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9 Lessons From 4 Years of Blogging (Blogiversary Post)

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Aha!NOW 4th Anniversary Poster About Lessons of Blogging

Can you believe this is the 4th blogiversary that I am celebrating?

Yes, my blog turned 4 years old recently and I dedicate this feat to YOU!

Thank you for your love and support, and for making Aha!NOW what it is today. ๐Ÿ™‚

What started as a hobby has become a habit, which I have now taken as my career.

In this post, I am going to reveal nine things I did and lessons I learned to survive this long haul of blogging.

These made my blog interesting. It made blogging easier and kept the blog readers happy.

Though my blog has made it to the milestone of โ€œfour yearsโ€, I feel happier that I was able to make it โ€œfor youโ€ this year. Read on to know more about it.

This post is about your contributions, rather than my celebrations. It is about your care, support, and the community.

Life is a carnival that is full of fun and joy, ups and downs, shocks and surprises, meetings and partings.

So is blogging.

Today, I want to share my views with you about blogging, Aha!NOW, and life. It is my blogging story that has some lessons and tips for you.

You can never regret anything you do in life. You kind of have to learn the lesson from whatever the experience is and take it with you on your journey forward. ~ย Aubrey O’Day

Lessons Learned From 4 Years Of Blogging

If you also plan to keep blogging for as long as I have, then I guess you will be interested in knowing how my blog evolved.

Those who are associated with Aha!NOW for a long time, already know the story. However, for many who are either new to Aha!NOW or blogging, this may be a new learning experience.

As I talk about how Aha!NOW evolved, at the end I will be highlighting my tips and the things I did that directly or indirectly helped me to keep blogging, successfully.

To start with, Aha!NOW had a humble beginning as a family blog. The first categories I included in the blog were family, parenting, and relationship.

Very soon, I also included love and health niches as I started getting a positive response from my readers.

Later with time, I added about a dozen more categories. But all of this was very gradual, once I knew my audience liked what I shared.

In the future too, I might be adding more niches like the food and travel, etc.

I know some of you would love to have them on Aha!NOW, wouldn’t you?

#1 Make Your Blog User-Centric

Write what users want to read. I started the various categories based on what the readers directly or indirectly expressed their interest in. So, always write for your readers, not only for yourself. Of course, you need to be knowledgeable and experienced about what you write, if not an expert.

I had no idea whether to start or not with a multi-niche blog, when I started blogging. In fact, I was clueless about blogging.

My first post was on 25th December, 2010. Though I lost that first post somehow, you can check the earliest Aha!NOW posts in the Archives.

It was by October, 2011 that I realized WordPress was better for blogging, so I migrated to it from the Blogger platform.

That time, I used the Genesis Framework. It was then that I also started using CommentLuv Premium. It is all mentioned in this post.

I would recommend CommentLuv Premium, especially for new blogs as it brings in a lot of comments, and you get to meet many bloggers too.

Are you also using WordPress and the CommentLuv plugin?

#2 Switch To WordPress And Use CommentLuv

Self-hosted WordPress gives you more flexibility and freedom; I realized that when I switched from the free Blogger platform to WordPress. I used CommentLuv Premium for 3 years, and it was only recently that I stopped using it as I do not need it anymore.

I lost some blog comments due to the transition from Blogger to WordPress, but still there were hardly many comments on the posts during the initial phase of blogging.

I was not consistent in blogging and was busy with my writing assignments.

Due to this reason, in the first half of 2011, I only posted once or twice a month, or even skipped some months altogether.

It was by August, 2011 that I became serious about blogging and for the first time broke the 20-comments-in-a-post barrier, starting with this relationship post.

How many comments do you get on average in a blog post?

#3 Blog Consistently And Responsibly

Follow a blogging schedule, and be regular. I started to blog consistently – once a week as I had two blogs to manage then, and later increased to twice a week posts, concentrating only on this blog. By being regular in publishing posts, it is like publicly expressing your intention to continue blogging. Also, I took breaks only with prior intimation.

