Stop learning, start doing; my main tip for the new entrepreneur!
When you are a new entrepreneur eager to start your own blog and business and wanting to grow you will ultimately find all the advice posts that the internet has to offer.
I am one of those bloggers & entrepreneurs that are subscribed to a thousand emails lists and pour over every article that promises me more readers and interactions. Even though I have spent so much time reading millions of articles, emails, ebooks and more I still only have around 20 page views a day if I am lucky.
While this is a wonderful number and I am grateful for everyone who does read my content, it is not something you will make a living off.
Early on I thought that blogging would be easy. I would write and the readers would come. I would simply publish on some social media sites and the views would pour in. I would write a short post or just share a video and hope for the best. Unfortunately, that didn’t work so I started reading all these articles. Six months later I am still reading.
So why doesn’t it work?
Advice posts can be great, but not when you read all of them. You need to be an entrepreneur and business owner not just a really good blog reader.
A lot of these articles just repeat what others are saying. There is just only so many ways to grow your traffic.
I have been guilty of writing these posts as well! Posts that don’t really tell you something new but just give a list of things everybody who has spends some time researching can tell you.
These posts aren’t bad. But after you have read some your probably get a general idea. You don’t have to keep reading these tips since at some points you just remember.
Not always experts;
I wasn’t an expert when I wrote these and many other people aren’t either. There is a difference between the posts that are written from experience or that are just lists of facts.
This isn’t bad but you just go above these posts at some point.
The most frustrating one is when you find contradicting tips. It happens all the time and it is just based on what worked for one person. For example; Do you need to guest post or not? Is that something that will drive traffic. Is making money of google adds a good idea or do you need to sell your own services?
That can get just very confusing.
Why endless learning won’t help an entrepreneur?
If you are just reading you are not doing. When you just keep finding more info you don’t make concrete plans. You don’t need to just do your workbooks and worksheets you need to go out there.
An overload of information is just going to make you feel overwhelmed maybe even confused. Plus, how can you start feeling like a professional entrepreneur if you keep relying on everybody else’s advice?
You need to start planning and working with your own plans and goals and actually taking action.
How do you really grow you blog?
So how do you really grow your blog? (Don’t worry this will not turn into a secret tip post)
I think the best way to grow your blog is to do the things you want to do. Want to make info-products? Just go for it.
Don’t follow one formula of tips you found. Do things you like, skip things you don’t.
Do new things as well! Things that nobody has mentioned. Who knows you could be writing the next revolutionary blog posts about promotion/writing/small business.
How do you use new information when you are learning?
So if you find a useful snippet do you just need to let it go?
That depends on what the information is. I personally use three categories for information that I do keep;
Useful lists or sites; when I find a new resource or page I save it in my business folder so I can go back to it.
Tips that are new or exciting; I use my blogging notebook to write tips down that are multiple uses or that take so time to implement. I also write down the site and article just so I can keep track of where the information came from
Tips for direct use; Things like plugins I am interested in or other things you can do right now, I just do. There is no point in saving it for later or such if you think it could be helpful. Just try it out.
Things to do right now.
Start a list and folder for useful articles so you can keep everything you do like. Unsubscribe from all email lists that do not offer you new exciting information. Hold a clean out on your computer for any printables you don’t use and books you have already read unless you think you will read them again.
Personally, I like to make a real goal that I am working towards.
And then just work. (I know this is an anti-climax)
But really, you are the one who needs to work on your business and need to be the expert for your business.
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How do you keep a good balance between learning and working?