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.
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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 🙂
What Is the Harshest Blogging Wake Up Call?
My harshest blogging wake up call occurred nearly a decade ago.
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I would write and publish one post weekly. I spent 1 hour writing and publishing the post.
I spent the rest of the week:
- watching TV
- watching YouTube
- working out
- hanging out with friends
After a good year of following this routine I saw a few visitors to my blog daily. I recall 3 daily visitors for many months, stumbled upon my blog.
I experienced a big time blogging wake up call; you cannot build a successful blog by listening to music and watching TV all day long, minus the 1-2 hours you spend blogging, weekly.
The harshest wake up call: blogging gives you what you give blogging.
Blogging Gives You What You Give Blogging
I know of a few bloggers who complain about having terrible business prospects. When will they get more clients? When will they get more traffic? When will they make more money? I mean, they have been blogging for 5 to 10 years already. Things should be growing SO much more quickly right now, they say.
These individuals will get more clients when they stop watching Netflix all day. Do you want to be a professional Netflix watcher or a professional blogger? Pro Netflix watchers spend hours daily watching Netflix. Not sure how well that job pays. Professional bloggers spend 6-8-10 hours daily:
- creating helpful content through your blog, through guest posts and through videos
- building your friend network by generously promoting other bloggers and by genuinely commenting on their blogs
- freely promoting your premium products and services through each piece of content you create
- generously following the prior 3 steps for months
The person who follows each bullet point for months, then years, sees more and more clients. Traffic increases over time. Blogging profits increase over time. Blogging gives them what they give blogging.
Janice Wald is always after it. She’s a hustler. Follow her for inspiration.
Ditto for Saurabh Tiwari. He is one of the most dedicated bloggers I know. Follow him for inspiration.
Do Not Fight Good Advice
I have personally coached bloggers who fight my smart advice. These people say networking is not for them. These folks resist creating content because they do not want to force it. This crowd ignores good advice, then goes back to watching Netflix or sports for the next 3 hours.
If you fight good blogging advice, you will struggle and fail. It has to be that way; you are doing the opposite of what it takes to succeed. Put your ego to the side. Follow smart advice. Succeed.
Listen to the guy with this home office in Thailand. He knows what he’s talking about.
Your mind wants you to fail because it fears the fears you need to face to become a successful blogger. I feared facing deep fears years ago, so spent most of my time and energy doing everything BUT blogging. You may nod, then, go back to watching Netflix or YouTube for the next 2 hours. 2 weeks down the road, after you spent only 2 hours of your time and energy blogging daily, you feel frustrated and want to quit because you have signed up no new clients, money seems to be running out and no business looks promising, on the horizon.
It is 100% YOUR CHOICE to spend 6 hours watching Netflix today and 2 hours blogging. You are doing this. You are making this choice.
It is 100% YOUR CHOICE to make a massive shift; spend 8 hours creating content and building connections, today.
Blogging just mirrors back to you your choices and energy, you make every waking hour of every day.
Right now, you have the next 8-10 hours to generously help people through creating and networking, or you choose to focus on yourself, watching TV, streaming Netflix, hanging out with friends.
Spend those 8-10 hours daily blogging for 3-6 months, and eventually, you will see more clients.
100% your choice, your decision, your energy, your commitment to blogging success.
5 Blog Monetization Tips to Grow Your Passive Income
As a blogger these days, sharing information is no longer enough.
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Monetizing your knowledge is key to a profitable blogging lifestyle.
Of course, the goal is to always increase your earnings.
Whether it’s tweaking your current strategies or learning new ones, there’s always room for bloggers like you to grow your revenue.
In this post, you will let learn how to monetize a blog even more using the tried-and-true tactics below.
The blog monetization tips you must take to heart
The tips below should help you maximize the earnings from your blog.
None of the advice should yield an “a-ha” moment from you if you’re a seasoned blogger.
However, you must at least draw inspiration from these practical blog monetization tips. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that make a big difference.
1. Fortify your SEO strategy
Whether you’re new to affiliate marketing or not, you should know better than to do SEO on your blog.
