Survival Tips For Blogging
Do you crave tips for blogging?
What tips will actually make a difference for you? Have you considered survival tips?
It’s not uncommon for new bloggers to have a rush of excitement, only to feel that excitement come crushing down on them after the first six months or so.
Generally speaking, many bloggers have not learn’t how to survive in the online world.
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The first few months of blogging are filled with anticipation and excitement at learning all the new fancy stuff related to the blog.
Bloggers learn how plugins work and realise that you can make your site look really impressive whilst having little or no coding experience.
Then the 6 month mark hits!
You have been blogging consistently and you have a reasonable amount of content.
But…and this is a big BUT….you feel like you are blogging to yourself and suddenly the excitement turns to disappointment.
Do you think you could benefit from some survival tips at this point?
Take a minute to think back to when you first started out on your blogging adventure.
How did you feel when you first made the decision to start blogging?
How do you feel now?
If you were going to offer someone some tips for blogging, do you think it might be to offer some survival tips?
Surviving the first year of blogging can be tougher than you initially thought.
Let’s consider this example.
“As of 2014, tens of thousands of new WordPress sites are created every day” (WordPress.com)
Did you imagine having to compete with this amount of blogs when you started yours? If you are having to complete with ‘tens of thousands of new WordPress sites’ each and every day, how on earth are you going to stand out from the competition?
This number also only considers WordPress sites, let alone Blogger sites!
So, let’s look at that question again. What tips for blogging would you find useful?
Let’s focus on how you can survive the world of blogging, but firstly, it will be useful to examine what causes people to quit.
Why do people quit their blogs?
If you are still in the early phase of your blog, you may wonder why people give up. There are a number of reasons including;
- Lack of traffic
- Lack of followers on social media
- Lack of engagement, comments and shares of your posts
- Not making an online income that you thought you would
- Incredibly tired after the amount of time investment required
- SICK OF IT!!!
Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?
If they do, then take heart in the fact that you are not alone. I would feel pretty confident in saying that most bloggers would feel this at some stage (including myself!).
After six to twelve months of blogging at Smart Party Planning, I became incredibly disillusioned that my blog was not making money.
I had started it with the intention of turning it into an income whereby I would not have to return to work after my maternity leave. The reality was that just didn’t happen and I was crushed!
There are SO many reasons why this was the case, a few of which included:
- My site was too young in Google’s eyes to generate any real money making traffic
- I had not connected enough with people in my niche
- I had not learnt enough about SEO
- I thought traffic would just ‘come to me’ by publishing and sharing on my social media platforms
- I was comparing myself with other bloggers who “had made it” in a similar time frame and feeling disheartened that I couldn’t do the same
- I didn’t think I could compete with the experienced bloggers around me!
- I didn’t really have a product to sell!
My desire to continue blogging was still present, but I hit a big reality wall when my expectations were not met.
It’s at this point that bloggers make one of two decisions;
- Give it up because it’s “never going to work”
As you can see, I chose option number 2 and I’m incredibly glad that I did.
Am I now making money from my blogs? Yes
Am I now receiving an increase in traffic month after month? Yes
Have my social media profiles grown, so that I now have engagement and connections with other bloggers? Yes
Do I understand more about blogging and have more realistic expectations of what can be achieved? Absolutely!
SO what can YOU do to ensure that you choose number 2 when you hit that blogging wall?
Let’s look at some of these survival tips for blogging.
Tips for Blogging Survival #1: You have to love your blog niche!
I can not stress this enough! Is the niche you have chosen something you get obsessed about?
Do you love it so much that you want to research and work on it until the early hours of the morning?
Do you need to be dragged away from your site?
I’m not saying that you have to be chained to your site, but you need to have a HIGH passion level for your niche, otherwise when the going gets tough (which it will), the easy answer will be to throw in the towel.
If you have such a passion and commitment to your niche, it will be a whole lot harder to choose to give it up!
Tips for Blogging Survival #2: Be social with people as QUICK as you can!
Don’t try and be on every social media platform, because you literally wont have the time. Choose about 3 platforms that you know you can work well on, and then NETWORK.
Network on OTHER people’s blogs. Leave comments!
Network on OTHER people’s social media platforms. Ask questions.
Join communities and forums.
Not only will these networks help keep your blog alive, but you will find support from them when things get tough.
You can be guaranteed that each of those bloggers will have felt the same as you at some point, and their encouragement could be just the thing to keep you going.
Tips for Blogging Survival #3: Set your goals
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Make sure you know WHY you are blogging. Your WHY needs to be bigger than your HOW.
Not sure what I mean by that?
You don’t necessarily need to know how you are going to achieve your goals at this moment, but you need to know why you are doing what you are doing.
Unless you can remain focused on WHY you are doing this, it will be difficult to carry on when the going gets tough.
The ‘how’ can be developed as time goes on, but your passion will only remain if you have a burning why!
If the ‘how’ is really an issue for you, I would recommend that you sign up to a program that will teach you exactly how!
The learn how to blog program was literally a life savour for me, as it provided me with the support and tuition that I needed to answer all my questions. Literally no question was too small to ask, and I can tell you….I asked a lot, and I still do!
Tips for Blogging Survival #4: Only you can make the decision to persist
At the end of the day, hundreds or thousands of bloggers could tell you to persist, but only YOU can make that decision.
Only you know why you started blogging, what your goals are and whether you actually made any!
Only you know whether that desire is strong enough to keep working hard even when it feels like there is no reward.
Successful bloggers are those that have been blogging for a number of years. It is very rare that you see someone make any huge gains in a matter of months. It can happen, but the reality for most bloggers is time and effort.
But if you love what you do, keep persisting because it really will get better!!
Do you have some survival tips for blogging that you would like to share?
What have you done in the past, or doing now to make sure that your blog has stayed alive?
I would love to hear your thoughts below.