7 Things All New Bloggers Will Understand

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I have officially been blogging for around a month now! There has been a lot of things I have learnt over the last month. I am still a very new blogger, but I wanted to share some relatable points that hopefully, all bloggers would have experienced!

There is a lot that goes into blogging!

It isn't as simple as sitting down and writing about something. A lot of time and thought goes into creating ideas, taking photos and promoting posts. You have to be a jack of all trades as you're running a whole site on your own! 

Rome wasn't built in a day!


I have been blogging for a month now, and I think I expected to have grown my blog quicker than I have. It takes a lot longer to build up a following than I had anticipated. It can be frustrating when you don't go viral in a week, but it is better to have a small, loyal following that a load of inactive followers. 

Working with brands is amazing!


It is so fun to work with brands. I have only worked with a few, but the feeling is wonderful as your work gets recognised. A brand likes my work!? It feels like a dream come true, and it is exciting to receive a product or talk with someone. You also gain communication skills and contacts which may help you down the line. I feel like sometimes, smaller bloggers could be exploited. Rather than a gift, you must buy something with 10% off, which is fine. I am grateful for the opportunity, but sometimes I can't afford that.

Related: What PRs Look For In A Blogger & What Get's Their Interest!

You want my media kit? 


The other day I was asked for a media kit. This completely stumped me as I had no idea what that was. I used to have a blog (when I was 13), and I never had to use one when working with brands. I scavenged other blogger's sites to find out what it was and spent an hour making one. Pro tip: Look into media kits! I didn't know this was a thing and thought that collab posts were just a negotiation via email or something. 

Related: How To Make A Killer Media Kit + Free Media Kit Checklist!

What on earth is DA? 


While making my media kit, I found that a lot of them had a DA score. I also saw a lot of opportunities wanted DA scores of 25+ to be considered. Again, this was something I never needed on my old blog. I see everyone flaunting their scores, and I looked at mine, and it said 16? So turns out, that was wrong, and that was my page score... My DA score was 6. What do all these terms mean!?


SEO? More like SE-NO!


This is another load of letters I do not understand. I have seen a range of posts on how to increase SEO, but it is still confusing to me. Search engine optimisation is essentially the keywords and stuff that you use to have your blog appear higher on a search engine...or something like that. If anyone can point me in the direction of help, I'd be very grateful. 


Is it worth going to self-hosted? 


It appears that the bigger bloggers are all self-hosted. I have been looking into and being self-hosted is very different to just getting rid of the .blogspot or the .wordpress. I am not sure if I want to take the leap into self-hosted. I know many other new bloggers feel that way too. It can be scary and costly, especially if you aren't committed to your blog as much. If anyone has advice for going self-hosted, I'd love to read about it!

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Those are the 7 things I think most new (and possibly experienced) bloggers will understand! There are so many things I have learnt and hope others can relate too. What things have you found as a new blogger? Let me know in the comments below!



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32 comments

  1. I still for the life of me don't understand DA scores and how to improve them.

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    1. Nope nor do I! I'd love to know how to make it better! Thank you for reading

      Em x

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  2. As a blogger of a few years, my biggest regret is waiting so long to go self hosted. You won’t be building a genuine DA score while using a .blogspot.com site.

    If you’re serious about blogging I’d make the switch fairly soon x

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    1. Thank you for your advice. I am going to look into it but would like a bit more of a presence first. I also need to figure out how to do it! Thank you for reading though

      Em x

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  3. Love this post! There is definitely so much more that goes into blogging than you realize! I did not know anything about SEO or DA until I was about like 4 months into blogging lol so it is nice that you are figuring it out so soon on your blogging journey!

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    1. I have seen it pop up a lot on twitter! I am glad that I came across it so I at least have a chance to figure it out. There is so much people don't realise about blogging. I didn't realise how techy things were and how much time actually goes into things! Thank you for reading :)

      Em x

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  4. I can relate to every single one of these! Having only been blogging just over a month myself I think I'm finally getting head around SEO a little more! haha

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  5. I knew some stuff about SEO when I first started but it took me forever to learn about DA. Media kits were all anyone seemed to talk about when I first started so I got mine figured out pretty quickly. I started off self hosted so I didn't have to worry about transferring anything over if I wanted the jump later, and making that small financial investment from day 1 helped me stick with it too x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Wow thank you! I hadn't ever thought of going self-hosted like that before. Perhaps I do need to look into this sooner rather than later. Was it expensive to go self-hosted? I managed to figure out a media kit but defo need to work on it a bit! If you have any tips or posts, i'd love to read them

      Em x

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  6. Still struggling to get my mind round SEO and DA scores to be honest hahah! Some great tips here x

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  7. DA scores are the one thing that annoys with because I can never get mine to change. You're going great as a new blogger but I'd definitely say wait a while for being self hosted, at least until the honeymoon time of blogging is over. I waited two years before I decided self hosted was for me.

