Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:38 pm
Maybe you’ve been thinking that you should create a new blog? Perhaps you’re ready to start taking the steps towards financial and time freedom. I mean who doesn’t want to create a better lifestyle for themselves?
You’ve read all the income reports online and are ready to start your own online journey. However, you’re still not sure if you should create a new blog or not?
If this sounds like you, then I’m going to provide you with some valid reasons you should definitely give blogging a chance. You most likely won’t make money right out the gate, but with some hard work and persistence, it will pay off.
Why I Started My Blog
Before I can get into the 7 reasons you should create a new blog, I first should tell you why I’ve been working hard on mine. At the time of this writing, this blog is about 13 months old and I’ve never worked harder in my life.
I currently work full-time as a WordPress freelancer, however, I am no longer happy with it. So I figured, why not start a blog and share my WordPress knowledge with people. I know how difficult the platform can be when you’re first starting out.
It took me over 8 hours to set up my first WordPress site, you can read about my first experience here.
I won’t say that I know everything about WordPress. There are people who know more than I do, but the cool thing about running a blog on WordPress is that you don’t need to know everything.
If you are completely new to WordPress and have no clue how to start a blog, I’ve created a step-by-step tutorial that will help you get your blog started in minutes.
My experience with WordPress revolves around a little bit about everything. I currently manage WordPress sites, set up sites, handle some WordPress errors, migrate sites, set up WooCommerce and etc…
The cool thing about using WordPress is that you don’t have to be extremely technical to get started with it. Yes, it does come with a little bit of a learning curve, but you don’t have to know everything about the platform to start using it.
My Goal With This Blog
My main goal is to eventually build this blog into a full-time income so I can walk away from my freelancing business. Maybe you’ve been toying with the possibility of starting a blog so you can earn a part-time income from home?
Or maybe you’ve thought about the possibility of earning a full-time income so you can walk away from your JOB?
Either way, the truth is that when you start a blog, a world of possibilities opens up to you. Of course, you need to realize that it’s not going to happen overnight.
It really doesn’t matter why you’ve thought about starting a blog. The main thing is that you just need to get started today to start working towards creating your financial future.
I just know that I no longer want to work 100% with clients. Instead, I want most of my income to come from affiliate marketing and digital product creation.
I no longer want to rely on income that relies on me to be part of the equation. For instance, the only way that I make money in my WordPress freelance business is if I take on work for a new client. If I am not doing work for a client, I won’t make money.
As I get older, I realize home important it is to create income streams that are passive. Don’t worry, I know that it takes a lot of hard work to start creating passive income and it won’t always be passive. The great thing is that I love working on this blog and learning as I grow it.
If you’ve been considering starting a blog, but don’t know how I recommend checking out all the beginner WordPress tips that I’ve put together to make it easier for you.
Maybe you haven’t started your blog and not sure how to do it? Well, that’s okay, I’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial that will help you learn how to start a blog on SiteGround.
Now that you know why I started my blog, here are…
7 Reasons You Should Create A New Blog
1. Share Your Personal Experience or Journey
If you ask several new bloggers, they will tell you that they had no clue it was possible to make money online. They only started their blog because they wanted to share their own personal story. Over time, they realized that it was possible to make money from their blog.
If you have a skill or are trying to accomplish a goal, why not share it through blogging. Chances are you’ll be able to help others who are trying to achieve the same goals as you are.
2. Sell Your Products or Services
Maybe you sell homemade soap, jewelry, books, holistic products or digital products. You can use your blog as your platform to sell your products. WordPress makes it easy with Easy Digital Downloads or WooCommerce to set up a shop on your blog.
Of course, you can use 3rd party platforms like Teachable or Thinkific to sell your platforms. I personally haven’t used any of these, but many bloggers online have successful set up their digital products on them. Michelle Schroeder uses Teachable for her Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.
The cool thing is that you have several options of where and how to host your digital products. This post covers everything you need to know about selling your digital products online.
I actually chose to host my own products on a separate domain instead of paying a third party host. That’s the cool thing about selling products online. You get to choose how you want to deliver your own products.
You can check out all my products here.
3. Help Others
Nothing is better than helping others solve problems or get ahead in life. It’s one of the main reasons that I started my blog. I wanted to share my personal experience and knowledge to help others. When I had a typical 9-5 job, I wasn’t able to help anyone or do things the way that I wanted.
I had to do what my employer wanted me to do. Today, I feel like I can actually help others through my blog. In turn, I am learning how to do new things on a regular basis as well.
I’ve made it a point to share my progress on what I am doing to grow this blog. You can check out all my blog growth reports here.
I’m sure there is a lot of other blogger’s who know more than I do. That’s okay.
