You probably have asked yourself or are asking yourself “why should I create a blog?” All over social media we see people who are talking about how they make thousands of dollars per month, even over a hundred thousand plus dollars a month! Is it true, can it be done?!
To be honest, I am now into my fourth month of creating this blog and it has been a blast! There have been many times where I wanted to quit or didn’t feel motivated whatsoever to work on it!
I have literally spent over a couple hundred hours working on it, but it has been totally worth it (and will be in the long run!) Let’s dive into this now!
5 Reasons you might want to Start a Blog
Passive Income Opportunity
One of the biggest marketing techniques as to why we should create a blog is because of the passive-income opportunity that is there. All over social media you see people talking about how they make $10,000+ a month and how it has changed their lives! They then might offer a free training or one at low cost to “show” you how they did it!
Their ad will say something along the lines of “let me show how I make $8,000+ with my blog in five easy steps for FREE!” Obviously people are making money out there with their blogs as they are promoting it!
When you see these ads you dream of everything you would do if you could quit your regular day job and made that much each month!
Make Money while Traveling
This is another huge one! I see ads every day on Facebook of people promoting their lifestyle of traveling and making money at the same time! Once I start making enough with this website, that is something I am going to do with my wife for a while, I mean who doesn’t want to travel while making money simultaneously?
Just remember (and I’ll go into this in more detail later), it’s going to take awhile before you are making enough money to travel full time. One popular blogger is Michelle Schroder and she has been traveling full time now for over two years or something! I’ll be talking more about her later though!
You Love to Write
Maybe a reason you want to start a blog up is because you love to write! I know this was a reason I wanted to start up a blog! I love to write, but not just about anything. I don’t like writing essays or anything of that nature! I really enjoy writing about things I have learned and how to help others become more successful!
I also really enjoy writing fantasy though I haven’t done it in quite sometime. Once I am financially free, one of the things I want to do is write my own fantasy series that I started writing a few years back!
You want to Share your Knowledge and Experience with the World
Another reason many people start up a blog is to share their expertise in a particular industry to the world! I know myself personally this was another huge reason for me to start a blog!
I have done so many things in the last few years that have helped me improve my quality of life greatly and I want to share that with others! If you yourself have been in an industry for quite some time, then there is a huge chance you can become successful starting a blog!
Why I Started a Blog
Search for Financial Freedom
The answer to the question “Why did I start a blog?” is a little complex! I first started learning about the importance of creating a passive income about 3 years ago. Ever since then I have dedicated my time to learning about business, sales, personal development and more!
I would even take jobs just so I could start learning certain skills! One of the things I started up a few years ago was a blog, here on Wealthy Affiliate. I had tried starting up in a niche that I knew absolutely nothing about and failed, so I quit. Also I just wasn’t financially stable enough.
For the next couple years I bounced around from thing to thing trying out different options seeing what would work best for me. During this time I had the idea to start MindzUnleashed and gear it towards people who thought like me and wanted what I wanted out of life.
I wanted to help them avoid all the mistakes I had made! So I went and bought the domain and got all the social media accounts for MindzUnleashed!
Anyways, finally after trying out different things and learning new skills I landed a job working for a public adjusting company making a salary plus commissions! Soon I wasn’t worried about financial problems and the thought came to me that now was the time to start MindzUnleashed.
After doing some research and seeing others who had become successful at making passive income online, I took the plunge!
Over the last few years I had also learned that in order for me to become successful at something I would need to pick one business and FOCUS on it until I became successful! Every time I bounced to something new, the clock for becoming financially free would restart.
Another reason I decided to start a blog was for the time freedom! I have had no desire whatsoever to work for someone else most of my waking life! I wanted to be able to spend as much time with my wife and future kids as possible!
I want to be able to go to all family events, I want to go out and create fun memories with my family! I don’t want to have any regrets in life, especially that. I have heard to many stories of people being on their death bed and saying how they had regrets about not spending enough time with loved ones. I don’t want that to be me.
