I get a lot of questions from people about how blogging can help them supplement their income. I'm virtually new to the blogging world but have been quite successful in using my platform to generate some traffic, and in turn, some income.
I know you all are working hard on your blog! Plenty of people are working hard but they’re not seeing great results. So, let’s talk about some of the common reason why you probably aren't getting the traffic you desire.
You haven’t found your niche.
Some stories do especially well in the Blogosphere, and then there are stories that you excel at or are passionate about writing.
When you write a blog, if you’re looking for greater engagement and traffic, you need to find where your passion and what's being read today, meet.
Basically, write what you want to write about but also what's relevant and getting a lot of attention from readers.
These Things Take Time.
Albert Einstein was quoted as saying, “I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on the 100th time came success.”
I would take that quote even further to say the success of his 100th attempt comes from the learned results of the 99 failed attempts before it.
Patience is the biggest part of a writers career. Toni Morrison, J.K. Rowling, Mark Twain, and many other world-renowned writers didn't become famous overnight. Patience is necessary for every aspect of the writing industry, and blogging is no different.
Creating a dependable writing habit and schedule will help you stay consistent and build a loyal readership.
Everyone Wants to Get Lucky.
There are millions, if not billions, of talented and creative writers in the world. Sometimes the biggest things that set apart one blog from another is luck.
Luck can be someone with a big following sharing your work, something you write goes viral, or you hit the SEO jackpot one day.
The only thing we as writers can do is be prepared with compelling and engaging content when we do get lucky.
Keep Your Eyes On Your Work.
One of the best ways to improve your writing or blogging is to read other successful writers work. Nevertheless, jealousy can stunt your creativity and deter you from continuing.
Jealousy has also been known to create self-doubt, something most writers suffer from regardless of added pressure. Everyone's journey is different and your own story is just beginning. You're running your marathon at your own pace.
Remember what I always say? Keep fighting and keep writing.
You need to brush up on a few skills.
There’s no shame in this, you know. Personally, I still have a lot to learn as a writer and I aim to never quit learning.
There could be grammatical or spelling errors holding you back. Perhaps your stories tend to be one big wall of text. Break it up, lean into more white space.
Read other top stories and learn from the masters. Reach out to other writers as mentors. Get some editing help.
Sometimes, a few corrections can make a world of a difference, and we can all bear to improve our work.
You’re still looking for your voice.
Some folks hate talking about writing and their voice. Some writers even think it’s overrated. But to me, I think it can make or break you.
A good writer’s voice is distinctive. It separates your work from others. And it separates your work from things like brochures and textbooks. A great voice helps your words flow more freely, and keeps your audience better engaged.
Don’t knock it til you try it. Write until you find your voice. Try on different styles. Again, don’t be so scared to experiment.
You’re not writing enough.
I’m not saying that you need to write on every day, even though if you could that would be awesome! No, what I am saying is that if you want to create enough traffic and engagement to make money, you need enough material to attract and sustain a large number of readers. Make a name for yourself and build your brand. But like most breakthroughs, it is going to take time. Are you tired of hearing that yet?