Understanding the analytics and metrics of your blog is a good start. It took me awhile to understand exactly what I was looking at, but I did finally get a good handle on them both, on my own. I wish I'd have reached out and gotten help first instead. I would have saved so much time. Trial-and-error can get you where you need to be, but it sure takes a lot longer to get there that way, than it does hiring quality help. For me, it would have made good business sense to do the latter. Why didn't I? Quite simply, I didn't know there were companies out there to do that for me. Now I do. From this type of information, I learned things like the best time of day to post, who was visiting my blog (and from where), which posts were getting the most traffic, where the traffic sources were coming from (Facebook, Pinterest, Google Search, direct type, etc.). That helped me to know which types of posts were apt to generate the most interest to my readers, and helped me shape which types of information I would choose for future write-ups. If you're looking to make money with your blog, that type of information helps, a lot.
Microsoft MDM can help you with simple (and/or complex, though at this stage of the game, I'm still sticking with 'simple') things like understanding how organizational tweaks and changes can help you, knowing how to use your own technology (or helping you to add something new) and helping you to understand what your website's statistics are saying to you. When you know these things, you're one step closer to the financial gain you're hoping to find. A blog is a wonderful way to make an income, and yes, you could spend 80+ hours a week trying to do it, or you could get help and cut that time in half...so you can have free time to do the things you'd like in addition to blogging. Seeking help allows you to work smarter, not harder. It's a cliché, I know, but it couldn't be more true. I am at a crossroads now, where the time I have to blog keeps getting less and less. I don't want to lose my blog though, because I enjoy it. Keeping my numbers up, which I do through utilizing my analytics, will help me to still have an audience when I find time once again, to get those posts a-rollin' (oh, and while I'm saying that, let me also add a big thank you to those of you who continue to visit week after week, year after year, I appreciate you and think you are amazing!).
My grandma used to say, 'there's no shame in getting help.' I agree, but want to take that a step further and add, 'in the case of blogging, there's money to be made, a heck of a lot quicker, when you do.'