The first thing a blogger has to do besides create content, is get traffic. Unless your blog is for your eyes only, you probably want people to read it. It takes a lot of work to get traffic but that’s not even half of it. Keeping your traffic is the hard part.
You could pay for reviews and links that will bring you traffic. You could spend a lot of time on blogcatalog and forums to bring people to your site. But once they come, you have to keep them. Having a lot of repeat visitors ups your potential advertising price. You probably can’t get people to advertise on you blog in the beginning, but it should be a part of your blog’s master plan. Look at johnchow. He get’s the majority of his 27k a month in private ad sales. You can push affiliates and do a lot of paid posting but you won’t make much until you start getting some ad revenue. Bloggernoob doesn’t have advertisers yet but i plan on developing that for the future. I’ve had a few paid link sales and i loved it. It was so effortless and beautiful. Almost cried that day.
This blog get between 200-500 unique visitors per day. What i’ve noticed is that, it works out like a real estate cycle. Real estate rises and falls in 7-10 year cycles. You see a sharp rise then falls a little bit then rises again and so on and so forth. It always goes up in the long run. With blog traffic, you hit a sharp rise, then you drop a little bit and it’s up to you to get it back up again. Blogging and websites are not as stable as real investments cause it there really isn’t any tangible asset.
Bloggernoob dot com started with 1 reader/author. This continued for about a couple of weeks until i forced some of my offline friends and family to check it out. Some of them did and never came back. I kept writing and working my SEO and i was starting to see a few clicks here and there. I was hooked. I kept trying different tricks to increase traffic and i started seeing more and more visits. After about 3 weeks, i had around 40-80 uniques a day. After that high point, i saw it drop a little then come back to to 40-80 a day. After about a month, i saw another spike. And over the next few days, it dropped again and came back up to that level. This kept repeating to where i am now. So i figure, as long as i keep posting some good content, i should see another cycle in the next week or so.
The greatest hurdle in blogging is giving up. There are so many reasons to quit blogging. Not enough time, i’m wasting my time, i’m not making any money, nobody is reading, nobody cares. If you give in, you will fail. But if you hit your down cycle and make yourself work harder, then you’ll start seeing more traffic and more dollars. Once that happens, you’ll never want to quit. Blogging isn’t for everybody, but if you want to try it out, try it properly. Work on your blog until you hit your first cycle and then decide if bloggings for you. And when you start, make sure you have your own domain and hosting.