Why Career As A Blogger Is Tough In India?

The rise of blogging and social-media in past couple of years is remarkable. No one ever thought that online media will replace traditional media, and more over blogging will not be seen as just hobby. But being an Indian, it’s really hard to be a blogger, and here I will outline some of the common problems we face being a blogger. This post will be incomplete without your input, so I suggest you to also mention your viewpoints on why blogging as a career is not so favourable for us, and what we can do to make it in our favor.

Indian Bloggers

We are the Indians, best thinkers, hard workers and always eager for success. We face so many problems when it comes in choosing the best path for our career. I, you and all of us have to answer several questions before deciding about the career. Whether you want to be an Engineer, doctor, lawyer and blogger, you have to bear all the criticisms that lie in our society. And for sure when we talk about blogging then people start saying, “what, blo-blogging???”

Blogging as a profession is catching up in India but it’s still at very infant stage. It is so risky to tell your well- wishers that you want to be a blogger. Here are some common reasons that why India is not producing so many bloggers and why career as a blogger is not a piece of cake.

Why career as a Blogger is not preferable in India?

No awareness

blogging awareness

Awareness is the very big factor in India development and so as in blogging. I have many incidences where I feel so helpless to explain others that what I do? The whole discussion starts and ends with same taglines.

  • ABC: What you do?
  • Me: I do blogging.
  • ABC:”Blo- Blogging”? What does it mean?
  • Me (Blank): I run a website through which I earn money.
  • ABC: In attitude, so you design websites???
  • Me (let’s end it): Yah….

Same kind of discussion takes place with many bloggers because there is no awareness about blogging in India.

Study Pressure for students

Indian education system problem

Harsh has written a remarkable post on why College students should be blogging and we all know about the pressure we have lots of pressures and Indian study is also in this list. I am not saying that study is a problem but our educational system (Indian study) is not made to produce game changers. We travel through a long education journey in which no one has the time to do anything different. Reason being, we have lots of tuition work, class work, exam stress and other activities to do.

If you ask any master degree student about internet then half of them will get blank. And if you ask about blogging then only few of them will be answering you precisely. So better, we need to come out of this pressure cooker and do something out of the box.

Quick income from Job

In India, everyone follow a thumb rule that study and get a good job. And if you don’t get a good job then find it. I have many friends who are seeking for good job from last 2 years after B. tech and you know the real fact is that they want just a job whether it is good or not. Because their motto is to earn money as soon as possible and only for this reason they have given 2 years of their life to the job hunting.

When I tell them about blogging, they say,” we don’t want to waste our time.” Great if blogging is wastage of time then what about 2 years job hunting after B-tech. All the people of India are finding good job (with no serious efforts) and wasting their time, if they start giving this time to blogging then this can be their first step towards bright future.

Family Pressure

Family pressure is the key that why there are fewer companies in India like Google, Face book, Microsoft and Apple. From our childhood, it is told to us that better you do a government job and if you don’t find a government job then better you do a private job. For a child who wants to be a businessman, an entrepreneur and a blogger, the conversation is like this.

  • Child (With full determination): Hey dad, I want to be an entrepreneur.
  • Dad (Angrily): What!!!!!
  • Child: Dad, I am not saying to be a terrorist.
  • Dad: It is like being a terrorist, leave this dream as soon as possible. See Sharma’s son, he got ### AIR rank in JEE-Main and conversation ended.

And when you overcome these hurdles then you face other problems

Blogging without knowledge

Surely no one is the master of any field in starting. Everyone starts without knowledge and after that they gain knowledge about that field. Getting knowledge about bogging is somewhat difficult in India because there is no institute that tells about how to do blogging. There are few questions come in mind when you are in the starting stage.

Web Hosting

Website designing

Writing Skills

No promotion and SEO

Less Knowledge about monetization of website

Blogging with guidance

If someone is ready to guide you on some cost or freely then still you will face these problems in blogging.

  •  Writing skills

No one can teach you how to write great articles for blogs, they can advice you that write like this. But in blogging more you read more you will be able to write precisely. They can’t teach you English grammar, it is understood that you work on your English from your own.

  •  Dependency

Ones someone starts guiding you then whether you get to know or not but surely you will become dependent on him. You will be calling him for little problems and ones he don’t pick your call, you will be losing your temper soon.

