Rural blogging must become absolutely necessary to rural America, which is having difficulty growing its economy and maintaining its work force.
Household incomes in rural America continue to fall behind those in suburban and urban areas.
In order to compete with other communities in this information economy, and stop the ‘population brain drain’ seeking employment elsewhere, rural Americans must join the blogosphere to support your families and communities.
China seems light years ahead of rural America in terms of helping its rural people make money on the Internet.
The rest of the rural world is slowly starting to catch a ride on this rural blogging/information highway to money and success.
What originally started in the U.S. with college educated, male-dominated bloggers, now include a multitude of ordinary suburban and urban people, male and female, of all races, blogging to stay at home with the children or support the family.
Technology has made it possible for anyone in rural communities to progress out of unemployment and underemployment by blogging.
Rural blogging, however, does have its advantages and disadvantages.
Evidenced by television, radio, newspaper, email, social media, and text message advertisements, blogging is a billion dollar industry.
Blogs display more advertising than traditional media because there are more blogs available, and they’re ‘cloud’ based on consumer’s computers and smartphones.
A multitude of bloggers and companies earn millions of dollars a year in advertising income.
It is common for blogs to feature banner advertisements or promotional content, either to financially benefit the blogger, support website hosting costs, or promote the blogger’s favorite causes or products.
The popularity of blogs has also given rise to “fake blogs” or “fictional blogs” created by companies as a marketing tool to promote products.
“Advertising generates the vast majority of revenue in the search and social media portions of the Internet industry.”
The Internet is ‘the’ portal for worldwide information that satisfy what people are searching for 24/7.
The rural blogging economy is real!
It is comprised of a mega group of people who have knowledge and expertise about various subjects, not limited to one, and earn an income from it that support families and local economies.
Prohibiting people from sharing creative and artistic information and making money by blogging is an act of tyranny in many foreign countries.
These actions overtly oppress people from ‘feeling free’ to express their real views and opinions.
That is why many international bloggers remain anonymous or use a ‘pen name’ to disguise their desire to make money or get publicity.
The U.S. is covert in its power to suppress free speech, but for now, Americans enjoy more liberties blogging than other societies.
Now that you have considered the main economic advantages and single disadvantage of blogging, from my view point, are you ready to make an informed decision whether or not blogging is a way for you to make money in rural America?
In addition to growing agriculture, farming and homesteading, start blogging about your unique gift to grow crops, raise animals, make cheese, etc. for your rural economy.
Tell your ‘rural story’ in snippets, in each blog post, which will make your blog that more interesting.
Start blogging about your niche (work), hobby and ‘rural story’ to share financial struggles and hardships you are facing with the courage to do something about it, by thinking outside the box.
Assuming you have the right mindset to start a blog, get a desktop computer, (high-speed Internet connection, domain name, and affiliate website/blog, it is time to learn blogging basics.
Blogging is all about writing relevant and useful content on a regular schedule.
The content of your blog will determine how successful it is, but first you need a content strategy.
⦁ Choose your article topics carefully, and make certain you are knowledgeable enough to write about them.
⦁ Research to find out how many bloggers are already writing about the topics you are interested in, and get an idea about the right keywords.
⦁ Focus on providing useful information and answering a wide range of questions related to the topics. Your blog will be successful if you have unique things to say.
⦁ Organize your articles in categories so they are easy to navigate.
⦁ If you want to make money from your blog, write quality content about things your audience care about to attract more readers. Writing good content encourage readers to visit your blog often and share content.
Rural blogging is a lot of fun, but to make money with it, you must approach it seriously and apply all of these tips.
Take time to develop a content strategy for a quality blog, and focus on writing excellent content.
Rural blogging is a great way to expose the world to your thoughts, ideas or hobby.
It becomes a business when you start making money!
Writing content can seem intimidating, but it does not have to be.
Producing content is fairly easy to do, but like anything new, it has a learning curve, unless it was one of your best subjects in high school …
If you waste time thinking about writing content, you will start to feel overwhelmed.
This is an obstacle that all bloggers and webmasters have to face, but we take action!
Use these essential tips and you will start producing content like a pro.
⦁ Make a list of things to write about your niche/hobby …
⦁ Consider top news stories or what everyone seems to be talking about, if it’s related to your niche, and write about it.
⦁ If your niche is cooking, sewing, auto repair, etc., ‘teach’ and demonstrate it through articles, video and podcasts.
⦁ Write about trendy topics that will bring readers to your site, and help to increase your following.
Now, let’s get down to the actual content writing.
There is nothing that will turn readers off faster than a poorly written article.
If you are considering starting a weblog or featuring one on your website, you must practice good spelling and proofreading to avoid typos, at minimum.
Potentially, people from all over the world will be reading your blog, so make certain your basic writing skills are adequate.
Correct use of grammar is less important, but misspelled words are unforgivable.
Therefore, your written content must be ‘easy to read’ and understand.
It can really help to read your post out loud to yourself before you publish it, or save as draft for as long as you need to correct any errors.
You are not alone; I am not a professional writer anymore, so I have to work at making my articles make sense and flow well.
After you’re satisfied that you have done your very best, publish it and start on the next post.
Your content doesn’t have to be grammatically correct or perfect, but it must be written in your own voice and free of misspelled words.
If you’ve never written before, you may need to find an article format to help you get started.
When you’re not certain about something you are writing, research it first so you don’t have people correcting you later.
In conclusion, blogging is difficult to do because there are so many things to learn about it.
The good news is, blogging can start as a hobby and turn into a full time job if you want it to.
You will make some mistakes with your content strategy and writing, but that’s normal.
With much practice, you improve both elements by following my advice.
Now that you have joined the rural blogosphere, remember to have fun and never give up.
Eventually, blogging will provide an income to support your family and rural community.
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