18 Compelling Reasons to Start a Blog Today (and Some Massive Success Stories)

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I love blogging.

This post is designed to do one thing and one thing only – inspire you to start your own blog today.

You see, blogging has done a lot for me. It’s helped me to work from home and it’s helped me reach out to other people when I needed a friend. It’s helped me travel the world and make a modest living from something that I actually enjoy doing.

So, here are a bunch of reasons why blogging might be just the thing that you are after.

At the end I’ll even show you a few awesome success stories to fire you up!

1. You can help people

The most important reason to start a blog, for me at least, is that you get a very real opportunity to help people. So many people complain that their job isn’t really adding any value to the world and it’s not changing anything. Well, blogging can be a huge help to your readers – even if it’s just solving a simple problem.

And then there are examples like Zen Habits which has, undoubtedly, changed the lives of thousands of people by helping them relax, de-clutter and chill out. More big examples down below.

2. It’s really easy

Blogging takes no experience and very minimal set up time. You can start a WordPress blog on your own host extremely cheaply and get on the way within 20 minutes. That is one of the major reasons so many people are trying it – minimal barriers to entry and still you have a chance to succeed.

This is a massive advantage if you are thinking about using blogging as a means to make money. Most other businesses require substantial capital to get underway – buying stock, renting a property, etc. but with blogging you’ll need maybe $60 and you’re set.

3. You can make money

Yep, there we go. The money thing. It’s hard work but it can be done. I make a nice little income from this blog and I’ve sold others for around $20,000. But there have been massive success stories of guys selling blogs for millions or even making hundreds of thousands every year on an ongoing basis. I’ll talk about them in the success stories below.

In a world where financial matters are increasingly uncertain it can be a nice idea to find something extra to supplement your income in case something goes wrong. With a long term and professional approach this is definitely possible.

4. You get more freedom

I get to travel overseas almost every year. I often play tennis with my brother at lunch time. If I want to go and work in the park for the day I can do it. Freedom is a huge reason to start a blog and make it work at producing an income. You’ll have more space to do the things you want which I imagine is even more appealing if you have a family.

5. You’ll make new friends (which is hard!)

I know this might seem a little strange to some people but making new friends when you are an adult is really quite hard. Generally most of us stay friends with high school or college mates but outside of work it can be tricky to meet new people.

Well, since I’ve been blogging I’ve met a bunch of other blog owners who I would now call my friends. If anything ever went wrong I reckon I could probably call them up and ask for help. But, best of all, it’s just nice knowing that there are people out there that help you and whom you can help as well.

6. You can change your life

Almost everyone will, at some point, go through a midlife (or a quarter life!) crisis. And one of the most common things that people say is that they need a change. Well, blogging presents you with a really unique way to change your life because you can work from wherever you want and blog about any topic under the sun. Sometimes starting a new low-cost project like blogging can give you an energy boost that you desperately need.

7. You’ll develop valuable new skills

When you start a blog you automatically start learning about servers, social media, content development, community building, etc. And what a lot of people don’t realize is that these skills are extremely valuable at the moment. There are thousands upon thousands of companies out there who are looking for folks with real-world, practical knowledge when it comes to their own social media and online activities. Simply put – they are lost and need help! From authoring Blog Tyrant alone I’ve had job offers from companies who would like me to help them develop their online presence. The same thing could happen for you or at least help you add new things to your resume for your current field.

8. It can grow your other bricks and mortar business

As Neil mentions below, a blog can drive sales to another website. But this also applies to bricks and mortar businesses like accountants, lawyers, retail stores, doctors, restaurants, etc. I have worked with dozens of small businesses who author blogs that bring them a bucket load of new customers. Think of a blog as an online avenue for you to connect to potential lovers of your product.

Pinterest is swarming with people doing this. For example, I went on the homepage and saw a user called Phoebe Howard who shares photos of her own stock and ideas. It would drive huge amounts of traffic to her physical business through phone orders, etc. Oh, and I’ve got a post for you very soon on Pinterest and how to get the most out of it.

9. It will help you succeed on social networks

A lot of people think that social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are a good way to raise the profile of a blog but I’ve found that the opposite is true. The people who do really well on Twitter, for example, seem to have their brand based in a website or a blog. The articles that they write on that blog get shared around and their social networking profile grows and grows.

So if you want to have success on social networking sites (for whatever reason) you should consider adding a useful and unique blog into the mix. Give people a chance to subscribe to something else and stay in front of their faces on a more regular and interactive basis.