Blogging with knowledge

Above all the problems of family and knowledge if you are determinant for blogging then there are some other hidden phobias like

  • No Google Adsense

I have seen many blogger quitting from blogging due to no adsnese approval. Even I have wasted my enough time for getting my adsense approval but failed all the time. So I decided to only blog because there are other methods too for monetizing website. Check out this useful post on how you can make money without AdSense.

  • Responsibility

It may kill you because ones you start this journey there will be no one with you like class fellows in academic. There are few known Indian bloggers who did so well in blogging so try to be in their company to overcome this phobia. And take the responsibility of your decision.

Well I don’t meant to discourage you for taking blogging as a career, because blogging is one lucrative job where you are your own boss. More over, it helps you to become an online celebrity. Though these are the problems which I believe will take time to overcome in our industry and many professional Indian bloggers are already founding the base for those who are planning to take blogging as a career option. I have embedded a great video discussion between Harsh and two more prominent Indian bloggers about blogging as a career in our country.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoA9pDRt59I?rel=0]
Here is a collection of best articles from ShoutMeLoud, which will let you know more about professional aspect of blogging.

So what do you feel about career as a blogger in India. What are the common challenges you are facing and what do you suggest to overcome these challenges.

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COMMENTs ( 50 )

  1. says

    In bangladesh, our condition is critical. Many of our parents didn’t allow phone till we are 18. And education system is just f****g. Parents say, “the son of …. Became a doctor, will earn million…. Read more and more. Be the first boy. 90% marks etc. In bengali jobe means “cakri” . It cames from “cakar” which means servant. In hindi “nocker” to nockri. But question is why we have no freedom? An bright example: when our country were ruled by others than many people accept it and became a servant. But many guys didn’t accept, fought and country became independent. Alike, my grandfather worked under a boss, my father is doing, but i don’t wanna do. But they are forcing. Untill the are aware nothing gonna change. Students of bd use their talent not their brain. The guys who use their brain can’t stood first in exams. Bookish knowledge is of no work in practical life also in hardship. Parents must realized that. Or 9to5 job will kill our youth. Everybody want money. My question is i am studying better , i may marry a educated girl. We will do job from day to night. When we will have a child we won’t be able to provide time to him/her. I got it in my personal life that educated mom is the best, but jobby mom is the worst. If parents both are in work, the will hire a woman for taking care of them, teachers for all subject, will force to get 90 up marks in every sub. Then why i am studying for. Coz after a few year of job i will do for myself. After that have to do for my wife and child. If my child won’t grow up in a natural and perfect way then job and education both of them is useless. Need a great change.

    [Sorry, this post is titled for indian, but i wrote a lecture like einstein being a bangladeshi.]

    • says

      Hey Tuhin,

      I am also from Bangladesh and have been blogging for last 3 years. It is true that blogging is not a popular term in Bangladesh, at least pro blogging. Things got worse when some atheist bloggers got killed by extremists. Most of the people started thinking that Bloggers are atheists. And it became tough to introduce someone as a blogger. I never called myself a blogger in my first year of blogging. I was just a proud web site owner.

      When I made my first income from online, I shared it with my family. Believe me, it felt awesome. And I got full support from my family. So even if you make just $1 from blogging, share it with your parents. You won’t be able to explain your parents what blogging is, but you can show them it is possible to make money out of it. And you are not wasting your time in front of your computer. Your parents want you to be a doctor because they think doctors are successful which is visible to them (but it should not be this way). They can’t imagine that it is possible to make money from home by doing work on computer. So show them the results.

      I know we have a lot of problems that need to be fixed. What we can do as bloggers is to create awareness about blogging what exactly Harsh is doing in India. I think situations are changing gradually and more and more people are coming to realise that making money online is real.

      However, if you have hard making your parents understand about make money blogging, just share Harsh Agrawal’s income reports with your parents.

  2. says

    each and every word is true in this article , its really tough to become a blogger in India , your parents will wont support you , they will think its a waste of time , you are your own best friend if you choose this profession in India.

  3. Rajkumar says

    Awesome Article Sumit , you have discussed points from which Blogging is tough for Indian. If anyone knows about blogging during his graduation than His successful rate is better.