There’s always going to be someone who knows more than you do. Your job is to help those people who are behind you in your journey.
4. You Can Make Money
We’ve all read those success stories where people have turned their blog into a full-time income. Your blog will open up doors for different monetization methods. You can read this post to learn how to monetize a blog.
There are several different ways to monetize a blog. The most important thing to remember when you do start monetizing is to diversify your income.
You never want to make the mistake of having all your income coming from just one source.
5. Establish Authority in Your Niche
Blogging can help you build your authority. When you start your blog, you want to make sure that you’re sharing as much valuable content that can help solve people’s problems. You don’t have to cure hunger with your blog posts.
Whenever you sit down to write a new blog post, think about how you can actually help your readers. The more people that you help through your blog posts, the more often those readers will come back to read more content.
Eventually, as your blog starts to get more traffic, people will start sharing your content and will start viewing you as an expert.
6. Learn New Skills
Bloggers are very talented people. Most of us when we start out don’t know anything about becoming entrepreneurs, building a business, marketing, networking, working with WordPress plugins and etc…
I’ve never built a business in my life. My background consists of going to school and getting a job. I was brought up with the mentality that we had to work for someone else who pays us a paycheck. Actually, I am the only entrepreneur in my family.
Blogging requires you to learn new skills. Many people will tell you that you should outsource those tasks that you can’t do. While I do agree outsourcing is a great way to take those tasks off your plate that you can’t do.
However, the truth is that most new bloggers don’t have the money to start outsourcing right away. This means that we are the ones who do everything for our blog.
You’ll either have to invest in courses or watch tons of YouTube videos that will teach you how to do something for your blog. Or, you’ll have to spend the money to hire someone to do something for you.
7. Create Opportunities
Blogging has helped many people land some amazing opportunities. You may have read stories from people who say it wouldn’t have happened had it not been for my blog.
When you’re first starting a blog, you’re going to be overwhelmed. In fact, you might get to the point where you want to quit. Whatever you do, don’t quit. Keep working and building your blog, even when you don’t have any readers. Eventually, you might be the one sharing your crazy blogging story.
It’s Easy But Not Simple
Setting up WordPress is easy, but don’t be fooled. Growing a blog takes time and hard work. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have success with your blog.
The most important thing to remember is that success doesn’t happen overnight. You might fail with your first blog, I did and I’ve made several blogging mistakes in the past.
You have to keep getting back up and dusting yourself off. Don’t let your failures stop you from turning your blog into a business. Keep learning and keep working, only you can prevent yourself from succeeding with your blog.
Common FAQ ‘s
Can I Start On A Free Platform?
So many new people who want to start a blog, want to start on a free platform. If you are unsure of whether you have what it takes to grow a blog, it may not be bad to test the waters out on a free platform like Blogger, Tumblr or the free version of WordPress.
I know that everyone says you should start on a self-hosted blog. But the truth is that it costs money to run a blog. Not a lot, in fact, here are the bare minimum costs of running a self-hosted blog.
I’ve personally never started a blog on a self-hosted platform. But then I have always known that my goal is to turn a blog into a full-time business and work my ass off to make it a reality.
How Long Does It Take to Start Earning Money?
This is the million dollar question that everyone wants to know. It’s so easy to think that you can start a blog today and begin earning tomorrow.
Especially, if you have read some of those income reports online. They make it sound like all you have to do is start a blog and write a few posts and the money will come in.
That’s far from true. While it’s true that some people have success a lot faster than others. The average blogger can take 1-3 years to see success.
There is no secret to blogging success. If you have the dedication and persistence to succeed and don’t quit when things get tough, eventually you will see success. If you want to hear a story about a blogger who went from zero to successful, then listen to this podcast.
Is It Easy to Build A Blog?
Starting a blog is not easy, in fact, you can get your blog started in the next 20-30 minutes even if you’re not a techie person.
Anyone can start a blog, that’s why there are so many blogs online. The challenge comes when you’re trying to get more pageviews to your blog.
All bloggers struggle with growing their traffic. That’s why you’ll see so many people selling all kinds of digital products that promise to help you grow your blog.
I wish I could tell you that growing your blog will be painless and fast. But the truth is that it’s going to take a lot of time to grow your blog. If you are completely new to blogging, sign up for this free 12-Day Blogging Course to help you understand what it takes to grow a blog.
Final Take Away
You can’t please everyone, so do yourself a favor and don’t try. Write what you want and who cares what others think. Don’t let others hold you back from achieving your goals.
Do something for your blog every day and eventually, you’ll be happy that you started your blog.
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How has blogging changed your life? Let me know in the comments below, I always love reading about people’s blogging journey’s and experiences.