10. It can help new opportunities arise

Darren Rowse is, strangely enough, one of the most important guys in my life. I’ve never met him (despite a few half-baked attempts) but his blog was the one that inspired me to get into blogging. I made my first big sale because of him. I’ll never forget reading an article of his about Adsense and thinking how crazy it was that Google would pay you when someone clicked your adverts!

Anyway, I asked Darren for a quick quote about all this stuff and he gave me one that, to me, illustrates the amazing opportunities that blogging can help you come by. I’ve included it in the success stories below.

This guy didn’t have all of this happen at once, mind you. It took years of experiments and mistakes. But these are the kind of doors that get opened when you work hard and have a good angle.

11. It can help your existing website sales

When I asked Neil Patel about what blogging has done for him he gave me a short and sweet quote that you can read down below. Basically the essence is that a blog can drive massive amounts of targeted traffic to an existing website as well as helping you launch new products and services.

And if anyone knows about this it is Neil. His amazing blog at Quick Sprout (as well as the others) would create a lot of buzz and traffic for his web companies like Crazy Egg. Done correctly, a blog can dramatically transform the success of your online product that is struggling to get traction.

12. It will increase your website’s Google rankings

Let’s say you already have a static website with the traditional pages on it (about us, services, contact, etc.) and you want to get more traffic. Well, adding a blog to that website is one of the best things you can do. Why? Well, because each blog post gets indexed separately on Google so you will have a new way for visitors to access your site. In fact, only a very small percentage of readers access a site through the homepage – most come in through blog posts and inner pages. The more you write, the more potential traffic you can bring.

13. It can reduce stress

Something I realized only recently was that blogging really helped with my stress levels. Sure, it can be stressful at times now that my sites are a bit bigger, but on the whole I find the process very relaxing.

If you are having trouble with stress (I’m sorry to hear that) you might want to try blogging as a means of expressing yourself and seeking answers. It’s not the answer for everyone but, along with meditation and exercise and diet, writing can be a very therapeutic activity.

14. You can get help for personal problems

We all have problems. Some people need help with their finances, others are having family issues. And then some people have serious illnesses.

I found Alice’s Bucket List which is a blog written by 16 year old Alice who has cancer. She writes about things she’d like to do before she passes away as well as documenting the experience of it all. This girl hugely inspirational to a lot of her readers as evidenced by the number of comments she gets. But I wonder also if the writing process (as well as the community support) is a good motivation booster for Alice to keep positive? Oh, and if you’ve got a few spare dollars why not go and donate to her cause?

A blog can be so much more than what people give them credit for. You can change personal problems in times of need by just reaching out.

15. You can potentially change the world

Can a blog change the world? Absolutely!

There are stories all the time about how a small cause gets media attention and goes global all because of a little old blog. Take a look at this story about two young girls who have used blogging to change their schooling conditions.

But for me the really inspiring thing is that blogs, in a collective sense, are changing the world on a daily basis by giving a voice to people who are oppressed by bad circumstances, corrupt governments, etc. For the first time in history people can reach a global audience in a (mostly) anonymous way and gradually effect change.

16. A blog can transform a brand

Your brand is very important. It’s what sets you apart from your competition and it has a lot to do with how people perceive what it is that you do and sell. And a blog can really help you evolve and change your brand for the better. You can use content marketing and a really personal approach to get the word out there about your services. A reader called David from the Lost Press Marketing blog told me this was the main reason he started his blog. I bet he’s not alone.

17. It can give a company a “soul”

Social media is giving companies an opportunity to develop a soul and to put a face to the brand name. And this is an extremely important thing for trust and growing a brand for the long term. Have a look at Richard Branson’s blog and see how he shows the more “human” side to the CEO lifestyle and what he’s trying to achieve with his company.


A photo from Richard’s blog.

This is especially important if you are trying to sell online where people feel a greater sense of risk. By adding a face to the company you can develop trust and hopefully some repeat business.

18. It’s a big challenge

Blogging is a challenge. It’s hard work. It’s exciting and it teaches you new things. If you’re anything like me you’ll get a real buzz from seeing your sites grow and reaching new milestones. Picking a goal and trying to achieve it is a lot of fun.

Blogging success stories to fire you up

I wanted to show you a few success stories that might inspire you to start your own blog so I asked a few amazing bloggers that I know for a quote. Here are some great stories to fire you up!

