Hello you! Yes, you there, daydreaming about Blogging. I see you, searching out the blogging articles on Pinterest, getting inspired by all those income reports. All shared by normal people just like you, making a solid income from the comfort of their own homes.
But you’ve not started yet. Your ‘Blog’ is merely a collection of notes in your favourite notebook, or saved as a note in your phone. Maybe you got as far as looking at hosting packages on SiteGround with your finger just hovering over the ‘Get Started’ button. Or maybe you did start your Blog and now it lies abandoned before it ever had a chance to shine.
It’s totally normal to have doubts and second guess yourself about starting a Blog but the sooner you start, the sooner you can start reaping the rewards!
And Blogging offers so many rewards:
- It’s totally flexible; you can build your Blog around your current job, or family commitments, or while your baby sleeps.
- You can Blog from anywhere you want. As long as you have a laptop and an internet connection, you can Blog.
- You don’t need any experience. Many of the super successful bloggers you’re following on Pinterest started their blogs as a creative outlet, or to share their stories and slowly grew their blogs unto the empires they run today. They might be experts now but they weren’t when they started.
- You can start from just $3.95. I honestly can’t think of any other business with the earning potential of a Blog that you can start for less than $5!
But you already know all that don’t you? Because you’re already thinking about Starting a Blog.
Well you need to stop. Yes really.
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You need to stop thinking about Starting a Blog!
And actually start that thing!
Now I’m guessing the reason you haven’t started yet is because you’re a bit scared. I know I was. I still get doubts even now, even after Blogging for more than 2 years!
But there’s really nothing to be scared of, and here’s why…
Reason 1: You really don’t have to be an expert
There’s lots of bollocks written about Blogging, but this one is actually true. You don’t have to be an expert. In fact, I think people are fed up of experts and ‘gurus’.
Want proof? This post is my most popular Blog Post at the moment: How I Made Absolutely No Money my First Month Blogging. (Not exactly something to aspire to, but still something my audience want to read)
People want relatable, they want normal, they want people just like them.
Write about what you do know, you’ll be able to help someone out, or even just let someone know they’re not alone in their own journey.
Reason 2: You aren’t alone
People look at you weird when you tell them you’re a Blogger. Or you want to Start a Blog. Or that you make an income from Blogging. Even your friends and family that really love you probably just don’t ‘get it’. (Honestly, I tried to explain affiliate marketing to my Husband, and he likened it to a pyramid scheme. Thanks hubs!)
Luckily, there is a whole community of Bloggers online. There are hundreds of Facebook groups just for Bloggers, including some specific niche ones. Have a search, or you may find that your favourite Blogger has one. Collaboration is an integral part of successful Blogging, so Bloggers are generally happy to help, share their knowledge and answer any questions.
Reason 3: If you don’t fail you’re not trying hard enough
What if nobody reads my new Blog? What if I never make any money? What if it all turns out to be a colossal waste of time and energy? These are questions all Bloggers asked themselves when they started. Even the ones that now make 5-figures a month.
You will get readers on your Blog, and you will make some money. I’m not gonna lie, it’ll probably take longer than you hoped and you’ll probably have to make some changes but….. It’s definitely not going to happen if you don’t even start the Blog in the first place!
Reason 4: Done is better than perfect
There are literally thousands of articles out there on the best way to ‘launch’ a Blog. Lists of things you must do, lists of things you mustn’t do.
Blogging is one of those things that thrives on experience. Take it from a chronic over-planner; you do not want to over plan your Blog.
Just start Blogging. Start writing, start promoting and find out what resonates most with your readers. Then, when you know what your audience need from you, you can take the next step and start your email list, and start promoting affiliates and creating your own products.
Do you know what you really need to launch a Blog? Get your hosting, get a domain, set up WordPress, write a post and press ‘publish’. That’s it. Blog launched! All that other stuff can come later.
So, are you ready? Yay! Head to this post first for a step-by-step tutorial to get your Blog all set up on WordPress.
And if you’ve done that, here’s what to do next….
How to Launch a Blog the Non-Scary Way
Make a date
Set a ‘launch date’ for your Blog. Without a deadline, there’s no urgency and you’ll never put that shiny new Blog to good use.
Tell someone else your launch date
I know, scary huh? But it helps to have accountability. When you tell someone else, it becomes a real thing that you’re doing (not just thinking about doing) And I always feel like I’ve somehow failed the other person if I ask them to hold me accountable for something I then fail to do (not sure if that’s a thing, or just me?) which may be weird, but it works for getting things done!
If you don’t have anyone in real life to hold you accountable, see if you can find an accountability partner online. Recently, in the Billionaire Blog Club Membership & Community I’m in, a small group of Bloggers all launched their new Blogs on the same day, and it was lovely to see them all encouraging each other, and then celebrating together.
There is so much stuff you allegedly should be doing as a new Blogger. But you can’t do it all.
So, write a list of all the things you want to do, and prioritise 2 to work on first. I speak from experience when I say if you try to do everything, you end up doing nothing properly.
Rome was not built in a day (and neither are Blogs).
Now I know you’ve read those Blogs on Pinterest that got 25,000 views in their first month, and made $1000 but they’re not normal. The people that have those types of numbers have probably had a Blog before, they may already have an audience (from social media, or previous Blogs) they may have had 20 posts written when they started, or they might have been super lucky and had a pin go viral on Pinterest. My point is, those numbers are good to aspire to, but not realistic goals to set yourself.
To give you a more realistic perspective; As you know, from the post I linked to earlier, I didn’t make any money in my first month. And I had 543 page views.
Be patient, write something every day, promote something every day and you will see results. Successful Blogs are built on a foundation of consistency and determination!
Lastly, remember why you want to start a Blog
Why do you want to start your Blog? How is making your Blog a success going to improve your life?
Write it down and put it somewhere prominent. It will keep you going when you’re feeling unsure and remind you of why you decided to start in the first place!
Launch now with what you have – every day you delay you are losing valuable experience of your Blog out in the real World. You will never know what you are really capable of until you try!