10 Silly Reasons Why Blogs Fail (The HeartBreaking Truth that Will Help You Succeed)

It breaks my heart every single time someone types “why blogs fail” into the google search bar.

Want to know why?

Because that someone is just like you, a dreamer whose hardwork, longsuffering and faith has only been rewarded with disappointment and heartbreak.

You hear that starting a blog is a great way to make money online and so you start one.

6 months of pounding away at it and you come to a series of grim realizations:

  1. Blogging isn’t easy.
  2. Half your blogging peers already gave up.
  3. Another 45% are right where you are at, slugging it out in the dark.
  4. The other 5% succeeding seem to have super powers or an army of supporters far out of your reach.

It wasn’t something you’d thought of before but now you want to know why blogs fail.

It’s ok. We’ve all been there.  Yes we!

Every single successful blogger has at one point asked why bloggers fail to make money, if there were too many bloggers, and if blogging was dead so relax, it’s not unique to you.

Thankfully, the question “Why do blogs fail?” has some pretty straightforward and much more practical answers than the question “Why didn’t I win the lottery?”.

And even better all you have to do, what every other successful blogger did, to build a successful blog is to read and implement the tips you’ll learn here today.

In my 8+ years of blogging, I have spoken with a massive number of bloggers who blog without being able to set blog goals. For the most part, their end is what you are thinking.

Let’s get into more silly reasons  why success is far from many bloggers!


1. Aiming smack down for the money.

I’m going to call you out on this one right now, this is the no. 1 reason blogs fail.

bamidele onibalusi on why blogs fail“Many new bloggers only start blogging with the intention to earn which is why they quit after not earning enough within a short period of time. Your main intention for blogging should not just be to earn or make money from your blog but rather to impact lives, establish yourself as an authority and some other valuable things… I don’t think it is possible to make money doing nothing, try to give value, build your trust, gain credibility for yourself and you will reap the rewards.” – Bamidele Onibalusi, Writers In Charge

When you go into blogging with a get rich quick mindset, you make mistakes.

Blogging is a long term investment and if you try to make money off your blog too soon, you destroy it.

It’s kind of like playing chess, the strategy is 2, 3, 4, even 5 moves deep.

Take out a pawn today and you may lose your queen tomorrow.

Sacrifice a few pawns and you may end up winning the long game!

Here’s how this works in real life.

Scenario 1
Your focus is on the money so trade your audience trust for peanuts, audience sees you this and leaves to never come back, your growth stalls.

Scenario 2
You chase after money making opportunities which let’s face it, aren’t even worth it because you are still so small, you get or don’t get the opportunities. Either way you find that you’ve wasted your time and declare “blogging is dead”.

What you can do instead:
Focus on serving your people through building valuable content, go out of your way to help them one and one and what you’ll create is an army of genuine evangelists for your blog.

2. Playing the wrong game, AKA Entering the wrong blogging niche

The niche you choose can literally make or break your blogging career.

And forget all those “what to blog about” quizzes, they base their answers off your passion.

While I believe that every niche can make money, there are types of blogs that make the most money when run as a one man business, namely:

  • How to Make Money
  • How to save Money
  • Health and Fitness
  • Food Blogs
  • Fashion and Beauty
  • Lifestyle (Home decoration, Gardening, Organization, Travel)
  • DIY and Craft

One question I always ask before choosing a blogging niche is

Is my blog topic being actively searched for by people who can afford and are willing to pay for what I’m selling?”

adam connell on why blogs fail“Finding your perfect niche is a balancing act between three different factors: How passionate you are about the topic, how passionate other people are about the topic, whether or not you can make money from the topic” – Adam Connell, Blogging Wizard

This is the same formula top money making blogs use and anything that doesn’t check all three boxes will either take an enormous length of time, incorrigible passion, or both to grow.

One tale tell sign that you are in the wrong blogging niche is writer’s block!

It’s usually caused by lack of interest, lack of expertise, lack of engagement (a strong signal) or a blog that’s too niched down.

Another hard to ignore sign is a lack of competition. If no one else is doing it, it doesn’t make you the first genius who thought of it. It makes you the genius who’s doing something no one is interested in!

Hint: Others may have tried and failed.

Wrong blogging niche alright, what do I do?

Don’t be afraid to stop and change direction. I find that the most important question to ask isn’t what blogging niche to enter but what audience to focus on. Which brings us to the next point.

