Why First 6 Months of Blogging Is the Hardest [What to Do to Succeed]
Every professional was once an amateur.
Many bloggers quit within their first 6 months of their blogging journey to build a profitable blog. And here are the reasons: they don’t make any money, traffic, comments or shares on their blogs. If no one is listening to you, it really demotivates you to continue, this is true in blogging. Don’t worry, everyone faces this difficult phase and you will only be successful if you don’t lose faith.
So let’s discuss about few reasons why first 6 months of blogging is the hardest and what you should do avoid the burnout phase in blogging.
Table of Contents
- Why First 6 Months Of Blogging Is The Hardest
- Do’s and don’ts in first 6 months of blogging
- Top 10 goals to achieve in first 6 months of blogging
- FAQ’s on first 6 months of blogging in 2018
Why First 6 Months Of Blogging Is The Hardest
No one knows you
It’s all about connections that make you successful in online world. Who knows you and whom you know is very important in taking your blog to the next level. I always wonder why most new bloggers don’t spend much time in networking with other bloggers.
If you don’t spend quality time in connecting with other bloggers, there’s no way you can get wider reach for your blog. Spend time on blog commenting, guest blogging and networking with others on social media sites.
Never leave one or two liner blog comments, always read their posts thoroughly and make meaningful comments. This way you will be able to get their attention and some traffic to your blogs.
And guest posting is the best way to get more reach to your blog posts especially if it’s brand new. Spend time in analyzing your targeted blogs topics and write suitable posts for them. If you often share their posts on social media sites and leave good comments, the chances of getting your guest post accepted will be more.
You don’t make any money
It’s almost impossible to make money if you are a beginner blogger in first 6 months. Why? You might not have enough traffic to earn through different programs like Google AdSense, Chitika or AdBrite.
Similarly people may not be interested in buying your affiliate products because they are not aware of what you sell. So it’s hard to make money in the first six months of your blogging career.
You have to be persistent and never give up on your dreams. Then and only then you will have more chances to make money from your blogging efforts. Always remember, there are no shortcuts in making money online. You have to learn from your mistakes and be consistent in your efforts.
If you want to quickly make money from your blog, try to use Fiverr to monetize your skills. You can use their services like logo design, writing posts, creating ebooks etc as this is one of the fantastic ways to make money online even if you are new to blogging. Later you can use these skills to sell your stuff using your own blogs.
You barely get any traffic
Without traffic you can’t make much money online, can you? Traffic is the lifeblood for any successful blog. Most bloggers quit before six months of their blogging journey because they don’t see any hike in traffic.
In the first 6 months of blogging, without having any online connections, you won’t get much traffic. Trust me, I have done this and I know it’s quite hard to get 1000’s of visitors from a brand new blog.
Unfortunately there are no quick fixes to get huge traffic to your blog posts in this Google era. Google is coming with new updates like Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird’s etc. They are making it hard to survive as a blogger and it is becoming hard to get more traffic to blogs from Google.
Mostly your blog stats will look like this (in the first few months);
If your blog is brand new focusing on increasing your blog traffic from search engines is a waste of time because organic traffic takes time (some times it may take years to get traffic from specific keywords).
So focus on getting traffic from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+. These 3 sites can give you a lot of traffic whenever your publish a new post. But you should build a brand for yourself on these sites to get others attention. Here are few tips on how to do that.
- Send friend requests to all the bloggers in your niche using Facebook. Follow people on twitter and circle lot of bloggers on your Google+.
- Start sharing their contents from your profiles. This can help them to recognize you. Sooner or later, if your stuff is good, they will also start promoting your posts.
- Use Facebook groups to your advantage, there are lot of groups where you can promote your posts. If you have great headlines, there will be many people interested in reading and promoting your stuff. So write powerful headlines.
- Try to get more followers on Twitter. Try to be active on it and share quality links on your twitter timeline. Following others can also help you get more twitter followers.
You don’t know how to write for both readers and search engines
Writing is hard especially if you are new to online world. It takes lot of time to get good at writing and you need to convince both your readers and search engines to build a profitable blog.
Writing for both readers and search engine bots is not a rocket science. Here are few things to keep in mind to satisfy both.
- Write for readers first. Then optimize for search engines.
- Always write detailed posts instead of short posts (500-600 words don’t rank high in a competitive niche)
- Linking is the key to get more traffic (whenever you write a post, relevantly link to old posts and external linking also helps)
- Use proper sub heads, alt tags on images and headlines to get more traffic from search engines.
