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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

10. Add call to actions to get the most from your audience

Not leveraging call to actions (CTAs) back when I was figuring out how to start a blog was a major mistake for me.

A CTA is anything you want for your customers to take action on. It could be subscribing to a newsletter, reading another blog post, or making a purchase. A content upgrade is an example of a CTA.

Every single one of your posts – and especially when starting a blog for the first time – should have a CTA of some kind. Whether it’s as simple as a request for a share or a comment, or as big as making a purchase, every post should have an outcome.

If your post doesn’t have a CTA, you’re missing out on tons of potential sales, leads, and traffic generation opportunities.

I’m not saying every post needs to sell something. It just needs to give your reader a “next step”.

For example, if you’re enjoying this post so far, would you mind taking a second to share it with your audience? That’s me calling you to take action. Just one click:

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

Yes, it benefits us by improving our reach. But it also benefits you by showing off helpful content on your social media channels. People will see you as someone to go to for good information.

11. Use influencer marketing to 10x your audience

Influencer marketing is a hugely under-rated tactic.

I’ve seen influencers achieve incredible results.

For example, RESCUE had natural remedies it wanted to promote. Their outreach campaign resulted in 133 million social media impressions, more than 6,000 clicks to the coupon site, and a 258% increase in their Instagram following.

They’re not alone, either. Hundreds of companies are seeing similar success. In my post with the 30 full-time RVers, for example, the influencers in that post drove several hundred visitors to my site.

Pro Tip: Use an influencer database to find influencers in almost any niche to help you promote your posts – a great thing to build as you’re starting a blog.

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