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5 Realistic Benchmarks for Your First Year of Blogging

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Every now and then I get an email from a blogger that goes something like this…

“Hey Ramsay. Been following your stuff for a while but after a year of blogging I’m still not achieving [insert expectation] and think I’m going to throw in the towel. What do you think?”

It’s a problem that many of us experience from time to time.

So, how long should you wait and what can you realistically expect to achieve in your first year of blogging?

Let’s talk about it.

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15 (Very) FAQs on Starting a Self-Hosted Blog

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I always recommend starting a blog on a self-hosted setup.

The reason is pretty simple – if you want to build a blog that is taken seriously by search engines and readers alike you’ll want to avoid free hosts.

They just aren’t robust enough once you get beyond a certain point.

I’ve really wanted to write this post for a while now because I get a lot of emails from new bloggers who are nervous about taking the leap to self-hosting.

I remember how scary it was.

Let’s take a look at the most frequently asked questions and some solutions to those concerns. These are all actual questions that I get via email or blog comments.

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6 Decisions That Changed My Blogging Career. One Still Scares Me.

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A career in blogging. What a weird thing.

It’s taken me a long time to get to the point where my blogging-based online business is solid enough to justify some of my “interesting” earlier life decisions.

I really love sharing experiences and strategies in the hope that it will help other people out there who are looking to grow their own blog, or just pursue something that they think will make them happier.

In this post I want to show you six decisions that changed my blogging career in a big way. I hope that if any of you are going through something similar it will show you that you’re not alone.

Alright!

NOTE: This post contains an affiliate link. If you purchase a hosting package through my link I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you (in fact it will save you money!). Thank you for your support.

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Don’t Build a Blog

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This post is all about why you shouldn’t build a blog.

Seems a little bit odd coming from a guy who makes a full time living building blogs, right?

Well, as you might have guessed there is a little bit more to it.

If you have a blog or are thinking about starting a new one soon then this post might give you a new context to the whole concept of blogging.

Let’s have a chat.

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8 Blogging Mistakes That Cost Me. How Many Are You Making?

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I’ve been blogging (often badly!) for around a decade. In that time I’ve failed at a lot of things. Today I want to share some stories in the hope that you can avoid making the same mistakes.

When you learn a new skill, whatever it might be, you always go on a steep learning curve.

And the thing about blogging and online business is that the learning curve can be especially steep because the technology is always changing. (That’s why I do these yearly predictions).

When you have changing technologies you also get a lot of commentators saying different things and giving different bits of advice.

And that can lead to confusion and mistakes.

Here are some blogging mistakes that I’ve made over the years. I’m really interested to know how you all feel about these ones.

Right!

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How I Write Effective Post Titles (and Why it Takes Hours)

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Blog post titles can make or break your career in online business.

Write something entertaining and eye-catching and you’ll find a blog post that might otherwise have gone unnoticed getting thousands of social shares, hundreds of comments and a boost in Google rankings.

Write a crap title, however, and even the best blog post will get skipped.

Now, I’m not saying that I always write effective titles for my blog posts – I still have so much to learn and there are countless websites that do them a whole lot better than me. But, I’ve been asked about my methodology a few times now and thought it might be something a few of you might like to read.

So here we go!

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Essential: A 44-Point Checklist for Starting a Quality Blog

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Here’s a simple but (hopefully!) comprehensive checklist that you can follow when starting a new blog.

Every week I get at least 5-10 emails from people who want to get started but are still a bit confused about some aspect of the whole process.

So, I decided to put this together based on my own experiences with launching blogs.

I’m going to keep it simple with minimal details just so you can see an overview of the whole picture. You can then use the resources and references for further reading.

Let me know if I’ve missed anything!

NOTE: If you’ve already got a blog there should still be some items on the list that you might have forgotten or not addressed yet and I’ve included an advanced bonus at the end of the post.

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A Blog is Not Enough

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A blog is not enough. You can be doing more.

A few years ago it actually wasn’t that uncommon to make a decent income from a simple series of blog posts and a revenue stream like advertising or Adsense ads.

These days, however, the competition is such that you need to be doing a lot more if you want to take it to that professional level. And if you are doing well from just a plain old blog then there might be a lot of further opportunities that you are missing out on.

In this post I want to talk about a few things that me and my online friends are doing in order to take advantage of the modern-day gold rush that is the world wide web.

I hope this gives you some ideas!

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A Proven Blogging Strategy that Works in Any Niche

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Today I want to give you a few ideas on how to develop a blogging strategy that will grow you blog regardless of the niche you’re in.

I bet you’ve got a few subscribers on your blog.

You might even have a pretty decent trickle of traffic coming in from Google.

Those things are awesome.

But why can’t you crack through to the next level? Why can’t you make those hundreds of visitors into tens of thousands?

It’s simple: very few people have a deliberate strategy for their blog.

Most people post, tweet and promote blindly – throwing a bunch of things at the wall to see what sticks. But, by making a few targeted changes you can grow your blog in big ways, much quicker than you thought.

NOTE: This strategy assumes that you are on a self-hosted blogging setup with control to the backend, mailing list, etc.

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