Overwhelmed beginner blogger, too much to handle?

by EmanLx
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Hey guys, let me start by saying I'm glad I've found you!

My name is Emanuel and I'm a 28 years old dreamer, I joined this community in hope of getting some guidance.

I have a primary source of income that is not related to online services and generates a good income (at least it did before the pandemic).

I've always had the "make money online" itch, even made around 70$ from Youtube a few years ago but for some reason dropped the idea of continuing.

I'm in no way expecting to become rich overnight, was educated on that subject after seeing several friends and family members fall victim to pyramid schemes with this exact promise.

So, let me get straight to the point, since I've been having some free time ever since the pandemic blew up, I started reading a few blogs around March and stumbled upon the idea of creating my own, before doing some search, I thought blogging was a heavy coding task only meant to be enjoyed by a selected few bright minds.

Fast forward to May, by this time "armed" with a little knowledge of a thing or two about WordPress and Elementor, I decided to hop in and created my own blog, ever since I took this step I've been feeling overwhelmed by everything blogging involves.

I'm somewhat a perfectionist, starting with the website design, took me an insane amount of time to reach an "OKish to my eyes" design, I've been working alone on this project and so far I have 3 articles published, It was a pain to find images that I could use on those as well.

I started with the idea of targeting the gaming niche but later changed my mind to personal finance niche.

Now, I've been searching for some SEO tips and opted to try Ahrefs for 7 days yesterday, I quickly noticed another major mistake I made, the 3 articles present on my blog are targeting impossible keywords to rank for and they're about what every other blogger has written so far, I'll try to target a narrower audience in the next ones.

The idea is to get an outside point of view on what I've been doing, right now I'm lost and I'm finding it impossible to focus on one thing at a time.

I need some of your experience to slap me in the face, don't want to find out that I don't have any organic search traffic because of bad SEO practice after publishing 40 articles.

My first goal is to grow website visitors which at the moment are 0, I couldn't care less about affiliate marketing or any other income streams in this early stage, I'll tackle those once I have the wheel spinning and a grasp of what I'm doing.

Should I stop worrying about everything else and just focus on creating content, is this "wait and see if it works" the only way to go?

Are the keywords on Ahrefs a reliable source to create content around?

What was your priority when you first started, what did you do to get first visitors and grow those to a massive audience?

I'll be grateful for any piece of advice coming from you, thanks in advance!
#beginner #blogger #handle #overwhelmed
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Well i sugest you to not depend only on seo because it takes time .Maybe combine with tourube videos in your niche because it rank faster and toutube its very good for conversion .In meantime your blog will gain more authority and it will rank better giving you income
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    • Profile picture of the author vikramjk
      You are right, SEO takes time.
      Youtube is good, but it takes time to create good video
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  • Profile picture of the author jimjonk276
    We use ahrefs at work for checking backlink domains and site DAs, but we find that SEMrush is much better when it comes to looking up keywords. Their 'keyword magic' tool is super useful for finding questions on a topic you can split your article into.

    I did a bit of freelancing for these guys a while back and got one of the writers to start using SEMrush. This article on migraines was built around questions listen on SEMrush. It helps your articles become keyword-rich and relevant to the sorts of things people want to know on a topic.

    That isn't all you should be doing, though. Take the migraine example again. Once a person who gets migraines has read everything they need to know about migraines, they're not going to be interested in reading basic info about migraines anymore, are they? So you need to develop your content on that topic.

    Instead of just explaining migraines, it'd be useful to explore what the latest developments in migraine treatments are happening in the medical field. Look at how certain foods can cause migraines. Branch out the content so that there's a hook relevant to current events, as well. That means you're more likely to get on the news aggregators.

    Hope that's helped. Let me know if you have any questions.
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    • Profile picture of the author EmanLx
      Wonderful, I'll give SEMrush a try after Ahrefs, what are your thoughts on Ubersuggest, have you tried it?

      The price tag is much more appealing, does it have any quality of service?

      I know It's not nearly as powerful as SEMrush or Ahrefs but for a beginner, a 99$ monthly cost is hardly justifiable, perhaps until I see some results from my work I'll stay away from those two, or do you suggest otherwise?
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  • Profile picture of the author EdBankz
    I first want to thank the OP for expressing everything I'm also feeling as a newbie. And thanks to all the helpful responses as well. I just joined a few days ago and now know I made the right decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author TobiMDD
    Hey I guess I can give you some advices I learned over the last few months from one of my mentors who teaches blogging.


    When you are a newbie and when you are just starting out with everything, simply don't overcomplicate it.
    There is no need for you to have the best looking themes, the best looking website and the most professional text written down.


    We always try to make everything perfect that we forget about those things that are way more important which is simply traffic and visitors to your page, right?


    You write for people, you want to deliver value to their life , so you need to focus that they have a chance to see your content - be yourself , don't write content for SEO , write for people if you want to be successful.


    They get to know, like and trust you more likely when they see that you are also just a human who is not perfect sometimes.



    Therefore yes, decide which niche you like the most and where you can deliver great content for a long time and then just start writing and most importantly start sharing your content on social media etc.


    A great way to get targeted visitors to your blog is also by connecting and leaving valuable comments on other peoples blog who are in a similar niche. Reach out to them, share their content, grow your audience, be consistent with it and you will see results, comments on your blog, more visitors etc.


    Don't fall into the content trap of writing posts after posts without getting visitors first to it.
    (I made lots of those mistakes when I started too..)


    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
    Wonderful, I'll give SEMrush a try after Ahrefs, what are your thoughts on Ubersuggest, have you tried it?

    The price tag is much more appealing, does it have any quality of service?

    I know It's not nearly as powerful as SEMrush or Ahrefs but for a beginner, a 99$ monthly cost is hardly justifiable, perhaps until I see some results from my work I'll stay away from those two, or do you suggest otherwise?


    You might find Brian Dean's 25 Best Keyword Tools 2020 Review to be helpful.
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