6 Most Common Misconceptions about Blogging Misleading Newbie Bloggers
Blogging has developed into a full flourished industry today. Being in the industry for more than 5 years now, I see a lot of folks inclined towards blogging in the hope of making quick money online. Yes, blogging is one of the simplest ways to make money online. However, simple doesn’t mean that it is easy as well.
Blogging is a great medium to connect with people while helping them with proper guides, news, tutorials or mere updates, in the meanwhile giving you an opportunity to make money. Understanding this basic concept about blogging is very important to start blogging and become successful at it. But, that’s not enough.
While the blogging industry grew by leaps and bounds, it is also spreading too many misconceptions about the overall concept of blogging. To become successful at blogging, you first need to clear the following misconceptions about the medium and assess yourself whether you are making the right choice to choose the career path as a professional blogger.
Some popular misconceptions built around blogging:
Misconception #1 – Anybody can become a Problogger!
Anybody can become a blogger, but not everyone among them becomes a problogger. Though unfortunate, it’s a true fact that casual blogging and professional blogging are two different entities. While casual blogging is limited to publishing daily updates and sharing useful information, problogging is much beyond that.
Problogging a.k.a Professional Blogging is about making a living out of blogging. You can’t be a problogger, if you don’t intend to earn your bread and butter through blogging. It requires a lot of planning and step-by-step approach to earn that 1st milestone of $100 a month from the blog. Most bloggers who enter the scene believe that blogging is all about writing articles and the money will start pouring.
A blogger needs to set the right monetization channels and follow proper promotional tactics in order to be a professional at blogging. You could never get successful, if the approach towards blogging is casual with a hope that it will fetch money on its own one day and you will be finally able to quit your regular 9 to 5 jobs.
Misconception #2 – Money starts pouring the moment you start blogging.
Blogging has the potential to earn a living for you. However, to start a decent earning through blogging requires patience. There’s no way one could get overnight success at blogging. It takes at least 3 months to build decent traffic on your blog, if you are a newbie and opting for organic traffic. Once you have achieved some decent traffic, you can either setup Google Adsense or any other advertising channels and slowly earn money out of your blog.
There’s no way that you will earn money blogging on its own by simply writing and publishing articles on a regular basis. You must research about the famous advertisement channels as well as look for affiliate merchants or publishers that may suit your blog and try them on your blog to see what yields better returns or income from your blog.
You may always register for a Google Adsense Account in order to place Google Ads on your blog. You can also try different advertisement channels like BuySellAds and a few others while the Google Adsense account is approved. You can also look out for Affiliate merchants relevant to your blog’s niche at sites such as ClickBank, Commission Junction, Share a Sale etc. to earn lead or sale based commissions.
Misconception #3 – Blogging is a rocket science that only a few can understand.
There is actually a mental block I see among many newbie bloggers now days. With WordPress, blogging becomes so easy that if you can operate your Facebook account, you can easily manage your blog. Everything in WordPress is automated and if you have the basic knowledge of English, MS Office, and basic software or web application, blogging is not at all a rocket science.
The actual problem is lack of confidence among these bloggers. They often fear that if they hit any wrong settings or push any wrong buttons, their blog will crash and they will lose all the data. Everyone, who is blogging today on WordPress, must know that WordPress has a huge plugin repository with a number of free WordPress plugins that could solve almost any problem on your blog such as backing up data, caching web pages, filtering spam comments, etc.
Misconception #4 – Blogging is the easiest tool for making money online.
Making money online through blogging is not easy at all. Although, it is the simplest mode of making money online, blogging is definitely not an easy task. It requires the similar effort and hard work that any other profession demands and there’s no easy money involved when it comes to blogging.
A successful blog needs quality content and effective marketing strategies. There is a lot of effort required to develop such content and hours of hard work is put into follow the marketing strategies in order to make sure the blog posts reach the right audience. After following a strict schedule like any other regular job for couple of rigorous months, the blog would start building a loyal readership and reach the potential to earn good money through a variety of blog monetization models.
Misconception #5 – You can blog only if you’re proficient in English language.
Of course, English is the most popular medium of a blog now days, but it’s not an official language to blog. Many folks believe that they can’t blog because their English is weak, believing that English is the only language medium of blogging. It may be true 10 years ago, but today there are many regional blogs in their respective local languages. These blogs may not attract a wider audience because of the language barrier, but if written and marketed well, then such blogs have the potential to reach the targeted audience that could get you better returns in the long run.
So, if you ace at any regional language but not English, then start a blog in your regional language and give it a shot.
Misconception #6 – Sharing or tagging your friends with every blog post you publish is cool!
I have seen that many newbie bloggers now days tag their friends on Facebook when they share their newly published posts on the social network. It may be a very effective technique as it will instantly notify a bunch of people about your new posts but it may also be quite annoying for your friends when the frequency of such tags is quite recurrent throughout the week.
It is completely normal to tag fellow bloggers or enthusiasts who are interested in your niche to notify about your new posts. However, it must be limited to some special posts that would educate or update these folks about some new study or their own perspective about a certain topic. You must tag your friends only if you are 100% sure that it will be helpful to them and must not be just to boost your blog traffic. Continuous tagging may yield good results early on, but it will also start annoying your friends and force them to disable your permission to tag them eventually.
Most folks enter the blogging arena just to make money as they came across a few successful bloggers who are earning six-figure income through blogging on Facebook or Twitter. What they don’t realize is the fact that there’s a lot of creativity, patience and hard work involved to be successful at blogging. Hence, Blogging is just like any other profession and should be considered as a career path rather than a money making medium.