Once upon a time, Pinterest had this lovely little follow button, located at the bottom of each pin, for viewers to use when they wanted to follow someone. In fact, Pinterest used to make a suggestion to the viewer on who to follow. But, over the years they have made several changes – some good, some not so much. One of those changes was to get rid of the follow button on pins. Now, if you want to follow someone, you have to click their profile. As a result, the daily increase in followers decreased for many. [sigh…] I was one of those people, and for almost two years, my follower count was stagnant. This is my story on how to break a Pinterest stall, or at least how I did it.
Blogging Tips & Tricks
One of the first steps that you should take as a blogger is to create a clear and decisive comment policy. Back before I started this blog, I avoided all social media platforms like the plague. It sounds weird for someone who has a BBA with a concentration in information technology to say that. But, now that my job requires me to be active in social media, I am even more convinced than ever that it can be an emotional vacuum that sucks the very soul out of you.
Seriously, I am always amazed at how mean some people can be. I told myself going into this that I would need to develop a thick skin if I wanted to survive, but nothing can prepare you for some of the things that you may encounter. However, a good comment policy can help shield you and your viewers from the nay sayers and the Debbie downers.
I often get questions from new bloggers surrounding the issue of ads and affiliate marketing. Most of the time, they want to know how many visitors they need before they should accept advertising or become an affiliate. Well, that is really a loaded question, because every blog is different. Some people seem to become profitable with very little following. While, others struggle even after they reach high numbers. Figuring out the right time and formula for ads and affiliate marketing for bloggers can sometimes be tricky. I can provide you with a few formulas; however, there are a few other issues that you really ought to take into consideration when making your decision.
Naturally, there are going to be exceptions to the rules, but there seem to be some very big mistruths floating around about blogging. It boggles the mind to see all the “overnight successful bloggers” out there that are assuring you that if you just follow their plan, you will have overnight success, too. You may be left feeling like you must not have what it takes to make it as a blogger. Well, obviously if everyone else is seeing such overnight success, then you must be doing something wrong….right? No! You have just fallen into the trap of blogging truths and downright lies!
Blogging can be an amazing and wonderful career. It can also be a great way to moonlight for a bit of extra monthly cash. Several years ago, I made the leap into the world of blogging, and I have been loving every minute of it! However, I didn’t go into it thinking that is was going to be a temporary thing. Nor did I look at it as a hobby. I didn’t know how much I would earn as a blogger, but I was determined to give it a go and to stick with it for at least four years. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a beginner’s guide to starting a blog.