Are You Spending Enough Time Blogging to Be Successful?

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How much time does it take to become a successful blogger?

Is it 6 moths, 1 year, 3 years or more?

More importantly, how many hours a week should you be spending on your blog to achieve this success?

Is it 5, 10, 30 or even 60 hours a week?

You tell yourself, “if only I could figure out the perfect formula, I’ll be on my way to becoming a full-time or even 6-figure blogger”, right?

Well, you can. Below, I’ll take you through the different things you need to know to reach your blogging goals and how long each one typically takes.

Plus, I’ll also share some useful tips on how to make time for blogging when you’re too busy or don’t have time.

Here goes.

Before getting into the nuts and bolts of the matter, I think it’s worthwhile taking another look at what blogging is and how it works. More specifically, the fact that that blogging is more like a marathon, rather than a sprint.

Why?

One of the initial misconceptions people have about blogging is that it can be a quick way to earn money. Part of the reason for this is probably because you’ve come across blog posts that sound something like, “How I made $100,000 during my first year of blogging.”

While that’s true and many bloggers do actually achieve that, it’s important to understand that making money from your blog actually takes time. This is especially true after the changes Google has made in recent years.

One of which is what SEO gurus call the “sandbox”. That is, it takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months before a new site begins to rank on Google’s search results.

In addition to that, blogging and the internet as a whole have matured. This means it takes longer for new blogs to grow simply because there’s more competition in every niche.

Finally, you need to set up the proper foundation for your blog. Like all things, it takes time to learn ropes to see what works and doesn’t before you become successful. This is likewise true with blogging.

Why Do Blogs Fail?

The reason I bring up the importance of taking your time to properly learn the process and grow your blog is that MOST BLOGS FAIL.

Interestingly, while this is common knowledge, there isn’t a lot of data documenting it.

I tried looking for a few updated statistics but couldn’t really come up with much, which I think is part of the problem. By that I mean, the focus has been so much on making money rather than figuring out why so many blogs fail.

By fail, I assume that it means the blogger gave up after a certain amount of time because blogging wasn’t worth their time anymore. Sadly, in most cases, that would probably mean that they didn’t make enough money to keep pursuing the venture.

According to a 2018 survey by Ramsay Taplin at Blog Tyrant

  • Nearly 70% of the bloggers in his survey make NOTHING.
  • Another 23% earn less than $10,000 a year.

Just as interestingly only 46% of blogs are 2 years or older. I’m not completely sure if that’s a good or bad sign.

Why?

Because blogging as an industry is fairly mature by now. So, having that many blogs in the survey being less than 2 years old means most are just starting out.

It probably also means that many of those that began more than 2 years ago have given up on blogging. Thus, paving the way for new bloggers to come in.

On the other hand, it could have just been a coincidence that almost half of the bloggers surveyed happened to just be starting out.

Over 90% of Blogs Failing is a Good Thing (for You)

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to dissuade you from starting a blog or becoming a blogger. In fact, it’s the opposite. I’m trying to encourage you to get into blogging.

Why?

If 90+% of blogs fail, and you understand why they do so, then you’re already 100 steps ahead of the curve. This gives you a huge, unfair advantage since you know what to avoid in order to be successful.

So, let’s get to it.

The first matter at hand figuring out why so many blogs fail?

Here are a few reasons.

  1. They’re looking for instant results. If things don’t work out after the first year, it’s very tempting to quit.
  2. They think that blogging is easy. This was probably the case 10-15 years back when you could slap on an article, load it up with keywords and it would automatically rank and bring in traffic. Unfortunately, blogging has evolved, and Google has matured to the point that you need to do a lot more than that in order to succeed.
  3. Giving up too soon. This is probably the case for most blogs. One example is the story of Everywhereist. Geraldine DeRuiter’s blog didn’t receive much traffic during its first couple of years. Had she given up then, she would have missed out on the payoff that soon came after. That’s over 100,000 visitors per month on a consistent basis.

