The biggest struggles of bloggers and how to deal with them

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Hello dear bloggers,

Blogging is hard work! Maybe you’ve heard this a thousand times, but It’s true! I have been blogging since 2015 and unfortunately my blog is yet “under construction”. It’s so hard to have enough time for writing, keeping the social medias and constantly searching of HOT TOPICS. Furthermore, nobody knows you 😀 Your blog is just one of the rest blogs. There are so many blogs LIKE YOURS and your blog it’s not special. Before I give you ideas how to deal with the biggest struggles, I’ll share with you some advantages and disadvantages of blogging.

The bright side of blogging

To be a blogger is the worst thing in the whole world! No, I’m just joking! To be a blogger is the best thing that you can imagine. You can share with others your point of view or write reviews. If you’re an expert in any field you should definitely have a blog. The main advantages are:

  • branding yourself;
  • earn money if you monetize your blog;
  • work closely with brands;
  • collaboration with other bloggers;
  • opportunity to become famous;

The dark side of blogging

Many bloggers have so wrong expectations. They think that the results come instantly. I mean blogging is hard work and it takes time! You have to be ambitious and concentrated in order to be a sucessful blogger.

  • competition is everywhere;
  • invest money – for example to have own blog you have to buy domain and hosting;
  • feel under pressure;
  • you don’t have enough time for your family and friends;
  • no time for rest;

Struggle 1: You have no niche

When you don't have niche

Imagine you’re shopping – you have a choice to visit the best pastry shop with the best cakes OR you can visit shopping mall with everything. In the shopping mall you probably will be lost and you will be more confused. Things are simillar in the blog sphere – if you are an IT geek you might be follow blogs and websites in these niche in order to know latest technology and innovations. Bloggers might be provide you professional tips or they might be working with the IT companies to launch their IT products. For example, to know what happens in social medias I always check it out – www.socialmediaexaminer.com  For me they are one of the best websites about digital marketing and social medias. By the way don’t miss their report!

Solution 1: Finding the right niche

Yeah, maybe this is so hard for every blogger, but first you should to know what are you passionate about? This is the most important question to ask yourself. Everything is passion! If you are a great chef I’m sure you will have a great food blog with lots of recipes and helpful articles. Passion keep you being motivated and will “protect” you from giving up. First of all, blogging should be like a hobby. In the beginning don’t think about monetization or others way to earn money. Why? Because you will lose focus on your blog. Just have fun! 😛 My advice to you is don’t think about statistics in Google Analytics. I mean – don’t analyze your traffic or visitors or something else, because you will be very confused. In the beginning write just for fun, even nobody wants to read your shits. Big deal! Don’t be sad and don’t forget that every sucess comes later. Before you find the right niche you have to find your passion. 

  • What are your hobbies – think about what you do in your spare time – knitting, reading, and etc. 
  • Combine your talents – if you’re a great writer and also a movie zombi, why don’t you try to write a movie review.
  • Trying new things – don’t be afraid to try something new. For example, a new sport activity, learning a new language, and etc. As a result you could surprise yourself by discovering a new skill.  It’s sounds exciting, right!
  • Get out of your comfort zone – beat your fear, for instance you can try extreme sport or if you’re a terrible dancer go to disco and dances all night!
  • Travelling – if you need to “recharge your battery” travelling is the best options. New places, new culture, new food, I’m sure you will definitely full of energy.
  • Follow your curiosity – be a child! Always ask and never give up! Always looking for answers.
  • Explore your artistic side – learning a musical instrument, enroll in art classes, acting classes, and etc.

How to find your passion

Struggle 2: Nobody reads your blog

Nobody reads your blog

Next struggle is that your audience don’t read you. Sounds familiar, right? You’ve spent over 1-2 hours to write your thoughts and in the end nobody reads what you wrote. It’s not cool! You’re going to think that you’re not a good blogger. But this is not true! Actually, every thing in this life takes time! Take a breath! The key is CONSISTENSY! Write like nobody’s reading you! Reveal your soul, reaveal your point of view, and don’t worry that you have only 2 Facebook likes or only 1 sharing in Pinterest! The more you practice, the better you are. Don’t give up!

Solution 2: Think like a reader. Think like  Google

Be a reader of your own blog! First of all, think about your content! Your content is your face! If your face isn’t pretty put on makeup! 😛 Make your writing more interesting to read. Some secrets of good writing:

Secrets of good writing

Next step is to think like a Google! Yep, that’s right!

What does your readers search for? – is the main question that you have to ask yourself. And of course the one answer is Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a powerful tool. If you want to be a successful blogger you have to understand all metrics.

First off, understand Audience —> Demographics  if you’re running a new product or service you should definitely know about age, sex, location of your audience.

