Blogging can be an amazing experience, but if you don’t focus on these during your first month of blogging, it can also be overwhelming.
But that’s not what we want. We want this blogging journey to be one that’s filled with success, new friendships and of course, money!
Unfortunately, so much information out there tells you to work on this and work on that.The truth is, you don’t (and shouldn’t) have to do it all, especially not during your first month of blogging.
So if you’re a new blogger, or soon-to-be one, we’ll cover the tasks you should prioritize during this first month and which ones not to spend time on just yet.
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Your Mindset Matters
Before we get into the things you’ll need to focus on during your first month of blogging, it’s important to know that your mindset matters.
The way you view your blog will determine how fast you can grow it. If you’re not in the right mindset, it can become really difficult to get your blog moving in a positive direction.
If your ultimate blogging goal is to make money off of it, whether as side income or to replace your current income, this means your blog is a business. And just like any business, you need to treat it as one.
No business becomes successful without making initial investments into it. Not just money but time too. And not just loose investments either because I know we don’t have a bunch of money to blow LOL. So instead, we’re going to focus on making smart investments, the kind that’ll help you see ROI quicker.
So despite what anyone thinks of you becoming a blogger, this shhh is hard work so yeah, it’s definitely a business.
What To Focus on Your First Month of Blogging
In the early stages of starting a blog, it’s important not to get caught up with doing every single thing possible because if you do, nothing will really happen.
Instead, focus on these tasks during your first month of blogging so that you can build your foundation and be set up for success!
Choose a niche
The very first thing you need to do when starting out is to choose a niche. I know of some big bloggers that tell beginners that a lifestyle blog is perfectly okay when in reality, these types of blogs are the hardest ones to grow.
Notice how I said “hardest” meaning not impossible. However, it’s still a good idea to identify a niche and become an authority and expert in it. I mean, why would you want to struggle, right?
But look, I get it. I was there too and was forced to niche down because by not doing so, it made everything else harder.
For that reason, I don’t want you to go through the same thing. So please do yourself a favor and choose a specific niche from the beginning.
Things to consider when deciding
When choosing your niche, you’ll need to figure out what topic you want to focus on for your blog. You’ll want to make sure it’s an area where you have plenty of experience or knowledge in so that it’s easier to write about it.
But of course, you gotta love what you’re writing about too, so that’s important to note.
Here are some questions you could ask yourself when trying to decide on a niche:
What are your interests? What about that topic do you love the most? Is it something you can see yourself spending hours talking aka writing about?
What are you good at? And is this something you enjoy doing or discussing?
These are just a few examples to help you get started on brainstorming the perfect niche for you.
However, if you’re unsure of your niche choice, need ideas or perhaps have an idea of one but aren’t sure if it’s a profitable one, Niche Ninja Mini Course can help you with this critical step.
Identify your target audience
The next thing you want to do is to identify your target audience.
Now you may be thinking, “well, isn’t choosing a niche and target audience the same thing?” The answer is not necessarily.
Within your niche, you must create an ideal avatar. Once you have identified who your ideal customer is, this then does niche you down a bit further.
For example, if you chose the food niche, this is still pretty broad. So let’s say within the food niche your ideal avatar is a woman in her mid-twenties that eats healthy keto meals. This niches you down a bit further to a keto food blog (which is a good thing).
So who are you writing for? What is their demographic? What do they enjoy doing? And what are they wanting to improve on or need help with?
Knowing who you’re writing for will help you establish what content should go on your blog, what your blog should look like and what posts will be relevant for them.
Set up your blog the right way
The next thing you’ll want to do in this first month of blogging is get the technical side of blogging done and set up.
Choose a domain name
But before you even start with setting up your blog, you need to come up with a site name. Your site name will be your blog brand and identity so it should be one that you absolutely fall in love with.
To get domain name ideas and see if the one you’re thinking of is already taken, visit NameCheap here as you can go ahead and directly purchase it from there too.
Save social media handles
Check social media before purchasing your domain name to see if it’s already taken on any platform. Once you’re happy with the domain name and it’s available everywhere, go ahead and create profiles for all social media accounts.
By create profile, I literally mean just create the account. Don’t worry about the bios or information just yet. All you want to do is save the social media handle for now to ensure no one gets it.
Choose a proper host
To do this, you’ll want to start a WordPress.org blog through a trusted host. Do not go the free route if you’re trying to make money with your blog.
Being self-hosted means you’re the owner of your site versus the free version where they could shut you down at any time. Companies and brands also prefer to work with bloggers who have self-hosted sites for this reason.
