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Blogging Experience Week 7
Welcome to blogging experience week7. This is where I will go over everything that has happened over the past week and what my blogging experience week 7 looked like. If you’re new to PPF Financial then let me start off by welcoming you to my blog. If you’re not then let me welcome you back!
I wanted to make a weekly blog update at the end of every week for the first year of my blogs life. The reason I am doing this is to give any current or future readers an insight into all the making of my blog. Plus it will be something I could look back on later and enjoy the hard work and dedication I put into blogging.
Those of you who have been here before, feel free to skip ahead to the first section. For those who have not, the reason I want to be so transparent is to help build up some trust between you and me. There are many places you could about finance and many other things you could be doing. The fact is, you’re here with me now and I want to help build a lasting relationship. Let us begin shall we?
Every week I will cover:
• What next week will look like
• Did I meet the goals set last week
• My websites traffic report
• The social media attention I received
• A list of articles posted during the week
• The goals I hope to achieve next week
My hope is to eventually be able to blog full-time and become my own boss. None of this will be possible without the help of everyone who checks up on me every week. So far all of you, I thank you and I appreciate any and all support.
I really do enjoy doing this and I hope that I can help even just one person out. That would be enough for this all to be worth it. Every week I post these articles, I want to be able to inspire and motivate someone to do better for themselves. This is as much about every single one of you as it is about me!
What Next Week is Going to Look Like
I have finally found the theme I want to use I just have to get it setup and get everything switched over. I’m having to do some research on this because this will be my frist theme change. Getting this right is important so that I don’t put myself even further behind. Steadily I am making progress but it hasn’t been easy.
This week was terrible for me as far as interacting with my blog and my readers go. I wasn’t present hardly at all on any platform this week. Then again that is one of the biggest reasons I want to blog for a living. If I want to go and enjoy the holidays with friends and family, I don’t have to worry about work!
I still stress over it though because I feel bad when I can’t produce for you. Maybe this time next year, I’ll have a couple of articles stashed away so I can publish them with minimum effort that week. Christmas is coming up, for those who celebrate it, so maybe this will be an opportunity to try to get this implemented within THIS year.
In my weekly updates I always include what blogs I posted throughout the week. I think there is going to be an addition to this section. I want to also start adding blog articles from others that I’ve read and enjoyed. This will also allow me to use that as a “sponsored post” in the future if anyone wants me to post it on my weekly update. It also helps me make up for weeks like this where I’m not able to post anything throughout the week.
One of the items on my bucket list was completed this week so hopefully I’ll be able to add that to my post list for this coming week. I still want to try to do a guest post for someone. Unfortunately I hardly have the time to update my blog with posts so it will be a challenge finding the time to do one for someone else.
Blogging Experience Week 7 Goals
• Reach 1250 followers on Pinterest – FAILED
• Have 1000 Twitter followers – FAILED
• Get to 200 likes on my Facebook group page – SUCCESS
• Pin 100 times everyday this week on Pinterest – FAILED
• Earn money from my newly found additional income source – FAILED
• Locate a new theme for my blog – SUCCESS
• Have an editor look over all of my current blog articles – FAILED
My blogging experience week 7 was by far the worst one yet. I did not meet hardly ANY of my goals this week. Surprisingly I managed to make my Facebook goal. The Pinterest and Twitter goals though, were way off. Maybe I aimed a little too high, or maybe I just didn’t try hard enough during this Thanksgiving week. I’ll let you take a guess at which one it is. :/
As I mentioned earlier, I finally found a theme I like. I just want to be sure I have the time to make sure everything is functioning correctly when I make the theme change. Having my blog down for a couple of days is really not what I want at the moment. So I’ll need to be sure I can play around with it and work any kinks or design issues before leaving it to go public.
At no point this week did I pin 100 pins on Pinterest. Oh boy, try saying that 10 times fast. Pinterest did bring me a lot of traffic this week mostly due to a single pinner. I don’t know how she sent me all that traffic but I wasn’t complaining.
I didn’t earn any money from my new-found source of income this week. Mostly because it can be time-consuming and I just can’t seem to find the time. I’m going to work on this next week though. I wont be at work nearly as much so I should have some free time to get these things done.
I located someone to edit/proofread my work I just didn’t have them do it. I’m being stingy with my money so I held off on having them do the work instead of adding on to my pile of bills. Once my blog starts gaining a little ground, it may be easier to hire people to help me out. Until then I may have to place this investigation on hold for another day.
Website Traffic Report Compared to Last Week
Weekly Views – 325 (was 237)
Weekly Visitors – 234 (was 159)
Top Views in a Day – 83 (was 60)
Best Day – Tuesday
Alexa Ranking U.S. – N/A (was 492,986)
Alexa Ranking Global – 3,793,370 (was 4,639,676)
Everything improved this week! Without me paying any attention to my blog, it outperformed all of my past weeks. Maybe I should leave more often lol. Honestly my success on Pinterest this week is what made this happen. I didn’t go viral but it sure felt like it was getting close. This was a glimpse of what could happen with a single great pin.
