Feel like giving up? Need motivation to keep working on your blog?
You’ve landed on the right page.
First, let me tell you that what you’re feeling is totally normal. It’s tough. I know first hand the feeling of spending hundreds of nights and weekends on a blog project, and not see any results.
It’s demotivating. Well let me give you some motivation on why you should keep going. This is coming from somebody who was in your shoes not too long ago. I’ve gone through all the pains and frustrations, and today I’m happier than I ever was. I’m working full-time from home. I get to choose my own hours. I get to choose my own projects and only work on the things I think will be most exciting for me. I get freedom to never have to work a day job again.
What is your WHY?
What’s the reason you want your blog to succeed? This should ultimately be your biggest motivation to keep you going until you succeed.
For me, I wanted to quit my job. I hated going to work. I hated getting paid $20 dollars an hour while my bosses made $200 dollars an hour.
I loved SEO. I loved blogs. I loved internet marketing. And I wanted to work on it full-time for myself – nobody else.
For me, this motivation was huge. It was constantly on my brain 24/7.
After work, I would sit at my desk and work on my blogs. On weekends, I didn’t go out. I would sit at my desk and work on my blogs (weekends were the best opportunity to get a lot of work done).
I even took vacation days to give myself more time to work on my own projects. For example, I would take Thursday and Friday off so that I would have a 4-day weekend of non-stop working.
Every hour that I put in got me one step closer to my goal: Build a successful blog that replaced my full-time income, and quit my job.
It’s crazy if you think about it. But it didn’t feel like “work” to me at the time. It was just something I desperately wanted for myself. And eventually, it happened and at the time of writing this, it’s now been 4 years since I’ve been working at home full-time.
So what is your WHY?
What is your reason that you want to succeed with your blog?
Figure it out, and think about it constantly. Make it drive you crazy.
If you’re like me, it’ll be tough not to get motivated. You might be frustrated if it’s not working out as fast as you’d like, but it shouldn’t demotivate you.
Growing a blog to replace your full-time income, and allowing you to quit your job, is not an impossible task. It’s not like you want to build a billion dollar tech startup. So many people are doing it.
The odds are in your favor if you can find the time and motivation to put in the hours.
Failing is part of the journey
It took me 5 years since I discovered blogs until I was able to build a big enough blog to become my sole income source.
My first 20 to 30 blogs ended up as failures. But I learned something new each time. They were learning opportunities.
You don’t know what you don’t know if you just read about theory on how to do this stuff. You have to just launch blogs and learn along the way.
For me, each new blog was started with the excitement and hope that it would “take off” and allow me to pursue this full-time. So when it failed, it obviously hurt. Think about going through that 20 to 30 times in a row for 5 years.
It sucks. But you learn a lot. It brings you closer and closer to your goal.
You only need one blog to be successful
Remember this, and it will all seem a lot easier.
You don’t need 10 blogs to be successful. You don’t even need 2.
You only need one!
This should take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It’s okay to fail. Just get back and try again because sooner or later, you’ll stumble upon a project that actually does “take off”.
Once it does, you’re done. You don’t need to start over and get another blog to be successful. You can simply just work on growing out and scaling your blog.
It’s supposed to be slow
blogs don’t become huge overnight. It takes a while.
Realistically, you should give a timeframe of 6 to 12 months for each new blog you start.
That’s a long time, but it’s necessary. If you’re quitting before 6 months, you’re probably giving up on projects that could have been hits, not misses.
You don’t need millions of visitors per month
This is a big one. You don’t need millions of visitors per month.
That’s a common misconception.
I wrote this blog post a few weeks ago about my new blog that generated $50,000 in 16 months. It’s only getting like 10,000 visitors per month.
You don’t need lots of traffic. You just need to build an email list of a loyal audience, then launch products. That’s the most efficient way to run a blog business.
Have clear goals, and write them down
Goals are important. Most people don’t have any, and that’s a big mistake.
These are the blogging goals that I set for myself. Copy them.
After nearly a decade of building out blogs, it’s what I believe to be the most effective (and most practical) set of goals.
If you clearly lay out your goals, it becomes easier to stay motivated and keep track of your own progress. Sometimes, even if it doesn’t feel like you’re moving forward, you are. And if you don’t have proper goals to measure those metrics, you won’t even know about them.
If you read this article because you were losing motivation to keep working on your blog, I hope it helped. I know exactly how you’re feeling.
Just remember: Think of your WHY. Remember the reason why you want to grow a successful blog in the first place. Burn it into your mind, and make it drive you insane until you hit your goal.
Good luck 🙂