Audience —> Behaviour – try to understand the report of New vs. Returning visitors

Acquisition—> Traffic  analyze different traffic sources (search traffic, referral traffic, direct traffic, campaigns)

Don’t forget which is the most relevant social media for your website, for example – through Facebook my website generate the most visits.

And now let’s talk about SE…SEO! 😀 SEO is changing constantly each year, so stay informed with latest Google updates. ALWAYS! 

Even you’re the best blogger in the entire world, if you don’t know the basics of SEO, unfortunately your website will be on 2nd, 3th or etc. page in Google! How pity! If you want a successful blog you have to read a lot about SEO. Many bloggers are confused about“How long should my blog post be?” And the answer is “It depends”. It depends on the niche, topic and audience. If you know that your audience is teenagers you probably should write shorter. They hate long posts and don’t want to waste time. Be more focus as a writer. The key of good blog post is to be not too short, not too long. Why? Because some searchers aren’t looking for long content! For example If I need information when Jennifer Aniston was born I dont’need article with more than 2000 words. I need just shorter answer. Of course, experts advised us to don’t underestimate the length of the blog posts. According to them the best post’s length is 2000 words! 

SEO Tips for a successful blog

Some SEO tips for a successful blog:

  • page titles;
  • meta description;
  • high quality of your content;
  • internal linking;
  • use H1, H2 and H3 header tags;
  • keywords;
  • image optimization;
  • get links from other websites;
  • DO NOT COPY YOUR CONTENT, because you will be banned from Google.

Struggle 3: Don’t earn money

Many bloggers said Blogging is my hobby, I don’t wanna earn money. I write just for fun.”  OK, it’s your right! Unfortunately, even you’re the best writer in the whole world and you adore to do this, one day you just give up! Why? Because you’re getting tired and you’re searching for a new hobby – maybe knitting, gardening, cooking, etc. And your blog will be replace from your new passion. You will forget about blogging when you don’t achieve any success. BUT if your MAIN goal is ONLY to make money, you definitely have to give up from blogging! As I said, don’t forget to have fun while writing.

Solution: Search different ways to monetize your blog

Before to choose the BEST WAY to monetize your blog, try to set clear goals in the beginning in order not to be disappointed.

  • set clear rules – for example – 3 months after my start as a blogger I will try to find ways to monetize my blog;
  • choose the best way for monetization – paid publications, affiliate marketing, Google AdSense, paid review, sell e-courses, sell eBooks;
  • define how much you want to earn per month/per year – if you have a clear goal you will know how hard have to work;

In order to achieve any success you have to choose the best way of monetization. There are different ways to monetize your blog:

  • Affiliate marketing – if you have a fitness blog it will be easy to sell fitness equipment. Selling this type of products you can earn small commission. It’s passive income and depends on your readers, but it’s worth to try it! Many bloggers promote Amazon products through Amazon Affiliate Program
  • Google AdSense – many bloggers think this is the easiest way to earn money. Actually, they are wrong! Yes, it’s not hard to be approved, but if you don’t have HUGE TRAFFIC, I mean really HUGE, it will be difficult to generate any income.
  • sell eBooks – if you are a good writer why don’t you write an eBook? Share your expertise with your audience, use your blog to promote it and maybe it will be a good idea to advertise in Facebook or other social medias.
  • sell e-courses – nowadays everyone wants to be successful and e-courses are a good option to learn something new. Yeah, I know there are so many free courses, but if you try to give more than others you definitely succеed.
  • sell digital products – you can sell useful videos, resources, printable art (I’m trying to sell printable art in Etsy. Check it out 🙂 )
  • sell ad space on your own blog – if you have a successful blog why don’t you sell free ad space on companies who want to advertise. Don’t forget that your content has to be high quality.
  • sell products – you can build online store in your blog. If you are a healthy blogger with a lot of articles about healthy lifestyle, you can sell products related with this.
  • become a consultant – if you are guru in your field you can sell your knowledge as a consultant. Promote yourself and build your personal brand.
  • sponsored posts – sometimes companies are interested in your blog and want to promote their products or services. It’s a good way to earn money.
  • accept donations – yeah, many blogs who provide interesting and useful things have option for donation. Why not!

10 ways to monetize your blog

Don’t limit yourself to try ONE WAY for monetization, my advice is to combine different ways. Analyze your audience, think like them and make the best decision.

Struggle 4: Don’t have enough inspiration

Blogging is like a magic! Sometimes appear, sometimes disappear! Sometimes you feel like the best PRO, sometimes you’re just a LOSER with a blog 😀 One of the main reasons why you don’t have enough inspiration are:

  • fatigue;
  • you don’t have skills and knowledge;
  • no time for writing and reading.