3. Blogging for yourself and your mother’s approval.

The hard truth is that if you start a blog to make money, your blog isn’t about you.

It’s about your people and it’s one of the major reasons why most blogs fail.

darren rowse on reasons blogs fail“having these kinds of avatars in mind as I write reminds me of some of the problems and questions that readers might have. That leads me to write more practical posts that focus on real readers’ needs…It identifies opportunities – although it was several years ago now, I still remember writing the first profile above (Grace) and realising that quite a few of my readers have mentioned their dreams of one day making some money from their photography. As a result, I created a section of the DPS forum specifically about making money with photography … and later, we published an ebook on “Going Pro”.” – Darren Rowse, Problogger

If you can’t tell me who you are writing for without thinking about it then you need to sit down and work on this right away.

The purpose of defining your avatar is to help you write better converting blog posts, emails and sales pages!

I should also note that like Darren’s photography blog, your blog may have more than one avatar. As long as they aren’t too distinct it’s not a bad thing.

Action plan.

  • Get a piece of paper and write down the demographics of your reader; age, gender, location, income, educational level, marital status, number of children… just about anything that helps give you insight into who they are. I enter my site, or a close competitor’s site into the search bar at Alexa.com or Similarweb to check these out.
  • Write down her goals and the things they want to achieve.
  • Write down her frustrations, challenges and limitations.
  • Write down where you can find her.
  • The sites she visits.
  • The social media networks she uses.
  • Answer the question “Why she reads my blog?”

Another option is to use the xtensio user persona generator.

Now you should know exactly who you are writing for.

4. Following your favorite blogger too closely.

It’s easy to fall under the spell of super awesome bloggers in your niche; I know what that feels like.

But the moment you start trying to be like them is the moment you nail your blog to a spot under them. And newsflash, you won’t be the only admirer they have so make that several spots under them.

allison marshall shares why blogs fail“I see lots of blog posts about “biggest blogging and business mistakes” that include mistakes like ‘putting out a product before you have a following,’ and ‘not utilizing Pinterest,’ etc.

Well,  I’ve made lots of little mistakes like those along the way, they all pale in comparison to the biggest blogging blunder that occurred early in 2015:

Copying someone else.” – Allison Marshall, Wonderlass

Here’s what happens when you become too inspired by other bloggers:

  • Your reader reads both sites and notices the semblance in tone, aesthetics and whatever else.
  • Your reader reads a bit more of both blogs and doesn’t take long to figure out who’s copying who.
  • Your reader skips your links and goes directly to your competitor’s.
  • Your favorite blogger notices you but not for the right reasons!

You’ve got to be your own unique person because you are awesome and your people who will connect to you as you are out there searching for you.

What’s more is that there are some awesome benefits to daring to stand out. My personal experience with branding has been such that I have companies approach me for collaboration in my first few months of blogging.

On my blog FindingBalance.Mom which is less than 6 months old for example, I’ve had companies approach me from the very first month with exclusive deals all because of a perceived “bigness”. And just recently, I was approached by a Magazine to do an expert feature article.

A brand that’s beautifully, confidently and expertly you can:

  1. Lend credibility to your expertise.
  2. Increase the percentage of visitors you retain.
  3. Make your readers proudly recommend you to their friends.
  4. Increase user engagement so you don’t keep laboring unfairly in share and comment exchange groups.
  5. Raise your negotiating power in proposed collaborations. You don’t appear desperate.
  6. Help you bag more affiliate sales again because you don’t appear desperate.

Without this, your blog is just another tiny speck in the interweb that will eventually fade and die off.

How do I create a brand that’s me?

  • Think about who you want to be.
  • Look at blogs that give off the feel that resonates with you for inspiration.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak in a tone and voice that’s unique to you. Melyssa Griffin is a perfect example of unconventional voices making waves.
  • Use consistent, professional looking profile photos everywhere.
  • Create kickass blog graphics with your brand in mind.

5. Going at it alone.

When I think hard about how many blogs fail for this one single reason, I come to the conclusion that 99% of blogs that fail do so because the blogger behind it was a lone wolf.

Why do I say so?

It’s because when you make friends with and interact with other bloggers, you begin to discover all the secrets listed here.

