10 Top Reasons You Will Keep Failing as A Blogger

I have been blogging for around 6 months now, and each day presents me with someone who has some kind of blogging failure traits. I notice this easily because I once saw those traits in myself at the early days of my blogging.

I never realized until after a prolonged period. Luckily, you can make your own learning curve shorter by taking advantage of the powerful tips from my experience and association with other pro bloggers.

 10 Top Reasons You Will Keep Failing as a Blogger

Here are top reasons why people encounter failure in blogging

1. You Don’t Believe Anything

The first obstacle is your mind. Talking from experience, your success or failure depends on the disposition of your mind. The perception of your class teacher about you, your poor grades and seemingly poor memory are not the determiners of your success or failure, your mind is.

How far you would go in life is not a function of your brain; otherwise, the so called ‘geniuses’ would have been the most successful. Instead, haven’t you wondered that most of the successful people all of the world are school dropouts?

Recently, someone who read about my incredible how I achieved Google pagerank 3 & DA 40 in just 3 months commented so negatively on the grounds that I couldn’t have achieved so much over the short period of time I’ve been a blogger.

Obviously, his negative mindset is at work, forcing him not to believe that such achievement is possible regardless of my blogging duration.

Here’s the lesson; if your mind can picture it, then you can capture it!

2. You Don’t Disbelieve Anything

Doubting everything is also as bad as believing everything, especially when it comes to making money online. In as much as your belief is an essential ingredient to your success, you should also ‘sample’ what to believe as this would help you to be a successful blogger.

A friend of mine was already internet-savvy long before I knew what a computer is. He kept date with all the money making seminars and talks. He will come back lecturing me and would often boast of his wealth of information about internet-based opportunities and best techniques.

Yet, I’ve made decent dollars via internet-based opportunities in a short time, while this good friend of mine is still struggling to make just few dollars a month.

The point is; don’t confuse yourself with all the bulk of information going on over the internet. Filter what you should read and believe.

3. You are Looking for a Get-Rich-Quick Strategy

10 Top Reasons You Will Keep Failing as A Blogger

I came to learn in a hard way in the early days of my blogging and internet marketing, that there’s nothing like a get-rich-quick or overnight technique.

When I first started out online, I wanted to achieve success fast. Well, you don’t have to blame me because I’m naturally a fast person in virtually everything I do – fast in acquiring my Msc Applied Mathematical Modeling and Computer Science compared to all my mates, fast in talking, fast in walking…just fast in so many areas. So, in my bid of trying to also get it fast in the online arena, I was scammed several times…I simply learnt in a hard way.

Here’s the lesson I’m driving at; there is no such thing as overnight success. It’s simple; since you can’t even get rich quick with a conventional business, the same principle applies to blogging or any form of internet marketing.

So, you may be asking, what’s the average time required to build a successful blog? Well, from my experience, the more work you put the more you get out of it. And a lot of hard work is required in the aspect of creating informative and appealing fresh contents, plus SEO techniques.

4. You are Only Focusing on the Short-Term

If you are only concerned with short term benefit, you will quit too soon from blogging. The most successful bloggers today are those who have patiently groomed their blog with their mind set on the future benefits. So, it took some them an average of five years to start reaping meaningful benefits from their blog. So, if you put in your best now in view of the harvest of the future, you will become a renowned and successful blogger eventually.

5. You are Not Focused

This is possibly the common problem for those who come to the cyberspace to look for income earning opportunities. Of course, I was a victim of this in my early blogging days. If you are not focused on a particular niche and dedicate all your efforts towards it, you will end up being ‘Jack of all trade and master of none!”

Becoming a successful blogger requires carefully choosing something you are passionate about and would not quit even if it seems you are not getting result at the onset. So, in the blogging world, the rule of thumb is to start with just one blog in your specialized area and grow the blog to success before thinking of a second niche and blog.

6. You are Afraid of Criticism

Come to think of it, who among the so-called ‘best men’ or renowned personalities have not been criticized? Is it Bill Gates, Obama, or Nelson Mandela of South Africa…

who?

Simply put, criticism is part of life, especially a life that is prone to success. Don’t quit or feel dejected because someone criticized your blog post or try to put a question mark on your blogging achievement. I was also a victim of criticism when I first started blogging – the criticism sucked and infuriated me. But now, if I don’t get some criticisms, it feels like I am about to fail! Concentrate on doing what is best instead of fizzling out as a result criticism.