Why you should Start a Blog- Practical Reasons
Now that we’ve discussed a little bit about the normal reasons people start up a blog, lets talk about practical reasons! The first and foremost reason is because we live the digital age.
Over 3 BILLION people use the internet now! Instead of having to set up a store and pay for advertising to sell only to people in your city, you can now target a much larger audience at a much cheaper price!
Maybe not cheap in sweat equity, but cheap financially. If you look at the richest man in the world Jeff Bezos, he has made his fortune using the internet! Now I am not saying you can become a Jeff Bezos, (I don’t I will either) but you can certainly learn how to make a full time income online as there are thousands of others who have done it!
Another reason to start up a blog is inflation! When was the last time you got a raise at work?? I know people who have been with their current employer for over 10 years and have not gotten a single raise, yet every year the price of everything raises 5-6%. If everything is getting more expensive but you aren’t making any money, then you are becoming poorer and poorer each year!
I know that, that is a little sad to think about, but it is true! Let that be motivation in and of itself to create a successful blog! Think about it, with a blog, you can grow your income EVERY YEAR thus out pacing inflation!
What Blog do you want to Start Up?
Now the next thing you are going to need to do is decide what sort of blog you want to start up. You can either pick a industry you have tons of knowledge in or something completely new!
Something that quite a few people do is a personal blog, where they blog about their personal life!
You can read my different basic niche guides here, I am always adding new posts to it!
A Couple Important Things to Remember
Now, this is going to be very important you keep these things in mind if you decide to start a blog.
Success does not come overnight. To create a successful blog you are going to have to put in hundreds of hours of work in before you start to see things moving! Many people who advertise how to live the good life, don’t mention the blood sweat and tears it took to get there!
You are going to want to set a realistic timeline for yourself of when you will start making money! I personally have told myself that I won’t make money for the first year I am up and running, that way I don’t get disappointed if I haven’t made a dollar after my first six months!
Another important thing to remember is that thousands of people start up a blogs everyday, yet almost no one is successful with it. Why? Because after not seeing results in the first couple months they QUIT!!
Now that I am into month 4, it is quite a bit easier to keep going because my posts are now starting to get ranked in Google, however for the first three months almost nothing happened and I was getting very discouraged which brings me to my next point!
When you get discouraged or feel like it’s not worth it, remind yourself why you started in the first place! When you start working on your website when you haven’t felt like it the energy and excitement starts to come back! (At least that’s how it is with me!) Expect to feel discouraged and the feelings of wanting to quit, it happens to everybody!
One other very important thing to remember is to choose one website and stick with it! I have seen many people who have been blogging for over a year or longer but keep trying to make different websites and so don’t get very far! Each time you start a new website you have to start the trust relationship with Google from the very beginning!
If you work on a website for 6 months but then decide you want to start a new website because you don’t like what you are currently writing about you just LOST 6 MONTHS OF TIME! So make sure you really think about what you want to create a website on!
Michelle Schroder- An Inspiration
This is a blogger I look up to quite a bit, as her story is very inspiring! She started her blog “Making Sense of Cents” in 2011 while working full time! When she first started she had no idea that you could even make money with a blog!
After 6 months she ended up making her first $100 online, that started her on the path to make even more! Then 2 years later in 2013 she was able to quit her full time job and start blogging full time!
Now in 2018 she is making over $100,000 A MONTH!! It is crazy! I thought to myself if she can do it, then I can do it as well! She has tons of great content and she also publishes her monthly income results! It is cool to see the progression she has made!
My Number 1 Recommendation for Starting a Blog
If you really want to start a blog up I highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate! They have all the training and tools necessary to become successful! They guide you step by step on your journey! There is also a great community that you get to work with and be involved! Everyone is very friendly and helpful!
Well, I sure hope this post has helped you see the reasons why you should start up a blog! It is something that is fun and rewarding! Why do you want to start a blog? Leave a comment below!
All the Best,