21 Top Bloggers Share the One Thing They Wish They Had Known When They Started Blogging

Top Bloggers Share the One ThingYou feel stuck.

Frustrated.

You started a fantastic blog, and wrote some epic content that should teach and inspire. But just aren’t getting the results you thought you would.

You’re not alone.

I’ve been there. Other bloggers have been there.

Running a successful blog is a process. In fact, it has taken many of us years to figure it out. I’ve been online for 5 years now and still haven’t figured it all out.

Luckily, you have some experts who have been there and done it all. So I posed the question to 21 expert bloggers:

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started blogging?

Here is what they had to say.

Brian DeanBrian Dean of Backlinko

“I wish I knew how to build my email list.

When I look back at the #1 thing that’s helped grow my blog, it’s not even close: it’s my email list.

Even though I knew it was important on day 1, I had no idea how to build it properly. So I just copied techniques that other blogs were doing. I had the occasional win, but it was dumb luck.

Fortunately, after testing a million different strategies, I discovered two things that made all the difference:

  1. Popups (Yes, they’re annoying. But they work)
  2. Content Upgrades

You can almost ignore every other strategy and focus on these and you’ll be good.

I just wish I knew about them sooner! I’d have 2x+ more subscribers.”

 

Gary KGary Korisko of Reboot Authentic

“There’s a balance you have to strike between doing your own thing and doing exactly what you’re told to do by others. You need to study, to enroll in courses, and to get coaching from those who are already successful. Rather than winging it and hoping things eventually turn out ok (a horrible strategy), you really do need a formal education.

But you also need to create your own flavor and make those proven principles yours in a unique way that doesn’t just blend into the woodwork. So the tricky part is walking that line… taking time-tested strategies and making them look brand new with your own unique style.”

 

Adrian JockAdrian Jock of AdrianJock.com

“When I started blogging I had lots of things new bloggers don’t have: an online marketing experience of 7-8 years, a mailing list interested in the topic of my niche blog, two books written by me that matched 100% the blog, and more.

So I didn’t start the blog for the sake of blogging, or because that was the fashion. The blog was a marketing vehicle that I needed in order to increase the exposure of my books and the income.

The one thing I wish I knew when I started blogging is… nothing. Nothing at all. I wouldn’t change a thing from what I’ve done.
But let me tell you what I wish I knew when I started my last blog for a different kind of audience and for a different goal:

If people want to buy shiny stinky fish, you shouldn’t try to help them by teaching them how to catch some fresh fish.

(No, it’s not about buying and selling. And it’s not about fish. Just a figure of speech.)”

 

neil patelNeil Patel of Neilpatel.com and Quick Sprout

“Consistency. If you don’t blog consistently your blog won’t grow. When I started I thought I could do it for fun, but it didn’t work out well. When I started to blog consistently the blog grew… but I had to put in time on a regular basis for months before I saw results.”

 

 

Mi MubaMi Muba of Be a Money Blogger

“The one thing I wish I knew before I started blogging is the conceptual difference between blogging and advertising as the blogging simply influences people to buy which things from which companies while in advertising a company itself asks people to buy its product.

If a person gets to know what he ultimately is going to do on his blog he can easily plan everything from the very first day after starting his blog to bring the most relevant people who he can sell a product and equally first influence them with his freebies and free contents to eventually convince them buy the premium products on his recommendation.

So knowing the basic conceptual difference between blogging and advertising is must to do blogging successfully.”

 

DreaAndrea Beltrami of The Branded Solopreneur

“I wish someone would have told me when I first got started that it’s all about who you know! That it’s building relationships that is the secret sauce in the solo success recipe. It wasn’t until I pulled my head out of my ass and realized that my peers were allies and not competitors, and then started building friendships with them that I started raking in the traffic and exposure I wanted.

The second thing I wished someone would had told me when I was getting started was HOW to go about building those strong friendships with my peers…and in a way that was totally authentic for me. I’m NOT a fan of kissing ass or being fake in the name of making connections, so even after I knew what I needed to do I didn’t know how to do it. I know it seems like a no-brainer when it comes to how to make friends online {I mean, I have some of those in my real life….lol} but it wasn’t clear to me for far longer than I’d like to fess up to.

