So you might interested in starting a blog and if you’re like me then pinterest probably got you super pumped and excited, thinking you were going to be making some money after a couple of months.
Well I have to tell you that is just simply not true. I get a rather small, but steady amount of traffic to my blog but I can you that I haven’t made anything in the last six months when I started my blog. Not for a lack of trying either but that it is simply a lot harder than you think and someone needs to be honest about it. There might be a selective few who do really well and maybe they do make some decent money but I’m going to tell you that I am not one of them.
Thankfully everyone who views my blog seems to really love it and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. But unless you’re going to quit your day job and dedicate yourself to making a blog work I just don’t see how it’s possible for you to make any money in the first year.
I am a fairly realistic person so I didn’t by any means think I was going to be rolling in the cash by now but I also thought that maybe I would have seen some growth. But my problem is not that I’m not a great creator (I do pride myself in my work so I know I’m at least pretty good) but that I am inconsistent. One of the most important things you can do for your blog is be consistent. Unfortunately I work three jobs and go to school so I don’t have the luxury of sitting down a few hours a day and creating posts as much as I would like. I try to keep it on a schedule but life has a way of happening.
So what have I learned?
- Be patient
If it’s one thing I have a lot of it’s being patient. And most people don’t have that. You have to understand that unless you are shoving your blog in people’s faces 24 hours a day then you will probably have a hard time with growth. Success never happens overnight.
2. Have a niche
So super important for any blogger. My niche is that my site is a lifestyle blog, has been since day one. But maybe you aren’t into talking about your personal life, telling people advice or tips on how to lose weight. Maybe you are into travel, or reading. Or maybe you like pottery. Just know that yes, while there is a group of people for everything, not everything is going to attract the kind of attention you want.
3. If you’re doing this only for the money then stop right now
For me, I didn’t just get into this because I had hoped to make money. Money would be nice if I could make it but for now this is okay. I love writing and I love being able to share my knowledge with others who need it. Otherwise why would I even continue doing what I do. But if you bought into the whole get rich quick idea that pinterest or other bloggers have convinced you of then you need to shut your blog down right now because you are in it for all the wrong reasons.
Social Media is your friend.
Use Social media like it’s no one’s business. You will find that you will get so much more traffic with it and maybe, just maybe you can see some pennies on your adsense page. You know who uses social media, just about everyone. So that is a tool to succeed. Use it! Millions and millions of people use Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. Take advantage!! I know I try to spam my social media as much as possible.
So look, maybe you are looking to start a blog or maybe you just started one. If you’re feeling discouraged, don’t. I have been there plenty of times in the last six months and I have to keep reminding myself that lack of success does not mean you have failed…yet. It just means you need to keep trying until you do.