Blogger Exhaustion: How To Keep The Ball Rolling After 6 Months
Somewhere around the six-month mark most bloggers start feeling like this “Slow and steady wins the race” stuff is all a bunch of malarkey and “Patience is a virtue” is the stupidest thing they’ve ever heard. They’ve been blogging their little fingers to the bone for half a year now and there’s still barely a trickle of traffic. And income? Well, let’s not even go there. But take heart, keep a stiff upper lip and all those other hokey little motivational quotes. Success is just around the corner.
Why You Need To Quit Whining And Get Back To Work
If you’ve been publishing a post every day since you started you now have 182 different paths searchers can use to find your blog. Just 6 months ago you had zero.
If even one person has shared one of your posts one time, you now have 183 different paths. If 10 people shared 10 posts, you have 193 paths. If 10 people each shared 2 posts, you’re at 213. If any of the people they shared with also shared your link your pathways have increased exponentially.
If you’ve been writing a new blog post every day since you started, chances are your writing skills have improved. The content you produce now is much more engaging and useful than the content you produced in the beginning, which means your chances of readers sharing your content are increasing along with your skills.
In the grand scheme of things, at six months your blog is still a baby, but you’re also at a turning point. This is the point where most bloggers either give up or finally get serious about building a business. And that’s why success really is just around the next corner. You honestly need to make a conscious decision that you’re going to build a blogging business if you ever hope to be successful.
Stay Motivated by Setting Specific Goals
Where are you now and where do you want to be six months from now? Specifically. The time for generalities like “I want to make money with my blog” and “I want to have thousands of visitors every day” is long gone.
- How much money – exactly – do you want to be making with your blog six months from now?
- How do you want to make that money? Promoting affiliate products? Promoting your own products or services?
- Exactly what type of traffic will you need to attract? Where will you find this traffic? If it’s organic traffic, you’ll need to do keyword research and learn about SEO. If it’s social media traffic, from which networks and have you joined them yet?
- Exactly what products will you promote?
The key is to determine your long range goals and then to break them down into small, achievable, short-term goals. And you’ll need to set these goals for every area of your business.
One of the reasons bloggers get that 6-month itch is because they don’t have any specific goals. Setting goals and then monitoring your progress lets you see that you’re not just spinning your wheels, you really are on the pathway to success. Now you feel motivated to continue because you know it’s coming up just around the next corner.
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