What to Do When You Aren’t Seeing Positive Results with Your Blog

May 23, 2017 72 thoughts
Me racing a yacht. Phuket, Thailand.

 

A cheeky monkey urinated on me.

 

Drops of simain urine gently cascaded on my dome.

 

In remote areas like where I was living, monkeys are so unused to seeing people (yes it was *that* remote) that they become agitated in the presence of homo sapiens, and throw sticks at them or urinate on them to send out threatening warning signs to stay away.

 

I was sweating like a pig after walking a monstrous, 80 pound, lion-hunting Rhodesian Ridgeback through the remote jungles of Buena Vista, Costa Rica for a few hours that day.

 

One part of me wanted to laugh. Branding potential. Thanks Pee-Peeing Primate.

 

But another part of me felt frustrated as hell. My body had broken down after 6 weeks in a remote jungle setting. Pooping in an outhouse. No electricity. No fridge. Just dry food, malnourishment and brutal 3 hour hikes through dense jungle foliage to walk a dog that masqueraded as a canine Navy SEAL, pushing me to my physical and mental limits.

 

I Know How You Feel

 

For the first few years of my blogging career I felt like I’d been pissed on like a nasty little monkey, while sweating my rump off in a remote, lonely tropical jungle, my body over exhausted, feeling like I wanted to give up on life.

 

I busted my ass but saw no positive results.

 

No clients. No customers. Few email subscribers. Oh wait a sec. I was not even building my list. Yikes! No real traffic. A few bucks. Literally. Commentors came around every time Haley’s Comet flew through.

 

If you are absolutely disgusted by the lack of positive results on your blog I know what it feels like.

 

Whether you are suffering from physical exhaustion and a bad case of the monkey primate rinses or you are fed up with working so hard on your blog, only to see no profits, or virtually no traffic, this feels so maddening it will make you want to quit blogging.

 

Hold on their bucko. There is hope.

 

If you follow these 3 steps you can go from blogging unknown to blogging dynamo. You can go from seeing zero positive results to making your first $100 or $1000 or $10,000 online. You can go from getting 5 visitors a day to getting 100 to even 1,000 or more visitors a day.

 

But you need to eat some doo doo before you start seeing positive results with your blog.

 

The way I see it, we all gotta eat a poop sandwich or get pissed on by monkeys in a remote Costa Rican jungle sometimes.

 

1: Eat the Crap Sandwich

 

This is the step everybody skips. Which is why 80% of bloggers never make more than $100 online.

 

To see positive, uplifting, successful results you must:

 

  • face
  • embrace
  • release

 

the fearful, confining, shitty feelings that are buried within your being that led to the poor, frustrating, not too positive results.

 

You cannot get over what is still in you. Play that one in your head a few times if you have seen terrible results on your blog for months or even years.

 

Hidden Beach, Bali.

 

I recall a wild while back I had a huge meltdown. Screaming. Crying. Β Only for like 10 minutes.

 

The next day I signed a client and received my $500 fee. Not a bad turnaround time. When you clear out your fear energy – which manifests as anything that feels crappy or terrible – you release your love energy, which sets the energetic foundation for rocking it out with your blog.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • find a quiet room
  • sit in the quiet room
  • take 5 deep breaths
  • ask yourself out loud “How do I genuinely, honestly feel about my blog?”
  • let the true feelings flow
  • grab a pillow to sob in, or to punch

 

Maybe you won’t feel explosively intense feelings. But stuff – aka negative emotions – will arise. Face, embrace, feel, release.

 

When you clear these failing energies you stop moving into failing actions that bring failure.

 

Then take the next step.

 

2: Remember Your Most Fun and Freeing Why

 

All your blogging struggles are rooted in you straying from your most fun, freeing why.

 

If you drift from your fun freeing why, you dawdle. If you dawdle, you get desperate. If you get desperate, you do dingbatish stuff that makes your blogging struggles continue. If your blogging struggles continue for months or years, they feel entirely overpowering. Like being caught in the Death Star’s tractor beam.

 

Here’s what you need to do: sit down in a quiet room. Relax your mind. Relax your body.

 

Allow the true reason why you are blogging to surface.

 

It’s gotta be bigger than money. It’s gotta be bigger than being famous.

 

 

My blogging reason why: Fun and Freedom (Okay; it’s 2 reasons).

