My tiny blog has grown a lot over this past year.
As I type this, the year is coming to an end and I am reviewing all that I have accomplished.
There are many areas where I've focused over the past year, but I am only listing my proudest accomplishments that move my blog forward.
Built an active, supportive Facebook group.
Increased my following on Facebook.
Created rich pins on Pinterest.
Participated in link parties.
Remained active in Facebook groups in my niche.
Made a regular blogging schedule, with a focus on my most popular posts (like this one dealing with planners) so my Loyal Readers know when to visit (hint: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). The schedule also allowed me to write additional posts like those about other topics, such as blogging.
Created supplemental pages, including About Me, Privacy Policies, and Sponsored Post Media Kit. (See the examples in the link at the very bottom of my blog.)
Did guest posts, including an on-going series with another blogger.
Refined the readability of the blog. I increased the font size, refined the ad layouts to be less intrusive, and added spacing and subheadings for easier reading.
Created better images. I made sure they included a tagline and a watermark, in case they are shared in social media.
Made enough money to cover expenses. In part, I focused on things that increase my Search Engine Optimization, such as including Search Descriptions, Headings, and Image Titles in my posts.
Increased pageviews, in part by linking within my posts to relevant posts and topics, which helped my Ad Sense revenue.
Became more active in recommending tools that are used in my blogging and my planning so that my readers could purchase the items necessary to support their habits at no additional cost to them.
Joined the Escalate Network (bloggers can join here, where I would make a small commission at no cost to you) and added to my blog earnings with some great, easy-to-qualify for advertising. The Escalate Network requires fewer pageviews than most networks, so it is great for newer bloggers.
Added a fun PayPal link for readers who wanted to thank me somehow and were asking how. Sharing, of course, is the highest form of compliment, but some of my Loyal Readers send me a cup of coffee.
Thank you to all my Loyal Readers for returning, time and time again. Looking forward to this year.
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