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Six Months Blogging Journey

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July 15, 2019

Rodes On The Road six months journey to blogging is a roller coaster ride. For me, as I don’t consider myself competent in this aspect at all! I have my abilities and talent but not in these aspects, but I love to write and share my opinion on our experiences during our travels. I thought it is enough! You write and hit publish, and that’s it, but it is not. Blogging takes a lot of work and your time. You have to put effort and time to do it for your blog to grow and for you to learn.

The six months journey isn’t an easy road for me as I am not that talented. Has so many things to learn from writing itself, my grammar, and the language barrier too. I am so lucky to have a mother-in-law and sister-in-law who is into writing and knows that every writer needs an editor. Without them, it would be hard for me to see my mistakes. I am fortunate enough that they have the patience to edit my work and teach me if I need to.

My 6 Months Of Blogging
1. First Month
  • I have to read a lot! Everything about how to set up a blog that I stumble into as I didn’t research ahead of time. Days and night I was on the computer all the time that it frustrates my kids and hubby that I stand up only to feed them or eat. I started trying to deliver an article 2-3 times a week, but nobody reads it as I am not active on Social Media yet. I only share it with my family and friends.
  • We set up our Search Engine Optimization ( SEO) in 4 weeks of blogging. I continued writing the way I write it. But I was paranoid why all the bullets are red and wondering how to turn the bullets to green. I then decided to start posting once a week. So I have more time to read and go back to the older articles that I already published. It took me two days to re-write the article and a total of three old published articles to get used to it and learn how to write without a problem for SEO.
2. Second Month
  • I am still working on my older posts working days and nights so I can finish them all. The first FB group I joined is the group of The Business Of Blogging. One of the admins posted that the Tourism Office in Mexico is looking for a new blogger that will help them create content. To be considered in the position, they made a deadline to finished the article before or on March 8, 2019. Even if I was new at that time, I tried my luck and did my research.
  • We purchased the premium Grammarly we paid $100 for a one-year subscription, and it helps me a little for where to put my commas and period.
3. Third Month
  • Finally did finish rewriting my older post and the head of the Hip Traveler contacted me about the shortlisted opportunity to travel in Mexico for a content creator. He asked me to apply and fill up the information on the website and be part of the Hip Traveler group and make an account in there.
  • I found another group in FB called Start A Money Making Blog. I discovered the group through reading a blogger post and her recommendations on a group to follow and join to help you as a blogger. Through them, I was forced to do and retrieved my Twitter account password. And transfer my Pinterest and IG personal account into Business account. They do have a special follow month every month to help each new blogger find their niches.
4. Fourth Month
  • Erin told me that she included my blog site for the Liebster Award nomination.
  • We got our Amazon affiliate link.

5. Fifth Month
  • On my first month on Twitter, I got 1K Followers, my Instagram is growing, and my Facebook is slowly growing with the support of other bloggers and writers.

                  Instagram Six months journey              six months journey in fb

 

6. Sixth Month
  • We got nominated for a Bloggers Award by Kaci Venture, and we are grateful that Kaci included us in her nomination for this award.
  • Google finally accepted our application for Google Ads that my hubby been wanting to have.

Having all these accomplishments in six months paid off all of my hard work in the beginning but I am thankful for everyone who helped me get my name out there without them I wouldn’t make it on social media. Growing my social media is hard, especially if we’re new to the industry. But everyone is kind enough to help each other and let the other bloggers know our existence.

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I gave my two cents in the link of my blogger’s award on what are my advice to new bloggers. Please check it out above so you’ll get more ideas and will be prepared on how to do it and avoid the same mistakes I did.

What Are The Expenses In Starting A Blog
  • If you don’t know how to set up a self-hosted blog and need to have a developer to help you with the technical side, it will cost P 15, 000 in the Philippines for a small amount of work. I heard from other bloggers they have to spend at least $ 3, 000 to let a developer build them the site.
  • All out package including logos and design of the website others paid less than $ 2, 000.
  • When you decide to purchase the logo separately, it varies from $10-  $100. It goes with the theme if you choose to buy the ready-made theme there are lots to choose from price cost from $39- $100. It depends on what you want.
  • The domain name cost varies from $10 – $15 per year it depends on the host site.
Our Expenses
  • Grammarly premium subscription for an annual member it cost $ 139. 95.
  • A ready-made theme cost $49.
  • We spent $75 on our logo and design because we already purchased our ready-made theme.
  • We spent money on Facebook to boost our post to get a wider engagement and more audience on our page. It’s $1 per day total of $10 for seven days.
  • Our domain name Rodes On The Road costs $10 per year.

Please be aware that there are free ways to start a blog, but it depends on what’s your purpose in starting one.  Are you doing it for you to journal your thoughts? Or you’re doing it to help others and at the same time earn from it? Always remember every business need capital, so you have to plan it and know what you are willing to put in both financially and mentally. If you need more detailed information about how much does building a website cost click it here.

The other writers are always supportive of each other, and they’re the best people to hang out with! Everyone is happy to share their knowledge and expertise in their field of expertise.

 

Disclaimer: Please check the prices with your supplier and provider as it can vary. I get these numbers based on what I read from other bloggers when talking about how much it costs them to pay for a particular service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Reply

    Travel Bugs World

    July 17, 2019

    Congratulations to you. It is inspiring to read this post about your journey as a blogger. Thank You April.

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      April

      July 18, 2019

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by to read my six months journey!

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    Jamie

    July 18, 2019

    April you have accomplished a lot in the past several months, great work! Thanks for sharing your progress 🙂

    • Reply

      April

      August 5, 2019

      Thank you, Jamie, I am looking forward to following your journey too!

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    Jamie

    July 18, 2019

    April you have accomplished a lot in the past several months, great work! Thanks for sharing your progress 🙂

    • Reply

      April

      July 19, 2019

      Thank you, Jamie, for visiting. I just wanted to send this message to everyone that there is always hope in everything we do.

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    The Virginia Nymph

    July 26, 2019

    You have come so very far in such a short time my friend. I am beyond proud of you. So glad we met each other and you are a part of my world *hugs*

    • Reply

      April

      July 26, 2019

      Thanks, Tena, for your kind words! I appreciate that.

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    Tiffany

    July 29, 2019

    Awesome Sauce on your 6 month mark in blogging!! You’re doing a great job. I still have to look into the SEO like you mentioned. I have so much to learn!!!

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      April

      July 30, 2019

      Thank you and yes too much need to learn and read!

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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