If you think that you are on the verge of giving up and thinking that maybe this blogging thing is not for you, well, let me tell you what; all bloggers felt that way at some point. The only difference between those who failed and those who succeed is perseverance.
The early stages of blogging can be discouraging and difficult. Unless you are a celebrity, then this post is not for you. For the rest of us, reaching the promised land of blog luminary is a pretty daunting task.
As a blogger myself, I could relate to the discouragement that most bloggers experience. Fortunately, I have found some solutions that I always apply every time I’m running low on battery.
1. Remember why you started your blog.
When you remind yourself what was it that drew you into the circles of bloggers, you will regain the motivation that once drove you. Remind yourself that everyone started at the bottom which means that you may not get as much traffic as you expected and may not be able to earn a decent income to sustain you. One way to keep motivated is to remind you that all your hard work will pay off in terms of ranking, traffic, and monetization.
There’s this saying that I always remind myself “When the going gets tough, the tough gets you going.”
2. Ignore your traffic reports
For the first few months, ignore Google Analytics or whatever program you use to measure your blog’s traffic to avoid being discouraged. Remember that whatever you post on your blog, however compelling and great it is, the traffic will not come right away. Constantly checking your stats will do nothing but weaken your enthusiasm. Set a reasonable time frame and traffic expectations. The problem with beginners is that they have been promised how easy it is to create a blog and earn money instantly. Their expectations have been set up so high that the Internet has been littered with well intentioned blogs that has been abandoned after discouraging traffic reports.
When you begin a blog, you will have to build it with hard work and a lot of time with less traffic. By setting the right expectations, you avoid being discouraged. Most blogs start to see the light of the day after a year or so. Whatever promise about making money through your blog is true. The easy part just doesn’t happen right away.
3. Focus on your blog’s content first before you push for promotion
While most people will tell you to notify your networks when you launch your blog, it may be best to concentrate on building a quality site first. While you will eventually seek their support, giving a good first impression will actually create a stronger impact.
The best blogs are those written from the heart. As you gain experience, so does your writing. Wait until you find your own voice that resonates on your blog, and then let it be known.
By that time, you don’t just receive feedback from your network out of courtesy, but loyal followers who find your blog worthy of their time.
4. Fanning the Flame
When you become more concerned about getting the job done, rather than expressing your passion and enjoying it, you will not be able to keep the fire burning. Working day- in and day- out will always result to a lot of stress. Take a day off, get out of your blog, read what others are writing about, share your stories, make comments, and interact with fellow bloggers just for the fun of it. And before long, you will be enthusiastic to write again and to keep your blog running.
Build it, and they will come; you just have to persevere until you see the fruits of your labor. That’s the top most secret of successful bloggers