Things To Know Before Starting A Blog: Every ‘How to start a blog’ article says that it is extremely easy to start blogging. All you have to do is, they say, select a domain name, choose a hosting plan, install WordPress, and start writing. They say it like it’s going to be a bed of roses, making big bucks through blogging.

Like it or not, it’s not that simple. It is not like ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’ (or should I say ‘I came, I blogged, and I became rich’).

So, in this article, I will talk about the most important things to know before starting a blog.

Things To Know Before Starting A Blog

Blogging and making a living out of it, like most of the other professions, involves a lot of dedication, hard work, and most importantly, failure.

Blogging Needs Investment

To create successful blogs, one needs to invest, and that’s not limited to only the domain name and hosting plan. While you will start off with these, with passing time, you will have to invest one other stuff as well, like various tools and software, custom design, marketing promotions, ads… The list goes on.

A Little Technical Knowledge Can Be Of Great Help

With all these blogging platforms, various tools and plugins, having technical knowledge and knowledge of coding is not a must these days. However, if you spend some time on these things, you would realize that it’s not rocket science. And it will help you immensely.

For example, you don’t need knowledge of HTML and CSS to run a blog. But if you do have the basic knowledge, you will be able to make minor changes in the design of your blog and fix various small issues without having to rely on anybody else.

Blogging Needs You To Be Social

Many people, especially the ones who are introvert and hate communicating with others, choose professional blogging because they think that blogging doesn’t need one to deal with people. This is not true at all.

Blogging needs one to be social. You need to know and have a good relationship with others from the blogging community. This is how you will get opportunities to write guest blogs. Networking is very important to make your blog successful. Also, you will have to interact with your readers.

You Must Be Active On Social Media

Every body, including your target audience, is on social media. And you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get traffic from there. Also, this is where your content will go viral. So, you must be super-active on all sorts of social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Social media also plays a great role in connecting with fellow bloggers and influencers. And it is needless to say that this is where you will be able to build your reputation and authority.

Traffic Alone Cannot Make You Rich

First of all, getting your website approved for Google AdSense program is not easy. And even if it gets approved, there is no guarantee that you will earn any decent amount unless a large number of people actually click on the ads. And even if they do, advertising alone won’t give you much money.

Most of the top bloggers earn from affiliate marketing and paid reviews. Affiliate marketing needs people to click on the link (to the product) from your site and make a purchase. So, this is even more difficult.

Basically, unless and until your content reaches the right audience (and a large number of them), it is impossible to earn money through blogging.

You Need To Do A Lot Of Research

You need to be in constant touch with whatever is happening in your industry. At the same time, you need to stay updated with the latest SEO practices. All of these needs constant research. And then, you need to put regular effort to improve your writings and find new ways to make your content unique. Otherwise, there is always some other blog to replace you.

All these need extreme hard work.

It May Take Months Before You See Any Result

Yes. It’s not like you start blogging today and get your first payment next week.

It may take months, even more than a year, before you see some good result. You have to be prepared for that and plan accordingly. If you give up very easily, blogging is not for you.

So, these are the seven most important things to know before starting a blog. Keep these points in mind before you start blogging. Think if you will be able to handle all the problems that come with choosing blogging as a profession.

I hope this article on things to know before starting a blog helps you. If you have any question, ask them below and I will get back to you.