If you are a blogger or you are intent on building up your own blog, no doubt you’ve read time and time again that if you keep at it and get through those times when your blog is very quiet and there is little to no activity, you will inevitably reap the rewards for doing so.
After all, if you’ve spent months creating good or great content, don’t you deserve to at least now have a “buzzing” blog, which is getting a ton of comments in reply to many of your posts? Where would the motivation come from to continue if you are not seeing regular feedback in the form of comments (or at least visitor count) for all your efforts?
Or indeed, if you are intent on making an income if you are not seeing any cash flow for your time investment. Let’s face it, there are much easier ways to make money than working a blog! Or at least in the early days, weeks, and months that is surely the case.
There have been times in the past 11 months since I first started this blog (just prior to the Warrior Forum 40 Day Challenge) when I’ve wondered is it really worthwhile continuing. After all, visitor levels have not increased that much to what they were within the first couple of months (which is my own “fault”).
On the other hand, some of my posts have attracted a lot of interaction, which is always a good thing of course. But many posts do not attract interaction. It’s important to get a sense of which type of posts will encourage comments and which type of posts will not. That way you will know in advance what you are in for and you will not feel demoralized when the comments are not so free-flowing.
So, how is it that my blog has not increased much in visitor numbers, but I’m still keen on building it and trying to better it? It’s not because I had a wonderful early insight that one day I’d make an insane income from it, that’s for sure! I used to believe that and did in fact have another blog on the go before this one. It failed miserably because I had little idea and little true focus on where to take it.
Up until about 2 to 3 months ago, I was very much focused on SEO as you no doubt know. And even if you are merely working on a few sites for SEO, it can be very time-consuming. Even if you are outsourcing some of that work and using SEO tools for the rest of it, it can still take a lot of time and focus, and it’s very draining of energy levels, which can then bring about something of a tunnel or blinkered vision.
A lot of your innate creativity is limited and not at all free-flowing. And we all have some ability for creativity if we know how to search for it (often it’s best not to search for it but let it flow “naturally”, but that is easier said than done because the act of searching can come out of sheer desperation).
That’s not to say I will not be discussing SEO on the blog here. I’ll have more time to read up on “new events” occurring in the world of SEO (with particular emphasis on Google), and I still feel that I can offer up some good and relevant opinions on the subject matter and not merely hot air which does happen a lot in the world of SEO commenting and line of thought.
I’m now taking something of a different direction in my career online, and it’s not at all something I would have even considered a few months ago or even a few weeks ago. But I sense that – apart from it is hard work, it’s going to be a lot of really good fun too.
And I’ve made up my mind that even if I’m only just getting by with regards to an income made either online or offline – even if I am only able to pay my basic monthly bills and be able to afford a few meals out and perhaps the odd cigar and bottle of red wine icon wink Are Your Blogging Efforts Paying Dividends?
Keep at it and they Will! ($1,500 to $2k US per month is really fine for that and provides a very good quality of life where I currently reside in Kuching, Malaysia), then as long as I’m having fun doing what I do almost every day, then this is the most important thing to focus on and not on where the money is going to come from.
By taking this line of thinking, providing you have a base income that is just about enough to pay your bills (whether that income is from a j o b or from your own internet marketing efforts or whatever), you are freeing yourself up to taking on other opportunities and to carving out a different mindset which may – up till now – have actually been a hindrance to your income levels.
If you are so fully focused on making money, then you are going to be missing out on many other opportunities which may actually prove to be a lot more successful and a lot more lucrative. And I sense that this is only just now dawning on me.
I sense a bit more freedom with regards to being chained down to the “make more money” mentality (many if not most of us first enter the internet marketing world with the idea that we will make a ton of money and don’t really care too much as to exactly how, even if it means occasionally treading on other people’s toes), and instead, its more about the “enjoy my online work” mentality.