My first blogiversary post was more of a wish list and resolution post than an anniversary post. You can read it here.

The year 2012 was a wonderful year for me as a blogger.

I called Aha!NOW as an SELFhelp blog, where SELF stood for Self-Development and Enrichment of Life and Family.

I created many posts that were appreciated and culminated the year with this second anniversary post.

In 2013, I started the Top Bloggers for Aha!NOW awards for men and women. Some of the posts that went viral then, still bring regular traffic!

Aha!NOW also received many small and big awards, several mentions and honors in all these years, for which I remain ever so grateful. You can read them here.

Do you also celebrate your blog, bloggers, and visitors in your blog posts?

#4 Create Anniversary and Award Posts

Bond and bring bloggers to your blog. Anniversary and award posts also help you thank your readers and well-wishers. You gain recognition and respect that will motivate you to keep blogging. Of course, the list posts are a good option too, but not every post should be a mention, expert roundup, or list post.

In 2013, I started the โ€œBloggingโ€ category on Aha!NOW. This was again, added on popular demand as surfaced in the first blog survey that was conducted inย the 3rd blog anniversaryย post.

Also, in January 2013, I changed the WordPress theme of Aha!NOW to the present ThemeForest theme.

That’s because I wanted a new magazine kind of look and a responsive theme for my blog.

Blogging Report of Aha!NOW in 2014

My first post of 2014 was about creating a life plan. This is when I seriously sat down and planned for Aha!NOW.

Did you make any blogging plan for your blog?

Not to mention that, Aha!NOW was included in the Top 10 Personal Development blogs of the world of 2014.

It was the biggest public recognition that Aha!NOW got, and till date that award post brings daily traffic to the blog.

In the first half of 2014, I interviewed some probloggers and entrepreneurs, and invited few regular visitors to do a guest post on Aha!NOW. You can see all of them below. ๐Ÿ™‚

The interviewee and guest blogger of Aha!NOW photos  2014

How many probloggers have you interviewed?

#5 Have Guest Posts And Interviews

Invite and introduce other bloggers, probloggers, and successful personalities to your blog. It earns your blog reputation and popularity. Besides, your readers gain so much from others. Once you and your blog become renowned, you will want to continue blogging.

I took a one-month Summer Break in June 2014 and returned in July with a new addition to Aha!NOW โ€“ the Aha!NOW Blog Community (ABC).

Meanwhile, Vinay, my better half, joined hands with me and wrote his first post on Aha!NOW on Fatherโ€™s Day, titled โ€œThe Best Gift You Can Give Your Dad On Fatherโ€™s Day.โ€

The year 2014 has been good for me.

The biggest achievement is the birth of the ABC โ€“ the Aha!NOW Blog Community. This is what I meant by making the blog โ€œfor youโ€, when I mentioned it at the beginning of this post.

Now, Aha!NOW is not only my blog, but even YOU can contribute to it as a member of the ABC.

That’s the specialty of a community – it makes your blog go dynamic!

How much engagement and interaction do you have on your blog?

#6 Be Creative And Innovative. Create a Community

Develop relationships via blog commenting, social media promotions and guest posting. Cement these relationships by caring for them and creating your clan. I developed a community and later gave it a structure in the form of the ABC. Blogging became more interesting than before.

Let me share a little about the community at my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

The ABC is the activity and forum-based membership community of Aha!NOW. It was started in July 2014 and has now become the heart of Aha!NOW.

“The beauty and specialty of the ABC is its quality interaction and real engagement.”

It is the heart of Aha!NOW that keep beating, working, and living 24×7. It is full of gems from all over the world and people from all walks of life.

You can experience the ABC for FREE by registering for it here.

If you need to know more about the ABC from the existing members themselves, you can read their voluntary testimonials here.

The members of the ABC are called Ahaians, and they actively participate in the community activities without any boundaries of country, community, color, or creed.

