Happy 1st Birthday To My Website

Last Update: March 16, 2019

Phew What A Year!

Where has the year gone? It's been one year today since I published the first post on my website and it seems like yesterday.

I don't blog much here, however I hope newer members will get some useful takeaways from this birthday blog.

In terms of making money, I'm nowhere near where I want to be, a very small trickle of money has just started. However, during this huge learning curve first year, I've built a solid base for a business and feel like I've achieved so much.

I'm No Spring Chicken

I'm not exactly 'young' and I wasn't exactly completely IT illiterate when I started here at WA, but my knowledge was very limited (it's still not great). I had avoided using any social media whatsoever before joining WA, therefore had absolutely no knowledge of how it all works.

Despite these handicaps, by following the training here step by step, applying the learnings, and asking for help from the great WA community when needed, I've managed to do the following:

  • I've learned how to build my first website using Wordpress.
  • I'm active on Pinterest (1,000 followers) and Facebook (85 followers).
  • I just completed my first guest interview for a blogger in my niche who contacted me with the request.
  • I've learned about affiliate marketing and SEO.
  • I understand and use Google Analytics.
  • I had an audit of my site carried out by a marketing/SEO 'expert' and realized my website is for the most part OK. It's not perfect, but I haven't made any huge mistakes either.

When I wrote my first 1000 word post, I struggled and honestly thought I'd never be able to write 10 posts. I'd read member's blogs where they say they had written 100 posts and thought 'Crikey, I'll never be able to write that number of posts'.

However, I now have 95 posts on my site and the majority are long posts of approximately 2400 + words, some over 3000 words. I realized I need long posts to compete with keywords in my niche.

The more you write, the easier it gets. For newbies, some tricks I've used during this first year to make writing easier are :

  • Make a list of about 20 posts ideas so you are all ready to just write.
  • Do Keyword research and have a list of long tail keywords all ready to go for the posts.
  • Commit to publishing a set number of posts weekly.
  • Try to write some draft posts and schedule them ahead of time according to your publishing schedule. Having posts all ready in your queue takes the pressure off and you don't have to sit and write on days you might not feel like it, or on days when you need to do social media/marketing stuff. I've found doing this of great benefit as I found I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to keep to my publishing schedule. Of course you need to do some additional work to build up your initial 'bank' of drafts.

I find just these three things make writing SO much easier. I'm a designer in my offline life and was always taught that you need a starting point. You can't sit and stare at a blank sheet of paper waiting for design inspiration to strike. I use the same mentality here, you can't sit and stare at a blank computer screen, make sure you spend time just thinking and researching to give yourself a starting point and the writing part will flow more easily.

What's Next As I Go Into My 2nd Year?

I always seem to have a 'to do' list that never gets completely ticked off as new stuff gets added to it. This coming year I plan to keep writing at the same pace, particularly adding more money posts to the solid base I have in place. I'm in the process of setting up an email opt in. I want to be more active on social media, do more outreach campaigns and start a 2nd website (if I can just think of another niche.....mmmh).

I've learned that depending on the niche you choose, it can take longer than you think it will to start seeing a financial reward for all your hard work. However, it's important to be mindful of what is working and look for the signs of success along the way. For example, right now my organic traffic is just starting an upward trend and I'm seeing more of my posts reach Google Page 1 which is encouraging.

I try to celebrate each small success along the way to building out my site authority.......and most importantly never give up!

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Wdcope Premium
Ann, it is always a joy to read your posts. I am not as far as you yet, because of time restrictions, but trying to fill the content in now. The draft idea is very good and I will work on that as I move forward. congrats on were you are. In the health niche, have you considered sub-niches that could compliment your first website and niche? Perhaps family lifestyles, unless it is in your current site. That's a popular one with my wife and her friends.
Take care,
Bill
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thanks Bill I need to spend some ‘thinking’ time re my site.
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Fintyd Premium
Well written Ann, you and I have been at WA about the same length of time, I have three sites, one main one with 100 pages/posts plus about 36 blog posts. Am I making money? Just a trickle not enough to pay for the yearly subs.YET!
I think you have done a huge amount of work in your first year, 1000 followers on Pintrest ( how many pins?) That's a great following to keep working on, your writing style is excellent I know that you are building something worthwhile and I would like to wish you the very best.
Regards
Fintan
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thanks Fintan, it’s good to hear from people like yourself and Jessica who started around the same time. You and I are both in health niches.
I have 240 pins on Pinterest and enjoy making them, I don’t labour over them too much, but just keep on making new ones. I’ve found the headline you choose is an important part of the process. Pinterest drives most of my traffic at the moment. If I boost a post on FB I can get really good traffic from that, but I’m not a FB fan in general.
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Barley1 Premium
Contacts Ann, great news. Keep up the great work.

Danny
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thanks Danny
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Barley1 Premium
Welcome
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Swangirl Premium
Congratulations Ann! You are doing really well. You have more posts than I do. Consistency is so important and you have that figured out!

I am sure your second year will really take off and be successful!

Jessica
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thanks Jessica, I hope this coming year things will take off.
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kevin928 Premium
Brilliant stuff Ann, well done

Is there cake???
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Crazyhaggis Premium
No cake! One big disadvantage of sitting writing all day is weight gain due to lack of activity.
I should have mentioned in my blog that I’m also determined to add more activity into my day too. 😂
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you for this, it gives me courage to keep going in my niche...:)
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thankyou, I’m glad it helps.
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Superhero123 Premium
Happy 1st birthday for your website. Thanks for the handy hints. I like that spirit of endurance.
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thankyou....you definitely need persistence, endurance and commitment.
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Barney44 Premium
HaPpY FiRsT BiRtHdAy
Congratulations on your journey to success be they small or large.

Though I am not exactly a ‘newbie’ I am by no means an accomplished blogger (WA’er). Your achievements (in bold type) are good ideas for us (me in particular) to follow. Then your listing of tricks (again in bold print) are also points that we all need to consider and from time-to-time review where we stand in accomplishing them. Going to copie and paste onto separate sheet both your accomplishments and tips and post on bulletin board by my desk.

Thanks for wonderful insights and again congratulations I raise my green beer in celebration.

Barry
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thanks Barry.... enjoy that green beer!!
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phil1944 Premium
Happy birthday, Ann. Many more to come.
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thanks Phil
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jacod Premium
My 5 cents . . . stick with one website until successful. Only then start another.
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Crazyhaggis Premium
That’s my plan.... thanks
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MElumir Premium
Congratulations on your amazing journey.
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thankyou
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FlorencioQ Premium
Happy first birthday Ann, I'm sure the second year will bring you much success with your website.
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Here’s hoping 🤞🏼
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Fleeky Premium
Hahaha
A spring chicken!

🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥

Congratulations
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Thankyou
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