A true story of a flop blogger to define blogging correctly

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bloggingThis is a true story of a flop blogger.

It is horrifying because you will be shocked to know what happened to him.

He shared it with me on condition of not to be named.

So I am committed to him and will tell you the whole story without showing his name, country or anything related to him which may hint at him.

You must be thinking I am going to write here a few common blogging mistakes which he might have done and now facing failure.

Or I will simply write here his no interest in blogging as the main cause of failure.

No, your guess is wrong.

I won’t give judgment on why he failed in blogging. I simply tell you what he told me.

Very simple and honest way of story-telling is to just pass on what you have listened with necessary trimming of unnecessary details.

At the end I would give you a few tips which he and I discussed with each other to become a successful blogger from the day one.

Yes you heard correct, if you adopt a right track from the day one you can succeed otherwise you keep searching the proper way leading to your success.

So before reading why he failed in blogging I insist you first read what qualities he has to be a professional blogger. After reading them you can understand what is most essentially required to be a successful blogger.

So don’t jump at the ending section of this post and keep reading from the start to end. You will get more from this post if you follow my advice.

Top 6 typical qualities to become a successful blogger

Despite being a flop blogger he has following six awesome typical qualities which I think every struggling blogger dream to achieve and take them as benchmark to be a great blogger.

1. He is an awesome web developer

He did his diploma in web developing with distinction. He is still working as freelance web developer. Almost all the web languages he knows and applies them in his projects. Making a strong technical foundation of a blog is not a big task for him.

2. He is a mind-blowing designer

His skills in designing are perfect. He has the true sense of coloring and knows very well where to apply which color. His many designs are on the top of Google search because of their high demand.

3. He is a great writer

Writing is a fun for him. He can write a great post on any topic of his niche without much research. His writing style is so simple and fully optimized for search engines. He writes points in clear terms and never confuses the readers. He focuses solutions for readers instead of features of a product. In short he is a great writer.

4. He is a perfect planner

This is also his quality. He can plan well. He doesn’t be idealistic in his plans. Nor he gets so enthusiastic on deciding what he needs to do next. He nicely evaluates his weaknesses and strengths and then puts his plan into practice.

blogging5. He knows how to set goals

He can set goals for his blog so well. He can keep them in mind while doing every blogging chore. He is not ambitious in goal-setting nor so defensive. He has realistic approach to pick the best course of action to achieve his targets.

6. He doesn’t do haste in money making

He knows money can be earned sooner or later but first quality matters a lot. He keeps vigil eye on his goals and keeps working hard to achieve them. Even if he doesn’t get money he continues his work if he really enjoys it.

So why did he fail

It sounds so strange how a person can fail in blogging despite having all the above six wonderful qualities.

So I end here your curiosity and tell you why he failed. Here are the four simple reasons of his failure. At the end of each reason I also gave a solution for you to remove this reason from your blogging journey.

1. He takes right decision but….

This is his first problem. He knows the art of decision-making. He can explore several solutions of a problem to pick the best one. He can pick the perfect decision to take for his venture.

But he takes the right decision at wrong time. He wastes a lot of time in thinking. If he gets an idea to write a post he simply keeps thinking about it. He writes a post on that idea when so many bloggers already covered it on their blogs. So he remains behind others.

Solution: Taking right decision at wrong time means taking a wrong decision. Always set a deadline to take a decision. Do look here and there but at those who you think are worth following. Deadline is must to take a decision and get its full benefits.

2. He solves problems but…

This is the second shortcoming in his personality. He knows how to solve a problem but he himself has a problem. He first tries to avoid that problem as much as he can. When he tries to solve it the problem worsens a lot and makes him suffer a lot of losses. After suffering huge losses he solves the problem but then it does not benefit him.

Solution: Delaying to solve a problem means further complicating it. So whenever you face a problem so instead of ignoring it first make a resolve to solve it within a specified time. Put in the list of your top priority and urgent chores. Review regularly have you solved it and if not just check out why you could not have solved it. Then find out reasons of not solving a problem. Remove the reasons and again do your best to solve it. Soon problem will be no more and you will solve it.

3. He takes risk but…

If he has to apply a new way of doing anything on his blog he makes up his mind to take risk and apply that new thing. But before taking final step he keeps watching here and there to see what happens to others who are taking the same step. When he goes to final step it gets too late and he cannot have that much benefit of the step which others have already taken.

Solution: Without taking risk you can earn peanuts but not money to make a decent living. That is why those who can’t take risk do a job instead of doing business. So first decide if you can take risk or not then opt for either doing a job or a business.

4. IN SHORT HE IS NOT AN ENTREPRENEUR

This is the main reason of his blogging failure. He knows all blogging chores so well but can’t manage them with best decisions taken at right time with appropriate risk-taking to get maximum benefits with problem-solving approach.