I started the GEMS of Aha!NOW series from October 2014, where I honor the most gregarious and engaging members of the community, and reward them.

I also had my first big giveaway of the Ergotron Sit-Stand Workstation worth up to $600. Ahaian Ravi Chahar was lucky to win it.

Do you also have giveaways on your blog?

#7 Give Incentives And Motivate Your Blog Readers

Celebrate your visitors by rewarding them. This may not be always in the form of big or costly giveaways. Even mentions are powerful and a good way of expressing your gratefulness. Make your blog readers feel valuable, and I am sure they would love to visit your blog again and again.

If you want to build your community, then joining the ABC will help you a lot.

Youโ€™ll be able to make new contacts, friends, forge relationships, collaborate, and also promote your posts!

To keep blogging, you will also need to make your blog worthy.

Make your blog a place that shares useful information, meaningful content and consists of a helpful community.

Besides, you also need to make it prestigious enough for others to want to contribute to it.

I had a rafflecopter giveaway of guest posts on Aha!NOW. You can see below a few lucky ones who got to guest post through a lucky draw, while the rest earned it through their efforts and skills.

The guest bloggers at the ABC

Aha!NOW is a blog where only the community members are allowed to guest post.

The ones who are the toppers of the community leaderboard, win the prestigious guest post opportunitiy by earning the maximum AhaPoints.

What do you do to motivate your blog readers?

#8 Create A Value Proposition Of Your Blog And Its Activities

When you successfully blog for a long time, you can invite selective people on it and create a value around that invitation. Give a royal treatment to your guests and make them feel good and happy. Promote and help them. Be a giver, in all ways. Simply go ALL out โ€“ donโ€™t stop yourself, for it is in giving that you receive. ๐Ÿ™‚

In 2014, I started with giveaway and paid reviews.

The first giveaway was that of the Ergotron Sit-Stand Workstation, and the other was the Grammarly review.

Aha!NOW is open to paid reviews, sponsored posts, and paid posts now.ย The first paid post on Aha!NOW was on happiness.

[I am offering 50% discount on all advertising on Aha!NOW till New Yearโ€™s Eve.]

If you are into a long haul of blogging, then remember that blogging will take most of your time.

Since time is money, I realized a bit late that I have to monetize my blog in order to survive while blogging.

That is because I’ve slowly become more of a blogger than a writer, as I was earlier.

Therefore I had to sacrifice my revenue through writing, which had to be earned back through the blogging activities.

How do you earn from your blog?

#9 Make Your Blog A Source Of Your Earning

Have advertisement slots for Ad banners on the blog, if you are not solely into affiliate marketing. Reviews and sponsored posts are good too. You need to get creative and devise new earning sources or ways on or through the blog if you want to keep blogging for many years. You can even create your own product whether it is an eBook, a course, a program, a plugin or anything that helps others.

Talking of reviews and sponsored posts, I want you to know that I rejected many attractive offers because they did not go with my ethics and the ethos of the blog.

It’s not only about money. You need to first think about your readers and reputation.

There you have it, my journey into blogging so far! I hope you liked and learned from my blogging experiences, though there is a lot more you can add to this list.

I wish you take the tips and implement them on your own blog as and what suits you.

โ€œKnowledge without application is simply knowledge. Applying the knowledge to oneโ€™s life is wisdom โ€” and that is the ultimate virtueโ€ ~ย Kasi Kaye Iliopoulos

The ABC As A Platform

The ABC has been the most rewarding experience for me in my 4 years of blogging.

Aha!NOW has grown from being a blog into a platform, thanks to the ABC and its wonderful members.

Presently, you can use this platform to do three things:

Make Friends, Discuss Topics, and Promote Your Blog. It is all FREE!

I define the ABC as a blog community because it is more than merely a blogging community that is used to promote your blog posts.

The ABC is a place where bloggers and non-bloggers meet, become friends, and discuss topics related to various aspects of life, including that of blogging.

It also has discussion groups, where like-minded people can discuss issues related to their interest.

