So you're thinking about starting a blog. There's a lot to think about for sure. One of the biggest questions most "pre-bloggers" have is how much does it cost to start a blog? I've helped set up dozens of blogs and started several of my own. As a result, I have pretty good handle on the costs of … [Read more...] about How Much Does it Cost to Start a Blog?
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If you're looking for a side hustle, blogging might suit you perfectly. However, it isn't a good fit for everyone. In this post I'm going to explore what makes a good blogger... hence, whether or not blogging might suit you. The bad news for many people is that blogging doesn’t work out well. … [Read more...] about What Makes a Good Blogger? 10 Things That Help
It's official... I've hit a quit blogging wall. SideGains went live 4 months ago now. During these 4 months, it has been pretty much all consuming for me. I know I can become very obsessive about things that take my interest and inspire me. When I'm in the zone, I want to spend all my time … [Read more...] about Time to Quit Blogging? Hitting & Overcoming Walls
Blogger burnout… is this even real? It seems that every year we're inventing names for new illnesses, syndromes and conditions. But come on… blogger burnout? Really? What's next? Freelancer fatigue? Marketing malaise? SEO sickness? Turns out blogger burn out actually is a thing. Okay so it … [Read more...] about Blogger Burnout & 12 Techniques to Avoid It!
I've certainly wondered how often you should blog and of late I've carried out lots of research to see if there's consensus about a sweet spot. So for my discussion today I'm going to look at this in some detail to try to answer this for all bloggers, who like me who want a clear idea about what … [Read more...] about How Often Should You Blog & Is There a Sweet Spot?
This is a report for anyone who wants to know the reality of starting a blog. I've focused on the first 3 months of blogging in this post, based upon my own experiences of putting up the SideGains blog. It includes an honest examination of my activities and consequently the results of my … [Read more...] about The First 3 Months of Blogging: What Can You Expect?
I'll say it again so we're clear. Blogs fail. Every. Single. Day. I'm not going to get on my high-horse about this because there are many reasons why blogs fail. Some fail through mistakes. Others through plain old bad luck. Even if bloggers do everything right, there's still a chance that … [Read more...] about Blogs Fail Every Day: 31 Reasons Why
It's a question I see frequently when I'm browsing the Internet. I've seen the question asked so many time it's almost as if it's the most important thing people want to know about blogging. Can you start a blog for free? Well if you want a straight answer without caveats, you absolutely can … [Read more...] about Can You Start a Blog for Free? Yes, But Read This First