Have you ever received just the worst advice when it comes to blogging? I remember reading articles before I decided to come back to blogging. Articles that were just complete lies and just the worst advice ever being given to new bloggers. It’s funny because alot of the time, this bad advice is actually from other bloggers.
Of course we all run our websites very differently. But occasionally I see posts that are just straight up lies that people share about how easy making money from blogging is. Or how it’s so easy to do this job as a side hustle. Blogging can be very rewarding, but it can also be really though. Not only is it tough mentally but it can take a physical toll on you aswell.
I think it’s so important to be open and honest when it comes to new bloggers wanting to start out. So, I’m here to debunk some of advice that I see circulating around the internet.
BLOGGING IS A QUICK WAY TO MAKE MONEY
I’ll start off with the most popular blogging topic, money. Money is a big topic regarding blogging because let’s face it, alot of money goes into it and it can take a while before you start seeing money come out of it. I didn’t start making money with my site for at least a year after I first launched. So, if you’re thinking of starting a blog as a way to make some quick cash. Think again!
Money doesn’t always come for everybody either. Not everybody who blogs wants to or has the opportunity to make money from their websites. If you do get to the point where you can make a living from blogging, chances are its taken alot of blood, sweat and tears to get you to that point.
So, just a reminder. If you are thinking of starting a blog. Don’t expect to start rolling the cash in right away. Just like with anything, it takes time.
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START A BLOG, IT’S REALLY EASY
When I typed this title I actually laughed. I laugh because I have had multiple people say this to me in the past, and gosh it couldn’t be further from the truth. If we compare running a blog to being a doctor, or running a marathon. Then yeah, it’s easier. But being the content creator, editor, writer, campaigner and advertiser for a blog is not easy. Us bloggers wear so many hats, and it’s quite insulting actually being told that being a blogger is easy.
I love what I do, and I feel so blessed to have found myself where I am today. I don’t complain, or moan about how hard it is doing this because I enjoy what I do. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. I know there will be writers now reading this agreeing. Some nights I am up writing until 12am. And thats after my day job has finished.
When you compare blogging to manual labour job, yeah you could say it’s easier. But that doesn’t mean its easy.
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POST WHENEVER AND WHATEVER YOU WANT
This one is kind of true and kind of the worst advice anybody could tell a blogger. There are aspects of this statement that hold truth. But, there is evidence to back up that it’s also not 100% true. If you don’t know about me and my blogging journey, I first started out blogging as a beauty blogger back in 2015. I blogged for one year and gave it up because I had no time for it. During that year, I posted whenever. I had no set plan on when I would post and what content. It was more whatever I was inspired by, I would write and post. Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this method. But, let me fast forward to today.
I re-started my blog in 2020 during the pandemic. I post every single day for nearly a year. And during that year, I tactfully planned and posted relevant content that I know my audience would like and what was on trend. I took my time to learn what my audience enjoyed, and really got into a rhythm. I gained 4,000 blog followers that year. Compared to the couple hundred I got during my first try at blogging.
Does this put things into perspective? Yes, posting whenever you want and about whatever you want can work for some. But in my opinion, to ensure blogging success a plan needs to be put into place.
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What’s some of the worst advice you’ve received whilst blogging?
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