Hey guys I wanted to write this Post in response to another very well respected Blogger and Freelance professional. His name is Tom Ewer. And he has a lot of good info. when it comes to writing and blogging.
In his latest Post, his title was aptly named ‘Why you Shouldn’t Blog’ . Tom states he is playing the devil’s advocate and wants to give insight into why blogging is something that people should reconsider doing particularly if they are just starting out.
Reading this I could not help but engage myself in a little cheek and tongue retort 🙂
So conversely, I am going to look at the other side and bring up the point ‘why you should be blogging’. And this is something that I have argued for a number of years now. Not just today.
One of the things that really attracted me to Blogging 6 years ago was the fact that you could start one on a shoestring budget and start making millions overnight lol. No just kidding. I knew you could not earn like that.
But frighteningly there are many people who think you can just start a blog and start making a lot of money from the git go. Hence, the reason there are millions and millions of blogs on the Web today.
And do not think that all them are people talking about how their Aunt Rosie changed their Life or about their Church missionary trip to Africa.
Nope !! They are on the internet making blogs to try to strike it rich. Its almost like blogging is the modern day era of the gold rush in the 1800’s. Many try their hand at it but few see much success.
Tom hits it dead on when he says these blogs that are put up and start making thousands and thousands within a month or two are just exceptions to the rule. They very rarely happen.
A little bit of my Story
So why should you be Blogging ?? I asked my self this from the beginning of my blogging career years ago and my reason was I wanted to make some extra money with banner ads on my plain, new, little blog. I was pretty simple minded back then and did not get the whole picture on what blogging was and where it could take you if done properly.
However, over time I began to look at Blogging as more of a business; nothing really different than a offline business like a printing shop or Computer retail.
I learned over the years Blogging is not a get rich overnight endeavor. But as Tom says it takes years for many people to see even a small profit.
Why You Should be Blogging…Now!
And thus comes my reason that you really should be blogging as soon as possible.
First of all, you need to go learn from the best bloggers on the Web (there are plenty that are accessible), formulate a well thought out strategy, and then put that strategy to action. In other wards go ahead and just do it ; start pounding that keyboard and writing new Posts for your blog that really perk the ears of others around you..
I have found that Blogging with good material and engaging content is much like fine wine. The longer you stick around and the more you age your blog the more it gains in value.
Over time ,we are talking about gaining credibility with Google and getting more Search Traffic that is laser targeted to buy stuff from you and even better than this getting traffic that turns into very trusting subscribers to your list.
From my experience my older blogs get more traffic, have higher PRs, and ultimately higher profitability than the newer ones.
The Business Model of Blogging
Absurd business model ? For me and many other colleagues I would say the opposite is true. Actually, it can really be the perfect business model if done in the right way with the right mind set within the right time frame.
I am just so thankful that I started to build my own ‘virtual real estate’ as soon as I could with blogging !
Is it all passive income as Tom seems to infer in his Post 😉 ? No you still have to put the work in and build relationships with your readers and customers if you want to keep growing your business. This doesn’t matter if your blog is one month old or ten years old.
Some times the more money you start making the more stress comes along with it and the more you have to work.
So much like Freelance Writing and other online services, Blogging takes work and you have to treat it as a real Business .
The Sooner you start blogging the better
But the sooner you start blogging and getting down in the trenches for awhile, the sooner you will start seeing the rewards.
Blogging may not be for everyone, but I truly believe that anyone with some guidance can take it far if they are in it for the long haul . The operative phrase being ‘long haul’ .( And Tom also puts it perfectly when he says quote, ” You should be impatient to Leave Work Behind. You should want to do it tomorrow. Blogging won’t get you there tomorrow.” )
So go ahead and invest in a good Domain right now even if you can write only one great post a month. Do it for five years straight and at your own pace and see where it can take you 😉
Do not be surprise if takes you to a level you never thought possible !
Just a seed of thought to plant in your head !