Solution: Get inspired

In one of my recent article How to generate ideas for blog posts [a helpful guide for every blogger]

I shared with you some creative technics for more inspiration. For example, Brainstorming, Freewriting, Mind Map, Google suggestion, trends in social medias, and etc. Try to be inspired every day:

  • learn new things;
  • meet new people;
  • visit different kind of events;
  • read different genres books;
  • think out of the box;
  • try to look at from a different perspective;

How to get inspired

When a man try anything for the first time, his brain is getting unstuck.

 

Struggle 5: Don’t have enough time

Sounds familiar, right! Work, kids, blog, other engagements… and so little time! Don’t panic I have solution for this 😀

Solution: Better time management

Create a habit. Before you sleep. Before you go to work. After kids go to sleep. My advice to you is to create your own time for your blog. Just for you and your thoughts. Think not only for writing and blog posts, think about your presence in social medias, how to get more traffic, how to monetize your blog, and etc. Don’t think only AS A BLOGGER, think AS AN OWNER OF A SMALL BUSINESS.

Forget about “I don’t have enough time” – no, you have time! You don’t have desire or you just lazy. Even you work on your blog 30 min it will be OK.

Motivate yourself – when I’m too motivated I don’t feel fatigue. My brain is going like a machine.

Deadline – if you have clear deadline, you definitely will be more concentrated and focused on your daily tasks. It took me around 2 years of blogging to set my own deadline. Believe me, it’s hard in the beginning, but then it’s going easy. 

Turn off social media notifications while you’re working – Oh, yes! Please, turn off everything!

Think only FOR ONE THING – for example, today I’m gonna think only for presence in social medias, tomorrow I’m gonna think about blog post, and etc. Otherwise, everything in your mind will be CRASH!

Conclusion

I hope this article will help you as a blogger! Don’t give up and move on!

Please, share in comments your personal struggles as a blogger and how to deal with them.

Best regards,

Jane

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79 thoughts on “The biggest struggles of bloggers and how to deal with them”

  1. Time management was definitely something I struggled with when I first started blogging and honestly — I still struggle with it. Working a full-time job and keeping up with blogging and social media is also lik ea full-time job. I find having a schedule really helps!

    Great post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

  2. I find that writing with no results or traffic is one of the hardest part of being a blogger. I have so many days when I see at the end of the day there have been no visits to my blog in Google Analytics. I have recently decided to stop looking at Google Analytics for a month or two. Glad to see that you make the same points.

  3. As a personal blogger well you need I to work more on good and nice topic and also the themes it should be unique and creative nice article !

  4. This is such a great post! “Blogging is like a magic! Sometimes appear, sometimes disappear!” I couldn’t agree with you more. Writer’s block is such a huge problem for me and there are times that nothing really comes. But you are right. We should never give up and keep moving forward!

  5. Jane, thanks for putting up this epic post. Love the content and the quality of information. I find that in order for me to blog, I’ve got to be passionate about my subject matter. When I am passsionate, all the work is. It work at all, but a labor of love. Xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence

  6. Great post, thanks for sharing! The biggest struggle for me is being consistent…especially if you’Re having a full-time job, but that’s my goal for this year! 🙂

  7. This is an incredible post, thank you for outlining so many annoying issues that bloggers face and some great solutions too! I think you really have to try different things and find avenues that work for you, your niche and your brand. Off course SEO best practices are a must but I know I’ve learned a lot through my own mistakes. For those feeling a little-discouraged keep trying, keep pushing and know that traction and engagement takes time just be consistent!

  8. This is great content. As a blogger of 6 years, I’ve recently wanted to monetize my content. Tips like this help.

  9. This was an excellent article filled with useful tips and suggestions! I love reading posts such as this. I struggle with being consistent. I have a daily schedule of posting on social media, commenting on social media posts and commenting on blog posts…unfortunately I don’t follow it as strictly as I know I should. I loved your infographics too!

  10. This is such a great read for bloggers just beginning as well as seasoned bloggers too. We’ve all experienced so much of what you describe here, and most of us are still working through so many of these issues right now. Thank you for the insight and advice!

  11. You’re right, once I really took to heart thinking like Google, my blog started doing much better. I don’t write around keywords per se, but I do make sure I’m writing on a searchable topic. Talking about my day isn’t going to work for a pin. Now I’m trying to really figure out SEO, thanks for your guide on that, I pinned it!