1. Darren Rowse – ProBlogger and Digital Photography School

Darren Rowse

Darren owns ProBlogger and Digital Photography School (among others) and makes a very decent living online. Here is a quote he gave me about what blogging has done for him.

Blogging has enabled me – an ordinary guy living in the suburbs of Melbourne Australia – to develop a voice and profile that stretches across the globe.

I still sometimes feel like I’m living in a dream – blogging has enabled me to meet and make friends with some wonderful people, to build learning communities around my passions and to create sustainable businesses that not only pay the mortgage but which help my readers and online network to make their lives better.

Blogging can be used in many ways to help you achieve your goals and make the world a better place. Go for it!

– Darren Rowse

I’ve been saying to Darren for a while now that DPS is one of my favorite sites, even though I don’t really do much with photography. That is a testament to the community and value that he builds and develops.

2. Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income

Pat Flynn

If you don’t know about this guy yet (most of you do!) then it’s time you found out. Dad, super nice bloke and very hard working.

Pat made the inspiration list because he turned a bad situation into a very life changing one. After losing his job (laid off, not fired) he started a blog and within a year was making more money than he was in the old office. Now he pulls a great income from Smart Passive Income and helps thousands of people do the same.

He gave me a brilliant quote for this post:

Blogging has become a vehicle for so many wonderful things that have happened in my life. It has connected me with all different kinds of people around the world. It has given me the ability to share what I know with people who may need that information, and learn from others who have more information than I do. It has improved my writing skills and even my speaking and presentation skills too. It has helped me become a more confident, more out-going person. It has made me realize that there are so many opportunities available to us and the more I put yourself out there, the more of those opportunities will gravitate towards me. And finally, I’ve also learned to be patient, because success, and especially financial success through blogging doesn’t happen overnight.

These are the guys we should be paying more attention to – the ones that tell you to work hard and be patient. Not the “get rich quick” stuff that usually only works for the author and a few others. Pat is one to watch.

3. Johns Wu – Founder of Bankaholic

This is the stuff dreams are made of. Imagine starting a blog and then a few years later selling it for around $14.9 million! That’s not a typo. That was the reported price tag when John Wus sold Bankaholic.com in 2006.

One of my other online heros, Aaron Wall, did an interview with John at the time where I found this really cool quote:

“If you are a true authority in your niche and you create remarkable content, your website will naturally attract links, advertisers, and business development opportunities.”

– Johns Wu

What this said to me was that if you are good at something and know it well there are blogging and business opportunities out there for you. We might not all be able to crack an industry like banking, but there is hope for us in other niches and subjects.

4. Mayi Carles – Life is Messy Bootcamp

Mayi Carles, Life is Messy Bootcamp

I initially “met” Mayi here on Blog Tyrant where she was a reader and valued member of the commenting community. Then a few months ago I heard that she’d released a product that had sold extremely well. It’s called the Life is Messy Bootcamp and it is distinctive and wonderful.

When I asked Mayi about what blogging has done for her she told me:

I grew up with a dream of one day becoming an immigrations officer, because I heart stamps like crazy, but when I realized that the job didn’t involve crayons or wearing my paint-stained pajamas + I quickly changed my mind. I learned to play instead.

Blogging has allowed me to play for a living, but that’s only the beginning. Thanks to my blog I’ve been able to find my “right” people (millions of them in fact, from Ecuador to Qatar) + have the freedom to do the stuff I really care about + save the world in my pj’s + sell 5 thousand copies of my first digital products + bring lots of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to the table + even make-up my own job title, because I can. Pow!

Mayi still hasn’t learned where the ampersand button on her keyboard is but I love her anyway! A fantastic success story of someone blogging about their passions and turning it into a full time career.

5. Neil Patel – Quick Sprout and KISSmetrics

Neil Patel is like blogging royalty. This dude is the same age as me but has accomplished more than I feel like is possible for an entire lifetime. I asked him for a quote on what blogging has done for him and he told me:

Blogging has helped me build a stronger personal brand as well as help drive more customers to my company. Everyone should be blogging as it is a cheap way to acquire customers. – Neil Patel

A quick read of his about page will show you that blogging is serious business for him having worked with companies like Amazon, Ebay, GM and AOL. The businesses that this guy creates do very well and the ones he consults for seem to increase their profits by phenomenal margins. He’s currently trying to turn KISSmetrics into a $100 million company. Oh, and he lives in a hotel.

Conclusion

Why did you start a blog? What inspired you and what has inspired you to keep going? Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about getting started? Please leave a comment below and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Post updated: 30th September 2013



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98 Comments... Leave yours.

