I get many queries from fellow bloggers who are confused and troubled just like I used to be before self-hosting my site. I answered them personally but realized there are many people with the same questions, so I came up with the idea to blog their queries. Here’s the 4th post of the category.
Hi Falak, I have been following your blog for a long time now and am really impressed with the way you manage it.
I just wanted to ask you a few things. I don’t have many blogging acquaintances so I am asking you.
Up till now, I was doing blogging just as a hobby and so was not serious about it and hence did not work on getting traffic and increasing following on my blog.
But now I want to make an earning out of it. As of now, I have around 480 followings on WordPress and just 6 email subscriptions. I have started using Pinterest just last week and my pins don’t appear in the Pinterest search yet. Also, I have become active on Instagram recently. I don’t have more than 1500 views per month.
Do you think it is advisable to switch to wordpress.org at this stage or should I first work o increasing my blog traffic and then think about it.
Remember the first truth, every blogger starts from zero. Many of us do blogging for fun, sharing our write-ups or as an extra activity. But we start dreaming of monetizing our blog after a certain period of time. There’s no harm thinking like that. Above all, there are no set of limitations in this field. But know first, what matters most to you. Do you just want to jump on the bandwagon?
Setting a self-hosted site is easy but working on it isn’t. Let me get this straight, if you are buying the web hosting for only 1 year then your first year will be wasted in getting followers, subscribers & you won’t be able to earn much. You might be popular among few WordPress or BlogSpot bloggers but it isn’t enough. Showing off in any field is necessary too. I know a lot of bloggers who are good in writing but have merely 1000 followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I also know few bloggers who can’t write well even in their niche but they have thousands of followers on social media.
Don’t lose the hope. If you have a number of people who can sponsor your posts apart from Affiliations and Adsense, then it will help you grow your blog a lot. Yet, the last say has to be yours.