How These 31 Successful Bloggers Overcame Failure

Do you think that you’re the only one who fails or are afraid of failing when it comes to blogging? Some of you are in a continuous failure rate and don’t know how to come out of it, while others are afraid of what the future may bring.

When it comes to blogging, it is definitely a process, but what you focus on and what you apply during that process matters a lot. If you’re focused on the process and the continual growth of your blogging journey, then you will definitely see the growth in you and your blog.

You may be thinking that this is a generic answer and you really want the real answers of growing your blog. Well within this post I’m I share with you 31 Bloggers who will share their experience of failure and how they got through that failure for their blog to be where it is now. Also they will give you some pointers of how you can overcome your failures and obstacles that you may be experiencing.

31 Bloggers Overcame Failure Follow Me on Pinterest

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person . Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exit.” ~ Chris Hardwick

Here is a list of bloggers that share their experiences from going from failure to success. You can click on one of these links to go straight to them. Also after reading about their experiences and advice make sure that you go to their blogs and subscribe if you haven’t done so already. Also the majority of them have left a way where you can find them on social media.

2015 RoundupPost Collage Follow Me on Pinterest

1.   Adrienne Smith

2.   Andrew M. Warner

3.   Atish Ranjan

4.   Brent Jones

5.   Carol Amato

6.   Carolyn Nicander Mohr

7.   David Hartshorne

8.   David Leonhardt

9.   Dennis Seymour

10. Donna Merrill

11.  Erik Emanuelli

12.  Freddy Gandarilla

13.  Glenn Shepherd

14.  Harleena Singh

15.  Henneke Duistermaat

16.  Ivan Bayross

17.  Jackson Nwachukwu

18.  Jeff Bullas

19.  Kelli Cooper

20.  Lisa Sicard

21.  Mi Muba

22.  Reginald Chan

23.  Richard Martin

24.  Ron Killian

25.  Ron Sela

26.  Ryan Biddulph

27.  Shamsudeen Adeshokan

28. Sherryl Perry

29. Sue Anne Dunlevie

30. Sylviane Nuccio

31. Yvonne I. Wilson

 

Adrienne Smith

AdrienneSmith Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

 

1)  I would purchase an eBook or course but only implement what I was comfortable doing and nothing more.

2)  I never took chances but always just stayed within the lines of what I was being taught.

3)  I took the word of too many “gurus” in the industry and didn’t realize that not everything works the same for everyone.

 

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self-doubt, etc…)

 

The only real obstacle I ever continuously ran into was my own lack of confidence. Because I wouldn’t implement things I was uncomfortable doing and I always took the word of who I was learning from at the time, I wasn’t seeing results.  Because of that I always doubted my own ability to be able to accomplish my goals.

 

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

 

I purchased a membership course in November of 2010 and I made myself a promise that whether I was comfortable or not I was going to do every single thing they told me to do.  It was time to let go of the fear of the unknown and just do it.  It’s the best decision I ever made because although I purchased the course to learn one thing, I ended up learning so much more.  It took me in a different direction and I proved to myself that with the right information and action steps that achieving my goals was possible.

 

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

 

You have to first off work on your mindset.  When you doubt yourself you’ll sabotage yourself.  No matter what work you put into this won’t matter because of that.  Once you have that in place though, purchase a course or hire a coach that can help you with what you’re struggling with at that very moment and do what they say.  Invest in yourself because it will save you SO much heartache and time.

 

Favorite Quote: “To get anywhere in life you need people.  It’s all about the relationships you build along the way.  Blogging is the best way to achieve that.” ~ Adrienne Smith

Blog URL: http://www.adriennesmith.net

Twitter ID: @AdrienneSmith40

31 Successful Bloggers Explain How They Overcame Failure [ Tweet this! ]

 

Andrew M. Warner

Andrew M Warner Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your 

early blogging journey

1. Constantly wrote posts and didn’t promote them – thinking people will magically find them.

2. Wrote about topics that I was interested in and not topics that my readers wanted to know about

3. Waited too long to build an email list. And when I did, I made numerous mistakes getting the correct “bribe” to lure in my target audience.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your 

early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, 

etc…)

The biggest obstacle I has to overcome was myself. I’m a person that loves trying different business opportunities and seeing what works and what doesn’t and when I came into blogging, I thought it would be another “easy” way to make money.

Turns out there’s a lot more to it than I thought. I had to come to terms with that, and still be interested in the fact that it may take time to make money … even years. So I had to adapt and accept the fact that I make not be making money in blogging right away. But I’ve been blogging for 2 years now and I’m just starting to put monetization strategies in place.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and 

solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward 

with your blog?

I basically accepted the fact that no one makes money right away and the best way to make money down the road, is to work on building strong, meaningful relationships with other bloggers.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome 

the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

Focus on building relationships with other bloggers from the very start. In fact, try to build relationships with authority bloggers too. It may take a while, or may never happen, but it doesn’t hurt to try. The relationships you build early on will determine your overall success.

Favorite Quote: Mistakes are the only way you’ll ever learn anything in life … so don’t be afraid to make them. [ Tweet this! ]

 

Blog Url: www.shadeofinfo.com

Twitter ID: @CopyWarner

 

 

Atish Ranjan

Atish Ranjan Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

 

I have started my blogging journey way back in 2010, and at that time, I was not aware even what I was doing is called “Blogging”. Due to very few knowledge, I have done many mistakes, and 3 of them are listed below:

 

Writing Smaller Content: As I didn’t have awareness, whatever things came up in my mind, I made them as a post. Because of that reasons most of the posts were too small that if I see them today, I feel embarrassed.

Recently I have started working on repurposing the old content to make them better. This was the mistake I had been doing consistently, but I am now correcting this.

Ignoring Social Media: For a long time, I have been neglecting social media and only focused on Organic traffic. It was the worst mistake I made for years.

 

But in recent years (say from 2 years), I have been focusing more on social media sites.

 

Reading very few articles:       When I was an infant in blogging, I always tried writing without reading and researching existing articles on the internet. That was the mistake I still regret about because that made my content monotonous as they were just from my own views, they didn’t have researched facts and information.

Now, for 2 years I am working well in this area as well. I do read 2 articles every day.

 

So, I did these 3 blunder mistakes but now, I have corrected myself! Hope it will go well.

 

 

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

 

Yes, there were many constraints, and 3 of them are below:

 

ð Time constraint: When I started my blogging journey, I was working as an SEO executive as well for a firm, and that was a big time sucker. It was 9 hours of job + 2 hours of up-down traveling.

 

I was finding very few hours to work, but I never gave up, and whenever found the time, I worked on my blog(s).

 

ð Health Constraint:  I am a type 1 diabetic, and that made things tougher because it’s too bad for working for long hours sitting in your chair for a person with diabetes. Many of my dear friends advised me to start working on something in which you have to do more of physical activity, I appreciate their concerns but it’s my passion that never let me get out of this awesome activity “Blogging”. I worked every day while maintaining my health as well.

 

ð Writing: Being an Indian, my primary language is Hindi and not English. In the early days, I struggled to write well. When I look back to my older articles I notice the blunder mistakes I have done.

Though, I am not still a great English writer, but I am now much better than what I was 5 years back.  I have been constantly working on my English by teaching English grammar to kids. Later I started reading writing blogs like dailywritingtips, writetodone and few others.

 

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

 

I was able to deal with all those obstacles and mistakes because I had the passion for blogging and it is still there. It was my perseverance that overcome all of them.

 

Recently when the blogging business grown up, I have permanently left the job and plunged into full time blogging.

 

I have been practicing to write and read every day to improve my writing. That helped me overcome writing problem. When it comes to health, I go for regular check-ups and keep my blood sugar under control to stay fit to blog.

 

When I talk about rectifying my mistakes, it was the realization of my mistakes that worked great and always motivated me to do better.

I have spent more than 100s of sleepless nights for making myself better in blogging.

I would like to mention that within these 5 years of blogging, I have worked on my blogging work every day, there is no single gap! It’s not like I wrote every day, but I did some work every day in blogging.

 

So you can get an idea, how passionate I am about blogging?

 

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

 

Most of the newbies plunge into blogging with a mindset of making money fast. Thinking to earn money is not bad or unethical, but when it comes to blogging, it needs time to become an earning source for you.

Therefore, they must focus more on working on their blog, build traffic and engagement first. Then later monetize it.

 

Favorite Quote: Don’t stop when you are tired, stop when you are done!  [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL:  www.techtricksworld.com

Twitter IDs: @techtricksworld   | @atishranjan

Founder:  www.techtricksworld.com

Blog:- www.atishranjan.com

Twitter:- @atishranjan

Google+: +Atish Ranjan

 

 

Brent Jones

Brent Jones Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

I left my full-time job last October and pursued a career in freelancing online.

At the same time, I thought it would be a good idea to start blogging, as it might help me to gain additional exposure for my newly launched business.

When I first started blogging, I was a bit arrogant at times.

