10 Reasons To Start A Blog

In todays post I will give you 10 reasons to start a blog. And I am really hoping you start your blog today. We’re waiting πŸ™‚

If you are passionate about a topic and want to share what you know, start a blog to give yourself a platform.

Or maybe you’re thinking about creating extra income or considering changing careers so that you can work from home. Blogging is a great choice.

This post was originally published January 23rd, 2018 and has been updated to be current with new information. This post may contain affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Full disclosure is here.

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What Exactly Is A Blog?

Blogging started out as an online journal for anyone who wanted to share their thoughts with the world.

As people discovered the useful content, more people were encouraged to share what they know. Now, instead of only a few experts, there are millions.

You can go online and learn from multiple people daily, learning from folks who live all around the world.

And blogging is now big business

Bloggers discovered that they could promote other peoples products and earn a commission. Bam! Affiliate marketing became a cash cow.

Not only can you learn interesting things from strangers, you can now purchase products reviewed by them. win-win.

Or you can put ads on your website and earn income. Or create products and sell them. The possibilities are endless.

There are tons of ways to earn money from home.

So if you think it’s time to ditch your 9-to-5 job for something more fulfilling, put blogging on your short list.

What Do I Need To Start A Blog?

You need:

  • A name for your website (domain),
  • The platform with which to write your blog posts (a content management system like WordPress),
  • Website hosting, which gives you the www address for your website (we recommend Siteground)
  • And most importantly, a niche (the topic of your website)

These items help you get set up. But what you really need is a strong desire to help others by sharing your knowledge.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Blog Now

1. Blogging is one of the least expensive ways to start a business.

When you consider that you can write blog posts and then put affiliate links on your website and generate an income, there is no better time to get started.

It is realistic that, over a period of time,  you can replace the income from your 9-to-5 job. Or more.

Yes, it does take time to get to this point. But it takes time to start earning with a brick and mortar business as well. So start now!

How long it takes to earn money with a blog depends on how often and how much content you create.

Content is: blog posts, YouTube or Tik Tok videos, Instagram posts, or other informative sharing.

Creating lots of content is how you find out what your audience is most interested in. Then you create more of it.

Creating lots of content quickly lets you find out faster what to write and promote.

You may think “well can’t I just write what I want?”. Well, sort of.

In the beginning you do that. Over time, specific topics will rise to the top. Those popular topics are where you will focus your money-making efforts.

And those popular posts are the ones that you use to get more people to visit your website. Popular website = income.

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2. Google loves bloggers.

Google loves to give plenty of options to people searching online.

The better your content is, the higher your website shows up in the search results, the more people find out about you.

Google has plenty of helpful tools and programs to help you do better in ranking.

Google Search Console and Google Analytics are free and helpful programs that show you who visits your site, how old they are, where they live, and sometimes even their hobbies (based on searches).

This helps you improve your posts and make your site as user friendly as possible.

Google has its own “affiliate” program called Google AdWords.

The program allows you to put ads of different sizes, shapes, and even colors on your website.

These banner ads let you earn money when someone clicks on it. Ads are tailored to the theme (niche) of your website. You have probably clicked many of these ads without even knowing!

Google also likes to help you with optimizing your website and has a huge knowledge base of articles that help you tweak your site to get the most traffic.

This optimizing is called SEO, or search engine optimization.

There are thousands of websites with articles on best practices, and you will learn a lot as you move forward building out your site with great content.

Did I mention that you can start today?

3. Starting a blog helps you to help others.

If this is not the best reason to start, I am not sure what is.

Taking your personal knowledge on of a subject, writing it out, publishing it, all to help others. What could be better?

Not only do you get to clarify your knowledge, but people will ask you questions about your niche. This gives you more ideas for subjects to write about.

You can become the “go-to” person on your topic. The blogging world is creating all kinds of authorities for all manner of subjects. You can do it too.

4. Become an authority while you learn to write better.

You learn how to express your thoughts on the subject so that you can explain concepts to others.

And you learn more about your niche, which in turn gives you more stuff to write about! How cool is that?

And if you discover that your audience is only interested in a tiny section of your niche/topic…even better!

The more drilled-down the topic, the easier you will rise to the top as an authority.

If you can blog for people (instead of blogging for the money), they will also be able to tell that you are someone who wants to help them, then they will be more likely to buy from you later.

It is imperative that you build up trust while serving others before you try to sell.

5. You will meet new people and make connections with other niche authorities.

To meet fellow bloggers, you can join groups of other like-minded people from around the world. Learn from them and they can learn from you.

