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  1. Thanks for such a great piece of writing. It indeed is an inspiration for us beginner bloggers. I am sure there is one way or another to get to our goals before anyone decides to quit.

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      You are so welcome! I think it is so easy to get overwhelmed. Just knowing what you need to do and when can make all the difference.

  2. Well covered – Thank you – Even as a long-toothed blogger I found I could learn some things here. Great!

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      Thanks so much! I feel like I learn something new every day myself…even after more than 10 yrs of blogging!

  3. Thank you for the tips and advice about realistic expectations! I have a tendency to want to do all the things all at once and end up doing nothing at all, or get discouraged when I don’t see immediate results. I need to get busy doing the things that matter and forget about the rest for now. This post was the pep talk I needed! ????

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      That is so common! We all want to find success, but I think understanding the reality and expecations really helps you feel better in your journey.

      You’ve got this – and you aren’t alone!

  4. I suppose if focusing too much on the planning that goes into a profitable blog takes away the enjoyment of writing, then another possibility is to keep a free blog and just do it as a hobby. I guess not everything has to be for money purposes. So I hear anyway.

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      It can if you try to do it all at once. That’s why I recommend doing it all in steps. You certainly want to love blogging and if you overwhlem yourself at first you may quit.

  5. Hi Tracie I have my host with Simple Site, I have been trying to Claim my Web Site but to no avail. I have spent allot of time watching videos on U Tube. I would appreciate if you can tell me how to do it. To let you know Word Press Was just to hard for me. But I might give it another try. I went live 2 weeks ago and got over one thousand people on my site. I also thank you for all your free resources that you have available to us new comers or should I say GREEN HORN’S meaning people that do not know about Blogging! Good Day! and God Bless Rose Lewis

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      You are trying to claim it on Pinterest? Just want to make sure I send you in the right direction to get the help you need.

  6. I wish I knew all this information few months ago. Started in June but didn’t know what I was doing and shut my site down in September. I just relaunched it this week end based on your feedback and other blogging experts’ recommendations. I learned so much from you already and will continue to follow your instructions to start a Pinterest account.

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      Oh that is awful!! But at least you are back at it!!! I am here to help in any way I can so if you need anything please make sure to reach out. No one should feel alone or lost when learning how to blog.

  7. You are right most of the new bloggers make mistake by lots of buttons and features. It only harms their blog. Your guide is very helpful and realistic.

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      Thanks! It helps to have a simple guide to know what you should and should not do.

  8. Awesome! I came into this article with quite a few questions, and you answered all of them. This was fantastic! Thank you so much!

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      I am glad I was able to help! Best of luck with your blog!!

  9. I’m on my third month of blogging and just compared my journey so far to your blogging roadmap and it’s just what I needed! However, I do have a question. Will I naturally start seeing an increase in traffic after a certain point from organic traffic? I’m seeing the keywords and impressions but no clicks due to not being on the first page.

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      Glad I could help!

      The traffic can take time. If they are not clicking, it could be the placement on page one (i.e. towards the bottom), how it is for mobile users vs. desktop (meaning the mobile do not see you as easily), or that the title does not make them want to click. You may want to try a new title to see if that helps encourage more clicks.

  10. I was reading articles like this to manage my expectations. Thank you for being honest and not giving false hopes to other bloggers.

    1. Tracie Fobes says:

      You are welcome! I hate when others sugar-coat blogging. You need to know the truth! 😉