I’m not going to lie, growing a blog is hard. Most people don’t want you to know how hard it is because they want you to believe they became an overnight success. Today, I am going to share some tips that will help you find the time to blog.
Why Is This So Important?
If you started a blog in hopes of earning money and walking away from your job, you’re going to have to find the time to sit down and write articles.
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The downside is that most people don’t have time to write every day, especially, if you’re still working a regular job. The great thing is that many people have built successful blogs by using the “slow and easy” method.
Regardless of how often you decide to update your blog, the most important thing you need to keep in mind, you’re going to have to sit down and write content if you want your blog to grow.
As an entrepreneur, it’s up to you to do those daily tasks, even when you don’t feel like it. Blogging isn’t always glamorous or fun, especially, at the beginning stages. Who really wants to work on something when it isn’t producing results?
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For those of you who are struggling to write content on a regular basis, I’ll provide you with some tips that you can use to increase your output. These things have helped me grow this blog in the past year and they are the same things that I’ll keep doing this year to grow further.
How to Find Time to Blog
At the time of this writing, I’ve been blogging for a little over two years and there have been times when I still struggle to blog on a regular basis. I’m not one of those bloggers that stress when is the best time to post a blog post.
At one point I used to struggle with clicking the publish button. Now, I just pretty much hit publish after writing the article. One thing that I’ve realized is that it really doesn’t matter when you publish a post.
Your readers aren’t sitting there waiting for you to publish your posts. No one really cares about you, this can be hard for new bloggers to realize.
Instead, think of it like this…
It takes a long time for SEO to kick in, so the sooner you can plant your seeds, the better off you’ll be 6 months down the road.
So let’s start planting those seeds so you can start seeing traffic and earning money later on down the road. Just make sure that you’re writing content on keywords that aren’t too competitive.
7 Things You Can Do to Sit Down and Write:
#1 When Are You The Most Productive?
Are you a night owl or an early bird? Me, I’m more productive in the morning and that’s why I make it a point to get up at 5:00 AM every morning and sit down and write.
My goal is to write at least 1,000 words or more every day. I’ve found the best way for me to achieve this goal is to sit down and write the minute I get up out of bed.
I don’t check my email or get on Facebook. Otherwise, that kills my productivity and I find myself NOT getting my writing done.
What to Do: Find out when you’re the most productive and sit down and write. You’ll find it easier if you’re actually writing when you feel the most productive.
If you try to write content when you’re not at your best productive level, you’re going to have a very hard time writing 1,000 words. I know because I used to try to sit down and write in the afternoon.
It was so hard and I ended up just wasting a bunch of time. I now know that I can’t work on my blog in the afternoon, I get more done in the morning so that means that I need to continue waking up early to get things done online.
Find out when you’re the most productive and make it a point to sit down and write.
#2 Create A Keyword List Ahead of Time
Keywords play a huge part in growing your traffic organically, read this if you want to understand why. One of the best things that I’ve found that has helped me grow this blog is to do my keyword research ahead of time.
This tool makes it so easy for me to create lists with keywords and topics that I want to write about. Whenever I am watching television, I’ll sit down with my MacBook Pro and brainstorm keywords that I plan on writing about.
When I sit down to write, I already have a list of keywords that I can write about.
What to Do: Every blogger should have a list of topics or keywords that they can pull ideas from. By creating a list of keywords, you’ll be able to sit down and write every day.
Instead of thinking about what you can write about, you can pull ideas and topics from your keyword list. This alone will help you write content on a regular basis without overthinking things.
#3 Plan Your Content Ahead of Time
I know that a lot of people talk using a blog planner to help you plan your content in advance. Personally, I’ve never been good at doing that.
I’m more of a fly by your pants kind of person. As long as I have a keyword list I can choose from, I’m good. When I think about a content plan, I get overwhelmed.
Personally, I try to make blogging as easy as possible. I focus on publishing helpful content and then promoting it. As long as I am doing that, I know that with time, my blog will continue to grow.
I’ve tried planning my content in advance, but the truth is that when I sit down to write, I don’t want to pressure myself into writing about a specific topic. I give myself permission to write about any of the topics on my blog.