As of now, we have three groups on the ABC managed by the Ahaians:

Family Life Network โ€“ Group Admin Ahaian Yvonne I. Wilson of EmpowermentMomentsBlog, Moderated by Vernon Layne of StartsAndEndsWithYou.

Tech Tricks โ€“ Group Admin Ahaian Rohan Chaubey of RohanChaubey.

Be An Inspiration โ€“ Group Admin Ahaian Ikechi Awazie of AwazieIkechi.

In the New Year, you will see more groups from experts and famous personalities.

We are going to start a few new features on the ABC that will enhance its ability to act as a platform for all bloggers and non-bloggers for their activities of interest.

The Special Christmas Giveaways

As announced earlier, here are the winners of the Grammarly Review post’s best commenter and the ABC giveaways in this Christmas-cum-blogiversary post.

The lucky commenter who wins the one-month premium subscription of Grammarly worth $30 is Brenda Lee from United States.

Photo of Ahaian Brenda Lee

Congratulations Brenda and I wish you make the best use of your Christmas gift from Aha!NOW and Grammarly, and have a great New year.

The Ahaian who topped the leaderboard in this month of December is Abrar Mohi Shafee from Bangladesh.

Photo of Ahaian Abrar Mohi Shafee

Congratulations Abrar, you have won the one-year premium subscription of Grammarly worth $140 from the ABC and Grammarly.

I wish you have a great year ahead and go on to win the guest post next month in the New Year!

The Mega award for the Ahaian who has scored the most AhaPoints overall, to date, is Yvonne I. Wilson from British Virgin Islands.

Even though Yvonne was not able to be regular this month due to her professional engagements, ย we recognize and appreciate her efforts in the past 4 months on the ABC. Moreover, she still tops the leaderboard!

Photo of Ahaian Yvonne Wilson

Congratulations Yvonne for winning the $140 one-year Grammarly premium subscription from the ABC and Grammarly.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Look forward to having you back on the ABC in January 2015. ๐Ÿ™‚

The ABC Santa has one more gift left in his magic bag!

It is a guest post for Nathaniel Kidd of United States for being the runners-up on the community leaderboard. His interaction and comments on the ABC have been so impressive!

Photo of Ahaian Nathaniel Kidd

Congratulations Nathaniel, we look forward to a guest post from you in January 2015!

I also congratulate this monthโ€™s ABC gems โ€“ Larry Frank, Sivaramakrishnan, and Navneet Teotia. More about them in the next GEMS post in January 2015.

Happy Holidays

Dear readers, this is the last post of this year at Aha!NOW. The next post will be on January 12, 2015.

We expect to start โ€œSeason 5โ€ at Aha!NOW with a bang, but you all are free to visit the ABC even during this winter break.

Yes, the ABC will be open and active โ€“ there are no holidays for the Ahaians! They can have fun round the year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Since I will also be active on the ABC and will work along with Vinay at the backend making changes and improvisations, I mightย not be able to visit your blogs and be as active on the social media.

Please excuse me for that because I need to spend time doing up the blog and ABC, and that takes time! Iโ€™d be back again, with more surprises for all of you.

So, though Iโ€™d be home and taking a little break to be with my kids and family โ€“ I will be working alongside too.

Thus, if you want to be a part of the engagements and interactions at the ABC in the winter holidays, register yourself here.

And a special note for all the ABC members โ€“ during this last week of the year, there will be no reward points for the community activities.

However, the activities will be as usual and ย you can communicate, share your posts, and be with each other as always.

But No points, No leaderboard, till 1st Jan., when the new leaderboard starts again. Till then, just enjoy the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Over To You โ€“

What lessons do you take home from my 4 years of blogging experiences? Have you made any plans or strategies for long-term blogging? If you’ve been successfully blogging for many years, then what are your blogging lessons or secrets? Share in the comments.

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  1. Waleed Khan

    September 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Nice One Harleena!