That’s when I turned to my go to tactic…stalking! I studied and watched every move my mentors made and eventually was able to reverse engineer their methods and find the best ways for me to celebrate my peers and earn their trust and support. These days my brand besties are precious gems I seriously don’t know how I’d live without!

I share 9 of my most kickass relationship building strategies in my post, How to Get an Influencer’s Attention Without Being a Suck Up. If you’re not the Mac Daddy of friend makers online yet I’d urge you to devour these strategies and implement them in your efforts ASAP. Your brand will high five your badass over and over again if you do!”

 

Sue AnneSue Anne Dunlevie of Successful Blogging

“The thing I regret the most about my blogging career is that I didn’t know about blogger outreach until I started reading Blogging Wizard, about a year into my blogging journey.

I don’t know if Adam Connell realizes what a big part he played in getting Successful Blogging to be a popular blog. I so appreciate it, Adam!”

 

Adam CAdam Connell of AdamConnell.me and Blogging Wizard

“Email beats social hands down

The first thing I did when starting my blog was to encourage my readers to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

But this caused 2 problems:

1) Some people would click through to a social network and get distracted (and never return).

2) Negative social proof – showcasing how few followers you have on a social network is not a good thing.

So I was going nowhere fast.

What was the solution?

…. Build an email list.

For a long time I was too focused on publishing content regularly but conversion rates were shocking.

Eventually I offered a free PDF and my list finally started to move in the right direction.

And the great thing was that it was far easier to drive traffic to my blog from my email list; in comparison to using social media.

Here’s the kicker:

My Twitter following was around 8x higher than my email list. But my email list drove more traffic.

The 3 point formula to grow your list faster

1) Offer something of value to your audience

2) Make your offer as relevant to what people are reading as possible

3) Make it easy to subscribe and access your offer

If you want to check out some of the specific tactics I’ve used, check out my list building guide.

Here’s the bottom line:

Building a following on social networks can be worth while but you should never rely on it.

This is like building a house on rented land – if the network makes even a small change, your traffic could nose dive. So if you rely on your blog for income, that could put you in hot water.

When you build an email list, that’s yours. Nobody can take it away. Sure, email delivery is a big part of this but there is a degree of control that you have over that & steps you can take to improve it.

Remember – diversify your traffic, and diversify your income. You’ll be glad you did.”

 

AdrienneAdrienne Smith of AdrienneSmith.net

“When I started blogging I was doing affiliate marketing and I was taught the right way to go about this.  I had great success with it too.

The issue most people have today though is that things are always changing.  Hopefully everyone is already crystal clear on what it is that they do so that when people visit their blogs they know instantly.  That they are clear in each post they write with their message of how they can help their specific audience.  We’ve evolved though now to where you can’t speak to everyone and expect to get great results, you have to just speak to your target audience once person at a time.  The mass marketing approach is history.

I think the issue most people have today is that they aren’t 100% clear exactly on what it is that they actually do or how they can come across to their audience in a way to really help them with their needs.

It’s a process though but one definitely worth learning.  I’ve evolved a lot myself since those affiliate marketing days and I wasn’t 100% clear myself on what it was that I wanted to do so until you know that then I suggest not being upset if you’re not getting your desired results.

Blogging is a journey but it’s one that you’ll find so very rewarding.”

 

Julian SJulian Sakanee of Blogging Aid

“Google is NOT the only source of traffic.

When I started blogging, all I did was hope for first page rankings. I was taught that ALL backlinks were bad. And ended up wasting a whole year doing nothing but writing content that no one was ever going to read.”

 

BrenBrenda Pace of BrendaPace.net

“I wish I would have known what a time commitment it would be and everything that goes along with writing a post and clicking Publish. However, I’m glad I made the decision to blog because I’ve made so many awesome friends over the years and wouldn’t trade them for the world.”

 

 

EnstineEnstine Muki of EnstineMuki.com

“How I wish I knew how to build a list for my blog when I started blogging back in August 2012. Having a targeted list is a sure source of traffic and income.

I blogged for month before ever getting my first blog subscriber. I think that was the mistake I did and if I have to restart blogging today, I’ll do more on list building.”

