The Softly, Softly, Catchee Monkey Approach To Blogging

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The Softly Softly Catchee Monkey Approach To Blogging

I’ve been doing this blogging malarkey for a while now and if there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that you have to be patient, especially when starting from scratch.  I get lots of emails from people asking for help with their blog (which is fine, always happy to help), but a large portion seemingly expect that after a few weeks they will be getting millions of hits and earning tons each day.  This is just not true and if you think this, you are in for a shock!  That is why you need the right approach to blogging.

Blogging Takes Time

Blogging is no different to any other business.  It takes time and a LOT of hard work to get it up and running online.  This can be even trickier if you are starting from scratch as there is a lot to learn on a wide variety of subjects.

You will need to learn;

…and that is even before you start writing content for your blog and making money with it!

Don’t Let That Put You Off

I’m not trying to put you off, far from it in fact, I’m just trying to make you aware of the work that is involved in blogging.  It’s simply not for everyone.

Blogging is an amazing industry to get into, as there is so much to learn and great people to meet.  There is no better feeling than seeing something that you have worked hard on grow into something much bigger, where people from around the world come to visit on a daily basis.

This site is far from being a massive site, but it has allowed me to meet and get to know some wonderful people from all over the world – some from the other side of the globe and some just down the road from where I live.

There are not many jobs where you get to learn something new every day and grow as a person.  I can safely say that I have totally changed since I started blogging and am much better for doing so.

There are plenty of positives for choosing to become a blogger, you just need to make sure that you are the right type of person.  After all, you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck to make sure you get all your work done, so if you’re not a self-motivated person, you may struggle.

If You’re In For A Quick Buck, You’re Destined To Fail!

Yes, there are examples of people creating sites that make plenty of money pretty quickly, but those examples are few and far between.  You have to remember that those types of examples are created by very experienced bloggers, who know exactly what they are doing.  For those who are just starting out, you will need to be prepared to earn your badges and gain some experience first.

It can take time to begin to earn money from your blog.  You need to work on driving traffic to your site and then monetizing that traffic in numerous different ways (all of which requires work to setup).

It took me at least a month before I made any money with my first site, and even then it wasn’t that much.  Many people would give up at that point (I see it all the time), but if you persevere, keep working hard and have  the right approach to blogging, that can change.  What may start out as only a few $ per month, can turn into much, much more when your site begins to grow.

Be Prepared To Make Mistakes

I can guarantee that you WILL make mistakes along the way, so it’s pointless thinking that you won’t.  Mistakes aren’t bad, in fact they can be very good as long as you learn from them.

I have lost count of the number of times I messed up my site and brought it down temporarily after changing some code or messing with some HTML.  Learning from your mistakes makes you better at what you do.  I’m sure I’ll make plenty more of them in the future, but thankfully I have never made the same mistake twice (let’s hope it stays that way).

Have The Right Approach To Blogging

If you approach blogging in the right way, you will get a lot more out of it.  You certainly aren’t going to become a millionaire overnight, but if you take a long term approach and put the hard work in, you can create a successful business that you will be proud of.

Just be patient and never give up – that’s what the “Softly, Softly, Catchee Monkey” phrase means :)

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?  What misconceptions did you have (if any) when you first got involved in blogging?  What advice would you give to any new blogger?  Please let us know what you think in the comments section below!

About Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the founder and editor of OnlineIncomeTeacher. He is a Professional Blogger, SEO Consultant & Web Developer, running a number of sites from the UK. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • Andi the Minion

    I love the video Matt :-) lol, Another great post, blogging can be a long term game and knowing this from the start makes it easier to succeed.

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Hi Andi,

      I lucked out with the video. Only found it after writing the post.

      I think it helps being honest with people from the start. There are many people that seem to have unrealistic expectations when first starting out. Like you say, it’s much easier to succeed if you know what you’re getting yourself into from the start.

  • Clair Trebes

    Hi Matt, Cool video :) My Mum’s always been a fan of that phrase – I can’t even count the times I’ve heard her say it!

    Blogging is very much a long term gain, but you know what I am feeling so disheartened nearly 2 years down the line – I write quality posts and I do everything possible to help my business grow and actually make money rather than lose money but it just doesn’t seem like its going to happen ….

    Breaking point now for me i think, and I am glad I’ve got this post to read over and over whilst i’m at this point! :)

    Clair

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Hi Clair,

      We must have the same Mum! Mine says that all the time as well :)

      No need to get disheartened Clair. You are a perfect example of someone that HAS succeeded online. You have learned tons from blogging, which you have been able to use within your family business.

      Blogging can open a lot of doors. I mean this site helps me get clients that I work with and has allowed me to meet tons of great people, some of which I work with now.