Should you start a blog in 2020? If this is the question you have been pondering then I have some answers for you.
The answers are based on my over 15 years experience in the blogging sphere.
I started blogging by chance when I came across Google blogger and felt I could use that platform to share my thoughts. I initially started blogging about culture and then transitioned to religion and other topics such as natural remedies.
These were all topics that were dear to my heart and I had a lot to share. As more and more people came to my blog I felt emboldened to share even more information.
There is nothing that surpasses the feeling that you are being heard.
If you are interested in topics that can help you start your own blog and attract traffic. I refer you to How To Start A WordPress Blog on Bluehost.
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And if you are looking at the right hosting site for your blog then I refer you to Is Bluehost good for blogging?
In the following paragraphs, I will present to you some of the best reasons you should seriously consider starting a blog.
1. It can Earn Enough Income Over Time To Replace Your Salary
When I started blogging I had no idea that you could make money from blogging. I did it just to share my ideas.
It was only later on that I discovered that one could make money through ads and other methods.
While I have not made millions of dollars like other bloggers, I have made enough to convince me that that is possible.
I, therefore, know that if you consistently push out quality content over time you will be able to earn a full-time income.
It is definitely not a thing that can happen in a short period of time. According to those that have studied these including the Income School, it should take at least 2 years of blogging.
One can however achieve this faster if he is doing it full time from the beginning. Otherwise, if you are blogging as a part-time thing then 2 years is the best estimate.
How Do You Make Money Blogging?
There various ways one can make money while blogging. One of the most common ways of doing this is through pay per click advertisements on your site.
The major player in pay per click advertisement is Google Adsense. It is by far the biggest as it controls about 60 % of all pay per click advertisements.
Others include Mediavine, AdThrive, Ezoic who are also Google Certified Publishing partners. These three get most of their adverts from Google Adsense.
They are however preferred by most high traffic blogs because they offer better-paying ads on the blogs that they put ads.
There are other players besides these such as Medianet, infolinks that are not reliant on Google AdSense.
Another way you can make money through blogging is through affiliate marketing. This is when you promote other people’s products for a commission.
This is in my opinion one of the most lucrative ways of earning an income that is far better than pay per click advertising.
One can get commissions as high as 70% of the price for digital products. That is why most bloggers prefer to use only affiliate marketing on their blogs.
Actually, you don’t have to have massive traffic to make a killing with affiliate marketing.
For example, if you are promoting a product that sells at $20 per sale with a commission of 50% You only need a hundred product sales to make a thousand dollars.
Yet from my experience you will need traffic in the region of 100,000 to make a $1000 dollars. Actually, in some niches you will struggle to make that sort of income or even come close.
Finally, the other method for making money will be through your own info product.
The good thing about creating an info product is that you can control the price and everything about the product.
This is not the case if you are promoting other people’s products. They can decide to remove it from the market and you will be one of the casualties.
2. It Can Give You Freedom to Move Around The World While Still Making Money
One of the benefits of an internet entrepreneur is that You have the freedom to do whatever you want at any time. This is especially true for those that manage to make this a full-time business and full-time income.
When that happens you are your own boss. You decide everything about your blogging business.
As long as you have internet you can decide to go to holiday destinations for as long as you want while still making money.
Actually I have blog properties that I rarely touch that have been making money for years.
That is what being successsful blogger will do to your life.
I know of bloggers who are always on the road going to various holiday destinations around the world. That is my goal this year and I hope you too will have the same ambition.
3. More Time With Your Family If You Are Successful
Once you start earning a full-time income is that it will free your time so that you can have more time with your family.
Since you don’t have to move from home to work every day you will be able to have more time with your family and kids.
Once you become established you don’t need to work every day as your blog is still available 24/7.
You can, therefore, choose to work x number of days every week and still make money from your old posts.
Most of the tensions that we experience in our families are the result of the lack of time we have with our kids and spouses.
Most children complain that their parents are there for them to help them with homework and other things.
All that changes the moment you become a full-time blogger. As you will be your own boss and are available at any time.
4. You are Your Own Boss
The cool thing about blogging is that you are your own boss especially if you decide to do it full time. You will decide everything from how long you will work to the salary, you get, etc.
There is nothing as liberating as being your own boss. Gone will the days that you had to wade through the snow to go to your office.
You will never be answerable to anyone about your work except yourself.
5. You Will Create Your Own Platform To Share Your Opinions
The ability to share your opinions with thousands of people is what amazed me most in my early days.
I remember looking at the number of subscribers I had accumulated and getting excited at the fact that I could share my opinions with them.
That is the power of blogging. You are in control of your own sphere and can share whatever you believe as long as it is not offensive.
Up to this day, I still get excited when I receive messages from my readers discussing what I had written. You feel like you have all the power in the world.
Besides this is the fact that you are making a difference in the lives of others. It is always exciting to find that some people have learned a thing or two through my blogs.
I have had people who have differing opinions from and tell me so. Even in those cases I still feel humbled to have had that stage where I can debate issues with people.
Life is not about agreeing with everybody else. As long you disagree in a respectful manner there should be no problem whatsoever.
6. It Is One of The Cheapest Ways of Starting a Business
If you take everything into account blogging is one of the cheapest ways to start a business. Just imagine starting a business with just $4 and over time be able to make a living out of it.
Of course, as traffic increases you may have to find better packages but you will still be paying less than what you would need to start any other business.
If for whatever reason you don’t have the $4 you can find a free blogging platform like blogger.
Actually I started blogging using Google Blogger 15 years ago. I still have some blogs on Blogger.
I have written a post comparing Blogger vs WordPress.