When it comes to blogging and working online, there are many misconceptions behind the jobs we do. Even myself- I had no idea what blogging truly included until I began doing it! Here I will discuss the top blogging myths: debunked!
If you are a brand new blogger, I am almost certain you already have some of these blogging myths in your mind: I have to be an amazing writer, it takes years to make any money, blogging isn’t a real job, etc.
Especially when you try to explain your blog to someone else, most people don’t truly understand what exactly blogging includes! If this is you, don’t worry! Once you get your feet wet you will fall in love!
For all you seasoned bloggers out there, I’m sure you can attest to believing at least some of these myths in the beginning. We’ve all been there, and I’m sure we all want to shout from the rooftops that blogging is more than its perceived to be!
Continue reading for more common blogging myths: debunked!
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Blogging Myth #1: Blogging is all writing
I won’t lie, blogging requires a lot of writing. Between writing blog posts, email newsletters, emails, pitching to brands, etc., it is no myth that you will need to write. But, blogging also includes a ton of other things besides writing post after post.
The beauty of blogging is the number of doors it can open. Most people go into blogging already having a passion for writing, but don’t realize what else is involved.
Blogging involves many other facets like email marketing, affiliate marketing, working on search engine optimization, doing research and continual trainings, taking pictures, working with Pinterest, social media, etc. The list goes on and on!
Don’t let this scare you though, if you are looking to blog because of your passion for writing. By blogging yourself, you will naturally learn all these different areas of the field!
So, while blogging does include a lot of writing, no, it is not ALL about writing. Although if you want it to be all about your writing and don’t want to deal with these other facets of blogging , you can keep it strictly to writing. You do you!
Blogging Myth #2: It takes years to make money
This is one common blogging myth that just needs to be talked about. I have heard so many people say things like, ‘you can’t make real money by blogging‘, and ‘even if you did make money, it would take years‘
These beliefs need to end Right. Now!
Many people begin blogging with the intention to monetize eventually- regardless of how much they would make.
I won’t say that all you need to do is set up a blog and you will make money, because it is much more difficult than that. If you wish to monetize, you must put in the effort!
But, that doesn’t mean it will take years to make your first dollar. In reality, if you work a reasonable amount of hours on your blog per week, you should expect to see some earnings in the first few months! And this is even if you are an absolute beginner.
Now, you might not make a full time income until up to a year or more. However, some people do this in less time, and some people do it in double the time.
You will see tons of reports like, ‘how I made $1000 blogging in my first month!’: keep in mind these probably aren’t entirely true, and are just a catchy headline.
Ignore these reports, and know that it will take time to make money, but it is not impossible to do it quickly!
Blogging myth #3: Blogging is an easy side gig
Many people dive into the blogging world thinking it will be an easy side gig to make some extra cash. They’ll work on it for a couple hours per week, and wonder why they aren’t making any money, then quit.
If you are looking to begin blogging, know that it is not all rainbows and butterflies! Blogging gets difficult, frustrating, and emotional. You should be prepared for any and all emotions.
Additionally, if you want to make some money on the side, you will need to work more than a couple of hours per week. Especially as you begin your blog, it needs many hours of love and attention. It can be more than a full time job at times!
This assumption on my common blogging myths debunked list is important to recognize, especially if you go into blogging believing it will be an easy way to make some extra spending money!
Blogging myth #4: You should only invest in your blog if you have made money
No No No! Not only is it a poor choice to only invest in your blog if you have made money, but you (most of the time) NEED to invest in your blog to make money.
I get it, though. Why put money into something that is supposed to make you money, before you even see a dime? It can feel counterintuitive, but try to trust in the process.
Especially in the beginning, you can actually rack up hundreds of dollars in costs, depending on what you want for your blog, and all of this is before you even write a single word!
It is important to note, however, that you can make money without spending any. But, it is much more difficult to.
In fact, most advertising networks won’t let you join if you don’t have a self-hosted blog, which costs money.
Before you begin blogging, take a look at what your goals are. This will help guide you in your spending for your blog.
blogging myth #5: Blogging isn't a real job
I had to include this one on my common blogging myths debunked list because I have heard it one too many times. People not involved in the blogging world tend to think it is easy and not a real job.
Just because we can work in our pajamas doesn’t mean it isn’t a real job!
Even I, at first, kind of thought this: ‘all you have to do is write’, I thought. I quickly learned how wrong this was!
Bloggers are some of the hardest working people I know. Working from home often means bloggers will work from the moment they wake up, to the moment they go to bed.
Besides writing, bloggers also:
- Learn how to design their website
- Collaborate and connect with other bloggers
- Keep up with search engine algorithms and strategies
- Create and post 30+ pins on Pinterest daily
- Implement search engine optimization strategies into their blog
- Take high quality photos
- Partner with brands and write sponsored posts
- Monitor traffic data and adjust errors as they arise
- And more…
Sounds like a job description, right? That’s because it is! Don’t let anyone tell you blogging isn’t a real job, and educate them instead on what it really includes!
