days, and that’s as an absolute beginner pattern creator.  So I did the next logical step.  I set up a crochet designer page on RAVELRY, which is the top crochet and knitting pattern sharing site on the planet, and just shared the hell out of my totally free pattern.

I just saw via the FB groups that people liked this bag, so I posted about it, even though the pattern itself was a mish-mash collection of tutorials and ideas from other sites.  I just put them together for this bag.  I gave all credits and links, as we must.  <— Very Important Rule here, thou shalt not pinch ideas from others and claim them as thine own, thou shalt link and credit and bow down with thanks.


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The other thing I did was to share this and a couple of other pattern posts to some really big and global crochet Facebook groups.  I just put them up there in all honesty as “OMG, I posted a free pattern on Ravelry and it’s in the What’s Hot Right Now, so damned excited!!”  My fellow crochet peeps loved this and clicked through.

So, maybe you’re thinking that a craft blog and omg, knitting communities, is not really your thing.  Maybe not, but somewhere on the net there is a niche for that post you just slaved for hours over. If it meant that much to you, it *will* mean that much to someone else.  Find that Facebook group, that Pinterest board, that hashtag, find it and share the ever-loving crap out of it.  But only to people who will love it.

I found my niche.  You can, too.  Do it!

Post below RIGHT NOW below in the comments with how you want to get one post to make it out there, post a link to the post,  and I promise I’ll (a) be seriously happy anyone read this and cared enough to comment and (b) reply thankfully to you!

How I got 3552 page views in my first 18 days blogging, and so can you!

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9 Helpful Tips from 9 Days of Blogging

9 Helpful Tips from 9 Days of Blogging

PHEW!!  It’s been a crazy 9 days.  I went from having a blogging idea bouncing around in my already-jumbled brain to having a Brand New Blog (YAY!) up and running, and building my little community of Fellow Obsessed Yarn Stashers.  I’m posting this as much for me as to hopefully help others start out to do the same thing.  I want to document and remember this chaos for all time!  Now, when I say “chaos” and “crazy”, I mean that in the best possible way.  This has been an incredible challenge, but more than anything else it’s been FREAKING FUN!

So, if you’ve been thinking of maybe starting your own craft blog up, I say DO IT!  Don’t hold off, don’t wait, don’t wonder if you can do it, because I can tell you, you CAN!  Now, just to set the record straight, I didn’t leap headlong into this as an absolute newbie.  I have made half-hearted efforts at blogging in the past, and was already sort of in-the-know on some very basic techy stuff, a teensy bit familiar with free graphics products like Canva, and am a die-hard social media tragic.  All of that definitely helped me, but even so, I had to start somewhere, and it’s been a very steep (but fun, in a brain-melting fashion) learning curve.

Learning curve

Without further ado, and keeping in mind that I’m writing this with a particular focus on craft type blogs, here are 9 things I really wish I’d known a bit more about 9 days ago when I started this mad journey.

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1  Blog About What You Love

I know this bit of advice is in every article you will probably come across on the subject of setting up a new blog, but there is a very good reason for it.  It’s absolutely vital.  Now, I’m not saying you have to be an expert on the topic or niche, but you have to love it.  Loving your subject matter is what will motivate you to stay up until 3am getting that Pinterest image *just* right.  It is what will make you dig down deep and keep going after posting something you’re so proud of and not one single person seems to notice.

It’s what makes this all so much fun.  (I did mention it’s fun, right?).  It might be a hobby you enjoy, or it may be a sport, lifestyle choice, travel, parenting, making fishing flies (are they still called flies if they’re crocheted?) or how to transform old cabinets into awesome kids’ kitchens.  Whatever it is, if you love it, that will show and your community will adore you for it and keep coming back for more.

 

2  Do Your Research

When you’ve decided what you want to write your blog about, let your mouse do the walking and do some stalking!  Read every blog on this topic you can get your greedy little eyes on, and soak it up.  What appeals to you about each one?  What makes them so popular?  Examine everything from the writing and “voice” to the layout, graphics and more.  Make notes.  Yes, there will be an exam.

Stalk them on social media and see how they interact with their readers.  When, where and how do they update their social media?  Offer to go live with them for a week to soak up knowledge in return for doing housework.  OK, that last one might be overdoing it, but you get the point.

 

3  Be Willing To Spend Just A Little Bit

I know, I know, we’re all broke and can’t afford to spend on something that may totally crash and burn.  Hang on, it’s not going to crash and burn, you’re going to rock this, so bite the bullet and find a way to scrape together a few pennies to pay for some reputable services.