Other reasons include:

  • Taking shortcuts
  • Not taking the time to set the proper foundation – link to article
  • Focusing on the wrong things
  • Not treating your blog as a business
  • Focusing on money rather than what your readers need

One way to think of blogging is by looking at it like would your education. The goal of which is to get a good job or learn how to start your own business.

As such, you went to school, in all likelihood took out debt for it, just to get an entry-level job. Then, worked a few years to get promoted and slowly go up the ranks.

Well, blogging is just about the same.

Unfortunately, we all seem to think otherwise. That is, it’s a much faster way to make a living than any other type of job or business.

How Do Bloggers Work?

As such, I think it would be a good idea to take a closer look at how bloggers work. This will give you a glimpse at what’s needed to succeed in the world of blogging.

So, the following sections dissect everything you need to know about what it takes to be a blogger on a day-to-day basis. More specifically,

  • How much time do they devote to blogging?
  • How long does it take for them to write an article?
  • How many articles do they publish each week?
  • How much time do they spend on all the other blogging tasks?

How Much Time Should You Spend Blogging?

The reason I discussed all the things above is that it sets you up for this point.

Basically, it takes time to grow your blog. That is, you’ll need to be patient because it requires time and effort to get a good amount of consistent traffic to your blog.

Don’t get me wrong, you can get traffic to your blog right now. That’s not the problem.

The problem is consistency.

Short Term vs. Long Term, Recurring Traffic

Not all traffic is created equal.

That is, there’s traffic that you have to work for. And, there’s traffic that just keeps on coming.

Take for example your post going viral. When this happens, you’ll get a boatload of traffic for a day or two, maybe a little bit more. But, after that, the traffic disappears.

If you can quickly monetize that traffic, then you’re golden.

However, if you can’t, then it will just look like a blip in your traffic statistics.

That’s Short-Term Traffic.

On the other hand, if one of your posts ranks well on Google, the search engine will send visitors to your blog without you having to do anything.

Best of all, as long as you stay high on the rankings, your site will keep receiving visitors, day in and day out like clockwork.

That’s Long-Term, Recurring Traffic.

Which one would you want your blog to enjoy?

The problem here is it takes longer to build traffic from Google because it’s not easy to rank for keywords.

How Long Does It Take to Start Getting Blog Traffic?

To help you understand their differences, here’s a breakdown of the different types of traffic and how long it takes to build them.

Traffic from SEO

What is it?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Basically, it’s blog-speak for the process bloggers and website owners go through to improve their sites. The goal of which being to get more traffic from search engines like Google.

The reason for this is that Google’s ranking works on an algorithm. So, if you’re able to make that algorithm happy, your site’s pages will rank higher in search results.

This means more visitors will come to your site for certain keywords.

The biggest benefit of ranking via SEO is that once you get atop the rankings, traffic will automatically come your way. You don’t need to do any extra work.

But, the hard part is what comes before. That is, getting on top of the rankings.

How long does it take?

It depends.

Remember Google’s algorithm? It uses over 200 factors to decide which blog posts rank number 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on.

Among these factors include:

  • The number of links pointing to your page and website
  • The main keyword you’re targeting
  • How competitive the keyword is
  • And many others.

Plus, each keyword can have 0 to 100,000 or more searches per month. So, ranking number 1 on a keyword with 100 searches per month isn’t going to bring a lot of visitors to your site. On the other hand, ranking number 4 on a keyword with 100,000 searches per month will give you a lot more traffic.

What’s the verdict?

Because search traffic takes a while, you’ll need to work on it from the beginning. But, don’ focus on it. Just keep doing it. It will take months and most of the time years before you rank for higher search terms.

Over time, as your blog builds authority, the traffic from organic search will grow. And, when it does, you’ll get “FREE” traffic every day.

Traffic from Social Media

If you’re starting out, social media is the way to go. It lets you get traffic much faster than SEO. But, it has its drawbacks as well.