Tuesday seems to consistently be my best day for traffic at least most times. I wasn’t able to get my Alexa ranking for the U.S. for some reason this week. If anyone is able to find my ranking in the U.S., I would love to hear from you! All of a sudden it just quit giving me that portion of my ranking. I’m not making nearly enough online for me to invest money just to see my online ranking.
Hopefully next week I can replicate these results because at that pace, I may actually be able to build a successful and popular blog by this time next year. Successful and popular are both used very loosely in this case. Never will I expect everything to come easy but I surely do see me getting 10,000 views a month by this time next year. It may not seem a lot to some of those with a steady following but for me, I will gladly accept this goal for now!
Social Media Attention Compared to Last Week
Facebook – 268 (up 138 from last week)
Pinterest – 1122 (up 99 from last week)
Twitter – 863 (up 36 from last week)
Facebook, oh Facebook, how you improved so much this week! I literally doubled my Facebook groupies over this single week. Pinterest continues to rise at a steady pace and I have a lot of hope in how good it will turn out for me. Twitter is very hit or miss and seems to be a lot more spammy then the other social media outlets I use often.
Finding quality followers is really hard on social media. Sure, I can join lots of groups and have people follow and like my pages but are they really going to get me anywhere? Honestly, the majority of those will probably never set foot onto my blog space. It doesn’t bother me that they wont, I just don’t know if I want to boost my followers with a bunch of people who will never read a word I write.
Blog Posts From This Week
Okay, soooooo, I didn’t post a single blog post this week. ZERO! The big goose egg! However you want to say it, for this week, you wont be able to find a single blog post that was done. This is why I want to try to start promoting some of the bloggers I make contact with each week. I’m sure they would enjoy me spreading the love. Not that I am going to receive any compensation this week for the blogs I post about, one day I hope for this to actually be a thing.
Each week I will be including a combination of articles from bloggers I stay in constant communication with throughout the week, articles I personally enjoy, and my favorite, PAID articles. If I start allowing people to pay for their link to appear here, I will only be doing a couple at a time. The highest bidder will win that week!
If you didn’t notice above, I just gave a really great way to make money on your blog. I’m sure this would only be valuable if you have a high amount of traffic, but hey who knows. I’ll give it a try. Anyone interested in paying to have a link posted in this section, feel free to contact me. The bid will start at $1.00 in U.S. currency! Keep in mind, unless someone else pays to have their blog featured, yours will be posted in the following week, free of charge! What a deal! lol okay, so I’ll stop trying to sell you a spot and go ahead and give you a couple of blog articles from some friends in the community.
A post from my friends at Teach a Man to Think. Their goal is to get people to open up their minds and understand their potential if they just took a step back and thought for themselves instead of the thoughts that the world wants them to think. They believe the best way to change the world is to start with ourselves.
They strive to use their experiences, curiosities, stories, and discoveries to get people to question everything and live the fulfilling life they want. Their experiences have taken them all over the country and sometimes that includes spending countless hours in a coffee shop. If you find yourself with some free time, I would recommend checking them out when you get the chance!
Those of you who are married or have been in a long committed relationship, you could learn from my friends over at Marriage Reset. Both of these lovebirds have started posting on this blog as of recent and I couldn’t be more excited for the things to come. Personally I haven’t been married but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn from a couple who have done it for a long time.
I’m a huge fan of their’s and #WednesdayWisdom – All That Glitters, is a great post to read! If you rely on how pretty something looks or how great it feels, you may pass up on some of the more important parts of your relationship. When beauty fades, you’ll be left relying on the heart and soul of another and physical attractiveness does not equate to having someone who truly cares for you.
Blogging Experience Week 8 Goals
• Reach 1250 followers on Pinterest
• Have 1000 Twitter followers
• Get to 300 likes on my Facebook group page
• Pin 100 times everyday this week on Pinterest
• Publish two blog articles this week
• Setup the new theme for my blog
• Have an editor look over all of my current blog articles
The goals listed above may look a whole lot like last weeks goals. If you were thinking this, you are completely correct! I failed a lot last week so the only way I know to bounce back from such a bad week, is to achieve the goals I should have made last week.
Honestly, the goal I want to complete the most next week is to get two articles posted next week. I didn’t get one up this past week and I feel like I at least owe you one. It would be awesome if I could get more than two written, but I’m wanting to stay within reasonable goals lol. This past week was a poor week as far as me being active around my blog and social media. On a more positive note though, my blog seemed to do pretty well while I was away.
I am excited about this because if I plan on developing a passive income, I will need it to provide me a source of income, even if I am not around. A huge benefit to running a successful blog this will be. Being able to earn a decent living even while I am on vacation or busy seeing family is a huge bonus to what I hope to achieve. I spent some time updating how each of my pages look, if you even noticed a difference, I am curious to hear what your opinions are.