  • Diggy

    Hey Ramsay,
    I totally agree with you man, blogging can be super awesome. I’ve made a ton of friends and acquaintances all around the world, started projects and business ventures through people I met on my blog and much more.

    The only thing is that blogging is time-consuming and you need to be passionate about your topic or else you are going to burn out pretty quickly. If you know a topic that you could write about for weeks on end and never get bored of, then you’re probably going to do well with a blog on that topic.

    Cheers
    Diggy


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah I totally agree with that. People think that finding a niche is the most important thing but I really think it is loving what you are doing. Mayi is a great example of that.


      1. Trent Dyrsmid

        That’s right. With a blog you can write about anything. If you love what you are doing then you can easily put it into writing.

        Great long list here.


        1. Ramsay

          Thanks Trent.


    2. Lewis LaLanne

      Preaching to the choir. :)

      To an outsider, a blog may seem simple enough – “What more do you have to do than write a post? If you can write, you can have a blog.”

      Not quite.

      I’ve put together 279 posts for my blog but without my partner doing all the tweaks to the site that make it user friendly and Google friendly and a lead generating machine, I’d just have a bunch of post and NO BUSINESS.

      My highest suggestion to anyone who’s thinking about jumping in this game is not overwhelm yourself out of the game by trying to do it ALL (content creation, product creation, content syndication, social media marketing, ppc advertising, commenting strategy, site design, auto-responder marketing, etc. etc. etc. by yourself. Especially if you’re looking to start part time.

      I’d be lost without a partner.

      The best advice I think any beginner could get from a pro is to find someone to join forces with that compliments their weaknesses (the tech side? the content side?) and find ways to share the work load where both your strengths are being exploited in service of an audience who is actively looking for a solution to a problem you can help them with and are willing to invest money to fix it.


      1. Ramsay

        Very good advice. It’s so important to have good help.


  • Chris/Canadian Dad

    I started my blog 7 months ago and have loved every second of it. The friends I have made are amazing and I’ve found a true love for social media and everything it has to offer.

    As far as monetization, I haven’t figured out how I’m going to pull it off yet but I have a number of other ideas for blogs and have even started running Twitter accounts for a couple of businesses. It was a great time to get involved and I can’t wait to see what is yet to come!


    1. Ramsay

      Great stuff Chris! Good to see you around here again.


  • Garrett Gitchell

    Ramsey,

    Great list!

    It is the international nature of blogging that I really appreciate. As a change management expert I enjoy input from lots of different perspectives. Pre-blogging that would have been impossible.

    Keep up the good posts. After 3 years and close to 700 posts myself I guess I am a blogger. Your insight helps us all to keep blogging away!
    GG


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Garrett. Glad you enjoyed it.


  • Brandon

    Nice article Ramsey. I started blogging because i had a unique story and there was no one else on the Internet talking about it (real estate investing as a 20-something). However, I quickly discovered another benefit which has become my #1 reason for blogging (and I’ll add as a #19 to your list)

    #19) It helps organize my thoughts.

    I’ve discovered that by writing down what was tangled up in my head, I was able to see from a higher altitude what I was doing. For example, the eBook I wrote as a optin giveaway about using real estate to retire in seven years actually made me look at my own investing strategy and think “why the heck aren’t I perfectly following my own plan since I know it works!?”. Another way to say it- it’s like therapy. A therapist doesn’t often solve problems, they just help you organize your own by listening.


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah that is a really big one. I reckon that would be important for a lot of blogger out there.

      Thanks for commenting.


    2. Mark

      Brandon,

      I have been investing in real estate since I was in my early 20s… I’d love to check out your blog! What’s your URL?

      Take care,

      Mark


      1. Ramsay

        I’d love to check out YOUR blog.


  • Linda

    Good afternoon, Ramsey.
    whayhay – got your name right this time!
    (I called you Mr Sheridan before….)

    I have to admit my blog is the best thing that has happened for a very long time.

    No, I do’t have a lot of readers; no, it hasn’t made a bean for me; no, it hasn’t brought me a raft of new friends; no, it hasn’t changed my life; and no, I’m not too worried about any of this. I remain optimistic that in time things will be different.

    What it has done is open up a world that previously I would have avoided like the plague – the Internet. I now talk to small business owners and am continually surprised how many are – as indeed I was – unable to see that a web presence can impact in a positive way on their businesses. I would dearly love to see more of them using blogging as a means of marketing what they do – the best I’ve managed is to get a few to let me blog about them on their behalf. New business for me – internet presence for them.

