I see so many posts every year questioning blogging and suggesting moving away from blogs. But is blogging dead in 2021 or it’s still as strong as it was a couple of years ago?
Blogging might not be for everyone, but I still believe that everyone should start their own blog. Yes, even in 2021!
In this post, I’ll help you learn the benefits of blogging, the reasons why you should get started, but also how to make your blog a success in the following year or two.
Of course, this post will also include ways you can use to monetize on your blog so keep on reading to find answers to all of your questions!
Is Blogging Dead?
No, of course not. Blogging is not dead and is nowhere near to being dead. I don’t even understand where this question comes from.
Blogging has been solid ever since the old-school days of the internet introduction. Of course, types of blogs have changed and marketing strategies have advanced – but running a blog is still the same old business.
Some might believe that written content isn’t getting as much attention as it used to – but that’s something that should worry you.
With billions of daily internet users and search engines that still focus 80% on the written content – blogging and even affiliate marketing through written content are still as strong as they used to be since day one.
Of course, you can always spread into other content types but focusing mainly on written content is still a good strategy so you won’t have to worry about finding yourself mid-process only to discover that the results aren’t anymore what you expected.
Remember how I said that everyone should start a blog? No, I’m not crazy so keep on reading to find out valid reasons why I believe this is a great idea for everyone!
Why do I think Everyone Should Start a Blog in 2021
However, the true benefits aren’t all about making money. It’s all about being able to choose your niche which can be anything you’re passionate about.
Doing something you love won’t feel like work, right? That’s the whole idea of a blog.
On top of that, you’ll be able to practice your writing skills, learn a couple of new digital skills – and combine all of this into a blog that can potentially make a lot of money in the long run.
While most people aren’t worried about money – this is not the only benefit of a blog. A blog can also help you free up more of your time and even quit your full-time job by being able to support yourself fully from a blog.
Remote working is another benefit that can help you feel freedom while you work on something you’re passionate about. Of course, you can see where I am going with this.
A blog isn’t only a blog. It can actually become a very attractive online business.
As long as you stay consistent, continue improving your blog, write content regularly, and do a bit of marketing research – you’ll be able to make money off blogging.
From all of the benefits mentioned above, most people are interested in creating a second income stream as that can help free up their schedule both physically and financially.
So you are wondering, how do bloggers make money in 2021? Keep on reading to find out!
How do Bloggers Make Money Nowadays?
One of the most famous ways to make money is with the help of ads. Technology has advanced so you might be reading a blog without even noticing ads on the page.
With smart algorithms, advertising networks are able to connect advertisers with people who are interested in what they have to offer. Therefore, some of the ads won’t feel like they’re ads – which is of course, good for the blog.
The second most popular way is affiliate marketing. With so many products and the increase in online shopping – promoting something you believe in or something you’re a big fan of to help people out and get a commission for your help is a win-win situation.
Digital product creation is another great way to create something valuable and offer it to the audience you know well. All you need is to spend time creating the product, and after that – it’s all about marketing it and making sales on all the hard work you put into it.
There are many other ways to make money and since you can make connections with anyone on the internet – you can get as creative as you’d like. Some most famous blogs offer their own merchandise which is also another great road to follow.
But the most important thing about this is not the way you make money – but is the type of income you make. If executed correctly, all of these ways to make money from your blog are going to bring you passive income.
Therefore, all the hard work you put since day 1 will pay off in the long run and that’s the mindset you should adapt to.
How to Make a Unique Blog That Stands Out?
It’s no secret that there are 600 million blogs on the internet. However, considering that blogs only make a small portion of all 1.7 billion websites and knowing that there are almost 5 billion daily internet users – the odds aren’t against you.
However, blogging is all about building the following and creating something that will help or intrigue your visitors. And if you can spread the message, show your personality, help your visitors, and turn them into followers/subscribers – you’ll have a successful long-term online business.
But how do you do that? It’s all about creating a unique blog that stands out. And no, the design isn’t the most important factor. It’s the content!
Therefore, here’s what you need to do to start a unique blog that stands out and is on the path to success:
- Find a niche – something you’re passionate about, you can relate to personally, and you can write a lot about.
- Offer value – it’s important that you always offer value. It’s okay to spend time writing about personal matters, but you should always do your best to provide as much value to your readers.
- Know your audience – who’s going to read your posts? You will write for real people out there who will find you on the internet so when you decide what your niche is going to be, do your best to find out your demographics
- Encourage interaction – you should be able to relate to the topic and your audience, but it’s also important that your audience can relate to you and your posts. Engagement also leads to better ranking factors so don’t be afraid to ask your readers to leave their thoughts in the comments below.
- Focus on marketing – don’t chase the money but focus on the marketing. Make sure your website is quick, that you have a brandable domain name and the logo, that you have a section about yourself on the blog, and that the navigation is simple and effortless. You can always work on the aesthetics of the blog so don’t let that stop you right in the tracks from the beginning.
- Make your personality shine – what are your strengths? What is going to make you stand out from the crowd? What can you do better or what makes you the right person to help others? These are just some of the questions that will help your personality shine through your posts by establishing your digital persona.
Remember, you’re going to be a creator and you will create content for real people on the other end, so you better make it worth their time!
So is blogging dead? No, and it won’t be dead for at least the next 5-6 decades.
Making Blogging Really Pay Off in the Long Run
Blogging is not only going to be content writing. You will have to build your blog from the ground up and while you can get someone to do this for you for a decent price – I highly recommend doing everything by yourself.
You will go through the process that will teach you all the skills you need, and you will learn how to come across obstacles. Obstacles will always be there and blogging isn’t going to be an easy road.
So preparing yourself from the start and knowing everything about your blog is going to help you learn other stuff that will help you in the long run.
This will take a lot more time and effort, but once your blog starts gaining traction, rankings, and traffic, the snowball effect will make all your efforts and time worth it.
Other than blogging, you’ll also have to learn how to write different types of content, build relationships, advertise and market your blog, and do everything you can to build out your blog in the best way possible.
Consistency and self-discipline are going to be crucial, so it’s important that you think of blogging as a long-term investment of your time, efforts, and a bit of money in the attempt to set yourself straight for life both financially and spiritually.
Is blogging dead? I think you know the answer right now – but you also know what exactly to do! Blogging might seem simple and easy at the surface, and even though it’s not hard – it requires a lot of learning, work, time, and discipline.
But what is a couple of years of hard work and effort to build a successful online business for yourself? It’s nothing compared to the hard work everyone puts for their employers, right?
There is no better way to start an online business and I believe that if you combine blogging with affiliate marketing – you’re on the right path to success!
What are your favorite benefits of starting your own blog? Do you think blogging will “die” eventually?