Hey, wannabe full-time blogger! This post is for YOU!
I wish that when I started out blogging that I had someone to guide me along the way but I couldn’t afford a course like the one at Elite Blog Academy, and no one I knew, knew much (or anything at all) about blogging.
So, without further ado, let’s get right into my top tips for overcoming some common blocks to becoming a successful, full-time blogger.
1. Not Having Enough Self-Confidence
You might find there’s a spiritual lesson of expanding your self-empowerment and confidence here. It’s going to be far easier to get your blog off the ground if you develop self-confidence, yet as continue working and your blog begins to grow, your confidence in it and yourself will too.
You might have even been looking at a ton of other blogs and thinking how perfect their writing, ideas, and photos are and how you’ll never be able to compete with them.
Well, remember that these people started out just like you— zero posts, zero views, zero followers, and zero dollars in revenue! They probably just a rough idea about what they’d like to blog about and how to get some traffic.
2. Not Having Any External Support
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Yes, it might have been nice to have someone support you all along the way but if those around you aren’t that way inclined, you’ll have to just get moving on your own.
You don’t need any external support to get this going — I promise. You have everything that it takes to create a super successful, bustling blog within you right NOW.
3. Not Knowing How to Monetize Your Blog
Ok, so you know that plenty of people make an actual, full-time income from blogging, but how on Earth do they actually do it? Many bloggers mention they make money from their blogs, but then many fail to state specifically how they do it.
Well, I created a post listing just some of the many ways you can monetize your blog here.
And I’ve summarised those points in the list below:
- Affiliate commissions from Amazon and other retailers
- e-Book sales
- Program and course sales
- Sale of digital and physical goods
- Consulting and coaching (in person and online or over the phone)
- Sponsored posts
You absolutely don’t have to target all of these monetization methods, especially when you’re starting out. Just pick one and go with it. You can always start adding more as your readership grows.
Income from ads on your blog and affiliate commissions from Amazon, to begin with, are probably the most efficient and effective ways to monetize your blog.
4. Thinking That Your Writing Sucks
Yep! Been there, thought that! Big time.
Thinking that you’re not such a hot writer and that no one will want to read your stuff is probably the single biggest block to actually creating a successful blog.
I used to be great at writing. Honestly. Really great. Up until I was around 22.
Then I got a job as a graphic designer immediately after finishing art school and remained in that field of work until I was 31 when I decided that I wanted to blog full-time about stuff that interested me.
After all, life is short, right?
But when I actually sat down in front of my laptop to crack out my first few posts, I realized that my writing had REALLY gone downhill.
Even my spelling, punctuation and grammar had truly flown out of the proverbial window.
While writing my first ever blog post for Basically Wonderful, I found myself misspelling ‘compilation’ (as compliation) — and that was a huge turning point for me. You see, I hadn’t practiced writing for almost an entire decade and so my ability to write well had greatly diminished.
So I’d like to make a few points here on how you can improve your writing if you don’t think it’s up to scratch.
Take a Writing Class
This might seem pretty obvious, but it didn’t occur to me until about three months after trying to get my blog off the ground!
You can find a ton of great copywriting courses online. You can also find local classes if you’d prefer more personal tuition.
Ask Others for Their Opinions
Genuine friends and loving family members will want to help you out. Ask them to read your posts and let you know what they truly think; do they think your writing is decent enough for general consumption?
Ask them where they think you can improve and try to see it from their perspective and then make any changes to the way you write that you agree with.
Grammarly is free to use and correct SPaG errors while you’re writing in WordPress. It’s absolutely brilliant and spots and corrects my mistakes before I hit the publish button. It’s also totally free to use!
Keep a Clear Head
If you’re prone to eating a lot of junk food or if you like to drink often or you’re a smoker, try reducing or quitting those habits altogether to give your physical and mental health a boost.
Get plenty of fresh air, ground yourself, consider meditating, yoga or exercising often to help you to keep a clear mind.
With more focused and clear thinking, you’ll probably find that creative thoughts will flow more easily to you and you’ll be more inspired and able to create more content for your blog.
5. Forget About Perfection
Perfection can be the single biggest hindrance when it comes to blogging success, which is kind of ironic because, in your quest to put out great content to attract more reads and followers, you achieve less work, and fewer views because perfection is so incredibly time-sucking!
Perfection is honestly pointless and it really won’t allow your blog to grow at a decent, steady pace. Going over your posts dozens of times before hitting publish (or even after you hit publish) is just a total waste of time and energy.
If you think your post looks decent enough and has some genuine value to offer potential readers by solving a problem or otherwise offering some helpful information in some way, then correct spelling 100% of the time and the best photographs on Earth etc are not mandatory for success.
I gave up on perfection a few months into building my blog.
I knew that it would be impossible to achieve perfectly written and presented posts every single time — especially in the limited amount of time that I had set aside each day to work on my blog.
I would often notice myself getting bogged down by so many different things; how good the posts looked, how appropriate the subtitles were, how fitting the images I chose were… Sometimes I’d even lose sleep over it! Please don’t fall into the same trap.
6. Just Get Going
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I could be wrong but I think there might be a common misconception about how every blogger out there who has attained some degree of success must be absolutely over the moon with, or at least, very satisfied with their blog. My guess is that quite a few actually aren’t.
Do I think my blog is the best? Nope!
Am I often a bit dissatisfied with the layout design, my writing, the images I’ve chosen to use, and so on? Totally!
But here’s the thing — and this is super important…
You can always change EVERYTHING up later on once you have some well-written content.
You can change your niche, your photos, edit your copy, your WordPress theme, the categories in your navigation menu, etc. You can change pretty much ALL of it once you have some content up! Nothing is absolutely permanent.
You can even change your domain name! Although I don’t really recommend that because it can impact your search engine rankings for months on end…
…But my point is to just get going without being overly concerned about how everything comes across to your readers.
I’ve found that being authentic and offering helpful information with some relevant and eye-catching photos is usually enough to offer value to my readers.
And by blogging in several niches and having a non-niche specific domain name, if I choose to change my niche later on, or write more about one particular subject, I can easily do that.
Be kind to yourself; pick a niche (or four) that you’re genuinely interested in and have a lot to say about, pick a domain name that isn’t too niche-specific, jot down some post ideas, and just get writing!
You’ll be so excited to see your blog grow! Trust me. And I can tell you that the feeling of that is pretty lovely.
Wishing you blogging success, every day, all the way!