Why, in just a few months, you were bound to make everything different in your life!
You are not alone.
Almost everyone who starts a blog does so with high aspirations for the future.
Sadly, those dreams remain dreams for many, and before long the majority even stop dreaming, give up their blogs and go on to ‘more sensible’ ways of occupying their time.
Is that bound to be your fate?
It may well likely be if all you are doing is thoughtlessly pass through the motions of your notion of what blogging means.
While I cannot guarantee success, I can promise you that if your blog has some of the signs listed here, you will have a long wait before you can make money blogging, if any at all.
1. Your Blog Sucks – You Just Don’t Know It
Some pathetic comedians find themselves in front of an audience and they just get busy laughing at their own jokes – alone.
Are you the only one who finds your posts interesting?
How would you know if that were the case?
Simply look down to your comments section and count the comments you have there. Take your eyes to the social buttons and add up the number of shares, likes and tweets your posts are getting.
If others are not interacting with your content, then it means your content is either uninteresting or your blog is very new. For your sake, I hope it is the later since that will mean things are in fact looking up.
What can I do?: Aim higher! Instead of writing clinical analysis, try to let your personality reflect more in your blog posts.
2. You’re Just in it for the Money
When your heart is not in the blog posts you write, it shows.
You would even find it easy to make a post about Justin Bieber dull and uninteresting, because you are not concentrating on the words but on the money.
If you are doing a niche blog just to stand in the way of traffic, passionless blogging may succeed, but when you want to establish an authority blog, you need passion every inch of the way.
Blogging on a topic you have no passion for wears you down, but blogging on a topic you love refreshes you.
It is the love that sustains you through the early days of your blog until you begin to turn in a profit.
What can I do?: Choose a topic you love for your blog. If you are already running a blog in a topic you don’t care about, why not turn it into a niche site and focus on building your blog in a topic you love?
3. The Focus of your Blog is Unfocused
If you cannot tell what your blog’s topic area is in one sentence, you are in trouble.
You need to know your audience and their expectations of your blog. If your audience does not know what to expect of your blog, why would they come back?
Maybe that is the root of your traffic problem.
Writing about everything under the sun will not bring everybody under the sun to your doorstep.
The evolution of blogging has gone beyond the stage of grabbing at anything you can get a hold of to catch your fall.
If your blog cannot be specific, then no real community can form around it because real people are not interested in everything. They are interested in something.
What can I do?: Pick a pen and paper and write a one paragraph description of your blog. When you are satisfied, summarize it into one sentence that is catchy and specific.
4. You are Ashamed of Asking for Money
That you are not in it for money does not mean you should make yourself into a martyr.
It is not a sin to monetize your blog (Unless your self-esteem or writing ability is so low you cannot believe you could possibly write what someone would want to pay for).
If you are not making money on your blog right now, you are losing money. Period!
Some ways to monetize your blog include:
- Sell Advertising – Offer ad units for sale on your blog.
- Promote Affiliates – look for affiliate offers that are relevant to your audience.
- Sell Products – Create your own products for sale.
- Sell your services – Offer your services for sale. For instance, I offer my writing service for sale at my blog.
What can I do?: Decide on what you are going to sell on your blog and take steps to implement the decision immediately.
5. You Think SEO is for the Professionals
Some bloggers just pick a random topic for their blog post without the benefit of keyword research.
To them, blogging is writing and you write what you like, and leave SEO for SEOs.
Without an understanding of SEO, any success you achieve will only be accidental and difficult to sustain.
Quite true, building backlinks is time-consuming, but the importance it plays in your ranking makes it top priority for your business.
What can I do?: Take time out to learn SEO basics. Start a backlinks acquisition campaign for your blog.
Wrapping it Up
After giving your blog the microscope view, what do you think?
Are you here to stay, or just a fly by night blogger?
Taking steps to implement the suggestions given in this post can make the difference between whether you succeed as a blogger or fail.
No you are aware of the lapses, self-knowledge is the greatest knowledge.
Put it to use an uproot all those
I wrote this post to help you take notice of any destined-for-failure mistakes that you’re probably making right now.
Are there any signs I missed? Do you agree that these traits can impact on how much money you make blogging?
photo: Philip Taylor PT