7. You are Scared of Monetizing your Blog

It is not a crime to monetize your blog, you deserve some rewards for the quality free values you add to your readers. So, don‘t be scared of monetizing your blog!

Don’t just stop at creating quality contents and generating terrific traffic, take it a step further by generating reasonable profit from your blogging effort.

8. You are Not Marketing Your Blog Sufficiently

You may create the best content, but if you lack marketing expertise your blog would not go far. Excellent marketing strategy is what would place value on your contents and bring the needed reward. So, start thinking more like a marketer in order to succeed in blogging.

9. You Pay Less Attention to Your Content

This is because you are always concerned about generating traffic and achieving high conversion rates. As good as these efforts are, paying more attention to your content is probably the most important. When you offer valuable and relevant content, traffic will naturally flow and higher conversion rate will follow.

10. You are Stagnant with Your Knowledge

If you are still running your blog with yesterday’s blogging tips and knowledge, you will end up delivering ‘half-baked’ value to your readers. And of course, most of them would look elsewhere. Don’t be a ‘one man’s island’.

Relate with other bloggers, visit blogging forums to learn new things and read the blogs of the pros in your niche. It will help to keep your blogging knowledge up to date and add value to your blog.

Digest these truths about blogging success and start implementing them to see result in your blogging career.

Did I miss anything out? I will love to know your views in the comment section.


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Oluwaseun Babajide is the founder and editor of Sbabzy. He is a professional blogger. He loves working on the internet, golfing, researching, writing articles, blogging, and meeting new people.

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  1. says

    Hi Oluwaseun Babajide,

    Your article gave me some new ideas that I can use. Finding time is my biggest problem. Your suggestions are well taken. I will get organized and try to be focused. Thanks for the tips.

    – Tom

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Hey Tom Kapeller,
      I will like to hear you pronounce my name in real life. I am sure it will be a challenge on its own! Thanks for your support Sir.
      -Seun

  2. says

    The point I agree with the most is that bloggers need to think long term. Most bloggers will not start making decent money their first week, their first month, or maybe even their first year. It’s an experience that takes a lot of work to get off the ground, but once you do, boy do you really get going.

    My first year of blogging, I made only a few hundred dollars. 5 years later.. I’m making more than both my parents at 17. If I had given up any time my first year due to the lack of money I was making, my life wouldn’t be as it is today.

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      James,
      Thanks for your comment! Thinking long term is good. You should check my prediction for 2020 on my blog.
      -Seun

  3. pramod says

    Very useful post for newbie bloggers as well as for bloggers who haven’t tasted success .thanks for sharing this useful information

    best Regards from Pramod

  4. says

    Hi Seun, This is fabulous and about your point monetizing your blog, it’s true really most newbie like me are scared to do this as this might affect the thought process behind writing great quality content.

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Himanshu,
      There is no harm in monetizing your blog, at the end of the day we are all blogging to make money! Don’t add too much ads to distract readers.
      -Seun

  5. Mohammad Hussain says

    nice post..
    Completely agree with you, one must accept that there is no quick way that make you rich instantly..and new blogger have no focus on anything rather than just using facebook whole time…

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Mohammad,
      You are spot on! There is no quick way to get rich online. It takes time and working smart.
      -Seun

  6. says

    You’re right about believing and doubting everything. It’s better if you can balance both of them. Besides, content is the most important thing that decides the success of your blog. Therefore, it will the dangerous mistake if you pay less attention to your content. Your article is very good! I learn a lot from it. Thank you!

  7. says

    Hi Seun, Great post.I have met a lot of bloggers who fell pray for the misconception that Blogging is a get rich quick scheme..That is to me the root of all blogging failures…There is immediate disappointment upon realizing that a lot of hard work, patience and sometimes financial back up is required for thriving in the competitive space of blogging.Your advices are straight to the point..I genuinely wish that a lot of bloggers read this and get on the right track.

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Joe,
      We are planning to promote this post so that everyone can learn from it. You can also share it for us! Glad you liked it.
      -Seun

  8. Nirmal says

    Hi Babaji,

    Awesome tips. Its very interesting. But i m struggling to comment your post. I don’t know how to appreciate. The points you mentioned here is really superb. As said by harleena, without helping others, we can’t get anything.

    Sharing ideas to others and Getting ideas from others is the process of a blogger. So we don’t avoid to appreciate others. I always used to make a comment, even if it is a blogspot. So, here i want all the commentators and probloggers to appreciate and encourage other blogs by leaving enthusiastic comments. This can be done by the bloggers like you peoples.

