What to Do When You Are Stuck on Your Blog and 5 Ways to Fix It
To be stuck can mean something different to everyone. Maybe you are stuck in your blogging journey because you have writers’ block, maybe you have no time, maybe you are lost or maybe you have no money or motivation. Like I said being stuck is different to everyone. When I first started blogging, I use to think I would get stuck because of lack of things to write about but really there are quick and easy ways to fix that. At first, I was stuck because I was lost. I didn’t know where to start or even how to start blogging. That as well is a pretty easy fix. There are a ton of amazing courses and ebooks out there to help you with that. I took this course, and it lays everything out for you!
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Now, being stuck because of lack of money isn’t so easy to fix. You may know everything you want to do and you are all completely ready to start a blog but you don’t have the money to buy hosting or a domain name.
Not having motivation is an easy one to get stuck on! We all (or most of us) work and have kids so by the end of the day you are exhausted! Plus, if you are a mom you probably have to do all or most of the cooking and cleaning as well!
Not having time has been my reason for getting stuck. Well, that and lack of motivation. But then I thought about it and really is it a reason or an excuse? When people want to make a change in their life they will find a way. When we want to buy something really bad, whether it’s a good idea or not, we will find a way. Same goes for working out and eating right. We can say we have no time or money to work out and meal plan but we will spend money on dumb stuff and watch tv all night. If we really wanted to make a change we would.
Not having time is a harder one to overcome but it can be done. You have to really prioritize your day and your tasks. Map it all out and stick to it. Of course, that is much easier said than done!
Let me give you a quick rundown of why I feel I have no time or motivation anymore.
When I first started blogging I stayed at home. It was over the summer of 2017 that I started really researching how to start a blog but then once my daughter started school I officially launched it. She went to school all day and I had a quiet house to myself to blog. Then in January, I started working as a lead teacher at a Christian Preschool. Now, this is how my day goes.
I wake up at 6/6:30 and I get myself and my daughter ready for school and work. I get her on the bus and then I go to work until 3:30. Once I get home I have a few minutes to start supper and clean up before I have to get her off the bus. Once she is on the bus it is cleaning, cooking, homework, etc. We start bath at 7:30/8:00 and then I try and have her in bed by 8:30/9:00. It never goes all smoothly but that is the rundown of the schedule I try to stick to. After I get home from work I am tired but I still have a list of mommy duties I have to do. Just like everyone else. Also, we have gymnastics one night a week so that pushes everything back on that day.
So, like most people from 6am-9pm I have daily stuff I have to do. That leaves random times I find time in between there and nights and weekends. But, also like most people I have more to do than just that. I have to do the budget and pay bills, meal plan and grocery shop, if I am being ambitious then I also try and meal prep for the week as well. Then I have to do all the cleaning, which let’s be honest it’s never-ending. Alos, I am the Lead Teacher in my classroom so I have to do lessons plans and newsletters every week as well.
Again, just like everyone else we constantly have things going on and I don’t feel there are enough hours in the day. I only have one child too, so moms/dads out there with multiple children I don’t know how you get it all done!
So, for me not having time or motivation after working all day was more of an excuse in my eyes but yet it won most of the time. After working all day and coming home to a messy house I had to clean, supper I had to cook, laundry I had to wash and fold…mentally I was exhausted. It was hard for me to get into the blogging zone. Many people do it though! My husband is one of those people. He can get up at anywhere from 2-5am and work until 8-9pm….every single day. He is just a very hard worker and very self-motivated. I use to think “oh, well, he only has to focus on his job”. Not like us moms who have to wear 20 different hats, but I was wrong. He is great at that as too. He runs a lawn care business on the side of his normal job (managing and growing a trucking company).
When we go out on the boat he will have two phones and be answering emails, taking phone calls, shooting quotes, all while docking the boat. We have gone to Disney and he did the same thing in between rides! He amazes me!
There are so many mothers out there that work full-time jobs, take care of multiple children, run the household, and still have successful blogs! It can be done! #goals
Here is an overview of what may cause you to get stuck in your blogging journey or life in general and here are some quick solutions.