 

For you it may be blogging to:

 

  • have fun
  • achieve a life of freedom for yourself
  • achieve a life of freedom for yourself and your family
  • express yourself creatively
  • build a life of circling the globe
  • live your wildest, zaniest, balls to the wall dreams

 

All reasons why are extremely personal. Maybe I want to feel the joy and freedom of living in Fiji for 4 months. Maybe you want to feel the freedom of opening a part-time, passive income stream through your blog. No right or wrong answer exists. Just tie the reason to something fun and freeing. Or tie the reasons to something fun and freeing.

 

Why this Works

 

Before you make it big, or before you live your dreams, or before you reach your goals, blogging mainly for fun and for freeing yourself in some way carries you through the ups and downs and twists and turns and peaks and valleys of being a blogger.

 

Example; maybe you haven’t made a stinking dime through your blog for the past 6 years. But if you decide to blog mainly for fun, to free yourself, you will do the uncomfortable, sometimes hyper scary, but fun, freeing things that increase your traffic and blogging profits. That overpowering reason why becomes stronger than the fear of failure, or, any fear, so you do success-promoting stuff and become successful.

 

Yeah….the stuff in step 3.

 

3: BE the Blogger Who Succeeds (Dive into Your Fears)

 

This is the money step.

 

This is where you will see positive results manifest throughout your blog.

 

The boost in comments. The northward nudge in traffic. The spike in profits.

 

But this step is terribly uncomfortable at times. Because BEING the successful blogger who sees increased traffic and profits means diving into blogging fears regularly. Bonus point; if you dive into fears regularly those fears die a quick death.

 

Sunrise from the porch. Koh Lanta, Thailand.

 

Example; the old me felt I had a Jupiter head and spoke like a milquetoast on video. I feared doing videos. Big time. Nearly 2000 videos later I appear to be a charismatic, smooth, natural on video. But I BEed the successful blogger and video guy when I piddled in my pantaloons to BE the guy you see today.

 

Dive into these Fears:

 

 

The list can go on forever. Just dive into a blogging area that scares you – we all know these scary zones – knifing through the fear. Feeling scared. But doing it anyway. This is BEING a successful blogger. Despite appearances suggesting otherwise. Which is code for:

“it looks like I get 3 visitors a day and my list is at zero subscribers and I have made zero profits through my blog, yet, I will BE a successful blogger and do what they do so I see positive results.”

 

Your Turn

 

Are you following these steps?

 

What are you doing to see more positive results with your blog?

 

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Ryan Biddulph

Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
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72 Comments

  1. Awesome Mohana. Keep it up. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  2. Mohana Priya Says:

    Yes! I too actually so much disappointed after been doing a lot of work to develop my blog.
    But after reading Ryan’s article, I am so much refreshed. Now just making fun with my blog.
    Worked on some plan and executed, it returning me well.
    I have been with him since 1 month I think so.

  3. Thanks Don πŸ™‚

  4. Dj Don Piro Says:

    I am looking forward on making my blog more successful, been focusing on SEO and others, but my competitors are so much, after reading this, i actually came from google! my eyes are now opened to several tips thank you very much Ryan

  5. Go for it Aleah! You have a fun blog. Made for monetizing. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  6. Very helpful nudge, Ryan. I’ve always wanted to make my blog into a business but for some reason or another, I kept putting it off. Sigh. I think it’s time to really face my fears!

  7. Thanks Akanksha πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  8. Akanksha Says:

    Really helpful article.
    I like where you say ‘Dive into Your Fears’.

    Nice work!

  9. Sure thing Hamed πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  10. Haha Giverny my pleasure. Thank you!

    Ryan

  11. hahah! Love the monkey analogy! Thanks for the tips,

    Happy Blogging!

  12. Hamed Says:

    You mentioned the very important points here.
    Gotta love the practical tips.

  13. Myilraj Says:

    Hi Mohana Priya,
    You are welcome to our community.

  14. Happy to inspire you Mohana!

    Ryan

  15. Mohana Priya Says:

    Hi Ryan Bro,
    I am new to your blog just been landed here through Google.
    I am blogging on SEO BLOGGING topic, and I am a student.
    So frustrated on seeing nil earnings from my blog even after long-term blogging, but your blog gave some refreshing idea.

    Join me in our community to get refreshed when I feel too tired.

  16. Hi Akash,

    Just commented on your blog. Looks great! Keep doing what you are doing and tweak things a bit here and there. You are on the right path. Thanks for the shout on my homepage and for the comment!

    Ryan

  17. Akash Navi Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    I found your link to your blog in Enstinemuki.com while I was reading one of your post over there.

