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  1. Happy Panda says

    It’s been a year on here and I hadn’t even heard of DA before this post – so well that should tell you how well I’m doing on this while blogging front. 🙈 So yeah – please do a whole post on it to educate us lost kids.

    I totally get how frustrating it is when engagement falls – after an amazing March – where my engagement doubled from February – I had an abysmal April where it went back to February stats. I wasn’t around a lot in April due to work commitments so yeah but still. 😓

    I get the frustration but you’re doing good – I love your blog and I hope you achieve all your goals in the coming year. ❤️

    • Shelly DS says

      Lol thanks for making me laugh! But honestly watching everyone else’s growth gives me hope but then I look at mine and wonder what I’ve done wrong. Just one of those frustrations I conveniently left off this post 😅
      Sorry about your stats dropping… your readers might’ve gone for Covid shots or something 🥴 they should be back on their feet now!

  2. beth says

    i really just write mine for the pleasure of writing and know it must be a challenge to monetize and keep it going. here’s to you and making it work.

  3. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    Ha ha. I’m with you on the SEO. Almost 2 years in and mine is sitting at 10. I also find it hard to keep up with all the blogs that I follow. I have my favourites that I read faithfully – like yours, but I scroll past many others. I guess that reinforces the importance of an attention-grabbing title.

  4. vaniheart says

    Wow never knew about the DA thing, thanks for sharing 👍😀
    Also what do you suggest “Buisness plan” or “self hosted”

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for reading!
      Self hosted! The business plan is way more expensive, and you can get plugins on the self hosted version that would do everything the business plan does!

  5. bosssybabe says

    Such a good, informative post! Thank you! Yes, I’d love another in-depth post about DA (I’ve never heard of this 😱), I’m such an amateur!

    I totally feel you about staying relevant in the community. It’s so dang hard to stay afloat… I want to support others who are starting their blog who have less following but I also want to support those who have helped me grow but there’s only so much time in a day and I also need to work on my own blog lol it’s tough! You hit the nail on the head!

  6. Suzanne- Happily Decluttered says

    Great post! It is frustrating to me that I can’t tell which of my followers are reading my posts (since many don’t like or comment). I would love to remove the people who just followed me in hopes of getting a follow but then never actually read anything. You know how I love to remove clutter!😀

  7. LoseWeightWithAng says

    DA is so foreign to me. My domain authority is completely different on the different sites I’ve checked. Ahrefs gives me 2.8, Moz gives me 11 and Semrush gives me 16. I don’t know if this number is really as important as people make it out to be, just something made up by these sites to rank you.

  8. Markus + Micah says

    I get how frustrating these sides can be. But I suppose it is more pressing the more professional our approach to our blog is. Ours is very relaxed as you know. We do not even have a clue about the things that you mentioned. But I hope you reach your targets seeing that you put a lot of work into your blog!

  9. Pooja G says

    I can so relate with you on all of these. The DA things is annoying and I have some bad news for you- your DA is probably not going to go above 10 unless you move to a self-hosted site. I don’t know why that is but multiple bloggers including myself have experienced this. On my self-hosted blog my DA changed from 8 to 17 even though it’s the EXACT SAME content as this one. I even got emails from people who want to work with me even though I don’t use that blog anymore because of the increase in my DA. The whole DA thing is so bizarre to me. Everything like that including SEO etc is bizarre- it’s like your blogging to impress machines instead of the actual people who read your work.

    • Shelly DS says

      Nooooo! That makes me so sad 😩
      I know some bloggers on the business plan that have made it past the annoying 10 mark though. Really praying I’ll be one of them too 😅

      • Pooja G says

        The best way to increase your DA is to better your SEO- that’s what I’ve found. Another thing is that your blog needs to get older- yours is still relatively new but you will notice that as you blog consistently it will increase just because it’s old. My original domain with .wordpress in it is at like 23 even though it technically doesn’t even exist anymore. Unfortunately, for some of these things you just have to wait. Good luck with your DA though I’m sure it will increase over time!

  10. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji says

    I also had no idea what DA is till this post. I guess i still have a long way to go. I got the advice to go for self-hosting…indeed I find it more easier and cheaper.

    I also find is a bit difficult to keep up with all the blogs i follow, I so wish u ciyldnjnteract with alm of them but its not possible..

  11. Delicate and brutal says

    I love that you keep it real! Especially about the blogging support. I would never want you to take away time from your family or other priorities just to engage with me. I know we support each other the best we can given our circumstances and life events. Much love to you my blogging friend 💕


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