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Why many blogs will fail in 2019

Blogging is very popular right now. Everyone I meet now knows what a blog is unlike when I started blogging in 2012. Many people had no clue what blogging was about then. There are now more blogs that ever before, which is a good thing. I like that blogging is now really popular now. It means there are a lot more blogs to read and people kind of know what you mean when you tell you blog for a living. However, because it has become so popular, there are now all kinds of blogs on the big wide web. And some of these blogs will fail in 2019.

 

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Why many blogs will fail in 2019

Now blogging is a personal journey for every blogger. We all can’t and shouldn’t blog the same way. Variety is the spice of life which is why I like to do me on here. I am unable to cope being someone else so you will always only read blog posts I want to publish and nothing else. As personal as journey is, there are still some truths that apply to every blog and blogger regardless of your niche or where you based. Which is why you are reading this post.

Here are some of the reasons why I believe many blogs will fail in 2019.

 

The Lazy Bloggers

Blogging is a lot of work. It takes a lot of time and effort to grow your blog to the point where you start getting a decent amount of traffic (10,000+). This doesn’t happen overnight and it takes a lot to get your blog to the point where you can start attracting brands to spend money advertising their products and services on your blog. Many of the blogs (especially the new ones) underestimate the amount of hard work required and are shocked to see they are not an overnight success when they start blogging. If they could see the amount of work needed to have a successful blog, they may have decided to pursue something else.

Having a successful blog means you are putting in all the hours you can manage into growing your little corner on the internet. Bloggers that can’t put in the work will fail in 2019 because there are just too many options.

 

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The Outright Copycats

I have had my fair share of dealing with copycats but I still find every encounter annoying. I had to deal with yet another blog thief some days ago and it was really frustrating. The blogger copied an entire blog post twice on his blog and refused to take it down. I had to get the host involved and his blog was eventually shut down. I know it is just a matter of time before I come across another blog thief.

If you have to browse the web in search of blog posts to copy, you will fail in 2019. It is best you find a copywriter to write articles for your blog if you desperately want to have one but can’t write.

 

Blogging Like Everyone Else

You have to stand out from the saturated world of blogging to make it. There is no need trying to be like another blogger. Regardless of how you think you life is, you always have something to bring to the table. It could be your unique writing voice, photography, amazing makeup or hair advice, fashion and style tips, money saving information, parenting advice, you name it, I bet someone would like to hear what you think. You trying to blog like the “popular blogs” you read would do your own blog no favours. There can only be one you, that is your selling point, so use it.

Blogs that copy other blogs in a subtle way will fail in 2019.

 

Not Promoting

You should be your biggest cheerleader, regardless of the sort of blog you have. I see many bloggers writing and writing post after post but not promoting. You need to drive as much traffic as you can to your blog. The easiest way to do this is by making sure each post is SEO worthy. That way  it appears on search engines easily. Another way is by promoting on social media platforms to drive more eyeballs to your blog. For me, I get my traffic from search engines than social media, so I guess my SEO game is tight, but I also promote as much as I can on social media platforms to get more eyeballs. There is never anything like too much traffic.

Blogs that don’t their blog posts will fail in 2019.

 

These are just some of the type of blogs that I believe will fail in 2019. There is no room for mediocre in the saturated world of blogging. If you want to stand out for the right reasons, you have to put in the world, bring your originality to your blog and focus of creating unique content that would inform, educate or entertain your readers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspiration or Outright Copying?

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Lets talk getting inspiration or outright copying in the blogosphere.There’s a very thing line between inspiration and outright copy. It’s a good thing to be inspired by other bloggers. You only have a problem when you are ‘too inspired’. Whether it is photography, design or writing, copying continues to be a serious problem in the blogging industry and I wonder why. Imagine spending hours thinking, researching and crafting your masterpiece, only for someone to copy almost everything you’ve done. It makes me angry and upset just thinking about it.
We should all strive to produce unique quality content every time. And we should take pride in our work. The uniqueness we posses is what makes us stand out as individuals, as bloggers. No two human beings can create the same content. You would have to have lived my life, and I would have had to live yours!

