Pet Bloggers Journey 2020

Pet Bloggers Journey 2020

Pet Bloggers around the world have come together to support each other in what can become a lonely profession. Colby Morita of Puppy In Training is hosting this years Pet Bloggers Journey.

Each year bloggers open up and share their big goals, accomplishments, and failures.

If this is the first you’ve heard of the Pet Bloggers Journey and you’d like to participate, you’ll find all the details and the questions in this post by Puppy in Training.

This is my first year joining the fun… I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

1. 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.

Launched January 2017. 

Rescue Dogs 101 guides dog parents through every step of their dog journey. Ranging from finding and adopting the perfect dog, to bringing him home and raising him to become the dog of their dreams. 

The blog provides resources for not only adopting but also for when questions and problems may arise, including training techniques, tools, and useful products to help keep their dog happy and healthy.

2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2019, that made you most proud.

After a lot of procrastination, I launched my first ever course named, Adopting Your Perfect Dog 101.

Adopting Your Perfect Dog 101 is a 6 module, 12 lesson, easy-to-follow course that will teach you everything you need to know about adopting your perfect family dog. Each module includes a workbook and 3 video lessons.

It was a labor of love. I’m still working on the right way to promote the course and get it in front of potential adopters before they decide to adopt a dog.

3. Which of your 2019 blog posts was your favorite and why? (Please include a link.)

It’s hard to pick just one, but “Dog Adoption Stories that Will Make You Smile, Laugh and Cry!” tops the list. I love it so much because it depicts real-life stories from members of the Rescue Dogs 101 community. 

4. What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2019, and how did you tackle it?

A positive mindset is a constant struggle. I got hit in the November Google update. As scary as that was, I bounced back with January update. The constant roller coaster is my biggest challenge. 

5. 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?

Be patient, write with SEO in mind. Write about what people are searching for on Google, not about what you want to write about. What are your people asking Google? That is your headline. 

6. 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?

No sponsored work. A couple years ago I really thought I wanted to write sponsored posts, but after taking a course to learn how to do it right, I realized it’s not an avenue I wanted to pursue.

As a freelance graphic designer, I already do work for clients. I started the blog so I don’t have to answer to clients anymore.

I may change my mind in the future. But for now, I prefer to create my own digital products for my audience.

7. Looking forward to 2020, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is?

Create a successful basket full of digital products that help my audience and their rescue dogs. Not sure what that looks like just yet, but that’s the goal. 

8. What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal?

Good question. I have broken down the steps to create my next product. Now I just need to stay focused and keep my mindset positive. 

9. 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?

Well if I listen to the experts it would be video and voice search. I made the commitment to answer one of my community members’ questions each week… in series called #AskingForMyDog… on video! For an extreme introvert like myself, video is a huge leap.

As for the voice search, I feel I am already answering real-world questions, so I’m hoping I am in front of that one. 

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

My biggest challenge is figuring out how to get in front of people BEFORE they adopt a dog. My next goal is to reach out to rescues and shelters in hopes that a relationship would help. Any ideas are welcomed!

Here are the other pet bloggers taking part in the 2020 Pet Blogger Challenge. Be sure to show them some love and leave a comment. 

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About the Author Debi@RescueDogs101

Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, two dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.

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