I have to work harder to become a successful blogger.
I just know that if I work hard enough, reversethecrush.com can become a successful dividend investing blog.
But to be honest, I’m on the fucking cusp!
I’m beginning to have the drive required to make things work. I’m willing to make sacrifices because of how important my long term ambitions are. And my goals are reaching the point of superseding all passive activities. It’s becoming an obsession.
The best part, though, are the underlying reasons why blogging is becoming an obsession.
It’s not for any superficial or escapism orientated reasons. It’s just because I enjoy the work involved.
I now understand how much hard work it takes to become a successful blogger.
Admittedly, it can be frustrating because I don’t always have enough time or energy to complete every task that I need to do.
After reaching a high point in August, blog traffic is down slightly in September, which ticks me off.
However, it inspired me to write this post and there were still a few bright spots.
Blog traffic and followers on Pinterest increased, and Google Adsense income increased for the second straight month.
Candidly, I’ve considered publishing a monthly income report on this blog before. But to put it bluntly, the blog doesn’t generate enough money YET to make it an interesting enough report. It would be extremely boring and inconsistent AF right now!
Though, I could see myself publishing a blog income report one day in the future, as I’ve already published blog income numbers before in the past.
With that said, I’m beginning to understand the potential of the business side of blogging.
Blogging every day could be a reality if I put in the work and stick to my strengths.
To be more specific with my plans:
Spend considerable time repurposing older content
Some of the earlier blog posts published are solid pieces of content. I just need to improve the images for share-ability on Pinterest. It’ll also provide additional content to share on Pinterest. Further, I need to join more group boards and post more consistently.
Properly index site map in Google Search Console
It’ll take some time to figure out or decide to pay for a tool.
However, I reckon that it’s worth the effort if it improves Google search results.
Furthermore, I intend to go through Search Analytics to find additional information on the search terms I’m ranking for. Once I study that in more detail, I’ll have a better understanding of what to blog about, and I’ll be able to use the information to optimize better.
Do the stuff you don’t want to do
Google Search Console also informs you about any site errors that may be occurring.
After running a quick analysis, I was able to find out that I need to correct a number of broken links.
To be honest, I don’t really want to go back and find all those links – I’d much rather publish a new blog post.
But going back and correcting those broken links will improve my rankings in Google, which could lead to full-time blogging faster.
Balance business and art
I’ve written about it over and over during the course of my life. I’m in a continuous struggle of trying to fine tune the balance between business and art.
There’s a side that is screaming for creativity, and there’s a side that wants to achieve financial security.
There’s a side that wants nothing more besides writing. But the business side worries about never actually achieving the time to write.
Is it possible that I’m actually doing an injustice to my creative side by putting too much of an emphasis on reaching freedom?
I am muting who I really am? Or is the combination of my interests in investing and writing who I really am?
The thought recently crossed my mind that I only care about finance and frugality because I don’t yet have enough time to do what I really want.
Another recurring theme that I have been noticing in podcasts is accountability.
It’s also been a recurring thought in my own life as of late.
Even though you’re not supposed to focus on the past, I’ve recently been able to look myself in the mirror and realize all of my mistakes.
Being able to look at your own mistakes is a humbling experience that leads to you working harder.
Ask for feedback and be open to criticism
Frankly, I’ll take criticism from anybody – I don’t care what anyone thinks. And I’m open to considering it because someone else might be more correct.
The other reason why I’m open to criticism is because I’m grounded and understand my own values.
As I was watching the Cavs introduction interview with Dwayne Wade the other day, I couldn’t help but notice how level headed he seems compared to the majority of NBA players.
Once you know your why, criticism is just an opportunity to work harder.
Make an effort to sell
Although I’ve been successful in roles that have required it, I’m not a natural salesman.
In a perfect company, I would be the part of a marketing team that is accompanied by a public ‘face’ person and sales minded marketer. Ideally, I would contribute to online marketing by handling the blogging, website writing and updating, and perhaps some social media accounts (Twitter and Pinterest).
That being said, I don’t have a marketing team for this blog, so I need to personally improve.
Based on the amount of effort I put in, I am curious to know what I could earn if I sought out freelance work.
What if I searched for specific hashtags all day, and what if I e-mailed as many businesses for work as I could find?
What if I continued to apply for freelance writing jobs on Problogger?
Imagine if I created a sell sheet and approached as many businesses as possible about sponsored links and posts?
Write more content
Most important of all, I need to publish more content.
If there’s anything that I’ve learned about blogging, it’s that content is most important.
When you reach the point where you want to be successful with a blog, you may begin to consider using services like Hootsuite and Tailwind to schedule content.
Once you reach that stage, you quickly begin to notice how much content you need in order to not sound repetitive with your message.
This post in particular represents my 200th blog post published on this site, which I’m quite proud of.
However, in order to share content consistently, I need to publish at least 1,000 pieces of content.
Moreover, I need to publish as many value providing, story telling articles about my message (FI via dividend investing and blogging) as I possibly can.
To conclude, my intention for this post was to hold myself accountable and be honest about some of the things I need to work harder on.
Although the above list features important steps for any blogger, it may not be the most important steps for your blog right now.
On the other hand, there should only be one main takeaway from this blogpost—work harder!
That’s what the fuck you do!
Questions for the readers: What do you need to do to be successful with blogging? Are you putting in enough work?