Blogging Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint (Why You Need To Be Patient)

Why you need patience when blogging

The Long Haul: How Blogging Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint:

When you first start your blog, you will be filled with excitement and enthusiasm. However, as time goes on, you will experience periods of doubt, frustration, and even burnout. This is why it's important to find ways to stay motivated throughout your blogging journey. The first thing you need to accept is that blogging success can take a while, it will not happen quickly. Never judge your blog before the 12 month mark. It is a marathon, not a sprint.

Setting Realistic Goals for Your Blogging Journey:

Setting yourself achievable goals is essential to staying motivated in blogging. When you set unrealistic goals, you're setting yourself up for failure. Instead, focus on setting yourself goals that are specific and realistic. Setting yourself a goal of having 1k repeat visitors daily by the end of month one is not realistic. However, setting yourself a goal to have 1k repeat visitors a day by the end of month 12, is a realistic goal. 

Follow these tips to set yourself up with realistic goals when blogging.

Start with a long-term vision: 

Begin by envisioning where you want your blog to be in the future. What is your ultimate goal? Do you want to monetize your blog, build a large audience, or establish yourself as an expert in your niche? Having a clear long-term vision will help you set smaller, actionable goals.

Break it down into smaller milestones: 

Once you have your long-term vision, break it down into smaller milestones that you can achieve along the way. For example, if your goal is to monetize your blog, your milestones could include reaching a certain number of monthly page views or securing your first sponsored post.

Be specific and measurable: 

When setting goals, make sure they are specific and measurable. Instead of saying increase blog traffic, set a goal like increase monthly page views by 20% within three months. This will give you a clear target to work towards.

Set realistic timelines: 

Consider the time and resources you have available when setting timelines for your goals. It's important you are realistic about what you can achieve within a given timeframe. Setting unrealistic deadlines will lead to failure.

Prioritize your goals: 

It's easy to get overwhelmed with multiple goals at once. Prioritize your goals based on their importance and feasibility. Focus on one or two key goals at a time, and once you achieve them, move on to the next ones.

Track your progress: 

Keep track of your progress towards each goal. This will help you stay motivated and see how far you've come. 

Adjust and adapt as needed: 

As you progress on your blogging journey, be open to adjusting and adapting your goals. Sometimes, you may realize that a goal is no longer relevant or needs to be modified. It's important to be flexible and make changes as needed.

Setting realistic goals is not about limiting yourself but about setting yourself up for success. 

Why you won't make money quickly from blogging

You Will Not Have Quick Success When Blogging:

Unless you are spending a bit on paid advertising, you will not be getting many visitors to your site in the first 4-6 months. Understand that please. And even by paying for advertising, a lot of those visitors will be one time visitors, and not repeat visitors, that is a fact.

Your best traffic to gaining a following will be the traffic you get from Google from your SEO efforts. This traffic will be highly targeted, and hopefully when they click through to your page, you will have delivered that user with what they were looking for, increasing your chances of them returning, and also sharing your content with others.

But getting that tasty Google traffic takes time, when you first start you will not get any traffic from Google, maybe the odd click here and there, but it takes time for Google to trust your site. I always recommend people do NOT look at there traffic or ranking for the first 3 months. It can be demotivating to see no progress despite you putting in a lot of hard work. But the fact is it just does not happen quickly. Use this time to market your blog, find some software to keep you ahead of your competition, and read forums and communities to seek motivation.

Chances are if you do most things correctly, including being pro-active in your SEO work, around the 4-6 month mark, you will start to slowly get more traffic that keeps on increasing, that is why it is important you have lots of content on your site when this happens. Content is king. Do not make the mistake of only doing one blog post a week when beginning. You need to get as much content as possible when starting out.

You will make mistakes as well along the way, do not worry,  over time you will learn what works and does not work for your blog. Take on the advice of others, but don't be scared to disagree with the 'norm'. When you do start getting traffic, learn there habits and what they want. If one of your posts becomes really popular, make more posts on that subject, Learn the trends and habits of YOUR visitors.

Embrace the Long Haul Of Blogging:

It's important for you to understand and embrace the long haul, by understanding this you will have the correct mindset and stay motivated. Blogging is not a quick path to success, and it's important for you to have realistic expectations.

Stay focused on your goals and remind yourself why you started blogging in the first place. Celebrate every small win along the way and use it as fuel to keep moving forward. Stay committed to your vision, keep pushing forward and never lose sight of why you started blogging in the first place.

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