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3 Things To Think About Before Starting A Blog

Starting A BlogStarting a blog can be tough, especially when you don’t know what you’re doing. When I first got started, I was sort of scared while really excited. I didn’t want my blog to be a huge failure and at the time, I had no idea how I was going to generate any traffic. It just seemed like the right thing to do…

Start a blog, write some content, get some traffic and make a ton of money. It appeared to be a pretty straight forward process back in 2009. So, it turns out that it’s not that scary, but a little more difficult than I thought. Anyway, I learned a lot in the process of building my blog. Especially in the first couple of months. Here’s the truth…

I had pretty much no traffic for the first 2 months. The first 2 months sucked. I spent the whole time writing content, wondering why the heck I wasn’t receiving any traffic. So here are just a couple of tips I want you to think about before starting your blog.

1. Time

Don’t start a blog unless you have the time to run it. I see marketers making this mistake all the time. They start their blogs, write maybe 3 pieces of content for the first 3 weeks and never touch it again. It’s a rookie mistake. Believe it or not, there’s a science behind blogging.

What I’m saying is, only start your blog if you have the time to work on it. You need to update your blog with new content 1-3 times a week, once a day is great in the beginning. It worked extremely well for me! Just remember that you need to commit to your blog. Set a time and a place every week to work on it.

Don’t let it die! Like 95% of blogs out there in the Internet/Network Marketing niche are all dead. Abandoned by their owners due to lack of time commitment.

2. Interest

Please don’t start your blog unless you’re really enthusiastic about the topic. My usual readers here will be wondering what the heck I’m talking about. As they’re all pretty much Network Marketers, but I’m sure this post will attract a broader group of people.

Just remember that you need to update your blog with fresh content every week. If you can’t picture yourself writing weekly or daily content for the next 12+ months, don’t start now. You need to be seriously dedicated and passionate about your niche. I made this mistake a little over a year ago.

As I was having so much success with this blog, I figured I could repeat the process in other niches. I was very wrong. I attempted to start a weight loss blog, an eye cream blog and I think a genital warts blog LOL. They were all great niches and had huge potential, they still do. The problem was that I lost interest.

I went over to the Google Keyword tool and pulled 100 of the most searched keywords in all 3 niches. I was going to write a quality blog post every day targeting each of those keywords for 100 days straight. After 2 weeks and 30 blog posts, I was miserable. I started posting less and less content until I came to a standstill. I had lost interest in the niches so I couldn’t bring myself to write another mind numbing post on something I didn’t care about. This is serious advice; don’t start your blog unless you’re passionate about the subject or industry.

3. Is The Niche Too Narrow?

Another mistake of mine that I felt you should learn from. You need to choose a mega niche. We’re not trying to build micro niche websites here; we’re building long term blogs that will attract tens of thousands of monthly visitors. Back when I was learning the ropes of Internet Marketing and SEO, I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog in the Sony TV niche, true story by the way…

There were a ton of searches in the niche, but after a week I run out of ideas for new content. I couldn’t write any more articles, especially when I ran out of keywords from the Google Keyword Tool. Lame example, I know. But what I’m trying to say is, don’t go for a micro niche. Pick a broad subject that you’re really passionate about and you could talk about for years.

If you don’t follow these rules, your soon to be blog will be hitting the morgue shortly. So make sure you love what you’re writing about and if you can’t see a future for your blog, don’t start it. Blogs are great branding tools! You can use them to brand yourself, your business and they are great for list building. In fact, I generate well over 100 daily leads from my blog. Those leads go into my sales funnel and end up generating a lot of cash.

Just make sure you have the time before starting. A good idea is to write around 50 blog posts before officially launching your blog. That way, you can schedule them to be posted over the next 3 months or so. Great idea if you’re short on time. I just wanted to throw some tips out there for people considering starting a blog. I’ll write another post shortly on some top secret traffic generation strategies that will catapult your blog posts to the top of the search engines. Plus some other really cool stuff!

 

In Prosperity,

David Wood

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13 comments
Adele Celeste Smith
Adele Celeste Smith

Great post! I tried starting a blog, but I really had not settled on a topic so it kind of died! I am thinking about giving blogging another try though and your article is a BIG HELP! THANKS MUCH! :-)

Charo Santiago
Charo Santiago

I agree that starting a blog can be tough, especially when you don’t know what you’re doing... You really need to learn and consider lots of things so you'll have good results.

Godwin Okoduwa
Godwin Okoduwa

Great stuff for me , wow , I need to start writing now.

Zenil Shroff
Zenil Shroff

Absolutely fantastic tips, Passion and Commitment is must if one wants to become a successful blogger.

Nishadha
Nishadha

I agree with most things except the Interest thing. If you can find a profitable niche you can always outsource the blog post writing part. The other things like search engine optimization, social media marketing are common in most cases.

Michael  Berry
Michael Berry

I just love the community and your post 3 Things To Think About Before Starting A Blog, thanks for sharing David. I love a post that has real value. I would love for you to join my prosperyourmind tribe, if I haven't already. There will be some great information to assist you in your personal development. Take care, Michael

Yola Jw JWeekes
Yola Jw JWeekes

Good advice David, I had attempted to start a blog a few years ago, :-), wrote one post and never did another :-(. I hope people take this advice seriously...

Ryan Biddulph
Ryan Biddulph

Hi David, Thinking before blogging; a rare trait ;) Plan out your blogging campaign. I did it willy-nilly, blogging on the run, in the beginning. This approach delayed my progress as a blogger. Then I thought things through. I decided to blog from the heart, writing about things I felt passionate about in my niche. I focus on marketing but also write quite a bit about personal development, for PD is such a huge part of being a successful marketer, or becoming successful in any endeavor. I only write about things that make my heart sing. I post consistently, but never post "because you have to write 1 post a day." Hogwash. You post to help other people, you post because what you're writing, comes from your heart. Never post because of some conceived rule, for your posts will be bland, boring and dull, like many articles we see in the blogosphere. Thanks for sharing your always entertaining insight David. Looking forward to the next post! Ryan

Eric Martinson
Eric Martinson

Another great post Dave. When I first came into MLSP, I stumbled across your article webinars in the back office and I could tell you were laying out the blueprint. What's cool is seeing all the others that are duplicating your success like Jamie, Rob, Jordan and Adam, and so many others. Thanks for sharing everything you do - my blog is 3 weeks old. I'm using one of your tips for my next post. Leveraging results for more content.

adam
adam

Great post David. Just what I needed to hear. This gives me a better understanding of the commitment I need to prepare to make before launching my blog.

bbrian017
bbrian017

You know David, from my experience I've found blogging to be hard and emotionally struggling. One of the hardest things I found was not having any growth. one week it's great, the next week ti's slow and the growth is slow. I easily get frustrated with lack of growth and to me this is hard to deal with. I guess we all have our own issues based on our personalities.

julia
julia

Thank you for the helpful comment! I do want to start a blog and will still do so, but i will take your advice in to account and write around some more post in advance. Continue the good work!

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