Recently I have been checking on some blogging forums and have noticed how varied the difficulties are that bloggers face (particularly new bloggers). Those with technical skills sometimes find it difficult to find inspiration for posts whereas those with experience with writing may struggle to get to grips with running their blog and customising it the way they want.
Don’t be alarmed if you are being overwhelmed with the many aspects of being a blogger. There is a learning curve and things do start to get easier as time goes by. However, because I have been blogging for years, I have a bad habit of forgetting how difficult some things are, so yesterday I asked Blogging Tips Twitter Followers ‘What do you find most difficult as a blogger?’. The replies were quite interesting so I thought I would share them all with you and give my own opinion on the subject 🙂
Getting people to not only visit but also leave their imprint with an intelligent comment or reaction.
There are numerous ways to increase comments on your blog posts. Commenting on other blogs may help, particularly if you refer to a related article of your own in your reply. Getting traffic to your blog is obviously a major factor too because if no one is reading, no one is commentating.
Encouraging a higher quality of comment is a little bit more difficult. Generally speaking, the higher the quality the article is, the higher the quality of the comments. Though there are many factors to be considered. For example, Is your article the first to break a news story, do people strongly agree/disagree with your opinion or are you perhaps discussing something which people are really passionate about (sports/religion/politics etc)?
You also have to appreciate that many people aren’t in the habit of writing long or high quality comments. Just like in traditional discussion forums, many people will simply reply with a ‘good article’ or ‘I disagree’ type comment without going into any great detail beyond that (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Choosing a topic to start blogging on is proving a challenge, lots of ideas, but need to take ACTION.
There are lots of great articles online which give you advice on how to choose a blog niche. But my advice to anyone who is unsure about what topic to blog about is this : Blog about something you are passionate about!
If you are passionate about a subject you will not only enjoy blogging more, it will be reflected in your posts, which increases the chance of your blog becoming successful. I made the mistake of starting a website in a subject I wasn’t interested in a few times. In the beginning it wasn’t too bad but after a while I found updating those sites to be a real pain in the ass and they were sold on soon after.
It’s very tempting to start a blog in a niche with high CPC and commission rates but I would encourage anyone who wants to find success with a blog to write about something which they love.
If you are struggling to figure out what subject you are passionate about then ask yourself these questions: What websites do you regularly visit, what magazines and books do you enjoy reading, what topic do you love debating about with others?
Dealing with trolls and spammers in a “professional” manner.
Personally, I’ve had to deal with spammers more often than trolls. With spam the main problem is trackback spam however most trackback spammers tend to spam pages with a PageRank so it happens on older posts more. Which is why I had to switch comments off on posts here which are older than 30 days (thankfully it seems to have resolved the problem).
The other type of spam I get on BloggingTips is low quality comments. I have stressed many times that comments here have the nofollow tag attached and I have explained why there is no benefit in promoting your blog via comments for search engine benefits. Yet everyday someone inevitably leaves a comment using their blogs name instead of their own name (which means I have to reply to a comment from ‘Great BBQ Deals’ instead of ‘John’!). I know it’s petty but unless the comment is really good, I am less inclined to reply to people who do this.
With regards to Trolls, I’ve only had the odd clash with them. However, if the problem got worst I would take a zero tolerence with them. At the end of the day, it’s your blog. So why you should have to deal with people who are abusive, racist and downright ignorant.
If you do have a problem with Trolls I suggest adding a message in the comment area stating that abusive messages etc will not be tolerated. This might discourage trolls from writing comments in the first place. Check out the comment area from one of Tim Ferriss’s posts to get an idea of what I’m talking about 🙂
I think that everyone finds Inspiration in different places.
If you are developing a blog primarily to make money then you may find inspiration from bloggers who have found success via a blog. If you are looking to become a writer then you may be inspired by those who started off as a blogger like yourself and then got a publishing deal.
You might be inspired by someone who isn’t even a blogger e.g. perhaps a friend of yours has built up a successful business from scratch and his success has inspired you to do the same online.
I do think that inspiration can come in many shapes and sizes though. Only recently I was inspired to work a little bit harder because the payment for my upcoming holiday was due! 🙂
Patience. I need to think that I will yield the results of my blogging business within months or even years. 🙂 Difficult.