In my post 5 Smart Blogging Goals for a Remarkable 1st Year Blogging, I mention making friends as the single most important blogging goal because being rich in blogging friends is being rich in:

  1. An army of genuine promoters.
  2. A tribe to lean on when you experience a failure.
  3. Mentors who share their knowledge freely with you.

ryan biddulph shares why bloggers fail“Making friends is the easiest way to expand sweet blogging success steadily over the long haul. Trying to blog lone wolf is the most painful, difficult way to grow a business through your blog. Happy folks know; 1000 is better than 1. Or having 1000 blogging buddies spreading your word beats you trying to blog solo.

“ – Ryan Biddulph, Blogging From Paradise.

Ready to make friends? Here’s how:

  1. Expose yourself – No one will know how smart you are if you don’t risk embarrassing yourself.
  2. Spend your energy wisely – you want to reach out to people who are accessible to you and work your way up the ladder. Don’t start a blog today then go message Brian Clark, Jon Morrow or Pat Flynn the next day.
  3. Start by thinking of them (not you) – I know the idea is to build a successful blog by making friends but if you do it only for yourself and not because you are genuinely interested in them, you will fall flat on your face. Help them without asking, see something that needs to be fixed? tell them respectfully, link to their posts and promote them. Build genuine relationships. “My spam folder is full of people trying to speed up the process.” – Ryan
  4. Leave meaningful comments on their blogs (you can start here), get on their mailing list and respond to their emails.
  5. Join facebook groups for real life interaction. My favorites; Blogging Like We Mean It, Blogging Newbs, Mom to Mompreneur, BTOP Ultimate Blogging Group, and mine.

6. Treating your blog like a hobby

This one may sting but the reason your blog is failing may simply be because you aren’t trying hard enough.

Every time I get an email from a blogger who feels like her blog is failing, it doesn’t take long for me to trace it to inconsistency, and not to be unfair, unseriousness.

What are the signs that your blog is still a hobby for you?

  • Free hosting. If this is you I’ll advise you take advantage of Enstine’s Free Blog Setup and move your blog to a self-hosted service before it goes away.
  • Expecting your blog to promote itself. Learn to use pinterest correctly and promote the heck out of your blog on there. My 2nd favorite way to smartly promote my blog is to leverage a bigger blogger’s audience. Example, this guest post!
  • Not capturing leads for future marketing. Create optin freebies and make the readers that visit your site your permanent audience. You don’t own your facebook page or pinterest account, your mailing list is the only thing you truly own.
  • Expecting your blog to blow up with 5 mediocre (or even great) posts.
  • Throwing out a few affiliate links and expecting a magic cash flow.
  • Refusing to pay for anything at all and pocketing whatever money you get immediately.

why blogs fail - melissa griffin's take“If you’re already making some moo-lah from your blog, then instead of pocketing it for a new pair of Nikes, I recommend investing back into your site (you’ll get the Nikes one day, promise). From what I can tell you, each time I invested into my blog and business, I found new ways and tools to save time, up-level my biz, and help me grow my revenue even more. It’s tough to let go of the initial income, but oh so worth it.” – Melyssa Griffin

Action Plan:
Change your mindset. The major reason you aren’t investing in your blog is because you yourself have failed to see it as a business with money making potential.

You probably think it’s just another too good to be true scam but the truth is blogging is not a scam, it’s serious hard work with a befitting reward.

Jim Rohn said “If you want something bad enough you’ll find a way, if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.”

Once you’ve changed your mindset and decide that your blog must succeed you’ll find that you are able to push your blog so hard it won’t have an option but to succeed.


7. Going at it without a plan

A blog is a freaking business and you can’t just wing it with a business.

You need a solid plan.

george meszaros shares why blogs fail“If you want to be a professional blogger, one that is blogging as a business, don’t wing it. Stick to your game plan.

You make it easier on yourself when you approach blogging with a plan.

When you feel like you are struggling you will be able to look at your plan and get energized.

It will be more difficult to quit and easier to succeed knowing that you have thought it through. You know why you are doing what you are doing.

You know what you need to do to get to the next step.” George Meszaros, Success Harbor

A plan will help you focus on the right things at the right time (I’m looking at you with the podcast, youtube channel, and FB lives no one watches).

