With blogs growing at an incredible rate every day you have to ask yourself if blogging is the best choice for you before you get started. The reason you see so many blogs hitting the net is because the cost of entry is anywhere from nothing to a few bucks a month, the software is free, and the content can be created easily. Too many people read sites and see stories of people getting rich online logging about random stuff and think it is a no brainer. Well what they fail to tell you is that the rate of success is extremely low and the failure rate of blogs is just the opposite.

As Bob Simon from Azzurro Blu explains, most blogs are often left for dead after a few weeks or months when money doesn’t start rolling in. You have to realize that in order to make money online you have to be willing to take some steps and devote time to building an online presence. Some things to consider when deciding if starting a blog is right for you will be discussed in this post.

1.What are your goals for starting a blog for the short and long term?

  • Remember that in order to make any sort of income online takes time and effort.  This amount of time it takes to see a financial return on your site will vary from person to person and site to site, but assume that with hard work you can start to see some sort of revenue within 6 months.  This will take into account your effort to build your site, network with other site owners, get your site known, generate traffic, play with various advertisers, and eventually make enough money to receive a check.

2. Do you have the time to dedicate to a site?

  • A blog starting out can die as quickly as you bring it to life.  A new site needs to be cared for and nurtured like a baby and if you don’t have the time to do that you should hold off until you do.  In order to accomplish the things laid out in the first question you have to keep your site growing or other sites won’t be bothers with you, you won’t gain traffic, and without traffic you will make no money.

3. I am not a coder, but I understand computers

  • Luckily for you blogging does not require for you to be a programmer.  You can learn enough basic PHP, CSS, and HTML to get around as you play with most free software packages.  If you don’t want to learn that there are enough forums and free tips out there that will walk you through anything you might need.  Being a bit IT savvy does help eliminate some headaches that will creep up from time to time running a site.

4. My interest is in an obscure topic can i Blog about it?

  • No topic is to obscure for a blog.  The whole purpose of creating a blog is to cover the stuff you might not see covered in the main stream media.  Sometimes the best sites on the web are about weird or unusual topics that you just don’t find great content on.  It will always surprise you how many other people have the same interests you do.

5. I need money fast

  • Forget blogging then, instead, get a job at McDonalds. Blogging is a long term investment requiring months of work before you start to see results.