So he can be a good freelance blogger, he can be good off-location contributors for other blogs and even can join a big business to look after its website and blog. But he cannot become a successful blogger if he does not have entrepreneurship.

Solution: You must keep in mind blogging is not a set of several techie chores. Had it been so, so many highly qualified and skilled professionals would not be working in a company of a person who does not have much skills and expertise.

So entrepreneurship equally matters a lot in blogging like in any other business. It means you own what you do, face its negative impact and enjoy its positive results. Need not to look at others to make you an entrepreneur. Those who define their own course of action by themselves are real entrepreneurs.

Four more tips to avoid becoming a flop blogger

So to become a successful blogger you should also change your way of doing following things.

1. Lead, don’t manage

Manage means doing things just to do them as a duty. Lead means to do a task in an impressive way. Yes I know you do all your blogging tasks yourself. So you can do all of them like a leader.

Write a content that not only solves a problem of your readers or benefit them but also puts long-lasting impact on them. Did you get my point? Your readers can get a solution or benefit from several other places but the impact you put on them will be matchless. It will bring them back to your blog to find more value. So you need to do every task of blogging with huge impact on your readers.

Just take another example. Do you know how to do on-page SEO of a blog post? You can get thousands of post to know this but why you read a specific post. Because you like it. You like it because it put an impact on you. Did you get my point?

2. Do marketing not selling

After publishing a few posts and attracting organic traffic to your blog what you do next. You get crazy to monetize it. Everyone asks you to monetize it otherwise you will miss to earn from all the visitors who come at your blog.

So you start selling whatever product you find. If a hosting company is offering 75% discount you just write a review and publish it. After that you get so many hits on it. You also get applause at social media. You do receive comments on your review. But no one buy your offer. Why? Because you do not market that hosting offer. You simply try to sell it.

bloggingThere is big difference between selling and marketing. A street hawker is a seller. He simply sells the small items roaming in streets of a town.

Marketing is quite different from selling. It comprises of:

  • Product: Pick the best product to sell
  • Pricing: Select a product with the most competitive price
  • Promotion: Tell your audience benefits of the product
  • Physical distribution: Ensure smooth and prompt delivery to those who pay you.

But you directly promote a product and expect people will buy it. You need to first pick the best product for your readers. Then consider its price either your readers can afford it and also can you earn a handsome commission with it. Then promote it.

In online marketing physical distribution is not your job. You can transfer a digital product simply on confirmation of an order. If a physical product is of an affiliate’s then your affiliate will deliver the product to your buyer.

So to become a successful blogger become a marketer and do your complete planning before selling a product.

3. Create, don’t perform

In a stiff competition those who perform cannot succeed because their every competitor is already performing there.

So you need to create. You need to create a unique thing. You need to create more value. Then you can stand out in the crowd to get business.

Your just another post will not bring your desired results. If you put value in your post, make a unique post with quite new information everyone will read it and follow your blog.

4. Do business not activity

If you take blogging as an activity or job or simply a source of earning money you can never become a successful blogger.

Always take it as business. What you do in a business.

  • First you decide what you need to sell – your own product or others (affiliate products) or both
  • Then you decide who to sell your given products – it means selecting your niche market
  • After that you pick the tool to bring customers to sell your product – content writing, SEO, SMO
  • Then finally you sell your own products, affiliate products and earn money – monetization of your blog.

So do you have this clear concept of your blogging? If not make it clear and re-start your blogging journey from today to become a successful blogger.

Now your turn

What is the biggest advantage you have as a blogger and are you fully exploiting it. Also do you have any hurdle to become a successful blogger? How you are trying to remove that hurdle? Or how did you achieve a lot so far in your blogging journey. Do share with me and readers of this blog to make us learn further from your experiences also.

PS: Don’t be sad. The story of flop blogger did not end with his flop blog. Now he is working as freelance blogger for many clients and fully enjoying his life.

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  1. scottmasse146 says

    Mi,

    Very nice post! You really need to think outside the box and be a true entrepreneur in this game…..I amazed that people do not realize this business comes down to trust just like any other enterprise which is the reason my cell phone is in the footer of my site!

    • says

      Hi scottmasse146
      Your observation is perfect; if we don’t take blogging as a business and act like an entrepreneur we can’t become a successful blogger.
      Thanks a lot for coming by and sharing your awesome ideas. Hope to see you again.

  2. says

    This kind of Great stories always inspire to Peoples ! I have a same & little similar story of a Blogger ! She was a great Blogger But to due some reasons in Batt & she has to stop Blogging, If She lost Blogging ! She was a great Blogger But she left Blogging But She taught Blogging to her Sister & When her sister came in Blogging ! She won the heart of many peoples & that Blogger feel really Happy.