    Congratulations on the blogiversary. You would’ve celebrated even the 5th blogiversary. One thing you are using great to promote your blog is you share your old posts. And this one is an example as i came here from your twitter profile where you recently shared it. Most of the time we write great posts but never share them once we share them the first time. I had a good experience from this now.

    Cheers,
    Waleed Khan

  2. ikhtiar

    October 16, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Hello
    Thanks for your this great article. I was just checking your Facebook Page and got your this article. Really Good one indeed. By reading your this article just learn the points to many thing for my blog. I am going to open my new brand blog. I will lunch soon. I will follow your these tips for my brand blog.

    Happy Blogging. Have a Good Week End

  3. Jerry Low

    June 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Harleena – great article.

    You mentioned that you had been using Comment Luv Premium for years. I wonder if you see drop in return traffics once you stop using it. What’s the biggest benefit, if you don’t mind sharing, you see in the paid version (beside getting more comments)?

    Cheers, Jerry Low

    • Harleena Singh

      June 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Welcome to the blog Jerry – good to have you over ๐Ÿ™‚

      Glad you liked the post!

      To answer your question, I did not see any drop in site traffic and the number of comments on the blog posts after I stopped using CommentLuv Premium. Now, there can be various reasons for that, primarily that I had already established myself and my blog before I stopped using it.

      I’ve never used the free version of CommentLuv and had straightaway got on to the premium version. I did get more options of promoting my other posts on the blogs where I commented, beside the latest one, thanks to the paid version- besides a few more plugins as part of the premium pack on my blog. The “Reply Me” and “GASP” addons were really helpful.

      I hope this helps. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Tonmoy Parves

    May 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Hello Harleena, Thanks for share the story with us . Really You made the best Bloggers community i have ever seen. And I am totally agree with your all points that you mention. Specially “#6 Be Creative And Innovative. Create a Community” this one. In Our Country Bangladesh, there don’t have any blogger community and that’s why we can not meet with our bloggers. But i am thinking to build up a Blogger Community for our Bangladesh bloggers. But i know it will hard for me. But i would like to accept challenge. Believe me by reading your this article i get motive myself and From Today I will do the hardest work to build up community for our local area. There a lot’s of Bloggers in our Country and be honest we don’t know, we can not find each other caz, there don’t have a single community.

  5. hunny garg

    May 13, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I read the full post and its interesting to read the success story of any blogger. And no one can write the post like this. Way to write the post is so unique and it engages the user till the last word.

  6. Mohinder Verma

    May 6, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t think that one can write like this post. It is detailed and in-depth and one can use ideas and implement in their blogs if want to succeed like Aha-now.com

    I have share this post with my friends to read and understand the basics of blogging. I did this because I am not so good in English writing. But still I am a blogger and trying something new with my blog as per my blogging experience or technical knowledge of how tos while blogging.

    Thanks Harleena for sharing such a lovely and inspiring post.

    Mohinder Paul
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

  7. GiGi Eats

    April 25, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Building relationships I have found to be the MOST IMPORTANT thing if you want to be successful at blogging!! Some of my best friends I have met through blogging!

  8. Blessed

    April 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Such a wonderful post. Four years of a successful blogging career is worth celebrating. By the way am having problems signing up for the ahanow community. I signed up few months ago but i guess my account was deactivated or something, am trying to sign up again but am having issues with the captcha.

  9. Mary Grace

    March 3, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I would like to thank you for giving us a motivational tips on how not to quit blogging. Your post is very useful. Congratulations and happy blogging 4th anniversary.

  10. Yavan Kumar

    February 25, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Harleena Mam,

    Glad to read this article, you covered valuable points or I say lessons here. I must say these lessons are very informative and valuable to newbies and understand what are the basics of become a successful blogger.

    Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Rahul Baniwal

    February 25, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    After reading this post my confidence level has increased to work on my website.

  12. Saedar

    February 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Great post Harleena

    I am also blogging from last 6 years but change my idea every 1 or 2 year because no one comes to read my blogs. But now i come to know what i have to do after reading your post.

