Should I Start A Blog? Here’s Why You Should.
I am glad you’re reading this because before you start investing time, effort and money to venture into the blogging industry, you need to answer the question.
In my lessons, we will use the blog as the main platform. Why blog? Why not YouTube or Facebook?
It’s because if we build a blog, we own it. We can decide what we want to put in it.
There are no rules or restrictions. Our viewers, readers, followers, and all the efforts we have invested will not be wasted should the free platform, like a social media channel or a free blog, suddenly close down.
When you build your own blog, it will only shut down if you choose to and not because you got kicked out or banned for violating any of a free platform’s rules.
Having your own blog will give you the freedom to monetize it in the future in different ways.
Promoting products is one. If you want to display Ads, you can choose to, should you be qualified.
You have the option to accept paid posts or sponsored reviews should companies want to collaborate with you in the future.
You can even start selling your own products and courses on your site. The limits are in your hands because you own the platform.
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You choose a website topic (niche).
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Here are some of the misconceptions about blogging.
Misconception #1: You Have To Be A Writer
A lot of people are intimidated to start blogging because “they cannot write.” I have heard that so many times.
“I cannot write!”
“I am not good in English.”
And so on…
But the truth is, blogging is just “communicating.” You are just talking to your readers as if you are talking to a friend.
Misconception #2: You Just Need To Keep Writing To Earn Good Money
You have probably heard that “content is king.” That’s true. In your first six months to one year of blogging, you have to publish quality contents at least three times a week consistently.
Content is king, but SEO is the Queen. You need to learn SEO.
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the process wherein you try to rank on page 1 of search engines.
But what’s the big deal if you achieve page 1 or position 1 in Google for example?
Every day, people use search engines to look for information. They type keywords in the search box. If you have useful information about what they are looking for, you can end up on top search results.
However, some sites do not really provide good contents. Their information might be incomplete, or the quality of their content might just be “so-so.” But how did they end up on top? SEO.
Misconception #3: Everything Is Free
Blogging for fun is forever free. Blogging to earn extra money can be free, too. But blogging to yield a full-time income costs money.
Domain name, basic hosting and a reliable training are the basic expenses.
Misconception #4: It’s A 100% Passive Income
A passive income comes to you without you being actively involved in the job. Blogging is never 100% passive income.
After reaching your desired monthly income from your blog, you still need to add content or update once in a while to keep your site fresh.
You have to reply to the comments of your readers to make your site active and to show that you care about their questions (and to help them with your answers).
You have to improve your existing articles as you learn SEO so that each and every blog post can potentially make money.
You need to improve your site design in the long run so that it becomes visitor-friendly and will look more professional.
You need to explore social media marketing to supplement your “organic visitors” (or the visitors that come from search engines).
The good news is, it CAN become semi-passive. You have to MIX your content to have evergreen topics (topics that doesn't expire) so that your content only becomes 50% obsolete over time. You need to avoid producing 100% contents that easily becomes out-of-date.
You need to learn the art of outsourcing once you have the money to “run your business.” A lot of hardcore bloggers can probably afford to outsource 100% of the job involved. But it is always good to be involved.
Misconception #5: It’s An Easy Job
Blogging is only easy when you enjoy what you are doing. You need to unlearn whatever misconception you have about making money from it and start from the basics.
You need to have an open mind that what you are building is a “business” and that you need to invest your time, your mind, heart, and some money to get your desired return of investment.
“Garbage in, garbage out.” You reap what you sow.
It can take sleepless nights when you are just starting out, but as you learn the art of doing it, you’ll be able to manage efficiently.
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Frequently asked questions
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Wealthy Affiliate's free membership has limitations. You can start a free website for 30 days, and access the basic training. However, in order to make your progress faster, I highly encourage you to consume all the training as fast as possible. That's what I did on my first month back in 2015. I paid $19 on my first month, and consumed what I can to decide if it's for me. I have been a member since then.
Yes! A lot of beginners with zero knowledge (including me back in 2015) had done it and so can you. But you need to work hard when you are just starting out. You have take the lessons one at a time, and take action everyday. That's how you'll get results faster.
You need to provide value with your contents. If you help your target audience to solve their problems, you'll earn money faster. You can make the process faster by doing proper keyword research, and producing helpful contents. You will learn it faster from the official training.
There are no shortcuts to making money from blogging.
YouTube! If you produce YouTube videos, you can grab the captions and convert it to a blog post. It's good to have a blog even if you are already a successful YouTuber. You don't own YouTube, so you can lose access to it IF you accidentally violate any of their rules. Their terms and conditions can also change. That's why it's important to have your own blog.
Some people learn to outsource contents, some also just take it slow and produce 2 contents a week. Read Stratos' story here. He is also a Wealthy Affiliate member who managed to make it to $4k/mo. on his 3rd year of slow progress.
You have to treat blogging as a business for it to be worth it. Invest your time, effort and a little money as a beginner. Once the income comes, you reinvest in anything that will help the business grow. With any business, it becomes worth it over time as long as it aligns with your goals in life.
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