You may not admit it. But I can sense you feel nervous.
You’ve started your blog and written some articles. Nobody is reading those articles. Or, few people read it yesterday. Your blog readership is almost close to zero.
You’re starting to question your judgement. You’re thinking maybe you should do something else and quit blogging.
It’s like blogging doesn’t seem real. It’s like people who say they make money blogging aren’t really making money blogging.
You’ve got to keep the roof over your head. You can’t waste time doing something you’re not sure about.
Some people call themselves professional bloggers, but your mind is starting to tell you that you’re not one of them.
You’ve never written a book before. Your mind tells you that you’re not even a pro writer.
You’re not a full-time freelance writer. And you don’t have any publishing experience.
You feel confused and lost. You don’t know what to do.
Now, listen up! This article is for you.
You think you’re not a professional blogger?
I don’t think so. You can blog as long as you have feelings, experience and knowledge you think will be useful to your next-door neighbor.
And please forget about the term “pro blogger” because I don’t know any professional blogger. Even a guy working in a clothing store may call himself a pro blogger because he comes home and post his rants on Tumblr for his friends to see.
It’s just like when you say you’re a professional YouTuber. There are many people who claim that title. What they do is put the camera up and starts saying whatever enters their minds.
Back in the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties, there aren’t anything like a professional blogger or professional YouTuber. But today, we have them.
Darren Rowse. You know him?
When Darren began blogging, he had no idea of what he was doing. He was only curious learning how to blog while sharing what he learned. Simply put it like this: he was an expert while he was actually learning.
His blog continues to grow and it turned into a raving community with hundreds of thousands of readers spread across the world. Today, people call Darren a pro blogger.
Was he a pro blogger when he started?
No! He wasn’t.
So what’s your excuse?
As long as you believe in yourself and you’re ready to work hard, nothing can ever stop you from building a blog that makes thousands of dollars per month. Not even Google, Bing or Facebook constant algorithm changes can stop you.
The only thing that can stop you is YOU. Note that!
So what should you do when blogging is making you feel nervous?
Pick Your Niche And Unique Angle
Chris Ducker calls himself the Virtual CEO. In fact, his book “Virtual Freedom” is now an Amazon best seller. “Virtual Freedom” has sold over 30,000 copies and racked up to 663 customer reviews on Amazon. What an incredible feat for Chris.
Chris created a tiny niche for himself. Who would have thought of “Virtual CEO” or “Virtual Freedom” as a niche?
Chris talks about being an internet marketer, a web entrepreneur, a digital nomad who works less and achieve more. Who wouldn’t want to be those things?
If you want to pick a niche for your blog, pick a competitive, lucrative niche but make sure you approach it from a unique angle.
Chris blog still blog those topics that have been done to death: Internet marketing, Productivity, Motivation, Entrepreneurship. But he writes them with the Virtual CEO angle in mind.
Like when I started my blog, I knew it’s my aim to teach beginners how to blog. There are many blogging blogs out there. But I want to approach mine from a different angle. I want to talk to a few people. I want to talk to people who want to leave their boring day jobs and become self-employed. My blog wasn’t made for anybody.
Maybe you’re thinking about venturing into the fitness niche because you have some experience about fitness. What do you do?
You don’t just say your blog is about fitness. There are lots of fitness blogs out there. You’ll be fighting a losing battle competing with those authority fitness blogs.
You have to approach it differently. You can say your blog is about fitness for fashionistas. This is like combining fashion and fitness on your blog. Do I see anybody currently doing this? No!
Picking a unique angle sets your blog apart from the competition. This is what you should do when you’re just starting out in blogging.
Many of the big sites receive the majority of their traffic from search engines. Even About.com which is in the top 200 websites of the world according to Alexa still receives the majority of its traffic from search engines.
SimilarWeb tells me that 77% of About.com traffic comes from search engines. That’s a huge number.
Search engines remain a big traffic driver. You have to learn SEO if you want to succeed on search engines.
With SEO, it will be a lot easier for you to achieve your dreams and turn your blog into a real business.
The first step to learning SEO is to forget about targeting keywords in every post you publish on your blog. Your goal should be to create value for the visitors.
The next thing to do is to ensure that your blog is set-up the right way. The below video should help you.
The next thing is to learn how to build good links to your blog. Jon Cooper wrote a comprehensive list of ways to build links here. I recommend you read the post if you really want to learn how to build links.
The next thing is to learn how to make good use of social media.
Search engines are starting to pay more and more attention to social media activities. Although search engines won’t publicly admit that social shares are ranking signals, various studies conducted by reputable SEOs have shown that social shares do influence search engine rankings.
So, you should learn how to make good use of social media. Social Media Examiner has an extensive guide that will tell you what you need to know to make good use of social media.
You also have to learn how to find and target long tail keywords that most of your competitors ignores. Neil Patel wrote a fact-packed article that will teach you how to get thousands of monthly visitors from search engines targeting the long tails.
You have to keep learning how SEO works. Moz has an SEO guide titled “How to Rank: 25 Step to Master SEO Blueprint”. I recommend you read this article.
Blogging can definitely help you quit your boring job. But you have to take the right steps. The instructions outlined in this article should get you started and moving in the right direction.
In addition to that, I recommend you don’t quit your day job yet because it will put a lot of unnecessary pressure on you.
What are the blogging challenges you’re experiencing right now?
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