Nobody reading your blog? 10 reasons to persist!

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  • So helpful and pretty… 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Kitty Kilian

    #1: website with blogs get 50% more VISITORS you meant, I bet?
    I love #10. It’s true.

  • All are excellent. The one I can relate to is #6.
    Thanks.

  • Great list Mark…#10 really hits home…isn’t that worth it for no other reason?!
    Oh and I’ll throw in #11…it’s flat out…FUN!

  • And it instills discipline – something many don’t have naturally. Discipline yourself to write a blog post on a schedule and your online life will change.

  • Same to you!

  • yes. corrected!!!

  • Thanks Jay.

  • Agree 100%. I wish I could do it all the time!

  • It did for me. I now have a sacred blogging time!

  • Love this list, Mark!
    #3 is my favourite, there’s no better way to master a subject than teaching it 🙂

  • Agree. Thank you sir!

  • Mia Sherwood Landau

    OK, you left off something significant, Mark…. All those readers (robots?) in China and Russia that fill up our blog stats, surely we wouldn’t want to disappoint them! C’mon now, you know what I’m talking about. Does everybody secretly wonder if these are real people or not?

  • AlisaMeredith

    So true! It can be very discouraging for a person or business just starting out, but I always find #2 to be key – want to learn something? Learn it well enough to write about it that you’ll never forget it. Or, if you do, at least you’ll know where to read about it! 🙂

  • Awesome Mark – you just put 50% of my “Blogging for Business” Seminar into one graphic 🙂

  • I’m not sure I have that problem. There is comment spam of course but generally people who read my blog are people.

  • That particular one has helped me SO much. It really helps me flesh out my thinking and get clear. I often find blog post themes subsequently showing up in my consulting and talks so truly, this is a great advantage … even if nobody is reading it!

  • Just 50% ? : )

  • Michael Otranto

    Great post. Does an infographic help rank keywords with the search engines?

  • yea 🙂 I usually give some help on the “how-to” side

  • Great uplifting list to read, Mark!!

    #10 is what most people who step into blogging world and leave out soon because of numbers. That’s right, keep it going and don’t worry that much of the numbers because you might be helping some in the meantime.

    Also, I worry about the English language. It has to be right or people will be kicked out as soon the mistakes are spotted, right? Being a non-English, it’s really hard to go on with good and error-free content in terms of grammar, etc.

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  • Not really. BUt SEO isn’t everything. If you think it is a great post, maybe you will come back and subscribe. If you subscribes, you will get to know me and maybe buy a book or hire me someday. Traffic isn’t the answer for everything : )

  • Very keen point Adeel. Thanks for that important comment.

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  • Mia Sherwood Landau

    Oh, that’s good to hear, Mark. Honestly, I’ve asked a few other bloggers, not high-profile though, and they are having the same experience I shared, so I thought it was quite common.

  • I found this today and feel very impressed with the content! I agree all 10 reasons, those are very helpful. Especially I like the reasons about “3. Improved Skill Set”, “6. Content Library” and “Product Development.”

  • Thanks for letting me know Shane. Glad it was helpful.

  • Marketing Bees

    Great post! It’s very hard to continue blogging if you are not achieving some goals you have previously defined but like you said, keep going, don’t give up, who knows what will happen next. I agree with every reason you mentioned. #3 is really hard to explain to someone who is not doing any writing (because he/she things is bad at it) but it works, it really works!

  • Nice infographic. I wrote regularly on my first social media blog for a good while without doing any promotion so that I could develop my writing skills in a somewhat limited environment.

  • Thanks for taking the time to comment

  • Sounds like a good plan Stuart. Thanks or commenting.

  • Numbers versus impact resonates with me, and one I need to remind myself often. It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers and forget about what those numbers represent. Thanks for this list, Mark.

  • Here is my favorite example in that regard — The Profound impact of Five blog readers! http://www.businessesgrow.com/2012/05/06/the-profound-power-of-five-blog-readers/

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  • Merav Chen

    This is a truly valuable reminder, thank you. Each of the 10 alone is worth your while, but putting them all together makes for a great persistence motivator.

  • Thanks for the great feedback. And thanks so much for commenting.

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  • Deborah Freeman Mitchell

    inspiring! better get going at that!

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  • Awesome infographic! Got to agree with #8 Mark!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    -Reginald

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  • Michael Otranto

    My experience has been that SEO does not pay for itself. PPC has been more effective for me for lead generation.

  • PhotographyByDepuhl

    Thanks for the article, but I feel that “The blog is dead, long live the blog!” I got to interview one of the organizer of WordCamp Miami and long time blogger. His advice: “Don’t blog, unless …”

    http://blog.depuhl.com/the-blog-is-dead-long-live-the-blog/

    Do you agree with Rick?

