When we start to blog, most of us don’t have massive goals. Maybe we just want to attract some readers to our blog, even get a few of them to comment on our articles. For many, even these small goals are unachievable, and after only a little while, having seen no results, they simply give up.
Statistics show that most bloggers end up quitting blogging within the first 2-3 months. This is crazy, because it takes time to build blog traffic, it is virtually impossible to achieve great numbers overnight. So it is important to stick with it, and I would say give a blog 6 months before you assess its value to you.
When you stay with it, you will eventually break through the barrier. Your momentum will build and you will start getting descent traffic, build your links, have an impact on the search engines, get regular followers, see good numbers of comments, and get tweets and shares on twitter and facebook.
If you write good, unique content, post regularly, and spend time building relationships on the social networking sites there’s every possibility that you could get a few hundred people or more reading your blog on a daily basis. We all have to start in the same place. Even though I may be getting 500 or so visits a day on my main blog now, in the early days I got virtually nothing. I’d be lucky if 10 people found their way to my blog. This probably lasted for at least 2 if not 3 months.
There is a lot of trial and error when you first start to blog. You have to learn so much, if you want it to work for you. But there are many landmark moments, each of which should give you that little extra motivation to keep going.
- Getting your blog set up successfully
- Writing your first post
- Getting your first comment
- Being linked to by another blogger
- Getting invited to do your 1st guest post
- Reaching a 100 comments
- Achieving 100 visits a day for the first time
- Getting in the alexa top million website rankings
- Making money from your blog the first time
- The first time somebody re-tweeted your blog
The list could go on and on.
In my off line world, nobody blogs, most don’t even know what it is. When I tell people, I blog, they always come back with the words, “What is that?” Then when you start explaining what blogging is, they come back with “What’s the point?”
When I started blogging it was never my intention to make a living from a blog, and I hadn’t considered for a second creating an Internet businesses. I still sometimes shake myself just to make sure I’m not dreaming.
Blogging has developed my life. It has expanded my possibilities in thousands of ways. I read poems, which I would never have dreamed of before, and I love them and the ladies that write them. I read all sorts of things that I would never have come across if it wasn’t for blogging. I’ve met online lots and lots of new people through blogging from all over the world.
The reasons we blog involve anything from simply enjoying the freedom of self expression, to promoting a business.
When I decided to enter the blogging world it was so that I could build upon what I was already doing to help people live more satisfying, healthy, and productive lives. It gave me my stage to empower others with personal development knowledge. It provides me an outlet for my passion.
Blogging has allowed me to build up fantastic, rewarding relationships, I have connected with people from all over the world and learn so much. The interaction you build with other bloggers is so stimulating and I truly enjoy this part and benefit greatly from it. When I first started to blog, I knew almost nothing about blogging. What was amazing to me was how willing other bloggers were to share their knowledge, to help you in any way they could.
Blogging enables me to help people, doing what I love, and it feels incredible. I love writing, personal development and supporting others. Personal development is not only my business, it’s my passion. Blogging goes hand in hand with my desire to make the difference in other people’s lives
More and more people are now utilising the internet and searching for information and looking for answers. They use the internet by browsing search engines to learn new things. It has made it possible for me to carve a niche as an expert in my field by blogging regularly and consistently and. producing quality, unique content. I find this absolutely amazing and motivating as well.
Blogging has also allowed me to get to know myself and develop myself in ways I never would have dreamed possible.
I think it’s my responsibility, especially as my blog has grown, to give my readers a place they can come and feel not only welcome but motivated.