I thought I knew everything there was to know about digital marketing… and more than once, I published a guide on a topic that I knew very little about.

At points, this damaged my credibility, and it certainly didn’t do much to strengthen my following…

I also kept my content fairly impersonal, just sticking to instructions or information. Although I was gaining some readers, I wasn’t doing a lot to connect with those readers on a deeper level.

I have recently changed my writing style to be more consistent with the way I speak. It has also been helpful for me to share both my successes and failures with my readers. Perhaps more bloggers need to admit that none of us are experts at all things.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

In my opinion, a successful blogger needs to be helpful enough to share his or her knowledge and research, but humble enough to admit weaknesses and generate dialogue around them.

After all, if I am not able to admit where I need to improve, how can I get better?

And even if I published a post on a topic I am very familiar with, it is likely that another post already exists that contains better content than mine.

What truly keeps readers engaged isn’t perfection – but a sense of connection with the writer. In other words, your journey as a blogger becomes theirs.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

The biggest challenge I had in the early days of blogging was deciding on topics to write about. I certainly made time to write new blog content around my freelance assignments, but I would sit and stare at the computer screen… unsure what to write.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

This solution to this problem really goes back to admitting weaknesses…

What I eventually realized was that a blog post should answer a question my target audience might have. And as it turns out, I already knew what sorts of questions my audience was asking…

What I started doing is making note of everything I searched for on Google. For example, I might be working on an assignment for a particular client, and I would need to look up the best times of the day to post on Facebook… boom! That was a new blog post topic.

Surely other people must be wondering the same thing!

I eventually started using the things I was inquisitive about to formulate new blog post topics.

Favorite Quote: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://brentjonesonline.com/blog/

Twitter ID: @brentjonline

 

 

Carol Amato

Carol Amato Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

1. Procrastination – I didn’t treat my work as a real business. I procrastinated and worked when I felt like it. I mistakenly went by feelings rather than a solid, mapped out strategy. This led to spotty and inconsistent results early on. I highly recommend a business model, plan and a strategy for working this plan out from the beginning. An accountability partner is invaluable.

2. Coach I made the mistake of waiting too long before getting another coach after my first coach scammed me. I was so heart-broken that I almost quit everything, but decided to persevere. It took a while for me to trust again, and that caused me to flounder a bit without getting the results I could have.

3. Blogger Outreach – In the beginning I failed to recognize that we cannot do this alone. Building and developing fruitful relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs and bloggers is critically important in order for us to succeed. Knowing the right people who will inspire us, promote us and help us along the path is crucial. Yes, we help and inspire others, but having those ahead of us and higher up is a very important part of the equation.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

•One obstacle I faced in the beginning was self-doubt and lack of confidence.

I thought to myself, ”Who would want to listen to me?”

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

My coach shared these wise words:

“You are unique and special, and there is nobody on the face of the earth just like you! There are going to be some people who resonate with what you have to say, based on your

personality, how you communicate, etc., and others who won’t connect with you at all and will move on.” This sure did make a lot of sense, and gave me confidence.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

This may seem very basic, but have something to sell~! I did not have a product to sell as soon as I should have. Yes, I enjoyed affiliate marketing and making money from that, but having my own products and services was by far the biggest boost to my online success.

Also, make sure you’re focused on offering a specific solution to one big problem for one targeted audience. Then do all you can to convert that audience to subscribers so you’re continually building a list.

Favorite Quote: 

Goals aren’t achieved by simply relying on your current intelligence level, but by transforming yourself to become the person who is constantly and consistently working for success.” – Carol Amato

Blog URL: http://www.carolamato.com

What Did These 31 Bloggers Do To Overcome Failure? [ Tweet this! ]

 

 

Carolyn Nicander Mohr

Carol Nicander Mohr Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

  1. Not optimizing images. A picture says a thousand words, so I use multiple images in my articles at The Wonder of Tech. In the beginning I didn’t do anything other than put the images in my article. Silly me.

Now I edit every image on PicMonkey to reduce the file size and add text where it may help. Now that there’s Pinterest, I want to make sure my images are pinnable and people understand what is being pinned.

Lesson: optimize your images.

1. Not responding to comments. I followed the lead of tech blogs where the author wouldn’t respond to comments. But that didn’t feel right, The Wonder of Tech felt like a lonely place.

Fortunately, I discovered blogs by Adrienne Smith and Harleena Singh where they respond to every comment. Their blogs felt like communities and more of what I wanted for The Wonder of Tech.

As soon as I started responding to comments my blog changed in personality and my traffic improved greatly.

Lesson: respond to your readers’ comments.

2. Worrying about traffic. In the beginning I felt as if I was chasing traffic. What were the hottest tech topics? I was concerned if I covered tech with a smaller reach that I would lose readers.

But then I realized that my goal in starting a blog wasn’t to get traffic but was to help people. I resolved that if tech could help even one person I would write about it.

Lo and behold, when I write about more obscure tech I often get the most traffic because no one else is writing about it.

As an example, I wrote about an app called Marlee Signs, about learning sign language. I didn’t think it would get much traffic but then Marlee Matlin, the app designer, appeared on a talk show and my traffic skyrocketed. People were searching for the app and I was the only one who had written about it.

Marlee Signs – Learn Sign Language from an App!

Lesson: don’t worry about traffic when choosing a topic. Write to help your readers!

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

1. Not being a coder. Yes, it’s embarrassing being a tech blogger and not knowing how to code. But Steve Jobs didn’t code and he did just fine.

He didn’t run a blog though and coding sure would come in handy. Technical glitches with my site, WordPress, plugins, etc. are still the most frustrating part of blogging. If I could just write about tech, all would be great.

2. Not understanding the commitment to a plugin. When you add a plugin to your blog, you are making a commitment. The plugin could add coding to your articles.

If the plugin isn’t supported through future WordPress updates, you may have to go back and update your articles. I have over 800 articles so going back over them to delete plugin coding would be a huge challenge.

3. Not checking for Broken Links. I added a plugin that was supposed to check for broken links but it didn’t work. I would check and it would say I didn’t have any.

Super!

Except that wasn’t true. By the time I checked on the broken link checker website, I had over 500 broken links on my site. Those took a whopping amount of time to delete.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

Any time I get discouraged blogging, I remember how much my blog helps others. One comment from a reader about how some tech I wrote about made a difference is all I need to keep going.

Other people can do blogging so I know I can do this too. I am really committed to helping people learn about how to use tech in their daily lives. Most of my readers would never read a tech blog but they need to know about tech because it’s becoming a bigger part of their lives.

Whenever I think about quitting, I think about all of the readers I would be letting down. So far, that has kept me going.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

Focus on what you enjoy about blogging. I love to learn about tech, help people and write so running a personal technology blog is a perfect fit for my interests. When you write about your passion, blogging can be fun!

I can’t imagine blogging about a topic I’m not interested in. That would seem like drudgery and I would most likely quit pretty quickly.

But that’s not the case!

Blog URL: wonderoftech.com

Twitter ID: @wonderoftech.

These 31 Successful Bloggers give tips to overcome Failure [ Tweet this! ]

 

 

David Hartshorne

David Hartshorne Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

I would say that I’m still in my early blogging journey and that I still make mistakes. But that’s OK as long as you learn from them…

#1 – At first I didn’t promote my blog posts. I just used to publish and sit back. Oh, of course, I shared them on Twitter and Facebook, but that was it. I wonder why nobody showed up?

Soon I learnt that I needed to promote my blog posts using various communities and services. I could probably use more, but I prefer to focus on using Kingged.com, Triberr and Just Retweet. I’ve also found it beneficial to join some Facebook Community Groups – I guess they are like the modern equivalent of Forums.

#2 – I didn’t have a content plan/schedule. I started off on the wrong foot. I was just going to write a few posts to support my ebook that I was trying to sell. In hindsight it was bad advice. But with the help of some good blogging friends I turned it around and planned what I was going to write about.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

#1 – The biggest obstacle I came up against in my early blogging journey was self-doubt. I had spent time writing my eBook so I felt comfortable writing.

But with the blog it was different. I didn’t know if I was writing in the correct way; was I being too nice or too aggressive, was I writing too much or too little. I would write a post and then deliberate whether to push the publish button.

Ann would be saying, “Just publish it!” And I’d be saying, “What if…”

In truth, it doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day it’s my blog and I can write what the hell I like!

If someone doesn’t like it that’s no big loss – there are plenty of readers out there who will. “You won’t please everyone all of the time.”

So, just go ahead and publish your post.

#2 – My other obstacle has been graphics. I’m not gifted in this area. I spend an age working on feature images for my blog posts. I’ve got better over time, but its something I just have to grind out. I’d be lost without Canva.

I’ve promised myself an assistant to do all my graphics work for the blog and social media. It’s my dream, but I’m hanging onto it.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

There hasn’t been an epiphany for me! I’ve been fortunate to have the support of my wife Ann and the guidance of a blogging friend who have just nudged me gently in the right direction. (OK, they kicked ass once or twice, but it was done lovingly!)

