Why I Quit Blogging (and What to Do If You’re Struggling)

About four years ago, I quit blogging.

It wasn't anything dramatic. I didn't get drunk, delete my blog in a fit of rage, and tell everyone on twitter to go to hell (although I've been tempted).

No, I just kind of walked away. I stopped posting, let the blog go stale, and then canceled the hosting account.

The best way I know to describe is it was a kind of "learned helplessness."

I wrote lots of great content, but no one linked to it. I optimized for search engines, but I couldn't find my site anywhere in the first 100 pages. I tried submitting my posts to social bookmarking sites like Digg.com, but I couldn't pick up a single vote.

Eventually, you just get fed up, you know?

You do everything popular bloggers tell you to do, but it doesn't work, and so you feel like, "What's the point?" Obviously, you're doing something wrong, but you have no idea what it is.

And so you quit.

At Copyblogger, I've called it the glass ceiling of the blogosphere. If you do everything people tell you to do, you can get up to about 100 visitors a day, but then it's like you hit an invisible wall, and you can't go any further.

For me, it didn't just happen once. It happened three times in two separate niches. At first, I thought it was just the topic, but then when the same exact thing happened to me with a different topic, I knew something else was up.

And the honest truth?

I never figured it out. Big, fancy pants "traffic genius" Jon Morrow couldn't put two and two together.

After about six months of licking my wounds and thinking about it, I finally decided to hire Chris Garrett (co-author of the Problogger book) to look at everything and tell me what I was doing wrong.

Here's what he told me:

Nobody knows who you are.

At first, I didn't get it. I said, "Yeah, but isn't that the point of publishing great content? You write lots of great stuff, and then the word spreads, and popular bloggers find out about you?"

"No," he said. "Popular bloggers find out about who you are, and THEN they read your content, and THEN they link to you. Connections come first. Great content comes second."

You see, I had it backwards.

I thought great content led to connections, but really, it's the other way around. Feeling like an idiot, I decided to give it a shot.

I wrote about the same topics. My writing didn't improve at all. I promoted my posts in exactly the same way.

The only difference was I made some friends with popular bloggers first, and then I asked them to help me promote it. Here's what happened:

Within one month, I was averaging 1000 visitors a day from StumbleUpon, Delicious, and Digg. Why? Because I got to know Brian Clark, and he connected me with social media power users who promoted my posts.

I got nominated for the Best Business/Money Blog in the world. Guess who was on the nomination committee? Yep: Chris Garrett. I'd love to think it was a coincidence, but I know it's not.

I got linked to by Lifehacker, one of the most popular blogs in the world. How? Brian introduced me to Tamar Weinberg, who wrote for Lifehacker at the time, and I wrote posts I knew she would be interested in.

One thing led to another until, nowadays, I know almost everybody.

The Power of Connections

Sure, I've improved as a writer since then, but what really makes it possible to get so much traffic is all of the connections I've picked up over the years. Recently, I helped a consulting client launch a new blog, and we picked up something like 200,000 unique visitors within two months, starting from nothing.

How?

Connections.

I'm not saying great content is superfluous. It's not. You just need connections before it matters.

The cool thing?

Guest blogging helps you get both

Everyday, popular bloggers wake up with tens of thousands of readers hungry for something insightful, fresh, and amazing, and they have to keep them supplied. Privately, we call it "Feeding the content beast."

And so what's the one thing you can offer them that they'll always be interested in?

Guest posts.

They don't just want them. They need them. And if you can become a reliable provider, most will want to get to know you and do everything they can to help you, including introduce you to other powerful people.

Also, your content gets better the longer you write for them.

For the past three years, I've written for Copyblogger, and Brian Clark has edited my posts and given me feedback. Do you think that helped my writing? You betcha.

I go through my posts word for word, line by line and look closely at what he changed. It's taught me more about writing than a degree in English Literature.

The coolest part is the price. For three years now, I've been mentored by one of the best writers in the world, and it didn't cost me a dime. In fact, he paid me.

Of course, you might say, "Well, that's easy for you to do. You're in the blogging niche where there are tons of huge blogs. In my niche, there aren't any big blogs to write for, so obviously this won't work for me."

