If you think it’s easy to become a well-paid blogger, well, you’re not alone. In fact, according to WordPress.com, 44.5 million new blog posts are published each year.
Oh, yeah, and you’re also up against 13,704,819 new blogs that started in 2013, up 36% from 2010.
But I’m not here to hit you over the head with numbers – let’s do that in another blog, shall we? – I’m here to tell you that bloggers who make a real living from their blogging don’t just sit on a yacht sipping champagne.
Instead, they face these four realities:
Blogging is a business.
Many of us (writers, I mean) will tell you again and again one simple fact; blogging is a business. That means it has to be run like a business, with the bottom line always taking center stage.
A money generating blog starts with a well-researched niche, and then branches out to determine which keywords will resonate with an audience.
After initiating several strategies to generate page views, visitors to the blog, or list building tactics, the blogger can finally share these stats with advertisers. How long do you think that takes?
Long hours, late nights and burn-out
While I can’t tell you exactly how long it takes in your personal niche, to build a list of a 1,000 email subscribers to a normal website, working diligently, the estimate is about a year. Yes, a year.
Are you still going to be interested in your topic of choice in a year? What will you write about? How will you keep interesting your readers?
The other fallacy is that bloggers enjoy a four hour work week. Those who continue to earn a successful living from their blogs (unless they’ve branched out into other revenue streams) work several hours a day to develop relationships with other bloggers and advertisers.
What’s my typical day like?
I spend about six hours writing and an additional four to six hours marketing. I start my day on Facebook, write a few personal blogs, pop over to Linked In for some group engagement, and keep an eye on Twitter.
Once I’m done with the typical rounds, you might find me on Quora answering questions, exploring a new platform someone recommended, or researching more guest posting opportunities.
Sometimes I attend webinars or I’m wrapped up in telephone conferences with potential clients. In other words, it’s work. You know, just like a real job.
And the second I stop the four to six hours of marketing, my sales stop, too.
Blogging for pay isn’t like dear diary
My mom (and yours, too) thinks all my work begins with, “It was a dark and stormy night…” In her head, I spin out tales of woe and wonder. She’s wrong.
Writing for pay is nothing like dear diary posts 20 years ago when blogging began. Instead, blogs have to be written according to a strategic plan, keyworded and photoed just to get them up to snuff.
And then you need to promote them, and get others to promote them. Oh, and I rarely get to write what I want. Instead, blogging for pay can start to feel like homework – homework you have to do every night and day.
Perseverance of a marathoner
So, you have your blog, it’s up and running, you think it might be doing well…but wait, there’s more. There is always more.
Because you have to determine how your blogging will actually earn you an income from the work you do. And then you have to continually replace that income when you lose an advertiser. And then…repeat.
You need the perseverance of a marathoner to keep you game up and running. You’ll have to nurture all the relationships you formed over time and answer tough questions, like why your blog isn’t converting sales leads.
Of course, I don’t want to dissuade you from blogging. If you have a passion for writing, working from home, and training like a prize fighter, you can absolutely earn a living this way. No problemo.
However, you also need to recognize blogging as work. Work that will require you to be disciplined (yes, even on sunny, warm Spring days). And discipline just isn’t for everyone.
Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success
Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.
Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.
What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.
If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?
Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?
How to Promote Yourself without Bragging and Repelling Readers
You do know promoting yourself freely constitutes one pillar of blogging success, right guys? Bloggers need to be clear, confident and relaxed enough with self to appeal to us. Who wants to follow someone with low self-esteem? We seek out bright lights, not bloggers slumming around in the blogging sewer, eh? But self-promoting is a fine art for the discerning blogger to master; go too far, bragging your butt off, and your arrogance repels readers. People despise someone who speaks about self all day long because these over-compensating buffoons, deep-down, fear they are not enough. Bad trait in a leader. I figured it’d be easiest to self promote by simply…..self promoting like the dickens.
Example; buy our new course. Yep, Sue-Ann and I plan to make you happy as a blogging pig in slop with our new course. Do you see how I got right to the point? No beating around the bush. I promoted me, and, Sue-Ann, clearly explaining why you need to buy our blogging course….by saying….buy it, and you will be a happy blogger. Promoting yourself through virtually all content you create is the easiest, simplest way to find the happy medium between being a shy guy or shy gal and being an arrogant, boastful, bragging clown. The real secret is to keep promoting self through all the self-conscious, anxious, money-related, appearance-related fears most of us cling to, before we become clear, confident self-promoters.