Nowadays I’m much more confident. I can write my blog posts more quickly. I can write short posts or long posts – I write whatever is needed to get the message across. Recently I’ve written some 3000 word posts. A year ago I would have laughed if someone had said I’d be writing over 1000 words.

Naturally, I still have my moments of self-doubt, but they are quickly pushed aside.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

Find your own unique voice and style. There is no use in copying somebody else’s style. Sure, you can be inspired by others, but always remember to write your story your way.

Make a content plan. Make a list of blog posts that you want to write in the next six months. You don’t have to stick to it rigidly as other topics might come along that are more relevant at the time. But at least you have a list of what you can write – no more writer’s block.

Don’t worry about the numbers. Getting comments and social shares is good. We all want to be liked and loved! But don’t obsess over it. That doesn’t mean ignoring your Analytics because you need to see what is working and what is not. But just be patient with the numbers.

Build a network. You need a network of blogging friends who you can talk to and bounce ideas off. Build meaningful relationships with genuine people. These are the people who will help and support you.

Be consistent. I think you’ll find the more you blog, the more confident you will become. You will hone your blogging skills and become more proficient.

Favorite Quote: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://byteofdata.com

Twitter ID: @davidhartshorne

 

 

David Leonhardt

David Leonhard Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

 

The biggest mistake I made early on was not thinking of it as blogging .  Keep in mind, this was many years ago, before blogging was mainstream – perhaps before “blogging” was even a word.  I created articles in directories on my site, and I coded it all manually.  It was not scalable.  It was not replicable.  And eventually it was all shut down.  With WordPress, there is no reason for newbies to worry, but the key thing they should know is how important to make sure they do nothing on their blog, such as special coding, that would block future updates.

 

My second mistake was not so early on.  I have way too many interests and I spread myself way to thin, trying to run six blogs while also running the “business”, doing my own freelance work, taking care of the kids – it was too much.  Some of the blogs just failed, because I could not give them enough attention.

 

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

 

My biggest obstacle has always been time.  Well, time versus stuff to do – it’s all relative.  I tend to chase too many amazing opportunities that don’t pan out, and trying also to run too many blogs just was not worth it.  Really, I am my own worst enemy on that, and I still spread myself too thin.  Some people just never learn!

 

 

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

 

I would love to say that my epiphany was a big, inspirational moment.  The fact is that I let some of my blogs die a slow death.  One that was supporting a website, just languished.  Another that was supposed to drive some really good leads in a specific niche was not working (probably because I was spread too thin) and eventually I just stopped updating it.  Two others were earning a small amount of income (but I really enjoyed them), however, changing algorithms reduced the income and I decided just to leave them sit for a while (which might be a very, very long while).  So now I have one blog I commit to posting on weekly ( http://thgmwriters.com/blog/ ), and another that I commit to posting on at least once a month ( http://www.seo-writer.com/blog ), and two places that I guest post on monthly that are not my own).

 

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

 

Focus is important.  Based on my own (ongoing) challenges, don’t bite off more than you can chew.  However, my challenges might not be the same as others’ challenges, and if there is one thing that I see most often among newbie bloggers (and many other bloggers) is a lack of something truly unique.  There are hundreds of blogs on blogging, hundreds of blogs on social media, hundreds of blogs on SEO.  The world doesn’t need another cookie cutter blog; it needs something truly unique and different, even if it covers the same topics as hundreds of others.  It’s not just newbies that struggle with this, but if a newbie blogger can figure out a truly fresh angle, they’ll be light years ahead with the very first post.

 

Favorite Quote: This above all, to thine own self be true. ~ William Shakespeare [ Tweet this! ]

Twitter ID: @Amabaie

 

 

Dennis Seymour

Dennis Seymour Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

•Not planning out with an editorial calendar – Not knowing what to write about next is a BIG problem, especially if you are a new blogger. People expect new content from you and you need to deliver consistently.

•Not knowing who I am really writing for – It took me a while to find my niche. I kept looking and looking. If you can define this early, then you will have the easiest time in the world.

•Jumping in too early to monetize – We all want to make money but jumping in too early can sometimes hurt you more and lose those first few important readers.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

•Commitment + Drive – I’m not really born to write. I had to learn it and commit to it. It’s hard for someone like me.

•Other projects going on at the same time – Blogging is not my full-time work. I also manage other businesses as well as client marketing projects.

•Self-doubt on not being able to deliver value – There are a lot of people in the field/industry already. What can I do that they aren’t already doing?

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

I just did it. I jumped in. I created the scenario for myself that there’s really no turning back. Now or never!

I learned along the way. There’s nothing wrong with that.

I learned doing editorial calendars, goal setting and others as I went along.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

When you create content, it’s rare to get readers instantly so take care of those initial readers.

Promote your content more often. Put in more time to promotion as compared to writing the content.

Don’t be envious of the big bloggers because they didn’t do it overnight. They put in a lot of work to get to where they are at.

Own personal favorite positive quote: Without danger, you cannot get beyond danger. [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: https://www.LeapFroggr.com/

Twitter ID:  @denseymour

 

 

Donna Merrill

Donna Merrill Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey.

I made many mistakes in my early blogging journey.

First, I tried to get to get traffic to my blog by spending far too much time on social media sites.  I thought I just had to keep letting people on social sites know about my latest blog post and it would gain a lot of attention.

I also failed to look for ways to monetize my blog.  I focused on giving great, free content without ever asking readers to join my email list, or buy a product.

I always tried to promote other people and their services.  I thought they were the authorities and the leaders.  I didn’t consider myself as one for a long time, and so I took far too long before I started to promote myself, my own products and my own services.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

In my early blogging journey, the main obstacles that I came across were:

1. Confusion of what niche to follow.  I thought I had to pursue something that would be profitable, and wasn’t sure what that should be.

2. Also, time management was a big obstacle.  I was working  my own offline business plus investing and managing real estate at that time.  I was juggling so many different income streams offline, that I became overwhelmed with all the new online tasks I had to handle.

3. I had no idea how to make money online.  This was a new world to me and I just didn’t “get it.”

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?
To overcome these obstacles I came to realize many things.

1. I first had to get clear that my blog didn’t need to be focused on a “money niche,” but on something I was already passionate about, and knew something about.  So early on, my blog focused on personal development because that’s something my offline consulting business was based on.

2. To get a better grip on my time management issues, I flipped the properties that were taking so much of my time.  I also had to let go of a small antique business that was time consuming.  I did keep my consulting business, but I no longer went into my office, but did all my consulting via phone and Skype.  That gave me much more time to focus on my new online business.

3. I needed to learn how to market online.  The meant that I had to start creating an email list, and then market some affiliate products.  That is what lead me (my ephiphany) to start making my own digital products, coupled with some affiliate ones.  Once I realized I had to make my first product, everything became clear.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?
Be clear on your intentions of what you want to give to others on your blog and via the products/services you promote.  Make sure that when you start your blog, you have a know how you intend to market to your audience.

If you’re not in a position to create and sell your own products at the outset, then determine to offer some affiliate products related to your niche.  Introduce those products to your readers in such a way as to brand yourself, not just other people who you are affiliating for.  For instance, do a short video introducing yourself when you review an affiliate product or service.

Join blogging groups to get your blog up and running fast.

Learn as much as you can about internet marketing.

Hire a coach!  You need to have feedback on what you are doing, or where your direction is going, and a coach can steer you the right way.  I have hired many myself to get things accomplished on a timely basis and still do.  The money you spend on coaching will have a positive return as long as you take action.

Blog URL: http://donnamerrilltribe.com

31 Bloggers show you how to overcome failure [ Tweet this! ]

 

 

Erik Emanuelli

Erik Emanuelli Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

Building backlinks like crazy (most of them low-quality ones).

Not showing my face, nor my identity for fear of being judged.

Not building connections and relationships, which are very important, both for business and personal development.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

First of all, you don’t get in return the right monetary compensation for the efforts you put into your work.

Then you need to learn and discover the right tools and how to use them properly in your journey.

Finally, the personal organization, which is indeed very important if you want to work online and as self-employed (there can be many distractions on the internet!).

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

After some time, I was able to build different sources of income, so that you can keep working without the anxiety of paying your bills.

Always read other blogs, you may learn a lot from experienced people (included the tools they use and their methods to make money online).

Use a list, focus on your work and concentrate with similar tasks, to boost your productivity and being organized. Think about a system that works for you and your skills!

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

First, focus on build connections with bloggers of your niche. Not only you may learn a lot from them, but there can be new business opportunities thanks to them.

Second, think about a plan. You need to sell something in order to make money online. And you need to earn an income, to keep following your passion, to pay your bills and to blog without fear or anxiety.