The biggest one of all is that on days you don’t share or post on social, your traffic will drop substantially.

This is why you want to build search traffic for the long-term growth of your blog.

But, while you’re doing so, social media traffic will let you start earning money. This way you are rewarded for your hard work.

What is Social Media Traffic?

Basically, it’s traffic that comes from any of the social media platforms that you post on. These include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and many more.

While it may be tempting to go for all of them right off the bat, I recommend choosing 2, at most 3 social media platforms to start. You’re better off being good at 2 rather than mediocre in 4 or 5 of them.

Among these platforms, Pinterest and YouTube stand out.

  • If you blog, then Pinterest is the way to go.
  • If you vlog or do videos, go with YouTube.
  • If you’re in a niche that’s very visual like art, travel or others, you can likewise try Instagram.

How Long Does It Take?

The reason Pinterest and YouTube are on top of the list is that they’re search engines. Much like Google, people go there to find things.

Just think about it, what did you do the last time you went to YouTube?

More likely than not, you typed something on the search bar to find a video you liked.

This same concept applies to Pinterest.

The reason this works well for beginner bloggers is that it gives you a chance of getting seen by new visitors.

In contrast, Twitter shows you feeds of people you follow. Similarly, your Facebook feed does the same.

Because you don’t have any followers when starting out, what’s the likelihood of anyone seeing your post and clicking on it?

Traffic from Paid Ads

Finally, there’s advertising. This isn’t the best option for beginner bloggers because you need to spend to get visitors.

That said, it’s the fastest way to get people to see your blog.

But, it only works if you have money to spend. This is the reason why digital media companies can quickly build their presence online while small bloggers can’t.

What is it?

For the most part, advertising falls under Facebook ads and Google Ads. You do need to pay to set up the ads. And, you get charged by Facebook or Google Adwords when someone clicks on your ad.

Again, while it’s the fastest way to get traffic, that traffic isn’t free like SEO or social media. And, the moment you stop paying for ads, the traffic immediately dries up.

How Much Time Do Bloggers Spend Blogging in A Week?

Of all the statistics I found from researching about blogging time and how much time bloggers spend working, this was the most surprising one.

Here’s why.

According to Convertkit’s 2017 State of Blogging report,

  • Over 40% of bloggers work 0-5 hours a week. Whoa!
  • About 20% work 6-10 hours a week on their blogs
  • Another 15-20% spend 11 to 40 hours doing so
  • And, less than 5% work 40-60 hours on their blog
How many hours a week do bloggers work

As much as I wished I could be like them, I’ll admit that I spend much more than 5 hours a week blogging. I typically fall under the under 25 to 30 hours a week if I don’t spend a lot of the weekend doing so. Otherwise, I do get to the 30+ hours a week blogging.

And honestly, I wish I had more time to work on my blogs.

Just as importantly, most bloggers post once a week.

  • Around 40% of bloggers say they publish one article a week.
  • This was followed by two posts each week and one post every other week, both coming in between 15% to 20% of the respondents in the survey.
  • And, 11% saying they either produced 3 posts a week or published content when they got around to it.

Together, this should give you an idea of how much time bloggers spend working on their blogs.

It will also help you decide how much time you’re willing to invest in blogging.

How Long Does It Take to Write A Post?

Since we’re on the topic of writing content, you’ll probably be curious about how much time it takes for bloggers to write an article, on average.

Here’s what the data says.

According to a survey by Orbit Media, it takes nearly 3 and a half hours for a blogger to complete a post.

If you look at the chart, you’ll notice that the time it takes to create a post keeps increasing. It was 2 hours and 24 minutes in 2014. Then, jumping up to 3 hours and 16 minutes in 2016 until reaching 3 hours and 28 minutes in 2018.

How long does it take to write a post

One reason for this is that articles are getting longer. In 2014, the average post was 808 words long. That went up to 1054 words in 2016. And, was at 1151 word in 2018.

