Every blogger remembers the excitement of publishing his first article, wow! Many will definitely wish the feelings remains for very long, not long before we all started facing challenges in our new found hubby or career – blogging.
Blogging could be fun if you make it, there will definitely be challenges but how you handle them determines the level of fun you have with your blogging quest. I wake up every day knowing I have blogging challenges to face, so I make up my mind before going to sleep the previous night that no matter how heinous it is I will pull through and have fun with what am doing, because I love blogging.
It’s common to see bloggers facing these challenges every day, so today I have decided to share my secret so you can find the love you began blogging with at first. Statistics shows that many blogs get abandoned in a few months after its first publication; I have abandoned a blog in the past because I couldn’t cope with some challenges of blogging.
Challenges of Blogging & How to overcome them:
Choosing on a Niche
Choosing the right niche is the first challenge most bloggers encounter, most bloggers end up choosing the wrong niches for themselves and get frustrated easily and then abandon their blog. When you chose a wrong niche for yourself be sure you are going to face problems handling it effectively.
So to avoid such challenge, ensure to only chose a niche you are passionate about, one you are an authority in, don’t chose a niche because you think you can handle it, or because it will be profitable. Blogging is all about what you love, chose what you love doing and that way you will always love blogging and face less challenges of blogging.
Coming up with Quality Content always
Almost every blogger faces this challenge, you can only excel in blogging if the quality of your content is good enough to bring your audience back every day. Someone asked me how do you always come up with such quality content on your blog and I simply replied because I know the taste of quality.
Two bloggers could write same article and one will have a better quality that the other, so it’s not necessarily all about the topic or niche, it’s about how you write it. It’s about how you approach the topic and the information you have at hand, so to avoid such challenge you have to read widely, you have to research properly before writing, read other people’s views and add your own idea to it, write your contents with your own voice, add human touch to it bearing in mind your audience are humans.
Among all the challenges of blogging this is the one that can adversely affect your blog directly. Traffic is the life blood of your blog and when you can’t get enough people to come and read your contents, you have already failed as a blogger. Without traffic you can’t earn money with your blog.
A lot have been written about traffic and how to drive traffic to your blog. You have to diversify your method of traffic generation. Try different things, if what you are doing now does not change the traffic situation of your blog then try something else. I have personally shared my traffic generation secrets on my blog.
Making money with your Blog
Most bloggers started blogging for the money but most have learnt one lesson, making money with blogging is not as easy as thought. To make money with your blog, you have to maintain a high quality of content and traffic. Without traffic like I said earlier you can’t earn money with your blog.
Blogging is not a make-money-quick scheme; it requires skills and most importantly patience. It took me over three months to earn my first $100. Making money with your blog is a challenge most bloggers are facing. There may be good reasons why you are not making money with your blog; it may be because your blog sucks, or your monetization model is not suitable for your type of blog or niche, it could be because you are lazy to improve your blog, or because you are very impatient to make money with your blog etc.
So if you want to make money with your blog, you have to first find what the problem is and analyze it very well, seek solution from other bloggers, find out what works for them, try it on your blog until you find the one that best work for you.
Blogging is like a new wife that requires all your attention every minute of the day, time management is one of the challenges of blogging that has killed more blogs than any other challenge I have listed here. Blogging requires your time to succeed in a way, but in another way it does not. I will explain, as a blogger you need time to research and write, you need time to promote your blog and it always seem like there is no time for all these.
That is because most bloggers do not prioritize their tasks, time management is very essential if you are to succeed as a blogger, you have to learn how to handle blogging and still have ample amount of time to live your life, relate with your family and socialize with your friends.
Let me share my little secret with you, I have a timetable for everything I do, I have a time to write, I have a time to promote my blog, I have a time to socialize on Facebook, I even have a time to play my online football manager. I still hang out with my friends and relate with my family. I manage my time very well by scheduling my posts, using automated tools to handle everyday tasks etc. Doing the right thing at the right time saves you time, do use time you should’ve used to promote your blog to watch movies and expect to squeeze out time later for it.
Search Engine Optimization
Truth be told, most bloggers don’t know the first thing about SEO, I visit so many blogs and see how flawed they are when it comes to SEO. A poorly optimized site cannot do well in search engines and will suffer when it comes to traffic and can’t earn money. You see how these challenges of blogging are related to one another?
You have to learn the basics of search engine optimization. Don’t assume to know it all, take out some time and learn what SEO is all about and apply them on your blog and see instant improvement. Don’t go complaining your posts do not rank high on Google when your contents are poorly optimized.
I have published a series on my blog called “Beginner’s Guide to Blogging” You should check it out. I have published 4 episodes so far, covering how to build a blog, content creation, Search engine optimization and web promotion.
I hope you find this article informative, if you have any contributions please use the comment below. I will be very glad to hear your thoughts about this post.