    • says

      Ho Monika
      Good to see you here.
      It happens to many people they blog and do very well but due to some reasons they have to quit blogging. If blogging is their real passion they never quit it completely and be attached with it directly or indirectly. I think this happens in every field.
      Thanks a lot for sharing your views. Hope to see you again.

  3. says

    Hi Mi Muba,

    Thanks for sharing this useful post. Here you have clearly describe the difference between selling and marketing, it’s really awesome. Thanks once again and waiting for your up coming article. Keep blogging!!

  4. says

    Hello Mi Muba,

    Have you read The Emyth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber? The principles you lay out in this post are streamlining with some core fundamentals of the book…

    Love your post!

    Key point for me was “blogging is not a set of several techie chores.” <— Spot on!

    It’s much more than that, and as you say, it’s all about entrepreneurship.

    I don’t know why that person could not have learned the skills of learning to manage his ‘chores’ with decisions made and taking risks and all the rest… That’s how we grow, but learning what’s needed and doing what it takes to develop the necessary skills with which to accomplish our goals. If a coach is needed, so be it. That’s my opinion.

    Now, if they have no desire to be an entrepreneur, that’s completely different, but I hope he doesn’t think he can’t….

    Absolutely love your tips about avoiding becoming a flop…

    Yep, leading is essential, and have recently purchased the book “Sell Your Thoughts” which helps shape you into becoming a thought leader and innovator.

    Marketing vs selling; Creation vs performance; Business vs activity

    Very excellent points, and exactly what it takes to succeed at this long term.

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Carol Amato

    • says

      Hi Carol
      It’s really great to see you here.
      Vow; what a great book you referred here; it’s one of the books I will never forget; though I read it very lately after its publication.
      You awesomely wrote the gist of this post in one sentence; “Blogging is not a set of several techie chores”. Great point.
      You pointed well he could have done successfully if he hired a blogging coach. But he probably ventured in those days when everthing was going on either on do-it-yourself basis or on trial and error basis.
      I too asked him why don’t he start another blog after learning entrepreneurial skills. But his reply was very correct; “if no any field is end of this world so why do I make a second try for blogging”.
      I am glad you also liked the concluding part of this post with a few tips on how to avoid becoming a flop blogger.
      Thanks a lot for you coming by and adding value in this post with your awesome comments.
      Hope to see you again.
      Have a wonderful week. :-)

  5. says

    Hi Mi Muba,

    Lovely post indeed, and in fact, I think many bloggers would be able to relate to a lot of things – that includes me too :)

    Yes, there was a time when there were many things similar to what this blogger went through, especially when you are a newbie and don’t know your whereabouts, and though you might be doing the right things, you still don’t get results, and there could be SO many reasons to why that happens. Most of them you mentioned well here, but there are many other reasons due to which bloggers often turn to depression and have low self-esteem, and that can harm them and their careers in more ways than one.

    I liked the way you chalked out the problems and gave solutions too, and taking this one single case, you did it up very well. The one lesson that I learnt was to never give up and fight all odds, and I think that kept me going, though there are times when I have my low moments too, after all I am human as well :)

    But then you pull yourself together yet again and carry on, such is life, with it’s ups and downs, twists and turns, and each turn teaches you something and makes you stronger and better. Look to the positive – always, and you’d see a new path for you :)

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)

    • says

      Hi Harleena
      This is the biggest encouragement I am receiving for this post that most of the people have direct or indirect nostalgic feelings after reading this post.
      You ponted the early blogging era when very few were to teach blogging and huge number was flocking in to learn. Even then a few expert bloggers were just consolidating their blogging experiences and almost no one started working as blogging coach. Yes at that time it was so hard and equally risky to do blogging on do-it-yourself basis.
      It is right there are many other reasons of blogging failure but I tried to mention most important of them and also put their possible solutions.
      Vow; this is really the soul of our blogging struggle to never give up as sooner or later we will succeed because blogging does not come in this world from mars. So like in other fields people succeed sooner or later why not in blogging.
      You would be surprised to know I did mention this point to that flop blogger but he promptly replied if he has several other options to succeed why should he keep struggling in one field. He proved this later on by doing a job successfully in a big company at a senior IT position.
      Exactly with due regard to his story we can try again and again to become a successful blogger but for this we must adopt an entrpreneural approach to do our best by owning everything we do.
      Thanks a lot for your as-always very very valuable comments. Hope to see you again.
      Have a wonderful week. :-)

  6. says

    Well Explained Mi Muba. I got the message what you want to say in the post. We should always do things at right time. Without wasting time while thinking, we should just start!