I think that you are one step ahead of a lot other bloggers by realising this. Many new bloggers believe they will be making thousands of dollars with their blog within a few months. True, some bloggers have achieved this but most bloggers don’t start making good money with their blog until their blog has been established, which can take a year or two.
It can be frustrating working on your blog week in week out without seeing a direct return, which is why so many people stop posting on their blog within a few months of launching it. The people who find success with their blog are the ones who persevere and work out a long term strategy for their blog.
Writer’s block, it sucks, it can breathe the life out of you.
The best writers in the world also suffer from writers block so don’t be too disheartened when it happens to you. I find it difficult to write when I am really tired and in the past I have taken 30 minutes to write a post which would normally take me 5.
To get the most out of working online you need to be productive with your time. Therefore, if I’m struggling for ideas for a post I do some research. I browse the web, read articles, take notes and sometimes save a quick draft of a post idea. I then get away from the computer, either to sleep, go to the gym or just get out the house for a while.
The time away from the computer gives me time to relax but it also gives me time to let the ideas for posts sink in. When I come back to the computer afterwards I am normally in a better mindset to write with the creative juices flowing more.
Coming up with topics that are interesting, or getting traffic to my blog.
Who’s to say what an interesting topic is. There are people out there who will find this article interesting but there are also people who would be bored to tears reading this. Everyone has different interests and hobbies. If you are writing about something which interests you then I’m sure that there will be someone out there who finds the subject interesting too.
Don’t cater to the masses, cater to your own interests and your knowledge and love for the subject will show in the post.
Determining the moment a post is finished and should be posted, read, and left to itself.
This is something which I have struggled with in the past. I think that a post is complete when you have covered every point you wanted to address in the post. If the article is long but you haven’t covered everything, it may be worth finishing the article and covering the other points in a 2nd or 3rd article.
Time is a big factor though. Due to being in a rush, I have published posts which were far from complete. Likewise, when I have found myself with too much time the posts have sometimes been too long and drawn out.
Over time I believe that this will become less of an issue. You will see what posts readers respond to and get a better idea of what length they prefer.
What do you find most difficult as a blogger?
I hope you have enjoyed the list. Though this discussion is by no means over. Please let us know what aspect of blogging you find difficult. Also, If there is something which you are really struggling with, let me know and I will do my best to write a step by step guide to help you progress 🙂
1 Failure Conscious Tendency That Makes Blogging Tougher
Some bloggers cannot accept a good thing when they get it.
I have linked to tens of thousands of bloggers over my decade online. I love my friends. I take care of my friends.
99.999999% of bloggers are beyond grateful to get a backlink from an established, pro blogger like myself for many reasons:
- Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 47; that’s some backlink juice!
- Blogging Tips has an even higher DA; 48 I believe, meaning more backlink juice
- you bond more deeply with me, and forming a deeper friendship allows me to open doors for you, via guest posts, more backlink mentions, interviews, prospering partnerships
- greater blog traffic through exposure
- greater blog profits through exposure
- greater brand awareness through exposure, and also, your blog and brand aligns with Virgin, Forbes and Fox News, sites I have appeared on, creating greater trust
I could go on for 45 minutes. The list of benefits are endless. There are absolutely no downsides to being mentioned by me, on my blog or via guest post. Yet, some folks, because of their own fears, cannot accept these gifts freely and gratefully. Hey guys; I luv ya’s. This is not a rant, but a lesson in seeing good (versus fear/downside), expressing genuine gratitude and learning how to move up in blogging circles, by being fully grateful to receive the above gifts and by purging any fears or lack of gratitude you feel, when a world renowned blogger links to you.
Virtually all bloggers are grateful for receiving the above list of benefits. Donna Merrill is a blogging high roller and she responds to virtually all my tags and mentions. I would never expect her to do so because we are great friends, and she is so busy, but that is heart-filled blogging.
