I see some advice in the blogosphere, that I’m not sure is contributing the right message to beginner bloggers. See, when I first started blogging, my biggest hurdles were mostly mental. I had all the tools, more experience than most, and STILL struggled despite all of that. In my opinion, you have to work through it, and eventually all of that goes away. Sure I’ve picked up a bunch of tips and tricks along the way, but it’s only come from pressing forward even when things are uncomfortable or you doubt whether things will work out or not.
And that brings me to my first point…
Don’t Start Writing A Ton Of Content When You First Start Blogging!
I don’t remember where I saw this, but if you follow my path, this couldn’t be father from the truth. An absolute shit ton of bloggers proclaim you should be writing less, and marketing/promoting more in the beginning.
But how in the hell is that going to work out, when you don’t even know how to write yet!?!?
I’ve produced web content for clients for… YEARS! And there was still a learning curve for me to hit a groove with blogging.
Without going through the motions repeatedly, you’re never going to pick up the nuances that lead to successful content in my opinion.
And yes, while I do agree with promotion at some point, the other problem I see with that approach, and I doubt I would make HALF the money I make now if I would’ve followed that advice, is: Wait for it…
You. don’t. have. anything. worthy. of. promoting.
You haven’t even begun to get creative yet, and until you hit a flow with it, unless you’re some kind of writer god and are simply amazing from birth, so how in the hell do you expect to get your chops without a lot of writing?
So this is turning out to be more of a rant, but this is practical advice for a lot of people. (myself included, if we rewind 2 years ago)
What I did instead, and recommend you do?
Write your ass off.
I didn’t start making decent money every month until I hit 100k words, from 113 posts published. And the 80/20 rule applies there too!
To a lot of people, that metric is quite simply, staggering. They can’t even see how that’s possible to crank out in just a few short months, but if you apply the fundamentals of starting a successful lifestyle blog, the content is effortless. All you have to do is, do the work, and do it consistently.
Let’s talk about the 80/20 rule, because I think a lot of bloggers have this twisted.
Not everything you produce is going to be a masterpiece. If you look around, you’ll see that the majority of successful bloggers ALL mention that they each had one post that they thought would be their game changer… but it either flopped, or didn’t produce as they expected.
However, most all of them have had posts they thought were garbage, that ended up going viral.
So tell me, mister skeptic… How do you predict making viral content, which will be your money makers, and what people will like even though you dislike it?
In short, you guessed it… You can’t.
So what should you do instead?
Become a regular producer, get committed to the craft, and begin working your plan.
In time, all of it will work itself out, you just have to keep chipping away at it.
Personal note from Matt – keep in mind, the seeds you plant today, might not bear fruit for 6 months, or even more. (translation – a blog post you wrote a year ago, might get picked up by a major news network a month from now… but anyone watching and waiting would make you think: “…blogging doesn’t work.”
Get back to work and keep working your plan, it will pan out long after the gold rush is over is you start now.)
Everyone wants the cliff-notes.
No one wants to wade through the mud to find the valuable tidbits to that will change their life. Everyone wants the “give me the process now”!
Alrighty then, here it is:
The Drop Dead Simple, 7 Step Process For Creating A Successful Lifestyle Blog
(that you can make a full time income from)
- Learn the basics.
- Start writing.
- Start sharing your life.
- Help people with things you’ve struggled with.
- Teach people what you know.
- Help people save money, time, and frustration.
- Pick one thing you love and incorporate it to show your true personality and keep your enthusiasm.
Done. Well hello successful blogger!
Think that’s too simple? Think it doesn’t work? Check my blog income reports, that’s all I’ve really done.
Blogging Myth #3: “Blogging Is Dead”
This mother fucker. Hahaha
As someone who makes over $100k/yr in their underwear, from anywhere in the world, I literally laugh out loud every time I see this.
Seriously, whoever is promoting this mantra that “blogging is dead” makes me laugh out loud. It’s highly likely that the people who believe this, either A) failed miserably, and didn’t find someone to model successfully, and now proclaim to the world that blogging sucks because it “didn’t work for them” (i.e. – they didn’t put in the work, struggle, and fail enough to figure out what DOES work… because it does indeed, work), Or B) they’re scared.
