So you’ve read many articles on the web about how to start a blog and become an authority on practically a niche, right?
So you want to start a blog, grow its traffic, monetize it and create a 6 figure passive income stream from it?
Well, here’s the truth behind it. You’ll probably fail.
Yes, you will start a blog, buy a domain or use blogger to create it, buy a premium theme and start writing on it. And after 6 months, your blog will be buried on search engine rankings, with no traffic at all, and your last post won’t probably be an updated one. Instead, it will be a post that you wrote 2 months ago.
The real problem behind being a pro-blogger and a casual blogger
Building an authority blog isn’t only about writing some content. Believe me. I’ve been there before.
In fact, building a blog means to work your ass as hard as you can, to achieve an authority status and get traffic to your blog. The real reason I’m telling you this is because most people fail to realise the importance of a great blog. And there are 3 great virtues you need to achieve it:
Unless your blog is only about how you went to star bucks or photos about your cat (cats are powerful on the internet, tough), or photos of you and your friends drinking at the beach, you really want to grow and receive traffic, but most people will fail.
And the reason i put this one first, is because most people fail to realise that blogging isn’t a get rich quick scheme. So you read that you can start making money the same day? Well, perhaps you can, but only within some exact circumstances. Normally, you’ll have to start from 0, and then grow up.
Blogging isn’t about writing 10 posts about money, let your blog alone and start receiving money. Blogging isn’t about creating a blog, promoting an affiliate product and start receiving money. blogging isn’t about any of that.
You need to build your audience, let the search engines find you (Search engine optimisation) and promote yourself. But how are you going to promote your blog if you don’t have an audience? Sounds silly, right?
From what I’ve experienced, unless you already have an audience following you, your blog needs at least 6 to 12 months to start showing some results. But most people think they can start earning from day 1, and after 2 months of effort and hours of planning, writing and wasting yourself off, you finally decide to quit.
Give it time. Simple as that.
Think about a company that is starting out. So you decide to create a company, you develop a product and finally you start your business. Are customers coming to buy you just because you already started? No.
What you need is to promote it, and give it time so people can get to know you and your products. Of course, for your blog the product is your content – hence, content is king – and if you fail to deliver good content then don’t expect to grow fast.
Being efficient can be the key between growing a blog after 6 months or growing it after 24 months. What do you prefer?
In this crazy blogging world, there are tons of things to try, but you need to be clever and select the ones which will benefit you the most.
Do you need to pay for a host or not? Do you need to put ads or not? Do you need to buy a plugin or a keyword research tool or not? Every decision counts, so take the best decisions and you might be happy after some months. Take the bad ones and you could be crying after 1 year of efforts without good results.
Where do you need to be efficient? EVERYWHERE. And everywhere really means EVERYWHERE!
If you have a traditional 9-5 job – like me – you really need to be efficient at work so that you can dedicate some time to your blog.
So you want to play that new video game with your friends or watch the latest movie with your girlfriend? That’s fine. I’m not telling you to quit your Social Life and live under a rock, but make plans. Go with your friends on tuesday, take your girlfriend out on Friday and write on your blog Monday and Wednesday. You still have Thursday for something else if needed.
Finally, don’t let anyone distract you from writing. I know it can be very easy for your family or friends to call you and ask for some help. You only wasting time on a blog, aren’t you? So here we move to the last point…
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people working on a website and taking things as if that was only a hobby without being professional at all.
Remember the last time you arrived late at work? What did your boss tell you?
Remember the last time you took 3 hours for lunch or the time your didn’t arrive to that very important meeting?
I hope you don’t, because having a blog is also about being professional, and if you think you’re going to become an authority by working wherever you want without any plan, you’re going to live an EPIC FAIL.
So, be a man, plan your time, plan your posts and stick to it. Get your ass to work and stop chatting and posting your Facebook status (watching funny cats videos on Youtube should be fine). Think on your blog as a second job, and get the most out of you, so later you can reap the rewards.
But what about the passive income?
Yes, you have to work for it. You really need to work your ass as hard as you can, so you can benefit from it later. Have you ever heard about earning money online while you sleep? Well, it does exist, but before that, you might even need to spend countless hours at night without earning a cent. And believe me, when it finally arrives… you’ll feel proud of yourself.
So, remember those 3 things: perseverance, efficiency and professionalism.
Because most people fail to achieve anything not because of lack of great content, or because the lack of promotion or time to work.
Most people fail because they can’t even put their pants on and actually do something. they fail to realise that everything that gives you money, has an effort behind.
They fail to realise the truth behind those legendary pro bloggers that earn a 6 figure income with thousands or millions of readers per month. So, will you fail after 6 months too?
Show me what you’ve got
I’m putting a call to action for myself here, and also for all of my readers. let’s do a simple game and show that we really want to stick to our blogs.
If you’re not really comfortable with the idea please don’t leave any comment below, but if you really think you’re one of that 1% of bloggers that will finally achieve something leave a comment blow with the following information:
- Tell me what your blog name is (and the URL, of course) and explain what’s your blog about.
- Explain why you choose that niche and where do you expect it to be on 6 months.
- Finally, explain why you think you’re one of the 1% of the people that really achieve something with their blogs, and show the rest that you’ve got what you need for it. What’s your best virtue?
If you do that right, I’ll check your blog and other commenters might check it too. You can build some great ideas from here and finally, it will work as a commitment for yourself. You can go back and read this article again after 2, 4 or 6 months, or maybe even after a year or more, and then you can be proud of yourself because you actually passed that level. Now you’ve got traffic, you’re an authority and you’re helping people on your niche.
One of the best things on this life is to help people on the things that you love, and actually receive a reward from doing it.
So, don’t even think about it. just go to the comments section below – or bookmark this article to read later – and show the rest what you’ve got! NOW!