Blogging has been my full-time job since the end of October 2012, and I know that the prospect of earning enough from your blog to do this full-time seems enticing, there’s a lot you need to know about blogging full-time.
To be successful at anything, you need to be dedicated and make sacrifices. There are no two ways about it. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. There needs to be a certain level of discipline or the dream will be just that… a dream.
Below are a few tips that will go a long way to helping you succeed in the world of blogging and make your dream come true.
1. Never, ever, ever give up!
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ―
When I first started my blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I had no readers. I I did not know what to expect. I was pretty much writing for myself, which also meant that I had no idea if what I was on the right track or not.
In the beginning, you are going to get next to nothing in terms of feedback from others.
Getting that first reader is the toughest battle you’ll fight, because people are suspicious in a way; they don’t want to invest time into something that’s never been tried by anyone else. They don’t know if you’re serious about blogging, if you’ll stick around…
It’s easy to lose heart. It’s easy to give up, even though you’re still producing content. In your mind, it’s not worth it anymore. You still want the reward, but you’re not sure if it’s worth paying the price.
It took me six months of daily blogging to get from 0 to over 80,000 visitors per month. It took six months of doubting myself, feeling hopeless, and helpless. It took six months of working on something I did not know would work or not.
But ff I had given up at the beginning, when it seemed like there was no hope, I would not be writing this post today.
Blogging, like most things worth doing in life, demands that you invest a lot upfront. Time, energy, money.
You need to develop the will to work on your skill.
Most bloggers do not fail because they have bad content. They fail because they aren’t persistent and give up. They’re unwilling to put the time in that is necessary to succeed.
Being successful in blogging isn’t necessarily about writing the best content, it’s more about outlasting everyone else.
Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day.
2. You gotta be consistent.
“Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them.” ―
Consistency is key when it comes to blogging.
If you do some work one day, but take a break the following day, you are not setting yourself up for success.
Working on your blog needs to become a habit. If you want it to be successful, you have to show up again and again and again!
You have to consistently publish quality content. Your readers must know for certain that you will deliver.
Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day. But they worked on it every single day.
3. Add value to your readers.
“Not adding value is the same as taking it away.” – Seth Godin
One of the most overlooked aspects of blogging is the fact that you must provide value to your readers.
If you want them to subscribe, to engage with your content, then you must write something that helps them in some way.
It’s got to be entertaining, it’s got to teach them new skills, it’s got to help them better understand themselves.
Personal stories are fine when they have a clear message that people can implement, but if your blog is just a few ramblings and diary entries, you’re not providing much value to anyone other than yourself.
Help people and they will help you by reading and engaging with your work.
4. Learn. Everything!
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ―
One of the reasons why many bloggers fail to see success is because they treat their blog as a blog and not as a business. A good way to improve your skills and broaden your knowledge is to learn everything there is to know about blogging.
Because, you see, blogging is part art, part craft. And if you want to be good at any craft, you’ve got to develop a certain skillset.
This means that you’ve got to read other blogs in your niche, you’ve got to read what others are saying on social media, you’ve got to feed your brain with relevant information.
You’ve got to learn content creation, social media marketing, copywriting.
You’ve got to enroll in online courses.
Do whatever it takes to become better.
By doing all of this, you’re exposing yourself to new ideas and ways of thinking that you might not have considered before.
Put another way, you do not know what you don’t know. And you’d be surprised at how many things you do not know about blogging if you do not make an effort to know them.
5. Think outside the box.
“Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a sharp knife to it.” ― Banksy
Better yet, think like there’s no box.
Break some rules. Or bend them to your needs.
Connect seemingly unrelated dots.
Because a surefire way to be a failure in blogging is to do what everyone else is doing. Just because everyone is doing it, does not mean it is right.
You need to look for a different angle from others in your niche. Look for areas that they may have neglected which you can exploit. It’s the only way you can actually add to the conversation, not just repeat what everyone else is saying.
Lastly, you should keep in mind that there’s more than one road to success.
Look at what others have done in the past, but don’t be afraid to forge your own path if you so consider.
Blogging is a creative endeavor. Be creative.