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First month of blogging tips

12 Tips To Stay Positive in the First Month of Blogging

The first month of blogging kinda sucks, I’m not going to lie.  There is a ton of work with pretty much zero reward in your first month of blogging unless you call $0.51 from AdSense a reward.

Here’s a few tips I’ve learned firsthand to get you through that first month, and hopefully into months 3-6 when you finally get out of the Google Sandbox hell.


  1. Don’t focus too much on your site’s aesthetics

    Everyone wants a great looking website, but what good is a beautiful website if nobody ever sees it?  A rookie mistake is spending most of your time on the website looks when you should just be writing A LOT.  Build content and try to get some backlinks.  Then you can make some tweaks to the appearance along the way.

  2. Consider keeping a blogging journal

    This has worked very well to keep me motivated.  At times if feels like you’re just spinning tires and wasting time.  But if you keep a little journal or log of your progress it can help keep you going.  Write down what you’ve accomplished, and set some goals for yourself.

  3. Stop trying to be perfect

    Not every post needs to be life changing.  You are just trying to build content at this point, the more the better.  If you have an idea run with it, plug in a keyword and build your post.  You’ll want to be able to add some type of value to your niche, but don’t die with a post.  Make your points, proof read it, then move on to the next one.

  4. Don’t expect much in the first month

    We’ve all seen the “How I made $3,500 my first month blogging!”… I’m telling you that’s like hitting the lottery.  Don’t be discouraged when you don’t make money month one if that’s your goal.  Celebrate small victories like your 25th post, your first organic traffic, your first AdSense click.

  5. Get on Social Media out the gate

    Pick maybe 2 social platforms that work best for your niche and hammer them hard.  For this blog I’ve decided to focus on Twitter and Instagram.  If your blog is more visual, like how to build gift baskets you’d likely do better on Pinterest.  These are easy to get on, hash tag and build followers.

  6. Write down blog ideas

    Your first 2-3 weeks you’ll prob have tons of ideas for blog posts and you’ll be able to blog every day.  Eventually those ideas will run out and you’ll need fresh topics.  I like to keep a running list on my phone.  Whenever an idea for a topic pops in my head I write it down.  Writers block is very real.

  7. Join HARO (Help A Reporter Out)

    HARO is typically used for generating back links.  Reporters looking for people they can quote in their stories and build top quality back links if you are selected.  Even if you are never selected HARO is still worth joining as it helps get the creative juices flowing.  HARO sends emails 3 times a day of dozens of reporters looking for content.  This is a fantastic way to come up with great topics to blog about that might fit your niche.

  8. Practice good SEO

    Content is nothing if you’re not focusing on SEO.  I use WordPress and have downloaded Yoast for my SEO and find it extremely easy to use.  You’ll need to do Keyword research as well as random keyword phrases are of no benefit.  Semrush is a little pricey when starting out, so a good trick is simply going to Google and start typing a keyword phrase, if it pre-populates see how many pages come up in the search.  The lower the search results, typically the lower the competition, so go for it.

  9. Make sure you’re using a top-quality host

    I’ve used a few different hosts in the past.  HostGator has amazing customer but my sites always seemed to run too slow with them.  I switched over to Siteground and haven’t looked back.  The site is very fast, I can host multiple sites off 1 package for cheap, and their backend interface is super user friendly.


  10. Join some affiliates

    If your goal is to monetize your website you should really have some affiliate connections early on.  Traffic alone isn’t going to be significant enough to drive any real earnings, probably not for the first year.  So you need affiliates to try to convert the traffic you do get into sales and $.  The reality is you wont be approved for much in your first month of blogging.  You can try but expect a lot of rejection with a new site.  Still, you can usually become an Amazon Associate, or an affiliate for a hosting platform like I have above.  Your affiliates should be a win-win-win, generating you income, helping your reader, and giving your affiliate a sale.

  11. Don’t compare yourself to other blogs

    There are over 2 billion articles on Google about how to make money blogging.  Don’t fall into this trap and doubt yourself.  Just because someone says they made $500 in their first month of blogging it doesn’t mean anything.  They could have 3 other blogs they’ve been working on for 10 years and linked to their new blog to generate those sales and traffic.  Don’t allow this to be a demotivator, if anything use it as motivation to keep going!

  12. Never forget why you’re blogging

    You started your blog for a reason, never forget that reason.  Perhaps you dream of quitting your job.  Maybe you want the freedom to travel and blog anywhere.  You could have a strong passion for the topic and don’t care about money.  Maybe you’re trying to change the world.  Whatever your reason never forget it.

Blogging takes time to see results, there is simply no way around this.  Do a search for “Google Sandbox” and you’ll see that getting traffic in your first 3-6 months is borderline impossible.

You need to have a long-term outlook and just stick with it.  If the goal is to monetize your blog just imagine how different your life would be if you eventually got to the point where just 1 blog post a week was generating $500 a month, or maybe $1,000, or $2,500…

Every successful blog started at zero.  Keep going, even the stupidest niches generate thousands every month, so long as you believe in your topics, keep posting, do SEO and don’t stop you’ll get there!

