Sharing your opinions and lives with people while getting paid for it. This sounds too good to be true for most people, but the opportunity does indeed exist.
Blogging is a popular way to run a business. For many bloggers, the sky’s the limit when it comes to how much they can make between ads, sponsored opportunities, and even book deals.
In order to get to this point, you need to set up a blog first.
But what are the costs associated with buying a domain and getting set up? If you’re asking “is blogging worth it,” discover more, and see if this is the right career path for you.
Understand You’ll Need to Pay for Hosting and a Domain
Hosting is an important part of blogging that cannot get overlooked. If you’re not aware, hosting is where you essentially “house” your blog.
It allows you to go in, add and update posts, change themes, add social media buttons, and even respond to your followers. Without your blog home, it’d be possible to embed ads or put on other features that make money.
Your domain can be purchased with hosting, should you choose to go through the same company. The domain is almost always the title of your blog, and it’s how your readers remember you.
Having a domain can establish your brand, allowing you to get more advertising and make money.
The cost for a domain and hosting varies based on the company you go with and if they have any deals at the time. Some deals run anywhere from $60 to $200 and can last either for a few months or a couple of years.
Think carefully about how long you’d like to try blogging for before investing. Remember that you won’t have overnight success, so pick a plan that allows you to stay with it for a while.
Themes Can Make or Break Your Blog
Themes are the layouts that organize and display your blog content for everyone to see. Although you’re sure to find free themes offered, it’s easy to notice that those costing money tend to look the best.
With blogging, keep in mind that while your posts might be fun, exciting and useful, many people won’t stick around to read them if they can’t stand the layout of your blog.
An ideal layout should:
- Have an area for social media buttons
- Show pictures or graphics that depict who you are and what you do
- Make your posts clear and easy to read
If you can’t afford a theme right away, try to upgrade when possible. Prices for themes normally start around $60, but you can look for deals and other specials.
Plan on Costs for Social Media Promotion
These days, using social media is important to get the word out about your blog. This includes popular outlets such as Facebook and Twitter and visual ones such as Instagram and Pinterest.
While you can post to your social media outlets every time you have an update, that’s going to get time-consuming quickly. Instead, think about automating your posting and choose apps to help you.
What you’re using depends on your needs. For example, Tailwind is a popular choice for those who find success on Pinterest; this tends to run a little over $100.
Try your hand at different social media websites, and see which ones bring you followers. You can decide from there if it’s worth investing in scheduled posting or not, and how many social media sites you’d like to stay active on.
You May Have to Pay to Add Pictures to Your Posts
Pictures offer a focal point to your post. With just one glance, your readers can learn what you’re going to talk about and if they want to stick around.
Of course, you don’t need a professional photographer to take pictures for you. One of the appeals of blogging is folks learning about other people just like them, who share the same interests and lifestyle.
But in order to touch up pictures and create engaging graphics, it’s helpful to invest in a photo or graphic product, such as PicMonkey. This is also helpful since you can create Pinterest pins that offer eye-catching appeal.
PicMonkey and similar photo-making solutions usually cost anywhere from $47 and up. If you want quality pictures others will enjoy, this is important to have.
You don’t need to limit your pictures just to blogging, either. These can double as photos on Instagram as well, helping you to further traffic.
Plan on Educating Yourself in Your New Field
Just like any career or job field, you’ll need to learn the ins and outs of what you’re doing. Of course, you’ll learn on the job and find new ways to hone your skills through trial and error, but education can make your blogging journey easier.
You can learn from veterans in the field what has worked for them, avoid making similar mistakes, and learn how to reach out to advertisers and double your income. Education can come in the form of books and ebooks, teleclasses and groups, and even seminars.
It’s up to you how much education you wish to pursue based on your blog, interest in growing it, and what your current schedule looks like. Education can range from $5 for an ebook to several hundred or even thousands of dollars in courses or seminars.
Consider starting out small and building from there.
If you believe that something can truly help but you’re short on money and can’t get a loan the traditional way, you have options. Look into loans for bad credit, and consider this an investment in your business.
Is Blogging Worth It? It Depends on Your Overall Goal
If you’re determined to start a blog, understand that the journey is free or even cheap. But if you want a career that allows you an unlimited range of money, the ability to work as you please, and can offer a lifetime of learning, it’s worth considering.
So, “is blogging worth it?” Take a chance and see what it has to offer. Compared to other businesses, the investments are cheaper, and you can create something you’re proud of.
If you’re curious about beginning soon, check out our article on starting a blog within the next 10 minutes.
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?
I do nothing on my own.
Everything is a team effort.
As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.
One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.
What’s It Look Like?
Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.
How to Grow Your Network
Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.
But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.
Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.
Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?
Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.
I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.
Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls
I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.
Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.
Most Bloggers Never Level Up
Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.
Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.
Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up
Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.
The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.
If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.
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