Why Patience Prevails In Blogging

September 25, 2007 – 6:57 am

by Darren

Yes, some blogs debut and go straight to the top. If the idea is original enough, or people just resonate with the concept, then a blogger might take off like she’s been shot out of a rocket. But for 99% of the working stiff bloggers out there, this instant rise to fame won’t happen. But it doesn’t really matter. What matters is getting paid from your efforts, and the time it takes you to succeed can be looked at as paying tuition. When your education is complete, the money will take care of itself.

Most people couldn’t handle blowing up instantly

Imagine a blogger who gets a “lucky link” and a giant readership early in their blogging career. Will they be adept enough at monetizing the traffic? Probably not. And they probably won’t even have the skills necessary to keep their readership interested. Blogging is like any other human endeavor: you get better at as you practice your trade. You can expect to be much more adept at blogging in your second or third year than you were when you just started out.

Set goals and achieve them

But patience doesn’t mean letting the chips fall where they may. It’s your job to constantly grow your revenue. You need to set benchmarks where you expect your revenue to be at. Since you start at $0 monthly, you may set your first benchmark at $100. Then the next can be $1,000 monthly. Nice, round numbers are always easiest to understand. Each time you reach a level that you hadn’t been at before, immediately set your sights higher.

Don’t be complacent and assume that you’re somehow “stuck”, even if your revenue seems to be at a standstill. There are no invisible forces holding you down. You are the one controlling how much money you make. My blogs are now earning $X,XXX monthly, and my next goal is to get them to $XX,XXX. I’ll admit I stalled for awhile as I hit a case of burnout, but luckily it wasn’t anything to extraordinary. As soon as I focused, the revenue shot up nicely.

So in the next year, I need to grow my revenue about 7.5 times where it is right now. It’s a lofty ambition, but one that will payoff very nicely. I can take the things that I’ve learned work, and use them exclusively. I can always experiment, but I can do so in a framework of knowledge. My patience for blogging is paying off.

How about you? Are you reaching your goals?

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    1. 3 Responses to “Why Patience Prevails In Blogging”

    2. Great post Darren. Perseverance, directed in the right direction of course, always pays off. Good to know you bounced back :-).

      By Amrit Hallan - HowToPlaza on Sep 26, 2007

    3. Hell, I always bounce back :razz: :mrgreen:

      By Darren on Sep 26, 2007

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