    Too many won’t entertain the idea that they have a potentially huge market waiting to find them online. ‘We rely on passing trade’ is all too often heard. Wouldn’t it be better if this trade didn’t pass, but came specifically to see and buy because they’ve had the opportunity to find out a little about the business first? Passing this message on is new business for me – an internet presence for them.

    So, sometimes the spin-offs from blogging aren’t necessarily associated directly with the blog. but without he blog I wouldn’t have acquired the knowledge, skill and mindset to go out there and get on my soapbox about businesses having an internet presence. Or my new business!

    Kind regards,
    L


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks L.

      You ALMOST got my name right. ;-)

      Yeah that is a really good point. I think it’s opened up a whole new world for people from different generations than the ones that grew up online.


      1. Linda

        Oh, stuff!

        Next time….


  • Rashelle

    Hi Ramsay,

    Great post! Although I’m not new to blogging (I started about a year and a half ago), it was fun to read your reasons for starting a blog. Dare I say it helped bring back the warm and fuzzy feelings from when I started and also gave me pause for why I’m blogging in the first place…

    I started blogging on the way to writing a book. The book wasn’t working out so well and someone suggested I try working on another project. I had been interested in blogging anyways and soon got started.

    My inspiration is my passion for organization and helping others with their organizing/time management/productivity goals and showing them new ways to look at the world when it comes to order. I keep blogging because I love it and feel I still have so much to share with others.

    As for advice for newcomers, I agree with you and Diggy, you really have to have a passion for whatever you write about. I will add that you have to have a bit of stubborn persistence to keep on going no matter what. Oh, and patience with yourself is key too. You’ll learn so much and grow as a person whether you realize it or not. It can be highly satisfying blogging…if you devote time, effort and passion into it.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers,
    Rashelle


    1. Ramsay

      I’m glad it helped with the fuzzy feelings! :-)

      Thanks Rashelle.


  • Rachelle

    Dear Rams,

    Another love story for you, I began writing online about my business at a time when my husband was sick and I had just had a great little baby.

    Possibly the best thing about blogging is it brings me customers that are perfectly aligned with my philosophies and business practices.

    It may be hard to take a stand and be yourself as a business person and have an opinion and speak loudly about the issues in your business but that’s what will set you apart.

    Anyhow I’ve been reading this blog and acquiring skills from it since it was a baby blog and Rams was BT and a lot of my success is completely due to the skills I got from it.

    When i think of the good friends I’ve made since blogging I can’t help but think of Rams first.

    Awesomesauce!


    1. Ramsay

      Right back at you. I really love that you feel like that!

      Made my day.


  • Johanna

    Thanks Ramsay, great post with some useful points to consider. I started blogging when I moved from South Africa to Australia because I was finding it hard to get freelance writing gigs in WA and my children had just left home to go to Uni. I was a bit lonely, I lacked confidence to start all over again making new friends, but I knew I HAD to keep writing – as you say, writing is very therapeutic and can be like a friend :) I thought I was retreating into my darkened garret, but found instead that life expanded. Writing assignments followed, I was asked to run workshops, and through my blog I’ve met the most amazing people from all over Australia (and the world) and made many new friends to boot.
    I love blogging with a passion and the people I meet through my blog do too. If you start a blog, you never stop learning and from my vantage as an ‘empty nester’ that is never a bad thing.


    1. Ramsay

      That’s great Johanna. It seems like your story ticks off a lot of the boxes for why blogging is so good.


  • Arbaz Khan

    Great post sir.
    Apart from the whole post, I personally liked the last part of the article. Reading what your idols have to say about their success inspires us a lot. Plus I got to know some bloggers which till now I wasn’t knowing.

    Thanks a lot for this awesome post :)


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah it’s always good to find some new inspiring people to learn from.


  • Cudjoe

    I just couldn’t stop reading. This post has re-ignited my my desire for blogging. My site will certainly be as big as ‘Blogtyrant’. Please keep up with your good work.


    1. Ramsay

      Love it!


  • Christian

    Very Inspiring Ramsay, keep it up. In the Netherlands I try to convince businesses to start blogging because it create success. With your blog I have another source to show them!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Christian.


