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Why Don’t We See Many Successful Indian Bloggers?

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I was with my friends the other day discussing about the blogging and its huge earning potential. At first, they got excited and then slowly started to build up piles of questions and doubts about it.

Which I thought were quite normal at the moment as many people here don’t yet have a clear idea of real online based work. I am talking about real full-time jobs, not those fishy typing or data entry gigs that we often see online.

For them, making money from blogging was too good to be true. They were just enjoying the whole discussion, and that’s it. That very moment I asked myself one thing. Why they intentionally don’t want to explore this great opportunity of a lifetime. In this post, I just want to talk about this. I want to address the actual reasons behind this mentality.

I knew blogging has become very mature in western countries, and I could easily recommend it to any of my friends, but that question raised a couple of concerns in my mind. Later when I began to research, I found out that many people in India consider blogging to be much harder than the western English speaking countries.

Then I started to dig deeper into the matter, and found out the primary reasons why most of Indians hesitate to take blogging as a serious business opportunity. However I don’t mean that blogging is not profitable here, rather it’s quite the opposite.

Blogging is very much profitable in India. And there’s a lot of people in here who are actually earning a lot of money, anything between $100 to $10,000+ per month.

But still, it’s in its emerging stage right now. Blogging as a profession is catching up very fast in India, but the concept of making money through blogging is not fully understood by newcomers. Even seasoned freelancers and content writers don’t bother taking a look at it. Heck, I also ignored blogging for a long time.

How Did Blogging Become A Profitable Business?

Blogging simply means writing on a topic and self-publishing it online. After the invention of the internet, if one profession got the most advantages then it will be the writers.

Before the internet era, writers had to go out finding the right publisher to publish their work. It was a pain in the butt. Now it’s not the case anymore. You can self-publish your writings on your website. As the internet grows over time it started to give the writers a wide range of opportunities to make money through their writings.

Slowly producing text-based online content become very popular, and everyone started calling it blogging. Now it is treated more like a business than any other thing. Because a blog could not make money on its own, but businesses do.

Is Making Money Through Blogging Easier In India?

Nope, Absolutely not. I want to be honest here, I am a blogger for a very long time and I know what it all takes to be a blogger in India. It’s not easy at all. You have to take care of a lot of things before you could see any noticeable traffic increase in your google analytics. Earlier in 2008, most of the bloggers from India used to write articles on either technology or making money online topics.

Today these topics have become so much saturated & overfilled with content that it’s no longer a go-to topic for new bloggers. Bloggers now had to dig deeper and go out of the box to find a profitable niche that is both in demand and profitable. That is not an easy task to do, many bloggers simply get failed at this, so does their career in blogging. There are many reasons responsible for this.

Blogging without knowledge

Blogging requires skills like any other profession and surely no-one born with knowledge. Unlike any conventional educational institute, there is nothing where one could go learn how to do blogging. Therefore they must find information and learn on their own. 

It is somewhat difficult and time-consuming in India. Although there are many courses available on the internet, many of them are not as good as conventional education techniques.

Weak In English Writing Skill

There are thousands of spoken languages in India. English is one of them, but only about 5% of the total Indian population can speak fluent English. When it comes to writing great useful articles for a blog, then the percentage drops again.

I also fall into that category. My English speaking skill was not fluent nor my writing for that matter. I have improved my English over time by reading more articles and books. No one can teach you English grammar, the more you read the more you will get improved at it.

Family Pressure Is Crazy High

This is also a key factor for which many bloggers just quit before they could see the light of success. From our childhood, it is told to us that you should always pursue a government job.

If you express your feelings to become a businessman then there will be an immense force coming from the family to not go in that direction. Instead, they will encourage us to do a job because of its financial stability. Moreover, society’s attitude toward blogging is not encouraging at all.

I agree that a job can provide a sense of financial stability in life but think for a moment, can doing a job gives you a sense of financial freedom. The freedom where you don’t have to think about money again? If this relatable, that’s what I am talking about.

Wasting Time On Finding Low Paying Jobs

In India, everyone follows the thumb rule of graduate and get a job fast. If you don’t find a job, go hunt them. This became so normal that even students don’t consider the opportunities they have other than the boring low paying jobs.

I am not against of having a job for living. But, the work culture for those low-paying jobs is what I don’t like. The unemployment rate of India is a serious problem. Which makes it even harder to find a good job. Still, they don’t have the courage to explore other possible opportunities available in the market.

A new inexperienced blogger could easily start making over $100 within 8 months of their blogging if they work hard on it. But they don’t give it a shit. Instead, they waste their 1-2 years just to find a low paying job.

Afraid Of Failure

There’s always be a kind of phobia, at least in the starting phase before seeing any noticeable financial return of investment. The feelings of uncertain future lead us to anxiety & depression. 

I am not discouraging you, but it’s the truth. The responsibility of taking blogging as a career can not be handled by everyone. The risk of failure is obviously there to horrify many of the newcomers even before they could start blogging properly.

Before you read further, let me clarify you that 7 out of 10 bloggers will fail. Not because it’s super complex, but it demands a strong dedication and hard work. Therefore, It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. You can not be successful until you are serious about it. Now for the shake of motivation, let’s talk about:

The Requirements For Becoming A Successful Blogger

Can Blogging Be A Good Career Option For Indians?

Well, the obvious answer is yes. I first started blogging when I was in high-school. The year was 2010. Although I stopped blogging after 1 year because I put my full time & energy into developing android apps back then. Still Here in 2019, I have opened this blog again.

It has been many years since I used to do blogging. A lot has changed in the blogging industry. Back then ranking any article was quite easy and the competition was also not high as what we are seeing right now.

Becoming a professional blogger was not something everyone could do and be successful for that matter. It really takes a long time to see a blog giving any result. It requires a lot of skill, a lot of knowledge, and a lot of time to turn your blogging passion into a full-time profession.

There are a lot of opportunities for blogging if one goes hard for it. In India, blogging has always seen to follow an upward trend, so it’s safe to say that choosing to blog as one’s career option is very much possible.

How Much Indian Blogger Could Earn By Blogging?

An Indian based blog can make anything between $100 to $6,000 a month. If you operate multiple blogs then the earning will increase by multiple times. Many famous bloggers from India earn somewhat from $20,000 to even $30,000 a month.

It is growing very rapidly with a 15% increase every year. Much of the growth coming because of the availability of cheap internet, thanks to reliance JIO. Google now also started promoting regional content, thus starting a blog in Hindi or other local languages is now possible.

For a general idea, if you start blogging in 2021 then you can expect to make in a range of $500 to $1000 per month after 2 years of hard work. Although it will mostly depend on the competition of the niche and the number of content you can put out on site.

Top Indian Bloggers & Their Earnings

Now, let’s talk about the big boys of the Indian blogging community.

NameWebsiteStartedEarning
Amit Agarwallabnol.org2004~$60,000/m
Harsh Agarwalshoutmeloud.com2008~$40,000/m
Pritam Nagralesurejob.in2010~$25,000/m
Shradha Sharmayourstory.com2008~$20,000/m
Abhijit Mukherjeeguidingtech.com2008~$15,000/m
Kulwant Negibloggingcage.com2010~$25,000/m
Arun Prabhudesaitrak.in2007~$15,000/m

Final Thoughts

So the thing is, blogging is a wonderful profession. However, it is hard and takes a lot of time to generate any result. I am not demotivating but only 80% of all bloggers will fail within their first 6 months of blogging. Not because it’s hard but because of the lack of their patience. So, be prepared for a long bumpy ride ahead, and best of luck.

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