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    1. Same! I am trying to figure out what things change it but one day it'll be 6 and the next it'll drop!?!? Thank you for the advice, I am defo still in that honeymoon space as it all is going super smoothly. I also think I need to gain a bit more presence before I jump. Thank you for you kind words

      Em x

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  8. I've been blogging for 7 years but I can definitely relate to feeling these things along the way! I have a post about DA and media kits if you ever need any advice! x

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    1. Thanks for reading! I shall have a look at the post! Do you have a link for it :)

      Em x

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  9. I’m definitely still new at this. I’m familiar with SEO but I don’t know anything about DA (I assume it’s not District Attorney).

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    1. No, it actually means Domain authority but unfortunately, that's about all I know! Thank you for reading :)

      Em x

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  10. I wish I had learned about SEO sooner! It would have saved me a lot of work going back and editing like 100 posts to improve them. For DA, getting backlinks helps (other people linking to you) Good luck with your blog! It's a long game, but fun once you get it figured out!

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  11. I'm new to blogging too and it feels like there's so much to learn! As you say it's tough to grow your blog quickly but I try to keep reminding myself how much I've learned and achieved already!

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  12. I am too new in blogging and don't know about seo and DA too. but writting is fun too that I can't stop.😄😄

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  13. Great post, and these are all too familiar for me! I feel like I had a bit of a head-start in the SEO side of things thanks to my job at a digital media company, but I'll be honest the rest of it I've picked up from other bloggers! There's so much to learn and there's so much to do but the blogging community is so supportive so you'll be in safe hands for sure! Jenny in Neverland has some fab tips on DA/SEO and general blogging so I would definitely recommend her blog!

    Amy | sassycatlady.com

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  14. You are so right. Blogging is a lot more than just writing. I am still learning new things every single day.

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  15. Excellent post. This time last year I was fresh to blogging and I was so desperate to fit in and be liked. Now I'm a year into blogging and I'm just taking it at my own pace.

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  16. Definitely agree with this! DA and PA used to confuse me a lot but media kits have been something that I've been asked for more recently too. I had one about 3-4 years ago for my blog and no one ever asked for one and now I don't have one- everyone wants one !!

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  17. Still struggling with it all to be honest, my DA Score is not that great either, hope it improves :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  18. These were definitely some of my thoughts when I was a new blogger! All the terminology like DA, SEO and media kits can be really overwhelming. Luckily the blogging community is full of lovely, helpful people who are always happy to assist newbies :) x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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  19. This is such a helpful post thank you!!!! I learnt so much :) also great name BTW ;)
    Em - planningwithem.com

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  20. It's a helpful post. Thank you

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  21. Wow you seem to have done so well so far! I went self hosted after a year and I'm still pretty clueless now 😂 there is so much more to blogging than meets the eye, we probably spend the least time actually writing! But we're all in this journey together x

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  22. I like having my own domain as it gives a sense of ownership and you can take a lot of pride in your work to build something up.

    The domain fee can be a regular cost, but I just view it as an expense that would be expected to pay for any other hobby.

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  23. I agree so much with these! Blogging is so much more work than I ever thought - I absolutely LOVE it but no one can really know how much effort you put in :)
    Totally get u with SEO - extremly confusing, and also DA!
    I should really make a media kit...
    Loved the post x

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  24. DA was a mystery to me too! It can be so tricky to build it up and I'm having trouble with it too- thanks for sharing :)

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  25. Have been in the blogging world for some time now but since I've only just started to take blogging more seriously (as a way I might be able to earn money), all these terms are also very new and confusing for me! I've been thinking of self hosting but I know it can be costly and I also don't know yet how I can transfer my posts from my current blogging platform onto the self hosted one. Sounds very time consuming! Must read more bout it!

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