The Wakaholic is 5 Years Old.
Wow! It feels just like yesterday when I put up my first blog post. It is often said that a good number of start-up blogs do not make it through the first year of blogging. Therefore, each year that I succeed, I share some of the blogging lessons learned in the past year to inform and guide anyone looking to start a blog and grow their income.
If you would like to read about the tough lessons and horrible mistakes I made in my first year, read here. The first year was quite interesting, I made mistakes and learned from them. The second-year, third-year, and fourth-year brought clarity and I have remained consistent.
In my 5th year, I learned two (2) very important blogging lessons:
You have to constantly find ways to inject fresh energy into what you do. In my 5th year, I launched my YouTube Channel and linked its content to the blog. To subscribe to my YouTube channel, click here.
Honestly, it takes a different level of passion, and drive to keep things going, particularly in a year where the tourism sector was greatly affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. But I did things differently. I launched my vlog on my YouTube channel and compiled videos of my travel experiences across the globe into a detailed travel guide. I also share actionable travel hacks on my YouTube channel to help you travel better. YouTube is a different world of its own. It could be really profitable if you do it right and remain consistent. I would share the lessons I’m learning, discovering how to break even with YouTube.
In the same year, I moved to a different hosting platform on the blog, to give me access to improved value and flexibility. I now use Siteground. I transformed the blog to a full website, created a resource page where I share product links, and earn a commission from affiliate programs. This takes us to the next blogging lesson;
2. Treat it like a business:
Yes, it is important to love what you do – that is passion. However, you should constantly think of ways that you can earn, doing the things that you love to do. This is the greatest blessing.
Will the money come? Certainly, if you remain consistent. However, you should treat blogging as a business and earn some income from it. Little drops will definitely add up to great numbers in no time, so do not be discouraged. If you want to be successful, then you must be consistent.
There you have it; the blogging lessons I learned in my 5th year. I can’t wait to see what the next year offers.