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6 Things I Learned As a Blogger Of Six Years

Today is a special day because we’re celebrating six years of The Black Princess Diaries! Though the day has passed, June 8th was the official day that marked my 6th year blogversary. I am not only surprised at how long I’ve been blogging but also at how far I’ve grown with my blog! I’ve collaborated, gained hundreds of readers to reach the first page of Google, and even made a little bit of money.

I’m so appreciative of everything I’ve learned so far and I’d love to share six things I’ve learned in six years. These aren’t only things I’ve learned myself, but they could help someone else who’s just starting their blogging journey!

1. Blogger growth takes a lot of time

This probably goes without saying, but if you’re new to blogging, you might not realize how much time it takes to grow your blog. I am six years in and still not where I wanted to be with my blog. Though I never expected blogging to be a quick and easy path to a career, once I decided I wanted to become a full-time creator, I was hopeful to become a little closer at this point. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s journey is different and bloggers grow at different points, but do not expect to be able to do this full-time within a year or less.

2. Ads can be useful, but not necessary

When I decided to use ads for my blog my goal was to help bring in a little revenue. The keyword is little because the ads don’t bring in much or any at all. This is coming from my own experience, and maybe someone with more traffic might receive more luck with them, but I don’t find them necessary for your blog. It won’t hurt to use them because eventually, they’ll provide a little cash over time for a rainy day, but ads aren’t going to help you make a lot of money on your blog.

3. Your readers will mostly be silent

Something I’ve learned as a blogger so far is that your readers will mostly be silent. You may not get many comments under your posts or on social media, but you’ll see them when you check your analytics. When I first started, I did a lot of “comment for comment” collaborations with other bloggers. This means a blogger would comment on my blog post and I would do the same. So, of course, it was easier to have interaction under my posts. I haven’t done those in a while, and though I get comments now and then, they’re not as often. I didn’t even know my friend read my blog until she told me one day. That said, it can be easy to seem discouraged if you’re not getting much interaction, but those few comments, a random DM of someone telling you how much they enjoyed your post, and especially your analytics will tell you otherwise!

4. Collaboration is important

If you want to get your blog out more, collaborating with other bloggers is very important. It’s also helpful to connect with others in the blogger community. Guest posts allow your blog to be shown to a group of people who may have never seen your blog before. In turn, you’ll help show the other blogger to your community of readers who may never have seen their blog before!

5. Promote, promote, promote

Though six years in, I’m STILL trying to work on this part of being a blogger. I used to promote in the beginning but not as much as I should’ve. Promoting is necessary with any business or anything you’re doing and blogging is no different. I’m blessed to say that, though I haven’t promoted myself as needed, I’ve gotten to a point where I still have a decent amount of readers without doing so. When you’re still a beginner, it’s a must to promote as much as possible. Twitter (yes I still call it Twitter), is a great place to promote your blog! The blogger threads on there allow you to showcase your blog/blog posts for others to discover as well as allow you to discover others.

6. SEO will become your best friend

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which essentially involves different tactics that help your blog rank higher, draw in traffic, and even get your blog on the first page of Google. As far as I know, I’ve had luck to have one of my posts land on the first page of Google, and I’m still in shock! SEO is necessary for growth, but it takes a lot of playing around for it to work. I still have plenty to learn about SEO and am not the person to ask for tips, but plenty of people in the community are pros and can help you grow your blog using it.

I may be six years in and have the ability to provide a few tips to others in the community, but I still have plenty to learn. I’m grateful for each reader, whether silent or not because you all have helped me get to where I am now in my blogging journey! I have plans to grow my blog over time and make it better than ever so stay tuned because this blog isn’t going anywhere (though it may undergo a very big change)!

If you’re a blogger, how long have you been blogging and is it something you see yourself doing full-time?

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