I am starting a new blog in the gardening niche. I am not sharing the URL right now but I will do that once the site is a year old.
In this thread I am going to log all my journey for the first year. I will eventually make a site for my portfolio of blogs, but for now let’s keep it here.
The progress till today:-
Purchased the domain
Got it set up on my WPX hosting
Installed the theme
Got the basic logo from canva
Setup GSC and analytics
Please note: I did all if these in a single day. Don’t waste time playing with colors and design as for the initial 60 days no one is coming to your blog organically atleast so focus on content content and content!
Installed some plugin:-
4)Elementor for sales page only
5)Wp external links for link management
6)Grow for social sharing
7)Easy table of contents
I am trying to keep the plugin to minimum to get the best on performance and reduce the bloat. Also, I am not using any SEO plugin as those are useless as far as I have experienced!
These are important but not as much as the actual content. I shall update these next month or once I get my first 50 article done.
Coming to the plan of writing(the most important part)
I have a plan and hitlist ready for 300 articles which I shall write( and outsource) in next one year.
The site is going to drive most of its traffic organically and I shall set up Pinterest once the site is 3-4 months old.
The monetization strategy for the site is primarily via ads(Mediavine or Adthrive), affiliate and info product(Self published Books).
I will start a YouTube to compliment the site after a few months.
The plan for September is to write atleast 60000 words which is 30 articles on average. I may increase and take it to 50 if time permits.
Each post ia going to have 1-2 images, A dedicated hidden pin for Pinterest and may be a YouTube video embedded wherever needed.
I will update the thread with my traffic, number of post and earning every month to keep you guys updated.
Hope the journey and update will help and motivates others to work and get success in the world of online busines!