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How To Stay Motivated When Your Blog Is Invisible

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Stay Motivated With A Invisible Blog

Ok, invisible is a little strong but having a blog that is not attracting the visitors you want will feel like it is invisible.

One of the hardest things I had to work thru was working my blog everyday in the beginning when I wasn’t getting the traffic or the comments or the social shares. I wrote post after post, I shared my posts and still no activity.

It sucked but it made me a better blogger in the end.

The real learning happens when things are hard, when you feel you are working for nothing. Being able to work thru all that negativity and still write posts, share posts etc..  will make you a stronger blogger.blog motivation

If you can write a post in a conversational style when there is NO ONE to talk too, think how good you will be at writing that same post when you have an active audience.

The good news is that the hardest part of your blogging journey is in the beginning phase, launch phase.

I like to say “blogging is like a shuttle launch, shuttle uses something like 70% of it’s fuel on the take off and the other 30% to finish the trip”

With your blog, it works the same way.

When you launch your blog that is when you will do the most work, like writing posts, getting readers, backlinks, making new blog friends and setting up your goals.

But once you have a blog rolling and full of content, traffic and your blog’s community is growing, things get a little easier. You will still need to work it hard, but more on a maintaining level.

Today I want to share some of the tips that helped me thru the early days of my blog.

Stay Motivated When Your Blog Is Invisible.

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Appreciate The Little Wins

A successful blog has more to do with the small wins you have everyday then it does with the few big wins. Small wins keep us motivated and in a positive place to keep moving forward.

A small win can be anything… extra 50 unique visitors a day, 5 more comments per post, 5 more social shares, it can be anything.

Just realize and appreciate them, these are what will grow your blog.

Build On Your Little Wins

Once you have acknowledged a new win, you will want to build off that. Focus on other small wins to keep you motivated and working.

How about one post a week? Seems like a easy win for anyone right? Once you hit that, then build off that and go for another small win, like sharing your blog post on 5 new sites or spending 30 min a day on Twitter or Facebook.  All are small doable wins that you can reach each day or week.

The goal is to keep your mind in a happy place, staying positive is all you really need to work thru a invisible blog.

The more small wins you can put together, the faster you will see success with your blog.

Look Back

I watch the TV show Biggest Loser and I always say, “he/she doesn’t look like they lost that much so far” but then they do a split of them now and an image of when they started and you see a HUGE difference.

Do this with your blog. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget where we started.  For me, I like to look back on the early days when I couldn’t get a comment or a RT or share to save my life. I look at how my writing and topics have changed for the better. I look at how more focused my goals are now with my blog then they were back then.

You need to do the same, look back and see how far you and your blog have come.

Why Are You Here

My man Jack Zufelt said it best “when your WHY is so meaningful and powerful and at a mind and heart level, you can accomplish anything you want”!

A great way to stay motivated is to know exactly why your blog is here, why you want to have a blog, how you can help people, how you can make your niche better.

Once you have that deep down why, then it will be hard to get distracted on the down days of your  blog.

Get Inspired

Finding inspiration is another way to keep you motivated on building your blog.

Read other blogs that have the success you want to see, read books like Jack Zufelts “The DNA of Success” that I mentioned above.

Go back and read any positive comments or emails or tweets you have gotten from readers that appreciate you and your blog.

Anything can help and the more inspired you can get, the longer you and you’re blog will be around.

Welcome Failure

I know, sounds crazy to want failure, but if you are failing that means you are actually DOING SOMETHING.

The truth is, you will fail, you will fail a lot.

When you are new to something, the best way to learn is thru personal experience. Failure like fear can be your best friend, if you know how to harness it.

With failure you need to look at what you have learned. Then take that learning and try again and again and again.

The more you fail, the more you will succeed.

Don’t Walk Away

No matter how down you feel or how defeated you feel, do not give up.  The motivation will come back, the inspiration will come back, the blog success you want will come.

Time and time again I will go home kinda blah about my day, I didn’t get done what I planned, or something went wrong or whatever it is, and I’m just blah or even pissed off and you know what?

The next day I come in to a great email from a reader or I get a new client or I made a few sales. It all comes back around, so don’t let the down days affect you to much.

If you give up, you will never know what could have been.

I know for me, not know what could have been is a much worse feeling then trying and failing.

To be honest, the only real way for you to fail with you’re blog is to just give up. Even a bad blog will see some type of success in the long run.

And since you’re here reading this, then I know you don’t have a bad blog :)

Relax A Little Bit

Ok, we are talking about blogging, not that serious. So give yourself a break and relax.

Some things just take time and your time will come.

If you’re not feeling the blog, then just walk away for a day or two, if you don’t want to write this week, then don’t.

I would rather you take a couple days off, or a week off from posting then to have you write crap just to get a post out, or even worse, to quit you’re blog all together.