    I landed on your homepage and I was amazed at the design you have on your homepage πŸ˜›

    That looks great.

    It feels really bad when we don’t get positive results out of our websites. Recently I lost most of the traffic I was getting to my Finance blog when Google updated its algorithm.

    Now I am working to fix that thing by improving the quality of my website.

    I hope I will regain the traffic and see positive results from my blog again. : )

  18. Thanks Shane πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  19. Shane Walter Says:

    Good information Ryan. Every blogger will love to read it. keep up the good work.

    Thanks for sharing.

  20. Good to know Mikko πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

    Ryan

  21. Hey Ryan,

    Great tips which are must to follow in order to grow a blog!

    Step #3 applies very well in my situation at the moment πŸ˜€

    Keep flowing!

    -Mikko-

  22. Avinash great advice! Really, when you lose your way and stray from having fun you simply listen to music, take a walk or do whatever feels fun. Gets you back on track. Thanks much πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  23. I personally feel that we should not lose fun part of life in any situation. Because it refreshes our mood and allow our mind to think on the major loophole.
    Yesterday when I checked my DA I was completely shocked as it was down by one point, However, my blog is new. I got disappointment for few moment but after few minutes I played my favorite music. It energized my mind and took me to my work to gain more.

  24. Hey that is a great idea Debra πŸ™‚ Thanks heaps.

    Ryan

  25. Bingo! Being original and injecting your personality into a blog will make it pop. Persist with networking and positive results flow in. Thanks much πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  26. SuburbanGent Says:

    This was a really interesting post Ryan, thank you for sharing! There are so many bloggers out there but the one thing that I really think matters is originality and personality; it’s hard writing my blog as an anonymous user, but we have fun with our two personas. I’ve learnt so much about my writing style and content, perhaps the best advice out of any of it is to just give it a shot, but not be afraid to make tough decisions if something isn’t working.

  27. Hey Ryan,

    ROFL, eat the crap sandwich. That needs to be on a t-shirt. πŸ™‚ I like the idea of clearing out the fear energy. That’s what holds everyone back. I should do that too but not sure if I can get rid of it in 10 minutes. πŸ™‚

  28. LOL Janice I have fun with this blogging bit sometimes πŸ˜‰ And with irate peeing monkeys, even if it was unpleasant at the time it was hilarious too πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  29. Janice Wald Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    I absolutely loved the beginning. I was still thinking about the monkey when you got to Tip #1. I KNEW the monkey would be relevant somehow, but I couldn’t predict how which irked me.
    Great opening. Great hook. You are a great writer.
    Bad episode getting peed on by a monkey, but it sure gave you a great opening for this post.
    Janice

  30. Ashley you are doing A-OK. Stick to those fundamentals. Feel those really pissed off moments. The moments suck, but pass, and you will succeed by embracing these energies.

    Ryan

  31. Hi Matthew,

    I hope you are feeling better now. Back stuff can be rough. Love your journey too; getting clearer on your reason why always pulls you through anything life seems to throw at you. When I visit Oz I will watch out for the Killer Peeing K’s LOL. Thanks a bunch!

    Ryan

  32. Matthew Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I like your three suggestions – mindset, why and moving out of your comfort zone.

    One of my big “Why”s is very similar to yours – freedom. Early last year I hurt my back and it has taken a year to get over it. Fortunately I had plenty of sick leave up my sleeve from my 9 to 5, so it didn’t hurt too much financially. It certainly hurt physically and mentally ! However, while spending far too much time on the floor, dreaming about being anywhere else (including being on an island somewhere avoiding being showered by a monkey) I came to the realisation that life is too short for doing stuff that you’d rather not be doing.

    I’m tackling my blogging differently and keeping your three suggestions front and centre in my thought processes.

    Here in Australia, Koalas can have a tendency to “surprise” humans in much the same way that your monkey did. Kookaburras can be rather deadly accurate too.

    Thanks,

    Matthew

  33. ashley Says:

    I am new into blogging and I spend most of my time in writing quality blogs with good content, useful images, proper linking and submission too…..but when my blog don’t give me positive result in form of views and traffic I mostly get pissed which makes me feel low.
    Its not like I lose hope and stops writing but it makes me feel like where am I lagging ?
    I write on daily basis, do all the work properly but even when one of my post gets low response I feel irritated easily which I know I should not feel.

    Your post I guess will help me πŸ™‚
    I will relax and will surely have fun and change my mood.

  34. Right now, Tuesday and Friday Emmerey. Because I am so busy writing guest posts and commenting and doing all that offsite stuff πŸ˜‰ Thanks much.