    Please don’t forget to encourage the blogger like me. (“.”)

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Nirmal,
      Thank you for your comment! Harleena was very right. Glad you got the points right.
      any thanks,
      Seun :-)

  9. Oluwaseun Babajide says

    Usama,
    You have made some good points here! Thanks for sharing this with us.
    -seun

  10. Usama Siddiqui says

    Agreed with all the above mentioned points. I have seen many bloggers failing just because of their concentration. They were not dedicated towards their blog. Most of them had created blogs to earn money. But they weren’t aware of the face that making money in blogging is not easy. A blogger has to pay attention towards his/her blog.

  11. says

    One thing I got from your post is how important it really is to have the correct MINDSET when it comes to blogging – including the mindset that doesn’t focus on actually blogging!! This is a great post and I think beginner bloggers should all read and evaluate why they are blogging :)

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Carlie,
      Correct mindset is very important in life. Mindset focus on so many things in life!
      Good luck.
      -Seun

  12. says

    Marketing a blog properly is important this day. There are millions ob blogs out there so we need to market ours properly. It is important to make killer content, but people won’t come to read if we don’t market it.

    The basic things we can do is through applying a smart SEO technique (not the black hat one) and keep networking with others (inside and outside your niche). Don’t be too naive to do everything at once, make a schedule and done it one in a time.

    Great post Oluwaseun!

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Okto,
      You are absolutely right, marketing is very important and there are so many facebook groups you can join to market your blogs/products..And twitter is another good place too.
      Many thanks
      Seun

  13. Sameer Sumdarshi says

    Really Good Post Oluwaseun Babajide….
    These reasons will help me to prevent me and my blog from being unsuceed..
    and I am really thankful to read this..

  14. says

    Bro your describing point is definitely true for a newbie blogger. they have lacking confidence. Personally i suggest them at first grow your confidence then you can start your job. Otherwise you do not get to see success.

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Shanta,
      Confidence is the key to success. You need to believe in yourself first.
      Thanks for you comment!
      -Seun

  15. says

    Hi Oluwaseun, you mentioned you’ve been blogging for 6 months and you once saw these blogging failure traits in you at the early days of your blogging… Assuming those early days were 5 months ago, you seem to have learned a lot and made a lot of success in just 5 months which is a little too fast I guess :) Because in your blog you mentioned it takes an average of 5 years to make your blog a profitable business

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Pitt,
      You are sure right! I have learned so much from my blogging mistakes, this is why i am sharing this so that others can learn from my success story!
      Average of 5 years, I am still learning and I wont call it huge success so far!
      Thanks,
      Seun

  16. Krishan kumar says

    Nice Article Oluwaseun, I agree with you 100 and 1 percent, every point you mentioned in this post are as true as we all are breathing and I think we should take lesson form this post and apply positive points from it to get success, thank you for this nice article..

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Krishan,
      So happy that you are on my side! This post is from my personal experience and am happy it helped.
      Many thanks
      -Seun

      • Krishan kumar says

        I’m also glad Babajide I get access of this wonderful article, I contains huge meaning..

  17. says

    I agree with you oluwaseun.
    People are looking for quick money strategy and after a lot of failures they lost their interest in blogging too.This was the biggest con.

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Harsh,
      We are all looking for quick money strategy. If we focus on quality we will make cool money.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Seun

  18. kulhead says

    “Looking for a Get-Rich-Quick Strategy” is the #1 reason many bloggers has failed, not only in blogging but in all online businesses, I wondered how you managed to cover all these reasons? because they’re indeed the top 10 and now that I’ve known I dont see any reason I should fail, thanks for sharing, besides i checked out your sites and they’re very interesting and informative.

  19. says

    Wow! Thanks for sharing your experience. I’ve been experiencing the same thing and I’m so glad that I’ve read this. Now I know how to attack those failure factors and eliminate them in order to improve my blogging techniques and reach success.

  20. says

    Yes it’s true when you will deliver uncompleted things to your readers then they will not show their interest to read your post and according to time they will not come again and again on your blog. So in that scenario you will need to brush-up your work for achieve those all things which will give you better result.

  21. says

    I feel that paying less attention to content is the worst thing a blogger can do, most bloggers look at SEO as the ultimate thing believing that they can make any content rank, which is totally wrong!

