Early Months: Finding Motivation For Your Blog
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.
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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