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Why Bloggers Fail: 10 Reasons Why Your Blog Sucks

Why Bloggers Fail: 10 Reasons Why Your Blog Sucks

Here’s the cold hard truth: Blogging is not for everybody. In fact, the majority fail at blogging.

Many people are intimidated by the thought of starting their own blog, but it isn’t that hard to set up your blog. With the right dedication and smart planning, you can start a blog that will help you quit your day job and make you significant passive income. Blogging requires no significant risk-taking by your part, but the rewards are truly astonishing, if done right. The profit margin of blogging has no equal and that is why I recommend everyone to start their own blog right now.

But before you are run off to start a new blog and expect to make 10000$ a month, make sure you don’t commit the following blogging mistakes:

1. Having No Objective

Fail At Blogging: Goal Plan Success

    This is probably the most important one, as the whole point of blogging, is to address people with an objective. For example, if your blog is meant to show people how to lose weight, then everything on your blog has to be related to that topic.

    If you post articles of your recent road trip or cute cats, then the reader will leave your site faster than a Bugatti.

    Solution: Before starting a blog, find a niche that you are interested in and have knowledge about. After that, make sure every single article you write is related to that niche. This is really important; don’t build a website that has no specific objective whatsoever.

    2. Believing Blogging is Easy and Requires Little Effort

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    Blogging Mistakes: It Takes Effort

      If your definition of easy and small effort is spending over 30 hours a week on your blog, then you are right; it is easy.

      Blogging requires constant effort on your part from writing quality content to promoting that content. This can be extremely tiring. More importantly, blogging is growing at an astounding rate, so new bloggers have a higher bar to climb. There are a couple of millions of blog posts posted per day, which means that you need to be really unique in order to be successful. It can be hard, but the effort will pay off at the end.

      Solution: Before starting a blog, plan out how much time and effort you are willing to put in your new blog. The more time and hard work you put in, the faster you will reach your goal of creating a secondary income or if you are daring enough, a full-time income.

      3. Choosing a Niche Based on “How much money you can make”

      Blogging Mistakes: Choosing Niche Is Important

        Blogging is tiring and requires a lot of effort, sometimes as much effort as a full time job, so before starting your own blog, make sure the niche (topic) you choose is one that you are passionate about.

        If you are not physically fit and don’t know anything about nutrition or exercise, DON’T jump into the fitness niche because it is profitable.Every niche is profitable, you just have to be more clever. Don’t think you can start a blog on something you don’t like writing about. You will tire out and eventually give up

        Solution: Choose your niche sensibly. If you like fishing, start a fishing blog that teaches people how to fish efficiently; if you like soccer, start a blog about how to increase your speed, shot power…

        4. Not Having Your Own Domain

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        Fail At Blogging: Domain

          This is the easiest mistake to avoid and the one thing you must do if you want to have a successful blog. But every single day people start blogs without owning their domain. If you don’t know what domain is – it is basically the name of your website. If you start a blog on a domain that you don’t own such as:

          1. www.nameofyourwebsite.wordpress.com
          2. www.nameofyourwebsite.blogger.com
          3. On Tumblr…

          You are basically telling your readers that you are not a professional. Of course, there are people who have succeeded in blogging without owning their domain name, but they are one in a million.

          Solution: Make sure you start a blog with your own domain. It is easy and low cost, but the rewards are plentiful.

          5. Writing Quality Content and Just Sitting There Waiting For People To Find It

          Promoting Your Content Is Key: Blogging Mistake

            One reason why most new blogs fail is because they start a blog believing that the only thing they need is quality content. Blogging is 30% content and 70% promotion. If you aren’t promoting your content, how are people going to find your article? Google or any other search engine won’t rank you high when you launch your blog.

            Solution: There are many different ways to promote your blog content. The most basic and important ones are:

            – Guest Blogging (Which basically means writing a guest post for another well established site)

            – Getting Syndicated (Which is relatively hard, but the rewards are amazing)

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            – On Facebook, Pinterest and other major social media sites.