    Thanks

  13. Hiidee

    February 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Second time of visit and am really glad to see this post. Thanks Mam

  14. Rahul Krishnan

    January 29, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Hi Mam,
    I forgot to read this post actually.
    Spellbound post as always and happy birthday Aha-Now.
    You gave some valuable tips.
    Yeah, Mam a blog should be user centric. I am working hard to make my blog also user centric.
    WordPress is the best blogging platform so far, due to additional features and controls it offers (pardon me myblogspot friends).
    Thank you so much for pointing out the error of commentluv on my blog Mam. I reinstalled it.
    Everyone loves backlink. So commentluv is a great addition to our blog as it offers a link to their latest article.
    I am suffering with consistency Mam. I have a very slow internet connection. Most of the times it is not sufficient for loading visual editor. So I can’t post. Will get one speedy connection soon.
    I personally love anniversary post Mam. Surely there are many people like me. Hence anniversary post go viral.
    As my blog is a brand new one, I neither posted anniversary posts nor invited anyone to guest post. But will do all that in near future. Thinking of conducting my first interview in the first week of February.
    Happy to say Mam, my latest post broke the 20 comments barrier. It got adound 26 comments all because of you Mam.
    ABC is an awesome platform. It is more than just a blogging community but it is a social network. Thank you so much Harleena Mam and Vinay sir.
    I didn’t start monetizing my blog. I want more exposure Mam. Will think about it after getting it.
    Thank you so much for this awesome post.
    Regards,
    Rahul

  15. Pranay Khatri

    January 24, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Hi Harleena,
    First of all congrats for this 4th blogiversary and for your success ๐Ÿ˜›
    It was superb experience while exploring your blog for any kind of stuff. Thanks for this wonderful blog.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Welcome to the blog Pranay! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for your kind wishes and I am glad you liked the blog and all that’s shared here. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope to see more of you around as well. Thanks for your visit.

      BTW – Do add your Gravatar or profile image so that we can see who we are talking to! Just a friendly suggestion- as I do see your picture used on your blog and Facebook too, so use that! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Pranay Khatri

        January 24, 2015 at 10:45 pm

        Thanks Harleena, I added the image. Actually while commenting I added different email ID that was auto filled, now added gravatar on this too ๐Ÿ˜›

  16. Steven J Wilson

    January 15, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Congrats Harleena,

    You have sure been busy!

    Congrats on all your success and future success!

    You are an inspiration for sure.

    I hope the beginning of 2015 has started out fantastic!

    Ill be in touch!

    Steve

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Steven,

      Thanks so much, and yes, busy as always ๐Ÿ™‚

      I appreciate your kind feedback and visit as well. Yes indeed, we’d be in touch, and wishing you every success and happiness in this year as well.

      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ando Mierzwa

    January 14, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Wow! Congratulations, Harleena!

    Your hard work and kind spirit and equally inspiring.

    Continued success to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Ando,

      Thanks so much for your kind wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

      Appreciate you stopping by to comment. Have a lovely and successful year ahead as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Atish Ranjan

    January 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Harleena,

    I have reached late here but my all the good wishes are with AHA-NOW team. I wish it grows more in this year.

    I loved the way you crafted this post while sharing what you have learnt over these 4 years.

    Keep it up.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Atish,

      You are always welcome, anytime – never late! I am late in replying to you too…lol… ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, I tried sharing all that I learnt in this post, though there is lots more than meets the eye. I guess I just shared a little with the hope to help others.

      Thanks for your kind wishes, and wishing you every success and happiness in this year too ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Monna Ellithorpe

    January 11, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Hi Harleena,

    And congratulations on your “Blogiversary.” I think the most important thing I take from this post is that if you keep at something, it will work for you. I’ve often wondered about a multi-niche blog but until now (visiting your blog), I don’t think I’ve seen one that has been successful.