But listen to this:

My first popular blog was about lessons I learned from investing in real estate. Guess how many popular real estate investing blogs there are? Zero. If you don't believe me, Google it. The closest big niche is personal finance, and I didn't write for any of those blogs either (although I should have).

The truth is, it doesn't matter. You're targeting readers, not topics. I wrote for Copyblogger because most bloggers are interested in learning how to make more money. The same thing for Brazen Careerist. Your career is a big part of your income, and so I wanted those people.

You can do the same thing for any niche. I've had students who focused on drawing stick figures, vegetarian fitness, and even a blog about nothing but tomatoes. We found related popular blogs for all of them.

The point?

You can do this.

If you've been struggling, it isn't because you're a bad blogger. It's because you're trying to do it all by yourself.

Getting your blog going isn't about learning yet another traffic strategy. It's about surrounding yourself with powerful people who can support you, and the best way I know to do that is guest blogging.

Granted, maybe you're stuck in the whole "learned helplessness" phase, and you can’t believe it'll work for you. If that's the case, here's the deal:

I'm probably going to regret this, but if you're wondering whether guest blogging will work for your topic, leave me a comment below, and I'll take a look at your blog. Try to keep it as short as you can (no more than three paragraphs, please), telling me what your blog is about, who your readers are, and what you're hoping to accomplish.

If you'll do that, then I'll do for you what Chris Garrett did for me: I'll personally respond back to you and give you some ideas. Free charge.

Fair enough?

Well then, what are you waiting for? Get started writing that comment! :-)

Please note - comments are now closed

Since early 2011 we've been diligently responding to comments on this thread, answering your questions about guest blogging (and indeed many other topics!) But at the end of 2014 we decided the time had come to shut it down. Call it growing pains. Call it the end of an era. But at close to 3,000 comments this thread just became too much for our small team to handle.

If you've posted a comment and you're still waiting for a response we're truly sorry but we're probably not going to get to it. Yes, it sucks, I know. But there's some good news. This thread is a treasure trove of information, and chances are your question, or one very much like it, has been answered by us before. You'll just need to do a bit of scrolling. ;-)

In the meantime, if you'd like to be part of a supportive community where you can get feedback from other bloggers and interact with members of the Boost Blog Traffic team, please consider joining our membership program Serious Bloggers Only.

Warm wishes,

Jon.

2,837 Comments

  1. Kristine
    Jan 09, 2015 @ 09:31:16

    Hi Marsha & John! I’ve just discovered your site, and I feel as though I’ve dug up gold! -Thank you so much for awesome content!

    I see there are almost 3000 replies to this post, so I barely dare hope I’ll get a reply, but here goes it;

    For the last two years I have dedicated all my working time to build The Gluten Free Lifesaver. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease three years ago, and as I felt left to fend for myself, I figured there would be plenty of others with the same experience. I decided to create a blog for them, which was to focus on high-quality gluten-free content. My most popular posts are recipes, and so I now focus largely on that. My demographic is largely female (close to 80%), 30-50, mostly in the US and Australia, and of course, gluten-free living is a niche.

    My problem is that I have been on a relatively steady number of viewers for the last year. The first year saw a crazy growth, then I more or less plateaued,- in spite of better content and more consistency. No matter what I try, and how much extra work I put in, there seems to be a glass ceiling. After reading your articles, I think I have neglected the community side of blogging, but additionally I am beginning to feel as though there are magic tricks that I don’t know about. Especially as I see blogs that started about the same time as me, in the same niche (and not necessarily with quality content even), shooting up in the blogosphere as though they were running on social media rocket fuel.

    Where’s that magic fairy dust? What can I do better?

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my comment. I will be eagerly awaiting some much-needed insight! :)

    Best regards,
    Kristine

  2. Dodee
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 13:57:44

    Hi, thank you for taking a look at my blog. My blog is about Natural living. It is mostly about detox, cleansing, super foods, spirituality, nutrition, raw foods, recipes and exercise. My reader’s are other nutrition bloggers, mostly women wanting inspiration on living healthier lives and those seeking cutting edge info on natural living. I hope to accomplish creating 10,000 subscribers by December 2015. I hope to create a well earned income with my blog in a pure way and serve as many people as possible with my passion for this subject. I will love to create more courses/books and content to share as well. Thanks so much! Dodee

  3. Alan Marsden
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 15:45:12

    Hi Jon / Marsha,
    I started mindbodyandtech.com in August. I want to be able to help people achieve a happier, less busy mind along with providing simple tips for becoming healthier – with a look at some apps or gadgets that might help. It’s been fun learning – from WordPress and generally writing posts that have nothing to do with my day job. Problem is I’m a good example of some of your illustrations – trying to start bottom up, by myself and with no readers at all (except my wife). Even recent Russian ghost bots haven’t visited my site – just messed up Google Analytics. I’m seriously considering your course because I need the helping hand and I love your messages.

