You’ve got to love the life of these probloggers. They roll out of bed around 9:30am…make a cup of tea…check their bank account…read a few emails…respond to a few comments…choose a guest post…stroll down to the cafe for brunch…check the bank account…record a six-minute video…read a couple of blog posts…check the bank account…go to the gym…pick up the kids from school…write a page for their next eBook…check the stock portfolio…sit down with the family for dinner…write the next newsletter promoting one of their mate’s products…check the bank account…and on it goes…it’s a tough daily grind I’m sure.
Then there’s the REST of us…
…up at 6am to go to a real day job…quickly check your overnight traffic before you leave the house…listen to your favorite blogger’s mp3 on the train or in the car….sneak a peek at your Twitter followers during breaks…spend lunchtime making notes for tonight’s post…check your traffic before you leave the office…rush home to check your stats again…immediately log into the blog hoping there might be a non-spam comment….delete the spam comments…read all the email offers from every problogger you’ve signed up with…watch a training video about long tail keywords….research your niche…find some images…pump out as much unique content as is humanly possible after dinner and before the kids go to bed…put the kids to bed…tweak the post and publish…post some comments on related forums…post some comments on related blogs…look up at the clock…“Oh shit! It’s 10:30pm and I haven’t eaten dinner yet”…nuke some chicken strips…search for affiliate programs aligned with your niche….wipe your blurring eyes….take one last look at your traffic stats….stumble to bed…dream about the life of a problogger…wake up…and start the whole process again.
The Proof is in the Traffic
If you’re not well known for blogging about sex, gambling, gadgets or making money on the internet, then you’re one of millions of content producers who struggle for readers. If people aren’t commenting about the circles under your eyes, or your fingertips aren’t bleeding at least once a week, you probably don’t have the traffic you think you deserve. If your significant other isn’t totally frustrated with the amount of time you spend in front of ‘that stupid computer’, then there’s a good chance you’re simply one, out of 9 million websites, battling for readers attention on the net…and not getting much success.
The reality is blogging for a living is bloody hard work! It requires a creative tenacity, and capacity to network, which most people simply don’t have. After spending two years writing a book in my spare time, I discovered my creative tenacity. This post is part of the networking.
When I started my blog, it was simply going to be a marketing tool for the book. Now, I’ve been sucked into the blogosphere. Seven months and 130 posts later, I’ve tasted what this lifestyle might provide, although it hasn’t come without a price. My book still isn’t finished…but my blog is page one on Google..:)
So why DO these Probloggers lead such great lives, with a freedom of choice most of us only dream about???
Because their fingertips bled for many years before you and I ever heard of them. They put in the hard yards, fighting in the trenches of content creation warfare…and they won! Real probloggers don’t live a life like I joked about previously. Real probloggers run their blog(s) like a business and some actually have staff and office space. They’ve incorporated and learned to use marketing, legal and accounting professionals to help grow their business.
They use intention to focus on what they want to create…then they take action. Probloggers not only contribute content to the masses, they contribute to the economy by creating jobs and consuming other people’s services. In addition, they expand the economy by teaching others how to do the same thing.
Can anyone blog? Yes. Will everyone who blogs succeed? No.
Why? Because most people won’t endure through the early days of blogging. After a few months of having no readers, receiving no comments and getting no joy from Google, most people give up. They don’t treat their blog like a business.
Robb, Yaro and Darren invested years of effort to get where they are now. If you think that in six months you too will have 1000’s of readers and be making a living from your blog…well don’t feel bad if it doesn’t happen. But keep at it!
To be successful: work on your blog daily…follow the probloggers mentioned in this article…download and study their free eBooks…try out their suggestions…buy their courses…network with other bloggers…test, measure and tweak…but the most important part of blogging is the creation of something worthwhile to read!
What have you written today?
This was a guest post by Curtis Chappell. Curtis blogs about taking control of your thoughts and words through an intense process of self-analysis at curtischappell.com/blog/. Chris is working on publishing a book titled ‘Reading Between The Lines, The Hidden Power of Language’ so head over and check it out.
Welding image by Ethnocentrics