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6 Tips to Avoid Blog Abandonment

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A recent survey by Technorati found that, of the 133 million blogs they had tracked since 2002, only 7.5 million had been updated within the past four months and, of those, only 1.5 million had been updated within the past 7 days.

This means that, of all the blogs Technorati has tracked, only 5.6% are active, even within the last four months, and only 1.1% are active within the past week.

In short, the vast majority of blogs are abandoned.

Blog abandonment can happen for many reasons. Some people have shifts in their personal life that prevent them from finding the time (why I had to abandon my personal blog), others lose interest in their topic, others suffer some form of catastrophic failure while some just move on to something else.

However, if you want your blog to be around for a few years to come, here are some suggestions to make sure you won’t abandon your blog once the going gets rough.

6. Get Paid Hosting

Though there are many wonderful blogs that are hosted on free services such as WordPress.com and Blogspot and many that have been around for a long time, it is still much easier to walk away from something you haven’t invested in.

If you are serious about blogging, you should look at getting your own domain and your own paid Web host. It only costs a few dollars per month for most bloggers and not only adds a great deal of professionalism to your site, but helps you stay focused.

Besides, when you have your own domain, you can make the site more personal to you, which makes you both more personally and financially invested in your site.

5. Blog in Private

Before starting a new blog, especially if you intend to make it a business of some variety, try blogging in private for a while. This has two functions:

  1. Ensures Passion: It ensures that you have enough passion in your topic to survive the first few months, when traffic is likely to be almost non-existant.
  2. Lays the Groundwork: This also works to have a stockpile of articles ready and live when your site goes online. This gives the search engines something to go through and new readers reason to stick around.

How many posts you you want before you go live will depend on your planned blogging. Typically though, you’ll want at least a month’s worth of posts live, more if you are posting infrequently. Just make sure you have enough to ensure your site looks “open” when you actually let the rest of the world in.

4. Blog on a Schedule

Here’s a tip that every blogger should know, put your posts up on a schedule. It doesn’t matter if your posts are daily, weekly or something in between, having your posts go up in a timely manner makes it easier for your readers to follow along and for you to keep writing. It becomes a part of your routine.

How often should you write? At least weekly is best, but one of the best solutions is to figure out how many posts you can do per day/week and then schedule to do only half that. This allots you time for email, research, redesigns and other blog-related projects.

If you find you can write more posts, you can speed up the schedule later. It is much easier to add more posts per week than to scale back.

3. Forward Post When Possible

Most people have to be in a mood to write. As such, it’s a good idea to work with those moods. When you feel like writing, write a lot and forward post it to your site. Not only does this help you make the most of your inspiration, but it also ensures your site will be active even if you don’t want or can’t write.

This helps you avoid missing a post, even when a more serious personal need arises, and it makes it easier to get back into writing for your site when you return. Many find that, once their schedule has been thrown off, it is very difficult to get back on it.

2. Read Up on Your Topic

Writer’s block is the enemy of every writer on a deadline and doubly so for every blogger. Staying on top of your area of interest will help you keep writer’s block to a minimum by feeding you a stream of new ideas.

Subscribe to blogs on a similar subject, subscribe to Technorati Watchlists, Google Blog Search feeds and even Twitter search feeds for your relevant keywords. Read what others are saying and then respond.

This isn’t to say that you should always respond or echo what others are saying, but being part of the conversation means listening. Not only can find news to report on and conversations to join in on, but you can often get great ideas for truly revolutionary stories.

1. Take a Break

For many, burnout is the enemy of blogging. If you feel yourself getting too stressed out about it, take a break from it for a while. If you forward post your articles, your readers may not even know the difference.

Take a weekend away to clear your mind, being sure to leave your laptop behind, and step away from the Web. You have to make sure that blogging is in balance with the rest of your life. If you spend too much time blogging or doing blogging-related activities, you’re going to have to quit to preserve your sanity.

Treat yourself well and don’t let your blog overrun your life. That may be the most important tip to keeping your blog around for the long haul.

Bottom Line

Even if you follow all of these tips, the odds are still stacked against you and your blog. Most blogs close within a few months of opening,

Still, if you take these suggestions, you can at least improve your chances of having a long-running blog and enjoying the audience, personal satisfaction and, possibly, money that comes with it.

