This is my First Pet Bloggers Journey for 2020 I have participated in. I am a new blogger who has started my own blogging journey in September of 2019. And was so excited to join in on this amazing opportunity. The opportunity to learn from other bloggers. And all the challenges they have overcome this year.
I would like to start by thanking Colby Morita of Puppy In Training for hosting this amazing event. And everyone participating.
The Pet Bloggers Journey 2020 Questions
The questions that were posted are below are from the Puppy In Training website. I would love to hear your thoughts and wisdom.
When did you begin your blog? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about.
I started my blog in September of 2019 called Pet Frenzy Community. My blog is a place I share information and posts on Pet Care, Animal Rights in Canada, Product and Service Reviews. And Pet Blogging Tips. Most of my posts are to support new pet owners that have adopted a rescue. Providing them the information they need to help with the common issues of adopting a new pet and what to expect. Also, I wanted to help raise awareness and occasional funds for non-profit organizations.
Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2019, that made you most proud.
The most important blogging goal I accomplished this year was getting my site up and going without hiring anyone to help me. I had lost not only my two senior dogs by my mother as well during a two year period. I myself struggled through some serious health issues that made me decide to dedicate myself to this full time and create even just a part-time income blogging. Trying to be unique has been challenging. However, I realize now that every pet blog out there has something different to offer. And working together in the pet blogging community can really offer the support you need to succeed.
Which of your 2019 blog posts was your favorite and why? (Please include a link.)
My favorite post this year was a product review on a company that was local. I was so nervous and wanted to be as professional as possible to establish my blog. I reached out to them and asked them if they would like ar review on their product? They were Training Treats for Dogs With Sensitive Tummies.
She was a young lady that was absolutely amazing and so friendly, easy to work with. Although she didn’t have a website of her own. I referred everyone to her Facebook page. By doing this she was able to get her product into her local pet food store. I was amazed at how much this helped her to build the confidence she needed to succeed and at the same time I was gaining my confidence in doing more blog posts. Since then I have done 3 more. I feel they are getting better each time I do one.
What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2019, and how did you tackle it?
The biggest challenge I had this year was learning everything on how to improve my SEO and Webpage Performance. I think the first time I checked my SEO my website was at 49% I have it up to 87-88% now.
My speed was another factor. I discovered that having a server from the USA when I lived in Canada made my page quite slow. So I learned how to improve the site speed by using Cloudflare and other features. My performance is 92% and climbing daily. I never gave up, I took a few courses from Udemy to help me. My goal is to get to 100% or as close as I possibly can.
I can honestly say that increasing traffic and domain authority has been the most challenging for me this year.
One goal that we all seem to share is we want to reach more people. What is your #1 tip for bringing more traffic to your blog?
My number one tip is that I noticed my traffic growing when I did a few posts on product reviews. Not only was I sharing them, but they were also too. I try and keep my posts a minimum of 1000 words. Another great way I found to grow my traffic was to make sure your SEO is as good as you can get it.
As for my final suggestion so far I highly recommend you join the blogging networks in your niche. Or participating in things like the Pet Bloggers Journey 2019. I can honestly say that has helped me the most. Learning from others can be very valuable in driving traffic to your site.
Do you do sponsored posts/reviews? If so, what do you find works best and how do you determine what to charge for a blog post, social media shares, etc.? If not, is this something you’d like to do more of? What hurdle is getting in your way?
I do offer both sponsored posts and reviews. And being new I am working with budgets mostly. I have had a few inquiries and working on that this current time. I took a look around at what other blogs were charging for a sponsored post and tried to stay competitive.
You don’t want to be too low and you want to stay within a reasonable amount others are charging. I would love to do sponsored posts. It not only can earn my site some money, but it also gives my site more valuable content. I am very picky about what I put on my site. I want to stay suitable for all ages. And I try to keep them within my niche.
Looking forward to 2020, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is?
To be honest, if I could accomplish one thing it would be to monetize my website from a part-time to a full-time income. I would love to create one post that has thousands of views. Or even make it in the top-ranked search results for a specific topic.
The funniest thing happened…
Just as I was writing this I did a post that finally made it to the top search result in Google. (About a week ago now) It was a very proud moment for me. A feeling of accomplishment that I cannot even describe. Although, the search volume was almost next to nil. It took me 4 months to finally do a good one that ranked high. HOWEVER, I only stayed there for only a few days. Once I get the hang of this completely. I will be sharing how I did it on my blog in 2020. I am still determined.
What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal?
I am learning to use keywords and plan to use this to reach my goals. It is all a learning process right now for me. I want my posts to have a strong medium – low competition. Also, I don’t compete with short Keywords. I plan on using more long-tailed keywords to get my content on the first page on a search. By building a higher domain authority will help me as well. That I am still learning to do.
The blogging landscape is constantly changing. What changes in blogging do you see coming in 2020 and beyond? What plans do you have to evolve?
I see a lot of changes in the future for blogging. I think longer posts are now becoming a trend. If you check the top-ranking pages they usually have a post anywhere from 1500-over 3000 words. Shorter blogs are going to have more competition in the search results.
Having well-organized content and a good linking structure will help in the future. I plan to work on my content and the link structure of my site. Sharing all the posts on your social media platforms and video content which seems to be on the rise.
If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
One thing I would love help with is learning how to increase my Domain Authority. I know being new is a big factor. But would love any suggestions or would love to hear how others have built up a high domain authority website being a new website.
A Final Note
Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience on my Pet Bloggers Journey for 2020. I hope this will help others and help me learn from others’ journeys. I can’t wait to read all your posts! And I encourage All Pet Bloggers to join in and tell us your Journey!! It’s how we all learn and get to where we need to be. Helping each other.
My inspiration for starting my blog is my precious Princess Jasmine. We adopted Jasmine in February of 2019 from our local Humane Society after seeing a Facebook post. She had severe fear aggression and would normally be a dog that is overlooked for that reason. We hired the professionals and was able to transform this sweet girl into the biggest love bug ever! You can read more about her journey on our About Us page.
The links to all the participants on our LinkyTools has expired, however, Feel free to share your experience with all of us in the comments below!