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My Blogging Journey

My Blogging Journey, Blog Journal Starting Month One

Originally, I was planning on doing a “My Blogging Journey” post at months 3, 6 and 12, but decided where is the fun in that?

Instead, I’ll be  sharing as I go along.  Let people know what I’m doing, my ideas, plans, goals, milestones and if I’m lucky maybe people will comment with some tips!

First, I should probably start by letting you know this is not my first blog, I’ve had a few others all of which have failed, or I should say, I abandoned before they could succeed.

So what’s different this time?  Quite a few things, but I’d say the most important difference is with this blog I can really just blog about my opinions.  On all the other blogs I tried to be too matter of fact, to experienced based, an expert in the field, and it just became boring.  I’d make maybe $30 in AdSense and give up after 6 months.  On this blog I can vent, shoot out my opinions, write self-helps, and that will just never get old.


August 24th, I purchase my domain.

I wanted a domain name that was catchy, not too niched, something that would allow me to blog about anything.  I am very opinionated and happen to be reading Common Sense and The Federalist Papers when I came up with the name.  While watching the news I said to my self “I’m really fed up with all of this” and so “The Fed Up With This Papers” was born.

For hosting I went with SiteGround and could not be happier.  I’ve tried Bluehost and Hostgator in the past, and though they had strengths I’m much happier with SiteGround, and find my site to be fastest through them.  They also have the most user friendly backend Dashboard panel I’ve ever come across.

Here’s my affiliate link for SiteGround, check them out! 

I’m familiar with WordPress and love SiteOrigin for free templates and site builder.  Very drag and drop user friendly.  By August 29th the overall framework of the website is complete and now it’s just time to start rolling out content and fine tuning.


September 1st, 5 post and 5 pages.

There are a lot of behind the scenes things happening that take up HOURS every day, building pages, categories, researching plugins, tweaking the website layout, etc.  I downloaded the Yoast SEO plugin and started optimizing everything.  Added Google analytics to the site.  Started applying for some basic affiliate programs and applied for Google Adsense.


September 10th, lots happening in 10 days.

While I continue to fine tune the site I’m also researching about backlinks, utilizing social media, and just different tips and tricks.

I started writing an eBook that I’ll eventually look to sell through my self-help section, about how to make money buying at auctions and selling online (what I used to blog about).

Learned about google’s “sandbox” period where I can expect pretty much zero ranking and traffic in the first 3-6 months.

Submitted my sitemap to Google and added a subscription box to the site with Convertful.

It’s also during this week that I learned about HARO (Help A Reporter Out) which is supposed to be a great way to build backlinks.  It looks a little hit or miss, but I can definitely see the potential there.


  • My Blog goals in first 3 months

I’ve structured my blog around 3 main talking points.  Posts, Short Rants, and Self-help.  Posts are content heavy, between 2,000-3,000 words.  Short Rants are usually 400-1,000 words, and Self Help are at a minimum 2,000 words.

I figure with this structure I can stick to 1 “Short Rant” a day, this is just my random opinion piece about anything happening in the world that grinds my gears.  For posts I’m trying to stick to 1 a week minimum, and Self Help I want to do one every other week at a minimum.

My thought here is somewhere in the 3-6 month period when I’m out of the sandbox I’ll have 100+ posts with plenty of content to help me ramp up traffic fast.


September 14th, Google Adsense and Analytics

It's been 2 weeks since I applied to Google Adsense and unfortunately still no update on their end.  It says "this could take up to 2 weeks" but I've seen online people waiting for over a month.  I'm not all that worried about it at this stage, but in the next 2 months if still nothing I'm going to get a little worried as I'll really be counting on that to help monetize the site.

Traffic is still pretty much non-existent at this stage, to be expected.


September 17th, Adsense approved!

I believe it took about 17 days but my Google Adsense request was approved.  I decided to go with automatic placement of ads for now.  I removed most from the main page and I don't like the ones that take over the whole screen so I removed those as well.  I still have a solid 2 months of being stuck in the sandbox for now, but it's nice to know once traffic starts up I'll have what I need to start making some money on my blog.


September 21st, HARO

Today I submitted one of my blog posts to HARO (Help A Reporter Out).  They are looking for someone who has experience in Real Estate investing, and what they would have told their younger self.  I did a blog about my experience with real estate and 15 tips to get started.  The whole process is super easy.  You join, get emails, when something lines up you email the reporter your pitch.  This is a great way to drive traffic, build back links and really just come up with fresh outside the box blogging ideas.  I don't expect anything to come out of my first submission, but you never know.  Now that I have a groove of posting about once a day I really need to build some quality back links or nobody is going to be able to read about my blogging journey.  Well, expect for you, because you're clearly reading this right now.


September 23rd, Google Search Console and First Organic Search yay!

