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Do you want to become a blogger? 10 important requirements to be successful

You decided to become a blogger.

Or maybe you already have a blog and wonder why you are not getting the results you want with it yet.

You should then check whether you also meet the following 10 requirements to be successful with blogging in the long term.

But don’t worry if you can’t tick all of them:

What is not can ultimately still be!

I also had to struggle with points 7 and 8 for a long time…

1. You are an expert in something

As a blogger, you solve problems. Provides knowledge. Teach others something.

To do this, you have to have an important requirement: You have to be an expert in the field you want to blog about.

Otherwise, your credibility is not far behind.

But to calm you down:

You don’t have to be a star chef to blog about cooking either. Or famous literary critic to write book reviews. You also don’t need to have any formal education, degree, or work experience in what you write about.

It is enough that you are a relative expert. This means that you know more about a topic than the people you want to reach with your blog.

That said, if you’re targeting beginners, you should be more advanced. If you are targeting advanced learners, then you should be a professional, etc.

2. You can handle criticism

Anyone who blogs always exposes himself to a certain extent and makes himself vulnerable.

You have to expect that your views will meet with criticism from time to time and that a strong headwind will sometimes blow in your face.

It is therefore very important that you can deal with criticism and not take everything personally.

Otherwise, you are constantly on the defensive, which inhibits your creativity and makes blogging torture.

But thank God you can learn how to deal with criticism correctly.

3. You enjoy writing

As a blogger, a huge part of your job is writing.

And not only for blog articles but also for newsletters, social media posts, or e-books.

So if you don’t enjoy writing, keep your fingers off blogging (or consider becoming a podcaster, vlogger, or blogger on Instagram)

4. You don't just enjoy writing

As a blogger, however, you don’t just post your thoughts on the web, and that’s it. Bloggers are jack-of-all-trades who fight on many fronts and need to acquire knowledge in many different areas. They are also:
  • Photographers
  • Vlogger
  • Podcasters
  • Photo models
  • Forum moderators and administrators
  • Social media manager
  • SEO manager
  • Web designer (or even web developer)
  • The webmaster (or even server administrator)
 That means that it’s not enough to enjoy writing.
You must also be willing to relate to other things, such as dealing with social media, technical things, or photography. Things that you may not or may not suit you.

5. You have no problem working alone on the computer

Blogging is varied. But:

As a blogger, you will spend most of your working time on the computer.

Alone. Without work colleagues and without a boss to kick your butt.

So if you have a problem with being alone, if you don’t like screen work, or lack intrinsic motivation, think twice about whether you want to become a blogger.

6. You are ready to invest money

As a blogger, you don’t need a lot of starting capital.

All you need to get started is a hosting package.

And for just € 5-10 a month, you can get well-equipped hosting packages.

Most bloggers will probably get by on $ 10 a month for the first 5 years, even if they get 10,000, 50,000, or 100,000 visitors a month because even cheap hosting packages offer a surprising amount of performance, as you can see in my detailed web hosting comparison.

Nevertheless:

If your blog is to become a serious business and you want to make a living from blogging, you have to invest significantly more money. For example:

  • Tools and software (image processing, social media planning, etc.)
  • WordPress plugins and themes
  • Outsourcing of taxes and accounting
  • Professional logo design
  • A laptop or desktop PC
  • A good microphone (e.g., for video tutorials or podcasts)
  • A good camera and accessories
Don’t be a penny pincher, or blogging won’t get you very far!

7. You are patient

Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.

You mustn’t be under the illusion that you are going online with your blog, publishing a few articles, and that there are streams of readers within a few days or weeks.

Nobody was waiting for you. And nobody will be interested in you from now on!

Building a large readership base, let alone making a living from your blog, can take a long time.

For at least the first year or two, expect to put a lot of work into your blog and get little out of it.

8. You are a team player

Bloggers are not lone fighters!

You don’t write for yourself, but your readers. You don’t solve your problems, but those of your readers.

It is also very important for a blogger to network.

It is also very important for a blogger to network. You can become successful as a blogger much faster and make your blog better known if you make contacts with other bloggers!

You help other bloggers, they help you. You mention them, they mention you. You link them, they link you.

9. You have time to blog regularly

If you want to become a (successful) blogger, you need one thing above all.

Enough time.

Don’t have at least 10-15 hours a week to take care of your blog?

Or are you not ready to take this time and do without other things?

Then you have to expect that your blog will only grow slowly. And you’re slow to develop as a blogger.

All right! But how do I become a blogger?

When you clarified whether you meet all or most of the requirements, you can take care of the how.

The best place to start is on my Create a Blog: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners.

There I will explain step by step how you can create your blog, e.g., How to find the right blog topic and blog name and how to host your blog yourself.

And it would be fatal, especially in the labor-intensive early stages of your blog.

10. You have the support of friends, family, and partners

Of course, a lack of support from your friends, family, and partner shouldn’t necessarily keep you from blogging.

But it’s always better to have the support of the people who are most important to you!

It is well known that sailing with a tailwind is easier and leads to your goal faster than cruising through a headwind.

FAQ

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about blogging:

1. How long does it take to make a living from blogging?

There is no general answer to the question.

It depends on many factors, such as selecting your niche, the time invested, previous experience, your motivation, whether you have a mentor or a mastermind group, etc.

In 2011, within 8 months, I managed to make a living from blogging and quit my job as a translator, without a mentor and prior knowledge.

Back then, however, the conditions were even simpler.

2. How can I earn money as a blogger?

There are many different ways to make money blogging, such as:
  1. Cooperations / sponsored posts
  2. Affiliate marketing
  3. Coaching and advice
  4. Advertising banners
  5. Link sale or rent
  6. Offering online courses, e-books, or other digital products
  7. VG word
  8. Offering services
  9. to collect donations
  10. Organize events (e.g., conferences or workshops)
3. On which platforms can you blog?

The most popular blog platforms include:
  • WordPress.org (installed on its server)
  • WordPress.com (basic functions free)
  • Blogger.com (free, offered by Google)
  • medium
  • Wix
If you want to run a purely private blog, I recommend WordPress.com. It’s easy to set up, and it’s free.

Are you planning to earn money with your blog, or would you like to use it for advertising your company, your products, or your services?

Then take WordPress.org. You have a lot more freedom of design.

4. How do I become a blogger on Instagram?

Blogging on Instagram is different from “regular blogging” in a number of ways.
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