It’s My One Year Blogoversary!

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Guess what today is (Hint: read the title)… It’s my one year blogoversary! It’s crazy to think that I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a whole year now. At first I didn’t know if it would be something I’d enjoy doing that I’d want to continue, but it definitely has been thanks to all of you! I would like to take a moment and sincerely thank you all for reading, commenting, and sharing my posts. You guys are awesome!

Now to celebrate my first blogoversary, I thought it’d be a good idea to share some tips, stats, and other miscellaneous tid bits from behind the scenes here at frugalhack.me.

Hit the break to check it out.

Firsts

  • First Post: Here’s Some News. – Not a very exciting post, but it was my first nonetheless.
  • First Comment: Love the site! Keep it coming.…It was from my brother. After this comment and a few more from people I knew, I didn’t receive any for about a month. After that month, I received a message from a reader (Jason) who informed me that he wasn’t able to comment on my posts. Thanks to him, I found the issue and I started receiving comments again.
  • First Deal: Possible Free Drink at Starbucks – Again not very interesting, but you gotta start somewhere!
  • First Trackback: Million Mile Secrets – This was my MMS interview, which was basically an induction into the miles and points blogosphere.

Stats

Useful Blogging Tools

  • titlecapitalization.com – This site is a super useful blogging tool where you can enter your blog post title and it will correctly capitalize it.
  • Pixabay – Pixabay gives you access to thousands of user uploaded pictures for free.
  • Creative Commons – This is another site that gives you free access to thousands of images, sounds, and videos.
  • TablePress – By far the best free table plugin for WordPress!
  • MonoSnap – This is the program I use for all my screenshots and quick editing. It’s super easy and convenient to use.
  • Canva –  Canva is an online graphic creator. It’s the program my wife uses, in addition to Photoshop, to create all the pretty pictures you find on my blog. Pixabay + Canva = awesome stuff!

Blogging Tips

In the past year, I’ve received quite a few questions about starting a blog, but to be honest I’m no expert. I started this blog knowing absolutely nothing about blogging, but I’ve learned a lot and I continue to do so. So, here are a few tips I’ve discovered over this past year…

Don’t start a blog to make money.
Focus on content first and foremost, because great posts are significantly more attractive than ads. With great posts comes great audiences. Once you have that great audience, then start thinking about monetizing your work.

Research Adsense before using it.
I made the mistake of implementing Adsense on my blog without knowing anything about it. Then after about a week of having it up, I was banned. I suspect it’s due to the amount of bots I had visiting my blog (before I had a spam catcher), but I’m not sure. Now, my blog is banned for life. Fortunately, there are alternatives, but they’re not near as good as Adsense.

Ask for help.
There are a lot of people willing to help you make a great blog, all you have to do is ask.

Connect.
Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Forums. Blogs. Whatever the platform may be, connect with similar people and you’ll get a lot more traffic.

Find a niche.
There are millions of websites on the internet, so why would someone visit yours? This is something I still struggle with, but if you can find a niche, you’ll likely gain much more traffic.

Year 2

I have a lot of ideas in store for year 2, but only time will tell if any of them will come to fruition. Just stay tuned and we’ll see. Thanks for sticking with me!


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