So if all the tips I shared above don’t work, then just relax and walk away.

Then come back and hit you’re blog hard again.

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That’s the 8 things that helped me get thru the early day’s of Money Dummy.

I am glad I worked thru all the negativity and happy with the direction I am going.

If you follow my tips above, you will take you’re invisible blog to a successful blog in no time.

Have any motivation tips? Share in comments..Thanks :)

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  • http://reviewzntips.blogspot.com/ Daniel Sharkov

    Hey John,

    Absolutely agree with you that one doesn’t really learn until things get hard at him. That is when learning something new can make the difference between quitting and reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.

    I have noticed that on myself – when my traffic numbers for exampel are not falling down or even growing, I actually become less productive, thinking that things will get better and better without me doing anything. Wrong!

    Great job man!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Daniel .. glad you liked this post.

    When things are easy, poeple tend to slack off a lil, but when it’s hard, that’s when they focus.. Im that way.

    You def have to stay at it when things are good as much as you do when things are bad.

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  • http://www.tips4savingmoney.com Kathwatson30

    Thank you for the tips i really needed this. At times it seams the world it crashing on you when you are building a new blog but your advice of refreshing your mind has really helped me.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks for the comment Kath.

    Yea starting a new blog is hard… but stay with it. all the hard work will pay off.

  • Ivin

    This is sooo valuable. You don’t even know. Not only for me (I’m a small bit ahead from where you’re talking about), but need to hear it nonetheless.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks Irvin for your first comment :) Glad you liked the post.

    Just a good reminder to not stress the bad days.. just work thru them.

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  • http://www.salestipaday.com/ Chris Hamilton

    Rome wasn’t built in a day – Good things take time.

    Keep looking at the stuff that works and stop the stuff that doesn’t drive traffic.

    Use Google Analytics to see where your results are coming from.

    Great post JP

    Chris

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks Chris and your right.. nothing great happens in a day.

    Glad you liked the post.

  • http://allisondduncan.com Allison Duncan

    Definitely what I needed to hear today. It’s been really frustrating getting the sort of traffic I desire, and every time I see my hits go up, it seems I end up taking two steps back.

    I know that the answer isn’t ‘think positive’ or ‘keep on keeping on’ but at the same time, it’s so easy to just want to throw my hands in the air and give up.

    Thanks for the motivation.

    Allison

  • http://twitter.com/jetsongospel Nitya Gospel Jetson

    John I love your blog because you can blog and you help with blog for people who want to blog.. Overall the your blog is a good blog because it teaches and motivates one to blog :) cheers!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    llison the only way to get to the big traffic you want is to keep going and not stop.

    No one gets big traffic numbers without patience and hard work.

    Took me long time to get the traffic I get today.. trust me, it will come :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    That is a lot of blog lol

    Bit glad you like the blog Nitya :)

  • http://ericksoncreative.com Sally Erickson

    Great message, and boy, did I need it. Are you suuuuuure it will eventually go? I’m holding on by a thread with no readers, no commenters, no tweets. I will be patient. I am so not giving up. Thanks bunches!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Sally it will get better,, but that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and trying new things to get your blog pout there. Keep working and writing and sharing and the traffic will come.

  • http://www.shoppingbasketsplus.com Randy Pickard

    John – Valuable encouragement. I think bloggers should review analytics data for time on page, bounce rate, and exit rate and also track which posts generate the most comments in order to get direction as to productive subjects for future posts.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    I agree.. but posts should stay on point with what your blog is about first. To much of one type of post is a bad thing.

    Ex: list posts kick ass, but if 80% of your posts are list posts then that’s a bad thing.

    Write what your blog is about, write what people like, write what will get traction in social media. Do all 3 and you will see the results you want.

  • http://www.wineidrink.com/ Ken Lee

    Thanks for that post, I am in the 3rd week of my blog, I have got
    over 700 page views and just over 130 unique views.  Some
    posts have brought them in but others have seen the tumbleweed
    drift by slowly.  I am finding at this point that my best
    marketing tool is Twitter. I am a wine blogger, so after I review a
    wine I then tweet the winery and twice my review has made it onto
    the front page of their site. One was a big Winery here in
    Australia. The things keeping me going at the moment is when I see
    people on my site live via Google Analytics after I have posted and
    tweeted. It is a good buzz.  I have had a few comments on my
    first post but none since so that is my next big thing, getting a
    comment that is not spam ;)   Anyway, again… Thanks and I
    will keep hustling. Ken.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Ken you are off to a great start and have a nice plan to sharing on
    Twitter. Just keep it up and also share across FB and G+ and
    connect with more bloggers and you will see your stats rise nicely.

