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.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.
I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.
Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.
What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.
Go with What You Know
When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.
But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.
But Is It Worth the Time?
One of my favorite check up blogging activities involves asking if some blogging action is worth the time. Someone may ask me to do something to benefit them. Sometimes, I do it. But often, it is not worth the time I would put into the action. Why? My time is precious. All time is precious. Thinking how a specific action leverages your presence in a specific amount of time gives you clarity in making a decision.
Someone may ask me to guest post on a blog completely out of my niche. Is it worth the time? Almost always, nope. But even if I do it once I likely never do it again because I only have so much time daily to work with, and I cannot spend 1 second trying to connect with an audience who has zero interest in what I have to offer. Just my gig. I have too much to do daily, to do anything otherwise. The secret for any new blogger is to learn this time posture tip and to put it into action before your schedule gets filled with clients and speaking to customers and creating and connecting. New bloggers believe they possess all the time in the world but this ain’t true. New bloggers need be as ruthless with their time or else other people will trample all over their time.
Imagine if someone asks you to self-publish an eBook on an unknown platform because the person enjoys reading eBooks on the platform. Would it be worth the 3 hours it took to write and proofread and ship the eBook to put it on a platform for one person? Nope. Waste of time. But you would be surprised at how many new bloggers or struggling bloggers make this foolish decision, choosing to waste their time for one person with weird, exotic tastes. What WOULD be worth your time? Write the eBook, self-publish on Amazon and gain access to an audience of hundreds of millions of people. This is smart use of your time because 3 hours of work gives you access to millions of people. Do you see why I promote my Amazon eBooks all day long?
Speaking of, buy my eBook:
because this read melds perfectly with the topic of this blog post. We need turn down or release certain online partnerships that do not resonate with our blog, brand, schedule and overall energy. I released a few of these over the years because I was not resonant with the gig. Accepting out of a sense of guilt, or, loss of opportunity-money, would have completely wasted my time. I would have needed to own that one, big time, because if you say “yes” to an opportunity you do not vibe with, you waste time every split second you engage with the business partner, or, in the business opportunity itself.
Check your value filter. What do you most value? Before you do anything with your blog, ensure this activity aligns with your values. I value writing to help people, I value promoting my eBooks and I value promoting my course, too. Which is why you see me guest posting here and on a gazillion other blogs while publishing 5 or more posts to Blogging From Paradise these days. I spend time on what I value to help more folks, to succeed and to have fun enjoying the ride.
Do the same before you decide to engage in any blogging activity.
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