Understanding the definitions of several blogging terms is important if you want to become a blogger. Getting answers to the big questions can help you in your journey to become a blogger.
You may have several questions about blogging, in this post I will answer most of these questions. If I miss any, you can comment and I will add it to this post.
The goal of this article is to help beginners have a full understanding of what blogging is all about.
Here are some of the most asked questions about blogging and the answers:
1. What is a blog?
A blog is an online information sharing platform that is updated regularly. Information shared on a blog could be news, business, personal finance, animal stories, personal journey, health and anything worth sharing.
The contents of a blog usually include: texts, pictures, videos, PDFs and more.
Think of a blog like a regular magazine or a journal, but this time, it is online rather than on paper.
A blog can be operated by one person or group of people.
2. What is a personal blog?
A personal blog is an online information sharing platform operated by one person who frequently updates it with contents and sometimes share his or her opinion on various issues.
An individual, a group of people or an organization can run a blog. When a blog is run by one person, who shares contents that matters to him or her and sometimes share his or her opinion on issues he or she is writing about, that is a personal blog.
3. What is a blog post?
A blog post is an article written on a blog. Every content that is written on a blog for the public to read is considered a blog post.
For example, this post that you are reading now is a blog post.
4. Who is a blogger?
A blogger is a person that operates a blog, usually for profit or other personal reasons. This person regularly publish posts on his or her blog and constantly find ways to improve the blog.
Most bloggers see blogging as a career. What they do to make an income. That is their job. While other bloggers may see it as a hobby or an avenue, to make an impact.
But for whatever reason, anyone who operates a blog is known as a blogger.
5. Why should I start a blog?
There are many reasons you should start a blog and I have listed some of them below:
- Blogging can make you money
- Blogging is a job, a career just like being a Doctor or an Engineer
- It can help you create awareness
- It can make you popular
- Blogging can help your business online
- You can make connections
- It can help you develop yourself
- And many more
6. How much do successful bloggers make
The most successful bloggers are multi-millionaires. Some at the very top make over a million dollars every month.
Let’s look at how much some successful bloggers make.
- Arianna Huffington founded the popular Huffington Post in 2005. She is widely regarded as one of the richest bloggers. She sold the blog for $315 million to AOL. According to targetinternet, the blog is earning about $41.6 million per month.
- Moz which is owned by Rand Fishkin makes $4.2 million per month according to Forbes
- Mario Armando Lavanderia Jr popularly known as Perez Hilton runs a blog by the same name. The blog earns about $3.44 million per month.
7. How can I start a blog?
To start a blog, you need to pick a blogging platform. There are many blogging platform but the best choice among top bloggers is WordPress.
If WordPress is your choice, then you need to set up a web host to host your files. Once that is done, you can upload your theme and start running your blog.
If the above seems too complicated for you, do not worry. It is very easy to start a blog. I can guarantee you that. I have written a step-by-step article on how to start a blog. In less than 20 minutes you will be done. Read: How to start a blog.
8. How can I make money blogging?
There are many ways that you can make money blogging and they include:
- Gogle AdSense
- Affiliate marketing
- Online course
- Selling Digital products
- Sponsored posts
- Private ads
- Partnership with brands
- And ,ore
For more details, you should read how to make money blogging.
9. What is WordPress and what is it used for?
WordPress is the most popular blogging platform. It was initially released in 2003.
WordPress is used to create blogs and websites. It is the easiest, most used and most supported platform for starting a blog or building a website.
There are two types of WordPress. There is WordPress.com and there is WordPress.org.
WordPress.org is the most popular, it is a software similar to WordPress.com that people can use to self-host their WordPress blog or site. This gives them control over everything. To use WordPress.org, follow this guide.
10. What is a self-hosted WordPress site?
A self-hosted WordPress site is a site created using the WordPress software. The creator is responsible for getting a domain name, a web host and running the site. A self-hosted WordPress site gives the owner of the site control of everything with no limit.
It is different from WordPress.com. When you use WordPress.com, you are bound by the rules of the owners of WordPress.com You do not have the freedom to monetize and run your site as you may want to.
But with a self-hosted WordPress site, you are totally in control and can monetize and do as you may want to. To create a self-hosted WordPress blog easily in less than 20 minutes, follow this guide: how to start a blog.
11. How can blogging help my business?
Blogging can help your business in many ways, including:
- Generate leads for your business
- Boose your SEO
- Brand your business as a major force in your industry
- Connect you to your customers
- Act like a knowledge-base for your business
- Grow your business followership
12. How can I drive traffic to my blog?
There are many ways that you can drive traffic to your blog, including:
- Creating quality content
- Email marketing
- Optimizing your posts
- Content and keyword research
- Social media integration
- Evergreen contents
- Using a fast web host
- Using a fast theme
For a more detailed response, read: How to drive traffic to your blog.