Are you curious about blogging? Do you want to know about the early stages of blogging? Well, I’m glad you’re here to check out my article on The Early Stages Of Blogging Unveiled.
I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now (including my very first blog). Looking back, I’ve learned a lot about what I did from the early stages of blogging.
As the year goes by, more and more people are creating blogs. Here’s some data provided by Statista on “Number of bloggers in the United States from 2014 to 2020 (in millions).”
In this article, I am going to share with you the early stages of blogging. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Your Early Blog Posts Will Need To Be Updated Eventually
Let’s face it, not everyone who starts a blog is an English major. In fact, most bloggers aren’t, but don’t let that stop you from starting a blog.
Looking back at some of my early blog posts, I realized that I’ve grown a lot as a writer. The early blog posts needed a lot of updating.
In some cases, I felt like it was written by a totally different person. Even though I know it was written by myself.
I’ve had friends who never started as a blogger because they fear that they are not good enough as a writer.
Don’t worry about perfection in the beginning. Practice makes perfect and you will grow as a writer after blogging for a long period of time.
Very Few People Will Check Out Your Blog
In the early stages of your blog, you’ll feel like nobody cares for what you have to say.
In some instances, you might even feel like you’re writing a journal because nobody except for yourself is reading it.
This is a normal process for everyone. We all start from zero and it’s going to take time to build a loyal readership.
Remember, every famous blogger had experienced the same cold feeling that you’re experiencing now. But did they quit? Nope, otherwise, they wouldn’t be around today.
People Won’t Take You Seriously
Most people don’t think of blogging as a serious business. When in fact, it can be very lucrative, giving you the ability to work remotely and make money online.
When I first told my friends that I started a blog, they didn’t think highly of it. They thought it was simply a recreational thing.
Little did they know, it has become one of my income sources.
The point is, don’t let the negativity get to you. Don’t let other people stop you from reaching your goals and making your dreams come true.
Your Return On Investment Is Likely To Be Negative
Forget about what people say about blogging. Forget about how much money other people are making because they are at a different stage of their blog.
As a beginner, you’re probably not going to see a return on investment. You might even lose some money at first, but that’s to be expected.
It costs money to run a blog, fortunately, it’s not crazy expensive.
Let’s use John Chow, for example, he didn’t make a single penny during the first 8 months of his blogs life.
Now he is living the dream of working remotely and having the freedom to travel and spend time with his family.
Like any business, making money through blogging takes time. It’s unlikely that you will be profitable during the first year.
Working Alone In The Beginning
Unless you have the money and resources to outsource for help. You’re probably going to work on your blog alone.
Which means you’ll have to take care of every single task such as (not in any particular order):
- Content Creation
- Optimizing Your Content For SEO
- Finding Or Creating Images
- Setting Up Your Social Media Channels
- Marketing Your Content Through Social Media
- Tracking Your Analytics
- Managing Your Expenses
- Setting Up Your Email Marketing Campaigns
- Creating Landing Pages
- Managing Your Affiliate Accounts
That’s just to name a few that came across my head. As you can see, it’s a lot of work just like operating a real business.
You’ll Have To First Give Before You Get
No one is going to trust you or hand over their money unless you provide some sort of value. Even if it’s just to collect emails to build your email list.
You’ll have to first provide them a reason why they should trust you. And one of the best ways to drive organic traffic to your website who is likely to subscribe to your newsletter is through content creation.
So expect to put in some work and focus on giving to your readers before expecting anything in return such as affiliate commissions (affiliate marketing).
Know Who You Are Writing For
To create content that your readers enjoy reading. You’ll first have to understand and know who you are writing for.
Regardless of your niche, you’ll want to write for people in your space.
For example, you wouldn’t want to write about how to lose weight when your blog is about how to make money online.
Your readers aren’t going to enjoy it and they’re probably never going to come back because you’re not writing for them.
You’ll Feel Like Quitting, Don’t
Starting a blog is tough, but sticking it through and not giving up is even harder. Most people who start a blog never sees its success because they quit before it happens.
Now I’m not saying that every blog can be successful simply by not giving up. But you’re certainly not going to be successful if you do give up.
That’s why it’s so important to choose a niche that you’re actually interested in. You don’t even have to fully understand your niche in the beginning.
Just by having an interest, it will make the research phrase, writing, and marketing much more enjoyable.
It will also help prevent you from quitting when you’re not making money in the beginning.
Thanks For Reading
With that being said, I’m going to conclude this article by stating that blogging is lucrative, but it requires work and many obstacles to overcome.
I don’t want to discourage you from getting started, but I do want to inform you of what is to be expected.
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I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below and I will try my best to help you out.