As you may or may not know I am fairly new to this ‘blogging’ business. Nine months ago I didn’t know a page from a post or a backlink from a linky!!! Oh, how things change! 🙂
Now I am loving every minute of it at the moment and have an insatiable appetite for knowledge.
There is an absolute wealth of information and opportunities out there but gathering it all can be extremely time-consuming.
Whilst seasoned bloggers provide priceless info (Thank you! I don’t know what I would do without you) sometimes it’s great to exchange info and ideas with people who are at the same stage.
I thought it was a good idea to share the great blogging resources I have found so far and some of the experiences I have had as a complete beginner.
Money Making Opportunities
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Whilst on my blogging journey I have come across a number of side hustles that help pay for the running and up keep of the blog.
All of the sites listed below are are not limited to US bloggers but also to bloggers based in Europe and in other countries.
Easy Affiliate Sites
It’s really easy to sign up for each of these affiliate programs and start earning straight away. It may only be small amounts in the beginning but it is good to get these in place for when your blog views and visitors start to grow. As they say from small acorns and all that.
I have also joined a number of influencer programs that are open to bloggers all over the world.
It took me a while to get my head around instagram (more a case of fear of the unknown) but once I got started I found that this is one of my favourite social media platforms. It’s quick and easy instant gratification 🙂 there is so much inspiration out there and you can find some really great content from other sites within a few clicks.
You can follow my instagram account here; A Happy Home In Holland (let me know you have come from my site and I will follow back 🙂 )
I am still a total newbie but the account is growing fast with thanks to numerous sources of great information.
Alex Tooby who breaks everything down into bite size chunks. She has really useful email courses, an instagram growth facebook group and a couple of in-depth online courses; ** Hashtag Hero & Infamous To Influential **
One thing that I have found to be particularly useful are link parties.
It’s a great way to find other great blogs and get your own stuff seen by other bloggers.
One tip I would really advise you to do when taking part in linkies is ‘to be generous!’ – don’t go purely for self-promotion because you will be selling yourself short. The more links you visit and leave genuine encouraging comments the better the results will be – the linky love comes back ten fold!
You can see which ones I link up at here; Link Parties (here is a list of links to more than 70 different link parties / blog hops that are all up-to-date).
In addition to this link party list page, I have worked out a really great system for keeping track of all the parties I enter. Thanks to a spreadsheet template I have made it runs pretty smoothly now and I save myself so much time by having all the information in one place.
The spreadsheet is separated by days and includes all the link parties that are listed here (plus start times when available). All the different parties are hyperlinked so you can open them right up just using the spreadsheet.
Now by using this, I am able to keep track of everything; I include any special instructions, how many links the party receives on average, what I have listed previously, any posts which have been featured and any links which have expired.
I’m sure other people have different ways of organising their linkies but this works for me – let me know it you would like a copy.
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