Wow, what a motivation title. I didn’t really quit blogging, just in case any of my regulars had a mini heart attack. I just wanted to catch your undivided attention for awhile.
I didn’t bring you here with such a startling title so I can sell you something. I did it because I have been visiting some blogs during my blog hopping campaign and I came across a post (sorry I can’t link, I forgot who it was) and he mentioned that so many bloggers have been slacking in their regular article posting.
I do not wish to write yet another motivational article to convince you that it all pays off in the end. I already did that many times, and if you read it and still don’t get it, then quit right now. Why? Because it is a bad idea to do so much work trying to build your blog content and traffic, then suddenly stop posting and abandoning your readers.
“But I don’t have any readers”, you say? Well, there is a such thing as shadow readers who rarely comment but they may read your articles every day. If you signed up for my free newsletter and confirmed your email address, then you have received my ebook on blogging which includes a handy chapter on instant traffic generation. There is absolutely no reason why you do not have commentary on your blog.
Are you shy of pop-ups?
There are some sites out there that are WAAAY too pushy with their popups that it makes me close them out and never return. I HATE those kinds of sites with a passion. But I completley understand the value of a popup for list building, and when it is used in a non-offensive way such as an occasional display then it is not an issue. If you are too hard-headed to understand the power of being “slightly” aggressive in your list building activities, then you will not grow as fast as you want to.
I am really trying to get you to understand the entire list thing because it is what gives you the “power” to make money blogging. Even if you are not blogging for income right now, you may want to in the future. Wouldn’t it suck really bad if you came to that realization and your hard-headedness prevented you from getting a head start? I mean, if you never want to make money then simply never use your list! Genius right?
Another issue is that I find alot of bloggers who simply say “I hate popups” and that feeds their negative list building ways. Fine, you don’t like popups. But be reasonable. I stay away from blogs who load popups every single time I visit. But they probably don’t know any better. These pop-up plugins for blogs have settings which allow cookies to limit the amount of times a popup is displayed to a visitor. I have mine set to every 30 days at the moment of writing this. That way, I don’t slap my readers in the face with it.
I feel bad about making money!
Well, jump in a hole because the entire planet is all about making money in some way/shape/form. Without money, you will probably not survive unless you live in the middle of nowhere speaking a language that uses a series of clicks.
I recently published a rant about review blogs because they do nothing but promote affiliate products. But I have written a review here and there myself, so does that make me a hypocrite? Nope. Why? Because my blog is dedicated to providing so much free content, I can write an occasional review without offending anyone. If anyone DOES have a problem with that (seeing that I am working for free) then they can kiss my ass. I will not apologize for making money on my own blog. Especially because this blog teaches you how to make money blogging. With the links contained within my articles, I can still make affiliate referral sales (unless I am interlinking or outbound linking to something just for reference).
You cannot be shy about making money on your blog. You can be direct without offending. You can send an occasional newsletter with a product review if you wish, but I recommend adding value to the post and not just a product review for the best response. You can place ads right there in your content. Placing ads in places that are ‘out of the way’ is no way to go about making any money. Be serious about making money with your blog if that is truly your goal. Being shy will only make you think that it can’t be done.
Blogging may be a hobby for you. It may be your experimental new method to make money online. It may be a way for you to update friends and family. Whatever your reasons for blogging are, go all-in or get the hell out. Plain and simple. If you create a blog with these grandios asperations and then quit, you have just added to the world of internet clutter and the smelly smell of a stale blog. Thanks for that.
If you do decide to go all-in, then I am sure you will succeed and never want to give up and call it quits.