  • Andrew

    Thanks for another great post. It’s always inspiring to read success stories like these, but it can also be frustrating when your own blog is struggling to attract an audience. I’ve been at it for a long time now and can’t seem to break past an average of 100 visitors/day. Income beyond a few hundred dollars a year still seems like a dream and can make it hard to stay motivated, but reading posts like this does help to keep me at it.


    1. Ramsay

      You’ve got a nice site Andrew. Don’t give up. Make sure you are marketing more and more all the time.


  • Sheyi | ivblogger.com

    Okay, now i should blog, make money, turn my company into $100million worth and live in a hotel? That alone inspire me to work more and more and more and more.

    Ramsay, remember you said people should stop reading blogs, so if they do, how the hell are they gonna get these golden tips?

    Nice one here man.

    Sheyi


    1. Ramsay

      Ha ha.

      Man, that article has brought me so many problems. :-)

      My main point was that you shouldn’t read blogs if you are reading so much that you never get any work done. I did have a list of exceptions in there remember?

      :-)


  • Mayi Carles

    1. If I would have known all these benefits, I would have started blogging at the age of five.

    2. I literally just found out “what” + “where” the ampersand button is. True tale.

    3. I’m so honored to be featured among some of my top mentors.

    4. Can I officially say I’ve been Tyranized? I think I can :)

    5. I’ll RT this like crazy now.


    1. Linda

      Good evening, Mayi.

      May I be cheeky and ask what and where the ampisand button is, please?

      Kind regards,
      L


      1. Ramsay

        Thanks for sharing your story Mayi.

        I was just making a joke about Mayi using a + instead of an & or the word “and”.

        It’s a good little branding thing she has going on.


        1. Linda

          Thank you, Sir.

          I’ve often wondered why some people put gobbledygook in the the middle of their comments. Now I know – probably would have made the same mistake myself had I not been so obsessive about correct English.

          Oh, the trials and tribulations of being awfully British…. and old :(
          Kind regards,
          L


  • Mayi Carles

    Hahahaha I had to Google it. Apparently is this “&”. Us Panamanians didn’t learn that in school hehehe. Among other things.

    :)


    1. Linda

      Now why didn’t I think of that!

      Could be because we Brits were taught nothing in school…..

      Thank you Mayi, you’re a gem!

      L


      1. SI

        Linda, we Brits know where the ampisand button is! We learn from the Family Guy cartoon :-)


        1. Linda

          Oh bother!
          Something else missing from my education missing. Who, what and where is the Family Guy, Si?

          L x


          1. Andi the Minion

            Hi Linda, Family Guy is a cartoon found on BBC3 most evenings around 10-11 in the evening. Be warned, it is a little on the edge, but very funny :-)
            Andi


          2. Linda

            Thank you, Andi.

            I’ll set my alarm to wake me or schedule my bedtime cocoa for a little later!

            L

            ps – does edgy equate with rude? If so…. I’ll make sure all the alarms are set!


  • Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon

    All of these are great reasons! The one that really stands out to me though is that it creates opportunities. Not only the opportunities you get to experience as a result of not having set work hours, but also the opportunities that come your way because of connections. For example Pat Flynn who’s mentioned here was able to achieve his goal of being in a movie from an opportunity that was given to him from his podcast.

    Thomas


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah that was really cool! Pat is killing it.


  • Bill Robertson

    I had Ramsay upgrade my blog. If you blog and aren’t happy with look of your site and your ads, contact him. He can work wonders.

    Bill Robertson


    1. Ramsay

      Thank you very much sir. I hope it’s going well!


  • Joe Boyle

    I often approach new things with this mindset of, “well, why not?” We live in a day and age where anything is possible – you can do whatever it is that you want with just a little bit of hard work, so why not try it out? If it wasn’t for me trying out blogging, I’d be in a totally different pair of shoes than I am today, and that is something that is really cool. There’s no real cost to it ($60 – I mean, you can save that in a month without a problem).


    1. Ramsay

      Love it Joe!


  • Laura

    I am trying to understand more about Pinterest and wonder if you have delved into it Ramsey. My blog is aimed towards women so its certainly seems like a perfect platform to promote.

    I have since moved on from my first blog which was around 2007. I was blogging about property and it all went tits up when the market crashed. Self belief is what has kept me going and the rewards. I have kids and I homeschool to so I get to travel to some amazing places much cheaper because I go when school kids are in school.


    1. Ramsay

      We’ve got a pretty interesting post about Pinterest coming up soon. I’m not real well versed in it yet though.