  • http://www.wineidrink.com/ Ken Lee

    Thanks for the reply John, I agree and am posting on FB, G+,
    Pinterest and stumbleupon each post. Just seeing minimal impact on
    these platforms but I think it will come. I am hoping that the more
    people looking at my blog will in fact bring more people in similar
    to a snowball effect. Again, thanks for the reply.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Ken it doesn’t happen over night man. You have to put in the work
    and have faith it will pay off in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/thejoshuawilner Joshua Wilner

    Sometimes the hardest part is just showing up but I am confident that the hard work will turn into something. Nothing good comes easily.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Joshua. that’s the right mentality man.. if you put in the work, trust it will pay off in the end.

  • http://www.benway.net JasonB

    Thanks for the words of advise. I started building my blogs and was starting to gain some traffic. Then the kids got a little older and the family got busy and I haven’t been able to get my energy level back up to blog on a consistent level.
    Maybe I just need to start again little by little.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aldwoods Al Woods

    Blogging is hard but for me a new subscriber that leads to
    more traffic is motivation to keep Blogging.

    Little wins can turn into big victories and that’s what keeps me
    motivated to write new and interesting things all the time.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Jason, we all fall ff.. Good thing is the blog is there waiting to get back to work. Start slow and go from there :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    You got the right mindset Al.. enjoy the lil wins and build from them.

  • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

    50 unique sounds more like a great month than a small win to me, haha. Thanks for the reassurance, I think there are a lot of us in this boat. Its an invisible boat, btw, great view of the water!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks Jason. We all have small wins at different sizes. for me 20 comments is a small win, for you 5 comments is a small win. Whatever makes you feel like you accomplished something is a win. :)

  • http://ivinviljoen.net/ Ivin Viljoen

    there’s a lot of these ‘I’m failing/have failed, keep on going’ kind of posts. I wrote three such posts myself. IS the industry in a flux? Will those that work hardest and smartest come out on top. Interesting movement…

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    I wrote this post over a year ago,, so have no idea what people have been writing recently. But yes, if you work hard you have a better chance at succeeding then the lazy fuck that sits on the couch. Not a movement, but this has been common for a VERY long time.

  • Felicia Ford

    Thank you for your inspiration! I hope to gain traffic soon because I want comments.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Happy you liked the post Felicia. Just keep working the blog, the traffic and comments will come.

  • Jimmy Scarbrough

    Thanks John; certainly applies to me. WIth blogging, I’ve learned to celebrate the little daily victories. Each day is important!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    That’s what kept me going in the beginning Jimmy.. enjoy the process my friend.

  • http://ScottVantage.com/ Scott

    I think this blog post you wrote is fantastic. I too have been writing for a very long time. Sometimes I feel like yelling “echo echo echo”. Other times, well it is like a massive cha ching! I write a real estate investing blog. Now, paying GoDaddy every year seems a bit crazy when nothing is happening. But then, I have a guy come across my blog and buy a contract I had put on two homes for $11,000 cash. Do you think I am complaining about my GoDaddy fees of $24 now? No way! I am so glad you are encouraging people to keep on writing. I love that. Lets connect!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Scott that si aeesome man.. you have it in the right perspective. Yes there will be weeks and months that nothing happens, but there will be that one day, that BAM.. something good happens and makes all the work worth it.

  • Kiehl Laura

    Thanks :) This really made me feel better . :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Happy to share it Kiehi :) Just keep writing and sharing and things will get better.

  • Martha Brettschneider

    Loved this post — my favorite piece of advice was to cut yourself some slack. Take a day or two off rather than post a crappy piece of writing. Staying in tune with your greater purpose, reminding yourself why you started this crazy experiment in the first place, is key to sustaining your momentum.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    TY Martha glad u liked the post.Taking time to walk away is a great thing.. sometimes the only thing that will work.

  • http://justmeshakirack.blogspot.com/ shakira

    Hi John, you are the FIRST person I add on when I joined twitter. I have been
    blogging for years and honestly I stopped a few times not because no
    one was reading cause I was overwhelmed by the memes I was participating
    at and having to visit as many as possible when not as many visit me.I
    am going to get back to it but I am having problem with my blog as I
    have bought a domain with my name with google and then I cannot get the
    specific help I need to get it open. It is frustrating and taken way too
    much time….sometimes I wonder what I should do. Have you a wonderful
    day….and you are SUCH AWESOMENESS. Keep up the grand work! hugs
    shakira

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    TY Shakira and I’m glad you are going back to your blog. :)

    As far as your domain issue.. maybe it’s better to just buy a new one and use it on your blog.

  • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

    This is very true. It can be discouraging when you first start out whether blogging, Twitter, or anything new. Everyone appreciates the encouragement, John Paul.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Exactly, it applies to it all. When your new it’s hard to stay motivated.. I know it was for me :)

    Happy to share my man.

  • sofiasardo

    Hi John, Thank you for the advice. I have posted a link to this post on my blog. Hopefully it can help other bloggers going through the same thing.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    TY hope the post helps :)