  4. Vicki
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 12:40:29

    Thanks so much for all of your useful posts. I started my blog at http://www.lifestylemaven.co.uk 2 months ago and have lots of interesting content, but would love to be noticed by some influential bloggers. I’m writing about all things lifestyle – beauty, accessories, homewares, gift ideas, and opinion pieces about being in my 40s and having kids. I’m trying to target women in their 40s and beyond with similar interests. The only lifestyle bloggers I know of are massive superstars and I can’t imagine would accept a guest blog from little ole’ me. Any suggestions please?
    Thanks again. Vicki

  5. Ramnik
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 14:48:11

    Hey Marsha and Jon, thanks you for writing this article and helping all the people who’s been commenting on here.

    I’m a up and coming British Film director and screen-writer from London. I recently started a magazine blog called The British Film & TV Magazine which is a multiplatform Media Brand that focuses on British drama motion pictures and television shows and extends into style and culture.

    Who my readers are: Females from the ages of 18 -30 mostly from the U.K.
    What I’m looking to accomplish:
    1) I’m passionate about British drama entertainment so I want to stand out as a film-maker in my industry.
    2) I want to create a platform to promote the hard work of emerging new British actors, artists and entertainers (establish a relationship with them).

    This blog post was very inspirational, so I would be love your feedback.

  6. Lea
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 16:07:21

    Hello! My blog isn’t fully operational yet (still extremely “beta”) but this post stood out to me because I’ve been doubting whether my goals for a blog, podcast, online video, eBooks and hopefully eCourses would appeal to my audience. If you do look at my site keep in mind it is far, far from being complete.

    I am a digital web analyst by trade who has gained a small following in my industry for teaching other analysts and marketers how to present information and data more effectively to their stakeholders. I wish to produce content that will fasttrack analysts to presentation greatness, and analytics vendors to present their offerings better to analysts like myself. But, no one is really doing this in my industry and I worry that these content types and products would fall on deaf ears.

    I’d love any feedback your team has, thank you!! So inspirational!

  7. D. Scott Brown
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 11:36:50

    Good Morning Marsha & Jon,

    Thank you very much for this great opportunity you have given to each of us! :)

    My scenario may be a bit odd… :( I am currently creating my website/blog. My business & ministry have been primarily offline until now. But you can get a taste of it on my Linkedin page (or google D. Scott Brown Life Coach Harrisburg PA).

    I have 2 niches that continue to run neck and neck with each other. When it comes down to it, they are both funnels that eventually feed into the same or similar process:

    #1- I Help Women Who Have a Dream! Most often this means Professional Women, Business Women & Women Entrepreneurs who are feeling Empty, Alone, Stressed, Feeling You are not Good Enough or Feeling Like You are a “Hot Mess”… so You can Now Experience the Joy of Feeling Comfortable, Natural, Beautiful & “Amazing”…in Your Own Skin! (there is much more detail on my Linkedin page… and this is not focused on a traditional external beauty makeover… it is more about an Internal Lifestyle Makeover. This has been very well received by my clients; they are happy and I am thankful. But I would really appreciate your input especially with now going online with this, trying to package it and trying to create a really “really” good blogging experience for prospects and clients alike.) Please help me all you can! I also welcome comments from other people here. :)

    #2- I Help Churches (Faith Communities), Spiritual Leaders and Men & Women of Faith who are Suffering, Struggling or Feeling Challenged in one or more areas of Your Life. You may be Hurting, have Hurt someone else, Given up on Church, Angry with God OR You are Desiring to have a much deeper and more meaningful relationship with Him but something has been holding you back or getting in the way. In our society, there are so-o many different beliefs about God… so I help You Discover and Enjoy God’s Will for Your Life, which includes What Works Best for You, What will Benefit Others the Most and What will bring Glory and Honor to Him. :)

