Since I’ve been reflecting on one year of blogging – today I wanted to share some of my reflections on the actual process of blogging. This may be of some interest to my regular reader, but is mostly geared towards fellow bloggers.
I feel a little embarrassed to do a post like this – acting like I have something to say on the topic of blogging. I spend most of my time listening to the blogging advice from others because sometimes I feel like I have no idea what is going on in the blogging world.
Blogging Lessons from One Year of Blogging
Craig Interviewer: Good morning Craig. First of all let me say congrats on surviving a year of blogging.
Craig Blogger: Thanks so much.
Craig Interviewer: What is the biggest blogging regret?
Craig Blogger: OK. So you want to start with the bad news? Fine by me. I’ve actually got two big blogging regrets. The first is that I didn’t start sooner. This has been an absolutely fantastic journey. I’ve enjoyed every moment and I only wish I had started sooner. Second, I would have picked a different domain name. I’m not exactly crazy about Money Help For Christians, but I’m sort of stuck with it. I do get a massive amount of emails from people who want ‘money help’ and they are not looking for advice.
Craig Interviewer: What is the hardest thing about blogging?
Craig Blogger: I’ve found it hard to get away from the blog. My mind often reflects on topic post ideas or upcoming changes. I wish I didn’t think about it so much. Also, I’ve found myself thinking that I’ve missed something. I keep having the feeling that everyone else has the blogging thing figured out and I’m just working like crazy and getting no results. Then of course there is sleep. Getting up early and staying up late has been hard.
Craig Interviewer: What is the key to anything positive that has happened on this blog?
Craig Blogger: First of all, I’ve done something that I love and I am doing something that I believe is a ministry to Christians.
[pullquote]Serving God in your giftedness is a fantastic feeling.[/pullquote]
Also, I learned quickly was that since I like to write I usually write a lot of posts every week. I tried to use that to my advantage so I started doing a lot of guest posting. I think that has been a key to the good things that have happened at MH4C. I haven’t done much guest posting lately as I’ve been focusing on paid guest posting for other sites. However, I’m thinking about going on a guest posting blitz in the future.
I would also say that surrounding myself with great blogging mentors was important. I’ve got to have some fantastic conversations with guys who have given me some fantastic feedback. I’d especially like to thank Bob at Christianpf. We Skype once a month and his feedback has been tremendously helpful. I’ve also Skyped with Ryan from Cash Money Life. Peter from Bible Money Matters has provided me with some great feedback via email.
Most recently I’ve had a lot of help from the Money Mavens Network. That partnership has been amazing. We have our own private forum and the things that are being shared in that forum is absolutely amazing. I’ve been implementing some of the tips and I’ve seen some unbelievable results on my blog.
Craig Interviewer: Any especially juicy tips you want to share?
Craig Blogger: Sure. Here are a couple of small changes that I’ve made to my site which resulted in very positive results. At around the same time I joined the Money Mavens Network and then installed the related websites plug-in. Almost immediately, my search engine traffic increased. Thanks to Tom at Canadian Finance Blog for sharing his plugins.
Based on some advice from Mike at The Oblivious Investor I cleaned up a lot of the links on my homepage. The result? Another increase in search traffic.
For anyone using Adsense if you don’t know about A/B testing let me know and I’ll share the code that Bob at Christianpf passed along. I was able to see some increased Adsense income when I started doing some A/B testing.
Craig Interviewer: What tools have helped you achieve your blogging goals?
Craig Blogger: When I started blogging I decided that I would use some of the income to invest back into the business I’ve tried several paid products and these are my favorites:
Several months ago I switched from Feedburner to Aweber. I love how Aweber allows me to customize so many things related to my feed. They also have some great subscriber forms. Since switching to Aweber around the start of the year my subscriber list has doubled. [pullquote]I only wish I signed up for Aweber months ago.[/pullquote]
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Brian Clark who owns Scribe SEO actually just made a completely free PDF document called “How to Create Compelling Content that Ranks Well in Search Engines.” Click here to grab your free SEO copywriting report. By the way, I would be CERTAIN to read through the entire document because it has a killer ending.
[pullquote]Scribe SEO is a paid product, but for the time it saves and traffic it generates I give it two thumbs up.[/pullquote]
Since using Scribe I’ve found that most of my posts (that I’m trying to rank for) land on Google page 1 or 2. After getting Scribe I now have more posts on Google pages 1 and 2 than I got ranked in my first 8 months of blogging.
MH4C has had 4 different themes. I discovered Thesis and I love it. I don’t think I’ll ever look at another theme. I have since installed it on my travel blog. Since I’m not a tech guy I love the hooks and the ease of customization. [pullquote]If you are on the market for a clean, easy to use, SEO optimized theme you need to check out Thesis.[/pullquote]
Craig Interviewer: Thanks for taking the time for this interview. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we conclude?
Craig Blogger: Yes. I’d just like to add that the the tools answer above does have affiliate links. One of the things that I love about blogging is that I get to promote products that really help me. That is such an ideal win – win situation. Also, I just want to thank everyone who endured this interview to the bitter end.