    Having skills only doesn’t guarantee you success as proved in this post.
    Great post!

    • says

      Hi Atish
      Your observation is valid; instead of getting into dilemma of what to do and what not to do a blogger better take the right decision at right time.
      Thanks a lot for your great opinion on this post. Hope to see you again.

  7. says

    Hi Mi Muba,

    A great story and lesson to us all. I think it comes down to being an entrepreneur. I was pretty lucky when I came into the internet world because I was always an entrepreneur. I had run my own businesses and had the mindset of a business woman.

    But…When first blogging, I had to find my pace at it. I was getting opt-ins to something free,but did not follow up immediately. That was my big mistake! But I learned from that and for me, selling someone’s product or services wasn’t in my heart of hearts.

    It was not until I started developing my own products, did I take my blogging business seriously. And now people have take me seriously. So it really comes down to knowledge of being a marketer. And that I have learned too. When you mention “Do marketing – not selling” that is the core of an effective business.

    One must learn marketing skills in order to see their blog as a business.

    Thanks for all this truthful information you are sharing because many need to hear it. And so, of course I will pass this on!

    -Donna

    • says

      Hi donna
      How blessed you are that you were already an entrepreneur before starting your blog. So it was so easy for you to grow your blog as your business and you proved this with your successful blog where you are doing a great job.
      The second very wise step you took was your developing your own products instead of selling others. This is the true spirit of an internet marketer that she instead of sending her blog’s visitors to others sites tries to convert them at her own blog by finally delivering a value either it is a product or service.
      You well noted an important point of this post regarding marketing versus selling. It proves you have very sound knowledge of marketing and you are fully applying it at your blog.
      Thanks a lot for your wonderful opinion that really enhanced the value of this post.
      Hope to see you around.
      Have a very productive week. :-)

  8. says

    Hi Muba
    awesome post .You explained every mistakes and tells us how we work to stay away from flop blogging .I read all points and keep in mind always to become a succesfull blogger .Like to be here on your blog .
    Thanks for sharing such a great article with us

    • says

      Hi Suraj Singh
      If we avoid these mistakes from the very beginning we can become a successful blogger from the day one.
      I am glad you liked this post. Equally good to see you here.
      Hope to see you again. :-)

  9. says

    What a great share, Mi Muba! :) I love this post. I actually kingged it for an upvote.

    Anyway, this article was really inspiring. Honestly speaking, I first thought that this man’s epic failure story about his blogging career was just about committing the common mistakes that most bloggers do, or at least about his lack of passion or whatsoever, but I’m wrong.

    You’ve described this person nearly perfect for a successful blogger, and that’s the reason why I really got curious to know what are the things that bring him down.

    Well, the lessons are learned. I couldn’t agree more with you, Mi Muba. You’ve said it right and clear. He knows everything in blogging, but he doesn’t know how to work it out well. Am I right with this opinion?

    The lessons and tips are indeed valuable and helpful. Thank you so much for sharing this for free. I adore you both. :)

    -Pauleen
    I’ve found this on Kingged.com, leave the same comment there and upvote it.

    • says

      Hi pauleen
      It is always very encouraging to read your comments at here and around with lot of great views and thoughts.

      Yup it looks in the beginning of the post as if I am going to just narrate a few common blogging failures. But after getting down a little one gets to know what I meant to say with this post.

      I am happy you read this post from start to end. This is great.

      Thanks a lot for your coming by and sharing your great thoughts here.

      Hope to see you again with more your wonderful views.
      Have a great week.

  10. says

    Hi Mi,

    Excellent post of how a quality can become a problem if not used at the right time and wisely.

    You definitely got it right when you said he’s not an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs make decision fast, act fast. Now it doesn’t mean that they do so thoughtlessly, but once they know they’ve got something they go for it. They don’t wait to see if other have done it and how it went for them.

    I read this post with my “coach hat” one :) and if your friend was a client of mine I would tell him that he apparently has some type of fears that prevent him to take actions at the proper time. He need reassurance too much.

    Successful people are people who take risk.

    I’ll upvote this post on Kingged :)

    • says

      Hi Sylviane
      What a wonderful conclusion you drew of this post; “if we don’t use a quality at right time it becomes a problem”.

      Above all, entrepreneurs don’t need any magic wand to succeed and do every work by owning it. They act like a leader instead of simply a manager whose job is to get the things done without worrying about results. While entrepreneurs do every work to achieve their goals.

      It was his bad luck when he quit blogging very few or almost none people were providing blog coaching services at that time. Had he been in present time obviously he would have taken benefit of this service.

      Thanks a lot for coming by and adding value in this post with your awesome comments.