I thought about all the things that could cause you to get stuck. Different obstacles I have faced and overcame myself!
- No time
- No money
- No motivation
- Writer’s block
- Lost – Don’t know how
- Schedule, plan, prep, multitask, don’t worry about being perfect
- Do what you can that is free first, budget and find extra money, sell some stuff, work side job first to get started
- Sleep, Spark, eat right, dream board, goals, dig deep
- Step away, research on Pinterest, Google or Answer The Public, check out same niches blogs, or go back through your notes
- Find a blogger that teaches you how to blog, or that teaches more on your niche, or again do some Pinterest or Google research
Where there is a will, there is a way!
When I stop and think about everything I have to do during the day I think there is no way I have time to work on my blog too. Then I think back to if there is a will there is a way. If I REALLY wanted to, I could get up earlier each day. That doesn’t sound fun what so ever for me because I am more of a night owl than an early bird. If I do get up I love it! But it’s the actually getting up out of bed part that is the hardest for me. Plus, I am one of those people who needs more than 8 hours of sleep to feel rested. My husband can go strong on 5 hours of sleep. I need 10. I wish so badly that I didn’t but when I push and go with no sleep I feel miserable and no amount of Spark will help.
There is no replacement for sleep and unfortunately, my body needs more than the average Joe. I usually get 8 hours of sleep a night but it feels like 6. On the weekends we have so much going on I rarely get to sleep in and get caught up. When I do though, I feel unstoppable. So if I were to actually sleep more I would probably get more done in the day even though it seems like I wouldn’t because I would have less time because I slept more.
What I end up doing instead of getting up early or sleeping longer is I end up staying up later (night owl) and trying to get caught up on laundry or prep for the next crazy morning of rushing to get to the bus stop and off to work. Sometimes, I stay up late and work on my blog but most of the time it is housework.
Another way to find time to work on my blog is if I would let the housework go a little bit. We all know that it is going to need to be cleaned again whether I do it all now or later. There will still be more to clean and the mess will still be there (because no one else will do it) so why not wait and make more time for my blog, right?
I am not saying to completely stop cleaning your house and let it get all crazy, I’m saying that I may clean too much when the mess will still be there when I’m done working on my blog.
I think one of my biggest time wasters and I hate to even say this but I know I am not alone so I will, is Facebook. If I find a few minutes to myself I find myself getting on Facebook and then all of a sudden 30+ minutes has gone by and for what? I achieved nothing and I really didn’t have the time to waste as it was! Sadly, I catch myself doing it all the time too! I don’t want to delete Facebook so I need to really get a grip on the amount of time I end up wasting on there.
Learning to be more efficient with your time is another way that would help me. When I do sit down and plan out the monthly meals that saves me time every day not trying to figure out every night what to cook. That also helps out the grocery budget too.
Get some help!
If you have the money to spend on a housekeeper or a babysitter than do that! Having someone help clean the house would save a bunch of time for me or if someone could watch your kids so you could blog that would work as well! You may be thinking well I don’t have the money for a housekeeper. Don’t worry neither do I but that is one of my goals! The less time I spend on cleaning (even if I pay someone) the more time I have to blog and make more money. It is delegating those chores out and making you capable of making more money than if you were to save the money and do it yourself. If you have kids old enough to help make them!
Luckily, my sister lives down the street and my daughter loves to go over there. This gives me quite time to get some things done. Since it is on the weekend it doesn’t gain me any extra time but does give me some quiet time where I could be more productive and achieve more at least.
The same goes for her though, her kids will come over here and play to give her quiet time. We just trade off. It is awesome having the help regardless though!
Reach out for help for any of these problems. Again, there are so many resources out there for each of these issues. Here are a few!
You can, of course, check out my FREE resource on starting and growing your own blog!
The Number One Course for Success with Affiliate Marketing
One of the most popular ways to make money from blogging is with affiliate marketing. I remember when I first learned about affiliate marketing about ten years ago.
The concept made sense but there was just so much to blogging that it all became very overwhelming and confusing.