 

Krista raeKrista Rae of KristaRae.co

“The one thing I wish I knew when I started was the importance of fellow bloggers, creatives, and business owners who understand you and have your back. I thought I was perfectly fine doing it on my own, but I was getting nowhere fast until I met the awesome ladies who are like my sisters now. Not only do they share my content, but they are always there to encourage me, keep me going when my mind is telling me to quit, and let me know when one of my ideas isn’t quite as great as I think it is. For anyone who hasn’t found fellow bloggers to surround themselves with I encourage you to start reaching out and making relationships. It scary, but it sure is worth it!”

 

kelliKelli Cooper of Life Made to Order

“The one thing I wish I knew about blogging when I first started was something I had known for awhile but was having a harder time applying it to this endeavor in particular, because it was something that was really important to me, something with which I really wanted to succeed. And that wisdom nugget is: It is all about what we are ‘being’ not what we are ‘doing.’

Our energy—the sum of our thoughts, feelings and beliefs—is the thing that determines what shows up in our lives. It really isn’t the actions we take, though that certainly plays a role. But our actions are always a manifestation of our energy. We just don’t do things for no reason.

And when we aren’t energetically aligned with success, and what we want to accomplish, the actions we take tend to give us lackluster results at best. We have to work really, really hard to make any sort of headway, and talk about frustrating and exhausting.

I got really caught up in what I should be ‘doing’ when I first started, and did a lot of stuff I really didn’t resonate with because I thought that was what I ‘had’ to do. It was harder to trust my energy-oriented approach because it has been very deeply ingrained that we have to ‘work hard’ to be successful, that the hard work is what actually makes us ‘deserving’ of the success.

But eventually I got back on track, and started focusing more on my inner world. I got more comfortable on letting my inner guidance lead the way as far as any action I took—if something resonated and I enjoyed doing it, I did it. If it didn’t resonate, I didn’t do it.

I committed to being myself on my blog, and writing for me first and foremost, knowing if I was authentic, ‘my people’ would find me. When a blogging tip that seemed interesting caught my eye, I read up on it, but for the most part, I just did things my way.

When I felt compelled to take action, I always checked the motivator—do I truly feel inspired to do this or do I feel I ‘have’ to do this or else I won’t get a specific result? When it was the latter, I would do my best to pull back, and that often felt very uncomfortable; but in doing that, I made room for the inspired actions to make their way in, and there is a lot more leverage behind them, and they are a lot more enjoyable.

I highly suggest bloggers make their personal development a priority. There tends to be a preoccupation with practical tips like using social media, how to write a catchy headline, etc… and that has its place of course. But all that ‘doing’ will only take you so far if you don’t have the right mindset, and you’ll work a lot harder than you have to, which will likely lead to you not liking blogging very much.”

 

Ron SelaRon Sela of RonSela.com

“Thanks to improved technology, the Internet has become the best tool for communication. It is also as a treasure trove of information. From students to scientists, everyone relies on the Internet. We all search for current news, historical data, scientific evidence and statistics.

Information found on the Internet has been posted by various people (like me) who own blogs and websites. Today, blogging has become the best means of offering users current information. Blogs also serve as forums for inspiring creativity. Also, they are platforms for discussing various issues.

Before I started blogging, there was one thing I wish I knew:

Never give up

When users browse the internet and search for benefits of blogging, the one thing that will stand out is that one will be able to make money. There are hundreds of posts that have been created describing how one became successful thanks to blogging.

What many bloggers don’t reveal is that professional blogging takes so many resources. Resources like time, money, hard work, intelligence and perseverance to be successful. It also takes time to recoup the initial investment.

Many people who have read such posts and have started their blogs gave up within the first three months (I was almost joining the group of quitters). This is brought about by the lack of visitors which is as a result of poor or no internet marketing.

What one needs to know is that there are billions of blogs and websites currently online. Therefore, don’t expect online visitors to find your new blog easily.

To be successful in blogging, never give up. Learn strategies that will help the blog to be visible online and attract more visitors.”

 

James MJames McAllister of Help Start My Site

“If there were one thing I wish I knew when I started blogging, it would be that you have to treat it like a business from the very beginning.

While it would be nice to think that we could do whatever we wanted with our blogs and make money doing so, this is unfortunately not the case. We have to adhere to market demands, and the same basic business principles that have been in place for hundreds of years offline still apply in the internet marketing world as well.

This means we need to choose a niche with real demand behind it. We need to take the time to come up with both a scalable marketing plan and a monetization plan, and understand how these systems will work with each other.