I have spent less than Australian $50, but that got me self hosting (from GoDaddy), an amazing customisable theme which I had previously bought (Divi from Elegant Themes), and a few images I just had to have.  There are free options out there, but trust me, a tiny investment now will pay you back tenfold down the track.  I’ll talk more about the mix of free and paid services I’ve used in another post.

Divi WordPress Theme

 

4.  Mingle and Schmooze

This kind of goes back to doing your homework and research, but it’s so important.  Check out blogs about blogging, and trust me, the internet is drowning in them!  For the small price of $0 and just subscribing to their page, you can get some amazing blog-building resources including tutorials, lists of free services, and more, not to mention the wisdom and experience of others who have Been There and Done That.  Ask them questions!  Follow them on social media, too.  Engage with them, pick their brainy brains for all you’re worth!

 

5.  Social Media Is Your Friend

The first thing you want to do after deciding on your blog name and getting hold of your custom domain is to go and make sure you’ve sign up for all social media platforms in that name.  You don’t have to go nuts and start using them all at once, but nab that name so no one else does when you start growing faster than my kids outgrow shoes!

Social Media

As I’m talking about craft blogs here, visuals are so important, so I recommend focussing initially on Pinterest (oh, oh, how I love Pinterest), Facebook and Instagram to get started, because that’s where all the oh-so-pretty pictures get shared. Once you’re signed up actually start using them!  Invite all your friends to support you to get started, then start following others in your niche and commenting and interacting heaps with them.  You’ll make new friends and influence people, I promise!  Then, once your blog is up and running you can start sharing your stuff with them.  It’s a win-win.

But don’t forget about Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and others – sign up now and just set them aside to use when you’ve got a tiny bit of sanity back in your life.

 

6.  Carry a Blogging Notebook

Yup, I’m taking paper made from trees and a pen, kind of notebook.  Make it a pretty one, just for fun, and never leave home without it.  Trust me inspiration for an idea for The Most Viral Blog Post Ever will hit you while you’re sitting on a train or having your teeth drilled, and if you don’t write it down you will forget it.  I have sections in mine for overall site ideas, marketing ideas, post ideas, projects I want to crochet or weave, places I saw something amazing I want to share and more.  It’s also handy for jotting down phone numbers and shopping lists.

7.  Be Prepared To Spend Hours Blogging

This is not a quick project.  It takes time.  Lots and lots of time.  Just as an example, in the last 9 days I have probably spent 90 hours on this, and that’s on top of my nearly full time day job and some half-hearted attempts at parenting.  I know, how is that possible?  Well, 15 hours a day on weekends, up until 3am… shall I go on?  To be fair, I sort of have no life outside of work, family and this blog, which helps.  It also doesn’t feel like work to me, because I’m having so much fun!  This is more of a warning – this can eat up hours.  Embrace it.  Teach the kids how to make you coffee and bring you snacks.  It’s worth it!

8.  Don’t forget to craft

As I said, I’m talking about craft blogs here, so I’m going to assume that you actually do the craft you want to blog about.  Don’t stop doing it.  I am so, so guilty of not following this rule, and I’ve regretted it.  I’ve managed a few tiny projects here and there, but my poor yarn and crochet hook have been sadly neglected.  Here’s why this is bad – I need my projects for content!  How can I have a craft blog if I’m not producing patterns, ideas and tutorials?  There are only so many “roundups” and posts about setting up a blog one can do, you have to remember your audience and why they’re following you.  They want to see, smell, taste and read about your craft!

Here’s one little cutey I did manage to come up with in the last 9 days.  I was so tired and befuddled I hardly remember making her, but I luvs her dearly.

9.  CONTENT CONTENT CONTENT

This last one is the doozy.  The Queen of Tips.  The Top of the Tips.  The Big Kahuna.  You’ve got to have content.  Most people would say that you should have 10 – 15 solid blog posts up before you go live, but I didn’t do that.  I’m impatient that way.  But I probably should have.

If you are impatient like me then, by all means, go live with 1 or 2 posts, but at the very least have some half-formed post topic ideas lurking in the nether regions of your brain.  Write them and publish them as soon as you possibly can.  People will NOT come back to your blog if there’s nothing to read or see.  Would you?

So, there you have it.  9 Helpful Tips from 9 Days of Blogging.  I will go into much more detail on each one of these in future posts, so do be sure to sign up for the Stashing Yarn newsletter so you don’t miss any of it.  I’d hate it if you missed any of it.

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