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

32. Stop staring at your analytics data

Staring at analytics is almost as addicting as your Facebook news feed. And when you start to see your numbers consistently grow, it gets even be more addicting.

But here’s the thing:

Unless you’re running a huge ad campaign that requires real-time monitoring, these analytics don’t matter at all in your day-to-day life.

Yes – looking at analytics data over time is helpful. But do you really need to know if you had 100 or 200 visitors today? Does it matter whether you earned $10 or $12 via Google AdSense today? Does any of that data actually do anything for you in the moment?

Years of experience have taught me that it doesn’t.

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

I encourage you to set strict limits to avoid wasting time. You really do have a lot more important things to do when starting a blog. Say something like, “I will only check my analytics on Monday morning.” That’s still frequent enough to see how your site and content is performing, but not overly frequent so as to become a time-suck.

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