The State of Blogging: Facts, Numbers, Trends

Is blogging dead? Dying? Or still growing and thriving? Let’s take a close look at the state of blogging.

In this post, we will take a look at the state of blogging told in facts, numbers, and statistics. We will analyze numbers, look at trends – and figure out what it takes to still be successful with a blog or rather a blogging business in 2018.

1. It’s not getting less

Every day numerous blog posts are published. We are not talking thousands of posts here. Rather there are millions of new blog posts every day.

Worldometer has a counter that is counting published blog posts – here is a screenshot – the number is not final. I have no idea in what time zone they are counting and when the day will be finished. As I am writing this, the counter is running fast towards 3 million published blog posts for ONE DAY!

Image Source: Worldometer

2. More men than women blog

According to Blighty SEO, 60% of bloggers are men.

more men blog

3. Most blogs are written in English

Blighty Seo states that 66% of blog content is published in English. Other blogging languages are Spanish (8,7%), Portuguese (6,5%) and Indonesian (3,5%).

But that does not necessarily mean that a successful blog has to be written in English. There may be language niches that are not yet as crowded as the English speaking blogging world and in which finding success may even be much easier.

most blogs are in English language

4. Over 70% of blogs never make a dime

Only 8% of blogs make their owner more than 10000$. The blogs we all dream of that make millions of dollars make only 0,6% of all blogs. (Source: Blog Tyrant)

most blogs do not make money blogging

Blogging alone dos not make you rich. As always only a fraction of all bloggers will ever see success. Many fail long before they found the key to blogging success.

You can increase your chances of blogging success, by making sure that you have a marketing strategy for your blog!

5. Blog posts take longer to create than in previous years

On average a blog post takes 3 hours and 20 minutes to write. This is an increase of one hour compared to 2014 when a blogger on average spent just 2 hours and 24 minutes on creating a blog post.

how long do you need to create a blog posts

6. It’s worth to invest the time in your blog post

According to Orbitmedia 49% of bloggers firmly believe that it pays off to invest the time to make a blog post great. 50% of bloggers think that spending more than 6 hours on creating a blog post will give strong results.

7. The average post has over 1000 words

Bloggers write longer posts! The length of an average blog post increases over the years. The word count for typical blog posts went up from 808 in 2014 to 1142 in 2017.

the average blog post has 1142 words

According to Orbitmedia, successful bloggers tend to write longer posts – many of them create posts with more than 2000 words.

The average result on page one in Google’s search results is even longer with 1890 words. (Source: Backlinko)

8. Over 50% of bloggers participate in guest posting

Guest blogging is still hot. More than 50% of bloggers actively pursue guest blogging. Only 34,5% of bloggers never participate in guest posting.

over half of all bloggers publish guest posts

9. Over 50% of bloggers update their existing content

Updating old blog posts can be more important than to create new content. Not only Google likes relevant and up-to-date content – also your audience will thank you for updated content.

10. Getting traffic is the biggest struggle for most bloggers

Finding an audience for their blog is the biggest worry for most bloggers – and rightfully so. The best content can not give you success if you fail to get traffic to it.

the biggest struggle for bloggers is gettig traffic

11. Over 90% of bloggers use social media to drive traffic

In 2017 95,9% of bloggers have used social media for traffic generation. The percentage of blogger that use social media to drive traffic to their blog has not changed much in the past years.

most bloggers use social media to drive traffic

12. 64% of bloggers use SEO to drive traffic

The percentage of bloggers who use SEO to generate traffic to their blog has slightly increased in the past years from 50% in 2014 to 64,1% in 2017.

two thirds of bloggers use SEO to drive traffic

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13. Paid traffic (PPC) gets increasingly important

the percentage of bloggers who use paid traffic has grown by factor 5 since 2015. Over 20% of bloggers now use paid services to drive traffic to their blog.

42% of bloggers are not using email marketing

14. Too many bloggers don’t use blog analytics

Slightly more bloggers than 2014 use analytics regularly. But a shocking 42% of bloggers do not use analytic or don’t use it regularly.

too many bloggers neglect analytics

15. Over 400 Mio people read 22.2 Billion blog pages each month

According to WordPress, 409 million people read an incredible number of 22.2 billion blog pages each month. And it is not getting less – the number is still growing!

over 400 mio people read blog posts every month

16. Around 19 Mio. People Publish Blog Content

7 Mio People Publish content on blogs – another 12 mio. people publish blog post like content on social media accounts.

7 mio people publish blog posts another 12 mio publish blog like content on social media

Source: Writtent

17. Over 2/3 of Internet users read blog articles

Yes, there is an audience for blogs out there. 77% of all internet users read blog content. That makes an impressively huge audience for blogs (Source: Impact)

77 per cent of internet users read blog articles

18. Images increase views

Blog articles with a couple of images on average get 94% more views than articles without images. Images also help to keep visitors on the site longer – and help readers to skim the content, which 43% of blog readers admit doing.

articles with images get more views

Data Source: Jeff Bullas

Final words on the state of blogging

Blogging is huge. And it is not dying. But the competition of blogs is increasing. Just publishing great content is not enough anymore.

Without a marketing and distribution strategy for your blog, you are likely to belong to the unfortunate 70% of blogs that never make a dime.

Plus, blogging is not just about writing content. You need to add media like images. You need to learn marketing. You need to learn how to make sales. You need to go the extra mile.

Blogging is huge and blogging life can be awesome: The freedom to lead a life on your own terms. But that blogging life is only for the successful bloggers.

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