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 🙂
How to Leave Your Blogging Struggles Behind
Exit your comfort zone on a daily basis.
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Leave blogging struggles behind.
I love blogging. Blogging feels fun, freeing and quite easy to me. But sometimes, on this journey, my feelings change a bit. Sometimes, blogging feels uncomfortable and I nudge into resistance. Fear rears its head. Mental blocks arise. Sometimes I fear running out of time or perhaps I fear wasting my time. In these moments, I have 2 choices: remain in my fear-filled comfort zone or leave my comfort zone.
I left most of my blogging struggles behind because I choose to leave my comfort zone on a regular basis. Traffic, profits, and all manner of sweet blogging success greet bloggers who feel their fears, leave their comfort zones and do the blogging task, anyway.
What Is Blogging Struggle?
Blogging struggle is doing things or not doing things based on fear. Fear drives you. You blog from a fear-based, scared energy. You avoid traffic and profit and success boosting activities because you fear the opportunities. Example; you struggle horribly to make money and drive blog traffic. I advise to begin generous, relaxed, enjoyable guest posting, to help you increase traffic and profits and success. The split second you THINK about guest posting, you feel a range of emotions, from excitement, to happiness, then, from terror, to anxiety, to a general fear of wasting your time.
If 2 people visit your blog daily and you see zero blogging profits now, and you say “no” to guest posting because of some fears, you will likely struggle horribly, because you avoided guest posting to stay in your comfort zone of fear.
Traffic and profits sit on the other side of fear, outside of your comfort zone. No way around that one. We all pay a fear tuition doing freeing, success-promoting, uncomfortable things. I remember when Zac invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Fear invaded my mind. Would he reject my posts? How about if he hated my posts? What if I wasted my time? Would I be able to follow all the rules? Would he criticize me? Of course Zac is the nicest, kindest, friendliest iconic blogger on earth. He REALLY is, guys. He is an exceptional human being. But fear is irrational, distorting the truths of love, harmony and abundance.
I had to feel all those scary, intense fears, and keep blogging anyway, to write and publish my first few guest posts here. 800 plus guest posts later, I am still going strong. Why? I left my comfort zone those first few times and instantly began leaving blogging struggles behind.
Exit your comfort zone every single day. Do something that scares you. Do something that tests your limits. Publish a 4 paragraph long comment on a top blog, even if you fear:
- nobody is listening
- nobody is reading comments
- nobody will click through to your blog
- you are wasting your time
- the comment won’t get published
This happened to me recently. I spent 15 minutes writing a 9 paragraph comment on Pro Blogger. But Disqus suffered some connection problems and prevented me from publishing the comment. I feared I wasted 15 minutes. But after feeling and releasing the emotion, I let it go, moved on, and devoted 10 minutes to writing and publishing the comment later in the day, when Disqus was working.
Struggles happen if you choose to blog mainly from fear.
Success happens when you nudge into these fears, toward your blogging fun, taking inspired but uncomfortable action on a daily basis.
Go for it!
Exit your comfort zone.
Leave your blogging struggles behind…for good.
Focus on Things More to Leverage Your Blog Quickly
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What is the relationships guy talking about?
Blogging is a people business, right?
Blogging is one part people and one part things. Seriously. I learned this recently because if you depend 100% on people to build your blogging success you cannot possibly scale to massive levels. But if you do focus on things more, like email lists, and blogging platforms, you become less dependent on people, and also, your leveraging potential goes through the roof.
Email List Example
Let’s look at the famous email list. It is a thing. After you publish a blog post, you write a few words, include a link to your latest post, and after clicking a button, email the post to 10, 100, or 10,000 people….or more people. In a split second, you reach 10,000 human beings. Using a thing helps you leverage your presence like mad. Awesome.
But imagine if you only reached 10,000 people by mentioning people in your recent post, and tagging them on social media. Humanly impossible, of course. Let’s say you depend on even, 50 people, to promote your blog post, by mentioning them and tagging them. Linking to and tagging 50 bloggers takes a lotta time. Minimum, even for a 700 word post, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours – or longer – to go the tagging and mentioning route. Do you see the problem of depending 100% on people and friendships to build blog? You run out of time. Meanwhile, sending your post to 50 email subscribers takes 3 minutes to send the email and literally, a split second to actually publish the email, at the click of a button.