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Gautham,
      I agree with you. Give readers quality content and you can only do it by paying more attention to your stats.
      Thanks,
      Seun

  22. says

    Hi,Thanks for the info. I did it again and again. i started a blog for some time then could not continue it for long time and quit. did it several times to finally come to a conclusion that its not a rocket science. i have to have faith in my self, never loos self confidence , advertise {MUST} which i never did. I had fear about what others think about me.But something inside me kept me doing it.Thanks, this article reminded me of my journey since 2005, its emotional…..Love blogging and the technology………RegardsSuraj

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Suraj,
      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Hope to see you here soon.
      -Seun

  23. says

    Hello Seun,
    Many bloggers who failed today are those who enter for the money in mind. there is money in blogging but you need not to put the money part on your head as beginner.

    Remember that passion is greater then all. Thanks for the lovely post Seun and do have your self a lovely week ahead…

  24. Oluwaseun Babajide says

    Arlan,
    I agree with you. You have to be persistent and keep on working very hard. Remember that there are many people out there blogging. You also have to be different and provide quality content. Working smart is the key to success. :-)
    I wish you the best. Keep in touch.
    -Seun

  25. says

    Hi Seun,

    This was a wonderful guest post and Ammar, thanks for having Seun over!

    Seun, I can so relate to what you wrote about looking for a quick get rich strategy. When I first thought about using the online platform as a potential to do business, I purchased quite a few expensive programs, which promised to show me how to do it. Although I learnt some things, they were still overall a waste of money because there is no quick way to get rich online. As you quite rightly said, it takes time and effort and I’d like to add, it takes persistence too.

    Thank you.

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Dr Hiten,
      I made the same mistake when I started blogging. I bought so many materials that were just complete waste of time. There are too many information on the web, we should be careful what we read and how we use them. Information overload can kill!
      Thanks for adding more value to this post and for sharing it for us!
      -Seun

  26. says

    Thanks for giving advice and sharing your experience with us. All 10 points are valid. I, myself, have faced some of them.
    Indeed, blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Agree with you on this point. If you want to earn and become a pro blogger, then you have to be persistent and keep on working for a long period of time(about 6 months). Persitency is the key to success. Never lose heart, just stick to it and surely, you’ll get right results.

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Arlan,
      I agree with you. You have to be persistent and keep on working very hard. Remember that there are many people out there blogging. You also have to be different and provide quality content. Working smart is the key to success. :-)
      I wish you the best. Keep in touch.
      -Seun

  27. says

    Hi Seun, and welcome to Ammar’s blog :)

    Good to see you here dear friend, and with such a lovely topic too :)

    I agree with all your reasons as to why you will keep failing as a blogger if you keep committing such mistakes. I remember the time I’d come online and how a few bloggers try pulling you down or don’t tend to be happy with your quick success. They say negative vibrations and people are somethings we should keep away from, and that’s what I did.

    Nevertheless, whom to believe and whom to disbelieve is another problem as you mentioned, and I think you should mainly believe your own self, the gut feeling that says you are doing the right thing – isn’t it and you really don’t go wrong. Of course, always keep your learning channels open and grasp whatever you learn.

    Besides all these awesome points, I’d like to add one more – that if you or your content isn’t to help people, or if you just try making money through your blogs, without helping others, I wonder how long will you succeed, if at all you do.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice day, both of you. Great choice as a guest, Ammar :)

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Hi Harleena!
      A very good friend. :-)
      I love this – “believe your own self”. I found out along the way that knowledge is power. The more you learn the quicker you move up. I always judge my performance with the number of returning visitors and bounce rate. And by paying more attention to negative feedback.
      I love your last point – “If you just try making money through your blogs, without helping others, I wonder how long will you succeed, if at all you do.” You are absolutely spot on!
      I remember when I started blogging (late 2012), I was writing about politics in Africa. I had no visitors, I was so worried and I later realized that I wasn’t providing value. Am glad I was able to change the whole concept now. I am very happy with the attention I am currently getting.
      Btw, I love your latest post on Rekindle Love in Marriage in 10 Practical Ways. Whenever you write, it is like you are reading my mind!
      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and for sharing this post on fb, twitter, and Google plus!
      Warm Regards,
      -Seun

  28. says

    Oh my God; the last one is really a killer reason of failure; what we do usually we achieve a basic knowledge about our niche and then start writing post over post; we also read but just enough to write another post boring or interesting whatever but our knowledge does not expand as it should be and ultimately become a spinning machine for writing content from the published one and everyone notes how stale our contents are.

    • Oluwaseun Babajide says

      Mi,
      Pleased to meet you! Glad you liked the post. You will see more of me here!
      Have a wonderful day. :-)
      -Seun

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