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Invest in legal pages
One of the most important upfront investments you’ll need to make is for legal pages.
I personally didn’t even launch my blog without these legal templates as I’m very familiar with the legal world and wasn’t about to put myself or my blog business at risk. And neither should you!
Plus, if you’re wanting to make money blogging, you have no choice but to have your legal pages up on your site first. Most companies and brands won’t even consider working with you if you don’t have them, so be sure to check out these easy and affordable legal templates here.
Even the tiniest blogger mistake could lead to big legal trouble so don’t let this happen to you.
Create a blog strategy plan
If I’m being honest, one of my biggest blogging pet peeves is that this critical step is often overlooked.
Many beginner bloggers start blindly and try to go full speed without defining a blog strategy plan or schedule. But the thing about blogging is that this isn’t something you can get successful at by “just winging it.”
There’s just way too much involved and way too many things you’ll need to learn. That means some tasks need to take priority over others.
My Exclusive Blogging Myths and Strategy Secrets Revealed eBook discusses this exact topic and is aimed at getting you to define a blog strategy and schedule that works specifically for you. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy like some seem to think.
So it’s important you define your very own because you’ll be more likely to follow through with it and have a higher chance of becoming a successful blogger quicker.
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Begin writing amazing content
With the technical and planning side of blogging out of the way, you can now focus on creating content that will bring in your target audience and keep them engaged.
There’s a myth that says you have to wait until you have so many blog posts written before you should publish your site. However, this is not true.
You can and should hit that publish button as soon as you have one blog post up. It takes Google a while to notice your site anyways so might as well start the timer on it as soon as you’re able to.
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Learn SEO basics
And speaking about Google, before learning anything else, prioritize learning about search engine optimization (SEO).
Following the Moz definition, SEO is the “practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results” like Google.
But because there’s so much to learn about this topic, in your first month of blogging, you only want to focus on learning the SEO basics.
Don’t push learning SEO to the side like many of us did. I’m grateful that I at least didn’t wait years like many big bloggers did. I strongly believe this is the biggest reason why my blogs have grown so quickly.
What (Not) To Focus On in Your First Month of Blogging
As you see, blogging is a time-consuming business, and it’s tempting to think that if you do more of the blogging tasks, that your blog will grow at the rate that you want.
However, this is far from the truth because the only thing that ends up happening is you’re left feeling overwhelmed and defeated.
So here are some blogging tasks that you shouldn’t worry about doing during your first month of blogging. You’ll have plenty of time to work on them later on once you’ve established a solid foundation.
I know, I know. You’re in this to make money with your blog, right? But if you aren’t doing things correctly, you won’t even get a chance to see that money roll in.
Rushing into monetizing without having your foundation set only leads to failure in many cases. Because think about it, how are you going to make money if you don’t know how to bring in traffic or aren’t writing SEO-optimized blog posts?
I promise that making money will come soon enough, but there are other things you should prioritize first so that this part comes easier.
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Building an email list
Everyone says you need to start an email list right away. And although I do agree that building an email list is super important and should be done early on, it’s definitely not something you should worry about during your first month of blogging.
There are just wayyyy too many tasks associated with list building ranging from creating a freebie, creating landing pages, opt-in forms, welcome series and more. So yeah, definitely don’t take this on just yet.
Plus, how are you going to nurture your new subscribers when you don’t even have much content up on your site? It’ll just make it harder to know what to send in your weekly email newsletters.
So establish your content first before focusing on building an email list. This part comes later.
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Posting on social media
This one is another common mistake bloggers make when they’re starting out.
Of course social media is great for building your personal brand and connecting with your audience, but it’s also super time-consuming. And don’t even get me started with the individual platforms algorithms.
Each platform like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram have their own unique algorithm. This is how they decide whose content to show to which followers.
I hate to break it to you but just because someone follows you, doesn’t mean your social posts appear on their feed. For this to happen, you’ll need to be checking off several marks from their algorithm checklist, which updates often.
So instead of wasting time posting on social media when they may not even be seen, push this to the side until you can invest time to learn one platform at a time.
Welcome to Blogging!
Nope, blogging isn’t easy but it’s an amazing journey that can be very rewarding. Simply follow these guidelines during your first month of blogging and you’ll already be off to a great start.
However, don’t expect success to happen overnight. It takes time and dedication for your blog to grow. So join my Facebook group here so I can also support you and answer whatever questions you may have.
I want to see you succeed but I also know you got this. So I’ll be rooting for you from the sidelines and welcome to the world of blogging my friend!
And remember, there is always something to be happy for… Cheers to blogging! What are you cheering to today?Lucy