How to Survive Your First Year of Blogging

Did you know that more than 90% of all new bloggers who try to money blogging quit within the first 12 months. How do you avoid becoming one of them?

While blogging for fun and to communicate with like-minded souls is an enjoyable process, blogging with the intention of making money can quite stressful.

Most new bloggers I’ve met attempt to jump right into heavy topics like search engine optimization, link building, paid reviews and ad sales, completely ignoring the three important things they need to survive their first year of blogging.

So what are the three most things you should know about blogging?

1 – Determine If You Really Need a Blog

Yeah, that’s right. Why should you choose to blog, where there are a hundred other easier (or faster) ways to make money online? Blogs take a long time to turn around any decent profit, if there is any profit to be made in the first place.

Will you keep writing, day after day, if you are only making $20 a month from your blog?

In many aspects, the blogging business model is similar to traditional print media like magazines and newspapers. The top-paying advertisers only show up at your door when you have lots (and I mean lots) of eyeballs. That can take weeks, months or even years.

Start a blog only if you’re passionate about the topic, not because you’re desperate to make some money. Your blog visitors can feel your desperation no matter how hard you try to hide it, and they will get turned off.

2 – Figure Out How You’re Going to Make Money First

Yes, take out a piece of paper, and on it write “How I’m Going to Make Money from This Blog”. Under that, jot down the most probable monetization methods for your blog before you even register your domain name.

This will force you to do more research on the niche market you want to approach. Compare your ideas to what other are doing to see if they are viable. If you find too little options, you may want to consider a different topic.

3 – Don’t Bother with The Technical Stuff

The technical stuff will bog you down and eventually divert your attention from revenue generating activities. Let me explain what I mean.

A typical blogger would decide to use WordPress as his blogging platform. Although WordPress is free, it’s an open-source software that provides you with no direct support channels. You’re on your own as far as technical matters are concerned, and the only thing you can fall back on is online documentation and perhaps some kind people at the forum.

For the most part however, it’s going to be rather difficult for you to grab themes and plugins and put them together to create the type of blog that you really want.

There’s a big chance you’ll get distracted by stuff like hacking codes and tweaking the CSS styles.

Here’s a tip: Learn to make do with less. Forget the bells and whistles.

Writing great content and communicating with readers should be your real focus right from the start. Outsource the technical tasks to someone else and you’ll achieve your income goals much faster.

You see, to get through your first year of blogging you don;t need to do more; just more of the stuff that makes you money.

You’re a blogger, not a webmaster. Start thinking and behaving like one, and when you do the smoke clear to reveal your path to a successful blogging business.


Gobala Krishnan is a blogging expert who has helped hundreds of people start their own money making blogs. Subscribe to his blog for free at

5 Responses to “How to Survive Your First Year of Blogging”

  1. Jayce says:

    Luckily, I don’t blog for money in the first place. Else I will end up like others. Hehe… Earning some pocket money now. :)
    .-= Jayce´s last blog ..How to hack Facebook account profile =-.

  2. Keith says:

    I really think that money should be way in the back of the mind. Blog about what you are passionate about and you will like blogging, then it will show to your readers, and money will follow. If money is why you blog, chances are you won’t make any.
    .-= Keith´s last blog ..17 Must Have WordPress Plugins =-.

  3. I agree with Keith on this one… I am finally figuring out what I want to actually write about regularly. I recently turned to it and have had no trouble keeping up with a posting schedule, unlike previous attempts when money was the main goal.

    Write about what you are interested in, because at least your writing will always have at least one fan.
    .-= Michael Hoppal´s last blog ..Life Coaches: Useful? =-.

  4. Don Power says:

    Hey Gobala!

    Very well written post. I arrived here via Twitter link from – Jenny Rhodes @jennyr777.

    Are you a guest blogger or is newru a forum for a bunch of bloggers?

    (Also see my buddy Keith here – hey man!)
    .-= Don Power´s last blog ..The Secret to a Successful Blog? Write and Promote. Repeat. [Guest Post] =-.

  5. admin says:

    Hi Don

    Jenny here, NEWRU is my blog and I accept guest bloggers, the page is just not up yet, I have to stop slacking…….haha! Thanks for stopping by and if you every wish to guest post don’t hesitate to contact me:)

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