By creating a solid plan for your blog business, you will finally be able to:

  • Know what goals to set to help you implement your plan.
  • Know which blogging trends to embrace (Pinterest!) and which to ignore.
  • Know what information you need to seek out for where you are right now.
  • Know how to strategically use the information you need for your blog.
  • Know which tools and resources to invest in and when.
  • Monitor and evaluate your results.

Here are steps you should consider when creating a blog plan

  1. What is the main aim of your blog? Is it to make money, establish you as an authority or both?
  2. What do you need to be in 1 month, 3 month, 6 months, 1 year for your aim to be accomplished?
  3. What do you need to do in month 1, month 3, month 6 and year 1? Break down your tasks.

Want to get the blog plan yours truly uses to grow her blog? Click the image below.

free blog plan to help you build a successful blog


8. Spreading yourself too thin.

why jonathan milligan thinks blogs fail“The reason you feel stretched too thin is because you are trying to work on everything all at once. You make 10% progress on five initiatives instead of moving one important initiative to 100%.

The way out of this trap is to only focus on what’s most important according to which level of blogger you are.” Jonathan Milliigan, Blogging Your Passion

If there was one reason on this list that was already obvious to you it’s this one. You know where you are guilty with this so I’ll jump right into the action plan.

It’s pretty simple, when you are still struggling focus on

  • Defining your audience.
  • Building blog traffic.
  • Growing your list.
  • Making money. In that order.

This means that if you don’t know your audience yet, get back to blogging mistake No. 3.

>>At the point where you are getting less than 2,000 unique visitors per month? Focus on learning SEO and Pinterest.

>>Getting a reasonable amount of traffic? Focus on creating freebies that convert those audiences into subscribers.

>>If you’ve built your blog traffic and email list to a sizeable amount (1000 subscribers is a great place) then you can start thinking of creating a product or, affiliate marketing campaigns or better ad networks to join.

Finally, when you start making money, focus on outsourcing the tasks you are less efficient at so you can significantly increase your ROI.

9. You give up!

You blog for 6 months and freak out with an “it’s not working”, “do people still read blogs in 2019? I don’t think so”, “blogging is dead, I’ll just quit”.

Really?  The truth is that most blogs don’t fail, they get abandoned.

And that’s what failure really is, refusing to keep trying.

fabz on why blogs fail“having failed with my first blog, I simply thought to myself – what’s the point?, I might as well quit, right?

However, I soon realized it was the easiest thing to do…If you’re struggling with your own blog and finding it hard to gain traction, or feel as if you’re failing or simply not making progress, please, don’t quit whatever you do.

I know the feeling you’re experiencing, but if you have passion, you’ll bounce back.
Just keep at it, keep producing great content and connecting with the right people and influencers in your niche, as well as building your audience, that’s very important, and you’ll soon start to gain some popularity.” – Fabrizio Van Marciano , Magnet4Blogging


Action Plan:

  • When you acquire knowledge and implement advice, wait a bit before changing up your strategy or throwing in the towel entirely.
  • Evaluate what worked and what didn’t.
  • Pick up on the lessons learned and implement them.

Secret: Most blogs enter their periods of success in the 2nd, 3rd year that means that if you keep at it you’ll succeed.

10. Throwing away gratitude.

The last reason why blogs fail is because sometimes we bloggers focus so much on the big goals we fail to acknowledge the small wins.

Approach blogging with a heart of gratitude.

Be thankful for every comment.

Every email, every share.

Remember that magazine feature I talked about before? It came from one of my reader’s recommendation.

Gratitude had helped me interact with her as if she were my only reader, she felt that friendship and became my biggest evangelist.


Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme it takes a lot of hardwork and dedication. But you can get immense success if you keep at it.

The fastest and surefire way to grow is to network, work with a plan and never give up.

Need a plan to help you quickly build a successful blog?

free blog plan to help you build a successful blog


Is blogging still relevant in 2019? Maybe that’s the problem and not all these fancy stuff you’ve listed as reasons why blogs fail.

Blogging is still relevant and will continue to be for years! You know why? Because google and other search engines haven’t gotten to the place where they can digest anything beyond text. For this reason, blogging remains the most effective marketing tool available.

A blog also serves as an anchor for other digital marketing channels like podcasts, videos and infographics. It’s not just talk.

Are blogs still profitable? Really.

Blogs are even more profitable today than they’ve ever been. We see more and more bloggers making money in the first month (yours truly included), hitting 6 figure income in less than a year and there are more and more million dollar blogs coming up today.