    Ryan

  35. Abhilash no worries buddy πŸ˜‰ Awesome to see you in the blogging game. Thanks bro!

    Ryan

  36. Abhilash PS Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m very sorry about what happened to you but I think it helped you in your writing. I’m a blogger who started a blog recently, your post really gave me a positive energy to move on. Thank You

  37. Emmerey Rose Says:

    Thanks Ryan for sharing how you went through. All bloggers certainly have come to this point. Our WHY should always be bigger than HOW. Very inspiring! By the way, how often do you publish new posts?

  38. As within, as without, right Ahmad? Thanks a bunch πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  39. Ahmad Imran Says:

    Great post Ryan, it all is in the mind. One needs to dive deep into it, be open and honest with himself and take massive action based on this gut feel and desire. I liked the simple but practical steps you mentioned that any blogger can do to dive deep into their goals and desires.

  40. Charles that’s it. Facing fears through blogging as in life. Thanks!

    Ryan

  41. Hi Ryan,
    I like every bit of your blog post. It is informative and educative. I also like your style of conveying your message. It is one of a kind. I guess we need to face our fears sometimes and with blogging, it’s no different. Thanks for this great post. keep up the good work.

  42. Thank you Vishwajeet πŸ™‚ Patience is the virtue here. Stick to the basics daily and things always turn around eventually.

    Ryan

  43. Hello Ryan,

    I also know the pain when people fail in what they want to do and it also applicable to blogging as well. People get frustrated especially the newbie bloggers and give up. Blogging needs a proper strategy and patience, which will will lead to success. Your tips will definitely helps newbie bloggers to make things positive. Great post, Thanks for sharing with us.

  44. The Warrior Forum can give you solid scuttlebutt Danny if you’re looking for affiliate products. At least in terms of reviews. I would start there.

    Ryan

  45. Danny Says:

    Where do you recommend looking to find affiliate products to promote on a blog?

  46. LOVE your husband’s advice Natalie! All does pass. You seem to be doing awesome sauce. Keep up the inspired work and thank you!

    Ryan

  47. Natalie Says:

    These are SUCH good reminders on my blogging journey! I adore my blog and want all of my plans to come to fruition, but sometimes life gets in the way of my giant plans (sometimes, probably for the better, since I tend to push myself way too hard). In those moments, I’ve definitely had those screaming, crying nights–but, after a nice rest and some gentle reminders from my husband that this too shall pass, I usually wake up feeling refreshed and ready to dive back in. Travel blogging can be really tough, but I can’t imagine loving another job this much!

  48. Well done Courtney! It really is the only way to go. We help others most when we are having fun first.

    Ryan

  49. These are all so true especially the blogging for fun. I remember when I first stared I was blogging for what I THOUGHT people wanted to read. I hated it and didn’t last long. The second time I started I threw everything out the window and started blogging for me (as if I no one else was reading) that’s when things changed for me and my blog stared to grow. People want to hear YOUR voice. Be sure to share it with them.

  50. We all have a MotherLand M πŸ˜‰ Oh yes I have been to India. Pondicherry, Muhamma, Bangalore, Kovalam Beach, Chennai. Loved your country!

  51. Myilraj Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Do you know our MotherLand? Have you ever been here?

  52. Hi Lisa,

    Actually it did not. Weird, right? It was a light drizzle and carried a whiff of uric undertones. This sounds like a perfume commercial LOL. You would be A-OK on video. If you can speak to folks offline and I know you are in sales you can speak to them online using video. Thank you as always Lisa!

    Ryan

  53. Good deal Mr. L! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  54. Mr. L Says:

    Thank you Ryan. Was very helpful since i start my blog experience completely anonymous . Yes we can do it!

  55. Lisa Sicard Says:

    Hi Ryan, love how you tell your stories. Did the monkey pee smell really bad? I do have a fear of video and of myself in pictures. I too wonder how you got rid of that fear doing videos.
    I always believe if you have fun and really enjoy what you do, the money will follow.
    Thanks for the inspiration Ryan!

  56. Hi Monna,

    Happy to share πŸ™‚ It feels overwhelming at times but following a few simple steps day to day makes the difference. Thanks much.

    Ryan

  57. Sure Sandra πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  58. Hi Ryan,

    There is so much to learn but I think it’s finally sinking in after all this time. Thanks again for sharing your experiences and your failures to get where you are now. It sure makes it seem more attainable when you take the time to tell everyone not to put these people on a pedestal.