  12. You said it! Boy oh boy you’re right. You made me feel a lot better about my blog. I know it will all come with time. Right now….I’m just a loser with a blog LOL 😉

  13. i love the infographics that you use to showcase your points. Its so easy to summarise and remember all the points in one place. I particularly like the tip on reading your own blog like a reader would. Kickass! 🙂

  14. Love this article, it’s really motivating! I agree that you need to set specific goals in order to start making money with your blog. I still haven’t started on that because like it makes no sense with the limited traffic I have.. but we’ll see. 🙂

  15. Wow! This is so much information and encouragement. At a time I gave up writing because I felt like no one was reading them, now I struggle with making time to write posts as I’m always so behind schedule. I’ve been procrastinating on a course I wanted to create because I still somehow think no one will buy it.
    But this helps.
    I’ve pinned the post and saved it to my pocket to reread later.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  16. Time management is something I continue to work on to stay focused on what’s most important for my blog. I’m also about to open an etsy shop, but the sales tax in my state is throwing me for a loop.

  17. I loved reading this. I’m a newer blogger, about six months in and have worked on my consistency and quality and can already see results. I agree with so many of your points – I’m realizing there are a lot of stuggles that come with it and it is a lot of work – but I absolutely love it.

  18. Write like nobody’s reading you just hit home. This is the only thing that keeps me going. I have been blogging for just a month and while I wanted to be a successful blogger, I just wanted to really improve my writing. Your article made sense. Cheers to us!

    Xo,
    Dani

  19. I can so identify with the point around time management creating a discipline and a habit around blogging. It is so easy to put your blog last on your to do, but a blog needs time and investment to grow.

  20. I’ve been blogging for 3 years now and I think I’ve struggled with every single one of these problems, but fortunately I’ve pulled through. You offer very good advice. In my experience, it’s exactly what should be done in each case. I’ve often struggled more with lack of time and motivation, but discipline and getting out of my comfort zone are usually the best solutions to those problems!

  21. Amazing list! I started blogging at the beginning of the year, and many of these are huge struggles. Thanks for the tips and motivation on how to get around them.

  22. Love the section on Think like a reader. Think like Google. I’ve been getting overloaded on SEO concerns as I’m getting to be a better blogger, but your tips really hit home for me. Thank you!

  23. So many great ideas and points to practically put into place! I needed this so much! I pinned it to be able to pour over it again and again. Monetizing is such a hot point for me…in my spare time do I write..work on monetizing..work on website! I can be overwhelming. Thank you very much this is a well written post with valuable information!

  24. Blogging is definitely tough! I have my good days and my bad days! But I love the tip that you gave saying “think like a reader”. Basically, you have to reminder or figure out what it is that attracts you to the blogs that you love, and make that something that you model. I hope to begin monetizing my blog soon too! But like I said, it’s tough!

    http://www.officiallychic.com

  25. The patience tip is one I have to remind myself of daily. Fall in love with the writing, be consistent, the audience will come… eventually. 🙂

  26. You hit several nails on the head with this post!

    Blogging is not easy and it requires a lot of time, effort, creativity and yes, it’s an investment as well.

    One has to have a strategy or clear plan or we’ll struggle and will want to leave.

    I just took a very long break to recharge batteries and now am ready to roll!

    Those are excellent tips you offer to beginners and pros!

    Well done 🙂

  27. After blogging for a few years, I have to say that the positives definitely outweighs the negatives now. I struggled with finding what I wanted to write about for a long time, but eventually figured out what I wanted to write. Something that I still struggle with today is sometimes feeling not good enough, and comparing myself to others. Everything gets better with time, and learning is part of the fun!

    Ashlee
    http://www.ashleestuart.com

  28. Time management and comparisonitis are the two biggest struggles for me. I HAVE time, but sometimes knowing what to prioritize is difficult since there are so many things to do.

  29. As a new blogger I completely relate to this article! I love how you identify the issue and support the reader in a resolution. Great read!

  30. I can relate to all of these way too well. Currently I’m fighting lack of time which leads to pressure which leads to fatigue. Horrible! Good to know I’m not alone in this- thanks for the post.

  31. I love love love this post! It’s super helpful and worded in a completely fluent and understandable way. I specifically appreciated your section on time management.

  32. Thanks for this informative post. I agree with the above. If you really love blogging, time is really an investment (aside from money), and because of that, many are put at stake (especially my thesis now). Still, it is all about balance and time management. Im planning to monetize my blog soon when it is ripe enough. Thank you!

  33. Wow! You covered so much. Last night I spent crying that I am hitting the wall. No one is interested in my blog. I’ve been blogging for a year and of that 3 months with consistency. I really needed this article! Thank you

  34. I have a sneaking suspicion that that “lack of inspiration “ that you spoke of is most likely related to a lack of traffic and the blog not making money. Not that traffic and money change everything, but seeing positive results I am sure helps fuel a blogger to do more and more to do it more often. Thanks for sharing some of the underbelly of blogging, so that folks have more of a realistic view of the profession.

  35. Very informative post. I have been blogging for over a year now and can relate to almost everything you wrote about. I agree blogging should be fun first, monetizing is a bonus for later. Thanks for sharing.

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