Favorite Quote: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://nopassiveincome.com

Twitter ID: @ErikEmanuelli

 

 

Freddy Gandarilla

Freddy Gandarilla Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

  • Mistake #1 Publishing Too Much Content – I spent too much time creating blog posts after blog posts, without taking the marketing part too serious.
  • Mistake #2 Creating Low Quality Blog Posts – I did not really care much on the Quality of the content I was sharing. I wrote articles, just because. Just to fill up my blog with some content, fast.
  • Mistake #3 Not Connecting with Other Bloggers – When I first started blogging, I was very introverted and didn’t really want to talk to many people online. I did not think there was much benefits from networking with other bloggers and taking the time to build up my own community of like-minded individuals.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self-doubt, etc…)

  • Obstacle #1 Lack of Organization and Discipline with Information – I was learning all about blogging and internet marketing, very fast, and I got very overwhelmed with everything. I found a lot of information everywhere online, and invested a lot in courses, trainings, and ebooks. Without having a strong discipline to keep everything organized, and in order, I was all over the place.
  • Obstacle #2 Self-Doubt about My True Potential – One of the things that held me back, a lot, when I first started online, was the type of beliefs I had. Even though I wanted to accomplish my goals really bad, subconsciously I was programmed to limit myself.
  • Obstacle #3 Lack of Focus – This is one of the things I struggled with, the most, when I wanted to earn money online through blogging. I was learning the right information, from the right mentors, but I just could not fully and consistently focus on the tasks I needed to do!

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

  • I had to make a complete real change, if I really wanted to make it happen online. And I had to start from within. I needed to get very well-organized with everything, and have a strong discipline to keep it that way. I needed to work on my mindset, and self-development. I needed to learn how to laser focus, and be as productive as I can ever be.

If I wanted to get over the obstacles I mentioned above, I had to change my mindset, first. I have learned that every change needs to start from within. You change your life’s habits by changing your mind’s habits. You know what I mean?

So, I started getting more into self-development. I started reading the right books. I started following the right mentors. I started seeking the right information on these topics. And I started taking more care of my health.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

  • My most important advice would be to focus on oneself. What you do in your life can only be controlled from the inside out. Read self-development books. Books about wealth and mindset. If you don’t like reading much, listen to the audio-books. There are no excuses to not feed your mind with the right knowledge.

You should also study the successful bloggers online. Read their blog posts, and study them over and over again. Learn how to model after the successful bloggers. Find the ones you really enjoy learning from, and do your best to outwork them.

Favorite Quote: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”~ Martin Luther King, Jr. [ Tweet this! ]

Blog Blog URL: www.internetmarketingblog101.com

Twitter ID: @imblog101

 

 

Glenn Shepherd

Glenn Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

Right at the very beginning I made the common mistake of thinking I could just whack up a blog, get a plugin to auto-post content and comments and that somehow I would magically get traffic. This is NOT the way to do it. You have to take the time to write good quality, original content and actually engage with other bloggers.

Once I had things going, the next mistake I made was to not post consistently and regularly. Behind that was the fact that I didn’t have a clear strategy. I soon realised that you need to know where you are going and why you want to get there before you can think about how you’re going to do it.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey

The biggest obstacle I came across was dealing with my own fears and self doubts. I always tried to work through regardless, but I suppose that, despite trying, I still didn’t consider myself to be a ‘proper’ blogger, especially when I compared myself to some of the really successful bloggers I was following. My content said one thing and it was all good, but deep inside. I think my mind and heart was telling me something different. As for fears, well, I learned that I had to just take the plunge and take action. Most fears are much worse when imagined.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

The biggest help to me in overcoming those early obstacles was to actually keep going and really endeavour to make a difference in other people’s lives. Simply by the act of getting a blog set up I was ahead of so many other people and it was only by realising that I could actually be viewed as an authority by those people that I started to feel as though I had a real place among ‘proper’ bloggers. What added weight to that was when I started to have other, well-known bloggers recommending me and also have my visitors and subscribers e-mailing me privately to thank me or ask for advice. All this gave me, not only a huge confidence boost, but also a sense of responsibility that I now had to live up to.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

Anyone who is struggling needs to first establish why they want to blog. What is it that they are really wanting to achieve from it? That will give them focus, something to aim for and a much better footing to enable them to have a real plan of action. You absolutely have to have self-belief and to not worry about getting things perfect. We are all going to make mistakes but you can’t allow those worries to prevent you from taking action.

One of the most important things you can do is establish a good network of contacts in the industry. Get out there, make connections with established, well-known bloggers and this will not only give you some great contacts but will get you noticed by others, thus getting you visitors, comments, subscribers, customers, etc.

Give, first and foremost. If you want traffic, commenters, shares, subscribers, etc. then get out there and visit, comment, share and subscribe on other blogs. This is the lifeblood of a good blog.

Favorite Quote: “Don’t get it perfect, just get it going.” Alex Jeffreys [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://glenn-shepherd.com

Twitter ID: @glennshep

 

 

Harleena Singh

Harleena-Singh Follow Me on Pinterest

Q: Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

A: My first mistake was in choosing a domain with a hyphen, though I didn’t know of it that time, being a newbie. Other than that, I feel I could have chosen a name that was more helpful in terms of SEO. However, I’m happy that the present domain name earned good place and recognition.

My second mistake was not to build my list earlier. I thought I’d never require it and learned about its importance much later. I’m not making that mistake with my new blog now, and have already started making my list there!

My third mistake was of not having a plan when I started blogging. Though I learned and implemented things with experience, but prior knowledge would have helped me save some time and efforts.

Q: Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

A: Initially, I did not know what to do and what not to do. I had no idea how to best promote my posts on the social media, how to develop a community, and how to bring traffic to my blog. If you do not know these three vital steps, your blog may not grow as it probably should.

Also, my schedule was not structured properly and I could not manage the technicalities of my blog.

It was not easy taking out time for blogging and scheduling tasks initially, as I have a family to look after, where my kid’s need my attention as well. Nevertheless, with time, one learns to strike the right balance.

Q: How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

A: I soon realized that blogging is all about developing relationships. It’s about giving and helping others. I loved this realization because I just had to be “me” and that is why I guess blogging comes so naturally to me.

It becomes easy to develop a community when you focus on reciprocation and relationships. I love to be social, and it was through blog commenting also that I made my mark in blogging. When you really have good and helpful intentions, you attract people. Of course, that has to be supplemented with great content.

This way I learned to boost my blog traffic while the other major factor was social media promotion, which I self-learned mostly and it worked for me.

Q: What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

A: Newbies should know what they really want to do and what will make them content and happy. It is good to start with a plan and have your short-term and long-term goals clearly laid out.

Blogging is not the old school “memoir journal” but it is about helpful people with useful information and knowledge. You no longer are “all about yourself”, but you become a person who is “all about others” and “selfless”. As a blogger, you also need to be social, have patience, and work hard.

Having said that, success in blogging may mean different things to different people. So, whatever you view as “success”, you should be really serious about what to do and how to achieve it. Blogging is not easy, and definitely not a shortcut to making easy money.

Favorite Quote: ”Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.” ~ Matt Cameron [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: – http://www.aha-now.com/blog/

Second Blog: – http://www.harleenasingh.com/ (coming soon!)

Twitter ID:  @harleenas

 

 

Henneke Duistermaat

Henneke Duistermaat Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

The biggest mistake I made in my early blogging journey is thinking a blog would attract readers if I simply shared useful tips. But being useful is only a starting point.

 

Every blog is full of tips.

 

And tips can’t make you stand out.

 

So, the key is to develop your own voice and share personal stories so you can bond with your audience. When you have a distinct voice, readers can’t easily swap you for dozens other bloggers, because they want to come back to hear your voice.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

 

As an intensely private person, I found it difficult to share personal stories on my blog. My early posts were practical, but lacked personality. I knew I had to do more and I started with sharing stories of years ago as that felt easier. Slowly, I started sharing more about my journey—how I was struggling with running my own business, how I grappled with a heavy workload, and battled with self-doubt.

 

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

What helped me in this journey most was the feedback from my readers. Posts in which I shared my mistakes and fears often resonated stronger and received more comments than posts with straightforward writing tips. I realized that many people were struggling with the same issues, so it was okay to be honest about them.

 

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

Blogging success doesn’t happen overnight, so prepare for a long journey. Often you’ll find that the people in your environment don’t quite understand what you’re trying to do, so find people on a similar journey who can support you and share your pain as well as your successes. Also, in the beginning spend more time on growing your audience (e.g. by guest blogging) than on writing for your own blog.

Favorite Quote: [S]topping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position. ~ Stephen King

Blog URL: EnchantingMarketing.com

Twitter ID: @HennekeD

31 Successful Bloggers Share how you can overcome failure [ Tweet this! ]

 

 

Ivan Bayross

Ivan Bayross Follow Me on Pinterest

Q1. Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey.

Mistake 1:

I did not understand the concept of consistency.  I’d Blog about any topic that interested me at that moment in time.

Mistake 2:

I did not realize that my Blog could earn an income for me via Affiliate Sales.

Mistake 3:

Not setting up an editorial calendar. Where I laid out a proper Blog post publishing plan, hence publishing Blog posts sporadically.