  • Dean Saliba

    For me it is a great way of making money and getting my articles published myself when other sites are not interested. :)


    1. Ramsay

      Have I missed something here?


  • SI

    Hi Ramsay, why have I started a blog? all of the above really, to help people and to make my life easier by creating an online income stream giving me the one most important thing I really want… freedom. To be able work from home in my PJS :-)

    I see so much potential with blogging, the more I do the easier the parts become but then there is a paradox, blogging can be very hard work. But it is fun and can be very rewarding.

    Regards
    SI


    1. Ramsay

      It sure can be rewarding. Keep it up!


  • Steve Eason @ Ingenious Internet Income

    What a great list. I already am following several of these wonderful people and will have to add the others to my routine (plus now I met you so you’re on my list as well.)

    I started my blog because I want to help others learn how to do the same thing. I hear all the time that people just don’t know where to start or how to put all the technical stuff together. So I’m out to help them figure it all out.

    The things I keep telling my readers is 1. It’s not easy, it takes time and effort AND 2. It’s all about creating RELATIONSHIPS! When you create your next post to promote that product that will give you a huge commission, ask yourself if it’s going to build or break down the relationship with your readers. Even if they are giving you a 100% commission for that product and it breaks relationships, to me it’s not worth the effort.

    Thanks for pointing out the great list and I look forward to learning more that you have to say!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Steve. Relationships are key. I 100% agree.


  • Ryan Cote @ Authority Buzz

    I have been blogging for years and at first, it was to communicate with others and offer advice about stuff I knew and enjoyed. My passion grew and now I use blogs for many reasons, such as helping businesses brand themselves and develop a recognizable online presence. Blogging is a very powerful tool.


    1. Ramsay

      You got it Ryan!


  • Zimbrul

    This is an article to save in your Favourites and read it later on, again and again.
    Don’t forget though: not everyone is made for blogging. The way you write make the difference between people staying on your blog and leaving your blog.


    1. Ramsay

      That’s true Zimbrul. But there is no harm in trying is there?


  • Scott Mailman

    Great read. It seems like I spend a good portion of my 9-5 advising my co-workers about proper nutrition and fitness, so it felt natural to start taking my tips to a wider audience to help educate and aid as many people as possible. That’s the essence and the power of blogging.


    1. Ramsay

      Yep. Sure helps if you’re good at something. I envy you people! :-)


  • Ruan | HighTechNovation

    Hey Ramsay,

    Even for an experienced blogger like myself, this post was still very inspiring and I even went as far as trying to picture myself to even before I started blogging and how this post would have inspired me to get started right away.

    Anyway, not much left for me to say, just thought I’d let you know how valuable contribution and inspiration you are even to someone a tab bit more experienced.

    Keep it up buddy, her and on Viperchill! I love you guys!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks man. Love your support!


  • Denny

    It’s good to be reminded that my blog has value beyond just any direct income I have yet to generate. And also to be reminded that long term success requires hard work, dedication, and patience whether it is a physical or online business.

    Thanks for another great post.


    1. Ramsay

      Love to hear that Denny. Long term is the way to go.


  • Jill Tooley

    All of this sounds amazing, and I’m truly inspired. I’d heard of Neil and Darren but not Mayi; it’s good to know that there are other success stories out there!

    Finding the right niche/approach is my problem with starting my own blog. If I could somehow make money from reading books, then I’d be set for life…


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah Mayi is an awesome example to follow.


  • David Lee Tong

    Super inspiring list…. Thank you so much.


    1. Ramsay

      Thank you.


  • Miki Vicioso @ My Learning Process

    Definitely a great post! Like trent said if you love what you’re doing you will have plenty of valuable information to share.


    1. Ramsay

      Very, very true.


  • Damien

    Thanks for another dense post Ramsay. I love that you included a couple of people in there who don’t just blog about blogging – very refreshing!


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah I have a lot more but kind of ran out of time. Maybe I need to do a “part two”.


  • Moe

    Great article. I am just starting to really get into my blogging. It definitely grows on you as you gain followers and they start to reply and ask questions.

    And when you start to make your first money from blogging, MAN does it feel good and motivating!


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah I still get that feeling waking up to overnight affiliate commissions.


  • Canadians Buying US Real Estate

    I totally agree. I have my own personal blog and I find it totally relaxing. In fact, my daughter has started her own blog about our dog and she loves it. I helped her get it monetized because she wanted to buy some toys. Now, she makes some decent money and we are putting it away for college and she gets a nice chuck for toys (later I am sure for make-up and clothes lol!)