It’s the best way to generate tons of traffic that lead to conversions and sales.
However, here’s a frequent mistake that most affiliate marketers do:
They only optimize their blog’s on-page SEO.
As crucial as on-page SEO is, it’s just half the battle.
And as a result, their half-baked SEO campaign leaves their blog rankings a tad below the first page of organic search results.
If you’re like these affiliate marketers and want to increase your rankings, then you must:
- Build backlinks from high-quality sites
- Research your competitors and observe their every move; take action to their plans using the data you’ve gathered
- Monitor your backlinks and see whether you gained or lost them; find a way to get back the lost backlinks
These tasks sound like a pain in the neck. And I’m not going to lie – they are!
That’s why you need to use a tool that can help you manage all these SEO tasks for your blog.
In the crowded SEO market, I suggest that you use Serpstat.
It’s a fairly new tool that’s powerful enough to help you organize your on- and off-page SEO responsibilities.
I wrote my unprejudiced review of the tool and I still feel it’s one of the most budget-friendly SEO tools out there.
2. Track your conversion rates using a heat-mapping tool
If you want to grow your blog’s revenue, you must scale it.
You need to know how much you’re earning and why you’re earning as much as you are now.
And you can’t do that without a heat-mapping tool.
It helps identify which parts of the page people click on the most.
Clearly, you want visitors to click on the right buttons on the page.
So if they’re clicking on all your links except your “Buy Now” button for your online course or your Google Adsense blocks, then something’s wrong!
With a tool like Crazy Egg, you’ll find out why.
You didn’t place the button or link on the section of the page where visitors can clearly see it.
Or the appearance of the button is preventing it from generating clicks.
With Crazy Egg, you never have to guess.
It lets you benchmark your content’s conversion rate and put different factors to the test!
You can change the appearance of your button, move it from one place to another – anything to hike up your page’s click-through rate!
If done correctly, you can enjoy greater conversion rates and greater revenue down the line.
3. Improve your content’s conversion abilities
Sometimes, your content – for a lack of a better word – stinks.
Even if you are a native English speaker, your choice of words can spell doom for your blog’s performance.
Here’s the thing:
You need to know who your audience is.
That makes you need to be aware of the words you’re typing in your content.
If you’re catering to women, you can’t use masculine words in the post. They will turn off your audience and leave your blog. And vice versa.
Unless you have the powers to get inside your reader’s minds, you can settle for Webtexttool instead.
It works similar to Yoast SEO for WordPress. The difference is that Webtexttool analyzes your content’s ability to convert.
It takes different factors into consideration such as:
- Ease of readability
- Text credibility
- Target audience
- Text layout
The tool provides an aggregate score of these factors. The higher the score, the more effective your content is.
It also shows areas of improvement for your content so you can work on them.
4. Share your site’s key metrics
If you’re offering banner space to advertising opportunities for brands, then you need to know this:
Advertisers want visibility.
They’ll be paying you to feature their banner on your blog.
But they won’t part ways with their money that easy.
You need to give them a reason why they should.
The quality of your site should speak volumes regarding this.
If you have a site that generates a least a thousand visitors every day, then you must be fielding offers on a regular.
If not, then maybe your site isn’t on that level yet. After all, advertisers won’t invest on a site that can’t even draw below a hundred visitors every day.
Maybe they just don’t know much about your blog yet.
So show vital metrics of your site’s performance!
Here are things you can feature:
- Traffic from Google Analytics
- SEO metrics such as Moz DA, Ahrefs DR, Majestic Flow Metrics, Alexa ranking, etc.
- Social media followers and email subscribers (goes to show your reach outside your blog)
Showing off these metrics give advertisers a better idea of what your blog is about.
The higher the metrics, the more opportunities will come pouring your way!
5. Publish a blogging income report religiously
I bet you are familiar with Pat Flynn’s now-defunct income report every month:
Pat’s last published income report was in December 2017.
He’s one of the first guys who did it in this space.
The income reports are very useful for marketers who are interested in building a passive income.
The goal is not to make people feel small. Nor is the purpose to brag your earnings.