Q2. Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

Obstacle 1:

Mastering the nuances of the English language.

Obstacle 2:

Initial self-doubt about whether anyone would want to read what I write about.

Obstacle 3:

Procrastination in both Writing and Publishing what I wrote.

Q3. How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

I came to believe that my English was as good as the next person, whose natural language (mother tongue) was English.

When I noticed the engagement that my Blog posts started to get, over time, (comments and counter comments) I understood that my Blog post readers did indeed enjoy what I wrote.

I also began to understand what kind of content added value to them.  That is what shaped and honed my content creation and publishing.

Ended procrastination. Started a monthly XL sheet where I laid out date and time when I’d publish a Blog post. Started creating a couple of Blog posts that were really long and divided them into parts, each part leading smoothly to the next. Each part adding measurable value to the reader.

This is where my idea for writing tutorials originated.  I’ve written and published about 700 tutorials on WordPress, Joomla, Bootstrap and Digital Marketing on my site www.opensourcevarsity.com which has created a nice follower niche for me.

Q4. What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

  • Clearly define what you – Success In Blogging – means to you. Write this down.

Read this every day, once when you just wake up and once just before you drop off to sleep.

Try and keep these goals to about two or three tops.

  • Believe in yourself.
  • Enjoy writing, as a way of sharing something of value with others.
  • Read at least 5 other, Authority Blog posts, in your niche every day.
  • Post at least two detailed comments five days a week Monday to Friday
  • Engage with Bloggers using comments and/or Emails. Try and move up to Skype calls if possible.
  • Create a Blog post publishing monthly calendar and stick to this as far as is humanly possible.
  • Always reply to comments posted on your Blog post.
  • Ensure that you always self host your Blog.
  • Use the best Hosting you can afford.

Study/Understand what Affiliate marketing is all about.  

  • Choose the most appropriate channels and identify the best affiliate deals.
  • Subscribe to these channels.
  • Create special places in your Blog template to display Affiliate ads.
  • Display only those offers that will add value to your Blog post readers

Blog URL: http://www.opensourcevarsity.com/osvblog/

Twitter ID: @ivanbayross

Take the advice of these 31 bloggers on overcoming failure [ Tweet this! ]

 

 

Jackson Nwachukwu

jackson-nwachukwu-pic Follow Me on Pinterest

Q: 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

Hard time choosing a consistent domain name:

I never took time to think through what I really wanted to offer online. Buying and dumping domain names was sort of my thing then. I was quick to choose a domain name and also quick to dump it. I spent two years of my early blogging journey changing domain names.

Spending too much time on my blog design:

I wanted everything to be perfect. I wanted to have a blog that everyone would like. In early blogging journey, I started with the Blogger platform, I changed templates every now and then, desiged logos on countless time, compared my blog with almost every blog I visited. All these I did with little time spent on reading other blogs and writing content for my blog.

I said “YES” to every offer that came my way:

I was willing to accept everything that people present as offer or opportunity on my blog without even profiling them to check their connection or benefit to my online endevors. I did all these because I was afraid I would miss out in some thing big.

Q: Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey

Fear of failure:

One of the greatest obstacles I had in my early blogging days was fear to fail. I was always afraid that I will never make sense with my blog and so that fear got a hold of me.

Procrastination:

I can’t count the number of times I failed to execute a task that needed to be executed. Procrastination was really a huge obstacle then. Funny enough this monster is still at large even among old bloggers!

Doubt:

I had doubts if I was ever going to succeed in blogging. Starting from when I first came online till when I stepped up my game, I can’t recall how many times I doubted myself on wether I was making sense as a blogger.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

Favorite Quote: ”If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere”  Frank A. Clark [ Tweet this! ]

The quote above changed everything about me when it comes to blogging. The very first thing I did was to access the possible obstacles that could hold me back, I knew doing this will give me an insight into how, why or where the obstacles originated from.

Q: What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

First, ask yourself if you have passion for blogging. If there is passion, then go ahead adjust your priorites keeping in mind that distractions would set in and that you can only win the battle ahead if you keep an open mind that progress doesn’t always come quickly.

Favorite Quote: “Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.”― John Green [ Tweet this! ]

Blog ID: http://worthblogger.com/

Twitter ID: @worthblogger

 

 

Jeff Bullas

JeffBullas Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

1. Not building an email list from day one

2. Not optimizing for search engines

3. Chasing traffic rather than conversion

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

1. Time

2. Lack of technical expertise

3. Trying to be perfect

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

The biggest epiphany can be described with this phrase. “Done is better than perfect”….so just start.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging.

Watch what the best are doing and model them and strap yourself in every day and “do the work”

Blog URL: http://www.jeffbullas.com

Twitter ID: @jeffbullas

31 Bloggers share their ups and down and overcoming failure [ Tweet this! ]

 

 

Kelli Cooper

(Biddulph)

Kelli Cooper Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

My biggest mistake when I first started blogging was perhaps being a bit too concerned with what I felt I ‘should’ be doing and not just following my intuition. While there is lots of great advice out there and a new blogger would be well-served by getting some from people who are already finding success with their blogs, you will quickly find lots of conflicting information.

Different things work for different people. Find what resonates with you and then follow that advice. Your energy is what will primarily influence your results, not your actions. So when you are doing things you enjoy and that feel right, you will get success from those strategies and you will align with people who are your ideal audience.

Also, a reluctance to truly just be myself and speak my truth came up a bit for me. It wasn’t extreme, but it was certainly there. There was a hesitation to avoid certain topics, express certain opinions,etc…But I got over that relatively quickly.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

Sometimes I didn’t always feel motivated to blog because it just seemed like it would take so long to get established. I would look at other bloggers and feel envious. But, just like me, they all were new bloggers at one point.  I started with that one post, and here I am still blogging over a year later, and have almost 200.

I also became overly pre-occupied with stats and I found that checking them often made me feel anxious and it certainly interfered with my creative flow because I would sometimes find myself overthinking what to write about and wondering would people like this topic,etc…

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

Working on my mindset was key in overcoming those obstacles. I started living more in the now and just focusing on the present moment, not worrying about the future. I listened to my intuition more and just wrote what felt right and that made the process much more enjoyable, with less of a focus on getting some sort of specific result.

I also stopped checking my stats…if you are feeling good about what you are doing and you are being true to yourself in creating your content and sharing your perspectives and tips, you will be successful. Feeling good is the number one indicator we are on the path to getting what we want.

Stats can be helpful for sure ,but in the beginning, I think you are better off without them IF concerning yourself with them is making you feel badly.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

Getting absolutely crystal clear on WHY you want to be a successful blogger is crucial. And it can’t be to make money. Nothing wrong with that of course…we are all looking to make a nice living doing something we love. But, as a sole motivator? You’ll be doomed for sure.

Go deeper. My WHY is to be free and live life on my own terms. I highly value a life of freedom and flexibility. I want to do what I want when I want it. I am passionate about personal development and have made so many amazing changes in my life, and I want to help other people create the same awesomeness I did. Knowing I am helping people be happier is extremely fulfilling.

Favorite Quote: Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ~Steve Jobs

Blog: Life Made to Order http://livelifemadetoorder.com

Twitter ID: @kcooper1102

What did these 31 bloggers do to overcome failure? [ Tweet this! ]

 

 

Lisa Sicard

Lisa 2 Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

1. Blogging Daily – When I first started to blog I blogged daily – that was too much for my readers and it did not allow me to publish quality posts. I did not receive many comments or interaction on the posts. I now find blogging weekly is best when possible but I no longer stress to do it. It has to come naturally. I get more interaction which helps me to produce more content.

2. I began blogging on the Blogger format – I wish I had started with WordPress and on my own server vs Blogger. It was hard to transfer over to that and things were not all done correctly. It took me years to fix.

3. I did not NETWORK right away. I thought blogging was an individual activity. I learned quickly it was not and made many wonderful friends along the way.  Friends that taught me so much about blogging and helped me along the way. Blogging is really a group activity. It’s a 2-way street where we help each other out.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

1. Time – Time is huge when you work full time. I used to get up super early and blog before work and then recently I was sleeping more and blogging less.

2. Perfection – The need for perfection can cause inactivity and the ability to NOT hit the publish button.  You must go with it and if there’s an error know it can be fixed with the update button. It’s not the end of the world. Be sure to use spell checkers and grammer checkers whenever possible.

3. Friends-Family – They have no idea what blogging is and / or why I do it. It’s like I am speaking a foreign language to them about it. It makes it hard to blog when others want to do other things. I had to find balance.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

1. Time – I got a tablet and use it on my lunch hour or if I am somewhere else and have a few minutes. It’s a little easier to comment on other blogs and stuff vs my smartphone. Easier to read too.

2. Perfection – I use a spell check every time and don’t sweat the small stuff. I hit publish after review and usually take more than one day now to complete a post. I give myself more time to research and such before hitting publish. I don’t sweat it if I don’t publish each Monday. (But if it is more than 2 weeks I do sweat it still).