Make no mistake, blogging is a lot of work, but if you enjoy it and you make it a routine part of your life, it doesn’t have to feel like a job.

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Conquering Blogging Fears Sometimes Involves Shedding Blogging Tears

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Build a list. Publish posts frequently. Guest post. Work harder.

I did all that stuff. I still struggled. You did all of it, too. Some of you at least.

But I bet you we were in the same boat years ago. Perhaps you sit in the boat of blogging despair now. You did it all. NOTHING seems to be working. Create value. Make connections. No traffic. No money. I can advise good things take time. Or I can say to be positive and be strong. In truth, being positive, patient and strong all are effective means to conquering your blogging fears.

Shedding tears is the quickest, most direct, simplest way to conquer blogging fears. Every fear is scary because fear frightens you. Crying out fears literally dissolves the fear-fuel; as tears shed, so do fears. Chip away; be present, relax, and allow fears and tears to flow in a quiet room.

Guys; until you face, feel and release fears, you cannot be generous, abundant, patient, persistent and prolific. Why? Fear is an anchor leading to:

  • writer’s block
  • general apathy
  • laziness
  • indecision
  • sloth

I can advise you to generously help people but if you feel bogged down by fear, you will ignore me because you just want to help yourself. See how far you get blogging-wise helping yourself. Expect to publish a cyber diary. Nobody reads self-centered bloggers but the blogger themselves.

Crying Leads to Shining

Last night I worked through the evening. Sickness mixed with energy surges inspired me to work then to meditate at 3 AM. Fatigue and allowing unearthed sadness in me; I cried uncontrollably for 10 minutes. Guess what? I immediately felt better, peaceful, poised, calm, grateful and generous. Perfect energy for accelerating my blogging success. But not crying out those energies creates a fear-burden sapping my generosity and abundance.

From my trip to Oman.

Do Not Be Tough Because Repressed Fear Leads to Endless Struggle

I have seen many struggling bloggers work 18 hour days doing smart stuff but injecting work with fear-strain-force. Guess what? Struggles ensue because you cannot get over what’s still in you. Do not be tough. Do not repress fear because fear will destroy your blogging campaign. Every struggle is fear. Every failure is fear. Feel fear – however unpleasant – to move along the struggle, to be generous, to trust and to succeed.

In my eBook: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger

I explain thinking, feeling and acting like a pro leads to professional results. How can you think, feel and act like a pro blogger if you fear running out of money? How can you succeed if you deeply fear failure? How can you be a generous, trusting person if you feel terrified to spend time building bonds and creating content?

Fear makes you a blogging fool. Blogging fools spam people, publish thin content and fail forever until they face, embrace and release fears.

Cry it out. Seriously. I felt such a purge last night. I continue to predominantly feel amazing, light and relaxed by feeling whatever emotions arise in my being. Nobody enjoys feeling sad, but in the same vein, you will be completely blind to and fabulously ignorant of good, successful blogging advice if you feel burdened by sadness. Nobody succeeds in a happy, abundant way being saddled by fear and sadness. Let it go. Process your emotions not from logic, but from raw energy.

Once the tears go, then fears go. From that energy you are free to become a highly successful, prospering blogger because you act from an abundant, generous vibe.

 

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Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?

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Writing and self-publishing eBooks scares bloggers.

I piddled in my eBook writing pants until 2012. People told me I should write ’em. I looked for every reason in the eBook NOT to write eBooks. Nobody would listen. Nobody would buy. Nobody would care.

Turns out, people listen, buy and care enough to publish 5 star reviews for my eBooks. Look at the featured image for this blog post describing this eBook:

7 Tips for Writing Successful eBooks Quickly

I locked down five, 5 star reviews because I taught my readers how to write successful eBooks fast. But years prior, fear clouded my mind concerning writing eBooks to the point of me refusing to write one. You may be in the same cyber boat; but you better not miss the eBook writing boat. Lucrative profits serve as one part of the picture. Digging deeper, writing eBooks brands you, distancing you from the herd. Plus you feel good writing short reads and gain trust and extra credibility in the eyes of readers.

Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?

Fear is the core reason. Fear of failure, criticism or wasting time sit near the top of eBook-related fears. I did not know how to sit down and write the darn things. Fear arose in my mind; how would I do it? Who would teach me? Could I find the process? Would I need special editors? How could I learn the technical steps for conceiving an idea to shipping the eBook on Amazon? Tech stuff really scared me; I had no idea how to save Word files with different, web-based extensions, let alone creating covers with proper dimensions via Canva to meet Amazon’s diligent standards.