Put Attention on Your Readers
Do you feel disgusted with wasting time online? Do you want to drink up sweet blogging freedom, using your time online effectively, powerfully and efficiently? Buy my eBook:
Let us rewind for a moment, shall we? Time to review how I promoted myself by putting attention on you, you rocking readers of Blogging Tips Dot Com. I promoted self because I promoted my eBook. I make money every time you buy the eBook. Cool. Feels good to me. But did you notice I asked if YOU felt disgusted, and if YOU wanted to drink up sweet blogging freedom, before I promoted ME? This is one secret to promoting your products and services without looking like a dingbat. I helped you by putting the attention on you, making my self-promotion about you and me. We both win. You access a freeing, fun, valued resources and I access an energy we call “money”. Fair exchange, methinks. I never come off as bragging, being boastful or outright being a cocky jerk because I make it about US. See how thinking about everybody, and bringing folks together, benefits everyone? Cultivate your sense of compassion guys; developing this skill helps you go far in blogging, and, in life.
Be Subtle in Sharing Your Accomplishments
Feel free to share your accomplishments if you feel doing so boosts your credibility. But never be a flat out braggart by speaking about yourself in boastful, self-centered, self-serving tones. Why? Doing so turns off folks because braggarts secretly do NOT believe in themselves, and need that facade of boastfulness to even dream of trying to succeed online. Every braggart is broken. Point blank. Even if you achieved immense worldly success and appear to be happy, the appearance is an illusion, as you do not believe in yourself, and people who do not believe in themselves cannot succeed in leading others. Be subtle in sharing your wins. Be delicate in sharing your feats. Humble yourself. Allow other folks to do the bragging so you promote yourself from a relaxed, chill, attractive energy.
Tap those Twitter and Facebook buttons to spread the word on this important topic of self-promoting. Let’s empower bloggers to taste sweet success by teaching them how to promote themselves the right way, shall we?
Why Is a Blog Better than a Static Website?
First off guys; everybody requires different needs online. Some folks love static sites because a static website checks all boxes for you. Experience sweet success without blogging one bit. Can, and does, happen, quite a bit online for entrepreneurs. But since we blog on a blogging tips blog, you arrived to learn more about blogging tips, eh? Good. In most cases, blogs are better options than static websites for a whole host of reasons. I believe reason #1 is the dynamic, easy to update, nature of a self-hosted, WordPress dot org blog. Imagine wanting to share help via online content. Updating static sites is a slow, blocky, inorganic, pain in the butt process. Nobody wants to struggle just to share helpful content. Do you? Of course not.
Blogging gives you the platform for publishing helpful online content quickly, easily, seamlessly, thru a properly formatted, easy to digest medium. Yep guys; it is called a “blog post”. Think how easy it is for me to write and publish this post in 20 minutes and think how easy it is for you to read, process and use this blog post in a few minutes. We both win. But imagine if I tried to share this information through a static site? Not only would it require well over 20 minutes of my time, the content would be formatted in ugly, not easy to digest, fashion, and neither you or I would benefit as quickly and easily. We both lose.
Blogs offer unlimited branding and monetizing potential due to the rich library of blog themes, robust plugins and monetizing options available via a WordPress dot org blog. In essence, these blogs seemed to be designed solely for the purposes of standing out, offering service and yep, making a sweet online income, too. Not so with static sites. Updating a static site may seem like a pain but trying to customize the site to be a one of a kind web portal, seems highly difficult to virtually all entrepreneurs. Static sites do not boast the same massive library of themes for choosing, to maximize your branding potential. Plug ins? Pulllleese….non-existent. Monetizing potential takes a hit because some affiliate programs turn you down if you do not offer a rich library of trusted content on your static site, and as we already reviewed, updating your static website with fresh, helpful content proves to be a Yeoman’s task. Like, trying to walk this 140 pound dog, around NYC, as I am doing now.
How about the fun factor? Blogging – to my biased eyes hehehe… – feels much more fun because of the skills you learn, the energy spent practicing and the overall sense of fulfillment learning how to blog effectively on a WordPress dot org blog. I have oodles of fun and a genuine feeling of accomplishment learning all the in’s and out’s of blogging, and, I feel so good helping folks through this rich, robust medium. Again; biased eyes here. But for most entrepreneurs, blogging proves to be a richer, more enjoyable experience. Of course you face more challenges and you need to put in significant time and energy to learn and master multiple skills with blogging, but most of us want to enjoy the work, and, we want to work, to render useful service.
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