8 Reasons Why Bloggers Fail

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  July 13, 2022 blogging tips 🕑 8 minutes read
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Trying to figure out why bloggers fail seems confusing at first.

 

Everyone seems to have access to proven blogging strategies.

 

Why do most bloggers fail and quit?

 

Self-sabotaging mental patterns trick bloggers into:

 

  • sprinting from successful strategies
  • loyally following failing strategies

 

Check out the evidence around you. Most bloggers you observe make the mistakes you see below. Each loyally follows failing strategies. All sprint from successful strategies.

 

Most bloggers think upside down to fail.

 

Bloggers who think right side up go pro.

 

Owning and correcting each error below shifts your upside down thinking to right side up thinking.

 

Making this shift marks a slow but steady progression towards a professional blogger career.

 

Keep these common causes for blogging failure in mind as you go about your blogging day.

 

1: Unrealistic Expectations

 

Beginner bloggers rarely understand how one needs to blog for 1000’s of hours before gaining enough:

 

  • skills
  • credibility
  • exposure

 

to build a large, loyal following and steady blogging profits.

 

Most new bloggers expect to get rich quickly.

 

Reality alters their expectations.

 

Bloggers fail because they think blogging is easy and quit when blogging becomes:

 

  • uncomfortable
  • challenging
  • overwhelming

 

Solution

 

Adjust your expectations.

 

Stop deluding yourself.

 

Blogging is a simple but sometimes highly uncomfortable skill developed by working behind a laptop screen for 1000’s of hours spanning years of your life.

 

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Spend 2 hours blogging tonight. Spend 3 hours blogging tomorrow night. Spend 6 hours blogging on Saturday and 6 hours blogging on Sunday to capitalize on weekends off from your 9-5 job. Continue for years as you reach 1000’s of hours. This is the professional blogging journey.

 

Full time bloggers spend 4-6 to 10 hours daily – or more – intelligently working to lay rock solid foundations for their blogging business *before* money and targeted traffic arrives.

 

Accept these clear realities to avoid failing and quitting due to delusional tendencies.

 

Blogging is a marathon not a sprint.

 

Amateurs tend to go pro after 3-4 years of blogging for 1000’s of hours but every blogger walks a different path.

 

Simply know that going pro takes a long time and requires patient, persistent work.

 

2: Money Chasing

 

Many failing bloggers chase money.

 

Blogging mainly for money leads to failure because you make money after:

 

  • blogging for a long time
  • developing skills through smart work
  • gaining exposure through diligent creating and connecting
  • boosting blogging credibility

 

Money-seekers quit because after making no money for a few weeks or months this crowd loses its motivator.

 

Money arrives after work. Bloggers work for a long time to earn profits.

 

Solution

 

Blog mainly for:

 

  • fun
  • freedom
  • enjoying the process of helping people

 

Even if you have professional aspirations simply allow the prior 3 inner drivers to fuel you for a long, sometimes challenging blogging journey.

 

Looking within for drivers provides you with an inexhaustible form of energy.

 

Keep or Get a Job

 

Never blog as a means to pay bills quickly.

 

Avoid making this common blogging error.

 

Keep your 9-5 job or get a job to cover the basics.

 

Blogging is a business not a job.

 

Nobody pays you a salary for business work completed.

 

Business profits flow in slowly and steadily but over the long haul with no level of predictability.

 

3: Popularity Chasing

 

Do not blog to be popular.

 

Even though blogging popularity may grow over the long term seeking fame proves to be a double-edged sword. More people may know and like you but more people also know and dislike you.

 

Critics increase as popularity grows. Learning how to handle criticism with emotional intelligence requires time, practice and a complete willingness to be uncomfortable.

 

What happens when you base your blogging worth on being popular? Losing popularity destroys your:

 

  • self-esteem
  • confidence
  • posture

 

Like blogging money, popularity ebbs and flows over the short term. Bloggers feel good on days when followers grow and terrible on days when followers wane. Riding a blogging rollercoaster of emotions leads to struggles, failure and eventual quitting.

 

Solution

 

Busy yourself with helping people.

 

Stop trying to be known by many people.

 

Being useful precedes blogging success.

 

Being helpful lays a strong foundation for your blogging campaign.

 

Keep your inner circle tight as your blogging popularity grows.

 

Trust a few mentors who guide you along the way to keep you grounded.

 

Feel free to take a moment to be amused with your popularity but move on quickly.

 

4: Winging It

 

Winging it is genuinely one of the oddest causes of blogging failure.

 

For strange reasons, new bloggers honestly believe that their own inexperienced, wild stabs at blogging strategies beats proven systems taught by professional bloggers.

 

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Doctors go to med school before starting their practice. Lawyers go to law school before starting their practice. Bloggers learn how to blog from professional bloggers before going pro.

 

Never wing it.

 

You will run out of time trying out failed blogging strategies year after year.

 

Put blog comment threads to the side. Stop volume publishing thin content. Let go the egoic error of believing that your inexperienced, experimental blogging approach makes more sense than following blogging advice from seasoned, professional bloggers.

 

Solution

 

Follow professional blogging tips bloggers.

 

Learn how to blog successfully early during your blogging career.

 

Learn from the best to become the best.

 

5: Being Impatient

 

Impatience kills blogging careers.

 

Bloggers often complain about not seeing appreciable blog traffic or profits after following a proven strategy for 1-2 months.