      Hope to see you again.
      Have a nice day.

  11. says

    Hi Mi Muba,
    I recognize that blogger in myself sometimes.
    The desire to get it just right is noble but it can really hold you back.
    As a blogger and entrepreneur, action is the important thing and learning happens through that action.
    Your failed blogger, whoever he is, shouldn’t give up though. Resilience is important too.
    If you first don’t succeed try again!

    • says

      Hi Neena
      It is good to see you here again; quite encouraging for me.:-)

      Exactly, you pointed well; right action at right time pays you else your efforts spoil if you don’t take care of time factor.

      I did give him this advice of never giving up but his reply was heavier than my advice that why should he continues a venture where he was not succeeding while he has several other promising options. He proved this by joing a big company at a senior position.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and sharing your wonderful views.

      Hope to see you around.

      Have a great week. :-)

  12. says

    Dear Sir, your latest post is sure an eyebrow raiser. I’m in complete sync with you regarding the above mentioned points. Only talent is not the yardstick in becoming a good blogger, grasping opportunities in time decides how smooth the road is gonna be. I am a co-author at Gossipmania.in and I have written few posts. Therefore I will be highly obliged if you would take your precious time out and just go through my posts and give your valuable comments. Looking forward to hear from you soon. And thanks again for sharing this post.

    • says

      Hi Sanjay
      I am happy you completely agree with me on all the points I mentioned in this post. It shows I managed to communicate what I wanted to say. It is good.

      IT is good to know you are a co-author at a blog. You are right the basic thing is how much talented you are then you can grab an opportunity at right time.

      Sure I will visit your blog and comment on your posts.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and sharing your great views. Hope to see you around. :-)

  13. says

    Hi Mi,

    Whiles going through those 6 great qualities of our blogger friend, the question I kept asking myself was this; why did he fail with all these until I found you asking the same question after those qualities.
    But somewhere along the line, I felt you were referring to me indirectly.
    I have for instance failed to apply certain on my blog due to FEAR and what my fellow bloggers will say. At the end, it went against me.

    Blogging to me is a business and obviously needs to treat it as such. I have learnt my lessons from this and I do hope several others will do same as well.
    Please do have a great week.

    PS: I found this post of yours shared on kingged.com

    • says

      Hi Emmanuel
      I can’t believe you ever came across a situation which that flop blogger faced because I know your creativity and doing things in a very unique way.
      Yes reluctance to do a new thing is a big problem of almost every struggling blogger because they always fear if it is right or not and they also can’t share their idea because someone else may steal it.
      Thanks a lot you liked this post and as usual I do agree with you blogging is a business. :-)
      Thanks for coming by and sharing your wonderful views here. Hope you will keep coming to grace this blog.
      Have a great week.

  14. says

    Hey Mi Muba,

    Great post and story about this mystery blogger.

    Few things I want to point out though.

    1. You said, “But he takes the right decision at wrong time. He wastes a lot of time in thinking. If he gets an idea to write a post he simply keeps thinking about it. He writes a post on that idea when so many bloggers already covered it on their blogs. So he remains behind others.”

    Isn’t that something that EVERY BLOGGER faces? If I were to start blogging now, I would be so far behind all these other bloggers that came out with great topics. But the problem that blogger made was not continuing on to write that post because we all have out own voices and he could present the post in a more creative way.

    Nonetheless, the point and example you provided in which that blogger faces is something I could understand.

    When it comes to blogging, if you have any plans to make money from it you HAVE to treat it as a business … no ifs … ands … or maybes.

    Lastly, I agree with your point about doing marketing not selling. Too many bloggers try to sell right away and they alienate their readers because the readers think that they’re just being sold to all the time. Marketing and promoting is the real key and what should be done.

    Great post. Have a great week.

    – Andrew

    • says

      Hi Andrew
      You raised a valid point that in the beginning in a field someone would obviously be shy to take decisions boldly. But his case was little different. He fully knows almost all the blogging chores but was not confident of doing what and when. That is why he could not have taken right decisions at right time and missed several opportunities to grow.

      This is most common problem of many bloggers. They just sell their own and affiliate products without making a marketing plan to first grow relationship with their readers and then selling them for the benefits of readers.

      Thanks a lot for sharing your awesome views and adding value in this post.
      Have a great and productive week.

  15. says

    Hey Mi Muba,

    I’m glad your friend let you share his story with us and that he has gone on to do very well for himself. I love happy endings.

    I seriously had to laugh when you said he would over think things. I was engaged to someone like that years ago and it drove me nuts. He thought about things so much that by the time he got around to making a decision it was the wrong one. Just like your friend doing that and then making them at the wrong time.

