I have been blogging for a little over 14 months now and everyday I come across at least 1 new person with some traits destined for blogging failure. I have been a victim of some of these traits before and it took me long to realize it, I also discovered some of these traits based on reader feedback and my experience with other successful bloggers and I’d like you to take all the points in this article as seriously as possible.
I’d also like you to know that the fact that you’re making any of these mistakes doesn’t mean you’re destined for failure. NOBODY is destined for failure and as long as you’re always ready to improve only the sky is the limit. Below are 10 of the most common traits exhibited by those who will never ever succeed as a blogger.
1. You Disbelieve Everything
Our mind is a very powerful instrument and based on my own personal experience I have observed that your mind is the only thing that can determine whether you will fail or succeed.
The truth is that it doesn’t matter what your history is or what your high school teacher thinks about you, it doesn’t matter how poor your grades used to be and it doesn’t matter how slow you or your memory is it is no factor to determine your success or failure.
You need to realize this today and make it stick with you forever. Your brain isn’t what determines how far you can go in life, it is simply your mind. If it were to be your brain then the most brilliant students in the world will be the most successful but if you start believing in the power of your mind, you will easily experience success even if you’re a high school dropout.
Here’s the content of an email I got early today from one of my critics:
Why do you lie?. Your site is only a few months old NO WAY can you get that kind of traffic in such a short period. And why would anyone care how you have to brag how much you make a month. you are so full of shit.
If you take a look at the above you will notice that the fellow is trying to condemn my achievements because he believes my blog is too young to have achieved that. I only wish the fellow knew I still use to think about how little my achievements are for a blog my age, he will then know that there’s nothing impossible under the sky.
You need to realize that if it is conceivable then it is achievable.
2. You Believe Everything
If you really want to succeed as a blogger it is also very essential for you to realize that believing everything you see is as bad as disbelieving the power of making money through the internet. I’m not against you believing in the possibility of making money online because your belief is an essential trait to your success but what I’m trying to say is that you should be careful with what you believe.
I have a friend who knew about internet marketing before I knew how to operate a computer (no exaggeration here!). This friend of mine does everything he can to ensure he attends every seminar he hears about and after attending these seminars he will start preaching to me about how one teacher told him about a powerful technique that is making the fellow thousands of dollars. This friend of mine does that for every single seminar he attends and he believes he has tons of knowledge on how to make money online. The funny thing here is that even after I started making thousands of dollars online, this friend of mine was yet to have any realistic online business.
My point here is that you shouldn’t just download every information you read online into yourself hook, line and sinker. Make sure you do your best to verify the accuracy of the information you’re reading and if possible, get proof.
There’s a lot of information circulating the internet about being a successful blogger and the only way to be a winner is to be careful with what you believe.
3. You’re Looking for Overnight Success
I’m very fast in everything I do in life. I have the fastest education in my family, when walking I’m three times faster than people around me, I talk at least two times faster than people around me (I’ve done a lot to improve on this though) and I’m pretty fast at everything I do. When I started blogging I believed I can also be very fast at succeeding online and that I would have built a successful online business in a matter of a month. Oh, how wrong I was! I wasted several months trying to figure out which business I am to do and I started my first real blog almost a year of me venturing into the internet marketing world. It took me 8 months to achieve anything I could call significant and I still get people tell me that I’ve achieved a lot within a short period of time.
My point is there’s nothing called overnight success and building an internet business is just like building any other business. You have to realize that since you can’t build a successful offline business in one month (even if you have everything you need) you also can’t build a successful online business in one month.
If you’re to ask me the average time it takes to build a successful blog I will tell you it is one and a half years – and this one and a half years doesn’t mean you will only be sleeping and writing, it entails a lot of hard work and you having adequate knowledge of what you’re doing.
4. You Lack Focus
I was a victim of this for months when I first got into the online world and it is evident that this is the most common problem faced by a lot of new bloggers.
A lot of people come into the online world only because they want to make money online and due to this they are very desperate to get what they want so they start venturing into as many businesses as they can until they get results. That might work for you elsewhere but building a successful blog is not a guess and win game. It is either you know what you’re doing or you lose – there’s no either or.
