Let me get one thing straight first. I love being a blogger. But then again, I am not what you would call “normal”.
I mean, obviously I am not, if I love being a blogger
And I am sure it sucks big time for most of us, because we aren’t Problogger, now, are we? So I am talking to you, a beginner or a two year blogger, a soon to be blogger, blogger who doesn’t make much from their blog and all those that are not… Problogger!
So here are 5 reason why it sucks to be a blogger in the first few months (years for some of you):
#1 Your blog is ugly
Yes, you can buy a premium theme that rocks, like Genesis, but unless you can code it or buy a child theme that looks really great, your blog will be ugly and look like a beginner’s technology blog.
It really suck to be a blogger beginner, because most of us don’t have any money to put into our blogs at the beginning. So we have to bootstrap and do the best we can on our own.
Which leads to reading and reading and reading more and more how-tos, then an information overload and then never having time.
If you can’t afford to put any money in your blog, make some extra cash to get you going.
#2 You have no time for family
I just know too many people who put their time in blogs for a year or two and neglected everything, even their families, hoping they will become a success and then have time for the family. Don’t do that. Especially if you are performing tasks that are not bringing you closer to your goal – making money from your blog.
Even if you don’t have family you have to spend time with, don’t neglect going out, maintaining your hobbies, working out. You have to get away from the computer as much as you can!
#3 You have no clue if you have traffic
You’ve heard of Google Analytics but you have no clue what it is, nor how to use it. Well, my friend, you should learn, because if you don’t know if you have traffic and where it is coming from, you might as well walk away from that computer and go for a jog.
This is one of the big beginner’s mistakes and it will just cost you so much time and effort. If you don’t know what is going on on your blog, you will never know what to change.
#4 You are leaking traffic
You are losing people left and right and don’t know why. Well, how about installing one of the Analytics tools like Clicky, and maybe taking a few of those 20 ads off your blog. Might help.
In the first few months (if not forever) you should plug as many holes as you can. Try keeping people on your blog as long as you can. Don’t leave any exist on your home page, point people to your posts. If you are displaying ads, remove all of them from the home page so people would actually enter the posts and see what you have to offer.
Of course, that will give you the chance to build your list a bit more, by putting a pop up (yes, they actually do work!) or another way of recommending your newsletter.
#5 No visitors on a new blog post day
There are two great way you can bring visitors back to your blog on a new post day. First one is promoting your RSS feed so they would get updated when you post something new and come and check it out.
The second would be to build a list. Then you can not only tell them about a new post, but use the list for promotions or pre-selling your readers to a product you will eventually make.
If you “don’t have anything for a newsletter”, “don’t know what to write about”, “don’t have a freebie”, you should still build a list. All you have to offer are updates from your blog, set them up in Aweber, and build your list based on your RSS feed.
One day, when you do have something to offer, you have people who voluntarily signed up and want information from you.
These are my top 5 beginner’s reasons why blogging sucks. What are yours?