Ever feel so demotivated in your blogging journey, that you want to quit? Nothing seems to work with blogging and you feel like it a big waste of your time right?
Well, you are not alone. It happens to many bloggers especially new ones who have not yet gotten established enough to generate consistent income or any income at all.
I guess it is human nature to feel demotivated when you don’t see the results you expected, regardless of the type of business you are involved in.
What’s important is how you deal with such feelings. Do you allow temporary lack of motivation pull you off course to the point of quitting?
Or perhaps the feeling is not really temporary, it’s not just a phase, you have battled it for a long time and now you have reached your tipping point? I can understand that.
So, what I am trying to do here is to explore some of the reasons why you may be having the overwhelming feeling of quitting your blog. Then, I will give you solutions in case all you need is a simple push in the right direction (we all need that).
There is an important question that we need to address:
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How Long Have You Been Blogging For?
If you have been blogging for a long time it means you have probably built a strong following. Your blog is established and well-known. You are getting a lot of consistent traffic.
You are earning money from your blog.
However, you feel like it’s time to let it go for some reason.
Perhaps the passion is gone or you have done a lot of work and there is little more you want to add. Perhaps you have other commitments and there is hardly any time for blogging?
In order to avoid completely killing your blog – which is a valuable asset, my advice to you would be to sell your blog. I am pretty sure that there are lots of people who will be interested to take over from you and keep the ball rolling.
How Can You Sell Your Blog?
You can list your blog on any of these websites
On the other hand, you may be relatively new to the blogging business but you feel you want to quit blogging. It is still understandable because, to be honest, blogging is not for the faint-hearted. I don’t mean to be brutal.
It is possible that you went into blogging prematurely without realizing it. or you actually knew what you were getting yourself into. Unfortunately, at some point in the blogger’s career, things happen, lots of things that can actually kill your motivation.
Some Of the Reasons Why You May Want To Quit
1. You Are An Accidental Blogger
What is an accidental blogger? – someone who woke up one day and found out that they have to blog to make money. What?
How does that even happen?
I will tell you, I’m speaking from experience!
I never thought I would blog. It wasn’t in my plans but guess what? I’m doing it! And to be honest, I love blogging. I have come a long way and I believe I still have tonnes to learn. I am learning.
How did I become an accidental blogger?
While I was looking for an online business opportunity, I came across an Affiliate Marketing Training Platform called Wealthy Affiliate. Their approach to Affiliate Marketing is to teach you to build an affiliate website/blog.
I applaud this method because by creating and building an affiliate website, you are building a long term asset for yourself. Your website will stay with you and continue to generate income for a long time as long as you maintain it well.
When I joined this program I had no idea about this fact. I just needed to learn affiliate marketing and earn income online. Faced with the reality that I will need to blog, I didn’t fret because needed to make it work.
And I tell you what when you commit to learning and practicing, you can blog for a living. Granted blogging has a lot of challenges but so does any other business. I personally believe that it is important to acknowledge the challenges and devise a plan to deal with them.
2. You Just Don’t Know What To Blog About
A simple case of writer’s block perhaps or something deeper and more menacing than that. I know this one too well. You are in the wrong niche. I know this sounds like a bit of a contradiction to what I always preach – all niches are great.
Well yes, all niches are great provided it is the niche that corresponds with your passions, interests or expertise.
The beer niche is great, golfing, hiking, camping. All of these. But they are wrong for me because I have very little interest, or passion let alone knowledge about any of these. If I were to try to pursue any of these niches, I wouldn’t know what to write about.
Chose the niche/topic that is highly interesting to you. If for some reason you find yourself in the niche you don’t really like, simply change course. Start again and do what you love.
Something that leaves your mind overflowing with ideas. That way you will hardly run out of what to write about.
3. Your Website Does Not Seem To Rank
Well here is the truth about website ranking – it takes time. If your main traffic source is organic search traffic it means you are focusing your efforts on Search Engine Optimization. If you are doing this correctly you can be sure that your website will rank but it won’t be as quick as you may want it to be.
Factors Affecting Your Website Rank
- Time – Google does not trust new websites and will not rank them quickly. I believe they have their own reasons. One of them is to weed out temporary spam websites whose owners don’t necessarily have long term online presence. Domain Trust increases with time. Legend has it that new websites are first placed in the “Google Sandbox”. Google has never made any reference to the so-called Sandbox. However, the analogy does make sense.
- Content Quality – your website will rank faster if you consistently produce good quality content. Google is an information website and it will show websites with the information they deem most relevant and helpful to users. So, if you are aiming for high rankings, ensure that your content is informative and varied in nature – text, images, video, audio, etc.
4. Your Website Is Ranking But No Sales
What could be the cause?
There may be many reasons for this but I will just point out a few:
- Google Adsense Ads – If your site is cluttered with Ads, that kind of disturbs your content flow and distracts your readers.
- What are you selling? – I have witnessed many people complain that their websites are ranking high, getting a lot of traffic but they are not making any sales. When I take a look I realize that the person has great content but has no strategic affiliate links which can generate sales. So if you want to learn how to leverage your affiliate links to make sales, this video tutorial will help you.
I hope you were able to get an answer or at least some direction as to what to do next. Do you still want to quit blogging? Or do you think you can hold on a bit more and continue writing?
Passion is not always in constant supply. It wears off sometimes. That may not necessarily mean that it is completely gone. When your passion leaves it may help to let yourself rest and refocus. Engage yourself in other things, read more, get out more and breath in some new air.
Take a break and focus on yourself. Just allow yourself some downtime. We are not machines and even machines do have downtime!
I wish you all the best in your blogging journey. I hope you find your spirit again. If not I wish you all the best in finding a new passion.