Before you even think about investing money into blogging you should take a close look at whether or not you’ll be suitable for blogging. There has been a lot of noise made about how blogging is everyone’s key to riches, but the fact remains not everyone is going to be suitable for blogging. There are plenty of factors out there that you need to weigh out in order to determine whether blogging is right for you. In this article I’m going to show you some of the questions you should be asking yourself before you go out and spend money on hosting and domains, not to mention all the other cool tools most bloggers invest in.
Do You Like Writing?
If you don’t enjoy writing then blogging won’t work for you at all. Writing is the backbone of every blog and if you aren’t willing to write content everyday then blogging is not for you. There are plenty of options out there for other types of websites that don’t require daily updates, but as a blogger if you want to be successful you need to make blog posts everyday.
Writing or Speaking?
Most people can consider themselves either a writer or a speaker. I personally consider myself a writer and I actually have lots of problems speaking in public. I get nervous when I’m speaking in public and this is normal for some people which make them good candidates for blogging. If you love to speak though, then you might want to consider starting a video website or podcasting website.
How Much Time Do You Have?
To really run a blog you’re going to need about two hours everyday and you can’t leave days out because you just don’t feel like blogging that day. You need to take it seriously as you’ll be the one paying for your hosting and domains. If you’re not going to be consistent then you’re not going to make money and you’ll be throwing money away for hosting and domains with no return. Make sure you have plenty of time each day so that you can write a blog post and build some links.
You’ll want to have some technical understanding when it comes to the computer and the internet before you start blogging. There is plenty of small things you need to do in order to have wordpress run properly and you don’t want to hire someone every time you need to do something. WordPress is one of the easiest CMS systems to use, but you need to still possess some technical ability.
Do You Like Reading?
As a blogger you need to become active on other blogs as well and if you don’t then you will fall behind the competition quickly. If you like reading blogs and commenting on what you read then you’re really looking like you’d be a great blogging candidate.
You need to be ready before you even begin blogging to work hard. You should know ahead of time that blogging is a lot of work and you won’t see quick results. A lot of people neglect to mention that money isn’t found quickly in blogging and you need to invest time, sweat and a bit of money to make any sort of return.
These are only the questions I came up with off of the top of my head, there are plenty more you should ask yourself before committing any money and time to blogging. I would say that roughly 80% of everyone who starts a blog gives up after a month or less due to not seeing any instant results. It takes time to rank in the search engines and build trust between your readers so the money will come if you can pass the test. You need to build a blog with loyal readers the first few months and if you can manage to do that then the money will start rolling in. In some instances it can take weeks only before seeing money from your blog, but I don’t like giving false impressions so expect to spend six months working on your blog before seeing any results.