Guest post by Alden Tan…
So you want to become a blogger, get that whole internet lifestyle of passive income, doing what you love and living it up at some beach yeah?
Feeling totally inspired, you start your blog and being the hardworking person that you are, you read up online all the best and proven tactics that can help make your blog soar.
They should work right? I mean, these tips and tricks are by proven people with success!
But hard reality is: They don’t work. Not for you at least.
Maybe you were just overly optimistic, but the internet is riddled with so much information that only real experience and failure can set what is real, and what works for you.
I created this list which was inspired by my own journey as a young blogger. Like a lot of us, I thought it would be easy, or at least not that hard to work a successful blog.
Damn I wish someone told me this when I started out:
The 7 straight-up the truths that hurt
1) Blogging is not easy, not if you are weak.
The journey to blogging stardom can’t be that bad right?
If you treat a blog as a business, like most others, it’s not going to be easy.
You got to be consistent and diligent on your own.
Do you think you can manage something without any form of guidance?
Can you pick yourself up with your own hands when you’re down?
Are you able to think up marketing strategies, creative ideas for blog articles at a constant basis?
Are you ready to FAIL and fall hard to find out what really works for you and your blog?
Trust me, I’ve been at this for 7 months, and the feeling doesn’t make you feel awesome all the time, especially if you took the “quit my job to follow my dream” route like me.
That’s what “being your own boss” truly means.
2) Good content is king, but that doesn’t make for good writing
You got a really awesome topic in mind for an article. It’s meaningful and thought-provoking. And you’re pretty sure many would like it, cause after all, others have blogged about it before so there’s simply no reason why you shouldn’t receive the same amount of attention.
Sadly, that’s not the case.
There are many nuances in writing and blogging that can makes a huge difference in the overall picture.
Think about this: The Lord of the Rings books have more content, but why is it most people would rather watch the movies?
The answer may be obvious, but if it’s so obvious, why is it then there are many blogs with good content yet still struggling to make it big, while the big guys up there have it all?
It all lies in nuances of writing.
In writing, you need to have a unique perspective, your own style and ultimately, the ability to offer readability.
Good content should jump out to the reader, not for them to think and analyze it through first. By then, it’d be too late.
3) Top 10 lists of easy moneymaking tactics aren’t going to work.
You and everybody else started off the same way. You’re enticed by the “ease” of internet marketing and blogging.
Just do a simple Google search and there’d be many articles like, “Top 10 sure-fire techniques to make money in Twitter” or “Make money on autopilot while you sleep”.
And people even SWEAR by those techniques…
…but they aren’t going to bring you the incredible results you hoped for.
What you need to actually do is figure out a way to add value to your readers long-term. You got to create your own brand to stand out. You need to be able to establish a relationship with people and engage them.
You need a strategy, not just spam tactics.
4) You can’t make money with lots of traffic
Well different people have different ways of making money online, but I want to debunk the whole, “If I get 1,000 people to visit my blog, I am pretty sure one or two would buy my eBook” myth.
After all, it’s like 1,000 people walking into a shop, someone’s got to buy something! Right?
Not all traffic can be monetized. You’d be surprised how cold a ton of traffic can be.
And not a single f**k was given.
I actually had a 1000+ visitors day before. Guess what? I got nothing from it. Not a single click on my banners.
There are actually many more important things to focus on in a blog, such as building a list, finding ways to get people to opt-in, writing to add real value, to name a few.
How do you make money then? Check back (2) and (3)
5) It’s going to take a long while for you to succeed
It’s easy to hear about others’ road to success, like how long they fought to succeed and then tell yourself, “I can do that too”.
You read about others’ stories in seconds. Are you ready to work hard for months if not up to a year?
Effort and time go hand in hand, but man, time can really mess you up.
It can drag you down.
It can confuse you as you can’t see the future.
And it can discourage you when you don’t see progress.
So get ready to be patient, because even many of the A-list bloggers out there took a long time too.
6) Not everyone is going to support you, and that actually hurts
Every blogger has their fair share of haters, or generally people who don’t agree with what you have to say.
Now, you may’ve probably read about that before.
But do you think you’re truly ready to handle detractors?
Because honestly, it can actually feel hurtful when you’re on the wrong side of the press.
It’s easy to sit by, and laugh at stupid comments in a flame war in YouTube or some forum, but when it’s directed at you, right under your own comments section, it literally takes things to a personal level.
Because at the end of the day, not everyone shares your vision of your blog, no matter how awesome or free your content is.
And the internet makes it too easy to disregard tact.
This is the part you find your audience.
7) You have to be brilliant to really become whatever you’ve heard about
That blogging is easy and making money online is not a problem.
A fellow blogger inspired me once when he was telling me how hard he worked on his blog.
This stood out, “Unless you’re brilliant, you’re going to need to invest a lot of time and hard work. I am not brilliant”.
So you got to work hard like the rest of us normal folks.
That being said, isn’t that a wonderful thing that all of us can actually achieve greatness with just a little hard work?
[stextbox id="warning" image="null"]GUEST POST by Alden Tan is a rock star blogger who quit his job to follow his dream to be a writer. He blogs about inspiration, and has the uncanny ability to not care about what others think.[/stextbox]