    1. Ramsay

      Wow that is amazing! What is her blog?


  • Slavko Desik

    I can totally relate in terms of why I considered blogging at the first place. Now, seven months later, the picture almost paints itself in the sense of things becoming more and more clear, as well as easier and more enjoyable too.

    So I have a blog, but questioning the whole thing behind it, this post hooked me right away. Now I guess my resolve is even stronger (if that was possible at all :)

    The “helping people” aspect always appealed to me, and quite frankly I cannot see how else could I use my creativity. And considering that I love to be interacting with others this is a “kettle, meet pot” kinda situation.

    With regards to how easy it is, I guess we cannot but say that it requires a lot of passion and persistence. Though, as something that I love doing, I feel like I can do blogging related activities all day long, and not only that I will not feel tired, but rather feel even more full of energy. It’s the freedom aspect that thrills me beyond words, I guess.

    As for learning new things while on the run, I think that it can be enough to say that I started blogging about self-improvement (which I still do by the way), and ended up fired up for things like internet marketing, SEO, and copywriting. Thus we can say that blogging, in a way, broadens our views and makes us more open to ideas and countless of possibilities.

    I very much enjoyed the post Ramsay.


    1. Ramsay

      Man it sounds like you have a wonderful attitude. Lots of good things to come for you I suspect.


  • chris

    1 Compelling Reasons to Re-consider Blogging.

    If you make it about making money, you will be disappointed.

    Blogging as a business, or any business, isn’t about making money. It’s about helping people. If you make money from it, that’s the bonus. Many of the people mentioned in lists such as this, where large $$$’s are mentioned, are people who have a niche market with a ton of prospective clients/readers – time management, life management, how-to-blog, how-to-make-money-online, and etc. They are the exception, don’t make it your goal to be like them.

    You goal in any business (and I’d even say life in general) should be helping people. You might do it through teaching people how to read, how to paint, how to solve their budget nightmare, how to find the right roofing material for their home, or even how to win at tic-tac-toe every time.

    If you can help people, with their interest at heart, then the money will eventually come. But if you are trying to help people because you want to make money, then you will eventually fail.

    Ramsay, you are definitely right in the benefits of starting a blog.


    1. Ramsay

      Very well put Chris. Thanks for stopping by again.


  • Deepak Drolia

    Thanx for your article. and i too believe that blogging helps to generate revenue and goodwill. I have a static website about devotional songs and teachings. but don’t know how to blog about that. should it be hosted on subdomain or new domain etc. Several more questions comes to mind. but remains unanswered.


    1. Ramsay

      Each situation is different. Most people have it /blog


  • Fahad

    Well Ramsay, Thank you so much for this. I’ve started my blog on the 1st of september 2012 (i.e 22 days ago). By reading your article, the 18 reasons and of-course the success stories of those top bloggers were really very motivational. (Y)
    Keep rocking mate!
    Cheers :)


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for commenting! Makes it all worthwhile for me. Keep it up!


  • Azrain Alaman

    Hai Ramsay…

    Your blog really inspired me how to do a blog with fun. Actually my intention is to find how to do ebook, accidently found out blog tyrant.

    I will start to learn for the 1st time from your blog tyrant & please assist me. I really appriciate you sharing & take care.

    Nice knowing you, thanks so much…


    1. Ramsay

      Glad it helped.


  • Callie Durbrow

    Great post and I really like your point about helping more people. I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own businesses and lives and we forget about the big picture.


    1. Ramsay

      Totally agree.

      Thanks Callie.


  • Ron C.

    What an awesome post!

    When people like us are looking for some inspiration along the way, these posts make our day.

    Keep up the great work, Ramsay, and I guess you will be one of the greats very soon.

    – Ron C.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks a lot Ron!


  • Ben Troy

    Very inspiring stories, i am a fan of smart passive income and am following niche site building strategy Pat offered.


    1. Ramsay

      Pat is a great guy. You’ll go far learning from his examples.


  • Monica

    This site has been very encouraging for me and I remind myself to be patient. I am a stay-at-home mother who has been researching about creating a blog for months. Last week I finally put my site out there. It has been scary and exciting at the same time. The article about the possibilities are very encouraging. I hope that my information will be able to help and encourage someone. Thank you!


  • Mark

    I would love to get money by blogging because I’m going to spend spend time on this. I agreed that it also helps in branding and other things but money has its own value :)


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