To really succeed online you have to pick one solid thing you want to do, you have to focus on only one strategy and make yourself a master at it. Stop trying to waste your time building multiple businesses that are not getting results because that just won’t work.
Don’t build a second blog until you have a highly successful blog that can stand alone. Try to be a master at one thing instead of being a jack of all trades and master of none.
5. You’re Not Focusing on the Long-Term
The most successful bloggers today are those that have been blogging for an average of 5 years. They only lasted so long because they focused on the future and on making the life of their readers better and it is the reward of this they are now reaping.
There is little you can achieve now compared to in the future so instead of destroying your future with your present why not focus your efforts on getting the best from both?
6. You’re Letting Your Critics Get the Best of You
Is it Justin Bieber, Barrack Obama, Darren Rowse or Brian Clark? Who do you think is yet to be criticized?
In case you don’t know it yet, it is part of the perks of being popular, criticism is a part of life.
Instead of feeling so sad about being criticized why not start thinking you are a celebrity whenever you’re criticized? When someone tells you that you suck or that you’re this and that, why not smile and congratulate yourself for having one more enemy?
For the first 8 months of my blogging career I really didn’t get any critic but it seems I now get at least 2 every month. Some people are even telling me I’m too young for my success or things like that.
Then, whenever I’m criticized by people like this I begin to feel dejected and low of myself, but whenever I get a comment or email from a critic now I smile, and I tell myself, YES, I’m becoming more popular.
If you try to make money from your blog some people won’t be happy with it. If you try to write list posts more often some people won’t be happy with it, and some people just aren’t happy with the fact that you’re the one achieving what you’re achieving instead of them. So, why worry?
Stop thinking about critics, instead, focus more on being the best at what you do.
7. You’re Afraid of Monetizing Your Blog
You might be good at creating great content, you might be good at marketing your blog and generating quality traffic but to really succeed as a blogger you need to start thinking beyond those two things.
It is true you should focus on giving great value to your readers but you should also realize that giving value doesn’t necessarily mean giving free value. Don’t be afraid to monetize your blog as a blogger because writing alone won’t pay the bills, writing alone won’t take care of your family. What you only have to ensure is that the free value you’re giving to your readers is more than what you’re collecting from them and you won’t have any problems whatsoever.
8. Your Content is the Single Less-Important thing to You
If you’re always thinking about how to improve your blog design, how to make more money from your blog, how to get more traffic to your blog, how to increase your blog conversion etc. but you never really spend time to think about what others think of your content then you’re on your way to failure.
Your content should be the most important thing to you as a blogger because it will get to a stage where you won’t have need to be trying to drive traffic to your blog again and in cases like this it is your content that will make a difference. The better your content is, the higher your chances are for success so start thinking about your content day and night. Start observing the trends to see which content becomes popular and which one doesn’t and start investing your time and money into learning how to deliver the best content possible to your readers.
9. You Suck at Marketing, and You’re not Ready to Learn
I’m not trying to advocate being unethical here, but you have to know that with the right marketing you can sell people oranges and make them believe it is an apple. In other words, even if you write great content you need effective marketing to make people realize the value of what you’re giving them.
God won’t just come down from heaven to bless your content writing efforts, you need to think beyond your writing desk and keyboard to succeed as a blogger, you need to start thinking as a marketer, you need to start thinking smart!
10. You’re Not Improving Your Knowledge
You might hardly hear this elsewhere but based on my experience it is one of the most dangerous killer of blogs.
A lot of bloggers complain about experiencing blogging burnout or writers block but many of them fail to think about it being as a result of them not reading other blogs. There was a time I got tired of reading other blogs and I almost didn’t read other blogs aside mine for a whole month, this resulted in me finding it difficult to write any blog post at all and as a result I resolved to doing other things aside blogging. It was only a matter of time before I realized that I was on my way to blogging failure.
The idea of this particular blog post was inspired by a particular eBook I read yesterday and I have gotten countless ideas just by reading other books and blogs. Stop isolating yourself from the blogosphere and start reading as much great content as you can from wherever you can find it, it will contribute a lot to your success as a blogger.
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