    Marsha and Jon, thank you again for ANY and ALL INPUT you choose to provide. I welcome others’ thoughts as well. I have been seriously considering doing some guest blogging, especially as I hope to have our site up and running within the next 2 weeks or so.
    Please Take Care… Happy New Year! :)

  8. Dina Fantegrossi
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 10:59:23

    Hi there. I have wanted to start blogging for a long time, and recently decided to give it a whirl. I have been reading Jon’s blogs for months and decided that if I was gonna go for it, I was going to do so while following his advice to the letter. SO: I signed up with bluehost and WordPress, registered what I believe to be a good domain name, and joined seriousbloggersonly.com. I am just beginning the Research phase, but I am concerned that my subject area won’t be a money maker. I have worked in Veterinary medicine for over 15 years- almost half my life. I adore animals and have dedicated my career to them. Last year I was in a car accident and sustained a neck injury that makes it impossible for me to handle the physical demands of my job. I now work in Real Estate as a marketing agent. This has been a blessing in disguise because I have more time to focus on the other things I love- writing and helping animals. Hence my blog idea was born. I want to answer the question “Why the @#*! does my pet do that?? It will cover behavior, health, diet, etc…anything that pet owners frequently have questions about. I want it to be light hearted and silly, but also informative. I want to help people help animals. My domain name is http://www.thosepeculiarpets.com, I have lots of resources in veterinary medicine and animal behavior and training I can utilize, but the question is, what blogs do I target to help me grow my own? And is my approach capable of ever generating a good income? Thanks so much for all your fabulous content so far. I appreciate any help I can get!!

  9. Jeanette
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 20:00:46

    still haven’t done first blog! but want to inspire mid life women with stories of how other women learned to soar. In art, business, relationships, health.. Is this too broad a niche? thanks for the great blog posts and your help here.

  10. Mat Elmore
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 18:57:36

    I recently started a wine blog that focuses on wine reviews, interviews, and articles. My target audience are people involved in the wine industry but also everyday consumers. I’d love any feedback!

    Thanks!

    Mat

  11. Miro
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:52:26

    Hi Jon,
    I am avid traveler and have a passion for online marketing my travel website is http://www.flyeattravel.com/ is focused mostly on Europe and how travel cheaper and more.
    All the Best Miro

  12. Nancy Bartlett
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:45:50

    Thanks Jon and Marsha for this opportunity.

    I started my blog, Tidal Life, in the environmental niche. My aim was to show how to live well on the waterfront without falling into the Coastal Living mindset of endless development and consumption with no consideration for the health of the marine ecosystem. While there’s lots to write about in this niche, it’s often quite negative, so I tried to temper it with stories of coastal travel. Then I moved aboard a sailboat and focused more on boats, living aboard, travel and cruising.

    I’m still writing, though I go in fits and starts. Right now my posts tend to be mostly of interest to friends and family who want to keep up with what we’re doing. The latest post is one of those – a year end wrap-up/greeting. The one I’m writing right now is about a major boat project. It will be of some interest to friends and family, but will also serve as a how-to for any boat owner who needs to work on the same type of project.

    My problem is finding a focus for all this. There’s no end of posts to write, but I feel scattered. I’m not really in the enviro niche anymore. Nor am I clearly in travel or boating. There isn’t really a water niche. I don’t want this blog to become nothing more than sending postcards home. I’d like it to be of service to someone and eventually lead to some kind of income stream. But my sense is that those who are looking for how-to boat articles aren’t going to wade through travel stuff and those who want travel info aren’t going to be interested in environmental stuff, etc. I guess I’ve lost direction, so any ideas you can give about how to better bring all this together will be appreciated.

  13. Beth Hawkes
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:24:46

    Hi Jon,

    My niche is a nursing blog, for nurses, mostly new grads. I’m struggling to move it forward. Any suggestions? Thank you so much.

    Beth Hawkes

  14. Linda
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 08:51:06

    Niche: writing for do-it-yourself website builders. http://lindaethewriter.com/
    I also write a newspaper column and reprint that on my website Designsewlutions.ca . That site features my interior decoration business but that business is slowly shutting down.
    Should I be doing the copyblogger course or the Authority membership?
    Can I purchase a one-on-one hour or so with a poo-bah who can help me get myself pointed in the right direction?
    Thank you very much.

