Have you ever had to deal with being frustrated as a blogger? If you have been doing this for any amount of time you have probably faced this once or twice. It happens to the best of us. It usually happens when we are working so hard to achieve the massive results that other bloggers have experienced. It doesn’t help when you hear about their 6 or 7 figure paychecks. That’s like pouring salt on an old wound. It hurts. You wonder what’s wrong with you and why can’t you be the successful mom blogger that you see on the Internet.
I wrote this post to tell you that Blogger frustration will come. I have my days. However, the way you deal with it will determine your success. Let’s take a look at some common Blogger frustrations.
- Little to no income for a year or more
- Small email list
- Not enough traffic
- Not enough affiliate sales
- Common blogger Frustration
- No one is clicking on your Adsense ads
I am going to share with you 10 tips that could end your frustration. Better yet, ease the pains in your blogging journey.
Take a Breather to Regroup
Allow yourself to get upset and feel those feelings. But do not stay in that mindset. You’ve given your time and sacrifice to the tasks so you might as well keep going. It wouldn’t make sense to quit.
Go and forget about your blog for a moment. Have a coffee. Go see a movie. Do something you would normally do when you have a bunch of spare time. Let’s face it as stay at home moms we use our spare time to blog.
Watching tv and playing games on my phone is my favorite pass time when I have the extra moments outside of blogging, housework, and tending to the children. I am more likely to do something like that. Even a little shopping helps.
Realize a Blog is not a Product
In my perspective other bloggers make it seem like a blog is a product. There is so much time given to advising bloggers to choose brand colors, beautifying your blog, and continuous writing. All of these things are good when it comes to how others see your blog when they visit. Writing great articles is a must for any blogger. And you should be writing on a consistent basis, but without a clear direction it can seem like you are writing and getting no where.
To make a profit you must sell something.
Learn About the Area You’re Stuck in from a Business Professionals
I don’t listen to a lot of bloggers who teach blogging these days. I have my favorites. However, I do listen to entrepreneurs and business professionals that are financially successful in their online businesses. Why? I want to learn their secrets. Often times they will reveal a lot of business secrets in their webinars. Ever been on one? Here’s an example. I can not remember this man’s name, but he is an online retailer. He taught a webinar on traffic and how he uses blog posts as a gateway for people to buy from him. He found that people trust blogs. He had more conversions from his blog posts than any other method he used to get people to buy his products.
His methods were unconventional and I use them. This means when I want to bring traffic to an important blog post I run an ad. Most bloggers won’t do this, but I have been very successful at achieving more traffic using this method. My budget is small, but I still invest in my business in this way.
By learning something from experienced business professionals I learn new systems. New systems equals new inspiration, new implementation, and results.
Hiring a coach is the furthest from most bloggers mind. They believe it isn’t necessary to hire someone to teach you how to blog because there is so much information on the Internet already.
A coach will not teach you how to blog. They will give you strategies and plans for you to implement. They will talk you off the ledge when you want to quit. Hiring a coach is like hiring a boss that can give you a plan. Your mind can get in your own way. You could end up spending your time doing activities that are not profitable for your blog without the proper direction. I highly recommend that all bloggers hire a coach or a content strategist to help give you a clear path in your blogging journey.
Create a Product
I believe that all bloggers should research and develop their own information product or service.
After having so many blog posts you now need to turn them into a book to sell or a small course that teaches what you know in detail.
Your product does not have to be anything huge or will take a lot of time to create. Here’s a hint: if you create an eBook that sells well on Amazon you will be seen as someone that is credible in your business. Books still carry a lot of weight in any industry. Why? Most people who want to write a book will not take action. It makes you stand a part from others in your industry. In a nutshell, you will seen as someone who really knows their stuff. Guess where I learned this from? I learned this from Bob Proctor’s business coach. Remember, I listen to other business professionals that are not Bloggers.
Remember Why You Started Blogging
This has always helped me when I felt frustrated with the results that I wanted. My husband always helps me with any struggles by telling me to remember why I started blogging.
Change What You’re Doing
If you have been doing the same things for at least 90 days and you are not seeing results, it is time to look the activities you’re doing. You could be missing some key elements. You might need to change what you’re doing. For example if you are tweeting all the time and not getting any traffic you could have followers that are not interested in your content or you could not be tweeting enough. Consistent tweeting of my content plus supplemental content from others has helped me gain over 3,000 followers in one year. Seems like a small jump but it is a lot to me.
Do Something You Have Never Done
I know many Bloggers who have never run a Facebook ad or gotten on Periscope for more exposure to their blog. Learning a new mode of promotion will give you a new goal on how to leverage the platform thereby giving you a creative spark. This always works for me. If I try something for a couple of weeks to see if I like it I will come up with tons of ideas on how to make it work for me. You might need to do the same. Think of it this way: repurposing your content in new ways can bring you more exposure.
Look at the Progress you Have Already Made as a Blogger
Sometimes it helps to see how far you are coming along in your blogging journey. Compare your past traffic with the traffic you are getting now. If you find you are getting a lot of traffic from a particular source then make it a point to master a particular platform. Use all the features. Tap in to everything that is available to you.
Listen to Motivational Speakers
Have your own pep rally. I hype myself up by listening to certain people that have had the same struggles, even though they may have been in completely different businesses. It gives me hope to continue.
I certain hope you can take away at least one thing from this list that can help you end the frustrating feelings many bloggers run into in their journey. If it’s money you’re looking for make a goal of making one dollar. When you figure out how to do that go further. Sometimes having smaller goals will help.
Let me know if this post was helpful to you in the comments.