    This is just proof that you can have all the talent in the world and even be quite smart and still not have the success you had hoped. It’s the same thing about these people who are fabulous writers and their content is what we all would dream of being able to write yet no one visits their site because they haven’t gotten out there and promoted it. No one knows who they are.

    We all make mistakes and I’m sad that he didn’t get more help at the time he was dealing with this but I’m sure he’s happy with his freelance career now.

    You are really sharing some great detailed posts lately to help us with the do’s and don’ts with blogging so thank you for taking the time to put something of this magnitude together. I can only imagine how time consuming that was.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week and thanks again.

    ~Adrienne

    • says

      Hi Adrienne
      Hi Adrienne
      Before replying your awesome comments I first read them from start to end. This time your each word is full of encouragement for me and it clearly implies you really liked this post. I am so happy to feel this and motivated more to do hard work more.

      This I would say a reward of my hard labor which I did to create that post that many people went back to their past and recalled an event associated with the subject matter of this post. It is quite heartening to me.

      It is very right simply talent and hard work are not the only two requirements for success. If it had been there would have been several million successful people in this world who are otherwise are just pining in obscurity due to various inbuilt flaws of their personality; and obviously not making right decision at right time is one of them.

      It gives me immense pleasure to know that you appreciated my posts which I published lately and you gave such wonderful remarks for them. This is a my big achievement for me.

      Thanks a lot for your kind attention to me and so much guidance with your comments to make me a better blogger. Thank you indeed.

      You do enjoy your rest of the week and stay blessed.

  16. says

    Hi Mi,

    Absolutely fantastic article!

    Before I got to number 4 I was already thinking that this guy is not an entrepreneur.

    Being an entrepreneur comes with a different skill set. What he basically did was give himself a job inside his own business. This is mostly what led to his failure.

    There is so much more… like being able to see ahead with vision, creating strategies and measurable goals for the strategies, then creating executable objectives for each goal that will become processes and systems to help the business function so that he can anticipate, pivot, and ensure execution of his vision.

    The key to entrepreneurship is in creating the right influential, mutually beneficial relationships that help propel a business. But, with both vision and execution, influential entrepreneurs cannot and should not get behind you.

    As I was reading his story, I kept thinking of how he would make a great manager. He probably has the leadership skills so long as he has someone above him giving the direction he needs to implement and execute.

    Great post Mi! Lots to digest here. This was just my first impression.

    ~ Don Purdum

    • says

      Hi Don
      Hats off to your sense of entrepreurship that before reaching the point 4 you got to know he is not an entrepreneur. Amazing!

      We always listen a loud cry that there are millions of blog already established. No one asks how many of them are being run by true entrepreneurs and how many by those having a typical mindset of doing a job to make living. This is the main mistake we do while analyzing the blogosphere.

      Exactly entpreneur means the one who does everything by himself or plan by himself and get the things by others but never leave main tasks on others.
      I do agree with you doing business means not simply establishing a business and then running it. It also means to create space in the industry for your business by first creating your image as a business person and then developing contacts with industry peers.

      I think there are two types of people in the world. One type is of those who can do business and the other type is of those who can obey the orders of former type of people.

      Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful views and literally adding more value in this post.

      Hope to see you again
      Have a great rest of the week.

  17. says

    Hi Mi Muba,
    I think that is a good point about blogging being more than the sum of a few different technical skills. There is a big difference between being able to write, design, and code, and being able to run your own business. The good news is that you don’t have to be a natural entrepreneur. A lot can be learned along the way while running a blog.

    • says

      Hi Marc
      You are absolutely right entrepreneurship is not a natural quality and can be acquired while running a business if someone gets to know his lacking.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and sharing your awesome views.

      Hope to see you again.

  18. says

    Hi Mi Muba,

    This is really a great story and everyone should take away a lesson from it. I like how you emphasized the difference between leadership and management. An entrepreneur should be taking the leadership role not the manger role.

    Leadership is definitely different than management although many people use the terms interchangeably.

    Leadership is about motivating and inspiring others whereas management is about controlling others and the most they care about is the job to be done.

    Thanks Mi Muba for the value!! Have a great rest of your week!!

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

    • says

      Hi Neamat
      You well picked your favorite topic “leadership” from this post. It shows how comitted you are with your niche. :-)

      Your opinion is like an authority opinion for me specially about leadership. To work just to get rid of it is the style of managers. To do a work to create more space of higher level of work is the style of leaders.

      I think he was just doing all his blogging chores in a stereotyped way with the sense he knew well all the chores and could have achieved his goals. But he did everything without owning it and so he ultimately failed.

      Thanks a lot for sharing your awesome views. Hope to see you again.
      You too be blessed and have a great rest of the week.

