Should You Start a Blog This Year?

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Are you thinking about starting a blog but aren’t sure if it’s worth it? This post can give you some insight on the matter.

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There are many ways to skin a cat. The same is true in the world of marketing. You can focus on traditional methods like commercials, billboards or magazines. Or, you can put your efforts towards the digital space by making ads and social media posts. In all honesty, a well crafted marketing plan will likely include all of the above.

Blogging  is one marketing tool that has been hotly debated for years. Not that long ago, you could make a ridiculous amount of money blogging! And it didn’t take much, because it was a new phenomenon and there wasn’t a lot of competition. Today, there are thousands of blogs on the internet covering pretty much any topic you can think of. It’s true—the industry is well saturated.

But something tells me you already know that because you clicked on this post. You’re wondering if it’s worth your while to start a blog now. Well, lets see.

Should You Start a Blog This Year?

Short answer—Yes.

Long Answer—No matter what field your in, blogging is a good idea. Across the board, consistent and relevant blogging yields positive results.  Just check out these statistics:

  • 55% of marketers say blog content creation is their top inbound marketing priority. (HubSpot, 2018)
  • A B2B blog has tremendous SEO benefits and organic search attracts high-quality leads (ImpactBND 2017)
  • B2B companies with a blog receive more leads than those that don’t (ImpactBND 2017)
  • Content marketing gets three times more leads than paid search advertising. (Content Marketing Institute, 2017 HubSpot)

And yes, profitable blogs are being started every year regardless of saturation. It just takes discipline and a willingness to succeed.

Why Should You Start a Blog?

While the above statistics are promising, that doesn’t mean it’s going come easy. If you’re looking for more reasons to start a blog, here’s what I’ve found:

You’ll Establish Yourself as an Authority

You’ll notice that earlier I said consistent and relevant blogging yields positive results. Relevant is the key word here. When you are working to build your brand, it’s important that people can trust you. It’s like the old adage, people do business with people they like. They also do business with people they feel they can trust. What’s more, is they’ll refer business to people they feel they can trust. It’s really that simple.

So how do you build trust? One way is establishing yourself as an authority in the field of your choice. What is an authority? Basically, it’s someone who knows what they are talking about— you are informed about your topic of choice. The more valuable information you can provide, the more trust you build. If you’re able to write a post that people share, you’ll start to garner social proof which in turn builds more trust.

And of course, one way you can provide value with little to no cost to you, is writing blog posts.

BONUS TIP: Guest post or freelance write content for other publications in your niche!

The more you can show that you are participating and ‘in the know’ of what’s happening, the more people will come to trust you. You’d be hard pressed to find a better way to do this than blogging.

You’ll Be Marketing Yourself

A recent study of 1300 small business owners found that they spent roughly 20 hours a week on marketing.  If you’re basing that on a traditional work week of 40 hours, that’s half of the time! And the fact that businesses with blogs receive more leads than others, means that blogging is a powerful marketing tool.

Another benefit to writing a post that people share, is that you are doing more marketing in less of the time. If the content is evergreen (something I highly recommend), your efforts will be long-lasting and cumulative. It gets no better than that! The more eyeballs on your content, the greater the chances are that you’ll reap the rewards.  And you don’t have to have a ton of page views either! I received inquires about my video services when I had less than 1,000 page views. So don’t worry about that! Start now and you will be well on your way to higher audience engagement and profits.

You Can Connect with Other Like-Minded People

We can not do it alone, and no successful powerhouse go to her goal without the help of others. It’s always a good idea to be on the look out for potential partnerships. Partnerships are mutually beneficial collaborations for all parties involved. From personal experience, the blogging community is one of the better communities out there. They are a group of nice authentic people who are always looking to connect with others. It’s a great way to build your network, even if they aren’t in your immediate area. I’ve seen people meet through blogging and develop fantastic projects together—I’ve even seen some long-lasting friendships emerge.

RELATED: Networking | 5 Ways To Build Strong Business Relationships

You Can Create Another Stream of Income

There are really are no limits to what a blog can do for you. It can increase your business as it stands today by attracting more viable leads looking for the services and products you currently offer. But as your blog gets larger, you can start to partner with brands you trust for sponsorship and ad space. These are things that don’t require you to do anything more then what you’re already doing and you’ll make money from it. Your blog can become it’s own entity, a stream of income for you that is somewhat independent from your actual business. Ultimately, blogging can get your business where you want it to go.

Start Your Blog, Don’t Procrastinate!

I hope I gave you enough good reasons to start your blog now! If you found value in this post, please share it!

The sooner you start, the sooner you can begin to experience the benefits that blogging has to offer. Whether you want to sell more products, get more clients, or add a stream of income, the opportunities are limitless.

Now I want to turn it over to you. Do you think blogging is a good idea? Did you start a blog this year? Have you been blogging for awhile and has it been worth it to you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Olivia Johnson
Olivia Johnson is a videographer, photographer and freelance writer in the Atlanta, GA area. She works with soloprenuers and businesses to create video content that resonates with their audiences. Her full-service video production company, Silver Iris Entertainment specializes in commercials, business profiles, and event videography. She is also the founder and main contributor at Creatlivity, a lifestyle blog for women in business. She contributes articles about entrepreneurship, marketing, videography, photography, and tech.
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