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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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                      How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

                      How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

                      Traditionally, when you have a lot of ideas in your mind, you would create a text document, or take a sheet of paper and start writing in a linear fashion like this:

                      • Intro to Visual Facilitation
                        • Problem, Consequences, Solution, Benefits, Examples, Call to action
                      • Structure
                        • Why, What, How to, What If
                      • Do It Myself?
                        • Audio, Images, time-consuming, less expensive
                      • Specialize Offering?
                        • Built to Sell (Standard Product Offering), Options (Solving problems, Online calls, Dev projects)

                      This type of document quickly becomes overwhelming. It obviously lacks in clarity. It also makes it hard for you to get a full picture at a glance and see what is missing.

                      You always have too much information to look at, and most often you only get a partial view of the information. It’s hard to zoom out, figuratively, and to see the whole hierarchy and how everything is connected.

                      To see a fuller picture, create a mind map.

                      What Is a Mind Map?

                      A mind map is a simple hierarchical radial diagram. In other words, you organize your thoughts around a central idea. This technique is especially useful whenever you need to “dump your brain”, or develop an idea, a project (for example, a new product or service), a problem, a solution, etc. By capturing what you have in your head, you make space for other thoughts.

                      In this article, we are focusing on the basics: mind mapping using pen and paper.

                      The objective of a mind map is to clearly visualize all your thoughts and ideas before your eyes. Don’t complicate a mind map with too many colors or distractions. Use different colors only when they serve a purpose. Always keep a mind map simple and easy to follow.

                        Image Credit: English Central

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                        By following the three next steps below, you will be able to create such mind maps easily and quickly.

                        3 Simple Steps to Create a Mind Map

                        The three steps are:

                        1. Set a central topic
                        2. Add branches of related ideas
                        3. Add sub-branches for more relevant ideas

                        Let’s take a look at an example Verbal To Visual illustrates on the benefits of mind mapping.[1]

                        Step 1 : Set a Central Topic

                        Take a blank sheet of paper, write down the topic you’ve been thinking about: a problem, a decision to make, an idea to develop, or a project to clarify.

                        Word it in a clear and concise manner.

                          What is the first idea that comes to mind when you think of the subject for your mind map? Draw a line (straight or curved) from the central topic, and write down that idea.

                            Step 3 : Add Sub-Branches for More Relevant Ideas

                            Then, what does that idea make you think of? What is related to it? List it out next to it in the same way, using your pen.

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                              You can always add more to it later, but that’s good for now.

                              In our example, we could detail the sub-branch “Benefits” by listing those benefits in sub-branches of the branch “Benefits”. Unfortunately, we already reached the side of the sheet, so we’re out of space to do so. You could always draw a line to a white space on the page and list them there, but it’s awkward.

                              Since we created this mind map on a regular letter-format sheet of paper, the quantity of information that fits in there is very limited. That is one of the main reasons why I recommend that you use software rather than pen and paper for most of the mind mapping that you do.

                              Repeat Step 2 and Step 3

                              Repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as you need to flush out all of your ideas around the topic that you chose.

                                I added first-level (main) branches around the central topic mostly in a clockwise fashion, from top-right to top-left. That is how, by convention, a mind map is read.

                                In the next section, we are covering the three strategies to building your maps.  

                                Mind Map Examples to Illustrate Mind Mapping

                                You can go about creating a mind map in various ways:

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                                • Branch by Branch: Adding whole branches (with all of their sub-branches), one by one.
                                • Level by Level: Adding elements to the map, one level at a time. That means that firstly, you add elements around the central topic (main branches). Then, you add sub-branches to those main branches. And so on.
                                • Free-Flow: Adding elements to your mind map as they come to you, in no particular order.

                                Branch by Branch

                                Start with the central topic, add a first branch. Focus on that branch and detail it as much as you can by adding all the sub-branches that you can think of.

                                  Then develop ideas branch by branch.

                                    A branch after another, and the mind map is complete.

                                      Level by Level

                                      In this “Level by Level” strategy, you first add all the elements that you can think of around the central topic, one level deep only. So here you add elements on level 1:

                                        Then, go over each branch and add the immediate sub-branches (one level only). This is level 2:

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                                          Idem for the next level. This is level 3. You can have as many levels as you want in a mind map. In our example, we only have 3 levels. Now the map is complete:

                                            Free-Flow

                                            Basically, a free flow strategy of mind mapping is to add main branches and sub-topics freely. No rules to restrict how ideas should flow in the mind map. The only thing to pay attention to is that you need to be careful about the level of the ideas you’re adding to the mind map — is it a main topic, or is it a subtopic?

                                              I recommend using a combination of the “Branch by Branch” and the “Free-Flow” strategies.

                                              What I normally do is I add one branch at a time, and later on review the mind map and add elements in various places to finish it. I also sometimes build level 1 (the main branches) first, then use a “Branch by Branch” approach, and later finish the map in a “Free-Flow” manner.

                                              Try each strategy and combinations of strategies, and see what works best for you.

                                              The Bottom Line

                                              When you’re feeling stuck or when you’re just starting to think about a particular idea or project, take out a paper and start to brain dump your ideas and create a mind map. Mind mapping has the magic to clear your head and have your thoughts organized.

                                              If you can’t always have access to a paper and pen, don’t worry! Creating a mind map with software is very effective and you get none of the drawbacks of pen and paper. You can also apply the above steps and strategies just the same when using a mind mapping tool on the phone and computer.

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