10 Ways To Be A Successful Long-Term Blogger
January 17, 2008
After a certain period of time, you might experience blogging burnout. Everyone goes through it at some point, and how you handle it determines if you will be a successful blogger in the long-term or not. Blogging burnout can include losing hope, running out of ideas, or even simply a lack of interest. You’re not going to make money online and be successful by just quitting and giving up, because that is the main reason why bloggers fail. Instead, you need to learn how to conquer your setbacks if you ever want to get anywhere.
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1. Choose a topic you enjoy and know a lot about. Think about it. Blogging takes plenty of effort and writing about the niche you have chosen. To keep this up and not lose interest, you’re going to need to write about something you like. And to be able to continuously produce content, you need a topic where you won’t run out things to write about.
2. Think about where you’ll be in the future. Some people start blogs and never think about what’s going to happen in three months, in six months, or even in a year or more. Do you see yourself losing hope at any point, or getting bored? If you do, it’s time to rearrange your priorities or choose a different niche.
3. Set goals for yourself. Blogging goals are very important to encourage you to move on and to help you get where you need to be. Set goals with deadlines, and try your hardest to meet them. Make sure those resolutions aren’t too easy so there is a challenge, but be realistic as well. Take a look at some other blogs you like, and see how long it would take you to accomplish what they have accomplished. Set your goals accordingly, and work hard.
4. Celebrate when you reach a new milestone. Getting discouraged is one of the biggest reasons why people give up. Blogging is not, and I repeat NOT, a get rich quick scheme. It does take a lot of work. To stay encouraged, celebrate or treat yourself whenever you accomplish a goal or a new milestone. If you’re putting in a lot of effort, you deserve to be proud of your successes!
5. Create a schedule for posting. Another big problem new bloggers have is posting erratically. One week there might be twelve posts, and the next week there might be one. You’ll never get loyal readers if you can’t be a loyal writer. Think about how much time you’re able and willing to spend blogging, and set up a realistic post schedule. Will you post three times a week, or even once or twice a day? Make sure you pick a schedule and stick to it!
6. Work hard. Work on creating exposure for your blog and increasing your blog’s traffic. Those two things, apart from writing excellent content, are very important. If all you do is read other blogs, check your statistics ten times an hour, and play games when you’re online, you’re not going to get anywhere. Building up a blog and your brand takes work and time, which you’re going to have to be willing to commit to.
7. Network and interact with other bloggers. If you’d like to be successful and avoid losing hope, you need to develop relationships with other bloggers. If you have blogging friends, that means you have loyal readers, people who will link to you, and people who will help you out when you need it. If you don’t have a single other blogger you can turn to, you’re going to lose hope pretty quickly.
8. Don’t disappoint yourself. Blogging isn’t easy, and you can’t make money online unless you spend plenty of time working and know what you’re doing. Quit checking your statistics and earnings every hour, because that’s not what matters yet and you’re only going to disappoint yourself. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers and don’t just sit back and hope for the best. Write new content all the time and promote your blog!
9. Figure out what inspires you. If you can’t be inspired, you’re going to lose motivation quickly. In order to be successful in the long-term, you need to know what inspires you and learn how to constantly think up new ideas and find things that keep you going.
10. Sometimes, you just need to take a break. If you’re going through a blogging burnout where you feel like you’ve lost all hope or can’t think of any ideas for new posts, sometimes all you need is a break and a getaway from all that stress. Whether it be one day away from the computer and doing the things that relax you the most, or a week’s vacation to one of your favorite places, sometimes it just helps. Getting away for a little while doesn’t mean your blog is going to be doomed to failure – you can write articles and timestamp them to post in advance, or get a trusted friend to write for you in the meantime. And when you get back from your absence, you’ll feel very refreshed and probably already have dozens of new ideas.
Like mentioned before, everyone suffers from an intense lack of hope or severe writer’s block at one point in time, sometimes even more than once. But to be successful you need to have a long-term focus and never give up. The longer you blog, the more you learn, and the easier it gets. What tactics do you use to be a successful long-term blogger?