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Early Months: Finding Motivation For Your Blog

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Anyone who tells you you can start a new blog and instantly have tons of traffic is lying. If takes time to build traffic. Heck, it takes time just to learn how to target your traffic. If this is your first blog you might think it’s not worth the effort, but I assure you it is. Here hare some tips to help you stay motivated during your early months of blogging.

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Make A Commitment

Give yourself a time frame and make a commitment to give it all you’ve got for that set amount of time. Honestly, it’s going to take at least six months for you to start seeing any large, consistent traffic numbers, so tell yourself you’re going to keep your nose to the grindstone for six months. Make a big red circle around the date if that’s what it takes to help you stay motivated.

Set Realistic Goals

It’s unrealistic to shoot for making a million dollars with your very first blog within the first six months you’re online. If that’s your goal and you haven’t reached it when that six months is up then you’re going to consider yourself a failure and probably give up. But what if, in that six months, you managed to build a blog that was bringing in even $20 a month? That’s $20 you didn’t have before. Obviously you’ve learned something along the way and now all you need to do is learn how to scale your business. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting unrealistic goals.

Set Up A Routine

It’s important to realize that you are going to have days when you feel like throwing in the towel. Everyone does when they’re starting a new business. It’s easier to stay motivated if you have a routine because it gives you something to focus on other than the negative. Start to work the same time every day. Have a list of things-to-do ready and waiting on your desk. Get your coffee and dig in. Don’t allow yourself time to sit and lose motivation.

Make It Interesting

It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re bored to death and if your blog posts are boring to your, they’re probably boring to your readers, too. Find a way to make your blog posts interesting and exciting for you. Don’t just blog about Forex trading guidelines. Why are those guidelines important to you? How do you use them in your life? What do you that different from other Forex traders?

Focus On Your Reader

In the beginning you have no audience and that makes you feel sad and lonely, doesn’t it? Well, that happens to all new bloggers. It also happens to experienced bloggers setting up a new blog. It’s hard to stay motivated and keep writing blog posts when you know there’s no one out there reading.

Pretend you’re blogging to a friend. Not a lot of friends. One friend in particular. If possible, ask that friend to follow your blog and leave comments. But if he doesn’t, write each of your blog posts as if you were talking to this friend across the table. Then you won’t feel like you’re talking to a brick wall and you’ll be much more motivated to keep your nose to the grindstone.

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  1. Marernalmedia

    Leaving a comment because it’s good advice and wouldn’t want any writer to feel lonely. ;) thanks for sharing.

    1. haha, thank you for your comment ;)

      No worries, Dukeo is not a brand new blog and I’m far from being lonely in here.

    2. Maternalmedia

      I guess it would help if I spelled “maternal” correctly in my initial reply! I continued to read your feedback and saw your advice about leaving your real name when you comment. In your opinion, is it bad to leave your brand identity as opposed to your actual name? In my case, maternalmedia as opposed to Heidi? Anyone who stumbles upon my blog can find my name, but I guess I was under the assumption that building a brand (like dukeo) was better. My primary goal is also not generating a ton of link-backs — don’t get me wrong, I would gladly accept them :) — I am simply more concentrated on finding an audience who truly appreciates what I bring to the blogosphere. Again, thanks for your advice.

    3. It’s not bad to leave your brand instead of your name. However, if you use a keyword rich name, and leave a 5 words’ comment, there is a good chance you’ll get flagged as a spammer who just wants a link back and not providing any value to the discussion.

      I like the way Andy and Kenin are doing below: using both a name and their domain. It allows me to relate to them as persons, and not just as brands.

      Another way would be to use your firstname for the first 4 or 5 comments on a blog, then start using your brand when the blog owner is used to your gravatar and knows who you are…

  2. Manumatiasmatos

    You’ve just made my day. Thank you!

    1. Good to hear!

  3. Liz

    This is just what I needed to read today. Thanks.

    1. Great!

  4. Full Time Mum

    This is great, thank you!

    1. You’re welcome!

      Next time, if you want a link back to your blog, try to spend more than 3 seconds writing your comment (and use a real name, not keywords) ;)

  5. Charlotte

    Wow through LinkedIn i have found your blogs and commented on the first one I read. I think this is such good advice I was definitely writing for myself at the beginning and it was very lonely. It has taken 6months but my unique visitors in October were 945 so I know there are people out there and some must be reading the blog.
    It will happen and I love your advice of writing to one trusted friend
    Looking forward to your next blog

  6. Full Time Mum

    I actually wasn’t after a link I genuinely enjoyed the info and wanted to let you know. But thanks!

    1. No problem, I didn’t mean to be harsh. I was just saying. Looking forward for your next comment. ;)

  7. Muhammad Talha

    nice stuff i really enjoyed to read it.

  8. Good stuff. Thanks for the tips. It’s definitely tough to stay motivated in the beginning when you think no one is reading your work.

    Speaking of, got any advice for beginners on how to increase SEO?

    Thank you, and keep it up!

    1. Glad you liked the post Andy!

      I’m currently working on a very long post to help people getting started with SEO. Should be up in less than a week :)

  9. As a new Blogger I truly find these articles encouraging and helpful! Thanks :-)

    1. Thanks for the kind words Kenin!

      Looking forward for your next comment ;)

  10. Marcel

    I really enjoyed this article, very inspiring. Loved the part about the 20$, I think it’s all about starting small and growing permanently with a lot of persistence.

    1. The barrier of entry online is so low that it’s really a bargain to get started… Focus on a few key things, master them, then move onto the next thing. Take baby steps if needed. It’s the best way to do things… Not trying to handle everything at the same time.

  11. Richard Gunstone

    Very useful post. It can sound a bit daunting when you talk about six months before any real visitor numbers start to kick in but at least you are being realistic – saying as it is!
    The idea of writing to a friend or imaginary friend is definitely something I must get in the habit of doing.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Richard!

      That’s the cold hard truth…

      A lot of people are selling the dream that a blog will be setup in 5 minutes and you’ll make mountains of cash from it overnight, but the truth is that building a successful blog takes a LOT of time and hard work.

  12. Anatalie

    Aaahhh! Thanks for that post, it describes how I feel everyday when I write in my blog and no one cares to write a comment. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Don’t give up Anatalie, be persistent and it will work for you!

  13. Comfort

    Bonjour & thanks for the post.I launched my blog last week and i got some motivation from reading your post .Merci