Average-Length-of-a-Blog-Post

What does this mean for you?

You’ll need to allocate anywhere from 1 to 6 hours a week just for content, assuming that you’ll be producing one post a week.

This includes the time spent finding a topic, researching the article, making the outline, writing and editing.

How to Make Time for Blogging When You Don’t Have the Time

Now that you know how much time and work bloggers put into their websites, it’s time to figure out how to schedule your blogging routine such that it fits into your current lifestyle.

Here’s a step by step guide you can follow.

How To Find Time for Blogging

One of the most useful things I did when I started blogging is to map out how much time I had in an entire week. This gave me an idea of where I can squeeze in time for blogging. And, just as importantly, cut out “down time” or time wasted.

The method below is an offshoot of Laura Vanderkam’s 168 Hours Challenge which she discusses in her book, “I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time”.

Here are the steps.

Step 1: Prepare Your 168 Hour Worksheet

Get the worksheet or make one yourself. It’s basically a Microsoft Excel Worksheet where you have the 7 days of the week as your columns. And, for each day you break down the entire 24 hours into 30-minute blocks.

To save space, you can just begin from the time you wake up, say 6:00 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. Similarly, you can end the worksheet when you usually go to bed, like 11:00 p.m. or 12:30 a.m.

168 hour worksheet schedule

During the upcoming week, mark everything you do on the worksheet. This will let you track your activities in detail.

Doing so allows you to get a complete look at what you spend your time doing each and every day of the week.

You can start at any time of the week, although beginning on a Monday does help to keep things more organized.

Step 2: Analyze the Filled Out Worksheet

Once you’ve recorded all your activities for the week, the next step is to break everything down. This will let you analyze how productive you really are.

Here’s what your filled out worksheet will tell you:

  • How much time you’re spending doing nothing or worthless things? Knowing this is essential because you’ll be able to better utilize these times. More importantly, they’re the free times you DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD, which you can now use for blogging.
  • Where are the free times you can use for blogging? These time periods can come from those above or time slots you open up specifically for blogging purposes.
  • How much sleep do you get? Sleep is very important. And, if you’re like me, the worksheet will probably make you realize you’re not getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night you ought to be.
  • How productive are you? We all like to think that we make good use of our time. And, that we don’t spend too much time in completing any task. But, unless you meticulously track the duration you spend per task or chore, you can’t really tell. This worksheet does that for you. You can likewise use it to monitor your “work time”. Doing so helps with blogging as it lets you figure out if you’re spending too much or too little time writing an article, looking through social media or creating images.
  • What do you spend your work hours doing? Having everything you do in a week listed in front of you makes it easy to see patterns in your behavior. It will let you know what tasks you tend to do first or last when you work. Do you avoid the harder, more challenging tasks, or do you take them on first thing in the morning? Similarly, it will tell you whether you spend a lot of time with menial tasks that can be outsourced or delegated to other people and how long it takes for you to finish certain tasks that you need to take care of every day or every week.
  • What do you spend your non-work hours doing? This will let you quickly see how much balance there is between your work and home life. And, when you’re at home or away from work, what is it you typically do. Are you spending enough time with the kids? Do you watch too much TV? The worksheet lets you spot these patterns.
  • Are you getting enough “me time”? With everything happening, do you spend enough time taking care of yourself? This is very important because everything is not just about work and taking care of others. You need to find time to enjoy yourself and do the things you love.
  • Is your schedule wearing you out? One of the cool things about keeping track of everything is it allows you to adjust your daily routine. This means if you find yourself stressed and tired at the end of each day, you’ll be able to go back and figure out why that’s happening and which part of the day or week is causing it. More importantly, you’ll be able to adjust your lifestyle in order to improve it.

These questions are just the tip of the iceberg. The more you look into your weekly behavior, the more you’ll be able to uncover things about yourself. These include things like:

  • Your habits
  • Things you do but shouldn’t
  • Things you aren’t doing but should
  • And a whole lot of other interesting things.