As well, you can spy on the competition in your niche and see what they are writing about.

Then see what they are not writing about so that you can write about it!

Visitors will come to your site, read your blog posts and ask questions.

This gives you more opportunity to explore what you know and what you need to learn. The most popular blogs are the ones that are trying to help people first.

There is so much benefit for your personal well-being when you are blogging. Learning, inspiring, and teaching are just some of these benefits.

And all of these will make you a better person! Start today!

6. You will find mentors. And you will become one.

It is inevitable that you will be an authority for your niche. So naturally, other people will come to you to:

  • Find out what you know
  • Discover how they can do what you are doing

You can even have a section on your website for people who want to start their own blog.

Don’t worry about competition…no one knows your topic in the same way that you do. There’s plenty of room for everyone.

Plus you are already ahead of them. And maybe you will learn a few tricks from them as well.

7. You learn new skills

Setting up a blog, learning WordPress (hint: not that hard), and becoming a better writer may be new skills for you.

Writing is very cathartic; information that has been on your mind for a while will be freed and made available for others.

As well, the longer you blog, the more things you will learn. You go from beginner, to intermediate, to a full-time professional. Your skills can be used for not only mentoring others, but you can be a consultant locally.

You can teach classes to help others get set up or just give pointers to assist new entrepreneurs on which way to go next.

8. How much income you earn is up to you

Blogging income is based on scaling. Scale back to free up time, but earn less. Expand content creation to reach income goals faster.

Once you start earning income, you will know that your efforts are working, so you do more of that.

For example, you may decide to create paid ads on Facebook to generate more website visitors. Perhaps your first ad generates 20 new customers.

Next time, you run your ad longer or increase the target audience in the hopes of getting 50 new customers.

It’s up to you whether you are okay with where you are at or if you want to increase your efforts.

9. You learn more about yourself as a person

Learning how to blog can be challenging at times because there are so many options and ways to go.

As you make choices, you may also have new doubts. Mistakes will be made.

In the example above, maybe you decide to run your Facebook ad longer the second time. And it ends up costing you money for no new customers.

Do you quit?

Or do you pick up the pieces and move on?

All the successful bloggers that I know persevered, learned from their mistakes, and came out victorious.

You don’t learn skills like that in grade school. You learn that from doing something challenging…from trying.

10. People are waiting for you to help them

And here is the best reason by far to start your blog…people are waiting on it.

We now have a global marketplace. And that market needs your input.

You are the only person who can explain your topic in your own unique way.

And that is the only way some people will “get it”. Your website copy will explain it in just the right way that can (possibly) change peoples lives.

They deserve that change. And you deserve to be the person that gives it to them. Really. Think about that.

Conclusion

Have I encouraged you to start thinking of a niche idea for your own website? I certainly hope so.

Starting a blog has been a rewarding experience for me, so I try to encourage others to try it for themselves. There is nothing like having people write to you to ask for tips or help. It’s a good feeling.

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Have a great week and happy blogging!

-Irma πŸ™‚

10 Reasons To Start A Blog

18 thoughts on “10 Reasons To Start A Blog”

  1. Uau , estou simplesmente apaixonada por seu blog, eu sou nova como blogueira, e estou buscando inspiraçáes, e o seu blog me inspira muitoo. Obrigada, Felicidades!

    Translated using Google Translate: Wow, I’m just in love with your blog, I’m new to blogging, and I’m looking for inspiration, and your blog inspires me a lot. Thank you, Cheers!

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    • Hello Daniella and thank you for visiting us today and I am glad that you are enjoying our website! I wish you the best of luck πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      -Irma πŸ™‚

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  2. 1-2 hours per day per post? I don’t think so. From my experience, it’s been like 10 hours to write a blog post. How do you get to write a blog post in that short amount of time?

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    • Hello Evan and thank you for visiting us today!

      I can write 2000 words in 2 hours now. I recommend Christina’s course Create Quality Content Quickly (that link leads to my blog post review of the course).

      It helped me to organize my writing and sit down to the task. I get way more done now, and sometimes I can write enough for two 2000 word blog posts! I was amazed at how much easier writing is for me now. I have a bunch of posts sitting in a drafts folder now.

      I only write one 2000 word post a week now unless the topic is long, and then I do two 1000-1500 word posts.

      If you have a tough time writing, then I do suggest a course of some kind. I have tried a couple of writing courses and I found Christina’s to be the most helpful for me.

