Blogging is not the same thing to everyone. We all started because we had goals for our lives, and blogging was somehow a part of that. I started blogging because I wanted to build a residual income. I know that most big bloggers say that they have never seen anyone become successful at blogging with the intent to make money doing it, but they are flat out wrong. You can have that goal in mind, and actually make it happen. I make good money every month just from blogging. Why? Because people want to advertise on a website that is updated every single day and has achieved Alexa traffic rank benchmarks in record time.
The reasons you have for blogging are yours, and they are attainable. It might not seem attainable at first, but you have to give things time because they don’t happen overnight. To keep you motivated though, I will provide you with 7 reasons to continue on your path so you never have to feel defeated.
- Blogging gets easier with time – When you begin, it seems to daunting of a task to get your blog rolling. Just the setup alone is a huge task, and then to create fresh articles constantly and comment on other blogs is just so time consuming. All of this gets easier. Number one, once you setup your blog, that major task is out of the way. Of course you will want to improve it with new plugins, or a new design here and there. But that is minimal work that is spread over time. Coming up with articles gets easier to because you realize that you have a voice inside of you that wishes to get out. The best part is that traffic will snowball once it begins. You just have to wait it out.
- Money will come – If you want to make some money from your blog, it won’t happen at first unless you have some celebrity credibility in you. When you already have an established readership, and start a new blog, those readers will happily flock to your new blog in droves. But when you start with no reputation, and no traffic, it is a tedious waiting game before you can bring in the kind of traffic that converts to paid advertising and affiliate conversions. As I said above, it gets easier with time. Once you build up that traffic, the money will come. You just have to continue to believe that until it actually happens.
- You get better – When you first start your blog, you are wet behind the ears. After you do it for awhile though, you will find that you have unlocked things inside of you that you didn’t know you had. You learn new things and you take those things with you to the future. Your articles will improve as will your marketing experience. If you acknowledge these learnings, they can keep you motivated because you know that there is plenty out there for you to learn still.
- You get loyal readers – It is the best thing in the world when it happens to a blogger. You have worked hard for months to make your blog perfect and get your point across. You then learn that you have steady readers that just love to read your next release! Loyal readers mean more than regular commentators. Loyal readers turn into free viral marketing per word-of-mouth and can be beneficial for you when you publish a new ebook.
- Your technical outlook gets better – Over time, your blog will increase in PageRank, Top 10 Rankings, Alexa Traffic Rank, Compete Rank, MozRank, and other goodies out there that spell out success for a blog. If you watch these things get better, you might go crazy. But if you look at them every now and then, it can be a self-reminder that things are happening in a positive way. If the numbers just keep getting better, imagine your goal numbers and tell yourself that you will eventually get there.
- You may think of something – Blogging gets all the creative out of you. It’s like venting with music for a recording artist. Putting more and more of yourself in text, video, and podcasts allows you to discover yourself. You may end up coming up with a new idea for a business you want to start, or a product you want to patent. You will be surprised with the ideas that can rush to you out of the blue.
- You may help someone – I was chatting with Joe Boyle from WebsiteBegin.com earlier, and I realized that he could have prevented a bad experience with a plugin had I written a bad review for that plugin at some point when it messed up my own blog. I could have helped someone, and I didn’t because I had other things to write about. I completely ignored a subject because I was already flooded with ideas. But the fact is that if I remembered that subject and wrote about it, it would be published by now and way before he had that bad experience. But what would happen if I decided to stop blogging right now? What things would I have discovered and not written about that could have helped someone else? I have a technical blog on my web design & search engine optimization company website where I offered free unofficial support for a script at one point. I helped a lot of people because that post got a bunch of comments, and I had steady search engine traffic for it. You are helping someone by blogging, so don’t give up.
Remember that time is not your enemy. Create realistic goals for yourself before you even start blogging. That way, you can look at everything properly from the beginning.
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