3. Friends – Family – I take more breaks from being online and learned it is a great way to recharge yourself. Otherwise you can get burned out. I know I have from time to time. I sometimes get the best ideas while travelling or going for long walks. I don’t get great ideas sitting at the computer.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

They should focus on their purpose for blogging, what their niche is and to stay focused. Something I did NOT do myself. Try to stay consistent but only post when necessary not because the calendar is telling you it is time. Newbies should also be sure to network with others in their niche. No one can go it alone in the world of blogging.

Favorite Quote: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing” – George Bernard Shaw [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://inspiretothrive.com

Twitter ID: @Lisapatb 

 

 

Mi Muba

Mi Muba Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

It was August 2010 when I was fired from a mutual funds magazine job where I served as assistant editor and reporter for the ten months. It was my third job in series which either I had to quit or I was fired in not more than one year each. Before that I already had done more than ten jobs related to media, public relations and teaching.

When I was fired from the magazine job a friend of mine advised me to start my own online business and he further advised to start a blog and earn big money with it through Google Adsense and affiliate sales.  The biggest attraction to me was least investing for starting a blog though later on it proved to be not a very smart idea.

Actually his straightaway advice to make money blogging was my first mistake and I started a blog just to earn money without knowing its basic concepts. Very soon I fully knew money blogging is not bed of roses.

Secondly I went wild to bring traffic at my blog and followed every method which I thought could have brought a few visitors to my blog. Here I tried a few spamy methods like “click on this link and see what this celebrity is doing in her free time” kind of catchy invitations on social media. So my madness to get huge traffic in shortest time was my second mistake. 

My third mistake was my overconfidence to dupe the Google and I put all my efforts to explore those keywords that were not yet tried by many and could bring huge traffic. For example at my green blog I once used the keyword “fake insurance claims” and forcibly tried to link it with the topic of go green.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

My first obstacle in my early days of my blogging was my inability to build professional relationship with pro bloggers. Either I used to be so chummy with busy bloggers who didn’t have time to respond my each query or I used to ask them for sharing with me secrets of their success which they were reluctant to share with a guy who just got in connection with them.

My second obstacle was my over-passionate attitude towards every niche and in the beginning I started eight blogs on different niches and could not have made any of them. Actually I was not fully clear how to pick the best niche and make money with it.

My third obstacle was my focus to write for selling products and services instead of solving the problems of my readers. That is why despite sharing several product reviews and putting hundreds of affiliate products in my initial posts I could not have earned more than a few bucks.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

By learning blogging formally and taking it as profession I came to know by and by that blogging is not just for money. It can be but the best part of blogging is to first develop your authority in a niche and then decide either to earn money with it directly or do it to support your business or job.

I also learnt the importance of contents and how quality contents are created by keeping in view of liking and disliking of both search engines and people.

Patience and consistency are two of a few golden rules of blogging which I learnt by practically observing their rewards when I got success while managing my green blog where I am still making my full time living with Google Adsense.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

Newbies and struggling bloggers must realize that ours is an age of professional blogging where amateur blogging does have its space but for making full time living with it or supporting your business or job they need to take it seriously and start a blog very professionally.

For this purpose instead of adopting the approach of hit and run they should learn blogging formally by hiring a mentor or joining any professional blogging course and then make a good mix of their time and money as basic investment to start a blog and take it to professional level.

Hoping to get miracles while doing blogging by own could never be a viable approach in this era of professionalism.

Favorite Quote: Failure is not opposite of success; it is just part of success. [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: www.beamoneyblogger.com

Blog Name: Be A Money Blogger

Twitter ID: @BAMoneyBlogger

 

 

Reginald Chan

Reginald Chan Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

1. Focus on traffic (entirely) – Traffic will always be slow when you just start. Hang in there, find more ways to improve and traffic will improve slowly.

2. Focus on making money / blog monetization – Again, you don’t make money right after you hit publish. At times, you only see the ‘fruit’ of the hardwork after 6 months or so.

3. Over checking my analytics and other blog stats – Just starting up? Forget about SEO and stuffs. There are more things you can do and can focus on, aside from those.

 

Moral of the story: Stop focusing on stats or money. Focus in making your blog stand out by writing good stuffs. Content first, then others; not vice versa.

 

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

1. Time – I work a full day job and blogging is just a part-time job which takes up a lot of my time! So, planning is vital for your success.

2. Lack of blogging ideas – This is tough. Getting the right blogging topic is always challenging! But after some practice (and tons of blogging), you will slowly get the hang of it.

3. Getting everything done at the same time – For example, blog marketing, SEO, social media and stuffs.

 

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

It is simple. Practice makes perfect. The first goal you should ever have is to focus on your readers. Give them what they want … and you will get what you ultimately dream of.

 

Blogging must be taken seriously like a career. You need to constantly grow your inner self and blogging takes a lot of time to nurture before you can make your first dollar from it.

 

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

If you are ever struggling to make blogging work for you, then start taking one step back (yes, just one).

 

Ask yourself (or evaluate) if the strategy you have is focused entirely on your readers / fans. They are the most important and when you give them what they need, they will be with you all the way to the end.

 

It is not about SEO, social media marketing, content marketing or even making money – It is all about your readers.

 

Also I like for you to provide your blog address, your twitter handle, an image of yourself, and one of your own personal favorite positive quotes.

Favorite Quote: Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion – Tony Hsieh [ Tweet this! ]

Blog ID: http://SuccessGround.com

Twitter ID: @SocialCopy

 

 

Richard Martin

Richard Martin Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

  1. Following the crowd. In my early days, I would create content that would not show my own unique voice or opinions. I wrote about things I thought people wanted to hear, without necessarily using my own opinions.
  2. Failing to realize the importance of an outreach campaign. Many people told me I needed to spread my wings and connect with others. I ignored this advice for over a year.
  3. Promoting my content. I thought my job was done as soon as I hit the ‘publish’ button. It wasn’t.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

  1. Self-confidence. This was massive for me because I kept comparing myself to others, and it gave me huge insecurities. For example, I would create a post on how I made $10k in a year with one eBook; then I would read a post from someone else who had made 5 times that – in one week!
  2. Time. Blogging wasn’t a full time thing for me, and still isn’t now. But at the start of my blogging journey I found it really tough to juggle all of my other commitments about to find time for blogging.
  3. SEO. It’s such a big, complicated area that I always put off learning about even the most simple SEO techniques.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

I learned that my blog truly was MY blog, and figured out that just because one blogger says X, Y and Z about a specific subject doesn’t mean you have to agree or have the same opinion.

Once I’d grasped that, blogging actually became more enjoyable and I saw an increase in engagement and traffic, and I stopped comparing myself to others.

I also started an outreach campaign, starting off small but then growing that outreach campaign to also include promoting my own content.

Time management was a big one for me, and I overcame that by doing simple things like writing out tasks and scheduling times where I knew I had to sit down and create content. Time management is so important and had an impact on some of the other obstacles I faced; I increased my knowledge of SEO in small chunks through setting aside time for learning, for instance.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

They should focus on creating stunning, unique content using their own voice from the start, while at the same time building meaningful relationships with other bloggers who they like and respect.

Favorite Quote: The difference between possible and impossible is merely a measure of one’s own determination. [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://www.smartincomedetective.com

Twitter ID: @Detectivesid

 

 

Ron Killian

Ron Killian Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

Biggest mistake I’ve made is not being consistent with posting new content. I’d get motivate a put up a bunch of posts, then I’d get sidetracked and not post anything for a month or more. Not only is this bad for SEO, but not going to helping with building any kind of following.

Second mistake would have to be that I did not socialize as much as I should have. In the beginning I did very little commenting on other blogs, if any. I did very little engaging with other bloggers. I rarely used social media.

Third mistake is that I did not promote my blog enough. I spent more time on content and other aspects of my online business. Too much tweaking and not enough time marketing the blog.

There are more but Sherman said I could only talk about 3. :(

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

Getting traffic to my bog would have to be at the top of the list. Without visitors, there are no sales.

Next obstacle would be, not knowing what to write about, not coming up with enough ideas. Staring at a blank Word DOC far too often.

I think self doubt comes up in everything we do, whether it’s blogging or anything else we do online. While I had a pretty positive attitude when I started on the net, but there were plenty of days when I had doubts about what I was going.  Still happens to this day.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

Generating traffic was  a matter of getting out there and promoting. Not only commenting on other related blogs, but using social media more often and building a social following. I also built backlinks and posted on forums. Using my RSS feed in several ways helped as well.

Content idea’s seemed to come faster and in higher number, the more I wrote. Just had to get started. Idea’s also came about as I read other blogs, articles and kept a better eye on social media. There are endless idea’s out there if you look and pay attention.

As for doubt… when I first started online, I was at a point in my life that I was SO tired of working for someone else, taking what they wanted to pay me and working when they told me. It was what I used to motivate myself and do what it took to generate an income online.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

After creating quality content, they should spend most of their time on social engagement and engaging with other bloggers related to their niche or market. There are also many social platforms just for bloggers, seek them out and use them.