- Never copy others content, it definitely lowers your SERP rankings
- Whenever you use others quotes, images or references, give them credit by linking to their sites from your blog posts.
If you do the above tasks every time you write a post, you will soon notice a traffic hike irrespective of Google latest algorithms. And don’t blame Google for decreasing your traffic, if you always post quality content on your blogs, Google definitely rewards your site by giving top ranking to your keywords. Just focus on producing quality stuff all the time.
Do’s and don’ts in first 6 months of blogging
In the first 6 months of blogging, most people make a lot of terrible mistakes that can decide the fate of their blog. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts of blogging to build a better blog in the long run.
Here are the do’s of first 6 months of blogging:
- Do invest in blogging. Be it in website design, hosting or getting a premium domain name. It is all worth it if you’re aiming for long term results.
- Learn SEO and other essential blogging related skills.
- Learn how to write that sells.
- Learn to be great at networking with other bloggers. After all, successful blogging is all about helping others. Tweet others stuff, mention them, link back to their posts and so on
- Do optimize your blog posts for search engines, but give first priority to your target audience.
- Post frequently and stick to a consistent blog posting schedule if you want to increase your traffic and get some rewarding results
- Use proper headlines that catch your audience attention
- Build your blog for your audience, not for you
Here are the don’ts of first 6 months of blogging:
- Don’t write guest posts for the sake of links, do it for relationships or traffic
- Don’t ignore your email list as it can be the most powerful asset you can have in the long run
- Don’t copy content and publish it again on your blog
- Don’t ignore the promotion part as it’s more important than content creation itself
- Don’t ignore the power of building links. If you need more traffic, you need to find ways to build quality links
Top 10 goals to achieve in first 6 months of blogging
Here are top 10 goals every blogger should aim to achieve in the first 6 months of blogging to take their blog to the next level in 2018 and beyond.
1. Build a list of 500 email subscribers
The fastest way to start making money from a new blog or website is to build an email list and create awareness about the products and services you offer. Just make sure to focus on sending regular email newsletters to your subscribers that add immense value instead of pitching sales emails.
Getting your first 500 email subscribers in the first 6 months should be your ideal goal which is easier to achieve if you can break down the goal into;
- Getting your first 100 subscribers in first 2 months
- Reaching to 250 subscribers in 4 months and
- Finally getting your first 500 subscribers in 6 months
Email list has the biggest ROI.
The fastest way to build and grow your email list is;
- Use giveaways
- Write guest posts and link back to the landing pages where you can show email optin forms
- Use content upgrades
- Use freebies such as eBooks to collect more emails quickly
2. Get 1000 twitter followers
Twitter is the most powerful medium that can bring you a ton of targeted visitors to your site no matter what industry you are in. Traffic coming from twitter converts way better than any other social media platform including Facebook, Instagram and so on.
The best way to generate more traffic from twitter is to increase your twitter following. While it’s not so easy to get more followers especially when you’re starting out, but you can aim to get your first 1000 followers in the first 6 months.
The simple thing you can do to increase twitter following is to find a list of influencers in your industry, follow them all and also start following their followers too. This hack works like a charm as you’ll get at least 20 to 30 followers out of 100 people you follow.
You can use tools like Tweepi to unfollow those who don’t follow you. Repeat the step until you get your first 1k twitter followers.
3. Publish at least 10 guest posts
Without a doubt, guest posting is the most effective way to build dofollow links. Your goal should be to be able to publish at least 10 guest posts on authority sites in your industry.
It’s not so easy to land on authority sites but that’s where the fun is, you’ll learn a lot in the journey. So aim high and start writing guest posts at least once in a week for other relevant blogs in your industry.
4. Publish 50 blog posts
Most blogging experts say “don’t publish too many contents” but from my 10 years of blogging experience, I can suggest you that, you should publish as many blog posts as possible especially when you’re getting started.
Do you know why? When your blog is new, the first thing you need is to improve its traffic especially from search engines. And the only way to increase your search traffic is to create content by targeting the right keywords with low search volume.
You never know which blog posts go viral and receive more traffic, so you need to fail fast and find out the RIGHT kind of content that works well for your audience. The only way to do that is to create at least 50 blog posts in your first 6 months of blogging.
5. Build at least one income stream
If you’re completely new to blogging, you should know one thing that it takes a ton of time and skills to earn decent income from blogging. Whether you know it or not, 9 out of 10 bloggers never make even $100 from their blogs. It’s the harsh truth, so avoid such situation of making no money, you must find at least one income source that you can cash in on.
