Why First 6 Months of Blogging Is the Hardest
Every professional was once an amateur.
Many bloggers quit within their first 6 months of their blogging journey. 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.
Here are few reasons why first 6 months of blogging is the hardest and what you should do avoid the burnout phase in blogging.
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Why blogging is so hard in first 6 months?
No one knows you
It’s all about connections that make you successful in online. 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.
If you are 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.
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?