We all start blogs and websites with some hopes, mostly to make some money from them. Only few of them are succeeded so far.The truth in blogging is, the successful bloggers share their success stories, but the people failed in blogging do not share anything how they failed, instead, they quit from online silently.
Therefore, most of recent bloggers (including me) have a good and short term hope in blogging to become a successful bloggers like few pro bloggers out there to make good income. Unfortunately, that is not the case in real world.
Few basic points I would like to point out here to understand the reality of blogging. Clearly understand them and plan your blogging according to it. I’m sure that will make your blogging life easy and success.
1) Define the Purpose
It’s simple, why you are blogging? or why you are going to start a blog?. Define the purpose at the beginning stage it self. Do not be like a monkey jumping from one branch to other one and change your purpose.
Set the purpose and work hard for it. May be you can change the purpose once you achieve the previous target.
The purpose of blogging can be,
- Generate traffic
- Brand naming
- Support business
- Become popular
- Make friends and network
- Share knowledge
- Gain knowledge
- Self satisfaction
- Just time pass
- and more…..
Starting or running a blog is like doing a physical business, make sure its having the purpose and goals. Don’t start a blog because I’m having a blog, or I can’t start a new blog in different topic because you are having a successful blog in that topic, am I right?
2) Understand the Reality
No matter how hard and smart you work, things will take some time change in your way. You can’t change the blogging world in over night. None of the successful blogger grow just like that without hardworking for few years. Blogging is with so much competition now. Most of the topics are already covered in internet somewhere, you must do something differently to attract visitors and search engines.
There are some important factors in blogging which you don’t have direct control, such as,
- Visitors ( You can’t compel them to buy your product or click ads)
- Competition with other websites
- Search Engines
- Money making programs
- The algorithm and rules in Search engine companies, back links and PRs
- Your hosting company
- Domain age
- and more
The above factors work as they like, if Google disable your adsense account and remove from search results, then you don’t have much options to restore them. It applies for most the third party factors in internet.
You have to full fill their requirements in proper way to stay with them online.
Money and traffic do not come very easily to you, it takes time and depends on what you are writing and how you are promoting your blog.
3) Ready for Some Flops
This is not a discouraging factor, but failures in blogging life will make you as a professional blogger. Things do not work all the time how you expected in blogging. You may spend long days, full of energy and did more study on a new ‘killing article’ on your blog, but the result will be negative. You will hardly find few visitors to well expected article and it could be a complete flop.
This can happen to your affiliate products, niche websites, own products and anything you much expected before launching. Don’t worry!, you are not alone. Most of the bloggers us had the same types of ‘Blogging flops’ in their life.
People learn and correct their mistakes from the failures in blogging, just do not give up blogging for anything. Definitely it will change your life one day if you are a strong and serious blogger.
Though, blogging is like a real world business, but the major different is, you spend more money on real business, but in here money is almost zero (except your hosting charges). Therefore, you don’t lose anything if it doesn’t work well initially.
At the end of each flops and mistakes, you earn knowledge, experience and good lessons. Your well expected killing article might have failed, but just think what you learned from it.
4) No One to Support
I’m not sure how this matches for you, but the country where I’m from is having very less bloggers and most of the people do not know what is ‘blogging’.
Even my wife doesn’t know what is ‘Blog’ and how I’m making money till I explain it clearly. If you are in similar situation, then there will be no support from your family and friends. They will simply say ‘its waste of time’.
In fact, as bloggers we do not expect any support from them, but at least few words to encourage, motivate and appreciate us? ……mmm….. nothing.
I have good friends and all are technically well. I sent a email to my close friends (around 20 to 25) individually asking them to check my blog and return some comments. Unfortunately, none of them said any words. Really it worried me much.
The only people support you in blogging are your readers and other bloggers. Mostly other people also will start supporting and recognizing you as a blogger once you become popular and started making good money 🙂
5) Technical Knowledge in Blogging
Yes, its very important. You could be a good writer and having excellent skills in your topic, but you also should know some basic things in blogging technology. You can’t hire people all the time for all issues and your friends or other bloggers will not help you always.
Learn about hosting plans, WordPress CMS or other, PHP, SQL, HTML,CSS and style sheets, Plugins, backup and restore of a website and very importantly SEO ( Search Engine Optimization). This makes you as a complete professional blogger.
Blogging is not only about writing and publishing articles, it contains other technical factors too. You should be having at least basic and latest knowledge of them to survive in Blogging world.
I hope the above points will give some ideas how blogging will be in your life. Most of the bloggers fail because of they do not understand it properly. Even I failed earlier in 2008 without understanding the reality well.
Start a blog with proper planning and give enough time to grow the traffic and money, then you will be in top!!!.
Good luck guys!
Your comments and inputs are always welcome. Leave your valuable suggestions and comments.
Very very informative article i have ever read anywhere . Thankyou for this article and keep it up for us
Got a little problem. Here’s the thing. I received my first Adsense check two days ago. And in my adsense account I have my full name (including the long version of the initials).
