Are you ready to experience instant blog success?
Are you ready to write blog posts every week that grow your list exponentially from day one? Ready to have 10,000 Twitter followers in just 2 days? Business that is exploding to the point that you need to hire employees?
It sounds great, doesn’t it. And especially when getting started with coaching or a mastermind group, you find that someone – or a lot of "someones" in the group seem to be experiencing instant success. On one hand it’s encouraging – it helps you remember that success building an online business is possible.
But it doesn’t seem fair, does it? It seems like everyone’s business is taking off – except yours. You’ve made a plan, you’re working your plan, and it seems like success comes incrementally, at best.
And then the targeted ads hit. You know the ones I mean. The ones that pop up on Facebook or Twitter, promising instant success, instant growth, for a hefty price, of course.
Is your blog and your business growing as quickly as you’d like?
If not, I wanted to offer a word of encouragement, wisdom that has stood the test of time.
Consistency in blogging, social media outreach and business building brings results.
It’s not glamorous, is it? It’s tough to package it up with a shiny e-book cover and make a profit off of it! But if you have honest conversations with those who have built successful (sometimes highly successful!) businesses online, it’s the advice they offer consistently.
The universal wisdom of this truth hit home for me this weekend when I got out in my garden and very gently did some weeding (am on modified bed rest for pregnancy, so I have to go slow, sit down, and take it easy).
Weeding in that fashion, slowly and gently, doesn’t go fast and it doesn’t yield results nearly as quickly as I’d like. It’s still slow, deliberate work.
I suppose if I wanted instant results, I could go in with a weed eater, and it would look nicer nearly instantly. But it wouldn’t actually create favorable long-term results. The weeds and their associated roots would still be there, just shorter, and really – that’s not the long-term growth I’m trying to create!
I could blast my way to instant success with a chemical weed killer, but it wouldn’t match the long-term vision I have for my organic garden, either.
Unfortunately, the only way to create sustainable success in my garden for the short term that matches the vision I have for long term growth (not to mention delicious tomatoes) is through the daily work of weeding and implementing a long term plan (more consistent work!) of mulching, weed fabric and companion planting.
You can see the connection, can’t you?
When it comes to building a business online, consistency is key.
There are systems for success out there, but the ones that truly work are a set of steps to activate and repeat on a consistent basis. The steps should cover the three core areas of of consistent posting on a blog, regular social media updates, and real engagement with your followers to build relationships that convert readers to customers.
What one consistent step could you take this week to build long-term success in your business? Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear how you are going to use this to grow your business!