From my trip to Oman.

Rather than learn how to do these things I allowed fear to get the better of me, refusing to write eBooks. But during a trip to India I met a reader and friend who begged me to write eBooks for a while. He had been on me for a minute. Meeting in person, he finally convinced me to write and self-publish an eBook on a lesser known digital platform. Later, I went with Amazon, and never looked back.

I had to dive into and nudge through deep fears related to failing and being criticized because I believed nobody would buy what I offered in eBook form. As my friend convinced me, I waded through ideas like wasting my time, getting terrible reviews and promoting my eBook to the tune of zero sales. Did it feel good to embrace these fears? Heck no. But the benefits of self-publishing far outweighed a few unpleasant emotions experienced during these fear-feeling sessions.

Nothing to Lose Everything to Gain

Gain by writing eBooks; if you take experience with you, loss is impossible. Even if you sold not a copy you take valuable writing, marketing and selling experience with you any time you write and launch an eBook. But if you generously help people and make friends, you will sell eBooks and help more people, reflecting gain back to you in physical form.

Digging even deeper, facing and releasing fears associated with criticism and failure benefit you across the board with your blogging campaign. Apply that same fearless nature to other aspects of your blog to boost your blog traffic and profits.

Write and ship.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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1 Tip for Being an Intelligent and Prospering Blogger

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My eBook: 10 Tips to Be a Smarter and Richer Blogger

possesses an interesting cover for anyone not familiar with my eBooks.

For anyone familiar with my 100 plus eBooks, my cover is par for the course. Every single one of my eBook covers has been personally snapped by me. Images of paradise preserved by yours truly fit my brand, blog and eBook covers perfectly. Blogging From Paradise means retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Sometimes I visit islands. Sometimes I visit mainland spots. In all cases, my eBooks and courses – as well as my blog – bleed travel images because this approach fits my brand and is unheard of in the blogging tips niche.

I totally respect any blogging tips blogger who posts featured images for their blogs and eBook covers consistent with content titles. Imagine a light bulb and dollar sign for the above eBook cover, for starters. But I went with a photo I snapped in gorgeous Rawai Bay in Phuket, Thailand for my cover image. Why? Nobody else on earth uses their travel photos as eBook covers and featured post images in the blogging tips niche. If nobody else does it and the move completely aligns with my brand message, this is the starting point for being an intelligent and prospering blogger.

Smart and Prospering Means Different

Every successful blogger I follow sticks to basic fundamentals but deviates from the norm in some regards. Different means bigger bucks and smarter prospering because readers notice that different flavor stepping away from normal. Folks enjoy my covers and blog post images, even though the content and eBook title technically have nothing to do with travel images. Guess what? Adding my brand logo aligns the eBook cover with my blog and brand. People clearly see I am about blogging from paradise. Why not add travel images to each eBook cover?

From my trip to Oman.

I follow a high number of basic blogging rules; create value, build connections, be generous and have fun. But if you do EVERYTHING just like most bloggers, you get lost in the herd. Nothing makes you stand out if you do not choose to stand out with at least one element of your blogging campaign. I stood out with eye-popping eBook images I snapped myself, in a blogging tips niche. How do you stand out? Ask yourself the question. Be straight with yourself to answer.

Bigger Profits from a Smarter Energy by Being Different

Cindy Crawford kept her mole. Muscle Man Arnold kept his accent. Steve Jobs made computers and peripherals outrageously expensive and designed quite weirdly compared to other computers and peripherals. Guess what? Crawford, Arnold and Jobs are legends who we won’t forget for a long time. Different makes you a serious fortune because people notice folks who stand out in some way, shape or form. This different approach bleeds intelligence; why work your butt off if you look just like the next guy and offer a mimicking service?

But Make Sure You Follow Some Fundamentals

Steve Jobs did not attempt to make computers out of cardboard. Arnold did not try to speak German in Hollywood movies. Cindy Crawford did not try to rewrite the foundations of modeling by wearing a fake beard of photo shoots. All icons followed basic rules for their industries because being too far out in left field usually makes you forgettable, or, impossible to spot. Follow blogging fundamentals to stay in the game but find that one thing that distances you from the herd.

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