Have you thought about starting a blog? From lifestyle changes to career changes and more, the hardest part always seems to be getting started. This remains true when it comes to blogging. Once you get things going, you get into a rhythm and things mostly fall into place. But getting started? It can be overwhelming, and quite the battle.
Of course, if you know what roadblocks to expect, you can more easily overcome them. So to help you prepare for the journey ahead, take a look at our list of the biggest obstacles to starting a blog.
When it comes to driving traffic to your blog, marketing is important, but using the right keywords is, well, the key to getting the maximum amount of readers, and therefore income. However, this isn’t as easy as it seems. Chances are the keywords you come up with off the top of your head are good, but also high competition. What you need to focus on are finding the keywords that suit your niche that is both relevant and low competition, netting you more readers right from the start.
When you first get started with blogging, the goal might be to replace your primary job in part or in full, but it isn’t possible right from the start. And that means you will be juggling your primary job, the new part-time job of blogging, and all the other responsibilities you have in life. To make this work for you, get serious about scheduling. Breakdown your start-up tasks into daily goals and isolate whatever time you can spare each day specifically for your blog—and stick to it.
When it comes to creating a successful blog, you do not want to just wing it. But at the same time, you do not want to research everything to the point that even the smallest decisions are second-guessed and you are riddled with doubt. Doing so leads to too much stress and often a sense of inauthenticity that your readers can pick up on. Do some research, but also trust yourself.
While some people are great at handling all aspects of blogging, many bloggers are not so varied in their talents. If this is true for you, that is perfectly okay. Rather than carry all the weight on your shoulders, look to outsource the tasks you are not so talented at. This might sound like it will break the budget, but there are many affordable freelancers to be found on platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork.
So take a deep breath, destress, and then jump into blogging, ready to tackle the biggest obstacles in your way.