Blogging myth #6: Blogging is competitive
Many people think that blogging is pointless because there are so many other people writing about the same topic. Who is going to read it, and how would you compete with thousands of other bloggers?
In reality, bloggers are some of the most collaborative and and helpful people I know! I have yet to meet anyone in this community who won’t help with an issue or offer guidance.
One of the best parts about blogging is that just because another blogger is doing well and has high traffic, doesn’t mean you can’t either. One blogger having traffic does not take away from yours.
Just because one blogger has an amazing article about X,Y, or Z, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write about the same topic. People will still read and enjoy it!
Blogger puts a personal spin on almost every topic, so no two posts are ever the same. Add your own personal touch, and don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. We are all in different places in our careers!
Blogging myth #7: You need to be a good writer to blog
This common blogging myth debunked is one I hear all the time: you need to be a good writer to blog.
While writing is a huge part of blogging, it is not required that every post is like your first best selling novel. One of the best parts of blogging is the casual nature of the writing. Want to use slang? Cool. Want to swear or be grammatically incorrect? Do it!
Blogging gives you a creative outlet to let the words pour out of you. Sure, you might want your writing to sound professional and polished; however, posts become way easier to read and much more understandable when they are written without trying to fluff things up.
Don’t worry so much about making every sentence look and sound perfect. Your writing is already perfect because it came from your mind and heart!
blogging myth #8: Write, and people will read it
Unfortunately, bloggers need to do much more than to just write a post for others to read it. I have seen many bloggers publish a post, then wonder why no one has read it after a month.
While your writing is worthy of reading on its own, it does need a little help getting out there. Bloggers need to promote their work frequently. Multiple times a day, every day, consistently.
A good rule of thumb many bloggers follow is to spend 80% promoting your work, and 20% creating it. Advertising your work to as many readers as possible will only increase your chances that someone will read it!
You will also need to work on search engine optimization (SEO) of your posts, so that Google can begin to rank your posts for certain topics. Working on your SEO will get your work out to more people, increasing your traffic!
Blogging myth #9: Bloggers need to write every day
Because blogging requires a lot of writing, many people believe you need to write every day to be a good blogger. Like anything in the world, it is unreasonable to think you have to do anything everyday to be successful.
By all means, if you love writing- write your heart out everyday! But know this is not necessary. Writing everyday could lead to burnout, and can become like a chore, sucking all the passion out of your writing.
Instead of forcing yourself to write everyday, make writing goals for yourself. I typically try to write 2-3 posts per week. This means I can write half a post or so throughout the week whenever I am feeling inspired.
If you can’t get yourself to write that much, don’t worry! No one wants to read passion-less writing anyway, so wait until you are feeling inspired to start typing!
Blogging myth #10: Bloggers can write whatever they want
The last myth on my common blogging myths: debunked list is that bloggers can write whatever they want. Well, yes and no.
This one can be put up for debate depending on who you talk to. Of course, you want your content to spark passion in you and be something you are excited about. However, sometimes you need to bite the bullet and write a post that is less exciting.
For the sake of SEO, it is best practice to write posts only about similar content. For example, if you have a travel blog, it would be considered poor practice for you to start writing posts about mental health or sports
Sure these topics can be related and exceptions can be made, but, too much of this can confuse Google!
Some bloggers, however, consider themselves to be lifestyle bloggers. Lifestyle bloggers write about an array of topics like cooking, parenting, crafts, makeup, etc. This is why this myth is up for debate, because of this type of blogging!
Of course, SEO works differently for everyone, so go with what works best for you and your blog!
Blogging myths debunked: summary
It is not my intention to scare those who are seeking blogging as a job. In fact, I encourage you to expand your wings and take the leap into this (amazing) new world! I will be right here by your side as you do!
As you venture forth into your blogging (or completely different) career, I hope you take with you the following points:
- There is much more to blogging than just writing, although it can be just writing if you want it to be!
- Bloggers can monetize fairly quickly, as long as decent effort is put in
- Blogging is not an easy side gig, and can require full time hours to create and maintain
- It is best practice to invest in the proper plugins and programs in order to make money blogging
- Blogging is absolutely a real job- and we are some of the hardest working and motivated people around!
- Blogging is not competitive, and bloggers are some of the most collaborative workers around!
- You do not need to be an expert writer to blog. Blogging welcomes any and all writing styles!
- Bloggers must promote their content and use SEO strategies in order to gain traffic
- Bloggers do not need to write everyday. Instead, write when you are feeling inspired for the best content.
- Try to stick to blogging about one topic
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