            6. Believing You Will Be A Millionaire in A Month

              This is a major attitude mistake that will rip your dreams apart, if you don’t control it. Yes, there are blogs that make over 50000$ per month. But you know how long it took them? At least 3 years of constant dedication!

              Your goal might not be that grand, but understand that you need to give it time and real effort.

              Solution: Don’t give up on a blog until you have tried it out for at least 8 months or more. Make sure your dream is attainable and realistic. Don’t you think 50000$ per month salary is worth the massive effort of a couple of years?

              7. Being An Inconsistent Blogger

              Blogging Mistake: Consistency Is Key

                If you want to be a successful blogger, you need to have a clear and regular schedule. You can’t be writing blog posts when you just “feel like it”. It is a job and if you don’t take it seriously, you will fail.

                Every successful blogger that makes a fortune from his or her blog knows that the key to success is regularly publishing high quality content.

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                Solution: You have two options here. One, you promise to yourself that you will write at least a certain amount of posts per week and ensure that you do it. If you want to take it to the next level, get yourself an online editorial calendar and make sure you commit to your schedule.

                8. Having An Awful Design

                Design Is Important: How To Fail At Blogging

                  You know what hurts more than awful content, awful design!! You know what they say about first impressions; you only have one chance. So if your website looks like it was designed by a 5 year old, then that is how you are going to be treated. When choosing a theme for your brand new blog, I recommend you invest in a paid theme rather than a free one. Free themes are limited and look unprofessional to many reader’s eyes.

                  Solution: Keep the design of your theme to the minimum. You don’t want a website with red background, yellow links and blue text. It just looks spammy. So opt for a slick, but non-complicated design.

                  9. Using Ads On a Brand New Blog

                  Blogging Mistakes: Advertisements are for pros

                    When you are starting a blog and trying to increase your trust and recognition with readers, don’t use ads on your website. You know why? Because ads are spammy! Unless you are an established blog, the reader will associate your blog with spam. Not a good thing! If you want to make money from your new blog, start out with affiliate marketing.

                    Solution: Stay away from ads until you have at least over 50,000 visits per month. That might seem harsh to you. But, remember that for every ad click you get about 5-50 cents only. So unless you have massive traffic, it won’t bring you any significant money.

                    10. Having No Opt in or Subscription Forms

                      When you start your blog, start building your email list right from the beginning. Email is and always should be your priority. People don’t have time to remember each website they visit, and it is your job to make sure they remember your blog. So make sure they subscribe to your email list.

                      Solution: If you want to learn more on email list building, there are plenty of guides online. Collect email through pop ups, slide ins or sidebar opt-in forms. They might seem intrusive to you, but they work excellently, especially the pop ups.

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                      5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

                      5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

                      Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that prevent you from staying at maximum proficiency throughout the whole day.

                      A lack of productive focus at work can lead to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and even termination.

                      So, if you are someone who has trouble with your productivity, here are five effective tips on how to be productive at work:

                      1. Take breaks

                      First and foremost, it’s important for you to take regular breaks. Trying to work throughout the whole day will tire your brain, which will then cause you to doze off and think about something else.

                      If you keep working your brain, it will fill up and get jumbled with information—sort of like a computer hard drive. Taking a break would be like resetting your computer so that it can start afresh, or de-fragmenting the data so that all the information is in order.

                      This is a great thing because it allows you to solve problems you were unable to solve previously, by seeing it differently; if you are able to organize your thoughts properly, you will be able to take in new information more easily.

                      There have even been studies about methods of saving time and staying proficient, and taking breaks is one of the leading factors.

                      According to Christine Hohlbaum, the author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, eating lunch away from your work area every day will greatly increase your productivity. Eating in your work area will give you the illusion that you are working, but whether you like it or not, your brain will begin to wander and think of something else and then you will be working tirelessly with no progress.

