Occasionally, I receive emails from people asking me about blogging. Now that the second edition of my blogging book is out, the volume of emails has only increased.
A common theme I see is people creating a blog, posting as often and as much as they can, only to run out of steam. Lots of work for dismal results.
- Is blogging dead?
- Is blogging still relevant?
- I published N articles and made no money. How come?
There are other questions, of course, but these are the most common ones. These are not dumb questions.
People have legitimate reasons to be frustrated with their blogging efforts. One such email included a very relatable quote:
I spent 4 hours writing a 2348 word essay. It was read by 78 people. Maybe fewer, as I too visited the page.
Can we really blame her for being frustrated?
The fundamental problem is that a lot of people treat their blog as
Yes, blogging is still alive. Yes, blogging is still relevant. But blogging has also changed drastically. Most of the conversations that blogging used to spark have largely moved to social media.
Blogging is still amazing… but it’s not the product. Blogging can still change your life… but it’s not the product. Blogging can make you money… but it’s not the product.
If blogging is not the product, then what is it? Blogging is an incredibly useful tool. Specifically, it’s a content marketing tool. It can help you reach the people you need to reach and expose them to your product.
So what is the product then? The product can be you and your career, your business, a book you wrote, or something else that has value and for which you charge money.
If you treat blogging as the product, you’d be very disappointed to reach only 78 people, and be hard-pressed to make any money from it. Even if a quarter of them were to click on, say, your ads, it might not be worth your 4-hour investment in time. And trust me, such a conversion rate is extremely unrealistic.
78 prospective employers when you are looking for a job is not so bad, though. Well worth the four hours of writing. 78 prospective clients for your freelance business, could lead to thousands of dollars down the line even if only one of them were to sign up. 78 prospective readers of your book, might lead to quite a few extra sales.
If you treat your blog as the product, you’ll often need 100K+ people a month to extract any serious value out of it. If you have a product, even a small group of people who are the right fit for your product can change your life.
Reading my book will teach you how to ensure that the numbers are larger AND you’re leveraging them to promote the right product.
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