Every blogger makes a lot of mistakes in the early days of the blog. I have done many blogging mistakes myself. I am sure every single one made at least a few mistakes. And doing mistakes is fine as long as we realize and we improve from them.
Today, I want to share with you the 9 biggest blogging mistakes I did on this blog since the beginning. Hopefully, you will learn something from them and do not repeat my mistakes.
You have to remember that I am a hobby blogger with a full-time job. I cannot invest 50 hours per week into my blog in order to make it big. Even if I was a full-time blogger, I would probably still have done all these mistakes. However, I would have done them much faster.
If you think I have done other blogging mistakes, please let me know in the comments!
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Something I had a lot of trouble with when I started my blog was to find some great images to go with the articles. In fact, I am still not very good at adding images to my posts. But I am trying to improve on that subject. Whenever I can, I am using the pictures me and Mrs. The Poor Swiss take. But for many subjects, I do not have original images. I am a poor photographer myself and Mrs. The Poor Swiss do not have images for all the subjects I am writing about.
The most important thing about images is that you need to have the rights to include them on your blog. You are not allowed to simply take an image on another blog and use it without getting the rights for the image. Even if you cite your source, this is not enough. Fortunately, there are many sources of images for which you have the rights to use them. Once you know where to look it is actually pretty easy to find free to use images for your blog. I have to yet to find a single collection that always gives me the best result. So I am using several options to find the images.
In this post, I will list the best options I am using to find great and free images for my blog posts. As we will see, however, some free images are not always usable on your blog either. You need to be careful about copyright laws when you use pictures that you did not take yourself. Actually, the same laws also apply to pictures you took yourself!
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I think that all bloggers will agree that a good email list is an essential part of blogging. Nobody wants users to be unable to register to the email list. That is just what happened to me with my Jetpack Subscriptions. Some users have told me they were not able to register to my email list. Therefore, I decided to migrate away and I selected MailerLite as the replacement.
In this blog, I am going to go over the problems with Jetpack for email marketing. I will go over a few alternatives for email marketing and go into more details of MailerLite, the service I have chosen. You will also find information on how to migrate followers from Jetpack to MailerLite.
If you read this article but did not receive an email, you may have been part of the non-email followers before. Unfortunately, I was not able to migrate these followers to MailerLite. I hope you will take the time to subscribe once again. The form is available in the sidebar on the right of this post.
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Today, I want to discuss one question that has been on the back of my mind for a while. Can we retire early without a successful blog? The personal finance community is full of bloggers who retired early or want to retire early. However, some of these retirees are getting a hefty income from their blogs. Their examples may not be very easy to follow without such an income in retirement.
In fact, I believe that there are three problems together in this situation. First of all, as I said, can we retire without a blog income? We are going to try to answer this question.
Second, and probably more important, you should be wary of some blogger examples. Due to the high income they get, some bloggers do not use the 4% withdrawal rule that they advertise. That means that you cannot compare your situation and their situations since they are still investing after having retired. Their net worth keeps increasing after retirement. This is not because the 4% rule is working. This is because they do not have to withdraw from their principal. And this is not a common case for most people who try to follow the path to Financial Independence (FI).
Finally, I believe that you should sometimes be careful about affiliate links. They may be here mostly because the blogger wants the affiliate money and not because it is a really good product in which the blogger believes. This is not directly related to early retirees. But this is entirely related to how bloggers are monetizing their blogs.
In this post, I want to discuss these three problems in details. I think it is really important knowing about that. I went a bit overboard with the length of this post. But I think it is an important subject that deserves more coverage.
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It is already the end of the first month of 2019. I am still doing the mistake of writing everything with 2018 so far. I need to get used to the new year. So far, the year started well for us and our finances.
In January 2019, we managed to save a nice percentage of our income! This is great to start the year with more than 50% of savings in the first month! Moreover, the stock market finally started recovering from the terrible last months of 2018. With this, our net worth got a very jump ahead!
As you read this post, I will already be in China where I will be celebrating Chinese new years with family in law. Thanks for the magic of scheduling posts, you will still be able to read my posts! I shall be able to read comments normally.
In this post, we are going to see what happened to us and our finances during the month of January 2019.
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Now that the year is over, I thought it would be interesting to see which of the posts I wrote in 2018 have been the most popular. Therefore, I collected the list of the Top Five posts from the blog in 2018.
For this Top Five list, I took the five most visited posts of the year, counting page views. I did not take any pages from my blog into account. In fact, the most popular page on the website is the home page, closely followed by the About The Poor Swiss page. I should note that this may not be the best metric to check popularity. Indeed, some posts are older than others and as such have more views than really recent ones. Moreover, even though some posts have a lot of views, they do not have a lot of comments. So this is not a perfect list. Regardless, I thought it would be interesting to see what come out!
Stay tuned for the five most read articles from The Poor Swiss blog in 2018!
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I cannot believe it is already the end of the year! This month went by so fast. And this year also crazy fast. It is already the end of December 2018. So, it is time for another monthly update!
This month was pretty calm. We did not do many things and not really substantial happened with our finances. Since this is the end of the year, some recurring bills are arriving now. There are also the recurring costs of gifts for our family and friends. But we have not been very spendy on that part for this year. We have been able to save 49% of our income this month. We are trying to limit gift giving and prefer doing things with friends and family.
And while nothing crazy happened for us, the stock market continued its fast decline. We are getting very close to bear market territory now. With this, we were not able to grow our net worth this month. We will have to watch the market closely next month to see how it goes.
Stay tuned to learn everything that happened to us and our finances in December 2018!
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There are many people who do not know what they will do in retirement. If you are serious about reaching financial independence and retire early, you should already know what you would do in retirement. You will have a lot of time on your hands.
I already know that there are a lot of things I would do more once I retired. There are a few things I really wish I had more time to do. It is my hope that in retirement, I will be able to do more of these things.
In this post, I am going to describe the changes for me in retirement. As you will see, there are a lot of things I would like to do more in my life. I am also going to describe how I am going to organize my days. Of course, this is only a thought experiment. I am far from retirement. A lot of changes will occur in the meantime. But it is still a nice thought experiment.
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It has now been over one year that I have started blogging. I have already talked about why I am blogging. Now I want to talk about how I am blogging. I am going to cover most of the things I do when I blog. I am not going to cover things I do that are not related to blog posts. But I am going to go through everything I do while writing new blog posts.
From writing new blog posts to finding images for them and share them on social networks, I am going to try to cover all the aspects of blogging. You will see that even for a small blog like mine, it is a considerate amount of work to write blog posts.
I am hoping that this will be interesting for people interested in blogging and beginner bloggers like me. Do not forget that this blog is still quite young and I should be considered a beginner!
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I cannot believe it has already been one year since I started blogging. On October 10th 2017, I wrote the first blog post of The Poor Swiss. I have learned a lot of about personal finance in that year. And I have also learned a lot about blogging. Even though this was not my first blog, I still had a lot to learn. And I still have a lot more to learn now!
In this post, I am going to talk about my first year of blogging. If I say this year, it will the year of blogging, it will not be 2018 ;)
Recently, I have talked about the reasons why I am blogging. Now, I am going to share numbers about how the blog is doing. I am also going to share the things I did right and the things that did not go well. However, I still have a lot of work to do to improve this blog. I am hoping that it gets better over time.
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