Motivation at work (yes, website development and blogging is work, even if it’s enjoyable) is one of the core issues affecting internet bloggers. We’ve all had that feeling of, “This isn’t working.”
When working on a new website, it’s common for people to feel a lack of drive early on, especially if they’re new to internet content creation. Since most sites grow slowly, numerous webmasters in turn grow impatient and frustrated.
“Why should I write that post? No one’s reading anyway.”
That used to be my mindset. I’ve moved on over time, but there are countless others who just need some encouragement to get past what I like to call ‘the point of no return.’ It’s kinda dramatic, but you get the idea.
Here I’ll show you 5 techniques/advice/(insert third synonym here) I like to use to make sure I never lose my will to go on.
Remember Websites Take Time to Grow
Yeah, by now you’ve heard it a gazillion times, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
If you start any kind of business, you’re basically signing up to have huge amounts of time and effort put into it. Some of you might counter saying,
“Well, I’m not growing at all!”
Here’s the the thing, you don’t really know when your website will really explode. It could be anything you write that blows up your search engine rankings.
Being patient makes you less rash (duh), which is very important. See, being rash means you make decisions in the interest of growing fast rather than building your site. Need an elaboration? Let’s take a for-instance.
You’ve probably heard of SEO optimization. It’s basically getting your site in the first few pages of a search engine. The best way to do this is to write quality content, but many people take ‘shortcuts,’ in which they pay for ‘backlinks.’
Backlinks, which are links to your page from another can be spammy and generally toxic, especially is they’re bought cheaply. This actually hurts your site.
What’s more, people often buy useless keyword tools with services that are often available for free (I recommend trying Jaaxy’s tool).
I’ve kinda gone off track, but the point I’m making is, trying to rush your site will only hurt your reputation (and your wallet!). I prefer to build up a site naturally.
Get Some Feedback
Imagine being the only source of creative control for your site. Well, chances are, you actually are the only source. And that means your opinion, your self-doubt, will cloud your judgement and erode your motivation.
The best way to encourage yourself is to get someone else’s opinion of your work. This does wonders for your willpower. Take me for example.
I always try to get feedback on my site (Wealthy Affiliate has a built in Feedback system, giving me opinions from established site owners) because I always benefit. If the reviewer has positive feedback, I get motivated to continue. If they hate it, I’m motivated to prove them wrong.
This isn’t just a run-of-the mill tip either. I’ve had days where I was unable to write anything, then a review came in, and my mood totally flipped. I can’t describe it. I just feel a wave of encouragement pushing me along. It’s a feeling of power!
OK, that sounded more like a story about a drug high than a motivational anecdote. Still, I hope you get the point!
Make Your Writing Routine
Short and sweet one here. When I first started out, I was a mess, to be frank. I’d write posts at random times. Sometimes I’d be sleepy at night, other times I’d write while playing video games. One time I wrote intoxicated!
Haha, I was kidding about the intoxication. Anyway, when I started writing at a specific time (in my case, 2 pm), I found my brain adjusted to having to think at that time. Just as if I had math class, if I actually cared about math, or class. Blogs are way more fun!
Believe in Yourself
I know, I know, that headline is so played out. Ugh, I am not comfortable with cliché titles. You know what? Lemme just make a new one.
Motivation in Decline!? Reader’s Self- Confidence!!!
That’s much more… “me.” Right, let’s continue.
If you want your blog to be a success, you’re gonna have to be very confident in your ability to succeed. After all, if you, the owner and founder, don’t believe you can do it, why should anyone else?
I could give a hundred cases of successful visionaries believing in themselves. It’s been done to death. Actually, lets do it to more death, to make sure you’re inspired.
- Dr.Seuss got rejected 27 times before his first hit
- Thomas Edison (he’s a bit controversial, but he did come from nothing) failed 1000 light bulb designs
- Walt Disney (I could and would make a full website about him, if he didn’t already have one) started a few businesses before Mickey Mouse
- Henry Ford failed 5 businesses!
The lesson here is, you are the only factor in your success. If you quit, it’s all on you.
Think of the Fame! Fortune! Prestige!
I hate pulling the money card, because money isn’t always the answer.
But let’s face it, more often than not, blogs are started with money as the end goal. And yeah, successful blogs bring in big bucks when monetized (through affiliate marketing).
So if you’re writing visualizing yourself sunbathing on that Hawaiian beach, or having a date under the Eiffel Tower, why not use the appeal of those dreams to force yourself to go on?
My dream is to go to Disneyland. I still recall the disappointment when I found I would never go in my childhood. We didn’t have money. Since that time, I’ve dedicated myself to earning enough money to go to Anaheim at last.
You probably have huge dreams too. All you have to do is keep in mind that if you stop blogging, you lose out on a chance to be financially prosperous.
Inspired Once More!!
I hope these 5 of my ways did anything to improve your state of mind. Motivation is an important aspect of any work. Without it, even a skilled veteran is just as good as an eager rookie.
Did these pieces of advice help you out in any way? Did they improve your confidence? Do you have any tips to add?
Let me know in the comments below!