What to Do: Are you a planner? If so, here’s an article that can help you develop a content strategy for your blog. If you’re not, that’s fine as well.
It’s your blog and it’s okay to give yourself permission to write about whatever you want. As long as the content is relevant and helpful to your audience, you’ll be fine.
Blogging should be fun and if you’re making it stressful by following a content plan, give yourself permission to stop. Start making it fun and the content will flow more freely.
#4 Start Making It A Habit
Most people who get start a blog are NOT good at writing on a regular basis. We all have to develop habits that will help us grow our blog.
Studies show that it takes 66 days to make make a habit stick. If you’re willing to commit to something for 66 days, it will eventually become an automatic behavior.
This may sound like a long time, but it’s really not. If you’re serious about becoming a successful blogger, it means that in a little over 2 months, you’ll develop the habit of working creating content on a regular basis that will help you grow your blog.
What to Do: Make it a point start creating a habit to sit down and write. Give yourself 66 days to create a habit and before you know it, you’ll make it a point to write every day.
I wrote 5-6 articles last year for over 4 months and this allowed my blog to grow significantly. It wasn’t easy at first, but as I kept writing, it became easier and easier.
The cool thing is that the more that I wrote, the faster I became at writing articles.
You’ll have a hard time when you get started, but if you stick with it, you’ll be posting new content on a regular basis.
#5 Don’t Worry About Perfection
I think that every new blogger suffers from perfectionism. We want everything to be perfect and are scared to hit publish if we don’t think it is good enough.
In fact, we are our own worst enemy and it can hold us back from creating a successful blog.
What to Do: Don’t worry about being perfect, it’s NEVER going to be. Instead, focus on writing content every day and when you get done writing it, just hit publish.
If it’s your first blog post, no one is going to see it right away. It takes time to grow a blog and this is good. It gives you enough time to improve your writing so when people do find your blog, your content will be helpful and relevant.
You can always go back and fix that content later on. If you go back and look at some of the new content on your favorite blogs’, you’ll notice that their writing wasn’t always perfect.
They became better as they grew their blog. The only way that you’re going to become a good writer is to keep doing the same thing over and over, listen to this podcast.
#6 Avoid Social Media
I love networking in Facebook Groups, but I’ve learned that those tasks are time killers. I’m NOT saying that you shouldn’t network with other bloggers.
What I am saying is that networking and chatting with other blogger’s is not moving your blog forward. The only way that you’ll keep growing your blog is if you’re actually publishing new content and promoting it.
What to Do: Avoid social media when you turn on your computer. Make it a point to get on Facebook after you have spent time writing new content for your blog.
Once you get your writing done for the day, you can jump on Facebook and see what’s going on. Since getting off Facebook, I’ve been able to get so much done for both of my blogs.
It’s amazing how much you can grow if you’re willing to cut down on your social media activity.
#7 Treat It Like Your Job
If you want to earn money from your blog, you need to start treating it like your job. Most of us start our blog because we don’t want to work for other people.
I know I started my blog because I was tired of working as a WordPress freelancer. Maybe you’re tired of waking up to an alarm and commuting to a job?
Regardless of what type of job you do, you do to work because you don’t want to be fired and you need to earn money to pay the bills.
Well, if you’re serious about earning money through blogging, you need content to drive traffic. Without traffic, you won’t have people clicking on your affiliate links or buying your products.
If you’re NOT writing content, then you’re going to have a hard time growing your blog and earning from it.
What to Do: Start treating your blog and keep showing up. Unlike your job, it takes a while to actually start earning from your blog.
But if you keep showing up and producing great content, eventually, your hard work will pay off.
Final Take Away
Creating a successful blog takes a lot of hard work. It’s going to take a lot of sweat equity and persistence to turn a blog from a hobby into a money maker that actually pays the bills.
What I can tell you is that you’re writing new content on a regular basis and you give it time, your blog will grow. I wish I could tell you how long it will take you to start seeing results.
But the truth is that every blog is different. All I can say is that if you’re willing to keep with it, even when you’re not seeing money, eventually, your hard work will pay off.
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What have you done or given up to make sure that your blog continues growing? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear what has helped you see results.