10 Reasons You Should Start Your Own Blog

In this blog post I will point out some of the main reasons why you should start your own blog. I really hope that the list below will encourage you enough to take action.

1. Blogging is Easy

Yep. Blogging is actually really-really easy. The hardest part is setting it up but I’ve fully explained it on my homepage. If you are able to write emails, then you are also able to run a blog.

With WordPress, you don’t have to deal with any website creation or HTML that is time consuming and boring. The only thing you need to do is customize your blog with themes, add some cool plugins and write content. Once you get the grip of it, you will know exactly what to do.

Why is blogging useful

2. Google Loves Blogs

When your blog is ready, Google crawls your pages and it will be listed on Google search. It means you will start receiving additional visitors from the search engines. Isn’t that great? Search engines help to bring new people to your blog that can become your new friends or future business partners.

3. Blogging Makes You a Better Person

Having a blog will surely make you a better person. Why? Well, blogging obviously improves your writing skills as well as communication skills. You will start thinking more intentionally about who you are and who you want to become. Furthermore, when you send a job application, many employers look for employees who have blogs and write openly about their life and opinion. So it would be a definite “plus” for you.

4. Blogging Helps Other People

You can spread your information and knowledge through blogging. Heck, you can even help other people with specific problems. Let’s say you have blog about “mother care”. There are many women out there who are looking for help/solutions/ideas to raise up their children. Your knowledge or advice could be essential and very helpful.

The same thing goes with any other blog topic. EVERY blog helps other people in their own way. I remember when I started to get emails saying “Thanks for providing such valuable information”. It was very heart-warming and I still remember the feeling!

5.  You Can Make Money with Blogging

You must have been heard or seen people who are making a lot of money by just blogging. Yes, it’s possible to monetize your blog. It takes time, but once you have enough readers you will start making some small, yet passive income. When time goes by, your traffic numbers will increase as well as the income. I’m not only talking about some few hundred dollars a month, many people earn their living from blogging.

I remember when I created my first blog that had almost 300 unique visitors per day at the end of the year. I spent many hours creating blog posts and adding new fresh content. I sold it for $2800 and it was my first money ever earned on the Internet or as an entrepreneur. In fact, I’m still very proud of it and that’s the point where things started for me.

However, it’s nothing compared to this: Top 10 Famous Multi Million Dollar Bloggers

6. Self-promotion and New Opportunities

When you have a blog you basically have a “tool” or a “channel” to promote yourself or make you look like an expert. You’ll be amazed how many people start to respect you and I know many cases when employers actually contact blog owner directly to offer working positions or joint venture opportunity. This will open you a lot of doors that you might have not been aware or  dreamed of.

7. Use Blogs To Stay in Touch

Active people tend to have less time to sit on Facebook or any other social “chat-room”. Again, blog can help you to keep in touch with your friends, colleagues and relatives. They can easily read everything about your activities, ideas and success through your blog. Be wise and use this as a communication tool.

8. You Can Make World a Better Place

When you have a blog, you actually have a voice. This means you can spread out all the things you like or don’t like. And those things can help you to change the world.

You have probably seen some blog articles or posts that have gone viral through Twitter and/or Facebook. Once they do that, they will get a lot of attention. Here’s an example story how two young girls launched a blog post that helped to change their school conditions. For your information, they were only 9 and 13 at that time.

9. Blog Can Help To Grow Your Business

Does your company have a blog? If not, then you are missing a lot of it. Blogs can impart a lot of things about your company.

For example, your potential clients can read interesting stories about your company success, ideas, strategies and even new products that might turn them into regular paying customers. That’s a huge opportunity that lot a of small and big firms are not using.

Furthermore, companies who blog have 97% more inbound links (which means more traffic and visitors). – See it yourself.

10. Blogging Can Become Your Hobby

If you have too much free time and you are constantly browsing on the Web then you should really consider starting a blog.

You will soon get addicted to it (in a good way) and you will start learning a lot of things. So if you are bored right now then what are you waiting for? You will get a lot of good and new experiences, there is nothing to lose.

11. Blogging Helps to Improve Writing and Argumentation Skills (extra)

Back to the time when I was in college, my grammar, communication and argumentation skills were really poor. But these are very universal and necessary competences in everyday life and also in professional career.

