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Are You a New or Wanna-Be Blogger?
Do you want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about starting a blog?
“Start a blog“, they said. “It’s easy“, they added. “Anyone can do it“, they claimed. “It doesn’t cost a thing“, they promised. “You’ll make a crap load of money very fast“, they exclaimed.
The Naked Truth Is…..
It’s All Bull!!!!
Here is the naked truth about starting a blog and some of you may not like it, others may thank me for it. I hope that this truth will save you a bunch of money, time and frustration too.
I started down this blogging road in February of this year. I have put in enough hours to equal another full-time job. It has cost me a small fortune (approximately $1500) so far. Am I making money yet? No! Is it easy? No way! Have I quit my job? Not a chance!
I have learned a lot of things about blogging, the hard way. I want all new bloggers to get the naked facts that I didn’t get.
You Are Still In The Contemplating Stage
We are going to assume that you have thought about and want to now start a blog. People have different reasons for wanting to blog. Some want a hobby, some just want to see their writing in print, some have a message that need be delivered, but the vast majority of bloggers want to make money.
Before you start buying domain names, logos, hosting sites, etc., please read through these naked truths first.
Decide on your niche and audience then write your content before you start to set up a site. I suggest 20-25 posts written, edited, and ready to publish. Trust me on this. You will not have time to write once you start setting up your site. If you don’t have it ready before hand your frustration level will be through the roof.
2. No Income
Don’t plan on making any money for a while. If you head into blogging counting on an income to sustain you immediately you will be very disappointed and discouraged. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme by any means. Do some people get lucky? Of course, but don’t rely on blogging to pay your mortgage or put food on the table when you are starting. It doesn’t happen fast or without a lot of hard work.
3. Over Whelmed
This will become your new state of being for quite some time. You have a lot to learn so until you get your site set up and functioning properly, you are going to have some very discouraging days.
You will spend so much time on blogging that your husband and kids will feel like you have left them. Your new love affair with the computer won’t sit well with the family.
The housework will slip, the laundry will pile up, you will give up most everything to get time alone with your computer. Make sure your family understands all of this and is supportive as well as ready to pitch in and help with the chores. Blogging is hard enough without having to fight with your loved ones over it.
4. Follow Other Bloggers
Find yourself a couple of bloggers to follow and stay with them but ignore the rest. Someone who writes in your niche, whose language you understand, and most importantly, someone who started where you are starting.
If you are a high school graduated mom blogger with no university degree in computer science or English Literature then a blogger with the same credentials is who you will want to follow. A successful blogger making $300,000 a month who blogs about finance after being a Wall Street Broker for twenty years will not be any help to you.
Read the posts, check out the websites, read their “About” pages to find out where they started and how they got to where they are now.
Join groups and chat forums where you can connect with other bloggers to help you sort out the issues you’re going to run into.
There is so much information out there that you could spend the first year just reading. Slim it down …… a lot by only following a couple of slightly more experienced bloggers. Find ones you can relate to best.
Start-up costs are a reality for any business. Blogging is no different. The old adage, “You get what you pay for” definitely applies to blogging as well. There will be hosting site fees, domain name purchases, logo building costs, and programs to buy.
Yes, a lot of the things you will need can be found for free but they are very limited in how well they function. It’s a catch. They give you the free versions to get you hooked then you will want to buy the upgraded version. This is a fact, Jack.
Be ready to put some money into it. If you really want to make good money blogging you have to invest in it and invest in yourself.
It takes money to make money and blogging is no different. That’s the naked truth of it!
6. Affiliate Links
New bloggers (I’m no exception) think that affiliate links are the way to make money by doing nothing. Okay, maybe to a point but you will never retire on affiliate links alone.
The riches you hear about in blogging comes from creating sellable materials. The big bucks come from selling e-books, manuals, courses, up-selling, etc. Courses and training programs range in price from $50 to $2000+ and that is how bloggers make $300,000 a month. Not through affiliate links.
Can it be done? Obviously. Can everyone get there? Probably not but I’m being truthful here.
7. Need Help? Get help!
Once you decide which hosting site you’ll use, which search engine optimizer, which writing program, which social media venues you will use, you may discover that you need help in operating them. You can waste months trying to figure everything out on your own.
I suggest just pay someone to help you get everything going and once you’re in business you can go back and learn things on your own. If you are in no hurry to start earning money then do it all yourself. There are experts out there for everything and support at every turn as well as courses in how to do anything. Don’t be under the illusion that it’s all free. These people make their money by helping other bloggers and you will too….. eventually.
8. Make Time To Write
Blogging is about writing and this is the area the rests completely on you. Make the time to write. You should put aside at least one hour a day to write….only write. No research, no editing, no email, no social media, no disturbances, no phone, no TV, no gorgeous view. Just you, your computer and silence.
If I put in six hours of writing today am I good for the week? NO! You must write every day. In a book, on your tablet, your computer, wherever but you must write. It’s like a body builder in training. He can’t just work out for eight hours one day a week and expect to be ready for competition. He must work at it every day to be the best he can be. It is no different for writers.
You want to be a writer you must write. This journey has taught me what a writer’s sabbatical is all about. This is a job you must do completely alone. Take a one hour a day sabbatical even if you need do it in the tub or set your alarm an hour earlier in the morning.
9. Save Save Save
I have one last piece of advice because you can never trust the wonders of a machine, the internet, hosting sites, etc. Write your stuff in Microsoft Word or similar then save it on your computer and on a data stick before copying and pasting into WordPress or whatever you are using to post to your site.
Keep your data stick in a fire safe place. You work long and hard on your posts, therefore, you don’t want to lose them to operational malfunctions.
My intention is not to discourage you from becoming a blogger. I merely want you to have all the facts before you get so far into it that there is no way to come out unscathed.
Be aware because blogging is not the easy, free, lazy, get-rich-quick gig that people seem to think it is. It’s a job that pays crap until you’re a pro.
Accept that truth.