Tips on Starting your Own Successful Blog

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I feel kind of silly even posting this, but I’ve had a lot of readers ask me how start their own successful blog. So I figured I needed to post something. And while I definitely do not think I am the expert on this topic, I can share what I have done that has worked for me. Hopefully that can give some of you some direction on what to do with your own blogs.

When I first started, I really did have to learn about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), how to put ads on my site, how to use basic HTML to track website stats and create a blogger button. Those things come when they do. And you get to a point where you need to have them. I had to do research online and figure that all out one step at a time. I actually still continue to do that too. I am still learning “basic” things to help improve my site all of the time.

I think one of the fastest ways to grow a website is to use Facebook. Tell your friends, have them tell their friends and so on. Facebook is a great way to connect and share information.

If you are lucky enough to get media coverage, then take it! You never know if what you blog about could be picked up by a local TV show, talk show or radio station. And, when you can get in front of an audience like that, it will send out site traffic that could in turn produce lifetime readers.

Find your Niche. What is it about your blog that makes you unique from similar blogs? Who is your audience and what types of posts would grab your reader’s attention? Where can you find people who would be interested in what you write about? After you answer those questions, you can find out where to spend your time and what things to not worry as much about.

Don’t compare yourself to other blogs. This one is a hard one for me because I think by nature we always tend to do that. When I see blogs bigger than my own I have to tell myself that they have a few years head start and that I’m doing great where I am at. So, always just do the best that YOU can do. Don’t compare.

Growing a blog is a lot of work. Let me tell you!! I am EXHAUSTED every single day. But at the same time, I love what I do. So if you are mainly looking at starting a blog for the purpose of making money, you will burn out and get frustrated.

The most important piece of advice I can give is to make sure you do something you LOVE. If you do, it will show through your posts and your website. And, readers love to read a website that is authentic and real!

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  1. What a great insite and great advice for anyone that wants to be successful with anything!

  2. Don’t feel funny, once I saw your post I immediately clicked on it anxious as to what you had to say.
    It’s funny… I started a blog for my friends and family and then I found out you can make money by doing the same thing that I was doing… finding free samples, coupons, deals… etc…
    Now I feel like you do, I am exhausted by the end of the day, HOWEVER anxious to wake up in the morning looking to find for more deals and freebies! HOWEVER, I didn’t realize how many other blogs were out there with the same niche’ as mine. I have a wide range of things I try to find, so maybe in the future I can pinpoint one and go with that. Thanks for the great advice and doing this is definitely something I love, even if it I didn’t make anything off of it …. (however I probably wouldn’t spend the majority of the day on it, lol)

  3. awwwww! thanks so much for taking the time to do this! I had been stuck in a rut with my blog and not sure where to go with it but I appreciate the tips and advice and as always love your willingness to help others and positive attitude!

  4. Thanks so much for this, Melea. You truly are such an inspiration. I run a couponing site as well and I always compare my site to well, yours. 🙂 I have followed you and started up my own for my friends and family. Although small still, I find joy in helping others save money. You give great advice to those of us trying to blog…and I am glad that you are not only an awesome deal finder, but an awesome person too. Thanks for your words!

  5. I to have thought about trying to get into doing a blog,but as of now I’m so interested to wake up each morning to see what kind of deals all the bloggers have found,and let me say ya’ll do find some great deals.But the thing that I’m wondering is how do you make time to do all your on couponing to continue saving your family money if your always looking for the deals and posting them for us.I mean I stay on Facebook all day long just watching for the next place to get the great deal.With the bloggers doing the matchup deals at each store with each coupon would drive me nuts.I mean you have to know the sales going on and which coupon will allow for the most savings.So when do you have time to print your own coupons much less to be able to go and get the deals when you dedicate so much time in researching all the deals?Or does the blog pay off so much that the bloggers don’t have to use the coupons?Just wondering.I think I would always want to keep using my coupons and save as much as I can .
    Thank You for what you do for all of us!

  6. Thanks so much for the help! I’ve started a blog and am trying to get myself out there but it’s definitely slow going. The tips are so helpful to read though, I always see something that I can or need to do better soon!

    Thanks again!

    Playing It Cooley

  7. I’ve always wondered but never asked…when you do a link to a site and it opens in a new tab, do you manually go in and insert the code, or do you use a separate program to do your writing, then just copy the entire post (with codes) over?


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