All of which will help you manage your time better and set yourself up for the lifestyle that suits you and your family the best.

But, for the moment, your goal is to figure out a few things:

  • How to find time for blogging.
  • Find a schedule that lets you be consistent without risking burnout.
  • How to find a balance between work and life. This is a question you’ll need to answer beforehand. By that I mean, do you want a more balanced life, or are you willing to sacrifice now and find balance later on? Choosing the former means dividing more time for things besides blogging or work. Meanwhile, the latter entails giving up fun and leisure times to spend more hours working. Which you decide will be up to you.

For Part-Time Bloggers

The challenge here is whether you can find enough time to blog. In all honesty, the answer will be a resounding YES.

It may take a little creativity, willpower and the proper mindset. But, you can do it. All you need to do is find the right blogging schedule that works for you.

Even if you aren’t able to squeeze in a lot of time for blogging, do so.

A few hours a day goes a long way by the end of the week. Just think about it.

Blogging just 2 hours a day gets you to 10 hours total per week if you’re able to do it from Mondays through Fridays. Then, you can work a little more on weekends, say 5 hours each on Saturday and Sunday.

That adds up to 20 hours of blogging each week.

By the end of the month, you’ve put in 80 hours just for blogging. That’s a lot of work done.

More importantly, remember when we said blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. That means you don’t have to try and speed everything up. As long as you keep blogging and learn to do it right, it will pay off in due time.

So, when are the best times to blog when you have a full-time job?

  • Before work
  • During lunchtime
  • During work (I don’t recommend this, but I’ve done it and I know many bloggers do it as well.)
  • After work
  • Late at night when the kids are asleep or everything else is done
  • During weekends (This is when you make up a lot of time, so try to maximize them)

And for each of the times, how many hours can you allocate for blogging without it getting in the way of your 9 to 5 job.

For Full-Time Bloggers

This gives you more leeway when it comes to scheduling work.

Here, it’s important to decide a few things:

  • What daily schedule do you prefer? While it’s easy to go flexi-time, it’s not always a good idea to do so. Ideally, you should work at home just like you would in the office. That keeps you accountable. And, it makes sure you show up every day.
  • Are you going to work on weekends, or will you follow the Monday to Friday only work schedule? This is up to you. It all depends on how much time you want to allocate for blogging and whether you’ve done enough during the weekdays to be productive.
  • Do you have a cut off time? It’s not healthy to just focus on blogging or any type of work for that matter. That’s a recipe for burning out. Setting a cut off time or time blocks where you can take your mind off work lets you come back fresh. In my experience, stepping away even for 5 or 10 minutes allows me to come back fresh, often with new ideas.

Step 3: Create a Test Schedule

Once you’re done analyzing your worksheet, it’s time to create a test schedule. Don’t worry about being perfect. You’ll keep modifying it as you go along depending on how your lifestyle changes.

The goal is to find a schedule that lets you get enough work done to progress in blogging. You also want a schedule that won’t stress you out or make you feel like you’re always short on time.

Step 4: Test Your Blogging Schedule and Make Adjustments

Finally, take your new blogging schedule for a test run. This will let you see what works and what doesn’t.

Along the way, note down potential changes you may want to try or make.

If there are things that don’t really work, switch them up and make a new test schedule.

Just keep doing this until you find your sweet spot.

Time Management Tips for Bloggers

One of the most important things I learned when it comes to blogging is properly managing my time. And, it’s something you’ll want to learn to.

One of the reasons is that there are so many things you need to do as a blogger.

Plus, when you’re starting out, you’ll more likely than not, be doing everything yourself. This lets you save money. But more importantly, it lets you learn how to do all the tasks before outsourcing them to someone else.

To help you maximize the few hours you have, here are a few time management tips that will let you cross out item after item in your To-Do list.