Blogging has had a huge impact on my writing skills since I started. Although it’s not perfect, I feel myself a lot more confident. The more you write, the easier it becomes. Blogging is quite new but there has already been done research about blogging and enhancing writing skills.

Some interesting facts
  • There are approximately 130 million active blog readers in the US right now.
  • 90% of companies who blog daily have acquired at least one customer (probably much more) through blogging.
  • 80% of the US online consumers trust the information they get from blogs.
  • 61% of US online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendations from a blog.
  • Blogging is most popular in age group of 20 – 35 year old. It’s over 50% of the total blogging population.

Source: Yahoo

Are you ready?

So do you want to start a blog as well? If yes, head over to the homepage and follow my step by step guide.

- Mike

Comments

  1. You just encouraged me to start a blog. Thanks!

  2. Richard says:

    Same here…gettin my wheels ready to start a blog!

  3. Hi Mike, your blog was too good!! Thanks a tonne!! Thanks for your positive and encouraging words. It is a sure shot help for beginners..

  4. Thank you for this! I wish to start a personal blog and am currently writing long posts for my eventual blog. These lengthy writes of mine interest me tremendously and I wonder if short and long posts can work and coexist on a personal blog.
    I am not marketing anything and simply wish to add my voice to the blogosphere. My hesitation involves the fact that I do not wish to write only short posts. Any advice on this dilemma? Can long posts be offered in parts? I am even happy to break blogging rules but wonder how this can impact a potential readership…
    Thank you
    Cynthia

    • Hi Cynthia,

      Writing long posts is great if you can keep the attention. I personally enjoy blogs that have long articles that are very useful and fruitful. Combining long and short posts is easy and there are a couple of ways to do that:
      1. Just write them as it goes
      2. Divide long posts into smaller parts, that are regularly published
      3. Build two sections for your blog (blog & stories separately)

      Hope it help!
      Mike

  5. Thanks!
    I’m now gonna go and write my blog XD

  6. You encouraged me to start a blog since I am jobless. Thanks alot!

  7. A friend kept telling that i should start blogging because i have got so much information that people needed. You just seal it. And thanks a million. My brains need to be reliefed. I m writting right away.

  8. Great write up.

    Thanks for the info. By the way, you provided 11 reasons. :)
    You numbered 4 two times.

  9. You’re the best blogger around. You made me want to start my own blog, thou I have nothing in mind to write about…

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! Again, think about your hobbies and interests. There’s gotta be something that you are interested in.

      • Thanks for the info. Very useful. I have couple ideas so I might contact you for further support. Thanks again.

  10. Mike you rock!! Thank you so much for sharing really helpful and inspirational information with the world!! I have been dealing with yet another of life’s hurdles at the moment and my escapism takes me to my favourite blogs.. I have been thinking about starting a blog for a while and now I am itching to :)
    However I am not sure from what angle to blog.. Well how honest to be.. I feel after reading your posts that I should just start writing and diving into creative projects I would like to blog about, start with maligning it pretty and getting in the practice of blogging and take it from there!

    Thank you Mike, this is just what I needed.

    • Great Nic!

      I’m glad my post helped you. Let me know if you run into troubles or just need some blogging advice in the future.

      Cheers

  11. Very interesting, simple and convincing…just what I needed! Thanks

  12. Mike, you’ve convinced me to start a blog. I read quite a few and thought, I could probably do that but how do I start? After reading your post, I found out how to do it. I still don’t know exactly what I’m going to blog about but you did give some good examples. Thanks for the info.

  13. Hi Mike,
    I have been wishing to start a blog and thanks so much for the information.Is there a way I can get a direct email to contact you on the ideas I have?
    Thanks in advance.
    Millie.

    • Hi Millie,

      Feel free to shoot me an email at mike @ startbloggingonline. com
      I’m more than happy to help or discuss your questions/issues about blogging.

      Looking forward,
      Mike

  14. That was a very well written article. Interesting n easy. :)

  15. All the right reasons to start blogging, thanks for the list! On your point of Google loves blogs, very true, they also love it when you add a video to your posts.

