I know it has not been a while for me to write this post but nearly took an era. So just to say what happened all these days, for this moment I could say that I’ve been working on a new blog with one of my online friend and I really need to take some time off from BIG (Blog in Grace). I don’t have any plans to kill this blog or leave this blog as I know this blog has a vision to help people on how to blog and what to blog. Though I am not Pat Flynn to post a big list of my online income sources yet I love to help people who have just landed online to earn some bucks. So I need to experiment on few strategies and if I succeed then my results and sure fire tips will flow directly through this blog.
Just to bring back my experiences on the blog I have been working on, from past few days there were lot of hindrances, which I and my friend were facing in order to bring a fully designed, well furnished product (blog). Usually when a newbie first starts a blog it seems easy and if they have landed into blogging seeing those income reports of top bloggers then they might simply think that they too are sure to make some bucks like those pro bloggers. In fact it is not so easy to turn our blog into next campus craze and bring in those huge numbers.
Money flows excessively over the net but to tap into the right resource and earn genuinely is what makes it difficult for a newbie.
Yes, earning a genuine income either by selling our own product or affiliate marketing or any other sources is not as easy as one thinks. Mostly people would like to know the review, best price and best product before they actually end up in buying one. And all you need to do is bring in such products to have a profitable market built in your blog. As of now I am not going to discuss anything on affiliate marketing but I want to share few facts which really drive a blogger to go nuts with the hindrances they face in the initial stages.
As usual before I jump into my topic a small story to justify my explanation in my rest of the post. You can skip it if you want and directly read what I wanted to share below this story.
One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.
“Oh yeah,” said the son.
“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”
This is a very old story which you might have already know. My point of sharing this story is simple when ever we face a hindrance we should think the other way round. That’s what we call as positive attitude, as I have already wrote an article on Imparting positive attitude to your blog readers, where you can know more about it.
A blogger who has just started his blog will have to go through some hardship or some hindrances. Below are few hindrances which I have personally faced and also adding few of them which are commonly faced by others too. So that this could be helpful to you in having a good and favorable blogging environment.
First and foremost thing you would ever regret is for choosing a bad hosting. This really annoys when you are desperately in need of support and the hosting provider does not offer a online or offline support. There are some hosting providers which give 24/7 support but not for those who choose a baby plan or a basic plan. What will a newbie choose, definitely a basic plan not a high end professional plan and in his blogging journey if suppose he had grown his traffic to a nice extent and he faces down time now and then, its really bad for him as the blog will definitely loose all the traffic and in turn increases the bounce rate. So its better to choose a good hosting, always look for the brand and also read some users reviews before you end up in choosing one. See that they also offer a 24/7 support whenever you are in need of them. Not to name but there are many hosting providers who offer hosting at a cheap price but then you would regret afterwards over choosing such a bad hosting. Choose a good hosting even it costs you a buck more than it usually is, for in future you won’t cry over ruining your million dollar product simply by saving a dollar.
2. Bad Hardware:
Well you started a good blog but you have a poor computer with really old hardware. You just wanted to prepare an image in Photoshop with some of your blogs topics or logos. This could really turn your table round as for the speed and the performance your bad hardware offers. See that you use a good and latest system with some pretty cool branded accessories rather than choosing some cheap products. If you have pressed enter and nothing turn up or some of your key strokes wont type a letter on the screen would ruin your energy and completely spoil the show. So use a good system or a laptop with some latest hardware.
3. Offline Contacts:
You were pretty determined to write a killer content that converts or a blog post which of course is a master piece, but then comes some of your unavoidable guests. There would be no other option but to leave your work for a while. As you bade your friends good bye already the points which were in your mind too have given you a peck and left long back. Guess what again you need to brainstorm for ideas, you need to recollect what you thought of earlier cos you thought of writing on affiliate marketing and your friends came and discussed on stock marketing. Its really a tough job to keep our friends away, so many bloggers keep a blogging schedules during nights or early mornings. I suggest to plan a good time for writing your blog and I would personally suggest early in the mornings will do the thing.
4. Power Cuts:
Though you live in some developed countries where you would not suffer any power cuts yet some times you need to be prepared. Hurricanes like Sandy would some time love take a walk through our corridors and pull up everything which we don’t like. But in countries like ours (India) we don’t need any hurricanes to pull the thing as our people at electricity department are very hardworking, not to blame them they take nearly 8 to 10 hours to take the thing up. They even take 5 long days with the same 8 to 10 hours to put our electric thing in its proper place. Thanks to temple run game which I have installed in my tab and few eBooks which kept me engaged for those 5 days. I was determined to write for my new blog and I had to face this break down for 5 long days. But thanks to those short stories which I post now and then in my blogs for I took some inspiration out of them and kept writing in spite of severe power failure.
Many times I comment or write an article as I am about to hit publish or post then my electricity would just go and come off within a minute. Then I decided that I would write a post extra including the one which I have lost due to power cut. I am also planing to bring the UPS thing as I have faced this issue more than a hundred times.
Its not with my blog but many complain that they get their blogs hacked especially WordPress ones. So its better that you choose some of the hardest passwords but see that you won’t forget them.
I wont write too much on this section as I still have to learn on how to avoid it may be my friend Vivek covered a small topic on How to avoid Getting your WordPress blog Hacked.
6. Bad Internet Connection:
This really is one of the biggest hindrance as in India we face lot of down time with the internet service providers. Sometimes we need to compromise with some basic internet plans as most of the time cost for some good speed plans would not be affordable for a newbie blogger. We feel so bad especially when it takes 2 to 3 minutes to upload an image into a post. So try to choose a good Internet service provider who offers good speed and the same time good support. Too many break downs with our internet connection would just leave us frustrated to write any post further.
7. Lack of Motivation:
Last in my list but not the least, personally I felt it very difficult to move on when people discourage. One of the biggest discouragement a blogger faces is earning nothing even after blogging for seven to eight months. Only thing we need to do is write one more post and keep blog moving.
All I could suggest is just to keep writing, in spite of so many problems I was able to write 100+ posts in our new blog. Its only one thing that kept me going, a thought that I need to write a post extra if something hinders me. So if I faced power cut for two times then I would write four posts. If hosting troubled me three times I would write six posts. This is all how I manged to turn my hindrances into a favorable blogging conditions. Though I felt so bad after writing a post of 500 words and had to sacrifice it for a power failure, I still wrote it thinking like that boy in the story that every hindrance is a reminder for me to write even better and write more and more. So in a simple sentence I suggest you to just write whatever may be the hindrance you face, just keep it going. Sorry for all those who have been my regular readers and been waiting for my next post from many days. I would see that I will be writing some interesting and useful posts in near future so stay tuned…