It would be an understatement to say with blogging, there is endless information that you can learn. And while that information is valuable, not all of that it will apply to your unique blogging journey.
When I first started out, I tried all the tips and tricks I came across and it got so overwhelming that I wanted to give it all up.
I actually did give up for a week one time. I stopped reading all posts relating to blogging and just cleared my head because it just got too overwhelming. There is a lot of information but applying it all is not the way to go. Below are a few things I learned as a beginner blogger.
What everybody has been saying is true, my journey is going to be different from the next person’s journey and we will learn different things during this time. You can’t just take everything you read and put it into action without taking into consideration what outcome it will have on your blog.
With that said, there are a ton of things I learned during the last two months but the following are the most valuable.
1. YOU HAVE TO LOVE WRITING
Writing is not as easy as it may seem. I’m more of a reader than a writer so sometimes I don’t enjoy writing as much. I would rather be reading a blog post than writing one. with that said; I do enjoy writing which is why I enjoy blogging.
Writing a blog post take a lot of time and effort, especially if you want it to gain attention and change other people’s thinking. Coming to a blog and reading a post for a minute and moving on is the routine of most blog readers. They don’t really appreciate the post as much as it needs to be, considering the amount of work that was put into it.
As a blogger, you have to live with that, even though it’s a little bit discouraging. After you start blogging, you realize how long the writing process is and really admire those people who write five thousand word posts without a problem.
if writing is not your cup of tea, I doubt blogging is for you. You should enjoy writing, unless your blog is a Tumblr blog and all you post is pictures.
Do note that I say you should enjoy writing, not necessarily be a good writer, there is a difference between the two.
2. GETTING TRAFFIC IS HARD
to this day, the topic of traffic makes me sad because it just seems impossible to figure out how to tackle and solve it once and for all. On my first month, I had 400 pageviews which is very sad in my opinion, compared to other new bloggers.
The other beginners I asked had more than 2k pageviews and that just made me realize how lazy I have been. Procrastination is what resulted in me not getting the traffic I desire but with hard work and a bit of self-discipline, it will happen.
I know they say you shouldn’t compare yourself to other people because you don’t know their circumstances, how much they spend time on their blog and how much money they are investing in but I can’t help it. I think because I have the chance to spend 100% of my time on my blog, that it should be the best beginner blog out there.
I have tried Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter but nothing seems to be getting me the amount of traffic I desire. I want to be able to make money on my blog someday but at the pace I’m going, I might end up quitting before making a single penny, making all this hard work go to waste.
With traffic, you have to learn to be patient enough to build your blog and then try to get people to come to it. I’m still trying to figure out how to crack the traffic problem and when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know.
3. THERE IS MORE TO BLOGGING THAN WRITING
You might think that writing posts is the big deal with blogging, I had to learn the hard way that this is not the case. with blogging, you have to deal with sharing content, interacting with other bloggers, having to learn new things every day and so much more. having good writing skills is not all it takes to become successful.
Maybe this is why I’m struggling with traffic because I don’t use my social media a lot to promote my content. Kt’s hard to admit to myself but it’s true. having marketing skills I believe is the ultimate when it comes to being a successful blogger. This is because if you know how to get people to your blog, you have mastered the ultimate skill.
You can leverage this marketing skill to get email subscribers, get social media followers and so much more which will increase your traffic.
With that you can get your point across to a lot more people, you can have the opportunity to make as much money as you want and have more opportunities than someone who is struggling to get people to their blog.
4. MAKING MONEY BLOGGING IS NOT EASY
I indulge in reading other people’s income reports and fantasizing that I will one day make the kind of money they make. They all make it look so easy but that is until you try it yourself.
It’s not as easy as getting traffic which converts to money. A lot goes into it and it’s unfortunate that many bloggers don’t reveal those facts.
From the struggle of the fact that brands from the US don’t work with people outside their country, to the sad truth that advertising earns you pennies; it’s a tough world.
There is really no easy way to make money out there. Even with selling products, you have to know how to market yourself enough so that people can end up purchasing.
I have also learned that an online business is no different from a traditional one when it comes to getting customers. The competition is crazy so your product has to be on point or success won’t be yours. Getting into this you will be having the opposite idea, until you try it yourself. You will see flames.
Even with all the negatives that come with blogging, I still really enjoy it and will not stop anytime soon. It is one of the best decision I have made because it keeps me busy and I get to do what I love.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learn from blogging so far?