Hello friends, are you unsure if you should start a blog or not?
Well, you came to the right place!
Starting a blog can be a terrifying thought specially when you are not geeky. Well, you are not alone.
This post will answer some common questions beginners have.
So I’m giving 10 Answers I Wish I Knew As a Beginner.
The 10 most common questions asked by beginner bloggers.
1) How much does it cost to start a blog?
Depending on your website host you can expect an average of 50$ to 250$ monthly.
This cost includes a domain, hosting, and a premium website theme (or website builder). You should plan to spend between 25$ to 150$ every month for other blogging tools, essential pluggings, and resources.
At some point, you should invest in a course to expand your skills and knowledge of blogging. There are coaching programs you could consider as well.
Like my number one I talk about in my other posts, you can join the Wealthy Affiliate program. With us, you’ll have a coach, courses, and a lot of free plugins and free webinars, free other lessons offered by the community.
And within the time an ROI with Wealthy Affiliate. (return on investment).
2) How do you know what to blog about?
Well before you buy your domain you’ll want to choose a niche for yourself.
A niche is a focused topic you’ll choose to write about, it’s a specific topic you’ll base your whole blog around.
Consider blogging about your passions, teach everything you know and are good at. Think about missing content from your favorite blogs or focus on presenting solutions to problems.
For example; Lifestyle, business, travel, food, etc… There are so many possibilities.
Have you ever run out of ideas for your blog?
If you choose a niche that you know, something you love to talk about, a passion maybe and it’ll help you with your blog posts.
If you write about something that excites you and makes you happy, you won’t run out of ideas.
3) BUT, if it would ever happen I do have some tips:
- make lists, when you have an idea write it down
- look at Pinterest boards
- go on youtube search your niche
- take ideas from other bloggers (do not copy, but inspire yourself with their blog)
- Search forums
- brainstorm topics
4) When does a blog start making money?
It takes around 6+ months to start making money, for a full-time income prepare yourself to put in at least a year’s worth of work.
Most bloggers reported that it took them at least 6 months to start making money. A good 6 months of 40-hours/week work, even for those who are skilled in the making of blogs.
It can depend on the way you rely on making traffic to your blog. if you only rely on SEO search to make your traffic it may take longer.
Marketing will speed up the process, paid or free ads.
5) Is social media necessary?
You DO NOT need social media to be a successful blogger.
Social media is a great promotion and marketing tool. It’s not essential that to make it ‘big’ in the blogging world.
It can help you get an audience, as well as enhancing your traffic but it isn’t mandatory to start your blog.
Pinterest is a great way to drive free traffic to your blog and eventually an email list is a must to keep in touch with your followers.
When you start your blog concentrate on writing posts and expanding your site. After writing about 15 to 20 posts then you can start sharing on social media.
6) How does a blog earn money?
One of the most common ways to make money while blogging is through placing ads on your sites. Ads: Cost per click. Each time a reader clicks on the ad, you are paid for that click.
Ads are very popular among bloggers.
There’s affiliate marketing, which is when you recommend products and/or services, and receive a commission on every sale made.
You can sell your own products at your own prices. for example; ebooks, bracelets, notebooks, bags, etc…
You can do sponsored posts or some freelanced writing.
There’s also coaching and consulting.
7) How much time do you spend blogging?
You can spend 60 minutes to 6 + hours on an average post. Depending on your time schedule. When you start usually you’ll spend all your free time on it.
Usually, bloggers are more likely to work around 20 to 40 hours a week on their website.
Pros are most likely working 60 + hours per week on their website
You have to make time to find a topic then research your topic, edit your photos, write your post, etc…
You also need to make time to reply to comments and arrange your email list.
8) Is a Professional website necessary?
A professional website is more so for your business, it shows credibility. Is it a necessity? No!
You don’t need a professional website to make money. It gets pretty expensive hiring someone to build one.
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9) Do you need a lot of blog posts?
You should think about the quality of your posts before the quantity!
Your audience doesn’t want you to have 200 ok blog posts, they rather have 50 great, amazing blog posts.
For certain situations, you might need a minimum of posts.
For example, You should have at least 15 posts on your blog before you ask for ads.
10) Any advice for a beginner blogger?
- Write on something you are passionate about. Nice down, be specific about your niche.
- Develop your own tone, you don’t have to be perfect in your posts, put personality in your posts.
- Consistency is very important.
- Get inspired by other blogs.
- Make content easy to scan!
- Get ideas from your audience. Create posts that answer the most interesting questions from people you engage with on your blog.
- Write for yourself first.
- Build your email list.
- Love your existing readers.
- Focus on building an amazing call-to-action.
My final thoughts
So these were the 10 most common questions asked on blogging I found on the web.
Should you start a blog, the answer is Yes!
If you know how to write have a computer and internet, you are already halfway there.
You have to be persistent and positive because it’s like any other job. You have adjustments to do and have to give your all.
Hard work pays well!
If you have any other questions leave a comment below. I really enjoy reading your thoughts and suggestions.
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