“Joy” (that’s what I called my wife) I’ve just found this new hobby, is called “blogging“.
All I need to start making money from it is the internet and a computer. I could just log on and work for let’s say one hour a day or just five hours per week and we have enough money to take care of our responsibility.
And the best part is I could go on vacation, spent time anywhere and still come back seeing my bank account piled up with cash because everything is completely automated for me.
These are just a few things and promises I said to my wife when I first heard about this thing called “blogging.” I got started with high hope and anxiety, the fire was burning very high within, yes, I was about pumping money into my bank account like the ATM from little or no work at all.
After months of blogging, and like mirage; nothing to show my wife. No bank deposit notification, no sales, no ads earnings, no traffic, no this, no that.
All I could tell her is you know honey am just testing this thing out and see how I will start making my $$$$. Six months went by, we’re about counting a year into my new hobby, yet nothing to justify my assumption.
I know without being told that I have fell into a trap. I have just two option to choose from, option one; quit my new hobby and face my 9 to 5 day job or option two; accept I ‘ve buy one of those blogging lies or myth, but instead of saying, okay, I quit. I thought to myself, why not find out how it can be done- create a successful blog.
That’s how I accept my destiny of being a blogger. Now, am not here to tell a story, no, I feel is important for every newbie blogger out there to learn from my past and not been deceived about this crazy thing called blogging.
They shouldn’t fall into same trap of believing blogging is a tool to quick and easy money-making machine. So, I like to share with you 5 dangerous traps every newbie blogger should know and avoid.
#1. Blogging 5 Hour per Week Would Create a Profitable Blog.
This one comes first on my list for an obvious reason; it was among what entices me to start a blog.
I thought oh yes, so I could blog a few hours in a week and see my financial strength moving up? This, I must do, I just have to create my blog and start posting content.
Then after posting and posting content that no one cares to read anyway – actually they were really badly written and ugly looking- I know I’ve missed something from the start. Something has to be done quickly to save my wasted energy, time and resource.
Don’t be deceived by the so-called internet marketers whom are here just to take advantage of unsuspected people and reap them of their hard-earned money.
To make money in blogging you have to put in serious hours of hard work and that’s not all, there is no guarantee that even after months of intensive hours of serious blogging you’re going to make money.
Everything depends on several factors that are in real sense not science, direct path, or anything called proven tactics. I would say building a profitable blog largely depend on luck, time, patient and consistency. Consistency is key when it comes to making money from your blog.
There are lots of task you’ll need to perform daily as you look forward to build a profitable blog. Most times I spent nothing less than 10 hour on my blog, either by way of blog promotion or fixing things within.
So if you’re dead serious to see your blog become an asset, then be ready to put in the necessary work, time and resources.
#2. Believing There is a Direct Path to Creating Profitable Blog.
I know there are lots of good products out there written by successful bloggers on how to create a successful blog like theirs.
But the truth has to be told, there is no lay down formula, no magic stick or scientific research to building a successful blog. If you doubt this fact, show me two distinctive bloggers that made money from their blog exact way or methods?
Then I will show you ten bloggers that make six figure income from their blog annually but different methods, different tactics, different content strategy, differences in posting frequency, different marketing campaign etc.
Instructions could be given, details outlined and advice supply but in the end, is your call. How you apply these things and the result you get will decide your next action. Read this article by Yaro Starak and you will understand better what am saying here. Titled “Why following in the footsteps of other bloggers can be a treacherous path”.
Learn from other bloggers, follow their advice and details instruction; then find out which one to take home by evaluating what works and what doesn’t.
If it works, take it home and if it doesn’t, trash it. Because it works out for that successful blogger does not mean is going to work same way for you.
#3. Focusing on Traffic Spikes.
A newbie blogger log into his dash-board and was very happy to see high volume of traffic spike from sites like digg and Stunbleupon.
He thinks and believes he is making progress, stop it, you’re not making any headway. Traffic from sites like this does nothing for your business other than increasing traffic volume.
They click not on any link, they read not your article, and in fact they just did nothing to your business. This kind of traffic comes from bookmarking your content on their sites and that’s all you need to receive that spikes in traffic.
Focus on generating good targeted traffic that engage with your business, taking action on your sites, like reading and leaving comments on your articles, joining your email newsletter, clicking the buy button on your offer page etc.
It doesn’t matter if is just 100 visit as long as is targeted at what you’re promoting, better than to drive 10,000 drive by traffic that does nothing to your business.
#4. Thinking That Your Blog Has to Make All The Money.
Consider your blog to be an apartment where you carry out your business transaction. Is not the tools that will generates the cash needed. A blog on its own can’t make money; “you” have to offer some services on your blog that people will be willing to exchange their money with.
Your office apartment can’t just start producing money out of his own without you offering some services in it. So also is a blog, come online with either goods to sell or services to render. Then you’re on your way to making money on the internet.
#5. Believing 10 Posts will Create a Community Around Your Blog.
I don’t know where they got this from, nor do I know if it is the so-called gurus that sold you this handout. I visited forums, bloggers community, and see newbie blogger complaining lack of readership, traffic, earnings and etc.
I tried give a helping hand and ask for blog url what I usually see is most of them have no more than 10 blog post and expected the bloggers and readers communities to flood their post everyday with hundreds of comments.
Take it easy it doesn’t happen that way. You need keep posting regularly and consistency, and promote your content more than you produce it. Stick to the 20/8% blogging rule. But this does not mean your blog should suffer content, blogging is all about great piece of content.
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