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Blogging Traps: You Need to Avoid These 5

Steven 4 responses Blogging

Blogging looks easy, right? You just sit down at your computer and start typing, and people start following your blog and leaving cool comments and pretty soon everybody’s buying whatever it is you’re trying to sell and… Wrong! The path from Point A to Point B is different for every blogger and it always has unexpected twists and turns. Here are five blogging traps you need to avoid, right off the bat, if you hope to be successful.

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Anyone Can Make Money With A Blog

Think about this statement. If it were really true that anybody can make money with a blog, then everybody would be doing it. But they’re not, now, are they? When you start any kind of a new job, even if it’s a field you’ve been working in for years, there’s always a training period. If you’ve never had a blog before, and you’ve never worked in marketing or communications, then you’re going to have a lot to learn before your blog starts making money. Anyone can make money with a blog, that’s true. But only if you’re willing to do the work.

In Just A Few Short Weeks…

Nobody builds a successful, long-term, sustainable business in just a few short weeks. Once your blog is established and you’re bringing in large, predictable amounts of traffic, you may come up with a marketing idea that nets you a lot of money “in just a few short weeks.” But first you’ll have to spend quite a bit of time generating that traffic.

Just Follow My Step-By-Step Plan

No matter how well-written those “how to” guides are, your blogging journey won’t follow that same path. Technology changes too quickly, trends come and go, traffic swings left and right and that other blogger’s level of experience and skills is completely different than yours. That system may very well work, but be prepared for a few plot twists. If you’re not, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

You Can Work Whenever and Wherever You Want

Here we go again… Your blog is your business and you have to give it your complete, undivided attention if you want to be a success. You can blog on the beach if you want to but chances are you’ll be distracted. You can take a week off it you want to but don’t expect your readers to be there when you get back. In other words, blogging is a full-time J.O.B.

All Blogs Make Money

Even the most successful bloggers who’ve built dozens of money-making blogs still build blogs that are duds. Donald Trump still makes poor investments, too. Not all blogs make money. Advertisers go out of business over night. Trends change every time the wind blows. You can’t always predict a winner.

These ideas are all blogging traps. They lead you to believe that if you just follow the straight and narrow you’re going to be making money hand-over-fist in just a few weeks. But every blogger faces obstacles in their path, pitfalls that make you feel like a failure because everyone else is doing it – why can’t you?

Well, you can do it. You just need to move carefully around the traps and be prepared to do the work to carve out your own path.

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  1. Ryan Biddulph

    Super points Steven because my experience resonates with your post.

    Imagine that you are opening a corner store when you start blogging to make money. If you closed shop for even 1 or 2 days in the beginning you would be in trouble. Take a week off and your corner store goes under.

    Same deal with your blog. It is your corner store and you need to work at it, day after day, for hours daily, to see any money from your efforts.


    1. Totally true, Ryan!

      The first weeks, months, years are the most demanding… You should put as much energy as you can in your blog’s growth.

  2. Tim Gillette

    This is dead on.

    So many people from blogs to websites to anything have preached and told you success is not a luck thing, You have to work for it.
    There is not instant formula, it takes time and you must find your own groove..

    Love this

    Rock on

    1. Thanks for your comment Tim! Blogging is not a “get rich quick” thing. It requires a lot of work and dedication…