Blogging is a way to earn a decent income online without slaving away at a regular 9-5. However, it is not a hustle that will put millions on the table within the first few months. Some bloggers start to earn from the first month of launching their blog, however, this not a rule but an exception.
Blogging isn’t scientific and no formula or equation will determine how soon and how much you can earn from your blog. While there are thousands of bloggers making a staggering amount of money online each month, there are also millions of bloggers struggling to make their first penny.
Not making enough money or any money from your blog can be demoralizing and frustrating that is why I have compiled a list of things you could do as you go through the “no-money-from-blog” period.
1) Stop blaming yourself
Really, stop it right now. You are not an awful blogger. You are not average. You are very much relevant. You are not at fault. There is nothing wrong with you. I remember when I used to work as a freelancer on Upwork, once I had a proposal rejected; I blamed myself and felt inadequate. All that I got after the blame game was a loss of belief in my abilities.
2) Stop comparing yourself to others
It makes no sense comparing yourself to the bloggers earning thousands of dollars from their blog. For one, your blogging journey is not the same as theirs, and for all you know, they may have been around longer than you. Do not compare your page 1 to someone’s page 100. You will end up depressed and frustrated.
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Rather than comparing yourself to other people, focus on your journey and make it better.
3) Don’t buy into the hype
Stop buying the hype that says “blogging is the easiest way to make money online.” Blogging is ONE OF THE WAYS to make money online. It is not an easy or short route to anything. Most of the successful bloggers you admire put hard work into their blog, they were persistent and consistent.
4) Quit obsessing over it
You stay up all night worried about why your blog isn’t bringing in money. You go out to hang with friends, and all you can seem to wonder about is why you are still broke even after starting a blog. That’s obsession, and it will ruin you. Take a moment to breathe and stop worrying; it fixes nothing. Obsession takes a lot of mental energy and alters life balance. You need to find peace with yourself and accept the fact that things may not always go the way you plan.
5) Be positive
Have a positive mind; no matter the situation you find yourself in, always strive to find the good side. Don’t let frustration make you blind to all the wonderful things that have happened to you so far.
Once you begin blaming yourself for your present situation, negativity and self-sabotage sets in. If you want to earn money from your blog, you have to be in a good and positive place. Affirmations are positive talks that will counteract the negative things you have come to believe about yourself and your business ( blog).
Whenever I pray, I spend a good amount of time speaking positive things that I want. Affirmations will help you actualize your goals and boost the confidence you may have lost in yourself.
7) Define your goal
Are you just blogging without a purpose? Saying you want to be rich from blogging isn’t a goal; it is just a wish. A goal is something you will like to achieve at a specified date. I want $50 by the end of September—that’s a goal.
If you do not have a goal for your blog, I want you to open a notepad and write out what you will love to achieve this week and in a year’s time from your blog?
8) Be Realistic
150 million page views and $10, 000 will not happen in your first month of blogging. Setting goals are great, but you have to be realistic. Although you may not make $10,000 in your first month of launching your blog, you can get 10,000 page views.
9) Break down your goal
Break down your goal into bits and figure out how you will bring them to life. If you want to grow your email list, draw up a plan. How will you promote your blog? What kind of lead magnet will you use? A goal will remain notes in a journal if there’s no plan to bring it to life.
10) Stick to your plan
No matter what happens, stick to your plan. If you have a daily or weekly planner, write down your ideas and hold yourself accountable to it. Successful people are known for sticking to their plans and forging ahead. Being successful comes with a price, are you ready to pay the price?
Your mind is in the right place, and you know what you want. What next?
12) Show up
Show up every single day for the next one year. Do not quit or throw in the towel. I am always wary of starting a new project which I cannot dedicate one year of my life to. Blogging is a project that needs time to yield results.
13) Practice patience
Come to terms with the fact that making an income from your blog will take time. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey. There is no competition, and it is not a race
14) Declutter your blog
In an attempt to make some quick cash, you may have promoted products that you don’t believe in or have any experience with. Once you have defined your goal and understood your path, go through your blog and delete every single post that doesn’t resound with your vision or brand.
15) Find an accountability buddy
Stop trying to do it all alone. Find someone who will keep you accountable throughout your journey. Someone who will check in on you and offer you advises when needed. Don’t have one? Join supportive Facebook groups and connect with other bloggers.
This phase is all about growing your blog, increasing views and converting readers.
16) Engage with your existing readers
People will buy from you if they like you. Focus on building a relationship with your current readers. Engage with each reader that comments on your posts; build a relationship, provide valuable contents for free and earn your readers trust.
17) Guest post on other sites
Want other people to hear what you have to say? Try guest posting on other websites. It will surprise you to learn that there are lots of blogs looking for people to submit original articles. While some pay for these submissions, other just grant you good exposure.
18) Comment on other blogs
Commenting on other people’s posts is one of the ways you can gain exposure and reach a new audience. When commenting on other blogs, leave good feedbacks and be ready to engage with other readers who reply to your comments.
19) Choose a different monetization strategy
If you have been using CPC ads like AdSense and the likes without results, you should look into affiliate marketing or direct selling. If one type of monetization fails, try another one.
Survival mode. What can do to earn money in the meantime?
20) Pick a side hustle
Blogging is not the only way you can make money online. Try doing something on the side to cover your expenses while you wait for your blog. Asides from blogging, freelancing is a good way to earn a decent income. I was able to make $13k in Upwork without having any experience. The best part of freelancing is this; for every post you write, you will get paid.
21) Celebrate small victories
No matter how small it is, celebrate whatever success you recorded on your blog weekly. Did you get one new subscriber? Celebrate it!
22) Be Grateful
Gratitude goes a long way and makes everything appear better. Before you go to bed, list 5 things you are grateful for (make sure to include your blog) You will wake up feeling happy and motivated to tackle the days’ task.