It also means we need to be willing to offer some unique edge against our competition. Blogging is becoming more and more competitive every day, so it’s very important to make yourself and your brand memorable. The easiest way to do that is to be exceptional at whatever it is you’re doing – whether it is publishing a piece of content or writing a blog comment. Regardless of what it is, if you’re average at something, you’ll never be remembered for it.”

 

Ryan BRyan Biddulph of Blogging From Paradise

“I wish I knew that blogging for fun is the way to go. Right now, I’m checking my emails for the week. This is 1 of many features I’m responding to, and I find myself offering the same exact piece of advice. The fact that I’m receiving so many feature requests while putting in 1/20th of the work I used to put in shows that it’s your energy behind your actions, not the actions themselves, that manifest certain outcomes.

The “fun” energy is irresistible. Can’t contain it. And you will shine stupid brightly (whatever that means) when you blog for fun. Doing so detaches you from outcomes and allows your energy to flow, making you a free, creative dynamo.

My wife Kelli and I are often spotted offering this energy advice in round ups. It’s because we have lived an amazing, inspired, wickedly special life, circling the globe, blogging full time from some of the world’s most gorgeous tropical hot spots, for years, by managing our energy and by following our fun.”

 

FrancescaFrancesca Nicasio of Be a Freelance Writer

“Grow your audience ASAP.

You don’t need to have a full fledged blog to grow an audience. As long as you can produce content, you can start building and engaging with your community. How? Start growing your email list from day 1.

That’s what I did for BeaFreelanceWriter.com. I set up a basic landing page to collect email addresses, and then I sent out newsletters (with just content—no links) while the blog was still in the design stage. At the same time, I also wrote guest posts for other reputable sites to grow my list.

When BeaFreelanceWriter.com was ready to launch, I already had over 1,000 email subscribers, and this enabled the blog to gain decent traction right from the get go.

If I had known about this when I first started blogging, my previous projects would have been a lot more successful.”

 

Erik EErik Emanuelli of No Passive Income

“I wish I had known more about SEO.
Now, I’m NOT an expert, but when I started blogging, I was really a newbie. I made several serious mistakes like purchasing 1000 backlinks for 5$, sidewide link exchange, over optimization and other SEO disasters.
Today, if I’m sure about something, it’s that I must focus on the users and readers, delivering original, high-quality and added value content.
I believe this is the way to go to feel safe and avoid any Google penalization.”

 

Carrie SmithCarrie Smith of Careful Cents

“The one thing I wish I knew when I started blogging is that you have to treat your blog like a business. It needs a consistent content publishing schedule, a monetization plan, a regular focus and goal for the results the content’s going to produce. It took me three years to realize this and I’m only now seeing results of my hard work. I lost a lot of time and wasted a ton of money trying to figure out how to make a blog work. Thankfully though, now it’s repaying me for the time and money lost.”

 

CoriCorina Ramos of Not Now Mom’s Busy

“The one thing I wished I had known when I started blogging was how much work was going to be involved. During my first year of blogging all I read were posts about putting up banner ads then just sit back and watch the money come in. That was very misleading. There was no direction as to how to create content, drive traffic and most importantly how essential it was to connect with visitors.

It’s not that I would have changed my mind about blogging but I would have been able to create a better plan for my blog and I would have known who my target audience was and what they were looking for rather than just posting ads I thought would make money.”

Now to you: If you’re just getting started (or even if you’re not!), What is the one thing you are struggling with in regards to blogging? Leave a comment and let me know.

Comments

  1. Hi Andrea,

    Great list of people that can definitely teach us how to become better bloggers. The easy part is actually setting up the blog, no matter which platform you use. Most of us are told to start blogging on a consistent basis and make sure you promote your content.

    While I totally agree that consistency will definitely help you grow your blog and drive traffic to it. I make it a point to post 2x per week and focus on blog promotion.

    However, as a new blogger, it’s so easy to get distracted by all the things that everyone says they should be doing to grow a blog. While I can’t speak for everyone, I now choose to keep my head down and work on the things that I am noticing are working for me.

    After all, blogging is a journey and it’s going to take some time to reach our goals. As long as you put in the work each and everyday, eventually, you should see the results you want.