Using Things Effectively Leverages Your Presence
Using email lists, blogging platforms for guest posting and certain tools leverages your presence fast because eventually, you run out of time trying to leverage your presence solely based on grabbing the attention of fellow bloggers. Plus you are at the mercy of humans, and building a fear-based attachment to fellow humans leads to misery because humans change, humans get too busy to promote you, and humans unfriend other humans.
I am for making blogging a people and things business. I have learned this lesson the hard way over the prior 2 months. Befriend people and enjoy the process, but if you want to leverage massively and sprint up the exposure ladder, tap into the convenience of technology by using things to reach more people fast.
At the end of the day, it is about helping more people freely. Use things – aka technology aka inanimate objects – to help people more freely and to help more people, too.
Exit Human-Obsessed and Things-Resistant Blogging Circles
I used to be part of blogging circles 100% reliant – virtually – on human beings, and heavily resistant to things. But none of these bloggers leveraged to big time, super successful levels. These bloggers railed against bots and joked of not using or being a blogging cyborg. All seemed funny. But on agreeing and following their advice I soon learned how incredibly difficult it becomes to grow a successful blog being 100% attached to and dependent on human beings to build the blog. Humans change. Things do not. Plus you cannot leverage humans like you leverage things.
While all these folks complained about emails and automating, they played so small that reaching next level success proved to be 100% impossible. But, I observed how using things like systems and tools will help you reach huge, targeted groups of people in minutes or even seconds. See the email example above.
Instead of complaining about or resisting tech, why not use things to make life easier, to leverage your presence quickly and to reach a huge, targeted group of human beings so you succeed and so people get what they want?
Long Term Blogging Success: Co-Creation Not Manipulation
Every blogger who succeeds over the long haul did so through co-creation.
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Two blogger met. Two people make friends. Both friends help each other out, for a co-creation, and see greater success due to the co-creation.
I have seen this happen so much in my blogging life over the past 10 years. I befriended Zac many years ago. He invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Years later, all the co-creating I did through 800 plus guest posts helped:
- increase my blog traffic
- increase my blogging profits
- increase my DA
- increase my brand exposure
Think about it guys; all top bloggers make friends with other bloggers, both parties help each other, and we all win. You win, I win, and our fellow bloggers win.
You will never create long-term blogging success by trying to manipulate people through fear, smoke, mirrors and other silly tactics, because doing so is like building your blogging business on a house of cards. Even the smallest breeze of resistance knocks down the cards, and your blogging business with it. Bad idea.
What do I mean by manipulation? Imagine you write a blog post filled with bold promises of how to make 6 figures a year, telling bloggers you know the way. You share no specific strategies for making 6 figures. Nope. But you do make big, hyped up claims, filling the 1000 word post with some hefty, silly promises. What are you trying to do? Manipulate humans into following your blog, buying your stuff and giving you money. Your intent is to use fear, greed and desperation to GET money from people. Using fear manipulates people into doing what they do not want to do, for a temporary income boost, for you. But again, imagine a house of cards. A barely detectable breeze knocks down the house, and a seemingly tiny detail knocks down and destroys your blogging business.
When I was a new blogger a LONG time ago, one blogger who claimed to be a 6 figure earner admitted he was lying. He disappeared instantly. His blogging business died because he lied about making 6 figures, because he wanted to manipulate people into giving him money.
Co-Creating Benefits All over the Long Haul
If you guest post on other blogs, you and fellow bloggers create helpful content that promotes lasting success. Imagine building a house on a rock solid foundation, on a granite mountain. Wow! That is a serious foundation. Nothing moves that home. Even a decent earthquake barely makes the house shake. This is what it’s like to co-create content with fellow bloggers.
You both create something together – through a shared post and shared domain name – that is good, and leads to something good and beneficial. Fear and manipulation? No involvement in this process. Love and abundance and service, this is it, and this is why you become successful in building a rock solid foundation, and, in becoming a pro blogger.
How Can You Co-Create?
A few ideas:
- guest post on your blog
- guest post on other blogs
- create joint videos
- create joint podcasts
- create joint business ventures
Ultimately, you can co-create with fellow bloggers in countless ways. Being creative is your only requirement.
Think of how the co-creating benefits all of humanity. Think of all the people you can help through your co-creation. Put people ahead of your immediate needs and also, bring other bloggers on board to see the greatest impact over the long haul.
Be generous, help people, make friends and gain exposure. Build a viable, long term, meaningful blogging business. Observe manipulative, flash in the pan bloggers come and go. I have seen thousands of these types die a quick death, like moths flying too close to the flame-temptation of quick, easy riches.
Co-create to out last virtually everybody else in your blogging niche.
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