7 Lies You've Been Told About Blogging

7 Lies You’ve Been Told About Blogging

Well, now that I’ve already stepped on toes with that title, this post is to explain the 7 Lies You’ve Been Told About Blogging. They’ve been sold to me, they’ve most likely been sold to you.

This post is not all negative, but rather a learned pathway through the mud to the actual truth about blogging and it’s potential.

Ready?

7 Lies You’ve Been Told About Blogging

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Myth 1: Blogging Is Easy

“Just set up your blog using xyz and you’re all set to make money!”

Truth: The act of blogging is extremely simple–and it’s a lot of fun. But the concept of making money from a blog is completely different.

It’s not easy.

Remember the old cliche “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” That’s a wise old adage that’s been around for good reason.

Yes, there are blogs out there that are earning a 6-figure income. The idea of making excellent income from a blog is not a falsehood.

The idea that making a 6-figure income from a blog while vacationing in Maui and only taking a cursory glance at your blog now and then is false.

If you’re passionate about something and you feel like a blog is your path to take, then I completely recommend blogging! And you can make it worth your while, too–no doubt about it.

But don’t go into this thing with false pretenses.

Successful, income-earning blogging is not that easy. It’s not technically difficult–it’s a challenge of consistency and constant learning, and you’ve got to be willing to put some mental elbow grease into it.

7 Lies You’ve Been Told About Blogging

Myth #2: Earn K’s Your First Month Blogging

“Just sign up here and watch the stats go up…”

Truth: So we’ve all come across those big promises while researching about our blogs. It’s discouraging, really.

The idea is that you can sign up for this magical course and all of a sudden, you’re earning thousands in a matter of days or weeks.

It can make you feel like if you’re not earning thousands in a matter of days or weeks blogging then you’re doing something wrong. You must not be cut out for blogging, so all your hard work is in vain.

All of the honest, successful bloggers out there will tell you that blogging is building a business. The big money doesn’t just fall in your lap because you’ve got a cute domain name and a fancy theme (although a good domain name and a nice presentation certainly helps).

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You’ve got to go after it. Tirelessly.

As I previously stated, successful blogging is a combination of hard work, consistency, and constant learning. You’ve got to be doing more research about your audience and your marketing structure than creating actual content.

That doesn’t mean you cut back on creating content–you’ve got to be putting content out there consistently. As much time as you spend creating content, you should be spending that and then some on your marketing strategy.

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Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

Maybe there is a blog out there somewhere that made thousands in a matter days, but for the rest of us, it’s building a business. Your earnings will show that.

It’s possible to start earning in your first month blogging–I did it. But you have be prepared to work for it, and watch the earnings build up gradually.

Your blogging earnings build up like a snowball effect. The more exposure you gain, the more you’ll earn. Exposure creates more exposure, so you’ll see your stats increase at a faster pace as you go– if you keep moving, creating, and marketing.

Your blog isn’t going to market itself. It’s also not going to automatically pop up in the right places to find your audience. That’s up to you.

Don’t set yourself up for discouragement and frustration by allowing someone else to turn your hard work into a get-rich-quick scheme and all the false hopes that come with it.

Your hard work is worth more than that, and it’s going to take a little time to see the big numbers. How much time is up to you.

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Myth #3: Work As Much Or As Little As You Choose

“I made 6 figures working 4 hours a week…”

Truth: I’m not saying the person making those claims didn’t just make 6 figures while sipping lemonade. But I can almost guarantee that they haven’t built up their blog to earning a 6 figure income on four hours’ worth of work per week.

You definitely can choose to work whatever hours on your blog that you choose. You won’t have a time-card requirement. No clocking in or out. Your time is completely your own.

The hard truth of it is that if you’re going to make an income blogging, you’re going to have to put some serious time in. If you’re in no hurry and are willing to take a long time to start earning, then working less on your blog is fine.

But, if you’re results-oriented like me and you want to see some fruit of your labor pretty fast, it’s going to take a lot more than 4 hours a week.

I’m feeling thankful to see results of my hard work and to be earning, but I’ll be completely honest. I’ve put in more than 40 hours a week of hard work, as a SAHM, and while keeping up on all of my other responsibilities.

I’ve sacrificed what little free time I had and some sleep to put in the time to get my blog off the ground. It won’t always be that way. You get to a place where you’re maintaining more than you’re building. But it takes work to get there.

You’re going to get out of it what you put into it–plain and simple.

7 Lies You’ve Been Told About Blogging

Myth #4: Building A Successful Blog Can’t Be Done

“The only successful blogs are the ones that started years ago.”

Truth: Google the top 20 blogs online and then go research each one. You’ll see that they all started out where you’re at: with a computer and an idea, and many are still pretty new!