    I make it a point to NOT try to be everywhere. I made this mistake when I first started my blog. I was trying to be on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Don’t listen to everyone who says that you need to be on every social network.

    By the end of the day, my head hurt and I didn’t accomplish anything. Now I focus on 1-2 social networks and am learning the ins and outs of them before I even attempt to use another network.

    While I am on most of them, I now use an automated scheduler to help ease the task load. I couldn’t imagine not having access to these types of tools.

    This has definitely made it a lot easier for me to do. Plus now I am actually starting to see some traction from my hard work. Another thing that I hear so many people talking about is relationships.

    Get out there and network. Well, not really sure how to do that. I’ve always been an introvert, even in school. So it’s not that easy for me to approach someone and say “hey what’s up.” Plus doing it online is a lot more difficult.

    I am going to read Andrea’s post on “how to get an influencer’s attention” and see what steps I can start using. I need to start getting more serious about building those important online relationships.

    Thanks for sharing these tips, have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  2. Brian Dean is very right, and I’m in the same direction as him.

    “Fortunately, after testing a million different strategies, I discovered two things that made all the difference:

    Popups (Yes, they’re annoying. But they work)
    Content Upgrades
    You can almost ignore every other strategy and focus on these and you’ll be good.

    I just wish I knew about them sooner! I’d have 2x+ more subscribers.”

  3. Hi Corinne
    In an internet when there’s lots of the same, here is something different. I hadn’t heard of a Pillar Post before.
    So, I’ve learnt and there’s lots to think about. I write on Quora and one of the top writers there has written relatively few posts, but they are pretty much all pillars. I’m getting the idea… so thanks to you.
    Cheers
    Jan

  4. Very cool article, I’m a newbie blogger, this article is a good motivation for me to try harder.
    P/S: I like this quote by Gary Korisko

    “There’s a balance you have to strike between doing your own thing and doing exactly what you’re told to do by others. You need to study, to enroll in courses, and to get coaching from those who are already successful. Rather than winging it and hoping things eventually turn out ok (a horrible strategy), you really do need a formal education.

    But you also need to create your own flavor and make those proven principles yours in a unique way that doesn’t just blend into the woodwork. So the tricky part is walking that line… taking time-tested strategies and making them look brand new with your own unique style.”

  5. Hi Corinne,

    Interesting post and valuable thoughts by so many influencers regarding their blogging journey. Good you shared.
    Gaurav Jain recently posted…Blog Commenting And Link Building – All You Need To KnowMy Profile

  6. Great round up post
    interesting to read the pro’s Blogging journey
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  7. Hi Corinne,

    You have done a amazing Job by conducting this awesome roundup post.

    Glad to read this secrets of successful blogging experts. Learn a lot of thing today.

    Thank you so much

  8. kafayat says:

    very educating, I’m an intending blogger.

  9. Hi, Corinne,

    Great roundup post! Awesome Started Blogging List 🙂 Keep Sharing and Great Writing
    Have a Sweet Night 🙂 Keep Up The Good Work!
    Muhammad Tabish recently posted…Ron Puryear and the World Wide Dream Builders (WWDB)My Profile

  10. Hi, regarding click-bank – do you have ideas about improving sales on a non-niche website? I have a image sharing website and as such it’s extremely to match offers to the visitor. Best wishes

  11. Hey Corrine,

    This was a great round with excellent expert advice. I know most of the bloggers and I resonate a lot with their advice.

    There are top 5 things they mentioned

    1. Grow your audience
    2. Collaborate instead of compete
    3. Build Rapport
    4. Build your email list
    5. Never quit

    If I did this when I first started with no experience then I would be considered a genius lol j/k.

    But I believe these would be priority for those that are just starting out. Forget the online tools and focus on people because it’s going to be them that’s going to help you with your progression.