But in both the address field on the front side of the letter + in the check itself, they’ve only included only a part of my name.
For instance the name currently displays like below,
“Full initials + Samee”, which should be “Full initials + Sameera Gayan, etc)”
have you had any problems concerning your name, do you put your full initials in the adsnes or the shorter version like .. A.B.C Dinesh…. a little help please 🙁
Oh as you said… here is my blog http://mygeekopinions.blogspot.com/
SUBA ALUTH AWURUDDK WEWA 🙂
Sorry for the late response, Happy New Year, I have celebrated Tamil new year 🙂
I didn’t have any issues with adsense, but sadly it takes 2 weeks to receive check and another three weeks to realize. ;(
I think you have made some mistakes inside adsense setup, make sure ‘Payee Name’ is correctly filled.
Before deposit the check, confirm with the Bank about your account name and check name.
Better do not deposit the check if there will be some issues in this case.
You can correct the account name and request Google to issue another check after 60days.
Feel free to contact me for further assistant.
Glad to see your linux blog, its have good information I never know. Keep it up. If you are serious about blogging, better move to separate domain. That time consider to use my discount coupons in hostgator. 😉
OK… here’s the thing,
In adsense account I have my full name (full initials + my name). But not sure… maybe, maybe due to our asian (especially Sri Lankan) names being too long… the automated process of generating adsense checks didn’t find enough space to include my full name.
This again, I’m not quite sure if it’s the case, and yes, i have asked for re-issue, but I fear that if the reason for this error is the above mentioned issue, the the next check will also include that name error.
Adsense support concerning this very poor, Dinesh… I posted this in the Adsense forum, it’s been 4 days at lest, but yet no one has contacted me 🙁 any suggestions?
Oh as you said, now it’s been like 7 days since is added adsense to that linux blog, it receives very little traffic (120+ uniques daily… and rising 🙂 ) but for the 7 days I’ve received only 2 clicks 🙁
Better hold the payment till this issue is fixed and confirmed.
Adsense support is slow and not direct contact like others.
We have to wait……
Another sad thing is, you can’t change the payee name without closing the existing account and open new.
Good luck mate
Thanks Dinesh appreciate it 🙂
As the owner of several blogs myself I would like to say that blogs are long term projects. So, it may take a lot of time for bloggers before they start earning from their online resources. Thus, be patient and never give up!
Thanks for the great comment from your experience.
You are 100% correct, blogs are long term project.
i whole heartedly agree with 4th and 5th point. There is no support from family members specially……but thank god other bloggers from india support me and are quite helpful…..thanks to them i m coming out from nooby stage 😆
yeah the 5th point is yeah half knowledge is always dngerous but u learn side by side and cut down on ur mistakes as u proceed thru in ur blogging life. I wish i paid more attention to 5th point earlier but i m trying to correct my blunders which i made during my initial months 🙂
One cant write such an article without experiance .. really Good work Bro
So glad I found this post while searching “what is a good worldwide Alexa rank.” I’m a writer, hailing from the (ancient) world of print publishing. I’ve been covering the fashion and beauty markets for years and started my blog about 15 months ago. It is my passion and my baby. I take to heart all that you write about. I do update regularly. I am learning the basics of blogging including SEO, CMS, Plugins, PR – terms that were meaningless to me several months ago. I spend several hours per week researching how to improve my PR and my Alexa rank, how to generate traffic, backlinks, etc. It’s endless, as you and all bloggers know. You are so correct. It’s simply not enough to have good content. The competition is stiff and, although I think I have a unique twist to my blog – fashion, beauty, health and fitness for ageless women – it’s difficult to find and establish a readership. There are days I want to quit – but I am passionate about http://www.EverBeautiful.com. I love researching for it, writing it, receiving comments and responding. I do feel that I provide a service to an audience that is often overlooked by mainstream fashion and beauty magazines and websites. Thanks for the words of encouragement. I needed to read them tonight, being disappointed in my Google PR and my Alexa ranking too. I work so hard at this – I know we all do on our own blogs. It can be discouraging to think that I’m writing in a vacuum. Thanks for making me feel that there’s the possibility of recognition and a payoff in the future. Regards, Melody
I really like your comment and blog. Its glad to find a blogger like you.
You could get more readers via search engines if your permalink is correct with post name and keyword.
Alexa and Google Ranks are important when you target direct advertisers.
Yes, blogging needs time, I’m 100% sure one day you would be happy with your blog.
Good luck and keep visiting.
With me, money is a big problem 🙁 . But I am always trying 🙂
hello. Interesting blog, but i had a question. I tried to figure out the earnings of this site (DBM) and found out that it makes $27 daily! Well Dinesh, i don’t even see a whole lot of ads! but how come this’s possible?
Ashish, I don’t know where you get this figure, I would be happy to earn this much from this blog. I don’t make any money from this blog 🙁
Do not believe these type of earning calculating or traffic estimating sites, its not true.