But a few bloggers clinging to deep fears have responded to my generous backlinks a few different ways:
- some fear the linking structure is not neat and orderly
- some fear they are not getting enough link juice via Google, and ask me to log into search console and make changes or whatever
- some fear they are not getting enough links to a specific site or permalink, and ask me to edit the post, to change the link
All above motivators are fear, and fear is not real, so if you honor these fears and react-respond in the above fashion, you judge things or make a request from an illusory, untrue, false, totally not real energy of loss, lack, limitation.
That fear has 100% to do with you, and nothing to do with me. I will keep being generous with my blogging buddies, but I seek out loving buddies, not those weighed down a bit too heavy by fear, so fear-bloggers gotta go, along with their links, going forward. Nothing personal, as I love and respect these folks. Just an energy thing.
We See the World as We See Ourselves
You see the world, you see other bloggers and you see their linking strategies as you see yourself.
If someone fears they won’t get enough traffic or clicks or Google juice through my linking strategy, that has nothing to do with the guy featured on billionaires’s blogs, and living his dream, circling the globe. That has to do 100% with you, your fear of loss, your fear of not enough, your trust issues, and other deep, fear based energies, begging to be unearthed and felt.
I am the mirror. You are the source. You are cause, and effect.
Picture break! Me during my trip to Fiji with my friend Olivia.
My dear friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me a Message months ago. He was deeply grateful I had linked to him 50 plus times on Blogging Tips alone. He is grateful! Does it surprise you that the guy runs a highly prospering business and leads a huge, loyal following?
David Boozer routinely sends me Messages sharing how grateful he is for my eBooks, courses, content and mentions, writing from the heart. More gratitude! Does it surprise you that one of his YouTube channels has registered millions of plays, alone?
Alonzo and David do not ask me to change links or put stuff into Google console or to change my linking style; they know a gift when they see it.
Vishwajeet Kumar feels incredibly grateful for each backlink I give to his helpful blogging resource, and expresses his gratitude on social media.
This is how you move higher in blogging circles, to see more success, versus moving lower, through fear-based lack of gratitude, and, losing link mentions.
Guys; see the blessing in a coveted backlink. Be grateful. See the good. Move up in the blog-0-sphere. Experience increased blogging success.
Connect to Get Connected
Do you want to know how I became a connected travel blogger?
I patiently read posts from a brilliant group run by Mapping Megan, published genuine comments and promoted my fellow bloggers.
That is it. I put in serious work. I also published helpful content on my blog, too.
Bloggers mistakenly believe in “getting connected”. Like being connected is a passive act, that just happens. By luck, or by lame pitches.
Do you want to get connected enough where you get featured on world famous blogs? Invest in my Teachable course. I teach you how to do it without pitching anybody.
I created the course after bloggers emailed me asking if I can feature them on Forbes, or asking how much it costs to get a link on Forbes. All these bloggers made the critical error of believing asking someone for a favor or feature – quite a passive, lazy, mindless act – is how you “get connected.” If this were true, 30,000,000 bloggers would be featured on Forbes, Forbes’ reputation sinks into the sewer and nobody would want to get featured on Forbes anymore.
Do you see how foolish and silly strategies like asking people to get featured on world famous blogs waste your time? Like me asking the NY Knicks for a try out, after I only had skills good enough to be a junior college basketball player. Foolish.
Passive Versus Active
Getting connected is passive. Not gonna work.
You EARN connections by connecting yourself to human beings, and you connect yourself by featuring skilled bloggers on your blog, by mentioning them and sharing their content on social media and by expecting nothing in return. I mention Paula Pins the Planet because she’s a first class travel blogger. I connect myself to her. Friendship forms. I connect myself to Rhonda Albom by linking to her on my blog and by tweeting her posts. As more and more friendships form, blossom and grow, my friends:
- promote me
- endorse me
- help me
- inspire me
- buy my eBooks
- hire me
People then say, “Hey, Ryan is a connected blogger! He knows everybody.” Fools believe me being connected just….happened. Passively. Lost folks believe I am lucky to be connected. The blogging brain dead believe I began blogging from a connected, influential space, when I knew more cats than bloggers 10 years ago, a lost blogging soul who did not know what a blog, was.