Time Block

Time blocking is breaking up your day into chunks of time. Depending on how fast your work, you can break them down into 5-minute blocks or 30-minute blocks.

Bill Gates and Elon Musk, for example, use chunks of 5 minutes. But that’s them. For mere mortals like me, I prefer 25-minute blocks. This lets me get enough work on done without feeling rushed.

Time blocking works well whether you’re blogging part-time or full-time, simply because you can allocate blocks of time for certain tasks throughout the day.

Know Your Goals and Prioritize

Use the 80/20 rule to focus most of your time on the most important things that produce results.

According to Pareto’s Principle, 80% of your results come from 20% of the work you do. So, your goal is to figure out what 20% produces the biggest effects on your blog’s growth.

That’s where you focus 80% of your efforts.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed, Limit Yourself To 3 Main Tasks A Day

As a blogger, you’ll want to have a to-do list. Whether you keep it written on paper or note them down digitally, to-do lists are a must. That’s because there’s just so much to do and learn.

And when you think you’re done with one thing; another task needs to be taken care of.

A to-do list lets you keep track of everything you still need to get done. More importantly, it lets you easily see everything that’s still uncompleted.

From there, you can prioritize what to do for today.

But, don’t try to get everything done all at once. I’ve found that choosing 3 key tasks each day not only lets you cross items off your list faster, it also lets you produce better quality work.

Do The Hardest Task First

One of the things you’ll soon realize with blogging is that there are some things you’ll like doing and other things that you don’t. There are also tasks that are more challenging than others.

Some examples include sending emails to people you don’t know. Another may be recording videos of yourself. I know those are some of the more challenging things for me.

While they’re hard to do, try to do them first thing when you start working. This is when you’re most focused and your energy levels are highest.

Stick to Your Schedule

Soon after I started working at home on my blog, I quickly realized that it’s much harder to stay focused at home compared to the office.

I know that one reason is accountability. But, it may also well be the comforts of home.

In any case, make sure you set up a schedule (as we did above in the 168 hours worksheet) and stick to it. This will keep you from sitting on the couch and watching TV or surfing the web when you should be blogging.

Batch Jobs

Our brains like to work on one task at a time. In fact, the more practice we get with one task, the more proficient we become

This means you not only do it better, but you’ll also make fewer mistakes and get it done faster as well.

Batch jobs are great when you need to do a lot of one thing. One example is writing articles. Batching them together saves me a lot of time. Also, it’s easier to get in the zone when you’re just focused on one thing.

Don’t Try to Do Everything

Blogging involves a lot of tasks. This can be overwhelming on its own. Add to that everything else you need to do, be it the laundry, cook, go grocery shopping and everything else.

The solution? Don’t do everything yourself. Get some help.

It’s your choice whether you want to get help on the work/blogging front or your chores.

I learned this the hard way and it’s no fun. You’ll end up wasting more time. Often, because you’re trying to do so many things at once. As a result, don’t aren’t able to focus on the most important ones.

Don’t Keep Checking Your Stats and Earnings

This is a complete waste of time. But, we all do it. I did it when I started out. And, almost everyone I’ve asked seems to do it.

But, try not to. It doesn’t help you any by looking at your traffic or earnings every half hour or at 5-hour intervals.

This is especially true when you’re starting out, where traffic is very little, and earnings don’t come by much.

Take time to review each day, week and month

In addition to doing the work, make sure to take a few minutes at the end of the day, week and month to reassess what you’ve done. This will let you see what you’ve achieved as well as what you weren’t able to do.

Together, it will let you prepare for the next day, week or month. And, allow you to adjust your work schedule.

Important Things That Will Help You Succeed in Blogging

Finally, here are some important tips to keep in mind in blogging.

Don’t get caught up by the Hype

Blogging is often associated with what’s called the “laptop lifestyle”. Basically, it’s all about making a lot of money fairly fast, which allows you to spend all your time traveling, hanging out in beaches, and taking vacations.

