Are you about to start a blog? Are you looking for a way to make a sustainable income with blogging?
But most importantly, are you still lost when it comes to how you can make money online?
Don’t worry, I was there too.
I didn’t know how to make money from blogging, and which tools should I use.
If you start blogging, then you’ll notice that there are a lot of bloggers out there who use affiliate links, offer services, and so many other things.
The truth is, to each blogger their own.
Each blogger makes money a different way, and while some combine all money-making tools & ways out there, some just focus on one thing.
So, the question you should be asking yourself, is, do I want to make money one way? Or various ways?
But before you think about making money, you should first learn some things about blogging.
When I started blogging, no one was around to tell me what’s wrong and what’s right.
I had to learn it all by myself.
And as amazing as my blogging journey was, it was harsh as well. There were some shocking truths that I had to learn all by myself.
And honestly, some of them were the reason why I quit blogging on my first blog.
That’s why I’m revealing these things to you today, this way you’ll know what’s coming for you, and be prepared to it.
What Other Bloggers Aren’t Telling You!
It’s okay not to have a niche on day 1
A lot of bloggers think that it’s important to figure out your niche since day 1, and while that might be important, it’s not that important.
New bloggers still don’t know what they want and what they like the most, so, how can they settle for one niche?
You can’t figure out who’ll read your posts, who likes them, your audience, and so on.
That is why it’s okay not to know your niche.
A typical blogger will only find their niche down the road, and probably after posting 20 posts, if not more.
So, it’s okay to start writing about a little bit of everything.
Write what you like, or what you think people will like.
And then after a while, you’ll find out that some posts are doing better than others, simply because those are the kind of blog posts your audience wants to read.
Once you figure that out, you’ll find your niche.
Good Pillar Content Takes Time
As a writer, first of all, and a blogger, there is something that I’ve learned on my journey of blogging & writing, and it’s that good pillar content takes time.
I know that a lot of people & bloggers out there rush new bloggers to create pillar content, and I’m here to say, STOP!
To each their own! It took me one year in writing to be able to write posts longer than 2000 words.
Writing more than 2000 words when I first started writing seemed impossible.
I barely was able to write more than 1000 words.
But, after some time, and after learning the basics of writing, researching, and optimizing an article, I finally was able to move from 1000 to 1500 to 2000 words.
Now, the longest post I’ve written so far is 4500 words.
And it wasn’t for my blog.
It was a pillar content for one of my clients!
So, let’s say that it was more of a guide.
So when you start blogging, don’t even try to write a pillar post for at least one year, or at least until you start getting some decent traffic.
In your first year, your traffic will spike up and down until it settles and until you settle for one niche.
Keep creating the content you do best, and post it regularly, once you get loyal traffic and settle for a niche, start creating your first pillar content.
Whether you realize it or not, you at the start of your blogging journey is not you at the end of your first year.
One year can change you a lot, and that’s why you’ll have to wait for one year.
That way you can pour all the tactics you’ve learned into that pillar post and make the most of it.
Most Of Your Traffic Will Be Due To Some Of Your Posts
This might come off as shocking but it’s true.
Not all of your blog posts will find the same success and not all of them will bring the same traffic.
Some posts just do better than others naturally.
You don’t even have to pour that much effort into them to make them work, they just do.
Every blog out there, be it mine, or another blogger’s blog, all work on the same principle.
We all have a couple of blog posts that do best, and that brings the most of our traffic. ( Even about 80%)
Those posts bring the traffic, and if you’ve got a great structure, you’ll be able to make that traffic last longe on your website and become loyal.
Those blog posts don’t even have to have a lot of searches. Sometimes the volume is just about 3000 or 4000 searches, and yet the post can be one of your best ones.
Why? Because it depends on what people want at that moment.
Some people don’t know how to formulate their needs into questions and put them on Google.
Hence why the topic might have a low search volume but can still go viral once posted.
Networking Is Great, BUT don’t spam
I receive a lot of comments on my blog daily, and while some are genuine, some are straight-up spam.
I’m here to set one thing straight, commenting on a blog with your link, doesn’t help you boost your SEO!
Okay, I’m done raging.
But, that is something that a lot of new bloggers do.
They comment (spam) on a lot of blogs out there to get a backlink, or to get traffic, and that’s not worth it.
The true key to succeeding is to network genuinely.
Post comments on blogs you like, that aspire you, and that inspire you.
If you’re going to post a comment like this “WOW”, and leave a backlink, then just don’t.
Create a discussion, speak, give your opinion, and you’ll see the difference that it’ll make.
So, I hope I made this quite clear.
DON’T SPAM. 🙂
All things other bloggers aren’t telling you
Here are all the truths bloggers don’t say out loud.
But we’ve all been through them, and all of us suffered from them.
I hope you keep in mind all of them, and not lose hope even when you don’t see traffic.
So, which tip did you like the best?
And which one will you apply?
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