How do I succeed in blogging? I know you’ve said do this and do that but just give me the summary in plain English.

Learn your people, network, work with a plan and never give up

How long does it take for a blog to take off? In order words how long should I wait before I throw in the towel?

There’s really no right answer to this question except the one you choose. From my observation though, if you start a blog for the first time it’s wise to wait till the 2nd year at least before you call it quits.

How do you build blog following? What’s the number 1 thing I need to focus on to build my blog following.

If you are just starting out, I would advise you focus on Pinterest. But pinterest users are notoriously known to show less engagement with blogs than other platforms so I would include some great optin bribes and a good email sequence to capture visitors and turn them into lasting fans.

Also reaching out to bigger bloggers and getting them to promote you should help.

For a more detailed step by step process to grow your blog broken down by month, download a free copy of my blog plan.

why blogs fail - pin image

48 thoughts on “10 Silly Reasons Why Blogs Fail (The HeartBreaking Truth that Will Help You Succeed)”

  1. At the point when I began contributing to a blog my companion enlightened me regarding reality. He said that don’t run or even idea about the cash rather begin chipping away at building a brand. I am happy about the guidance and thank you for the magnificent substance.

  2. How interesting! It really is. So many nuances. It used to be much easier to start and develop a blog, of course, and you didn’t need to make as many investments as now.

  3. Lily, such a great post. Your advice is right on point. I especially love Ryan’s advice. Blogging is definitely better together.

    Thanks for including me 🙂

    – Adam

  4. Hi Lily Ugbaja,

    Thanks for Sharing Such a good article on one of the important topic on which everyone need to know about it that what are the reasons that their blogs fail, I really like it, Would love to read more like this, this is so informative one.

    It will be really helpful if you visit the page and give valuable comments and feedback, Please Visit: https://rssscorp.com/

    Thanks & Best Regards

  5. Hi Lily,

    The insights you presented are popular among bloggers and the major reasons for failure in blogging. However, they are avoidable. For example, looking at points 1 & 6, it makes sense to provide value and take your blog seriously if you want to make your blog an income source.
    The more added value you offer readers, the more visitors you attract to your blog. Why? Because your readers become brand advocates. They tell others and share your content across channels. But you cannot get this right if you’re NOT a serious blogger.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. For making money blogging, a blogger must be passionate about blogging and always try to write for the readers, not for him.
    In the article, you have explained well. Thank you for sharing the informative post that will help all newbie who desires to build their careers in the industry.

  7. I am definitely guilty of #4, #5, & #8! I have been blogging for a while and I often get crushed by comparison and trying to follow yet another Guru or Popular Travel Blogger rather than blazing my own path. Don’t get me wrong, I think that there is wisdom in following tried and successful people. But isnt there a quote like Comparison is the thief of Joy.
    With number 5, it took me forever to finally get my wife on board but having her work with me makes me mentally so much better. Plus, I love that I have someone else taking on things they find interesting while helping my dream grow.
    As for number 6…I suffer from shiny object syndrome and thus it spreads me way too thin. I think by improving my team and crossing off #5 as an issue it helps me not to have to do a million things all hours of the day so I dont get burned out.

  8. Oh Lily, most of the points apply to me here. I am a mom Blogger and never took writing seriously. Point Number 6 is my biggest problem and I never realized. Thanks to this post, you have mentioned it so to-the point, I am going to save this post now.

  9. Hey Lily,
    Thanks for the article, there is some magic touch in all your article, the way you drafted from your experience makes the readers to put oneself in your shoes while reading.
    “giving up early is a grave mistake ” thanks for the strong message once again

  10. Hi Lily,
    Thanks For Sharing. Great research you have done to write, such a detailed blog.
    I lost my first blog due to google hammer and now starting allover seems like a mountain. But this post have encouraged me to start and be a good blogger.

  11. Hi Lily
    Well, blogging needs lots of patience and devotion like any other career. You have to put the effort into it. (even blood, sweat, and tears too, if I am not becoming melodramatic)

    Secondly, the most important thing is to keep an eye on the competitor. even if they are on real heights. look at the topics they are writing about and post blogs more often.