That being said, focus on those income streams that help you earn money even while you sleep instead of finding ways to earn money only when you work (such as freelancing). Here are few passive income sources you can try;
- Affiliate marketing
- Creating and selling your own products
- Automating your blog’s cash flow (that means, investing $100 in content creation and SEO and generating $200 or even more and repeating the process)
6. Create 5 pillar blog posts
Pillar blog posts contain a ton of information. The best example is we recently wrote a massive article on the best affiliate programs which is around 16000 words. That’s called a pillar article because you’ll find almost every affiliate program under the sun on a wide range of topics.
Pillar blog posts are helpful for;
- Increasing your search traffic
- Increasing your social shares and comments
- Attracting quality links from other sites
- Increasing your readership and so on
7. Increase your traffic numbers to 100 to 200 visits a day
When you’ve a new blog, it’s extremely difficult to get visitors from search engines. That’s the reason why you should take baby steps and focus on achieving tiny goals. Instead of aiming at attracting thousands of visitors to your site from search engines, attract 100 visitors a day within 6 months and you’ll be on your way to success.
Most blogs die within 6 months due to lack of traffic. So find ways to increase your traffic. Don’t rely upon one traffic source though, try to use blogging forums, blog commenting, social media sites, guest posts and so on to bring more visitors to your site.
8. Earn at least $100 within first 6 months off your blog
Earning your first $1 gives enough momentum and courage to take your blog to the next level. So plan on how you can make your first few bucks through your blog. We recommend you to give a try to blog services such as freelancing, writing, design or whatever skills you have.
And ask your readers to try your services. Just make sure to put an affordable entry price tag so you can easily make your first $100 within first 6 months of blogging.
9. Attract 100 comments
If you’re starting a new blog, make sure to reward your commenters. Comment on others blogs, start responding to every comment you get and make sure to install a plugin like “Top commenters” widget to attract your first 100 comments.
10. Increase your website’s Alexa or DA
Although Alexa rank is not as important as it used be but it’s a good indicator of how good your blog is performing. If you can get to 100,000 or below Alexa rank for your website in the first 6 months, it’s really a great feat.
Here’s an excellent article on how to improve Alexa ranking of your website really quickly.
You can also focus on improving your website’s DA (Domain Authority by Moz) which gets updated every month. If you can get to 20 to 30 DA within first few months, you’re doing something really great in terms of building links for your site.
FAQ’s on first 6 months of blogging in 2018
Here are few important questions you might want to know if you want to succeed in the first 6 months of blogging.
1. Why no one is reading my blog?
This is one of the most common problems faced by new bloggers. There could be a lot of reasons behind not having any readership for your blog such as;
- Your content is generic
- You’re writing on a broad topic
- You’re not creating anything unique, useful and problem solving
- You’re not spending time and money on promotion, SEO and so on
The only tip we can give you is: be patient. Don’t expect quick results. Find out what’s working well for your competitors and repeat it. You can use skyscraper technique to create content that creates more buzz.
2. Why isn’t my blog making money?
First things first, a new blog doesn’t make money so quickly unless you’ve a foolproof way to make money. Building a profitable blog takes time but if you want to get the ball rolling fast, give a try to freelancing and providing services through your blog.
3. How to network with others as a new blogger?
If you’re a new blogger and looking to increase your network, you’re thinking right as networking with other bloggers and influencers in your niche is the most effective strategy to build traffic, grow your income and succeed as a blogger.
Make sure to leave comments, write guest posts for others, connect with other bloggers on social media and email regularly to appreciate others efforts as they all add up in the long run.
4. How much traffic you should get to your website in the first 6 months?
There’s no thumb rule on how much traffic you should get to your website in the first 6 months as every industry is different and it also depends on the quality of your content and how good you’re optimizing your content for search engines.
That being said, if you’re getting at least 100 visitors a day in the first 6 months of blogging, you’re doing a great job (if you’re in a competitive niche).
Final thoughts about first 6 months of blogging
Yes, first six months to 1 year of blogging is really the hardest but you should be aware of one simple thing that it takes time and consistency to build a money making blog.
Just don’t look for shortcuts and get carried away if you don’t see results in terms of traffic and sales in the beginning, then you’ll be fine.
Do you’ve any questions related to making money from blogging? What do you think are the reasons people quit within their first 6 months of blogging? Do you have any more tips on encouraging people to continue blogging without quitting on their first 6 months of blogging career? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.