  15. Nerdy Creator
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 08:20:19

    Hey Jon,

    Thanks for sharing your story. I know you through the podcast you did with John Lee Dumas at Entrepreneur on Fire.

    I’ve been blogging for 1.5 years now. I won’t say I’m struggling because I haven’t been serious about getting traffic. It’s only recently when I published my first book, Fearless Passion: Find the Courage to Do What You Love, that I realized I need to have more traffic.

    I’ve two blogs:
    1. Fearless Passion (www.fearlesspassion.com): I free creative people from non-creative work so that they can do what they truly love – CREATING!
    2. Nerdy Creator (www.nerdycreator.com): Animation blog which has been mostly personal experience. It’s my first blog. Now, I have more knowledge of blogs. I’m going to rebrand it and focus more on the animation niche.

    Regards,
    Yong Kang (aka Nerdy Creator)

  16. Adi Kumar
    Dec 24, 2014 @ 07:56:41

    Hi Marsha,

    Many thanks for taking on this considerable task. My blog has been up for just over a year and addresses topics about health, physical change and performance. The unique aspect to my blog is that I am training as a neurosurgeon in the UK and write my articles from this view point, linking my work experiences with popular health topics while using my scientific background to debunk bad science. My readers are those interested in losing weight, getting stronger and performing better in day to day life. I hope to reach out to as many people as possible mainly to demystify commonly misunderstood topics in the mainstream fitness media and if possible make a small income from advertising and an eventual ebook. So far my readership has very much stalled at roughly 100 views a day and any help increasing this would be much appreciated. Specifically, if you could suggest how to approach people with the aim of guest blogging to get my name out there, it would be great. Thanks again for your help. Adi

  17. marie
    Dec 23, 2014 @ 10:29:24

    Hi Jon,

    First of all I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this. It is very much appreciated. My blog is about mommies and they heavy load we carry. As mothers we get so caught up with taking care of everyone else we forget to take care of ourselves. My blog is about mommies burn out and steps for preventing it as well as anything to help mommies make time for them. I started out doing a blog just on mommie burn out but now I’m doing it and all things for mommies. What do you think of the concept. Is it to busy

  18. Tasia Barriero
    Dec 20, 2014 @ 14:56:02

    Hi Jon, Marsha,

    Thanks for the offer!

    My blog is a b2b site and I target marketers and other freelancers like me who sell to other companies. I hope to establish myself as a go to person on topics such as content marketing and how they can use it to reach potential customers.

    I blog not only about content but social media issues that affect the industry.

  19. George Miller
    Dec 18, 2014 @ 11:25:50

    I blog twice a month to some 200 subscribers of which only 20% open my posts. It’s a tiny market of people globally: Catholic lectors whom only a minority show interest in my type of material. Articles are mostly tutorial and comments received are nil. I’ve been doing this for two years and I think it’s time to shut the blog down and say “Thank you” to those who signed up (for free). There are other parts of the site that will remain, but I think the blog has to go. To bust my chops for such a teeny-tiny number of readers I feel is a huge misuse of my time. Any thoughts from you will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks loads!

  20. RANGANATHAN VENKATARAMANAN
    Dec 18, 2014 @ 08:54:42

    What is the differance between paid guest blogging and seo guest blogging?

  21. Shane
    Dec 12, 2014 @ 20:16:16

    Hello, I am thinking of starting a movie critique blog. I read a lot of psychology books that I would use to scrutinize movies. I think it could be a good launch pad for big ideas. Any opinions on the topic would be appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Shane

  22. Elizabeth
    Dec 12, 2014 @ 13:53:41

    Thank you for this incredibly helpful post!

    I have a business helping students get into the school of their dreams by ditching perfection in favor of passion. It works! My students have been accepted into all of the top schools in the nation.

    My vision is to get the message out that the current advice on getting into a top school doesn’t work. Taking as many APs and honors courses, striving for perfect grades and test scores, and packing in a slew of extracurriculars doesn’t guarantee admission. But it does guarantee massive stress. I’ve seen so many of these high-achieving kids get waitlisted at their top choice schools. But when my students drop the perfection pursuit and develop a unique project that showcases their vision and talent and ability to serve others, they radically boost their chances of admission to the top schools.

