6 Bitter Blogging Truths That Every Blogger Have To Accept

by Tushar · 20 comments

This is a guest post by Tushar Agarwal from BloggersPassion.

The rise of blogging as a career option in last 3-4 years has taken many by surprise. Nobody expected blogging to reach at this level and after the introduction of micro blogging sites like Twitter, we can imagine how long way it still has to go.

Many bloggers has stepped into full time blogging career and their only source of income is their blog. Seeing their success rate and the amount of cash they make through blogging, youngsters are getting interested and the result is the number of blogs which is being created every day.

One reason behind this is that they look at blogs as a big part time income source but they do not realize the hard work, pain and dedication that full time bloggers have put in to make their blog this success.

Blogging Truths

For the new bloggers, here are some bitter truths you will have to accept before you start blogging seriously.

  1. You Won’t Get Rich In A Day Or A Month – No matter how hard you try, how much you have spent on advertising and SEO, the theme and design; your earnings will still take time to come. You will never earn $10 with Google Adsense in a day, nor will you get dollars of advertisements.
  2. You Need To Work Hard For Traffic – If you are one of those who can not spend money on advertising; you have to work very hard to bring regular traffic to your blog. Few comments here and there will not work. You will have to comment, guest post, use forums & yahoo answers and link building with dedication.
  3. You Need To Sacrifice Lot Of Your Daily Activities – Blogging demands at least 2-3 serious dedicated hours every day. If you are a student, you can afford this time but this will cost you many things you like to do. This may include hangout with friends, cricket, movies and your sleep. So, be ready to keep your interest aside for the benefit of the blog.
  4. You Can Never Compete With Darren Rowse And John Chow – If you think that one day you can beat these two great bloggers in earnings; you are entirely wrong. No matter how good you are at writing, there income would not be affected with your rise. You need to work hard to make a name for yourself.
  5. Writing Good Content Is A Tough – Blogging depends on the content and writing good content is a difficult task. Whether you write daily or in 2-3 days, you have to make sure that every post is a quality post. And mind you, you have to do a lot of homework and research for a good post.
  6. You And Your Family Will Lose Patience Eventually- You need to show results to you and your family within 6 months time or they will give up patience and might consider blogging as a waste of time. This is a common scene in Indian homes. So, make sure what you are doing is being done in a right direction


PS.This post is not written to discourage you or stop you from blogging. My only motive while writing this post was to make all the bloggers aware of the reality behind the fascinating world of blogging. And I was able to write this post because I have realized these things in due course of time when I started 3 years back.

Have the spirit, keep a positive frame of mind and approach your goal with full passion. The success will itself find your way.

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Chris Catania June 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

Solid post! I would also say that it is very important to take breaks and to reach out to others offline and online. For some reason, it is very easy for bloggers to stay online and get sucked into thinking all connections and relationships are made online. Always love your blog, but never love it more than the real world and those around you. Always find ways to make connecitons with peers and mentors offline, if possible. this will be a great asset to you building and growing your blog and becoming a balanced person, too.

thanks again for sharing your blogging insights. 😉

TechDubDoob June 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

I don’t agree with all of your points but I will say that it definitely takes a lot of work in order to make your blog successful. The majority of blogs out there are “just like the rest” and receive very little traffic.

Colleen June 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

“You Need To Sacrifice Lot Of Your Daily Activities”

Sad, but true. But that is life, eh! To succeed at anything one must give up a little pleasure for it.

Dan Keller June 14, 2010 at 5:17 am

I agree with most of what you say. I do take issue with Darren and John Chow comment. Who cares if you are as successfull as they are. What matters is that you are as successful as you want to be.

Sourav Das June 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

You have got some good points in the list, but I would like to disagree with number 6. If a blogger is really determined, then there is no way that he/she can lose his patience unless he/she fails miserably in whatever he/she tries to do. Do we bloggers lose our determination after failing once or twice? Well, I don’t know about the family members.
And I would like to add a point to number 3. As students, the main thing that we have to sacrifice a bit is our studies. Sometimes when an idea about a blog post comes to my mind, I just can’t concentrate on my studies.

Kevin June 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

In the end, if you just write about what you want, you’ll get people to read it. People appreciate honestly in marketing. If you are the real you, genuine and not fake, people will know. You can smell a fake from a mile away. So, who cares if nobody’s going there at first? Just keep writing and people will eventually come.

jobucks June 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I don’t believe that there is nobody on earth can beat johnchow and darren …

Darrel Ellis June 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm

In my opinion part time blogging can not be considered as a solid income source. One should rather be happy that he’s earning money, since a huge percent of the bloggers never achieve that goal. Content and its quality are definitely the kings and without these, even the best marketing strategies can’t help you. The problem is that getting to earn your first money requires a lot of time and during that course one can easily lose motivation and inspiration.

Usama September 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Time is the most bitter one. Nobody can get success in just days. Time and effort has to be implied.
Thanks.

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