    Keep up the good motivation and inspiration.

  59. Sandra Says:

    That’s a Great Write up Ryan Biddulph , Thanks for sharing

  60. Hi Myilraj,

    Oh Tamil Nadu? We loved it there! Keep on going buddy. You will succeed.

    Ryan

  61. Myilraj Says:

    Hi everyone,

    Shall I join your team? Such a refreshment I felt now after reading this blog post. Blogging for fun, isn’t huh?

    I am from Tamil Nadu, India. Doing blogging for making my living. But struggling? Felt weird…

    Will make some changes to make the change in the life. Thanks for all.

  62. Hi Sara,

    Are they ever πŸ™‚ Wow 2007. You are a veteran. Good for you. Computer chair butt indeed πŸ˜‰

    As for merging the hobbies do follow your intuition. It always knows how to work that stuff out.

    Will do and thank you Sara πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  63. Hi Ben,

    I dig that point. We sometimes resist saying “no” to the activities that keep us bound where we are. Excellent. By changing habits and releasing on the old and worn out we make room for the new and exciting.

    Thanks much!

    Ryan

  64. Hi Cori,

    Hey that’s good luck! πŸ˜‰ It took me 2000 plus videos to get this comfortable. The first decision was about 8 years ago. I did say “eff it” and although I was as stiff as a board for a while I did come around. Thanks much and happy Tuesday!

    Ryan

  65. Ben Killoy Says:

    Great post Ryan!

    I have to say that the fear is real, many of us I think it is the reason we might have taken so long to start writing.

    My advice to anyone who is in retreat mode. What steps are you taking to day to be the person you want to be tomorrow! We all want to be like someone else or model that person outlook on life, but we are not always willing to say no to things that keep us where we are.

  66. Sara Says:

    Hi, Ryan. Animals are fun, right?
    I like how you weave life events into your writing as well as tidbits of knowledge. It makes learning from you easy.
    I’ve been blogging for a long time (2007). I truly believe that recalling your most fun and freeing why is the key.
    Yes, you can do all the ‘stuff’, but if you aren’t having fun and if it ties you to your screen 18-hours a day, what’s the point? Plus, you get computer chair butt. πŸ˜‰
    I’m struggling with merging one topic with another. I have my Biz side and my Hobby side. It’s hard to give up on the hobby and the people I serve in that niche to go to the more biz side of me (the side that pays the bills).
    Keep on enjoying, everyday life.
    Sara

  67. Cori Ramos Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    I’ve never been peed on but a bird has pooped on my head! πŸ™‚

    Your posts are not only entertaining but they’re so motiving. I have a fear of video. I really wish I can be like you – you look so comfortable in front of the camera. Were you always like that or did it take some getting used to? What made you say “eff it” and just do it?

    I honestly can’t wait to get over my fear. I know I’m missing out on opportunities because of it.

    Happy Tuesday!

    Cori

  68. Hi Bren,

    It was refreshing. Smelled not too bad. Looked like monkey Mountain Dew. Overall a brand-building experience πŸ™‚

    Woohoo! I am excited to read your post. I know you have been going through one of life’s tougher situations; really admire how you are being open and transparent about it. This is the way to healing.

    Thanks a bunch Bren…..and will do πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  69. Hi Matthew,

    Great question buddy. Kinda like the chicken or the egg deal, in its own way. Choose your fun. Follow your passion. Then when those scary fears arise dive right int!

    Thank you πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  70. Hi Ryan,

    You’re always reminding folks to have fun and to overcome their fears. Or does overcoming fear come first?

    Either way, the bloggers who do that enjoy the ride and go the farthest.

    Thanks for setting the example and encouraging new bloggers.

    Matthew

  71. Bren Pace Says:

    Hey Ryan!

    I couldn’t help but laugh about you getting peed on! Those monkeys! LOL I’ve seen them do some pretty cray cray crap in the zoo. I can only imagine in the wild. Poor Ryan. Was it at least…. refreshing?

    I decided to up my game in my business world. I have no choice. I must do it. So, I took some of your bloggy advice and published a true grit kinda post on my business site today. How can people not love someone who comes to your unplugged and raw? We’ll see how that one goes over. But, my point is, I stepped into a fear level by publishing that post. I allowed myself to be vulnerable, to an extent, and I believe I got my point across.

    Everyone has a different blogging technique so if you’re not seeing the results you want, why not change it up a bit?

    Thanks for the tips, my friend! Stay away from peeing monkeys!

    B

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