  16. Great work Mike!
    This just what I have been searching for. Thanks alot.

  17. PETER KAGOSE says:

    Hi Mike,
    I read you article it is interested to me cause it came at the angle of my ideas, you have encouraged me more to read again and finding more information on how i can start the blog. Its my hope i will do it soon and it will be helpful blog to all people and bringing changes at our daily life towards advanced development.
    Thank you,
    PETER

  18. Hey Mike!
    It’s Aneri.
    I created my blog but never took efforts to make it something really-really useful for the readers, yet you encouraged me to re-start it all over again.. Thanks buddy.. :)

  19. Hi Mike,
    This post is very encouraging, exactly the reassurance I needed.. I’ve been considering having my own blog for a while now but the thing which makes me doubt myself is the fact that I have a lot of things to talk about n i’m afraid that’ll make the blog sort of haphazard.. Won’t that be confusing for new readers? Also, it’ll be difficult to give such a blog an apt title.. Ur opinion?

    • You can just create different categories for different blog topics. In that way it’s easier for visitors to navigate. About the blog title.. Well, the title doesn’t have to be related to your blog topic. It can just be something catchy and memorable.
      For example, quicksprout.com talk about internet marketing, blogging, social media etc.. Very broad topics, but the domain name is completely irrelevant to the site itself…

  20. A friend suggested I write a blog about treating prostate cancer. I was at a loss about how to create one, until I came upon your website. You spelled it out very clearly even a seasoned senior can understand the process. I have acquired my domain through Web Hosting Hub per your suggestion.
    Thanks, I’ll keep you up to date with my progress.
    Clyde

  21. This could be very-very interesting blog.. Sure, go ahead and start one. There’s nothing to lose. Just check my homepage for in-depth tutorial.
    Best,
    Mike

  22. Seriously, i think this is profound. I really appreciate the fact that your tutorial was not only straight forward but also educating. Thanks for the desire to encourage so many potential bloggers. I have always wanted to do something beyond the normal social media posting but did not know how and what exactly i needed to do. I also want to create a unique synergy of my writing skills and subject that form a contineous theme in my country. And you Mike just taught exactly how to do it. Thanks alot! I need your help with setting up my blog, and to also guide me through the process.

  23. realy love this. On my way to create my blog. I love writting poems and articles and maybe it could help my wireworks business. Wil mail u as i progress. I have some questions.

  24. I am still in the “processing” part of my blog online order, but I have to tell you I am so excited! I don’t want to put my whole journey in this comment area but basically I have been faced with some pretty big mountains to climb in the last few years. Even though physically I have not over come some of my mountains, mentally I have reached the top and I am enjoying the view! The purpose of my blog is to high light my peers impact on me. We all walk through our journey once and some how, I believe, many people may not know how they positively impact others because no one may take the time to tell them until it is time to write their eulogy. In most cases a eulogy is written when a person dies. I want to let others know how they impact my world NOW, not when they die. I was faced with the question of how was I impacting the world, and when I reached out to ask friends to write my eulogy they kind of freaked out. So, I thought I write my own journey, I set the stones of my path, usually by how others impact me so why not let them know. My selfish goal is to have a peace of my life book written down so I may reflect and pass it on to my daughter. Over all, I want to reach out to people and let them know how their star shines in this big world. With out stars our universe would be pretty dark! A BIG thank you to the whole helping me get a BLOG going. I would love to hear from you and get your thoughts on how I am doing.

    • Hi Melissa :)

      I’m glad my guide helped you. Let me know once your blog is up and running. Also, feel free to shoot me an email if you need any help.

      Cheers,
      Mike

    • Jane Harms says:

      Hi Melissa.
      Your comment inspired me to reply as I too have had some truly “hilly terrain” to navigate in the past couple of years. I wanted to start a blog to not only help myself, but perhaps in some small way positively impact at least one other person who might be experiencing such difficulties. My goal was to reach out and instead of being an “army of one”, to embrace the Hillary Clinton approach of “it takes a village”. A blog just might be my answer. Thanks a million for sharing.

