First of all, let me tell you something. When I first started blogging I absolutely hated it. Why? Because I spent hours every day maintaining and advertising my sites, but I was getting no return at all.
After a couple of weeks of struggling, swearing and moaning, I decided it was time to move on. I ended up selling all the blogs I’d spent my time on (eight of them) and must say, I felt a lot better for it.
From doing this, I actually realised something which would turn out pretty important for me: you could actually make a decent amount of money from making blogs and selling them on. At the time I made about five hundred dollars profit from those eight blogs, which seemed like a really good figure (especially seeing as I was fourteen at the time).
That little story what gave me the idea for this article, which will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of short term blogging projects, and then comparing them with those of long term blogs.
Short Term Projects
Short term blogs are usually considered blogs where you spend a little time on them doing things such as setting it up to a web host, getting a design for it, and writing a few posts. After that, they are usually sold for profit by the blog owner.
- You need to put a lot less time into the blog. Yes, it helps to advertise the site and it will increase the final sale price, but it’s not vital.
- Less commitment is needed. Because you’re putting less time into the blog, it’s not going to kill you if it isn’t a massive success. You’ll never find yourself worrying about whoís commenting, and you defiantly won’t lose any sleep.
- With short term projects, you should also find you make instant profit. You make the site, maintain it for a week or two, then sell it on. You don’t have to wait a long time to start earning decent money.
- You won’t really get to connect with other bloggers which is, in my opinion, one of the most important things any blogger can do.
- Branding yourself is harder as you’re never tied down or connected to a certain sites, making it harder for people to remember you.
- Youíre unlikely to ever get much traffic to the site, which won’t give you much experience for future projects (should you choose to start a long term blog).
Long Term Projects
Usually long term projects are the projects we start to create recurring income. These are the projects we don’t flip, or at least don’t flip if we can manage it.
- You can build long term relationships with people a lot easier, as they’ll remember you along with your website. It’s all about connections in the mind.
- There’s no real need to worry about other projects. For instance, when you’re commenting in blogs you don’t need to worry about which site to put as your URL.
- You can really put your personality into your blog. With short term projects, you should be making the blog for the buyer, so it needs to be very professional, but with your own blog you can put your stamp on it.
- It’s easy to start worrying and even getting a bit obsessed. I know I check my comments a LOT, and when I go away for a few days I do think about how my blogs doing in my absence. I suppose it becomes a way of life.
- In most cases, you’ll have to wait a while to start earning from your blog. (Sorry, I can’t elaborate much on that!)
- You might get bored with your blog. OK, this probably won’t happen (especially if you really love your blog), but it is possible that you can get bored of posting about the same old niche.
In my opinion, it’s just that: an opinion. Some people will prefer the option to get cash from short term projects, whilst others would rather build up their blog to the point of consistent earning (and probably connecting with a fair few people along the way).