    Last week, I became a blogger for the Huffington Post, writing about the college admissions process. I’ve also just starting writing content for my own blog and would love to hear some advice on how to connect with other high-profile bloggers who can help me get this critical message out. Thank you so much!

  23. Brandon
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 23:21:40

    Great post, I googled “I quit blogging” and found your link. After reading your post I was like ” This is exactly how I feel. I have followed some great bloggers out there and tried to implement things they were saying but I felt like I was hitting a wall. My blog is about tip, tricks and how to’s to make you better. Any advice would be welcomed.

  24. Deb Hathaway
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:03:11

    “You should write a book!” I hear that all the time from people who hear snippets of my life. So… I am. I began blogging to gain a following as all new authors are instructed to do. I am STUNNED at how many people can tell me what I’ve written, yet do not follow me on a consistent basis.
    My book is about the crazy time of my life when I was a stay at home mom with 3 kids and an upwardly mobile husband when, BAM… he was diagnosed with ALS. Our lives as we knew it were never the same. I began a multi-million dollar business just to keep the medical bills paid, get the kids through collage, pay for one wedding, and keep the lights burning… while at the same time be a caregiver for my ailing husband and trying to keep every one sane. It was a tough job… but I did it. Oh… did I mention my husband decided he wanted to go off the ventilator on the day of our daughter’s wedding??? Yikes!
    You can find a ‘sneak peek’ of the book by clicking on a tab at the top of my home page.
    Suggestions???

  25. stacey bowers
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 20:14:18

    I do not have more than a few words on my website. I am only a few days in to this career. I am gearing this site as a place for bloggers to unite and have discussions about our chosen profession. I believe in your concept of guest posting but am not sure where to start. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

  26. Sarah @ The Blogging Bunch
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:30:50

    Would you recommend going wide or deep with the guest blogging? Should I look for a different site each week? Or pick 4 sites and rotate each week? Or just go with one and build a longer term relationship with them and their readers?

  27. Annemarie
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 06:50:07

    Hi there! It’s so awesome of you to share this experience and be super honest about how tough it is to blog. I have just started couple of months ago and feel as if I’m not growing fast enough (am super impatient). My blog is about travelling and my niche is a deeper insight into places and culture of where I currently am (which is Australia). Many travel blogs do country hopping, I don’t. Also, I share my crazy personal mishaps and that seems to be quite popular. I would greatly appreciate your insight. Thank you.

  28. Leon Scott Baxter
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 02:14:14

    Okay, as per your request, heres my niche…I am blogging about parenting. What’s a guy to do to compete with all those moms who are doing this full time? Thanks, now let the free-of-charge-consulting begin. :)

  29. Felicia
    Dec 08, 2014 @ 22:54:45

    Hi Jon and Marsha! I’m excited I ran across your article today. I was contemplating giving up on my blog. I just started two months ago but I hardly get any traffic at all. I’ve tried social media, SEO, commenting on other blogs, etc. My blog is about diy on a budget. I’d imagine I would appeal to millennial’s, especially women. I want to increase my audience and share my work as well as connect with other people who enjoy DIYing/decorating. Right now I’m just having trouble increasing any type of audience or subscribers. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

  30. Paul Swann
    Dec 06, 2014 @ 12:29:06

    Thank you for the post and chance for meaningful feedback. I am trying to target people who marry folks from other cultures and or countries. My wife is Russian and I write about the joys of a cross culture marriage. Thank you for any advice you can offer. PS

  31. Dene
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 17:03:21

    Hi Marsha and Jon,

    I’d love to get a but if feedback on my soccer blog.

    I started writing the blog when I was playing a short-form of soccer (5-a-side) and was looking for tips online to help me improve. Despite this form of soccer being more popular than standard soccer in many countries here in Europe, there was little out there.

    So I decided to start writing articles for people like me (16-40, mainly males, play for fun but like the competition, little professional experience). Been going well over last year but traffic has plateaued recently.

    I’m looking to leverage my authority and expertise to consult as a ‘coach-for-hire’ and also write an online course.