Being original is so very important, but it is ok to be inspired. We all get inspiration from somewhere, I know I get inspiration from some of my favourite blogs. Inspiration gives birth to something new, while copying is a reproduction of the original. Have you come across a blog whose content sparks an idea? The blog post becomes a starting point, a foundation upon which you build something that reflects who you are and your style or brand. What is produced is a completely different variation from the blog that sparked the idea. Copying does not do that. It clones the original. It makes no addition, no change in perspective absolutely nothing. The copied content is just a mirror of the original.
An inspired piece is backed up with hard work, while a copied piece requires little or no effort. When a blog inspires you to create something, you’re always motivated to do your own research to make your piece unique. To make your work stand out, you put in time and effort to make your article reflect your views. The other blog inspired you to do your discovery and make your own post. A copied article is hardly backed by any effort. It is written down almost verbatim. The only time spent was to recreate the original blog post, which can be very annoying for the copied blogger.
A blog post is inspired if it reflects you but it’s copied if it reflects the originator of the post. It is as simple as that. When you write a blog post that was inspired by someone else, your blog post will always reflect your personality, your thoughts and your feelings. Someone else might have inspired your article but there’s hardly any trace of that person’s thoughts, personality or style. The post truly reflects who you are. It’s easy to tell if a blog post is copied. A copied blog post reflects only the original owner’s thoughts and personality. Although you reproduced it, there is no trace of anything that reflects you in the article.
There are obvious differences between inspiration and copying. No matter how cautious you try to be, it’s always good to play safe. Don’t copy. Be original. But seek inspiration and give credit where due. It’s only fair to acknowledge the originator even if you didn’t copy.

 

What are your thoughts on inspiration or outright copying? Sound off in the comment section please.

 

8 Things Every Pro Blogger Should Do Before Quitting Their Day Job

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If you are among those who are waiting for the right time to quit their 9-5 job, then I have to tell you that there’s never going to be a right time to quit. Quitting your day job after freelancing for a while may seem like a big leap, but with everything all planned out, it can be the best decision you will ever make.
Have you been freelancing or blogging for while and are now ready to take that leap into quitting your job and going Pro? Here are 8 things every pro blogger does before quitting their day job:
1.    Have the right mindset
It may sound strange to have this as the first thing on this list, but having the right mindset before you go into blogging full time is a must. Pro bloggers make sure that they are mentally prepared for full-time blogging because it is a lot of work. It comes with a lot of issues and challenges, so having the right mindset from the start does help.

There will be a lot of business challenges that you may not have experienced from your day job. You will  have a lot of responsibilities. Do not let this scare you. Having a “can-do” attitude will help you grow your career as a full time blogger.
2.    Have some money left aside
When you take that leap into the world of full time blogging, you have to make sure you have some money saved up that will keep you going until you start to get regular income. I know some bloggers who left their day job with nothing to fall back on, or some who left because they had no choice, and yet became successful. But most of these bloggers agree that they should have had some money saved up first before making that move. Having some money saved up to cover your bills and living expenses for some months is ideal.
3.    Develop a strategy on how you can earn money
Don’t leave your day job without having clients! Being your own boss can be exciting but you need to make sure that you have some sort of income coming in from your blog first before you go Pro.
4.    Market yourself regularly
Your blog literally depends on it. You need to constantly promote yourself and your blog so that more people know about you and what you do. The more people know about you and your blog, the higher the possibility of them reading it and becoming regulars. The more readers, the moe followers and engagement. The more followers and engagement, the more money.
5.    Have a schedule
Everything in your day job is planned out: your tasks, goals or deadlines. In the same way, you need to have a schedule for your own business. Have an editorial calendar. Note the days and the frequency with which you will write your blog posts. Set certain days or times when you will edit photos and promote on social media. Have everything concernin your blog all planned out.
6.    Learn the necessary skills

You have to realize that blogging will be a totally different experience from your day job. Most of your time will be spent working on your own, and you will have to be a jack of all trades. You will be writing and editing posts, taking photos and editing them, promoting your posts on social media, moderating and replying comments, handling taxes and bookkeeping. You can always employ others to handle some of these tasks but when you first start out, you will be doing them yourself pretty much. Learning these skills will help you run your blogging business effectively.
7.    Set up your working environment
Just because you’ work from home doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t treat blogging as anything less than a business. Create a space in your house that you can make as an office. Clear up your desk and set up the right environment to work.
8.    Get support from fellow bloggers
Although you will be able to work from the comfort of your home, and if you are like me, you would love it. But there will be times when you would miss a normal working environment. I know I do miss it sometimes. Building a relationship with other bloggers will help you transition into pro blogging nicely. They may have more experience than you do and you can always learn a thing or 2 from another blogger. The learning process is endless.

Are you a pro blogger? How did you transition into pro blogging? If you are not, would you consider blogging full-time?

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