I meet lots of people who want to start their own blog; I help some of them start on the right footing. In my interactions with them, I receive tons of questions. Some of the questions are echoed more often than others.
What I want to do today is share 5 of the most frequent questions I have received about blogging. You will find my answers on these questions revealing if you have asked the same questions yourself. Also, by writing this post, my goal is to provide a reference link for people who will ask these questions in the future.
If you have another question which is not covered in this post, you can ask your question in the comment box, or join the conversation via Facebook, and I will do my best to answer them.
5 Frequently asked questions about blogging – and my answers to them
DO BLOGGERS MAKE MONEY?
Yes, bloggers make money. In fact, bloggers make staggering amounts of money. But then there are bloggers who make nothing at all.
Most times, when people ask me this question, what they are really asking is, “How much do bloggers make?”
Well, there’s no easy way to answer that question. The short answer is, it depends.
Bloggers don’t receive salaries so you can’t say that once you get to a certain stage, you make a certain amount of money.
As I said, some bloggers make insane amounts of money like Mathew Woodward who made over $27,000 in April, 2017, or Michelle who made over $130,000 in March, 2017, through her blog. Then there are countless bloggers who make nothing at all, yet.
What determines how much you earn is your effort, persistence, and ability to understand and deliver what your readers want.
It is difficult to guess how much Nigerian bloggers make because I’m yet to see any who publishes their monthly income report.
Darlington Omeh once said he built his blog to make over N500,000 monthly 2 years after he launched wealthresult.com. Of course, only Nigerians living on Mars may not have heard of LindaIkeji, BellaNaija or Naij.com.
Having known that there are endless opportunities to make money as a blogger, my one advice to you is this: if you are going to start a blog, do it for the passion, not for the money.
Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes time and hard work for a blog to gain traction and start making money for the owner. It took me over 7 months of consistent work to make my first ever dollar through this blog. If you are worried about how much you could make or how soon you could make it, there’s a chance you are heading for frustration.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO START A BLOG?
Again, it depends.
You can start a free blog on Blogger or WordPress if you just want to try your hands at blogging and see how far you can go. I know a lot of people who started with having a free blog. Some of them went on to make money, upgrade and own their domain while some could not continue for any of different reasons. So you can start blogging right now, free of charge.
However, if you are really serious about building an online business through blogging, I strongly recommend you invest a little into getting your own domain and building your own blog.
It cost me a little over $50 to set up my blog. This is because I subscribed for 2-year hosting on ipage.com ($47). If you sign up for 1 year, then the cost is considerably lower.
SHOULD I BLOG ON A BROAD OR NARROW TOPIC?
I would recommend you pick a narrow topic.
With broad topics, it could be overwhelming to try to cover everything. Unless you are a seasoned blogger or you have lots of cash to outsource content creation, this could be an almost impossible task.
With a narrow topic, you are more focused on dealing with a particular issue instead of trying to do everything.
Another important reason I would go with a narrow topic is, people are more likely to search for ‘how to cure back pain’ on search engines than a broad topic like health.
When you narrow your niche, you are more likely to attract targeted visitors who will appreciate the solution they are able to find on your blog.
I published a post on 18 popular blog topic ideas for beginner bloggers, and I included their various sub-niches to narrow things down. These niches are evergreen and get the most search engine traffic.
EVERYBODY IS BLOGGING THESE DAYS. IS blogging overrated?
No, it is not.
The beautiful thing about blogging is that it lets you express yourself in your own unique way, voice and style. This is why there is room for everybody on the planet to have their own blog, because we are all unique creatures who have different views about things.
The reason blogging seems overrated or redundant is because we have a lot of people who have no idea why they want to have a blog except that they hear people make serious money through blogging. Most of them have nothing meaningful to offer other than a wish to make quick money. This is why you see so many copy/paste bloggers who know nothing about anything. Don’t be like them.
When you find your own unique voice and a meaningful way to reach other people, blogging is never overrated.
HOW DO I ATTRACT MASSIVE TRAFFIC TO MY BLOG?
There are many methods you can use to build your blog traffic. You will find most of those in another post, Reasons Nobody Visits Your Blog – and what to do about it.
You must make sure you post quality content on your blog. It does not make sense to spend time and resources driving traffic when there is nothing worth seeing on your blog. Content is king.
Low-quality content means you will have a hard time keeping your readers.
Of course, these answers are only my opinion on these questions; they are based on my experience. If you have any questions which I did not answer in this post, you can ask me in your comments.
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