  • Brilliant infographic. An inspiration for new bloggers and those who are not getting the desired results straight away. Be consistent and it will bring results one day for sure. I am only 110 days old in blogging but determined and confident not to leave blogging no matter what happens.

  • Agreed! 🙂

  • Thanks for writing this! 🙂 I agree with the other comments – this infographic is awesome! It’s a great reminder to all of us to keep blogging and to ignore the occasional negative mental chatter that sometimes hinders us from persisting until we get the results we desire.

    You rock! 🙂

  • Thank you for writing this! Sometimes I get a little discouraged because I want my blog to be more visible but I know am just starting out. So I will keep blogging and these 10 tips will be helpful in increasing readership.

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  • Meg

    They’re all right on. #10 is SO true. When you find out who is reading and how what you post impacts them, it’s always incredible!

    I’d also encourage people to look into which of their posts get the most attention. I found on my blog recently that the Colbie Callait song (and lyrics) for “Try” is a HUGE success, which actually is teaching me that people are really looking for that reminder that we’re all human and we all just want to be accepted and loved for what we are. If you’re out of the loop you can check it out (http://positivepassiton.blogspot.com/2014/07/you-dont-have-to-try.html) This was an unexpected but powerful lesson from the archive of my stats!

  • Maggie

    Thank you so much for the list!! I’ve moved from blogging as a hobby to more of a part-time job and I love it! Even if I get one comment on a post I am happy!

  • Ahhhh… no.

  • Good for you Ahmad. Go for it!

  • Many thanks for taking the time to comment Thea!

  • Glad I could help Sherri.

  • I know the feeling. I will never take comments for granted! I still get a thrill each day.

  • starryjlc

    How do I subscribe to your site/blog? I love your stuff and know that I don’t want to lose you since I am mobile. Thanks

  • If you are viewing my blog on a computer, there is a subscribe button at the top of the right column. If you enter your email, you will get new posts emailed to you. Thanks for subscribing!

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  • Great info!

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  • I have to agree – thanks for this article – definitely worth sharing!

  • mark a.

    this is a great list!

  • #1 is only partly right. Yes search engines provide an initial boost to fresh content and certainly original content is good. However, search engine’s are not magically interested in fresh, original content.

    They want to rank popular websites that provide value.

    Jon Morrow has 11 traffic techniques that are a waste of time for beginners (and 4 that will work): http://boostblogtraffic.com/traffic-techniques/

    Admittedly Jon has strong opinions though I tend to agree with most of what he says.

    TL;DR – if you don’t have an audience then leverage someone elses I.e. guest blogs, interview people, outreach or advertise. Then you can start building your own blog.

  • Traz Powell

    What is the best site to begin blogging?

  • There are no guarantees on anything. But certainly yo uhave no hope for SEO benefits without great content and I think it is beyond dispute that SEO is powerful reason to blog.

    I personally think “traffic” is the wrong metric for a business blog, at least in the long term. I am fascinated with this persistent fascination with traffic which is primarily an ego metric.

    I think it makes no sense to do outreach, guest blogging and advertising if you don;t have your own blog in the first place. A lot of people are re-thinking the value of guest blogging after recent Google changes. Thanks for your comment.

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  • “you have no hope for SEO benefits without great
    content I think it is beyond dispute that SEO is powerful reason to blog.”

    I agree there and the same with your point about traffic. Most business owners will want to see that blogging and content marketing is helping them win more business or keep existing business.

    As for rethinking guest blogging the Google changes make little difference when it’s done for the right reasons. Even Matt Cutts later amended his article to reflect this. https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/guest-blogging/

    The people who are re-thinking the value of guest blogging are those who used it as their main link building strategy. e.g. agencies that spammed webmasters with paid guest posts.

    “I think it makes no sense to do outreach, guest blogging and advertising if you don;t have your own blog in the first place.”

    you’re right here though for me I’d amend it to:

    “I think it makes no sense to do outreach, guest blogging and advertising if you don’t have your own way to collect interest in the first place. Be that a website, blog or some other platform.”

    Interesting discussion and thanks for the post 🙂

    All the best,

  • It always seems that your blog ends up growing really fast out of nowhere, too. For a long time, you plug along, seeing new comments and subscribers here and there. And then suddenly, you have an influx of new readers. Once you have that experience, you definitely feel more motivated 🙂 Great post, Mark!

  • Jacqueline O. Moleski

    I like the positive view of this info graphic. But I’d like to see an update for personal blogging (not business blogging). Personal blogging is like writing a diary but more public. However, blogging about one’s per story can also become motivation to accomplish a goal.

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  • Nice infographic, and good tips. I’ll have to remember these for the future.

  • Slowly, I have more readers on my blog.

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