Have you seen the hundreds (if not thousands) of people out there who are making a killing with their blogs?
Do you religiously read their income reports and feel a pang of envy mixed with excitement?
Do you ask yourself whether this could be possible for you too?
That’s what we’re going to find out today!
should you start blogging to make money?
That’s really the question isn’t it? Should you start a blog to make money? While I am 100% for it, there are a few things you need to ask yourself to see if this is in fact something you want do.
This post contains affiliate links.
Question #1. IS MONEY THE ONLY REASON YOU WANT TO START A BLOG?
Why do you want to start a blog? Is it just for the money? Or is it for something else? Something deeper perhaps?
I started my blog so that I could help people create passive income streams, spend more quality time with my family and of course, make money. My drive didn’t come from wanting money though. It came from wanting to spend more quality time with my family.
When your drive becomes bigger than you, that’s what will get you through the tough times, the late nights, the demotivation and the stress. But if your drive is just about the money, you will eventually run out of steam, because no one can sustain going after a goal they have no emotional anchor for.
An emotional anchor is either a person or situation you feel strongly about. Someone or something you would move heaven and earth for. That’s why you get a lot of Mothers starting blogs because their emotional anchors are almost always their kids and family.
Only you will know your true reasons for wanting to start a blog. I highly suggest you find an emotional anchor, otherwise you’re going to waste a lot of time, energy and money trying to do something you don’t really care about.
QUESTION #2. DO YOU LIKE PEOPLE & WANT TO HELP THEM IN SOME WAY?
Most successful bloggers thrive because the main focus of their blogs are to help other people. I help bloggers and entrepreneurs by documenting and sharing my processes for creating multiple streams of passive income online.
This isn’t the only way you can help people and be profitable. There are thousands of ways you can help your audience in your niche. Here’s some examples for the different niches:
- Fashion Blogger: Recommending the best places to buy designer brands for cheap
- Craft Blogger: Posting simple tutorials on how to DIY home decor
- Food Blogger: Sharing new Paleo recipes you love to eat
- Lifestyle Blogger: Recommending the best places to eat, shop & explore in your city
- Mom Blogger: Sharing helpful tips & tools on running a more efficient household
- Financial Blogger: Writing about how Millenials can save, invest & earn extra money
- Beauty Blogger: Posting daily vlogs with make up tutorials
Those are just a smidgen of ideas on how you could be helpful as a blogger to your audience. Does that sound like something you would love to do? Great! You can move on to the next question!
QUESTION #3. CAN YOU BE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR WRITING?
If you don’t already know, you need to write A LOT if you want to run a blog that profits.
Most people publish a post once a week as that tends to be the norm, but a lot of the blogs that have grown quickly publish anything from 3 – 10 posts a week. That is insane!
I myself have definitely noticed a huge increase in traffic when I publish more than one post per week, but it takes a lot of time and energy to do this. Writing a well thought-out post takes just that, time and energy, and when you’re giving your all it can be really easy to burn out.
These are the punches you gotta roll with if you’re gonna blog for profit. Before you even get started, you need to establish whether you can be consistent enough to run a blog. If you think you can stick to at least 1 post per week then you can progress to the next question!
QUESTION #4. ARE YOU WILLING TO INVEST IN YOUR BLOG?
Starting a blog is pretty easy and if you’re wanting to blog for profit you will need to invest in a good hosting platform.
But what about when it comes to other things like having a mailing list provider, social media schedulers and digital product delivery? Are you willing to invest in those things too?
We’re really lucky that we have access to a lot of cheap and free platforms that we can leverage to grow our blogs, but if you’re not willing to invest a cent into your blog, you’re gonna have a really difficult time making traction with your income.
Let’s look at what your initial investment could cost for the basics:
- Hosting: Can be as low as $3.45 per month through Bluehost
- Domain: $10 – $15 depending on the provider (free through Bluehost)
- Design: $50 – $100+ (this is where I got my theme)
- Newsletter: Free for first 2000 if signing up with Mailchimp
- Marketing: Free on Hootsuite & Buffer (with limitations)
All in all, it’s not a crazy investment, but it IS an investment. And they won’t stop after that. But if that’s something you’re willing to do to grow a thriving profitable blog then head on to the next question my friend! 😊
Note: I recommend that any one who wants to blog for profit uses WordPress. It’s really easy to use and has a ton of plugins you can integrate that allows you to make more money with ease. To get started, check out my tutorial on how to set up your blog in less than 15 minutes.
QUESTION #5. ARE YOU WILLING TO PUT IN THE EFFORT UPFRONT WITHOUT ANY GUARANTEE THAT YOU’LL ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY?
This one is a biggie. No matter what there is never really any guarantee that you will make money from your blog. Sure, there are thousands of people who already ARE making money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be one of them.
I know that’s such a hard pill to swallow (and a mega down-buzz at that!) but this is something every new blogger needs to really think about. Because blogging is a lot of hard work. And while you might have others cheering you on from the sidelines, when you take that leap down the rabbit hole you’ll be going it alone.
If you lose focus and consistency wanes, no one else is going to pick up the slack for you. It could take weeks, months, days or years to make your first dollar. So really think this one over.
I knew all of the above was a high possibility when I started House of Brazen, but I was willing to do the work anyway. What about you?
If you’re here at the bottom of the post that means only one thing. YES you SHOULD start a blog to make money! This is because you know that it’s not just about the money – it’s way bigger than you – and you’re willing to put in the time and effort to build it up even though there’s no guarantee you’ll make a dime. This shows that you’ve got the persistence, drive and that you’re in it for the long game, because it IS a long game.
You’ve so got this my friend, I can’t wait to see what you create from here onwards!
Here’s some ways you can get started:
- How to Start a Profitable Blog with Bluehost
- Where to Find Beautiful WordPress Themes
- 5 Desktop & Flay Lay Stock Photo Resources
- FREE 6-Day Course: Blog Your Way to Passive Income
- The Beginners Guide to Affiliate Marketing
- 5 Ridiculous Reasons Why I Didn’t Start My Blog Sooner
- 25 Ways to Kick Bloggers Block in the A$$
- 50 Ways to Grow Your Business
Note: If you want to give yourself the best chance possible, I recommend checking out my brand new course Affiliate Affluence where I teach you exactly how to go from making $0 – $500 in 30 days with a very small audience + strategies to continuously increase your affiliate income month by month.
what other questions to you believe a new blogger needs to ask themselves before starting a blog?