    Congratulations again and many more great years to come.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Hi Monna,

      Thanks so much for your kind wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

      Absolutely! You DO need to be consistent, at anything you try, and eventually it works for you. This wasn’t really a multi-niche post when I started it, but as I kept blogging and getting my readers feedback, I kept adding more niches, though very gradually, after tapping my readers demands, and it worked.

      Thanks once again, and wishing you every success and happiness in this year as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Blessed

    January 10, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Hi,
    It me Blessed the guy from howbacklink.com that asked the question on link building. congratulation on the 4th anniversary of aha – now.

    To be sincere, your blog has been a source of inspiration to me.
    Once again congrats

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Blessed,

      I love your name, and yes, I’ve been to your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

      Good to know that my blog inspires you in some way. Thanks so much for your kind wishes as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Sylviane Nuccio

    January 10, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Well, as I told you, I had already commented on this post, but apparently something happened and after I clicked on post comment, I’ve got a blank screen and never knew if it went through or not.

    You’ve certainly did a lot with your blog since you’ve started, so this anniversary is well deserved.

    I know some people with have great looking blog, but are still using platforms such as Blogger, and that always surprises me. I think that it’s a must that we use professional platforms such as WordPress.org.

    Posting regularly is a must if we want to be taken seriously and want our reader number to grow.

    I’ve never used rewards yet, but in time that might be something I want to integrate.

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary, even a bit late.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Hi Sylviane,

      Sorry about that, and this happens sometimes with many of us. So, I usually copy the comment before pressing the publish or reply button. I guess if it doesn’t get through the first time, I have it copied to paste it again ๐Ÿ™‚

      I agree that WordPress is any day more professional. However. I think the blogging platform is a personal choice, and yes, some great bloggers still prefer Blogger’s, while there are some who are on WordPress, but their niche blogs are all on Blogger’s as they are earning from those.

      Absolutely! Nothing works better than being consistent with your posts, which even Google likes.

      Rewards are just a way of giving back to the readers and those who give to you I guess. I got a lot many when I was on Blogger’s, which gave me this idea.

      Thanks for your kind wishes, and you are never late! Lol…see how late I am with my comment, but glad I made it. Happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. shreya

    January 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    So different facts are there to get the informations about. Just a perfect article with lots of varieties. Thank u for the share.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Shreya,

      Glad you liked this post and all the blogging lessons shared within it too. Yes, all different facts, with the purpose of helping others.

      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

      BTW – Do add your Gravatar or profile picture, so that we all can see who we are talking to! Just a friendly suggestion ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Moumita Ghosh

    January 8, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Congratulation for your success. Your blogging journey is an inspirational guide. I have joined Aha!Now from last month and I am a big fan of this blog. I often follow your blog and get useful information. From this post I have got to know how you work for your blog. I have got an idea to work for my blog. Thanks for sharing your 4 years blogging journey.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Moumita Ghosh

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Moumita,

      Thanks so much for your wishes, and I am glad my blogging journey could inspire you in some way ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes indeed, I am glad you joined, and I encourage you to come over and share your posts in the ABC and see the interactions and friendships that develop from this platform.

      It makes me happy if you could take away something from this post and my blogging experiences, serves the purpose of writing it!

      Thanks for stopping by, and wishing you every success and happiness in this year as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Mayura De Silva

    January 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Hi Harleena,

    *Celebrations* ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Congratulations on your 4th blogiversary and that’s been a one long journey, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow… I remember it’s like a few weeks back that you had your 3rd anniversary. Isn’t it? Your story is very inspiring as you put all those years together and I’m sure it keeps getting better when you join your hands with your soul mate ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad you took your time on featuring your awesome readers and their contributions as well dear. That’s very kind of you, as always ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations to all of ’em who made the list here and for their accomplishments. Plus, I believe many bloggers will find this post is enriched with wonderful blogging advises for whom wanna reach the heights as you did ๐Ÿ™‚ Bravo!

