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45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

12. Always be networking. Always.

The more your network grows, the easier it becomes to promote your work, and the more opportunities naturally come your way.

Prime example: My freelance writing career took a massive upswing this past January. I was able to get into a Slack group consisting of some of the most well-known marketers and writers on the web.

My income tripled almost overnight. They gave me opportunities I never would have dreamed of. Their influence got me in doors, and they’re marketing expertise almost 10x’d my ability to promote my posts.

Once that happened, my eyes were open. Networking went from an afterthought to one of my main priorities. I truly believe that, with the right network, anything is possible.

Some quick tips for developing your network:

  • Always look for ways you can help people. Share other bloggers’ content, comment on their blog posts, follow them on social media, and send links and people their way.
  • Join groups and forums around your interests. I’m in Facebook groups around content marketing, SEO, and full-time RVing. They’re interesting, and I always find myself learning and meeting new people.
  • Take online courses. Many of them have private communities you can become a part of. This opens the door to plenty of like-minded people. Plus you get to learn whatever the course teaches.

Here’s a post in one of the groups I’m in that’s taught me a lot and even landed me two new clients:

(I found out, by the way, that Google hadn’t indexed the sites that linked back to me yet, and that’s why I wasn’t getting credit for them. To get around this, I submitted the URLs that linked to my post to Google’s URL crawler.)

45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

One last tip: Don’t let relationships fade. Make it a point to reach out to your new network at least once or twice a month. Shoot them an email with a cool article, or tag them in something interesting on social media.

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