    Thanks for all the hard work you put into this expert roundup! Have a great week!
    Sherman Smith recently posted…Importance Of Branding Yourself Online When You’re Broke With Little TimeMy Profile

  12. This was a beautiful piece. I took notes. I will be applying all of these things to my blog. I learned that it is essential to build a list, treat your blog like a business, surround yourself with other like-minded people, get mentors, take classes and step your game up on the personal development and how you use your energy. Most of all, as Ryan says “Have fun!” Thank love. This is beautiful.
    Rev. Lauren G – Queen of Forgiveness recently posted…How to Handle the ‘I am Sorry’ Engagement ProposalMy Profile

  13. That’s an amazing roundup Corinne!
    I know most of the powerful bloggers featured here.

    Thank you so much for including me.
    Tweeting out right now!
    Erik Emanuelli recently posted…How to Start a Blog (And Make Money With It) – Step by Step GuideMy Profile

  14. Hi Corinne!

    Seems like a lot of people agreed on many of the same things and it just goes to show how valuable they all really are. I remember when I was first starting out that there was advice I was given that for one reason or another I chose not to follow and ended up realizing the mistake I made later down the line. There was also a lot I never had the opportunity to find out until I had already spent a long time working on a project that would never amount to anything but a learning experience.

    No doubt if I would have had a resource like this it would have saved me hundreds of hours in the long run. I am so thankful now that there is so much more information available for new bloggers and I appreciate you doing your part in that. I will be sure to share this out throughout the week because I know firsthand how valuable this post will be for the right person.

    Thank you so much for including me in this!
    – James McAllister
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    • Corinne says:

      Hey James,
      You know, I did hear all the “you have to start an email list” when I first got online, and I too ignored it. Dumb move, right?
      I do hope this resource will help save some bloggers huge amounts of time. I appreciate your insight and contribution to the post. I’m thrilled that I was able to include in you in this list.

  15. Hi Corrine, a phenomenal accumulation of ‘druthers’!

    The funny part of it all is that I could echo each and every one of them. It has taken fifteen months of post after post after post and even then I had to find out from reading a comment on Facebook from Kim Willis.

    There I was, sitting back, ‘Apres Post’, calmly waiting for all the engagement, comments and subscriptions to come rolling in; and roll in they did NOT!
    I was expecting people to want to engage! I didn’t realise (Duh!) that I actually had to do something other than write the post!

    Now the light has finally been seen. I shall turn this boat around!

    Thanks again

    Chris Hooker

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Chris,
      I think a lot of bloggers think it works the way you did, I know I did!!
      But you’re so right, we need to get out there and connect and engage. It’s amazing the difference when you focus on connecting with other bloggers as opposed to focusing solely on your own traffic/profit.

  16. Hey Corinne,

    Love this post, I get to know about the journey of many bloggers and get to know what mistakes they did when they started blogging. I think, “Building Email List” is winner, because many bloggers said they didn’t give much importance to list building and now they realize the importance of email list building.

    Bloggers are very aggressive when it comes to email list building and that’s why they are offering free ebooks.

    Regards,
    Yogesh Shinde
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    • Corinne says:

      Yogesh,
      It’s it interesting to see the journey of these bloggers who have become successful and made a name for themselves in their niches. I agree that some focus aggressively on their email lists, but it definitely pays off.

  17. Hi Corinne,

    You have done a wonderful job through this round-up post, thanks!

    Great to read the replies of some active blogging personalities what they wish to know when they have started blogging. Good to read that the most of the bloggers prefer building their email list in their initial phase, that is really cool.

    I’m still a newbie in Affiliate marketing and Email marketing, I wish to learn and implement both strategies effectively.

    Thanks again for the great initiative.
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    • Corinne says:

      Hi Nirmala,
      Great to have you here. I think when I first started, I DID not even think about an email list. I actually didn’t have a focus to getting my blog out there. Big mistake. I hope the advice here will help others not waste the time and money I did.

  18. Great roundup, Corinne. Thanks so much for compiling such awesome and greatly needed advice!

  19. Hi Corrine,

    Epic roundup post, it seems like everyone new to blogging have the same problems. When I first started my mistake was writing tons of blog post. I didn’t even know what a list was and how to built one. Thank God I met Sue Anne Dunlevie. Building your blog is definitely a lot of work but at the same time it is an enjoyable process. Thanks for all the advice in this post.

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Stefany,
      Thank you for reading!
      Yes, Sue Anne definitely knows her stuff. She is amazing at focusing marketing a blog to really get some traffic.

  20. Hi, Corinne,

    Great roundup post! It makes me so happy to see so many women bloggers (love ya, guys, but you gotta admit it’s great to see!).

