Last updated on December 9th, 2022 at 08:55 pm
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There are a lot of common blogger misconceptions out there.
Blogging is becoming increasingly common, now more than ever, but even then, there are still blogging myths that need to be cleared up.
This blog post will go into detail about these widely believed misconceptions.
1) You Spend All of Your Time Writing
One of the biggest common blogger misconceptions is that you spend all of your time writing.
This is probably because someone typing away on their computer is the image that most people think of when the word ‘blogger’ comes to mind.
You’re not completely wrong.
A significant part of your time as a blogger is dedicated to writing. In fact, I spend HOURS writing per week.
However, there are also other aspects a blogger has to do consistently like…
- Creating pins to get traffic from Pinterest
- Promoting your blog
- Working on SEO (higher ranks on search engines)
- Editing photos
- … etc.
Some people join the blogging industry because of their love for writing. You might be bursting with all these blog post ideas in your head.
It’s so exciting to sit down and fully flesh out your ideas but to think all there is to blogging is writing is silly and untrue.
2) It’s About You
Blogging isn’t about you.
Wait, let me be super clear.
This all depends on what your blogging goals are.
If you started a blog as a portfolio to look for a job or as a personal online journal, it’s going to be all about you.
However, if your goal is to grow your blog and make money, you can’t only write about yourself.
You must always keep your audience in mind and ask yourself what other helpful information you can add to your blog posts that will help them.
Sure, you can share some stories and experiences about yourself here and there but most of the time, your readers care more about what value can you provide to them and not reading all about you and your life.
3) Blogging Is Easy
Bloggers are so good at what they do that they make it seem easy.
I don’t think people truly realize how many hours bloggers put behind the scenes on their blogs.
When I first started my blogging journey, other bloggers warned me about how much work you have to do. I shrugged it off at the time because it didn’t seem like it.
How bad can it be?
Eh, I’m sure I’ll figure it out somehow.
Oh, how would I love to tell my younger self that I shouldn’t have brushed off their warnings.
Then again, even if I could go back in time and warn myself, I would not have listened.
There are things you have to personally go through yourself before truly understanding.
In your head, you always think things take less time than it actually does. For example, you know you can whip out a blog post in an hour. Some of you can actually accomplish this but for others, it takes way longer.
You could get distracted during your writing session or get writer’s block so you can’t create any content within that set time frame.
You might think writing takes an hour but in reality, it takes double the amount of time.
For me, it takes hours of creating and revising content to make sure it’s actually presentable to the public.
Like your job, there’s always something to do on your blog. You can always create more pins, network more, and write more. Then there’s the list of things you need to get around to doing. Even as you try to take stuff off your plate, more piles on.
Experienced bloggers make it seem easy because they have been doing this for years. They also have a team of people helping them out. Most of us can only rely on ourselves.
On top pf blogging, you have to balance things like social relationships and your career (assuming you’re not a full-time blogger).
4) Results Will Come Naturally
This is one of the common blogger misconceptions I thought was real.
You work on your blog and post consistently for one to two years. You’ll then magically become uber-successful.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Creating amazing content is a key factor in helping your blog go viral but it’s not the only factor.
Do not expect your blog to be successful overnight with the snap of your fingers.
To some extent, results do come naturally. The longer your website has been around, the more traffic you’ll probably get but this is a very slow-moving number. It’s difficult to take off organically this way.
Instead of sitting around waiting for your blog to explode, you have to actively work on everything.
Accelerate the process by pumping on SEO-friendly articles and finding other ways to diversify traffic (bloggers love using Pinterest).
World of Wanderlust has a great article that dives deep into the topic of different traffic streams.
This pretty much guarantees that many people will see your website. Your chances increase significantly compared to blinding putting out weekly/bi-weekly/monthly content.
It’s extremely hard to go viral by chance. It’s way more likely for your blog to slowly grow in traffic.
The lesson is to be active, not passive.
5) Blogging Isn’t Worth Your Time
This is subjective.
Again, it depends on your blogging goals and how much you like to blog.
It’s like watching TV.
Some people think watching TV is useless because they feel like it doesn’t add any value to their life. It’s not worth their time so they prefer doing something more productive.
Others watch TV because life can get stressful. Coming back after work and watching TV is a form of self-care because it relaxes them after a tiring day.
There’s no right or wrong but a difference in opinion.
It’s up to YOU whether or not blogging is worth your time.
6) You Can Get Rich Quickly
Out of all these common blogger misconceptions, this one kind of gives me a chuckle because it’s not true.
Yes, you can make money as a blogger. A lot too if you do it right but it’s hard to make money without a large audience (although not impossible).
You need the traffic to get people interested in your affiliate links, ads, and/or buying your products.
(If you want to start making money but have a smaller audience, affiliate marketing is probably your best bet.)
Within your audience, there is only a tiny percentage of them that will make a purchase off you.
That’s one of the main reasons bloggers are always talking about gaining traffic. They want as many eyeballs as they can get because there’s a higher chance of people buying from their affiliate links or buying their products.
Whether or not you want to blog in hopes to become a full-time blogger or want this as a side hustle, it takes time to make money off your website.
Patience is a virtue.
Sometimes you have zero patience and want to throw your computer against the wall (joking but not really).
It also depends on how much effort you put in. For example, if you want to make some cash off affiliate links but only sign up for one affiliate program, your success rate of making a ton of moolah is low.
One company will rarely make you five figures a month just from affiliate links unless you have millions of readers. Your best bet is to sign up for a bunch of affiliate programs that are related to your blog content and see what your audience clicks with.
On social media, you see these bloggers telling you how they went from complete beginners to full-time bloggers in less than one year.
Hearing that can do real damage to your self-esteem as you’re comparing yourself to them but please remember that more than 90% of bloggers out there do not achieve this. Those who persisted in the blogging world took YEARS to make little income.
If blogging helped me get rich quick, I would have made a ton of money by now since I’ve been doing this for years. Or I guess I’m one of the few unlucky ones.
I can confidently tell you that blogging is 100% not a get-rich-quick scheme.
Final Thoughts – Common Blogger Misconceptions
I hope this clears up the common blogger misconceptions people have.
It was only until digging deep into the industry and having been doing this for years am I able to bust these blogging myths.
Don’t feel bad if you believed some of these because so did I!
Now to You – Common Blogger Misconceptions
For you bloggers out there: any blogger misconceptions that you want to clear up?
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