Here’s the real objective of income reports:
Evangelizing your audience.
Documenting your journey towards profitability helps you connect with like-minded people who share the same path as you.
At the same time, you are transparent to your readers with your business practices.
You open the dialogue between you and your readers above what worked and what didn’t. You then are able to build a brand by sharing things that helped you grow your income and that people can replicate.
So, the question remains:
“How exactly can I earn from income reports?”
Simple – here are a few ways:
- Use the income reports to drum up interest to your online course about (drum roll please)…how to grow your blogging income
- Same as above but, instead of an online course, you’re selling an ebook about passive income
- Get feedback from readers and exchange ideas on how to improve your process and make more money
These are just three quick ideas off the top of my head. You probably have more ideas in you right now. Use them!
How to Deal with Travel Blogger Trolls
Have you picked up my eBook for dealing with blogging criticism?
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This could be a helpful read if you don’t know how to effectively deal with blogging trolls.
I read a post from rocking blogger Jo Karnaghan on a travel blogging group run by Meg Jerrard. Jo encountered her first dyed in the wool, major league, travel blogging troll. For the uninitiated, trolls are critics. But we are initiated, aren’t we, Bruce? (I work Batman lines into posts.)
I recall writing a Huffington Post piece advising folks visit Turkey after the coup attempt. I spent a month there 1 week after the attempt. A few folks sent angry messages telling me I was not responsible, assailing me for making such a suggestion, in nasty fashion.
Dealing with trolls feels uncomfortable. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to crawl into your blogging cave, to avoid these folks? Nope. All exponential growth ends if you pull back after meeting a travel blogging troll or 2.
Follow these tips to effectively deal with blogging critics.
1: You Are a Mirror
Travel bloggers; you are not the object of criticism. You are a mirror, reflecting back to the critic something about themselves. All criticism is a projection, since we are all connected. All trolls speak of themselves. Trolls say nothing about you. Knowing this, you can breathe a bit more easily, because it is not about you.
2: Cultivate Compassion
I am typing these words in a sleepy village in Northern Thailand. Pretty cool experience.
I imagine how angry and in pain I’d have to be, to send an email to Jo, like the email she shared. I imagine how fear-filled and in pain I’d need to be, to message me as trolls-critics have messaged me in the past. These people are not sick; they are afraid and in pain, calling out for attention in bizarre fashion, one way fear-filled, pained people call out for attention.
Have some compassion for critics. Critics suffer. Otherwise, they would not be critics.
3: Turn Complaints into Creations
Commonly, we travel bloggers do a bit of complaining in response to critics, or troll-slaying. But turning the complaint into a helpful:
- blog post
- eBook; like mine above (or below)
is a smart way to help people and to prosper.
Complaining about critics or fighting trolls or trying to prove right-wrong, all waste your energy. Ultimately, you learn from criticism or you regress by fighting critics, or, by fighting your feelings.
4: Be with Feelings
I recall facing my first few angry critics. Embarrassment, rage, anger, fraud-feelings, annoyance and all types of fear-based energies coursed through my being, indicating a part of me agreed with them. I saw truth in their criticism. I sat with the fear, felt it, cleared it, and freed myself of fear-fight-fright. Clearing fear-fight-fright allowed me to see future trolls as pained, afraid people I could release instantly. No wasted energy on these folks.
Do not fight troll-induced fear-pain. You need to clear it to handle criticism with grace, ease and detachment.
5: Do Not Gang Troll Bash
Again; newbie bloggers or newbie troll facers often share updates of their encounter, leading to mass troll bashing. Not good. Not effective use of energy. No human benefits from a large group of hurt, pained, afraid bloggers saying, “Hey that guy’s a freaking jerk!”, because the troll is not a jerk, but afraid. Have you been afraid? I have. No sense kicking a dog when it is down. No sense showing your fear-pain by piling on, because only unclear, unfocused folks spend time or energy judging an obviously hurting, afraid individual.
Trolls actually like what you do. If they did not like what you did, these critics would ignore you.
Betcha you didn’t think of criticism that way, eh?
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