    Thanks

    Dene

  32. Patricia
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 21:51:05

    Hi ! Thank you for this opportunity.
    1) i have been on a mission to discover what makes a happy marriage. Ive been interviewing couples and every Monday, i post their story.
    2) my readers are typically women both married and single between the ages of 24-43
    3) with my blog, i want to inspire married couples to fight for their marriages by seeing how other couples have gotten through their most difficult times. I want to show single people what a marriage realistically looks like. I also want to make money from my art which is meant to symbolize strength in marriage.
    Patriciabelfort.com

  33. Elda Dorothy
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 09:28:26

    Marsha and Jon,

    Thank you so much for this!

    1) my blog is about helping people who are estranged from family members find ways to cope by seeing things from a different perspective 2) my readers are people who are feeling emotional pain over not having certain family members who are still alive be a part of their life 3) I am hoping to make a connection with readers so that they will be interested in hiring me for my services- “Revealing and healing the pain of family estrangement”

    With much gratitude to you both!

  34. Pat
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 23:16:36

    This is sooo cool!
    http://www.ingzig.com celebrates the Art of Everyday Earnest Effort, aka, 3E. It’s rooted in personal growth and achievement/satisfaction (a pretty big genre).
    I feel I’m ready to start guest blogging, would like to build my email list (just completed a 13,000 word ebook I’d like to offer for free in exchange for your subscription).
    I also have t shirts ready for ecommerce. This will be my primary source of income.
    Note: This is not yet another “How to” reach your goals or realize your dreams sorta site. But rather a “Tribute to” all it takes to potentially do so.
    Takes for your time and input,

    You guys rock!

  35. Jula Pereira
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 10:16:10

    Hi John and Marsha, I just started my website about having a childfree life. It’s called http://www.nokidwoman.com. I’ve been following your advice already, John, and have a few guest posts lined up. My main question is whether I need to always write specifically about the chidfree theme or can I include other tidbits about writing and other non-related activities from my life? Thanks so much for your help!

  36. Jodi Lea Stewart
    Nov 17, 2014 @ 15:26:39

    As a fiction author who writes sassy adventure books set in the Southwest, finding a blogging niche has been difficult. Because I love humor, and also have a journalism background, I find myself writing humor “essays” or columns for my blogs. I’ve blogged about the Navajos and their culture/heritage, since my first series is set in the Navajo Nation. Also, I’ve written about cacti, fry bread, mules, horses and other Southwest interest points to appeal to readers who enjoy my novels. A subtopic running throughout my blog is food because that’s part of whom I am as well.

    I appear to be all over the place, and can’t decide if continuing to blog is worth it. I’m required to build a social platform as an author, and a big part of that is blogging. However, without a specific niche that many non-fiction bloggers enjoy (i.e., psychology, social media marketing, finance), I’m more than a little lost. As a result, I haven’t blogged since this past June. Help?

  37. Smoomander
    Nov 16, 2014 @ 12:06:56

    Dear Jon and Marsha,

    K.I.S.S so here goes:
    Telling me what your blog is about: Tagline is a girlie view on HK living and globe trotting. In short, it’s about a Canadian girl who has just moved to HK and wants to document the funnies of living in HK, and the other part is about travelling around South East Asia because HK is a great hub to do so!

    Who your readers are: My target market is basically someone like myself. An expat or a person that’s not born in HK and is not in HK because of work or school. They’re probably around the 20-40 year old range.

    What you’re hoping to accomplish: mmm… get viewership? Trying to see if I can get enough traffic to do this full time!

    Looking forward to your response. Thanks.

  38. rajkanwarbatra
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 09:51:24

    My website is about helping people to manage their finances in the UK.

  39. Debashish
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 11:06:09

    Hi Jon & Marsha,
    I’m going to keep this short, like you asked.
    My blog is about – helping people quit their soul sucking corporate jobs, and making their first $1k online, so they can start living the life of their dreams.
    My readers are – frustrated corporate employees who have been in the corporate rat race for 5-7 years, and are looking for a way to escape. They have no idea where to begin, or how to even plan their escape into a life where they can live their dreams.
    What I’m hoping to accomplish – help at least 50 such people quit their corporate gigs, and transition into building their own lifestyle business.

    Would to hear your thoughts on this.

  40. R.
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 17:36:48

    Hi, my site is about video games.