Not long ago, someone stated that we should spend 20% of our time on content creation and 80% on promotion. I believe it was Dennis Seymour. I could be wrong. But it does make sense. I think too often we spend so much time on our content, we don’t have enough left over to promote it.

Blog URL: http://www.theplrstore.com/blog/

Twitter ID:  @theplrstore_com

How Do These 31 Bloggers Overcome Failure? [ Tweet this! ]

 

 

Ron Sela

Ron Sela Photo Follow Me on Pinterest

*3 Mistakes That I Consistently Made In My Early Blogging Journey*

 

1. Failure To Identify My Audience

When embarking on my blogging project, I failed to consider my audience. By that, I mean that I didn’t define precisely the market that I was trying to communicate with. Instead of writing about things that would interest my target market, I ended up writing about random topics.

 

2. Inconsistency

In my early days, I made the mistake of failing to post regularly. To become well established, you need to keep on top of your posts and make sure to consistently and frequently update your blog. I made the error of only blogging infrequently, and only when I had something new to say.

 

3. Unrealistic Expectations

My expectations when entering this project were unrealistically high. I expected to achieve results in super fast time, whereas the reality was the opposite.

 

*3 Obstacles I Constantly Came to Across In My Early Blogging Journey*

1. Time

I had no concept of the amount of time I would have to devote to my blog. Blogging is a time-consuming activity and failure to set aside enough time for writing, posting and promoting will only produce poor results.

 

2. Community

I did not realize at the time of starting my blog how important community is in the blogging world. I did not know any other bloggers and had no contacts in the blogging community. Bloggers are used to sharing their knowledge with others, and, therefore, are a great source for information about operating a blog.

 

3. Doubt

Every time I found that a post had not been received particularly well, I worried unduly about my talents and skills. These doubts would worsen every time I perceived that a blog post had performed poorly, making me feel like I should give up and stop blogging.

 

*How Did I Overcome Those Obstacles?*

1. Determination

I made the decision to remain focused and dedicated to my blog, to continue publishing my writing no matter what reaction it received. Consistency is imperative. I made sure that I planned in advance and managed an editorial calendar. Staying focused on the project, and investing the required resources, makes achieving your goals doable.

 

2. Joining Groups

I entered the wider blogging community, forging links with other bloggers and benefiting from their support and advice. I learned how to listen to seasoned writers, and how to search for answers in forums and on social media.

 

3. Focus

I decided to concentrate on the most important thing, which was to increase my blog’s traffic and in turn convert the visitors into subscribers. It takes time and determination. It also requires lots of testing and consistency.

 

*What Should Newbies And Struggling Intermediates Focus On To Overcome The Obstacles?*

 

1. Manage Your Time

Anyone serious about professional blogging needs to dedicate enough time to learning how to attract visitors and subscribers.

 

2. Perseverance

Don’t give up at the first hurdle. If one form of content fails, try another to see if you have more success – perhaps video or podcasts.

 

3. Mutual Assistance

Make links with other bloggers and be prepared to offer advice within the community and also to take on board the advice of others.

 

Favorite Quote: “Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.” ~ George Allen, Sr. [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://www.ronsela.com

Twitter ID: @ronsela

 

 

Ryan Biddulph

Ryan Biddulph Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

I blogged for money, I blogged for money, I blogged for money LOL. I made countless errors but this one hurt me threefold, or a hundred fold. So it dominates all my mistakes.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

I doubted myself, I feared criticism like the plague and I was dead broke.  Each formed a super powerful mental block which I couldn’t seem to dissolve.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

I changed my ways to blog for freedom, I blogged to free me and my audience. That shift detached me from outcomes which boosted my creativity and also, my appeal to top level bloggers. Letting go outcomes a bit makes you a creative dynamo!

The intent creates the outcome. I changed my intent to change the outcome, meaning, I became 1000% more hungry to be free – through diligent meditation, subliminal hypnotherapy, and exercising regularly – than I feared doing uncomfortable stuff.

Example; these days I have 38 books in my Blogging from Paradise library. I publish eBooks every 1-2 days. This sounds like madness and….it is LOL. But seriously, since I love living in Bali, and in Fiji, and in Costa Rica, more than I fear diving into uncomfortable situations, I do the freeing thing, even if it is highly uncomfortable at times.

Writing 7,000 word eBooks every day, or every 2 days, is a tad bit uncomfortable but I’d rather live in the tropics and inspire millions of folks than cower to my fears. So I write, write and write, and this habit has helped me crush the mental blocks and mistakes I made above.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

Focus on WHY you are blogging and make that freaking reason FREEING. When you crave freedom more than you fear doing uncomfortable things (writing first eBook, writing 40th eBook, starting your self-hosted blog, paying for hosting when you have a few clams, starting your first online course), obstacles melt, and you’ll succeed really, really quickly.

Skype: ryan.biddulph2

Blog URL: http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com

31 Successful bloggers Give tips on overcoming failure [ Tweet this! ]

 

Shamsudeen Adeshokan

Shamsudeen Adeshokan Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey?

1. Not Following Detail Instructions.

This is a very a common mistakes I usually made in those early days; after researching a solution to a particular blogging obstacles am currently facing, only to ended up doing same thing I was doing initially.

Make sure to always followed detailed instruction to the latter, it will save you a lots.

2. Post Formatting – Many times I would hit the publish button without checking on the front end if the post is well formatted – headings, sub-headings, bullet points, bold etc.

This usually happen as a result of getting too anxious to hit the publish button.

3. Opt-in Email Box. This is one terrible mistake I made in the beginning.

Google can strike on your blog traffic at any time, referral traffic can go ups and down for so many reasons, social media comes and go, but your email list of subscribers is for you to keep forever.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)?

1. Time – This is a very a serious issue I had to deal with regularly, and to this days I still battle with finding time to accomplish my online tasks.

Mostly, I handle 90% of blog marketing activities such as commenting, moderating comments on my blog posts, social media marketing and engagements etc…..on mobile phones.

I write posts as a draft on mobile devices too, and later open up on my laptop when am at home for editing, final draft, images, formatting, and hitting publish etc.

Back at home, I mostly work into early hours of the day because I have to wait for everyone to be in bed or watching movie to have a conducive environment to work.

2. Networking.

It is a very BIG obstacles that must be dealt with if you want to progress in anything good in life. If you don’t have network of people like same interest that genuinely help one another out in situations, achieving success may be a thing of doubt.

Some of the best ways to start building solid network of same like-minded people in blogging are “blogger outreach” and “effective blog commenting”.

Take for instance, this courtesy visit on Sherman Smith’s blog today started as result of a comment he left on one of my blog post on Kingged.com

And from that time, we have done some good things together – Sherman was the first blogger to contribute to my blog content archives and now, I’m appearing on his blog too.

Don’t blog alone, in fact……you can never build a popular profitable blogging career by doing it ALL ALONE.

3. Writing – writing wasn’t part of me before I started blogging.

So when it became clear to me that blogging is all about writing, and not just writing, but useful quality content for its intended consumers; I became terrified and not certain if I can do this crazy thing called “blogging”.

But like they say, “practices makes perfect”.

To horn your writing skill, I strongly recommend that you commit to everyday practices; I don’t mean here that you should publish posts on your blog everyday……no, no, no!

Don’t do that if you don’t have to, in fact as a beginner – don’t do it – but write at least 500 words every day and save as draft. Research leading blogs in your niche and see what you can learn from their writing pattern, take what is best in there for you as a starting point, and not as rule or writing template.

There is only one rule in writing and that is the one you make for yourself.

My advice is to make sure to only do things that directly have positive impact on your blogging goals.

If blog commenting is not good for your blogging goals, styles and objectives…..for goodness sake stop wasting your time doing it, and find what will take you to the promise land instead.

Favorite Quote: “Just as SAMLL fire will generate SAMLLER amount of heat, BIG fire will generate BIGGER amount of heat” [ Tweet this! ]

If you want BIGGER result, take BIG actions.

Blog URL: http://cybernaira.com

Twitter: @cybernaira.

 

 

Sherryl Perry

Sherry Perry Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey?

 

Analysis Paralysis:

I spent too much time reading, studying and planning. Once I had my game plan, knew who my target audience was, and had the logistics in place, I should have spent more time blogging and building my online presence than learning.

 

Striving for Perfection:

I spent too long writing and formatting my early posts before I published them. The ugly truth is that no one was reading them. No one knew my blog existed. I should have spent more time driving traffic to my site.

 

Not Asking for Help:

I like to figure things out for myself. So, I bought a book (“Digging into WordPress”) and became an avid reader of posts about WordPress, blogging, social media and SEO. I started doing everything myself. I could have used my time more efficiently by asking for help more often.

 

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

 

Eyes on My Blog:

It was easy to see that I wasn’t getting much website traffic. So, I started commenting on blogs and quickly got hooked on the CommentLuv plugin (where readers can leave a link to their blog post). After installing it, my traffic and comments grew.