    Do experiments, if one SEO trick does not work for you try others. learn from mistakes, and DO NOT STOP OR QUIT.
    Be regular, do not miss a single day of blogging, keep drafts so you can use them when you do not have anything to post.

  12. Hi Lily,
    Great research you have done to write, such a detailed blog. Your hard work is clearly visible. I promise to read all your blogs, it is very informative.

  13. Hey Lily…Great post…

    Have had created a lot of websites with adsense and affiliates but i am not able to rank my websites properly.

    FOllowed all the tutorials but i am just stuck on what easy link building method could work for me as i am in short of budget.

    • Hey Sajid,


      I took a quick look at your blog and the content looks great. But I did notice you have just a handful of posts for a 2 year old blog.

      Affiliate blogs typically thrive on loads of content, as much as posting daily to build up steam. And the content you have is what a 2 – 4 month old review blog should have.

      Your niche is highly competitive so in order to establish yourself as the topical authority you need to publish lots of great content.

      What you should be looking for is the smartest, most effective link building strategy and that’s guestposting on high authority sites that align with yours.

      You could also try the guestographic method by Brian Dean.

      Hope this helps.

      Goodluck with your blog.

  14. Hi Lily,

    Good to meet you here on the money making blogger’s blog. I truly enjoy reading your post, lots of practical actionable tips in there.

    My favorite among the points listed above is “blogging alone”.

    I just don’t see how is going to be possible to create a blog worthwhile if one stick to do it all alone.

    Is not going to work.

    I have tried it and there is nothing positive that comes out of it.

    Thanks, Lily for sharing with us.

    • Hey Shamsudeen!

      Thank you for leaving a comment.

      There’s really nothing worthwhile when we do it alone. Not business, not family and definitely not blogging. Thanks for making such an important point.

  15. Thank you Lily,

    Two points I personally experienced and failed(But I’m correcting my mistakes).

    1. Doing blogging alone is kind of frustrating. Well, I think it involves research, Development and Deployment. Even though you good at doing all three you need a helping hand to beautify your outcome more.

    2. Treat it more like a profession you’ll see growth. I’m sure of it.

    Thank you all for the suggestions. Glad I found realisation to my other mistakes.

    • You are so right! Doing blogging alone is super frustrating. I can’t tell you how much making blogging friends has helped ease my journey.

      Treat blogging like a business that has to succeed and you’ll keep learning from your failures, moving on and moving up until you eventually succeed. That’s what I’ve learned over time.

      Thanks for leaving a comment. 🙂

  16. I have started blogging about 7 months ago and I gave up a few times.

    Sometimes it is hard to keep up with it when your intention is to turn it into a profitable business but you already work full time 🙁

    What is your advice in terms of how many times one should post per week? I currently only manage to post once a week more or less, due to my day job.. but starting next week I want to try and do more!

    All the best,


    • Hi Cristina,

      I know the feeling believe me, just hang in there and keep blogging.

      About how many times you should post per week, you probably already anticipated my answer would be it depends. 🙂

      If you are only able to get out one quality post per week keep doing so, consistency is much more important than frequency. I publish approximately 5 blog posts per month on my blog and focus more on promoting them.

      It may help to start writing and scheduling your posts in advance, I’ve learned that putting off the pressure of needing to write something helps me write faster, better too.

      When you have posts scheduled out once weekly for at least 2 months then you can start adding an extra weekly post.

      Hope this helps.

      • Hi Lily,

        Thank you, I really appreciate your advice 🙂

        I guess I should sit down for a moment and plan things ahead, instead of being stuck in a state of panic and confusion lol

        All the best,


  17. Thanks for this post which looks cool, informative and encouraging. I lost my first blog due to google hammer and now starting allover seems like a mountain. But this post have encouraged me to start and be a good blogger.

    • So glad to have motivated you to keep going Daayur.

      Like I said, befriend other bloggers and lean on them when you need help.

      A friend recently had her pinterest account banned and during that period it was thanks to her blogging friends that she was able to keep her traffic and get her mediavine approval.

  18. Lily,

    This is such an encouraging and all-inclusive resource! I’m saving this for future reference and to share with my other blog friends. Thank you!

  19. Hiii Lily,

    When I started blogging my friend told me about reality. He said that don’t run or even thought about the money rather start working on building a brand. I am glad about the advice and thank you for the awesome content..

    • Hey Bhawna,

      You’ve got a smart friend.