Oh yeah, don’t kid yourself… there are some old time bloggers that have been riding the coattails of their previous success for a long time, and they know the next wave is coming, it’s just a matter of time.
The internet changes so fast, if you’re not innovating, you’re dying. If you’re not actively looking at what’s new, and what fundamentals will work now and forever, then it’s highly likely you’re riding a “one hit wonder” secret/hack/trick/whatever that only works for a little while. (kind of like I used to with affiliate marketing back in the day)
Point being, blogging is far from dead. In fact, there is a new way to incorporate blogging into just about any business, and leverage content marketing to turn it into a raving success.
Most people aren’t thinking outside the box when it comes all the ways you can make money blogging, since a lot of them are indirectly influence that pocket book of yours.
In short, play the long game. Start a brand, build value, contribute toward what people want, and win.
Myth #4: People Don’t Really Make Money With Blogging
– It’s A Scam Just Like A MLM Pyramid
So, I see all over the place, where people are complaining and whining about how they never make any money blogging. You see it in these blogger Facebook groups from all the popular bloggers, and on forums if you look around a bit.
I have a special place in my heart for these people, since the majority of them haven’t even put in a single ounce of real effort into learning, producing, or improving themselves.
You see, to me blogging is a journey. Sometimes you are not cut out for it when you begin, and along the way, if you’re determined to be successful at it, it will shape you into what you need to be in order to be successful.
The thing is, in over half of these comment threads with all the nonsense of “you can’t make any money from blogging” when you take a look at these people’s blogs, it’s literally gobbledygook.
Seriously, 200 words of effort about how they took a shit after going to the supermarket today, with a picture of what they bought using their clipped coupons. Come on…
Unless you’re funny as hell, or have giant ta-ta’s, that ain’t gonna work brah.
What value does it bring?
How does it help anyone?
Totally self serving, without regard to anyone else other than themselves.
And here’s my fav… Wait for it:
“I’ve been blogging for two years and only make $24 dollars a month. I feel lied to.”
Then they shout from the rooftops about how blogging doesn’t work, and wo-pitiful-me typically ensues.
The real trouble, is there is more time spent looking for more answers, whining, and wanting someone to do the hard work for them, that they’re unable to see that it’s pushing through that threshold that seems impossible, that will actually give them the breakthrough they have been looking for all along. (holy run-on sentence batman!)
But it’s natural for us to hesitate.
Then self doubt kicks in.
Then we begin to question whether we’re good enough to be a full time blogger, cuz when you ain’t makin’ a dime, it’s hard to see the view after the climb.
But this is called barrier to entry, and is the single best thing that will ever happen to you in life… If you keep going.
Things will change in ways you never thought possible, and the reward for going trough hell, is heaven.
Don’t believe me?
Let me ask you this [one]question:
If you woke up today, already made $482.76 by 7AM, and then took a quick ride to look at this view, would you be happy? What would you do with your time?
This is my life this morning, and I’m sitting up here reflecting on how I can use this whole experience to help others and change their lives. I’m so thankful and fortunate to be in the position that I’m in. It didn’t come without hardship, but it’s been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. And I believe, it’ll be one of the best things that ever happens to you, too.
If there’s one regret I have, it’s that I didn’t start sooner. You think that you have time, or that you’ll do it next week, or that it’s your free weekend and you had a rough week, or you just want to have a beer and go to the beach.
But the truth is, those are all excuses keeping you from having the life you want, right now. If you don’t start today, imagine where you’ll be in a year from now? Probably in the exact same position, reading the exact same shit from bloggers who are making money the way you wish you could, living a life you’ve always wanted to live, and having the freedom to tell their boss to go fuck themselves, and never have to sit in morning traffic ever again.
Not to mention making the same income whether you travel or not, spending your winters in Florida, and summers in the mountains… or wherever you want because you have location freedom now.
For the love of God, don’t delay… get started today.