That’s the advice they tell you when you share your new business idea with someone.
“It’s easy” they say. And “you’ll get tons of traffic.”
Here’s what they don’t tell you…
1. It Costs Money.
If serious about your business, you have to treat your blog like your business and invest some money into a good design. Why? Good design matters. It builds trust. Think about it… When you come across a rinky-dinky website, do you trust what they’re selling? No, you click away and go somewhere else (at least I do). So if you want to do it right, if you want to market your business right…invest in a good design.
Investing in a good site design goes a long way. Real Estate Agent Lori Bee for example got 2 buyers leads within two weeks of launching her new site design.
Don’t have the money to pay for a custom site design? No worries, for less than $80 you can get a great design template from StudioPress Themes for WordPress. These are a good starting point for a couple of reasons:
- They’re well designed,
- They’re optimized for SEO,
- They have an excellent support forum, and
- They’re affordable.
2. Blogging Takes Time & Energy.
You’re going to spend lots of time tweaking the design trying to get it just right. Then, you’re going to spend time researching and writing your articles. You’re going to spend time researching a good photo for your post. You’re going to spend time editing your post. And THEN, you’re going to spend time promoting your post.
Just because your wrote it doesn’t mean traffic is magically going to gravitate to that post. You still have to get it out there and do the blog marketing yourself.
3. No One Is Going To Comment.
You wrote a great blog post. You know it’s a great blog post. I might think it’s a great blog post. Other people might think it’s a great blog post. Still, that doesn’t automatically guarantee blog comments. People won’t always have something to say. If you close your posts with a question, that’s a good starting point. But again, people won’t always have something to say.
And if you have a Real Estate Blog, site visitors aren’t always going to comment on your Market Reports. That doesn’t mean they’re not great or useful… People just don’t comment on such things.
So remember, don’t get discouraged, just keep writing.
Read: It Only Takes One
4. It’s Hard To Get Subscribers.
Just as it’s hard to get comments, it’s even harder to get subscribers. You’re not going to wake up next week and find that your Real Estate (or other) blog has 1,000 subscribers. It’s just unrealistic. Focus instead on setting proper goals and objectives early on and track your progress monthly. Something like, “I want ‘X’ number of subscribers by the end of the month.” Or if you have a real estate blog, “I want ‘X’ number of home registrations by the end of the month.”
This way, you’re setting yourself up for success little by little.
5. Your Post(s) Won’t Go Viral.
Again, just because you (think) you wrote a great blog post doesn’t mean the rest of the world thinks it’s great. A blog post about local market stats isn’t going to go viral. It’s just not. And that’s ok. As long as your intended audience is reading it and finding it useful, you’re making progress.
Here’s what you need to do… Determine what kinds of questions your readers are asking that you can provide answers to. Write those posts and then market them accordingly. With a little help from your friends, and if it’s a relevant article, your post might go viral. A couple of the most successful posts here have been:
Over to you…
What would you add? What do you wish they had told you about blogging when you first started your blog? If you knew then, what you know now… How would you do things differently?
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