I received the following email from Google today "Google systems confirm that on Sep 21, 2020 we started collecting Google Search impressions for your website in Search Console. This means that pages from your website are now appearing in Google search results for some queries."  I'm guessing this means my site has the potential to start showing up in search results, which I guess makes sense since according to Google Analytics, I got my first traffic from an organic search.

So 1 month in after buying my domain, with full on SEO work, submitting sitemaps to Google, writing 20 blog posts, fully optimizing all my photos and working on the site every day... I had 1 visitor!  If you're starting out you may want to start your own "my blogging journey" because the reality is, this is a lot of up front work with no instant gratification.  You have to keep at it, and I find this little ongoing blog post of mine is really helping!


October 1st, Every Day Blog Posts are Hard!

I really thought I could post a blog every day.  Turns out that is waaaay harder than I thought.  I suppose if you literally have nothing better to do with your time you can sit around writing blogs, but not this guy.  I'm still trying to post as frequently as possible especially in the first 3 months.  But I'm finding it to be much more difficult than I originally thought.  So my advice from this week is, try to post as often as you can.  If you can't do every single day, don't be hard on yourself.  I missed 2 days of writing and didn't even realize it because I was so busy with life getting in they way.

Ultimately,  I don't want this blog to become a new full time job.  I want it to get to the point where I can do maybe 2 blog posts a week to keep it active.  This is just 1 part of my "Retire early" plan.


October 12th, Vacation made me lazy

My family decided to do a last minute vacation at the Jersey Shore, enjoying the final warm days.  It's very difficult to blog in a small beach house with 10 family members making all types of noise, so I decided to just enjoy the time and ignore the blog for a few days.  Though I didn't post anything for almost 2 weeks I did realize someone.  I'm awesome at saving money.  I come from a frugal family and it's something I could easily post about in my self-help section.

Ultimately this blog is going to transition into mostly a self improvement type blog with tips on how to break away from the 9-5 norm, when you're finally "fed up with this".  I figure a frugal/diy section could fit in perfectly!

It's funny how when you take a step back you can sometimes find what you're looking for without even realizing you were looking for it.


November 17th, ....I suck at this...

I fell well short of my plan to blog every single day.  I started out strong, but I was also out of work when I started this blog.  I since started a new job, and in the age of Covid, it requires 100% of your attention.  The onboarding process has been awesome, and the training is going surprisingly well considering I haven't met a single co-worker in person, but still, it's a lot.

I'm mad at myself that I wasn't putting out at least one blog post a week.  I'm coming up on 3 months already and I'm hoping traffic will grow at some point, I really need to try to keep this blog more active.  As I settle into my new role at work (commercial finance sales) I'm hoping I can take a couple breaks during the day and pump out blogs.

I've also decided to get away from politics, especially now that the election is over.  My focus needs to be more on being "Fed up" with the day in day out grind.  I'm good at side hustles, and saving money, I'm well on my way to an early retirement without being a trust fund baby or software genius.  Time to start switching my focus to that.


December 5th,... This is way harder than I thought

Anyone starting a blog probably imagines that even with the littlest bit of work that the traffic will start rolling in.  News flash.. it doesn't.  Its been a little over 3 months and I next to zero traffic.  So, I'm changing the entire website, focusing on new key words and just moving on.

I've been keeping busy outside of the internet word, but need to stay true to the idea that I'm "fed up with this" and looking for my own personal freedom.


December 13th, I'm back baby!  

I spent a nice chunk of the day redoing the format of the blog.  Getting everything laid out how I want it and adding a couple blog posts I had written over the week.  I'm really happy with the new lay out.  I know I shouldn't be too focused on the layout this early on, but the better you feel about your blog the more time you'll put into it.  I probably ended up putting 20 hours into the blog this week without even realizing it, which feels nice.  To my surprise I had a few organic clicks come through this week and have made $0.55 so far woooo!  (sarcasm).  I have 3 more blog posts ready to go that I plan on putting out over the next couple of days.  I think my new strategy is going to be sitting down on an early weekend morning and just start typing.  I find it's much easier to sit down and write 2-3 blog posts in one shot then it is to try and consistently write them every week.  then I'll just stager the posts.


December 28th, Analytics improving and Pinterest

I'm approaching 4 full months of my blogging journey, I honestly have no idea how bloggers can put out posts "How I made $60,000 my first year of blogging".  It seems impossible.  With that said, my analytics are starting to turn around.  I'm consistently getting daily visitors now.  The first few months I'd go a week with maybe 3 visitors all directed from my Instagram posts.  Now I am getting a little organic traffic, and it seems someone visits the site every day.

Part of the reason for the improved traffic is jumping on Pinterest.  I've never really understood Pinterest, but if you look at it as a visual search engine it starts to make sense.  I still think I'm not using it 100% correctly, but my pins are getting some clicks.  I've made boards that mirror the topics of my blog and post each pin the the correct board, I think that's pretty much it.  As I fill this site up with more content I'll eventually try promoting my pins on pinterest to see what type of traffic it drives.  I don't want to promote just any post, I want something I'm really proud of, a cornerstone piece with perfectly placed affiliate links.





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