The feeling that you’re on the wrong track, is clearly verified by the low numbers in your stats.
You’ve been blogging for almost four months now, and the only comments you’ve gotten are in the spam file.
So you start slacking up. You’re not posting as much as you were at the onset, and now you’re looking at other ways to make money on the Internet.
You can’t understand where you went wrong, and you’re getting confused about what to do.
Now, not only are you depressed, but you’re out a bunch of money too.
You’re starting to get the idea that you were taken by another slick info marketer who sold you a bogus dream.
Don’t give up yet dear blogger, because the solution to your problem is a very simple one.
Consistency and Commitment Could Be the Culprit
For some reason, most people don’t plan their online marketing efforts as seriously as their offline efforts.
In order to start any type of business that you expect to make money with, you must have a plan ― either a business plan, marketing plan, or both.
If I had to pick one of the two, I would at least pick a marketing plan.
A decent marketing plan would have you positioned in a niche properly, help you decide which marketing tools to use and give you a real good idea of what direction to take your business.
It would also demand that you commit yourself to your plan and every single day.
Considering the fact that you’ve decided to use blogging as a marketing tool to generate traffic to your business, you need to be committed to posting as much as possible and marketing those posts every single day, long term.
Blogging Must be Done Every Day without Fail
As a business, blogs have a much higher failure rate than restaurants.
Of the estimated 170 million blogs out there, only 8 million of them have been updated in the last 3 months.
The reason for this failure rate revolves around planning and commitment.
Since most Internet marketers and bloggers don’t take the time to actually sit down and figure out an actual plan, sooner or later they give up.
However, if you’ve taken the time to read any marketing books on the subject, you’ll find out rather quickly that any marketing plan requires an element of time.
Jay Conrad Levinson, the author of Guerilla Marketing points out in his book that anyone who thinks they’re going to start making money without a good marketing plan in place is doomed to failure.
This is especially true for people that are using blogging as one of the weapons in their marketing arsenal.
If you’re really going to use a blog as a marketing tool, blogging must be consistently and persistently as much as possible.
And by the way, if you’re only using one marketing tool or your marketing plan isn’t diversified, you’re playing with fire.
How to Blog Every Day in 6 Steps
If you really want to commit yourself to blogging as a major part of your marketing plan, you need to come up with a procedure. You’ll need a way to blog without getting burned out and to help you stay motivated and focused.
Step 1: Prepare Your Work Area for Maximum Productivity!
One of the best things you can do to increase your productivity blogging and avoid distractions is to make sure that your work area is completely cleared and organized.
Not only do you want to keep your computer area clear, but you’ll also want to make sure that your desktop doesn’t have any distracting games or Internet browser tabs open.
Many times, people leave open 15 or so tabs up on their browser before going to bed, and when they get up they start reading email messages and checking out friends on Facebook.
You’ll be tempted right out the starting gate to do other things that aren’t relevant to your work.
So if you are going to leave tabs open, make sure they are relevant to the post that you’ll be writing.
I like to do a lot of research on the front end of my projects, so I’ll read online articles and information before doing any writing. If it’s online material that I need, I’ll try to leave those tabs open from the night before for quick referencing the next morning.
Step 2: Get Away From Other Distractions
- Shut down all tabs on your Internet browser that don’t relate to your writing.
- Turn off your cell phone.
- Kick the dogs outside.
- If you are multitasking and trying to do a wide variety of tasks, your writing will reflect that fact and you’ll lose your focus.
So, get rid of every type of distraction that you can possibly think of so you can start writing.
If you would like to use a real good timer for writing download Write or Die 2 software to help keep yourself focused.
Step 3: Time Your Writing Sessions
A lot of writers are now using a technique called the Pomodoro Technique. Basically, this is a time management tactic that will help your productivity and keep you from getting burned out.
In a nut shell, you set your timer (I like to use the Google Timer) to 25 minute segments while you are writing. Once the timer runs out and signals you, you’ll take a break for about 5 minutes, and do something totally unrelated to writing.
Get some water…
Hit the bathroom…
Consider the national deficit…
Once the 5 minutes are up, you’ll reset the timer again and resume your writing for another 25 minutes. Rinse and repeat.
I personally use this tactic, and 25 minutes really seems to fly by fast.
The best part: You don’t feel burned out or tired, even after you’ve done 3 or 4 of these sessions!
Step 4: Set a Limit on Your Writing
If you try to write for long stretches of time until you’re exhausted, you’ll burn out very fast. Not only that, but you’ll eventually start writing crap, get tired, and start looking for other things to do besides finishing your post.
So limit yourself on how much you’re going to write and stick to it. You’ll eventually see that not only are you able to get just as much work done, but you’ll do much better, high-quality work.
Step 5: Try to Outsource Some of the Tasks
Writing decent blog posts can be a real time suck, so if you can get someone to help you with some of the other aspects of your business, then it’s a big help.
As I mentioned before blogging should be only one part of your marketing mix. If you want to share your posts on social media and get the word out, wouldn’t it be much easier to have someone do it for you?
How about hiring someone to make your images for your blog posts?
The easiest way for you to get these menial tasks done is by hiring or outsourcing someone to do these tasks for you.
You can easily find someone to do these tasks for you cheaply by going on sites like Fiverr or Elance. I personally hire college, high school or relatives to help me with these menial chores and it saves me tons of time.
Step 6: Always Take Time Out for Family and Friends
If you’re working all of the time and you aren’t spending any time with friends and family, you’re doing this all wrong.
Several times I’ve sat in first class sections of airline jets next to millionaires on my travels, and I usually hear the same lament from them, “I wish I had spent more time with my family and friends.”
They never told me they wished they had more money, or better houses, or cars, they almost always wished they had spent more time with family and friends.
So, make sure you spend quality time with those that mean the most to you.
Are You Getting Stuck With Your Blogging?
If you’re getting hung up on some of the different aspects of blogging, here’s a few links to lessons I’ve already written that will help you:
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