 

Testing a strategy for 2 months to vet the tactic screams of wild-eyed impatience.

 

Other bloggers experience some success but bail on proven strategies after 2-3 years.

 

I have read the story of more than one high level online entrepreneur who earned $100 to $1000 cumulatively for their first 3 years online. Patiently following a sound blogging strategy during the *$1000 per year* income stretch laid a foundation for a highly profitable blogging campaign.

 

Meanwhile, most bloggers fail and quit after impatiently bailing on intelligent blogging fundamentals 1 week or 1 month into their blogging campaign.

 

Solution

 

Be patient.

 

Good things take time and generous service.

 

Develop realistic expectations.  Ramping down your ambition creates instant patience. Knowing that full time blogging income arrives after year’s worth of intelligent work makes you patient and persistent.

 

6: Blogging Solo

 

Bloggers fail by blogging solo.

 

Trying to do it all solo leads to struggles in a world of connected bloggers with large, loyal friend networks.

 

Connected bloggers hire skilled specialists to handle jobs outside of their skill set. For example, wise amateur bloggers hire web developers to handle coding versus wasting 3 weeks trying to:

 

  • learn coding
  • tweak coding
  • fix coding issues

 

for free, via their own efforts.

 

Smart bloggers spend those 3 weeks creating and connecting while their developer fixes the problem in 3 hours.

 

Failing bloggers try to do it all solo for any number of fears including:

 

  • the fear of losing money
  • the fear of not being in control
  • the fear of not appearing to be capable, skilled or credible in all facets of blogging

 

Solo bloggers believe that going pro means writing and publishing blog posts. Blogging lone wolves do not engage in outreach.

 

Reality slaps lone wolves across the face. Scant traffic and profits results reveals that connected bloggers succeed while lone wolves fail.

 

Solution

 

Hire skilled professionals to handle jobs for you.

 

Ask for help.

 

Engage in genuine blogger outreach to get connected.

 

Successful bloggers hire professional help, ask for help from seasoned blogging veterans and surround themselves with top pros during their amateur blogging days to go pro.

 

7: Using Free Hosting Platforms

 

Free blogging platforms like WordPress dot com and Blogspot (aka Blogger) offer aspiring bloggers little.

 

Most free hosting bloggers fail because using free platforms erodes reader trust.

 

Readers who doubt your blog content bounce quickly from your free hosting platform blog.

 

Drawbacks of Using Free Blogging Sites

 

  • you do not own the blog
  • you do not own the blog content
  • free platform owners can and do delete free blogs for breaking stringent terms of service; bloggers often see 100’s to 1000’s of blog posts published after years of work disappear in a split second
  • no branding potential
  • no customizing potential
  • little to no monetizing potential
  • non-branded domain name erodes trust

 

No matter how skillful you write, most readers who see a domain name like:

 

  • bloggingfromparadise.wordpress.com
  • bloggingfromparadise.blogspot.com

 

either bounce immediately from the blog or trust your content less because the free platform domain name looks:

 

  • unprofessional
  • less credible
  • odd

 

in a world of branded, purchased domain names that match the brand or business name gracing the website.

 

Solution

 

Buy your domain and hosting.

 

Blog on WordPress dot org.

 

Own your blog. Set the rules. Monetize through unlimited income channels. Emit a professional brand image. Customize a one-of-a-kind blog and brand.

 

8: Not Investing Money in their Blogging Education

 

Struggling bloggers fail by trying to get a free blogging education.

 

Trying to piece together your blogging education from:

 

  • blog posts
  • videos
  • podcasts
  • Quora
  • Reddit

 

becomes a disjointed, confusing experience.

 

Different bloggers teach different strategies. Suffering through strategy crosscurrents plants seeds of doubt in your mind. Should you build an email list? 5 top pros advise you to build list but 5 other pros advise that building a list is not as important. Some pros swear by SEO. Others thrive without Google traffic. How should you proceed?

 

Struggles, failure and quitting usually follows because attempting to learn from 10 teachers confuses you into an ever-frustrated state. Never mind all critical details you miss by piecing together content from a wide range of blogging sources.

 

Solution

 

Invest money in:

 

 

from a professional blogger.

 

Buy a course or eBook (or both) that teaches you how to blog published from a pro blogger. Pros lay out all the steps necessary to become a successful blogger through their premium content. Follow these steps to go pro.

 

Bonus Reason: Blogging on Multiple Niches

 

The world loves specialists but distrusts generalists.

 

Jack of all trade bloggers fade away in a world of bloggers who master a single niche.

 

Do you feel confused about how to pick a blogging niche?

 

Watch this video:

 

How to Select a Blogging Niche

 

 

Conclusion

 

Believe it or not, blogging is not as hard as struggling bloggers say it is.

 

Most struggling bloggers simply think the wrong way, make blogging complex or try to take shortcuts and make blogging hard through their self-sabotaging, upside-down think.

 

Follow professional blogger advice. Own and correct your blogging mistakes.

 

Blogging feels uncomfortable sometimes but gets easier when you do as professional bloggers do.

  1. Dipak Singh says:
    at 10:47 pm

    As an internet enthusiast when I started my blogging journey, I knew the challenges I would face.
    I’m the person who observes things, waits for the results, and keeps patience to receive the good news.
    I have seen so many ups and downs in my life which really make me a lot better and I love challenges.
    In the end, your article is a more inspiring and helpful package for beginner bloggers.
    Thanks, Ryan!

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