If you’ve started blogging recently, you might still be in the honeymoon phase. For now, everything may seem to be going great, with your traffic increasing daily as you start to publish more articles on your blog.
Sooner or later you are going to find yourself facing several challenges. The first step to beating the challenges to successful blogging is knowing what to expect.
Monetizing Without a Solid Plan
Many new bloggers tend to rush into monetizing their blog, and few actually have any sort of plan to do so. Often that results in a mix of different types of monetization as you try out different options and gradually discard some – possibly before they even actually have a chance to work out.
To avoid this, it is best to sit down as soon as possible and figure out how and when you intend to start monetizing your blog by evaluating all the different options out there in terms of their suitability.
Ignoring Quality of Content for Quantity
While it is true that you will want to publish content frequently and consistently – quality is still far more important than quantity. Because blogs rely on their content to build up their readership, publishing lots of content that has little or no quality is likely to hinder more than it helps. It could even land you in trouble with search engines, which will definitely affect your traffic.
By focusing on publishing well-researched and unique content, you can easily overcome this challenge.
Thinking Blogging is Just Writing
Initially you may have been under the impression that you’d rely mostly on your writing skills. While those skills will have a part to play, they are just one of the skills that are required of a successful blogger, the others being a knowledge of SEO, marketing, management, and possibly even video creation.
Don’t worry if you don’t have all those skills right now, but you need to be aware that other skills are necessary – and willing to pick them up as you go along.
Lack of Drive & Motivation
To be entirely honest the number one challenge that you’re probably going to face sooner or later is a lack of drive and motivation. At some point or other most bloggers ‘burn out’ and their motivation levels drop – which can lead to inconsistent posting that quickly snowballs.
Keeping yourself motivated is something that varies from person to person, but it helps to set up a system of goals that encompass both short-term goals and long-term targets.
Make no mistake you’re likely to face other challenges throughout your blogging career such as managing your time, knowing how to speed up Mac and maintain your gear, and so on. Some of these challenges may be just as dangerous as the ones listed above, while others may be less so. If you want overcome them you need to be willing to learn and adapt, and if you are then your blog will ultimately survive and flourish.