 

Building Awareness:

I desperately needed a way to build awareness. So, I came up with my “Stalking the Popular Kids” strategy. (Nowadays, the “popular” kids are called “influencers”.)

 

I started following trusted, respected, authoritative bloggers who are influential in my niche. I commented on their blogs and shared their content. I engaged in conversations with them. After a while, most of them reciprocated.

 

Finding Your Blogging Voice: The whole “eyes on your blog” concept is vital but what happens when someone gets to your site? What keeps them there?

 

I had to wake up and realize that it wasn’t about me. It was about finding my audience and meeting their needs/wants. Once I figured out who I was writing for and what I wanted them to do, blogging began to work for me.

 

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

 

Your Brand: Start by reserving your username on Twitter. Create a Gravatar and set up as many social media accounts as possible. You’ll never use most of them. However, you don’t want to risk having someone else using the same ID as you.

 

TIP: Reserving domain names for your username (for example, keepupweb.com) and a second domain (keepupweb.us) to use as an URL shortener are two more branding opportunities.

 

Your Community: No one can do it all on their own. We all need help and we can all learn from each other. Being part of a supportive community is vital.

 

Invest Wisely: Don’t be afraid to invest in products and services. We all have to look at our expenses wisely but (if you have hopes of monetizing your blog), you need to treat your blog as a business. Sometimes, investing in your business is necessary.

Favorite Quote: We can all learn from each other.” [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://keepupwiththeweb.com

Twitter ID: @keepupweb

 

Sue Anne Dunlevie

Sue Anne Dunlevie 300 Follow Me on Pinterest Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

Mistakes I Made:

When I first started out, I was the typical beginning who thought I could just write my posts and share them on social media and readers would flock to my blog. It took me a couple of months to realize that if I connected with other bloggers, I would get farther ahead than trying to do it on my own.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

When first I heard Jon Morrow say that it’s not what you know, but who you know, in the blogging world, I came to my senses and started connecting with other bloggers in my niche. It changed my professional life – by having new friends that shared my content, my readership grew quickly and I was also able to get more guest blogging opportunities.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

The best way to focus on promoting your blog is through blogger outreach. Reach out and connect with other bloggers in your niche by first commenting on and sharing their blog posts. Then you can drop them an email asking if they could share your current post or give you some feedback on it. Both my clients and I have found that at least 50% will respond back favorably and your blog will start to take off!

Blog URL:  http://www.successfulblogging.com

Twitter ID:  @SueAnneDunlevie

 

 

Sylviane Nuccio

Sylviane Nuccio Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

  1. If I had to do it all over again, the one thing that I would do differently would be to be completely quiet for the first six months.

What do I mean by quiet?

I would be learning first and start blogging latter. I kind of started the other way around.

I’m not sure if there are still some people giving this bad advice out there, but back then, I learned to jump into blogging no matter what.

Start a blog and start writing, they’d say.

But from my own experience I think that this is a really bad advice, because when you’re not ready, your blog will flop and it’s going to be very discouraging for a newbie, pretty fast.

That’s why so many new bloggers come and go in less than two years.

The only reason I didn’t is because I’m very persistent.

  1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

In my case, I started too many blogs. At one point I had up to seven blogs that I had to write for on my own, and that became too much for me to handle.

It’s the same as trying to post on your blog daily as some online “adviser” suggest to newbies, I think that’s a huge mistake. All that does is burning you out and you won’t have time for anything else, such as promoting your posts which is as important.

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self-doubt, etc…)

I think that the biggest obstacle that I faced with my blog had to be getting traffic. My blog was a ghost town.

Again, that’s why you need to be prepared, because if you’re not, even if you write good content, no one is going to see it, and it won’t be of much use for anyone.

So, learning basic SEO and most of all building relationships in one way or another with other bloggers is really essential, even if those bloggers are your competitors.

If you walk in a busy street, you’ll noticed that many coffee shops are in that same street. Is that bad for their business to have several coffee shops in the same street? No, because that’s where the traffic is. That’s where people are. It’s better to be where competitors are and still get some of that traffic than not being there at all.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

Eventually I understood that I wasn’t told the whole story, and that blogging was more than just writing 450-750 words (back then) with the right keywords.

As I was searching for answers I started to meet other bloggers and blogging communities.  As soon as I started to get involved in those communities my traffic improved. Even though this traffic wasn’t my target market it helped my blog to become alive.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

As I mentioned above, learning about blogging as much as you can first is essential. The more you learn before you start blogging the more your blog will be successful, even though you’re still going to learn as you go.

Then, having a plan for your blog will help you tremendously as well. Bloggers who had a plan/a vision for their blog before they started seem to have more successful blogs.

Get a routine and stick to it. Treat your blog like a business, not a hobby.

Blog URL: http://sylvianenuccio.com

Twitter ID: @SylvianeNuccio

 

 

Yvonne I. Wilson

Yvonne I. Wilson Follow Me on Pinterest

Name and describe up to 3 mistakes that you consistently made in your early blogging journey

At the start of my blogging journey in 2012, I really had no idea what blogging was about. I got the inspiration to start through a friend on Facebook and I simply jumped right in hence, I made many mistakes. Here are my top 3 –

  1. Getting into blogging without doing any research – as a result, I found myself in an ‘ocean of sharks’, not knowing what to do and no life support to hold on to. I was all over the place.
  2. Wrong choice of a URL at first that just did not connect with the actual title of my blog
  3. Not commenting on other blogs but wanting to be like everyone else

Name and describe up to 3 obstacles you constantly came across in your early blogging journey (time constraint, family, coworkers, self doubt, etc…)

As my blogging journey continued, I met many obstacles along the way. Those obstacles came in the form of (a) self-doubt. The first eighteen months, I had the issue of little to no engagement. I was getting small amount of traffic and an occasional comment. There were times I felt I was talking to myself. My blog felt like a ghost town. Not only did that cause frustration, I soon began to doubt whether I had made the right choice to blog.

As we all know, blogging is very time consuming and there is a lot that goes into producing quality contents for readers. With that said, my next big obstacle was (b) not enough time to focus on my blog.

I recall on two occasions, I suffered from (c)writer’s block.’ That I consider being one of the top major obstacles I faced. I was clueless about researching what my next blog post should be and even things such as researching keywords [long or short] and many of the other tools that I have since been exposed to.

How did you overcome those obstacles and what was the epiphany(s) and solutions that helped you rectify those mistakes and pushed you forward with your blog?

My epiphany or what I call my Aha moment came January 2014. It was a rebirth of my blog. Deep frustrations with the past results led me to transfer my blog from Blogger to the WordPress platform. It was a risk but one I was willing to take. I had done my research and with the help of a fellow blogger to address to technical side, my blog took off on its second round.

By May 2014 through what I call ‘divine destiny intervention,’ I connected with Harleena Singh and Aha!NOW. I began to comment on blogs, joined the blog community ABC, and by August 20th of that year, I landed my first guest post entitled How To Cope With Teenage Pregnancy As A Parent I started following some top blogs/bloggers, many of whom are now my online friends.

I gained much insight from numerous posts from bloggers such as How To Make Blogging Less Time Consuming where I now use tools Coschedule Headline Analyzer for my keywordsHubspot’s Blog Topic Generator, Advanced Marketing Institute’s Emotional Headline Analyzer, Tweek Your Biz Title Generator, ContentIdeator.

What should newbies and struggling intermediates focus on to overcome the obstacles on their road to succeed in blogging?

My advice to newbies and intermediates –  be passionate and consistent, exercise patience, work smarter not harder, quality above quantity, success is not overnight so compete with yourself and win!

Favorite Quote: “Always be true to yourself, but above all, be yourself.” – Yvonne I. Wilson [ Tweet this! ]

Blog URL: http://empowermentmomentsblog.com/

Twitter ID: @EMBYvonne

Conclusion

Failing your way to the top is a reality as long as you’re learning from your failures. This is the true process of growth that will help propel you and your blog.

We all go through failure and it sets us up to really get us a feel of what it really means to be successful. As we learn and get better results we too change as we go through our blogging journey.

So yes, if you’re failing, and you have no hope, then I recommend that you go through this post again to give you the push and motivation to get back into balance so that you can keep going.

Please share this post with all of your friends and make sure that you visit these blogs if you’re not doing so already! Also leave your comments below about this post and let me know if you’re struggling or maybe share your experiences from going from failure to success!

7 Ways On How To Define Your Target Market?

Define Your Target Market

Do you believe that you're getting the right traffic? Not just any traffic where you get random visitors to your blog, but the right traffic that’s already interested in what you have to say? If you said yes, then I have to say bravo to you! But … [Continue reading]

Why Should Solo Entrepreneurs Like You Focus On Blogging?

Concept of difficult choices of a businessman

How many of you have started a home business, but yet ignored blogging? Many solo entrepreneurs who start a home business don’t realize the power of blogging that I’ve ran into.  Back in the 1990’s it was more looked upon as an online personal … [Continue reading]