When it comes to starting a successful blog, there are many technical aspects to keep in mind, such as platform, search engine optimization, design, topics, catchy headlines, and niche research.
Thanks to some successful bloggers out there, we can find tons of resources to help us tackle those subjects and thrive online.
But what we don’t talk about nearly as often is the mindset behind starting a blog and how vital it is to believe in yourself even if no one else does.\
Can You Succeed as a Blogger?
Here is the thing, there are a lot of blogs spread across the internet about any topic you can imagine.
Whichever niche you decided to go into, most likely, you won’t be alone.
Having competition is a good thing.
It means there are readers interested in your subject.
On the other hand, the more competition you have, the harder it will be to succeed.
But, let’s get one thing straight – harder does not mean impossible.
It’s still possible to succeed as a blogger.
It just requires much more work than it did 15 years ago.
Nowadays, it takes more than keywords to rank in the first page of search engines.
The key to becoming a successful blogger, apart from the technical side of it, is the mindset, particularly to believe in yourself and be patient.
It sounds trite, but it’s true.
Patience to Succeed as a Blogger
Many of us are led to believe that some bloggers just found success overnight.
They wrote one blog post that went viral, and now they get thousands and thousands of unique visitors every month.
That’s not how it goes.
Blogging takes time and dedication.
Some bloggers might achieve their goals faster, but we all need to dedicate ourselves to:
- Learning the ins and outs of blogging
- Writing high-quality content
- Consistently publishing blog posts
- Promoting the blog posts
- Engaging with the audience
- Reaching out to possible partners
Being patient through the process is crucial to keep you motivated.
Expecting things to happen overnight might lead you to many disappointments.
When you work hard, your blog will eventually find its readers.
For some bloggers it took two years, others three or even more.
The Keyword is Motivation
Being a blogger isn’t easy, let’s get that right.
People might get the impression that being a blogger is just about “writing some stuff,” but you and I know it’s much more than that.
It can be disheartening to put a lot of effort into writing a post only to realize that no one read it.
Or worse, after months of writing content, you check the analytics and you just got a few visits here and there.
It’s tough, but it’s part of the process.
If you’ve been trying it for a few months with no change, should you give up?
Quick answer, no.
It’s a great moment to reevaluate your blogging strategy and make some improvements.
Perhaps, it’s time to find partners or work out different ways to drive more visitors to your content.
But, not to throw in the towel. That’s when motivation matters the most.
To motivate yourself:
- Remember why you wanted to start blogging
- Get in a positive state of mind
Or, think about this – you could be one blog post away of the one that goes viral.
Your next post could be exactly what your potential target audience has been looking for.
Believe in Yourself
An absolute must to become a successful blogger, find motivation and patience is to believe in yourself.
Have you noticed how when we know we can do something, we’ll go out of our way to make it happen?
If we mess up the first time, we’re going to try another 30 times until we can prove to ourselves and to everyone else that we could.
But when self doubt kicks in, it’s a different game, isn’t it?
We still want to prove that we can, but there’s that voice in our heads waiting for us to fail to say “I knew you couldn’t do it.”
What if No One Believes in You?
Most likely, the self-doubt you feel was instilled in you by others.
In general, people tend to be very negative.
Chances are if you shared with others you want to be a blogger, they already shut you down.
Maybe they told you it’s impossible, and you’ll never make it.
Or, a nicer version of that.
To be fair, some people believe they are protecting you.
They are afraid that you might be wasting your time and you’ll regret later, or that you might get disappointed by your expectations.
Regardless of the reason behind it, having people around that don’t believe in you or bring negativity into your life, isn’t helpful, to say the least.
Negativity and positivity are contagious — your surrounding matters.
Surround Yourself with Positivity and Encouragement
The best way to build a strong mindset, focused on success and positivity, is to have people around you that build you up.
“You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with” – Jim Rohn
But, you can’t just cut all the negative people out of your life like some “self-help” books might suggest.
More often than not, the closest people to us are the ones dragging us down the most.
To believe in yourself and be continuously motivated, find support elsewhere and fill yourself up.
It will be much easier to avoid getting sucked in the state of hopelessness.
Finding a Like-Minded Community
When you’re part of a community that shares your aspirations of building a successful blog, you can find support and motivation beyond your wildest dreams.
In a community, you will meet people that are exactly where you are.
When you set out to become a successful blogger, the beginning can be overwhelming.
Talking to other people in a similar situation can help you feel like you’re not alone, which is crucial to maintaining your motivation.
You will also meet other bloggers that have reached some degree of success.
They can share tips and help beginners get there faster.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about blogging while building relationships.
Over time, within the community, you’ll also find people that are just getting started, and you might have some tips and tricks to give them.
Helping others will provide you with a positivity boost, and you’ll get motivated to keep working on your own blog.
A Community that Lifts You Up and Helps You Thrive
Believing in yourself might not come easy, but it’s much easier when you feel the support of a helping community.
I can’t stress this enough: if you feel like no one believes in you, you need to look for support and positivity elsewhere.
A supportive community leads to meaningful relationships and possibly partnerships, too.
Which, in turn, leads to accountability.
Knowing that others believe in you and expect great things from you will motivate you to keep going.
It can be the difference between success and failure.
The best example of a community that can help you get through the hardships of becoming a successful blogger is the Wealthy Affiliate community.
It’s one of the most active communities in the world and users seem always to be ready to help.
Being part of such a massive community like the Wealthy Affiliate can have a significant impact on you.
You can get in touch with more experienced bloggers to help you get through any challenges, and you can build connections that, in the long run, can propel you forward.
To become a successful blogger, you need to believe that building a successful blog is possible.
One of the best ways to develop that belief is through examples.
Find other people that did what you want to do.
It doesn’t have to be within the same niche.
The Wealthy Affiliate community is a fantastic place to meet bloggers that have achieved some growth and success.
What’s their story?
Get to know them and learn more about how they started.
Once you see the “success stories” and how they came about, you will be confident that you can do it too.
How Can You Truly Believe in Yourself?
Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand to make that happen in the blink of an eye.
The good news is, you can get there when you:
- Avoid the negativity around you and don’t take to heart when others don’t believe in you.
- Fill yourself up with positivity whether it’s through blog posts, podcasts, videos, books, etc.
- Get the support of a like-minded community, where people encourage and help each other grow.
- Find examples of bloggers who have proven that you can be successful in any niche.
When you work hard and believe in yourself, you can become a successful blogger in any niche.
The best part is, you don’t have to do it alone. The entire Wealthy Affiliate community can be there with you to cheer you on.
Besides, believing in yourself and succeeding is a vicious cycle.
The more you think you can achieve, the better results you get.
The better results you get, the further you believe you can go.
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