If blogging is so impossible, there are an awful lot of blogs out there who are doing a nice job–and they’re not all financial blogs. I’m currently following several successful mom blogs who have made it and are coaching others to do the same.

They deserve respect for their hard work and for achieving their goals. They’re amazing because they are willing to help you get your blog going, too.

Guess what? They started out as a mom who wanted a change and had some passion. If you’re a mom, you’ve already got what it takes. You carried and gave birth to your babies.

You’ve sacrificed your time, energy and sleep to raise your littles. You know what it’s like to consistently care for something.

If you’re passionate about your blog, the recipe you’ve already got to care for something is what it’s going to take. That consistency is what will bring the results.

As a mom, you’re always learning about your kids and coming up with different ways to connect with them or help them achieve something.

That same strategy can be applied to marketing.

You get on Pinterest and research food ideas, ways to help your kids do this or that… you can apply that same principle into researching and learning marketing for your blog.

If you really want this, it’s possible. Anything is possible.

A Helpful Post on 10 Pinterest Mistakes You Might Be Making And How To Fix Them by Bossbabechronicles.com.

7 Lies You’ve Been Told About Blogging

Myth #5: A Successful Blog Is Totally Free

“You don’t have to spend a dime to make money blogging!”

Truth: You cannot monetize your blog and run it properly without a a hosting platform, which costs a few dollars per month.

Blogging is sales. It’s cool because you don’t really have to do traditional cold calls or pitches and closes.

However, you have to market your product or your content, and you need to sell your audience.

Everything about your blog, from the posts you write to the name that appears in the URL is going to say something about you. People are going to notice how you’re presented, and they’re watching for credibility.

What makes you stand out from the rest?

It’s important to look professional, to make your blog easy to follow and access and to provide ways to connect with your audience. You’re going to need the right tools to build all of this.

You can start out for free, but you’ll end up spending at some point. That’s the name of the game.

Helpful Hint: The sooner you spend on a professional host, the better for your blog. Trying to catch up later is a real pain–take it from me.

Myth #6: Blogging Is Expensive

Truth: While some expenditures are necessary, that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. In fact, successful bloggers will tell you to keep your expenses way down at first.

It’s frustrating and discouraging to pour money into your blog when it’s in the beginning stages and bringing in little to no income at first.

Your expenses don’t need to–and shouldn’t–be extravagant.It’s not about what you spend.

It’s about knowing where to spend.

Really, all you need is a.) a domain name, and b.) a professional host. I recommend SiteGround to get started because it’s user-friendly for beginners and it’s inexpensive.

You can get a good blog up and running for less than the cost of two coffee drinks a month.

Myth #7: You Need To Be A Computer Genius To Create And Run A Blog

Truth: If being a computer genius is required, then I’d be out of the game, and so would a lot of other successful bloggers. I’m old-school–like I prefer a notepad and a pen to any technology, old-school.

Computer coding? Huh?

But that’s where hosting sites like SiteGround come in handy. Hosting sites simplify all the back-end stuff so that you can create beautiful content without having to know the ins and outs of computer coding.

I would recommend, however, that you take time to learn the basics and increase your knowledge base. Knowing about things like basic coding and SEO are going to work for you in the long run. However, you don’t have to be confident in all of that to start up a successful blog.

There are resources that can help you. There are bloggers with incredible talent that have written some helpful articles. And don’t underestimate the power of Google. Yep, I just said it. If you don’t understand something, Google it. You can learn it that way.

Don’t be discouraged. If everything on the back end of blogging is Greek to you, it’s okay. There are places to find help, and hosting sites like Bluehost and SiteGround offer live chats to help you out. You don’t have to get into the complicated stuff to make your blog successful.

7 Lies You’ve Been Told About Blogging

So Is Blogging Really Possible?

I hope that you’re feeling encouraged and inspired about your blog idea. If you’re going to work hard at something, let it be about something you’re passionate about. Let it be something that represents you.

Because YES!

Blogging–and earning by blogging–is totally possible!

Now that the myths are busted, you can understand a little better that blogging is a business. It takes serious hard work, time and effort, but it can get off the ground.

You can so do this.

7 Lies You’ve Been Told About Blogging

I also have some other resources to help you better understand blogging and getting some wind in your sails.

The Ultimate Guide to A Winning Blog

Ultimate Guide to a Winning Blog

5 Blogging Mistakes I Made That You Don’t Have To

11 Reasons Nobody Visits Your Blog And How To Fix It All (By Beautybites.org)

5 Blogging Mistakes I Made That You Don't Have To!

Keep it up. Don’t give up. Fight off frustration by just keeping it real. Work hard, blog hard, and then play hard later.

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