Now, I have had to relearn about affiliate marketing and the newest ways to use it to make money with blogging. It is interesting to relearn it all.
As I go through and read more about it I laugh thinking that I knew all of this so long ago but I just didn’t quite know how to get traffic to my blog or how to implement these strategies.
Fast forward to now and Pinterest is a blogger’s best friend and secret weapon. Only it is no secret at all but yet so many bloggers don’t realize it’s full potential. More on all that later.
For now, I want to talk to you more about affiliate marketing and what I have recently learned and relearned!
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I finally caved and took Michelle’s affiliate marketing course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. She is very successful with affiliate marketing and attributes $50,000 of her $100,000+ monthly blog income to affiliate marketing.
Yes, I will say that again, she makes $100,000+ on her blog PER MONTH and $50,000+ of that is from affiliate marketing.
I was nervous at first to take that step and make that commitment to buy her course. I was nervous that it would all be review and that I wouldn’t learn anything new or what I would learn wouldn’t be worth the price of the course.
I’ll go ahead and stop right there and let you know that I learned a bunch and the course is well worth the price tag!
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Let’s quickly answer this question before we get too much further so everyone knows exactly what affiliate marketing is.
My definition: Getting a commission for selling someone else’s product.
That is my quick definition, in a nutshell, to help you grasp what we are talking about. Here is Google’s definition: a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.
One of the things that I learned in Michelle’s course is that some companies will pay you for leads and not necessarily sales.
I did not know that. I thought it was only for sales! She said that some companies will pay you for signups/leads you send them. That’s pretty cool!
How to be successful with Affiliate Marketing.
There are two main things that you need to have to be successful with affiliate marketing and that is affiliate links and traffic.
The more links you have and the more exposure you can get to those links the better!
However, it isn’t quite that simple.
There are many factors that go into having success with affiliate marketing. So many in fact that I didn’t realize it until taking Michelle’s course.
You see I am a professional learner. I love to take courses, learn all the details and then wonder why it doesn’t work. It’s because I didn’t work.
I don’t mind working hard but I do mind getting uncomfortable and most of the time you have to get uncomfortable to be successful.
That is why I love blogging so much. You don’t have to stand in front of a bunch of people and give a speech. That is unless you want to. You can speak through the words you type and don’t have to make videos or do lives unless you want.
If you have big goals and dreams and want to be in front of the camera that is wonderful! That isn’t me though. I don’t like the spotlight on me or even shinning next to me.
So, being the professional learner that I am, I have researched and learned almost all there is to blog years ago and I tried my hand at it but I didn’t have any luck. I got discouraged and quit.
I will admit that I have done that with other things as well.
But my heart has always been drawn back to blogging. This time though I pushed through and now I am trucking right along!
I tell you all of this to let you know that I have researched, read, and watched so many trainings all about blogging and how to make money blogging it is crazy!
So again, I worry when I do purchase a course that I may have already learned all I can and it would all be an overview.
However, Michelle is a legend in the affiliate marketing world so I figured she would have the best of the best knowledge and I was right!
What is in the course?
This thing is jam-packed with amazing content and I can tell you I learned so much and barely anything was an overview for me.
I feel like after taking the course, the steps I felt like I needed to take next on my blog were justified and many more steps added.
I wasn’t sure how many affiliate links to add to a blog post, where to put the links, where to advertise the post and links, or where not to advertise the links.
I had my theory but to have an expert verify it made me feel much better in my decision.
Here is an outline of what all is offered in Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:
- Access to a private Facebook Group
- Explanation of Affiliate Marketing and how it works
- Workbooks and worksheets throughout the whole course
- How to find and apply for affiliate programs
- Advice from a special guest that shares how to ensure you are accepted into affiliate programs
- How to properly and legally disclose your affiliate links on all platforms
- How to get your readers to convert
- Deep linking and click through rate
- Strategies and ways to promote your affiliate links
- How to keep your strategy going strong
- Things NOT TO DO
- Special guest that shares how to ensure you are accepted into affiliate programs
- Special guest talks about Pinterest and how to drive traffic to your blog
- Special guest talks about Facebook Ads
- Special guest talks about editing.