  19. says

    Wow, what a helpful post Mi Muba. I read every word. I can relate to the problems and the problem solving. I have a long way to go I think, before I am a money making blogger. Marketing not just selling…I will always think of that now. Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Lisa
      You are always welcome!

      I am so glad you read every word of this post. It’s the biggest reward of my effort to create value in it.

      Your great words motivated me a lot to work hard more and help my awesome blog readers.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and sharing your wonderful views about this post.
      Hope to see you again.

  20. says

    When you read the start of this post you would certainly think that he would be a successful blogger.

    However like you say, you have to work on your business and not in your business. You need to think like an Entrepreneur and push yourself forward. This means defining your niche and deciding upon your product/s to sell.

    Over thinking can certainly cause delay. Sometimes you have to just get on with it and then evaluate as things go on, otherwise there can be the risk of not getting started at all!

    You have certainly given us a lot to think about here!

    • says

      Hi Catherine
      An entreprenuer has in his mind the last step when he takes the first step. While a person with typical mindset of manager simply relies on future happenings to define his further course of action.
      People with lot of bookish approach or philosophical mind rarely succeed in practical world. This is the problem of many people they remain in dilemma of what to do and what not do and meanwhile the appropriate time for action is over.
      Thanks a lot for adding your awesome opinion here to further clear this topic.
      Hope to see you again.

  21. says

    Hi Mi Muba,

    It’s amazing how people can have all the necessary qualities and gifts to be successful, but they aren’t successful. Sports is littered with such cases. Jeff George had an uncanny arm, but his NFL career as a quarterback was mixed, at best. Talented basketball players flame out all the time. So do talented baseball players.

    It takes more than qualities/gifts to be successful, though!

    Thanks for the post, Mi Muba!

    • says

      Hi Kevin
      You gave wonderful example of sports world to prove why it is must to be entpreneur to lead a venture and eventually become an icon.
      Your wonderful views on this topic added a lot of food for thoughts to be further clear why entrepreneurial skills are must to succeed.
      Thanks a lot for coming by. Hope to see you again.

  22. says

    hi

    A great guide to learn how can somebody with so good qualities can fail in blogging. Almost everything is absolutely right, my personal take is for…

    Do business not activity – sounds easy to implement but practically many of us make mistakes on this, at least i realize doing so.

    Crete don’t perform – This actually is bit similar to be effective and not efficient. So to say performance is also important but not at the cost of being creative.

    I would want to know – Is this Gentleman who has failed coming back to blogging with this qualities and following these tips. While i am sure, you would have given him motivation. Some of the qualities that he has i don’t have.

    • says

      Hi Harish
      It is good to know you have the clear concept of what blogging is. But many people are not lucky enough to be clear on this topic and keep trying on trial and error basis. So they learn what you already know after wasting their much time.
      That is why it is necessary to deliver to them true concepts of blogging to help save their time.
      You well noted most important points as mentioned in this post. It shows how learned on blogging you are.
      Thanks for your regular contribution in comments section of this blog to add value and benefit this blog’s readers.
      Hope to see you again.

  23. says

    Hi Muba,

    How can you write such an amazing post? ;)

    It’s really remarkable and effective to have this post at your blog The way you have explained all the points is striking.
    When I started my blogging journey I was doing some mistakes you have mentioned above. I used to care about the people who just try to demoralize me. But with the time I am learning more about it.
    To think like an Entrepreneur is the step which should be taken by every blogger if he/she wants to reach at the top.
    I have noticed many marketers who try to sell their product in an offended way. Customers can get frustrated by them.
    The only thing they should do is to promote the product customers will love it automatically.

    Thanks for this post. It will help many bloggers including me.

    I hope you are enjoying this weekend.:)

    ~Ravi

    • says

      Hi Ravi
      Thant’s very kind of you for liking this post. I am regular visitor of your blog. You publish awesome contents on it.
      It is good to know you also experienced the same struggling journey initially which many successful bloggers do.
      You are right; despite being in blogging for several years many bloggers try to sell their products with an irritating way and ultimately fail to make it.
      Thanks a lot for stopping by and sharing your wonderful views here.
      Hope to see you around.
      I do hope you are enjoying your weekend. :-)

  24. says

    Ann P V August 4, 2014 Reply ›
    Hi Muba,

    Good to be here again after a bit gap.

    Woh! This is indeed an amazing story of a wonderful blogger!

    Even in spite of those 6 great qualities he holds he miserably failed!

    Sad to note the state of his affairs and your brought out the reason why he failed even after having lot of qualities within himself.

    The post brought out the wonderful solutions too!

    This is indeed a valuable post to people like me.

    I am sure many here who read this post will testify the same~

    We need to take lot of caution while writing blog post and promoting and the other connected activities.