Some bloggers also film themselves with uber-expensive sports cars (that’s a favorite), high-end homes and buying expensive stuff.

While all those things can be done, you’re jumping the gun by focusing on those things, especially when you’re just starting out.

Focus on the work first and learn to enjoy the process. This will let you stay consistent and get results in the long-term.

Don’t Compare with Others

In the same light, stop reading income reports and comparing yourself to other bloggers. This is something I did and I a lot of bloggers I know did or do as well.

It doesn’t help you any.

Whether they make more money or less of it, you’ll still be you. More importantly, nobody will show you a bad income report. So, you’re setting yourself up for frustration.

Again, focus on the work.

Understand the Blogging Game

Blogging is 20% writing content and 80% marketing. Like it or not, that’s how it works. Don’t force yourself to do the opposite just because it feels easier or is more comfortable for you.

Get out of your comfort zone and start promoting your blog to strangers.

In short, be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Blogging isn’t easy because there are a lot of challenges. More importantly, there are a lot of things you’ll be afraid of doing or don’t want to take action on.

Just do it!

Know When You’re Doing Something Wrong and Fix It

There are a lot of things in blogging that work. These include:

  • Good content should help you get an engaged audience
  • Building your email list
  • Promoting on Pinterest will drive visitors to your blog
  • Facebook ads will bring in traffic
  • Writing guest posts on an influencer’s blog to get noticed by their audience

Along the way, you’ll find things that you know how to do as well as things you don’t know how to do.

It’s your job to learn to do them.

  • You can do so by doing research on the web.
  • A faster way would be to invest in courses which show you what to do and how to do things step by step.

And, if something that’s supposed to be working doesn’t work for you, you’re probably doing something wrong.

Go fix it.

Don’t blame others and don’t say that this or that doesn’t work, because more often than not, they do. You just haven’t figured out how to do them effectively.

Focus on 1 to 2 Social Media Platforms

Start with a few social media platforms. This will let you find the ones that work best for you. When you do, so stick with them.

More importantly, not all social media platforms will help your blog. You need to find out where your audience is. That’s where you put all your effort in.

Invest in Courses and Keep Learning

I remember holding back from buying courses when I started.

In retrospect, that was one of the biggest mistakes I did.

Not only did it cause me to waste time, but it also made me follow some worthless advice.

Always remember, there may be a lot of information on the web. But, it’s your job to filter out the crap and use the good.

All in all, the courses do cost more. But, it lets you quickly learn what’s right from wrong. The important thing is to know which bloggers’ courses are worth paying for.

Accept the Fact That You’ll Make Mistakes and Fail (a Lot)

Don’t see mistakes or failures as bad things. See them as part of your learning process. It’s your road to becoming a better blogger.

The worst thing you can do is quit, as we’ve seen at the start of this article.

Bottom line is don’t be afraid to fail. Just learn from what you did wrong and keep going.

Stay Consistent and Be Persistent

Blogging is a long-term game. When you find something that works, stay consistent with it.

In the same way, when you’re starting out, you’ll be faced with a lot of challenges. Stay persistent.

Remember how much time it took you to learn something that you’re now good at. In all likelihood, your first few tries were probably bad.

Take the same approach with blogging because you’ll get better with time.

Above All Else, Focus on Your Audience

Whether you’re writing articles, putting up ads on your site, creating eBooks or products, always think of your audience first. Ask yourself, “Is this thing going to benefit my audience? If so, how?

If you can’t think of any benefit it offers them, you may want to reconsider it or figure out how to modify it so that it does.

Conclusion

How much time you invest in your blog is one of the biggest factors in determining success and failure. After reading the article, you now have a better idea of:
  • Why blogs fail
  • How much time successful bloggers spend on their websites per week
  • How long it takes to write an article
  • How to make time for blogging when you’re short on time
All of these will allow you to create a blogging schedule that helps you get results within the lifestyle you want to lead.

How much time do you spend blogging each week?

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