- How to become an affiliate for her course
That is a quick run through of everything in the course but it truly is packed full of amazing content and information that will leave you feeling like you have everything you need to be successful with affiliate marketing.
Why you should do affiliate marketing
You might be thinking “Well, that all sounds great but I don’t think affiliate marketing is for me.” Affiliate Marketing is more than just making up a silly blog post around a product and trying to sell it to your readers.
If you have a blog then you know that your true passion is sharing your word, your knowledge, your advice, and anything you can to help your readers.
That’s why we blog. We want to help share our experiences and knowledge with the world, with our readers, and with our friends!
Yes, it is a bonus if we make money.
Or that may be your only goal is to make money. If it is then it’s going to be harder for you. If your goal is to find what’s best for your readers and help them then you are much more likely to make money from your blog.
But if you are looking out for what is best for your readers, you are going to have some sort of product that has helped you that you want to share with your readers. It is just natural.
Like this post for example! Am I an affiliate for this course? Yes. But that is because I found extreme value in this course and I wanted to share it with you!
I left this course with an action plan and a plan of attack.
It showed me new ways (from an expert) that are proven to work. Some of these ways I had thought of but completely forgot about. Others were brand new ideas that I hadn’t ever heard or thought of!
So, just like when you go to the movies and you thoroughly enjoyed a movie, you are going to share that with your friends. You are going to tell others to go see it.
This way when you are sharing what you love with your readers on your blog you are also providing a way to make an income for yourself.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if that happened all the time in the real world when you told your friends and family about something you loved!
Is this course right for you?
If you are looking to implement affiliate marketing on your blog then yes, this course is definitely for you. If you already implement affiliate marketing but you are struggling to make any money then yes, this course is for you.
If you haven’t started a blog but you want to and you plan to do affiliate marketing on your blog then yes, I would still say this course is for you!
I truly feel that this is valuable information to learn from the beginning of your blogging career.
Starting a blog is simple but does require time and effort. It isn’t easy but again it isn’t hard either. There are plenty of guides out there to help you start a blog.
I offer a free 30-Day Challenge Workbook to Start a Blog that can help you walk through the steps to get going!
It doesn’t have to take 30-Days but it is broken down into daily tasks to make it not so overwhelming. If you are like me and you like to dive in then you can just keep pushing forward and get it going in less time!
Again, I think this course would be great knowledge from the very beginning so you can start implementing her tips on writing, editing, and linking your blog posts from the very beginning!
Then once you have your posts full of valuable content and affiliate links you can watch the video in the course from the owners of Create and Go (that have 3-4 million monthly views on Pinterest!) and she will teach you how to be successful on Pinterest to get traffic to those links!
This is how I got over 7,000 page views to my new blog using Pinterest!
To conclude, I think it is pretty clear that I strongly recommend Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
I took the course with already plenty of knowledge of affiliate marketing and came out blown away at the value of the course.
It is packed full of amazing information that you have to have to succeed with affiliate marketing. Plus, I couldn’t believe all the bonuses and extra content provided by so many other experts!
I learned more about Pinterest and tips to help me gain more traffic, I learned amazing insights into Facebook Ads, the best tips to ensure I am accepted into any affiliate program, and then the best tips to make sure my blog posts are edited correctly!
Great course, great value, I highly recommend it!
Have you taken Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing?
What did you think of it?
Have you ever thought about starting a blog? I know I toyed the idea around for far too long before finally deciding to commit. It was always something that I wanted to do but wasn’t sure if blogging was right for me.
How do you start a blog? How do you write posts? How do you get traffic to your blog?
There were so many questions I didn’t know the answers to. Shoot, I didn’t know if I even had enough time to learn how to blog so how would I have enough time to actually blog?
A quick search and you will find more than enough information about blogs. It can become very overwhelming. But before you dive too deep into how to blog let’s first see if blogging is right for you!