      Cheers,
      -Irma πŸ™‚

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  3. I used to have this rather toxic and biased mentality that blogging is not a real job and I just couldn’t understand how people actually make a living just by blogging. I was still very young back then and wasn’t really smart so I always avoided the topic of blogging whenever my friends talk about it. The funny thing is after all those years of criticizing blogging as a full time job, I am actually starting a blog as my source of income. I wish I had started sooner maybe in 2015 but after reading your article, I realized that blogging suits me the best

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    • Hello Rab and thank you for visiting us today!

      I agree! I thought blogging sounded like a hobby, so that you could vent. And then I became a fan of some of the blogs that I follow, and I thought “Is this person making money from this? There sure are a lot of ads on this page…”. I love blogging. Except for having children, I have never felt so fulfilled!

      Cheers,

      Irma πŸ™‚

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  4. Hi Irma, I love doing blogs. I think it is the most interesting job to do.
    During the process of building helpful content, I have to visit several websites I haven’t seen and would never open normally. Like this, I learn a lot of information about my topic but not only about this.
    Many people are surfing the net every day anyway but if you do so why not use the time and provide some helpful articles, there is still the need to surf but you can also make a living off this.
    Thank’s Irma, this is a great article and again motivating me to work even harder,
    Have a great time, see you, Stefan πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Stefan and thank you for visiting us today!

      I completely agree! Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me; I am meeting people from around the world, and learning so much about how big the world really is. I love it!!

      Cheers,
      Irma πŸ™‚

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  5. Great article. I have been blogging now for a little over a year now. I love what I do but feeling a little down from how slowly my site is growing. Your article has given me a little more hope- in the big picture blogging is way easier than other businesses and all businesses take time to build up. I just have to be more patient! Thanks for an encouraging article!

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    • Hello Hollie and thank you for visiting us today!

      It does take time, however I can say for myself that even during the slow times, it is very satisfying!

      Cheers,

      Irma πŸ™‚

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  6. I recently created a website and I am learning all I can. Thanks for your insights and the reminder than I can do it!

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    • Thank you for visiting today Julie and best of luck!!

      Cheers,
      Irma πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi admin,

    The sooner you start the sooner you will stucceed! I started my own website 7 months ago and now already my traffic is yielding 22K monthly! That is staggering considering I never thought it possible to even get a few genuine organic searches to my words.

    I never done this before and I had no formal back ground training or work place experience in Affiliate Marketing . Thanks to Wealthy Affiliate Training, I am now waking up to tons of comments every day, making referrals all the time (almost) and the signs of my site being financially successful are coming into being.

    I am no Shakespear, I mean, I could not even write or spell at the age of 11. I have a cursory level of education and I mostly self educated from books from the library or shop. School, eventually taught me to read, write but it was mostly an absolute waste of my attention as I don’t need any of it (over 90%) for Real World financial success.

    WA has trained me to transfer my innate creative talents to the online world to create a real online business for myself that is going to absolutely sky rocketing this year! The limits on what I can now potentially earn is all on me, but, so is the profits!! πŸ™‚ .

    You want online success? Just work for it, but first, You Must Start.

    Thank you kindly and I picked up a whole host of new pieces of valuable information I will taking with me as well πŸ™‚ .

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    • Hello Philip and thank you for visiting us today!

      And what phenomenal success you are having! I agree that WA offers up excellent training and support, but the onus is on us to create a site worthy of that many visitors and that requires dedication and a desire to succeed. Until about a year ago, I had no idea that us “common folk” could do something like this.

      I agree that you do not have to be a professional writer to begin; you can start wherever you are at and move forward. When I go to a website now, I am looking at it with new eyes. Looking at the ads. Looking at the layout. Looking for ideas and ways to push forward with my own site. I love it! This is the best job ever!!

      Cheers,
      Irma πŸ™‚

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  8. Blogging is such an exciting world because of the many benefits is offers beside meeting and connecting with people who eventually become your online buddies. I believe that anyone can make a success in this line of work. It is all about connecting with people and following their advice along with some hard work and the rest is history. These are some awesome reasons that you have given why we should start blogging right now in 2018.

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    • Hello Norman and thank you for visiting us today! I agree that anyone can make a success out of blogging; there is a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, but it gets easier!

      Cheers,
      Irma πŸ™‚

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  9. I just finished reading your article 4 reasons to start your blog NOW in 2018. I’m new to the whole online thing so I read as much as I can while I’m learning. I think I’m ready to start my first website after reading your article. I have everything I need I just have to get the website live online. Thanks for a great article and helping me finally get started.

    Jack

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    • Hello Jack and thank you for visiting today, and I am glad that you are taking the step to chart your own future!

      Cheers,

      Irma πŸ™‚

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