    I could very well relate to some of the areas where the gentlemen underwent
    Thanks Muba for sharing this great testimony along with the solutions to your readers.
    This is a good guide to many readers here

    Keep writing such valuable post for your reader

    Will come back again to check and read more.

    Have a good and profitable day

    ~ Ann Phil
    OI am here from kingged.com i found this ther and posted the comment there :-)

    • says

      Hi Ann P V
      First of all thanks a lot for reading the whole post as you mentioned each part of the post in comments and also gave your valuable remarks on them.

      I am so happy to know that what I wanted to communicate I have done it quite well that is why the awesome commentators are giving me the same feedback of appreciation and positive criticism which I was expecting from them.

      Thanks a lot for coming by and sharing your wonderful opinion on this post as you always do here and around. :-)

      Hope to see you again.

      Have a great week.

  25. says

    That’s a great inspirational story.

    I really learned a lot from your list, especially when the competition is just like a war, being creative is the vital weapon you can have in order to have scores to this Win-win game competition.

    In my humble opinion, I think the main reason why he fail is putting so much load on himself.

    Sometimes you need to breathe fresh air to avoid being overburdened that causes unproductive ideas.

    Thanks for this insight!

    Keep rockin’,

    Amadeuz

    I found this post shared on kingged.com

    • says

      Hi Amadeuz

      A warm welcome to you here at BeAMoneyBlogger.

      It is right being creative is your great edge to your competitors becasue if you are creative sky is the limit for you.

      Vow; what a wonderful opinion you made here on why he failed because he overloaded himself. No one took this issue from this angle. This is amazing.

      Break is must while doing any kind of work to renergize yourself. So we must keep taking small breaks while blogging to produce more quality contents and get higher ranking.

      Thanks a lot for coming by and sharing your awesome views.

      Hope to see you again.

  26. says

    Hi Mi Muba,

    It’s been a long time I’ve been here, and now again, I couldn’t resist myself from reading this post. So many good qualities, then why did he fail?

    Then after reading the full post, understood the “why”.

    It’s sad to hear that bloggers start with so much inspiration and yet many of them fail, just due to little reasons. That’ why I’ve decided to share on my blog step by step guides that might help bloggers succeed if they take action.

    This is indeed a valuable and an inspiring post I lived reading and real stories like this, gives even more encouragement.

    See you again next time on the blog. :)

    BTW, I don’t see any RSS option to subscribe to your feed. If you could provide one on your blog, that would be great to keep myself updated with your latest blog posts. :)

    Mainak.

    • says

      Hi Mainak

      It is good to see you here at BeAMoneyBlogger again.

      You are right many bloggers fail due to a little reason. You are doing a great job by guiding newbies at your blog to move ahead step by step.

      My main objective was to put element of interest in this post with story telling. How much I could have succeeded in my effort; my awesome readers will tell this fact better than me.

      I noted your point; earlier a button for RSS was at this blog but I had to remove it because of its conflict with social sharing buttong. Will re-put it soon.

      Thanks a lot for coming by and sharing your awesome views.

      Hope to see you again.

  27. says

    HI Mi Muba,

    You shared some excellent points here. I would think that many of us deal with these situations every now and again sometime in our blogging journey. I like that fact that you also shared a way to overcome each of these as well.

    We sometimes have issues and either not realize we are having them or not know how to overcome and you have handle both nicely in this post!

    Thanks for this Mi Muba!

    • says

      Hi Steven

      Welcome back at BeAMoneyBlogger.

      In the beginning every blogger faces this situation and then learn with experience. Meanwhile he loses a lot of time which now I think newbies should not if they learn from others experiences.

      Thanks a lot for coming by and sharing your views here. Hope to see you again.

      Have a great rest of the week.

  28. says

    Mi,

    Thanks for the excellent article. Funny thing is, I just sent out an email to a few trusted friends asking them to help me figure out a few of the issues you mentioned. I think I’ve avoided most of the bad examples, but the one that hits me time and again is the marketing, not selling.

    I’m a fantasy writer. My mind and heart revolves around creating entertainment for others, specifically youth–so when I take a moment to ‘market’ I tend to pound, pound, pound…and it’s horrible.

    My father, bless his heart, is a successful Entrepreneur and he always told me growing up that the difference between selling & marketing was: selling involved finding a client and dragging them over the sales line…whereas marketing involved locating people 85-95% already converted and LOOKING for what you have, then showing them the opportunity.

    The difference between forcing/tricking and guiding/offering.

    That’s what I got from it, anyway. Trouble is–knowing and doing are vastly different.

    – Jaime
    Jaime Buckley recently posted…Bloggers, are you finally ready to publish?My Profile

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