I spent 10 years of my life connecting myself to bloggers by promoting them without asking for anything in return. I help skilled bloggers because skilled bloggers provide you with helpful resources. Naturally, this level of generosity and calm, cool detachment helped me pop up on the radar screen of high profile brands. Kinda happens, when an army of influential blogging buddies endorses you, promotes you and vouches for you.
Connecting yourself to successful bloggers requires:
You pay a specific tuition for being connected; helping influencers without giving thought to your own needs. Then, over months, then years, you become incredibly connected, powerful and influential, based on your generosity and willingness to shine the spotlight on other bloggers, like Moss Clement. Peep his generosity. This is how to get connected. Be a tireless supporter of other bloggers, like how David Boozer and Alonzo Pichardo do it. These guys are generous! David promoted me more than I promoted me. That’s saying something. Then, Alonzo and a bunch of folks found me through David, and these blogging pros generously promoted me. I keep promoting them too, returning the generosity these folks have shown me.
Do you want to know my secret for being hyper connected?
Take care of your friends!
Think little of your own needs. Friends will help take care of you.
Connect yourself to people. Promote them. Expect nothing. Be super connected.
5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Starting A Business Blog
Trying to compete in the world of content creation and blogging can be very tough. With so many active websites and blogs flooding the internet and search results with new content daily, how are you supposed to compete and have a successful site?
Some of the best ways to accomplish this, are to avoid mistakes that many have made in the passed — while also teaching to industry what to do and what not to do in the process.
That is what we will be focusing our discussion on today.
We all are bound to make mistakes, but how we respond and recover from those mistakes count. In the blogging world, it is no different. If you have just started your business blog, there are a lot many things you need to pay attention to. The best way to save yourself from mistakes is to learn from the mistakes of others.
Here is a list of few blogging mistakes you need to avoid.
Mistake #1: Posting every day
Thinking of posting a blog every day can blow you out. Don’t rush into posting more posts, but take time to research, write and proofread your post. No matter how many articles you post, if they are poorly written, it will easily degrade the reputation of your blog. Instead, schedule posting one or two blogs a week, depending on your target audience. Take time to generate good quality content.
Mistake #2: “anything” is the topic
Your blog should be based on a specific niche. You can go with any topic, but make sure you stick to the niche. If you have attracted a healthy base of readers, then your audience is likely to be interested in your subject. Select topics that deliver value to your readers. Don’t make them leave your website by writing irrelevant posts. Stick to what you know and avoid subjects you don’t have any expertise with.
Mistake #3: Not promoting your blog
It doesn’t matter how great you write, your post will not receive traffic automatically. People will not hear about your post unless you share with them. A perfect example of this can be seen in the free stuff and online coupon space. With so many coupons already floating around the internet, you need to create real content on your site that will provide value. You can see how a site like By Discount Codes is accomplishing this ‘monthly coupon’ summary posts on their site.
After publishing any new content to their site, they are then sharing it though social media as well. By internally linking to your own product or sales pages within your blog content, you will find much better ranking through your site, while also improving site navigation as well.
Mistake #4: Doing everything alone
Starting a business blog requires a number of resources, and along with that you also need to focus on your business. Trying to do everything alone can limit your blog’s growth. Whether you are a business owner, manager, entrepreneur or sole proprietor, not outsourcing various tasks can make you less effective over time. You can delegate some work to freelance writers, designers, developers and SEO experts.
Mistake #5: Know how to write long-form content that works
Visitors don’t like reading boring and lengthy posts. They are stingy with their time and the long post can easily daunt the readers. Come up with the posts of varying length, but never compromise on the quality of the content. People will even read a 3000-word post if they find it informative, and they won’t even read 100 words if the content isn’t useful.
However, it’s important to note that longer content does rank better in Google. This means you need to find the right medium between having too little and too much content. Don’t bore your audience, but make sure there is enough there for your content to rank the best it possibly can.
Make sure you avoid these mistakes, so you can make the most of the resources without wasting any time and efforts. A lot of people run blogs, but only engaging and attractive content will keep you ahead of the game. Always remember, the more you concentrate on improving the lives of your visitors, the more successful you will become. Have you done any mistake that you would like to share? Comment down below.
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