I have read in the book “Think and grow rich” that if people stood by a desire then they would have a different story to tell. All achievement in the world was done by people who burned all bridges never to come back, to do or to die. And they did. This very much applies to blogging, there are a lot of people who start blogging and after a few months abandon it because they are not getting the results that they want.
They would try but little for the sake of trying. Today’s post is for all those who quit early. Remember that the darkest hours are just before the sun rises.
Jon Morrow who is now the co editor of Copyblogger began a site on the make money online niche and within 3 months the site was getting 2000 unique visitors per day. In a broad sense traffic is money. For him blogging was not a game.
He was really into blogging. He dived into blogging, blogging became his sole obsession. He started at 8 in the morning and stopped at 11 pm when he went to bed. All the time he spent online he was networking with other bloggers, he was writing posts, testing, tweaking and cooking up great stuff to post. He was not any other blogger down the street who would just try blogging to see it it works. As I said people would have a different story to tell the world had they stood by what they were doing instead of succumbing to pressures around them and giving up at the first sign of failure? You are not defeated by failure. You are only defeated when you accept failure.
What I did not mention in the story that there was something that happened before he got into blogging like a maniac.
He had an accident which broke 14 bones in his legs and for months he was on a hospital bed where he could do nothing. Loneliness and a lot of time makes the best amongst us introspects. He thought about his life and found out that he was not happy the way things were going. He wanted to change and he did change.
Again I did not tell you something. He has a disease called SMA which doesn’t allow him to move a muscle below his neck.
You can read that here.
The one advice which I give to newbie bloggers when starting out when coming to blogging with the dreams of hoards of cash and a 4 hour work week is blogging is not the four hour work week when you start out. To grow your blog at the speed of lightning you need to work, work and only work. Work till you get an authority. Comment until people see you everywhere, guest post until people stop their buzz, their self occupation and pay attention to YOU!
There are 181 million people out there actively involved in blogging and the numbers are only rising. To get their attention you need work your ass off. You need to clear myths as a newbie blogger or a blogger who hasn’t got his share of the success pie yet.
1. Work hard
Blogging is not easy work. You might have come here to escape the misery of the 9 to 5 job but until you drown yourselves in pure work the rewards are going to be much later in your timeline.
Here’s what Patrick Meninga who sold his flagship website for $200000 says about his success
My website sold for such a large amount was because I averaged 3 new articles per day for the 4 years that the website existed.
2. Make yourselves a celebrity with guest blogging
It doesn’t cost you a dime; it gives you instant traffic and boosts your web presence.
Use the various mediums available to you as a blogger and make full use of it. Guest blogging is hot now but when everybody is guest blogging how will you stand out? There are many guest bloggers but I remember only few people who stood out with guest blogging by guest posting like maniacs. Neil Patel of Quicksprout did not invest single pence in building links, he guest blogged 311 times on different blogs, Onibalusi of Youngprepro wrote 271 guest posts and is still writing, Michael Chibuzor of Contentmarketingup is the super star of guest posting with over 600 posts to his name. All these guest posts are bringing targeted traffic from Google, building them several links, increasing their social shares and above all these methods Google penalty proof.
Dreaming requires sleeping but achieving those dreams requires sleepless nights.
3. Write unique valuable content
If the content that you write can be written by any Fiverr seller then what’s the value of your content. Being a freelancer myself I know content which fetches $400 for 250 words and content which attracts $5 for 800 words. People value real experience poured into the heart of the writing. That is which differentiates you from the rest of the herd. Stop creating what has been told many times over and over. I read an article which was titled “5 awesome ways to get traffic”; unfortunately only the title was awesome. There was nothing in it which was out of the box.
But when I read I shared it all my friends because it was awesome. Read widely so that you can add instances of awesomeness into what you write, think about the impact that you will create. Have you heard of Gandhi’s talisman. On every school text book in India we have it and says a great principle which can be applied to blogging.” If you are in confusion before doing something bring the poorest face you have seen and think whether your action will benefit him” Think whether your post will really benefit your reader. You will never blog wrong.
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