    I would estimate that my readers are probably 85% males between the ages of 12-35 with a mean age of 24. The rest are females in a similar age range.

    I want to become a well-known resource and hangout for gaming news, opinions, and discussion that is entertaining and informative. I hope to create a recognizable brand around this idea while making an income, and then to scale it up further and have a much greater scope as far as notoriety, income, influence, and productivity in the gaming industry.

    Thank you for your time.

  41. Chauncey Gilliam
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 15:38:44

    Hi Jon and Marsha, I a new style blogger and I only recently created Hype X Edge, http://www.hypexedge.com. As much as I talk about it and as passionate as I am about it, no one even my friends are reading it. I have no idea what to do and I’m worried this is a sign I should quit.

  42. Vicky Poutas
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 03:42:20

    Hey Marsha,
    Nobody can say you’re not earning your salary! My website just went up a few days ago, so there’s really nothing on it but my home page blurb about being a freelance writer, and a few posts I’ve labeled “portfolio” to give editors a chance to see the versatility of my writing style (read that, “I don’t have many published articles”). Anyway, I’ve been playing around with the idea of starting a blog about (gasp!) mental illness. I would write each post about a different type of mental illness, the pain it brings to the sufferer, the stigma involved in being mentally ill and offer up some well-researched and well-sourced bits of advice for those suffering from this tragic disease. I know of no other disease where there is so little sympathy for the afflicted; and people don’t want to tell you they’re suffering from depression or that they’re bi-polar because they’re afraid of that stigma – of being judged and found wanting – of being considered weak, or better yet, “crazy.” But, these people need to hear that they’re normal and that, for the most part, what they’re going through can be controlled through therapy, medication and support from other sufferers. It’s good to know that you’re not the only person in the world that finds it monumentally hard to simply get up and brush your teeth in the morning, and it’s even better to know that there is help and hope. The biggest source of help I’d like to provide are comments from other people who have gone through what someone is going through, and have come out the other side, and how they did it. I’d like to write posts on living with mental illness and how it affects our everyday lives and the lives of people that love us. For instance, depression is not something you can just “snap out of.” Many people feel “less-than” because of their illness. I feel that mental health is like dental health. You wouldn’t stay home from the dentist if your tooth is throbbing, why stay away from a good Psychiatrist or support group if your soul is aching? It’s just like the commercials say, the biggest difference between someone suffering broken ribs and not being able to run a 10K, and someone suffering from depression and not being able to run a 10K is sympathy. I’d like to educate the general public and the afflicted, provide support and knowledge through my articles and through people’s comments to each other, and make a dent in the stigma that goes hand in hand with being mentally ill. I want people to know that just because a person has a mental illness, it does not make them a bad person, “less than,” or crazy. Mental illness is the “hidden epidemic.” I just don’t know where to start and how to go about getting subscribers. What do you think? Is there a market?

  43. Monica Dubay
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 11:55:19

    Hi Marsha and Jon
    I have a blog that is about self-improvement with a spiritual focus, namely how to get started with a self-study book called A Course in Miracles. The blog is called resurrectedmind.com and it is about training the mind to think holistically with an emphasis on releasing fear and guilt. I am in the guest blogging class, so I am probably going to scrap it, but was interested in your take on it, whether it targets too small an audience or if the content is too narrow. I do think a lot of people are interested in the topic, because look at Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, etc. They use the information in the Course, rehash it and put their personal slant on it and everyone loves it and is helped by their stories. So, I guess I would simply want to know what you think about what I’ve done and whether you feel I should change my approach for the new blog. Thanks for your feedback!
    Monica
    P.S. Your class rocks!

  44. William Hepner
    Nov 08, 2014 @ 09:03:42

    Hello,
    I have a blog for young men about college and the educational system. It’s goals are to give them advice, experiences, and information on college and the educational system, help them make the best decisions possible, and help foster a mentality most conducive to their success at this pivotal time in their lives. Think of it like a mentoring site for teenaged guys.

    I started this website about 2 months ago, and only have 1 subscriber. My goal right now is to increase the amount of traffic and subscribers (first goal is to get to 100 subscribers). I am primarily looking at different sites I can submit posts to in order to start getting more people to my site.

    Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks for the help so far, this website is great.