                      It’s important to take breaks before and during work too: if you come to work in a rush because you woke up late, your mind will not be mentally prepared for the day ahead, and you will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes trying to get organized and composed before you can actually start working.

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                      Instead, you should try to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the time it would take you to “just get” to work. Take that time to stare off into space and not worry about anything.

                      If you do this, your brain will be empty and ready for all the challenges it has coming for the next few hours.

                      If your employer only allows a set amount of breaks during the workday, that doesn’t mean you can’t just get up and walk around for a quick break every now and then.

                      Even if it’s only 5 minutes, it will refresh your brain and you will gain renewed energy to do your job.

                      Learn more about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                      2. Pace yourself and balance your workload

                      One problem that most people run into is that they underestimate the amount of work they have to do, and end up doing 50% of the work in the last 20% of the time they have to do it. This is due to an issue of balancing one’s workload.

                      When you receive a project, or are doing a job you normally do, take some time to really plan out your work schedule.

                      Consider how much time it took you to do this last time; determine how you can break the project into smaller parts and which can only be accomplished on certain days, and whether anything might come up that could interfere with your plan.

                      All of these questions are important for starting on a project, and when answered, they will help you stay productive throughout each day.

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                      For example, if you needed to design a project to map out the amount of aid offered in various regions after Hurricane Sandy, you can break it up as follows:

                      You will need to know what organizations are offering help to begin with, how much aid those organizations gave or plan to give, which regions were hit by Sandy, and which regions suffered the greatest losses.

                      You start this project on a Thursday and know you have until Tuesday to gather this information.

                      In order to stay productive, you need to plan out your work week—now you know you can find out which organizations are involved in helping the Hurricane Sandy Victims any day since that information is online, but gathering information on the organizations may require you to call them.

                      Since phone calls can only be done during week days, you have to plan on gathering all of that information before the weekend comes.

                      That is just one example of a situation in which pre-planning your project will help you stay productive; had you researched the affected regions first, you would not have received the info on the organizations until the weekend, and may have missed your chance to call them.

                      That, in turn, would have wasted time you could have spent working on this project to finish it.

                      Knowing what you need to do, when you can do it, and how long it will take you, is important in balancing your workload and being more productive and efficient.

                      3. Put your work first

                      This is an issue that usually occurs with young people who are new to the workforce: they’re often tempted with offers to go out at midday, and then come back lost in thought and unfocused on their work-related tasks.

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                      While it is important to take breaks, your breaks should consist of you clearing your mind, not loading it up with other less important information—like sports.

                      However, that is not the only situation where you need to worry about putting your work first before all else.

                      In a work environment, the senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.

                      If you are a new employee, you must learn to say no to other people even when it means you may not be in their good graces anymore. You can help others out once your work is done, but you are paid to do your own work, not anyone else’s.

                      4. Don’t open your browser unless you need them

                      In this day and age, everyone is constantly monitoring their social network. This is a major pain point for companies, which is why many don’t allow employees to access their social networks on company workstations.

                      When you are at work, disconnect the internet from your phone and keep your browsers closed so you’re not tempted to log onto your social media accounts or browse any sites that are not work-related.

                      If you keep your browsers closed and phone tucked away, only to be used in an emergency, you will find yourself being a more productive employee right away. 

                      5. Try to be happy and optimistic

                      If you always have a negative outlook on life, you will be more distracted and less motivated to get work done, so it’s important for you to start your day off right.

                      This can be done by having a good breakfast or by taking time in the morning to watch one of your favorite TV shows before work.

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                      If you are happy, you will find yourself able to work much more productively as your mind won’t wander into worrying about something else.

                      Also, if you stay optimistic and keep telling yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to, the tasks will seem much less daunting and will go by much more quickly.

                      Take a look at more effective ways to stay positive at work:

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                      Happiness and optimism are the keys to being a productive and happy employee.

                      All in all, heed the five tips above and you will find yourself being one of the most productive people at your company.

                      While you do not need to master them all, each and every one of them will help you become a better and more efficient employee.

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