    I couldn’t believe all this happened in last year. Your blog has grown and progressed so much and I wish you all the best for the upcoming Season 5, Harleena ๐Ÿ™‚ No matter what, you kindness always nourish your blog and the hearts of its readers.

    Have an awesome 2015, and may all your dreams come true in this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers…

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Mayura,

      Thank you for your kind wishes, and so good to have you back into the blogosphere too ๐Ÿ™‚

      Lol…yes indeed, time passes so quickly, doesn’t it? You are right, now with my better half joining hands, we hope to take this blog to another level, to make it more worth the while. However, there is LOTS still to be done, and we are always working behind the scenes to do it all up.

      You know we always love to give back to our readers and well wishers, and this is just a small way to honor the ABC active members who keep the blog going, and others too. Ah…just a few tips I learned along the way, though it can’t be all summed up in a single post you know.

      I just have people to thank, and of course the ABC and the very active forum there, which has helped this blog to grow and reach greater heights.

      Thanks once again for your heartfelt comment, and wishing you every success in this year as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Barbara Charles

    January 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Happy New Year. Definitely, congrats are in order for your 4 year anniversary. Very awesome!

    I have to say that I like the ‘blog consistently.’ I’ve written about this at various times but it is one I think is paramount and one that is particularly hard for me to keep up with. Working on it because I know that is the key to success.

    Numbers 8 and 9 are what I am working on now. I mean really working on it as I knew it, just didn’t know how to implement.

    Great post for the end of the year to help people like me who is making a changes to have a successful blog.

    Hope all is well and talk to you soon.

    Barbara

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      Belated Happy New Year to you as well, and thanks for your kind wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes indeed, it’s not easy to blog consistently, especially if you have your own businesses or other work to take care of as well. Ask me! It can become tough for me as well at times, especially with clients, this blog, and then the family/kids/home front to manage – not to mention the ABC too now!! But you give yourself that push, and move out of your comfort zone and just get down to it! I know you’ve started this year with a bang, as I am seeing you blog regularly now- so anytime is a good time to start I would say ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us. I know this is going to be an awesome year for all of us, so let’s keep giving! Happy weekend as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Sherman Smith

    January 7, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Hey Harleena,

    Merry Belated Christmas and Happy Belated New Year! Also Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary of your blog!

    I do have to say that I’m proud to have witness part of your journey and growth since 2013. Yes you made a couple of changes, but for the better. You definitely was an inspiration to me.

    Speaking of inspiration, I have to say I like the #7 on incentives and motivation. I haven’t given any incentives out, but I believe I have motivated a lot of people. How? By talking about my mistakes and showing how I fixed them. Some of my readers have, or are making some of those same mistakes and possibly have lot motivation. Then I give them the solution that work for me, and like the name of your blog, they get that “Aha” moment!

    But i like to give incentives. This will definitely motivate them to write and open them up to receive more traffic through my blog. It’s all a part of the law of reciprocity, but I do focus on everyone’s success. I know how hard it can be to keep pushing forward when you’re face with a lot of obstacles!

    Thanks for sharing with us what you learned through your journey! I hope you had a great New Years! Take Care!

    • Harleena Singh

      January 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Hi Sherman,

      Belated seasons greetings to you and yours too, and thank you for your kind wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

      I appreciate you too, and it’s been a pleasure knowing and learning from you as well. I guess that’s what keeps us all going in the blogosphere, isn’t it?

      Your posts are wonderful as you write them based on your experiences, and people connect best to them that ways. They learn through them in a better way as they can relate. Lol…yes, the ‘Aha-moment’ ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes indeed, when you inspire and motivate others, you yourself are inspired and learn to overcome the obstacles of life. Blogging should always be more about giving back to others I’ve felt, just as we are trying to do through the ABC and forum now, which does take a lot of my time though, but still all worth it if it can help others.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Have a lovely year as well ๐Ÿ™‚




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9 Lessons From 4 Years of Blogging (Blogiversary Post)

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