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3 Reasons Why Most Webmasters Fail

Published on 7/19/2010 by

And How You Can Be a Success

With thousands of websites popping online daily, webmasters from all over the world are trying to capture Internet fame and fortune. A few will make it. Most will fail. What's the difference between those who score big and the others who never live out their dreams online? Here are the top three reasons why most webmasters and websites fail and how you can be a success.

1. You give up too soon.

Like any job, being a webmaster is hard work and takes time and dedication. Those out for a quick buck will buy a domain name, create a simple website and expect it to turn to gold overnight. Won't happen.

The fix:

Invest in yourself. Facebook is an incredibly popular website that has made its mark online, but it didn't happen overnight. Facebook was started in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg as a way for college friends to stay in touch. Six years and lots of hard work and time later, it's the biggest thing online.

A garden takes time to grow because seeds need to mature. The same is true of your website; you need time to grow an audience to sow the seeds of success. Invest your time and energy into making yourself successful.

2. You jump on a trend you know nothing about.

Trendy ideas can take off and pave the path to success. Webmasters who bank on a trend and fail have these things in common:
  • They have little to no interest in the topic.
  • They have no knowledge of the topic.
  • They have no direction.

The fix:

Trendy ideas can and do take off every single day. You only need to look as far as Twitter to see that trend making happens online. That said, the people behind Twitter were interested in building their website, growing an audience and finding software development personnel who could take them to the next level.

As a webmaster, know your limitations. Launching a soccer site during the World Cup is a great idea, but only if you know something about the game and are passionate about helping others learn. If you don't know everything there is to know about soccer, hire someone who does.

3. You don't fill a need.

You can be excited about weight loss and a talented writer, but you may still fail at starting a dieting blog. Why? There are thousands and thousands of sites online today that offer health and fitness advice. If you're recycling the same old information and not putting new ideas on the table, you won't get very far.

The fix:

Be irreplaceable. Yes, there are thousands of diet and weight loss sites online, but how many are geared toward women over the age of fifty or people with disabilities?

Narrow your niche and you become irreplaceable. By choosing an area with less competition, you will get all of the audience.

Dreams are made every single day online. Those who've failed at paying off their mortgage and gone into foreclosure have become successful bloggers, raking in six figures a year by teaching people how to avoid the same mistakes that got them into trouble. You can succeed too. Find your niche, narrow it down and invest in yourself. How successful will you be?