Blogging for almost nine months now, I came to observe some caveats that most bloggers fail to consider. I want to share with you some of the subtle lessons I’ve learned and hopefully guide you in the pursuance of your blogging endeavors. As you aspire to climb your way to success in blogging, consider the following caveats that will fortify your success.
Earning from a blog is not as easy as some “authorities” say. Generating income requires that we invest on the virtues of hard work, honesty and services we give to others. Without giving our prospects something that will be of value to them, our efforts will be in vain. There are dozen of ways to earn money online but there’s one very important factor many bloggers does not take into account: Trust. You don’t just offer something to your audience: you’ve got to earn their trust. You have to take into consideration that you are dealing with people who are dubious when it comes to trusting someone—especially those they don’t know personally; being honest with your motive will gain you an advantage. Putting income as your primary objective will earn you nothing, but helping others with their needs will give you benefits more than you expect.
One of the ancient secret of success is time. By denying time to do its tempering, we will get inferior result. In every method that we use to enhance our blogs, we must remember that time is needed for ideal results to manifest. Being impatient leads to error in judgment—which then leads to inferior results. Notice how many quick schemes proliferate on the web? The people behind these scams take advantage of the common weakness inherent in us all—the propensity for instant gratification. To succeed in every goal we aspire, we must learn to sit, wait and allow our effort to fruit. By following time to do its work, we will clearly see the real picture.
In our wanting to position our blogs to its full advantage we tend to follow the advice of experienced bloggers. But oftentimes, we find ourselves confused as to why the methods we’ve adopted doesn’t elevate our blogs as supposed to. We’ve implemented all the appropriate steps we have learned yet nothing seems to work out. In this situation, we have to remember that the methods we adopt from authorities are in themselves incomplete. There are certain variables that must coincide in order for the method to work, i.e. traffic, authority, uniqueness and trust. To illustrate let me take the example of affiliate marketing. We may learn the best approach, the proper positioning and the appropriate object to endorse. Yet without traffic, our prospects will be few; without authority our endorsement will be doubtful; without trust, our motives will be painted with leeriness; and without uniqueness, it would not catch any attention at all.
A bloggers attitude will decide the destiny of his/her blog. Everything we do with our blogs reflects our character. Not having the appropriate attitude to go with our blogging can lead our efforts to disappointments. There are core attitudes one must adopt in order to withstand the challenges inherent is any pursuit of success. Among the vital are: perseverance, patience, open-mindedness, courage and learning. Without having these powerful attitudes in the very beginning, your chances of success will be very slim. Develop a powerful attitude first; it will be your weapon in dealing with all the hindrances you will face in every journey to success (in this case blogging).
The more human you are in interacting with others, the more they would like to connect with you. Basic human nature tells us that we are more appreciative of the people who give recognition to our value. Unfortunately, there are many blogs out there that treats people like lame, with all their impersonal computer generated response. People like to be treated with importance; extending a sense of recognition to others and they will surely remember you. Being human to other humans will generate us a community of real people.
Whatever our niches are, it is imperative that we consider its usefulness to our audience. People follow you because they expect something to gain, be it information, know-how, experience, wisdom and inspiration. Never betray their expectation by providing low quality and dishonest work. Your blog is only good so long as it can deliver something of worth to your followers. Be useful and you will in indispensable.
Once, I had the perception that blogging is just a matter of writing well and building a cool website. However, as I push through each day, I’ve learned how difficult it was. Finding this unexpected truth, the idea of giving up dominated on my thoughts. But then I realize that I need to learn; and that by only knowing where I err can I make an improvement. And so, I did go on. I hope you will too if you own a blog and want to succeed in it.
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