    I so appreciate you including me.
    Sue
    Sue Anne Dunlevie recently posted…16 Mistakes Beginners Bloggers Make and How to Avoid ThemMy Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Hey Sue,
      Your comment made laugh. yes! It is great to see so many successful women bloggers!

  21. Hi Corinne,

    Thank you for including me with these great bloggers. This is truly a great round-up. I enjoyed reading what everyone had to share….many of which I can relate to.

    Great post Corinne. Thanks again for sharing my feedback.

    Happy Friday eve.

    Cori
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  22. Hey Corinne,

    Thanks for including me and sounds like a bunch of us thought a lot of the same things. Starting out we just don’t know a lot and if we had then we look back and think how much further along we would have been. But I guess it’s all just a learning process and we have to figure things out, get educated and then start applying what we’ve learned.

    I know we’re all here for different reasons and some prefer taking things slower. Others are more in a hurry and want to know everything yesterday. I just hope that by this post you’re saving a lot of people a lot of time so they can learn from our mistakes and get to where they want to go quicker.

    Love blogging though and just glad I’m still here.

    Appreciate you including me and you have a great rest of your week. You know I’ll be sharing this post too.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Corinne says:

      Hi Adrienne,
      I agree, it is a learning process. And I think we’re all still learning!

      But I know, at least for me, if I had known some things I know now, I probably wouldn’t have wasted to much time and money!

      Thank you for contributing. Enjoy the rest of your week my friend!

  23. What a EPIC roundup, Corinne! There’s so much advice here I wish someone would have told me when I was starting out….although, no matter how much people tell you there’s still tons of mistakes to make and THOSE are really where the learning happens.

    Thanks a shit tonnery for letting me get in on this post of awesome! 😉

    -Dre

    • Corinne says:

      Dre,
      Right! I wish I had known some of this when I first started out online. I cringe at how much time I wasted!!

  24. Great post! So much useful information. So glad you gathered it all in one place!

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Crystal! Thank you for stopping by!. I agree, there is so much useful info in this post!

      Have a wonderful Thursday!

  25. Hi Corinne!

    This is truly a remarkable post filled with awesome and successful people! Thank you for including me. Like Adrienne said “Blogging is a journey……”. As with every journey, YOU need to find your way. What works for one, may not for the other. There are so many rules with blogging too. I try to walk to my own beat and not follow all those dang rules. Weren’t rules made to be broken?

    Anywho, it’s awesome to read what everyone said. I’m honored to be among them.

    Thanks girly!

    Bren
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  26. Hi Corinne
    Thanks so much for featuring me and it is a great mix of advice. We can learn a lot from those who are where we want to be, and in the process, maybe cut our learning curve a bit. Some great people on here, many I recognize but some are new to me so will definitely have to check them out.

    • Corinne says:

      Hey Kelli!

      Yes! There are so many on this that I personally look up to and want to be when I grow up 🙂

      I love learning from people who have been there, even if I’m no longer a “new”blogger,there’s still so much to learn

  27. Hi Corinne,
    Thanks for putting together this list of exciting bloggers and I’m glad you made me part of it.
    Not only are these bloggers inspiring, your list helps me to connect with those of them I didn’t know before.

    I hope you are having a wonderful week, as you engage with your readers on this post 😉
    Enstine Muki recently posted…How to fund a comfortable retirement ~ Joy Healey can inspire you!My Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Enstine,
      I’m so pleased you were able to discover some new bloggers! It’s all about discovery and connecting for me.

      Thank you for being a part of this roundup. Have a wonderful Thursday!

  28. Hi Corinne

    Big congratulation on compiling such a diverse roundup post.

    Very interesting topic indeed and so amazed to see the different kinds of responses from these amazing bloggers though most of them mentioned knowing the significance of building email list was the thing they wish they knew at the time of starting a blog.

    For newbies it could be a good post to learn and understand what they should do and should know from the very beginning to build the edifice of their blog on correct foundations.

    So many of them are my huge inspiration and it is a great honor to me to be with them in the list here and I can say for sure this would be my one of the biggest referred posts while talking to others to share my joy and sense of achievement.

    Many thanks for including me.

    Have a great rest of the week.
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    • Corinne says:

      Hi Mi,
      Yes, a diverse bunch of answers, but all very valuable I think.

      I hope the advice here will help people just getting started, so they can bypass the time wasting period I had 🙂

      Thanks!

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