How To Tell If Blogging Is Right For You
There is a lot to learn about blogging. It definitely doesn’t happen overnight. There are some who do it faster than others but we all can agree it takes a lot of time for most. It takes time to build up a following and if you’re blogging for an income, then it takes time to build that as well.
Ask yourself the following questions…
Do you like helping people? Do you enjoy being on a computer? Do you mind putting in many hours before you see any return? Do you want to make money online? Do you like to be apart of a community? Do you want to work from home? Do you want a flexible schedule? Do you have something to share with the world? Do you have a passion you want to share or teach others? Do you want uncapped income potential? Do you enjoy learning?
I know that was a bunch of questions but they are all related to blogging. Blogging first started as a creative outlet and has turned in to much more. Some people still use their blogs for their own personal online journals but I would say that most have monetized their blogs. Your blog could be about teaching your readers a unique skill and then make money a number of different ways from your following.
The Right Person For Blogging
Blogging can be for anyone but it takes a special person to succeed at blogging. For example, my husband is very knowledgeable about so many things. He could definitely have a blog and share his knowledge. The only problem is he is more of a hands-on person, an outdoor person, and not so much a computer person. He works more hours than most and it is just in his blood to be up early working circles around others.
Me, on the other hand, I have always wanted to be home. I don’t mind being home all day every day. Now, being a blogger doesn’t mean you have to be home all day. You could go to the library, coffee shop, park, where have you! I do better getting my work done inside and then going out when I am done.
Either way, it does take a special kind of person to be able to blog. Just like it takes a special kind of person to be a nurse or a child care provider. You just have to really ask yourself those questions above and answer them honestly so you don’t dive into something you aren’t fit for and then quit.
I’m speaking from experience on that! I am cursed with always seeing the brighter side of things…it’s a good curse most of the time…but sometimes I get myself into things I end up hating because I didn’t think out the negatives fully.
As you have probably figured out that blogging does take a lot of time. I do believe that it isn’t as long as it use to be before you can become successful but it still takes longer than most peoples attention spans. We live in an instant gratification world. We expect things to happen right away for us and when we don’t get instant results we quit. Another bad habit we all seem to have is that as soon as the “fun” wears off we quit too.
Blogging takes time but it doesn’t have to be hours a day. It can be 30 minutes or more consistently a day and you will see results! It is just like when you decide to go on a diet and you eat one salad and you’re not skinny yet?! And you think “Well that didn’t work why bother to keep trying?!” But if you did try consistently over time you will see results! Again speaking from experience on that one too!
Another important factor in deciding if blogging is right for you is you need to enjoy helping or teaching others. People follow those they are learning from or entertained by. Some of us have that certain personality that attracts others to follow our lives and journeys but most people are out there looking to learn a skill or trade. I started following blogs that taught me how to blog! I wanted to know about them and wanted to learn more so I followed successful bloggers that taught others how to blog. Then I realized that was my passion so I wanted to help simplify what I had learned and teach it to other bloggers, especially moms like me!
Don’t worry if you aren’t an expert in something. I thought I had to be a professional before I could start teaching others. I would spend so much time trying to figure out my niche and what I was good at and experienced in enough to teach others but I wasn’t an expert in anything! Or at least not anything I knew I could teach on over and over again.
Then I realized I didn’t have to be an expert. I also was later told that being an expert can actually hurt your teaching skills because you are harder to relate to for the newer people trying to learn. Being 6 months into learning something makes you that much more knowledgeable than the new people but you can still relate to them because you yourself are still pretty much a newbie as well!
Why I Love Blogging
I wasn’t sure if I was right for blogging but I have found that I really enjoy it! I really enjoy helping and teaching others. Especially other mommies! I feel like I could talk and teach about blogging forever. I enjoy being on a computer and not fighting traffic every day. I enjoy getting my own coffee (or spark) instead of getting my boss coffee. I love being able to get my daughter off the bus every day. I love being able to see sunlight! And not just through the windows of my office! There are so many perks about working from home. There are many times it can get lonely but that’s when you have to remember why it is amazing! And then get out of the house more and talk to actual people!
I hope this has helped you decide if you are right for blogging!
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Until next time!