      I’m so glad you followed his advice, wishing you the best of luck with your blog.

      Let me know if you need anything.

  20. Hey Lily,

    I think many bloggers start with the idea of being rich with little to no efforts. They start daydreaming and just think that it will be all okay. But in reality you have to work really hard, face challenges and overcome problems.
    It takes time to build a significance audience.
    Keep up the good work

    • Ashish you are so right!

      It does take time to build a significant following.

      You have to give, give, give but when you start to receive it becomes totally worth it.

      Thanks for engaging.

  21. Hi lily,
    You have written a fantastic blog. coping a content or not updating is the biggest failure to the blogging industry that’s why most of the bloggers are failed to enhance their blogs.a blogger should update Thier blog regularly and share on social media.

  22. It’s 2019 and blogging is getting harder and harder with the competition and for me to beat that competition you should share most often your blog content and be consistent updating your blog, consistency is easy to say but it’s the measurement how passionate you become.

    • Hey Paul,

      I so agree with you on using consistency.

      However, I don’t think the key is to publish more content. I think you should publish great content but spend even more time promoting your content.

      The most effective way to become a successful blogger is to become friends with successful bloggers, that way you can leverage the audience they already have. 🙂


  23. Hey Lily, what an awesome guest post. I think you’ve raised the quality bar here at Enstine’s blog quite high.

    Ahh, how will I ever keep up! 🙂

    But seriously, great job and congratulations on getting that interview on that big magazine. I’ve visited your blog before; it’s top notch and you deserve the recognition you’re getting.

    Anyway, for me, the 7-the tip is crucial. Develop a plan, and know why are you doing what you’re doing.

    So many times, it happens to me that I get a panic attack and think “what are you dong Nikola, really, what are you doing”? And I then feel desperate, like I want to quit.

    But at the same time I know I can’t give up; Because I feel I’m on the verge of a breakthrough. My blog has entered it’s a second year and it’s very slowly picking up steam.
    And what helps me is that I remember that I’m following a plan, and even when I’m going slowly, that’s how it’s supposed to be.
    So I don’t give up and go day by day by day.

    Great guest post, Lily:)

    • And you’ve raised the bar with this comment Nikola, I don’t even know where to start with my reply!

      In your own words Ahh, how will I ever keep up! ?

      Thank you so much for your kind words. And I agree with you on tip no. 7. All these points are fairly intertwined so when you have a good plan it covers all the bases.

      And hey, I still get panic attack. Haha.

      Congrats on your success, keep at it.

      Thanks so much for leaving such a thoughtful comment.

      PS: I would appreciate your thoughts on my blog plan. Did you take a look? What do you think?

      • Hey Lily,
        I did take a look. Though I’m not a mommypreneur:)

        I joined your list because I wanted to see your game plan for one year. I saw and I’m impressed. I like goal setting and the spreadsheets you give are great. Actionable, plentiful, but doable for, I presume, a working mother who’s starting a blog.

        An easy way to move forward and build your business one brick at a time. I’d recommend your plan to anyone, Lily. And I too can learn a thing or two from it.

  24. Lily this post is fabulous. Thanks for the shout out 🙂 What a good point on copying bloggers. People try to mimic pros, and lose authenticity. The cyber world is littered with wannabees who try to copy pros, sounding lame and hollow. Walk your path. Tell your story. Top bloggers teach the basics; ya gotta run with those lessons, as your online tuition.

    • Hey Ryan!

      Thanks! If YOU say it’s fabulous then I’ve got to believe it is 🙂

      Yes that copying bloggers thing holds so many down.

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  25. Number 9 is a big, big one for me! I tend to give up too quickly and become discouraged. I am just barely into my second year of blogging and will need to keep working on seeing the long term goal instead of hoping for quick success. Thank you for this list, it came just at the right time for me! Am encouraged and motivated to keep going 🙂

    • Hey Steffi,

      I know the feeling! I personally experience shiny object syndrome and love to start things so much more than finish them.

      One thing I found to help is to keep taking action, every single day.

      Also, if you can get rid of the pressure to succeed and just enjoy the process.

      Between working daily on growing your blog (and I mean working, not “gaining knowledge”) and waiting long enough, you should see things begin to pick up. You’ll look back and not even know how it happened.

      Good luck Steffi, I’m cheering for you.

Comments are closed.