What is a blog?
A blog is an online website that is managed by an individual. There are larger blogs have teams behind them. But most of the time a blog is a place for an individual contributor to share his or her expertise with the world.
Why do people blog?
People start blogs to share their ideas with the world. We live in an amazing time in history. Anyone can start a blog for under $5 a month. Think of a blog as your personal online store. The larger following you build with your blog, the more customers you have lined up outside of your store.
When you launch a new product or service, you already have thousands of people who love your voice and your ideas. Blogging is a brilliant way to build a network and set yourself up for great success.
Even if you don’t launch your own products, you can promote products you are an affiliate for and receive high commissions.
What types of blogs are there?
The list is long. There are blogs on fashion, food, finance, family, kids, parenting, fitness, pets, travel, crafts, faith and pregnancy. If there are more than 2 people that like that topic, there is a blog on it. There is even a blog on basket weaving.
Can I make money from a blog?
Yes! You can make a ton of money from blogging. But it does take a lot of hard work and a lot of time. If you are dedicated and committed to growing a following, your blog can make you thousands in less than a year. Here is a list of 53 blogs that publish blog income reports.
How do blogs make money?
The short answer is that blogs make money with:
- Ads – these are the ads you see on websites.
- Affiliate Marketing – many companies offer affiliate programs. If you love their service, you can become an affiliate. They give you a special link to their product. And if someone makes a purchase by going through your link, you get a commission.
- Sponsored Posts – you can sign up to write a blog post on a specific product or service. And in exchange for your time and promotion, the company of the product you promoted will pay you.
- Products – you can create your own products, such as an ebook (here is mine, Blog by Number), a course or a service.
How long does blogging take?
It all depends on how much time you want to invest into your blog. But most successful blogs take over 10 hours a week to run.
I personally spend about 4-5 hours a day on my blog. And when I’m really passionate, I’ll put in more hours. It all depends on how well I can manage my time with my kids. If they are up all day, I don’t get to my computer. So I take advantage of the days when their nap schedules line up.
I know that sounds like a lot and it is! But I started blogging with the full knowledge that this hobby will take time. From day 1 I treated my blog like a business. And if you are serious about it, and you put in the time, you can end up making thousands from your living room too.
Can I blog from an iPad or iPhone?
Yes. You can write blog posts on the WordPress app. You can also promote your blog on social media. And you can answer emails or comments from your phone.
For a majority of blogging, you can do it all from your hand held devices (answering comments, replying to emails, drafting posts, creating social media posts, sharing to Pinterest, etc). But the initial setup and continued maitenance of a blog requires a computer.
Now that you know what a blog is – let’s get started on your blogging journey!