  25. Mike this is awesome, I’m New to blogging and I do feel I got a lot out of this Thank You.

  26. Thanks, Mike. You just lit a fire under me, I am all ready now.

  27. I agree with everything above!! great information, and fantastic reasons for blogging. I’m thinking about blogging, about being a single mum, teaching Om Kinetics (my own type of pilates, yoga and tantric fusion) and building a house on a very tight budget as an owner builder. Don’t know how to thread these different things together, any thoughts?
    thanks again, Mike, you’re very inspiring!! :)

    • Liz
      You have 3 very different subjects (niches) that you would need to think about whether they should be in separate blogs. That was my dilemma several years ago – my 3 main niches were about info-product creation (home business), sustainable living and strawbale construction (it might interest you), and my professional work as an engineer. I decided that it would very difficult to combine these into a single site/blog, so now they are separated and each has a blog component. Actually two of the sites are published, and the third will be in a month or two. My home business site has a blog component which has 9 categories where I place particular posts. You could set up your blog/site (if you’re going to have a single site) with blog categories around your 3 main topics, and then create internal links between the blog entries to tie everything together. An advantage of creating categories is that you could easily create Kindle books or reports from the posts, thereby increasing your income potential. There’s so much more I could say – such as which blogging platform to use (I’m not a fan of WordPress because of the acute security problems) but I’ll leave it at that and I hope you’ve found this reply useful.

      BTW, Mike’s post is a nice simple one. It’s interesting how enduring it has become since it was first published last year.
      All the best
      Des

  28. Hello Mike,

    It’s been a while since I started thinking about blogging but English is not my native language and writing blog in Universal Language (English) would be on issue. What’ s your though about this? Any advice?

    • Hi John,

      That’s definitely not an issue. Blogging helps you to learn English :) You’ll improve our writing skills.

  29. Frederick says:

    I have been thinking about making a blog for months. Recently I promise someone (randomly actually) that I will make mine within the month. As I was browsing and lost I found your blog, and what a saviour it is! Beautifully written, detailed, and easy to understand. I’m going to visit this blog often!

    • Great!

      If you need any help, get in touch. By the way, is there anything specific you want me to publish? I’m more than happy to know what visitors would like to see on my site.

      Best,
      Mike

  30. Hey Mike,
    Thanks so much for posting this, I’ve wanted to start a blog for a really long time but wasn’t exactly sure how to do it. With this information I plan on starting soon. I know what I want to blog about but I’m having a tough time figuring out a name. My blog will include my Paleo lifestyle, recipes, tips about eating Paleo. I want to include as well some of my fitness pics, a few of my hobbies as well as tid-bits about fashion. How do you find inspiration to create a catchy title that includes all of these things?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Alyson,

      Choosing a name can take a while. If I’m unable to come up with a catchy name, I usually do some brainstorming with my friends/colleagues.

      Hope that helps,
      Mike

  31. Hi Mike,

    Thanks a lot, this blog is great. But will you help me ? How to I choose a topic. I’m a technical person(software engineer).

    Prem

  32. Thanks Mike for the inspiration to start blogging !!

  33. Prince Oberoi says:

    Thanks Mike .. I heard about blogs and always wanted to write them … but I had no clue about how to start and what to write . You just helped me decide that I can do it and now even I think I will improve with time. Thanks again.

    Prince

  34. Thank you for the information. I’ve thought about advertising for my new business. This is a much better idea

  35. Hi Mike,
    This is really fantastic! Especially your step by step “How to start a blog”. My blogging journey shall begin-Thank you!
    Great job!
    Warm regards

  36. Wow, Thanks Mike!

  37. Marilou Mendoza says:

    Hello Mike, this post is really encouraging. I have heard about blogging for so long, and never thought I was interested until now, when issues in my life seem to be leading me to taking advantage of my writing skills. Am not sure though if my blog needs to be the useful/practical type, or I can use the blog as an outlet for the thoughts in my mind. I might not also what people to know that it’s me who is doing the writing, as I foresee myself writing about very personal stuff. What do you think? Thanks!

  38. I have been debating on if starting a blog would be a good idea for me or not. I am taking online classes for college and have a lot if free time. I think I am ready to start after reading your blog.

  39. Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the infomation, very useful. However, I do have a question for you, When you create a blog let say in English and the blog is for two different audiences English speakers and Spanish ones, do you actually have to create two blogs one in English and one in Spanish or is there are a way to create one in English and either link the one in Spanish to it or to create the English one and somehow (like in some websites that have the option once you click on the flag that implies other language automatically it translates the information to the language you have ). Can you please give me some advise on this. Thanks a lot !!!!!

    • Hi Maria,

      Great question. If you go with WordPress, you should be able to create 2 different categories and add them at the top of your blog.

      Hope that helps,
      Mike

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