That’s a good question. What is a blog? And the answer is also a good one. A blog is a place to start discussion or share ideas and opinions in an open network or environment. Blogs are meant to engage and involve others or reach out to others, they are not meant to be monologue essays or lectures.
“A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries. Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.”-Wikipedia.com
Blogging might be sharing others posts (but not profiting from that), keeping a study record or journal, talk about your illness or operations, help others learn something new, meet similar people to yourself and network together, post entertaining quotes or memes for followers.
When you think carefully about how the internet has developed and spread, a lot of this was done on open source websites & social media. Should people profit from sharing information? In theory, not really! If they earn a small commission for recommending a useful product or service that is a BONUS. But there are NO GUARANTEES. So if you are going to start your own blog, decide the real reason behind it and if you want to own a business or professional blog or not. There are lots of legal and advertising standards to uphold and these are updated A LOT. If you want to network and meet interesting people, you probably should start your blog or vlog that way and leave out the advertising and monetization until later. If it takes off, then monetize your blog!
Tech Blogs, Health Blogs, Review Blogs & Comparison Blogs are slightly different. Likewise Influencer Blogs. These are professional from the offset. If you aren’t an expert in technology, health & beauty, reviewing or comparing products, do you really want to pay out and stress out?
Blog Tip No1
Blogs are supposed to be fun & engaging!
If you’re thinking of starting a blog, you might want to write a list of hobbies, things you enjoy doing and people who share those interests. Decide if you have enough time to run a professional blog or if you might get started with a personal blog.
What’s not a blog
What’s not a blog is hard sell salesman and want to be marketers, saying anything they can to get ranked in Google and getting visitors to land. These people will buy fake traffic, exaggerate and tell lies, let their readers down and their site won’t score high in search engines.
If you’ve ever landed on a rubbish blog, they have probably spent a small fortune, thinking they were going to earn hundreds or thousands a month. But then discovered how hard it is in reality to get years of blogging experience and networking under their belt in a month or two.
If you have found yourself in this situation, it’s not the end of the world. Things can and will get better, if you stick at it. But many people will typically spend between $100-$300 and their dreams will soon be dashed. Domain registration and hosting companies make the real money here. Read our guide to starting a blog.