    After Graduation we began to find job to get source of money. We Do blogging at home and our family think “ये दिन भर इन्टरनेट पर ना जाने क्या करता रहता है काम धाम तो कोई है नहीं , इसके साथ वाले तो सब जॉब लग गये , इसका तो काम लैपटॉप पर बैठना और सो जाना”. But No one Knows that one day We can be Next Harsh Agarwal.

  4. Prabhakar says

    Nice discussion going on here. To make blogging a profession worth being taken seriously, established bloggers must promote new bloggers. Agree?

    • says

      I would rather think established blogger should show the right direction for new upcoming bloggers. An experience person can only show the door, a learner have to enter and make his own path after that.

  5. Hardeep Asrani says

    I’m proud to say that I’ve defeated all the odds to become a successful blogger and WordPress developer at the age of 17(18 in 21 days).

    The main reason Indian bloggers are behind cuz they just want money without doing some quality work.

    Having a supportive family helps a lot :)

  6. says

    Hi Sumit,
    You’re right that 9to5 job is still a top priority for many young Indian graduates. I honestly don’t feel that lack of awareness is an issue. If you’re making good money right from the comfort of your home, why is their ignorance bothering you? Let them stay ignorant and wish them good luck with their office jobs!

  7. Amrish says

    Hey Sumit,
    I totally agree with you. I have experienced that most of the guys in India just want to blog for making money. On the other hand, I think it’s not completely their fault, Whenever we type Make money online in Google, we get results saying “blogging is also a good way to earn online” but people ignore the second half of the post saying they need to learn a lot to do blogging. And when they start blogging without any knowledge, writing skills and seo skill – they quit.

  8. sangeetha menon says

    Sumit , nicely compiled post and to the point :) I have been following this funda of providing info about my career . Earlier I was a Business Analyst and has now quit to become a full time blogger with parenting niche. People ask ” Blogger , like what writer ?”. I tell them ” Yes I help parents , moms and working moms worldwide simplify the phase of parenthood and motherhood” ..

    This builds up a lot of confidence everytime I say this.

  9. Ashraf Kamal says

    I agree with your maximum view, unfortunately not with all the points. Its not only mentality of any people that they have to change, but also we should do blogging what exactly it is.

    Blogging is not only about writing some posts, applying for adsense that is one sure fire tactics of indian bloggers. We start blogs for money not for delivering use contents. More than 50 percent blogs has same taste, same tone and even almost same niche, then how we can bring a change without doing it properly.

    We blogger have to change our mentality first, we have to build a healthy helping environment of in our virtual blogging community.

    It’s also true and good new there are some bloggers who are going to become superstars of Indian blogging community. We should recognise and connect them with a single platform.

  10. says

    Kind of agree with you but my heart says not to agree with it :(
    Blogging is all about patience in the first place.

    Secondly blogging can get you much more (let’s focus India itself). And you get knowledge for free. I am Pharma graduate and quit medicines for blogging. I did not earn much via blogging but applied learning in YouTube and my part-time (worked less than 20 hours full year) YouTube earning was 40K (2000 per hour).

    I agree the path is hard, but if there is a path there has to be a destination. We all can’t have same speed so some reach there early.

    And to add more authenticity to my comment, I advice you to search for 10 random tech phrases and you will come up with results wherein more than 30% bloggers will have Indian roots.

  11. Rajiv Sharma says

    Great Man! I also have some of these above problem like You said, Parents always force me to do a job not just because i need money or some what they only want to see me to do job and well settled guy. And second and main problem with me is my “English” , I don’t know what to do. My job and my blog i have to manage both but sometime i think it’s to difficult to manage blog because of work load.

  12. Amit Tripathi says

    It’s been 2 months that I’m running a blog but I started learning and understanding blogging 2 years back, I want to become a full time blogger and for that I’m learning and understanding deep blogging/SEO From other blogs and Shoutmeloud is one of them. This targeted article helped me to understand many things which are related to bloggers in India which cannot be found on any other foreign blogs.

  13. says

    Hello Sumit,
    Whiles reading this post, I just asked myself, so is in India too? I think it is better in India ans there seem to be soo many bloggers there like the likes of Harsh who have already made it big in the industry already.
    Here as well, you tell someone you’re a blogger and he is like this; how much do you make? The how much you make all boils down to you is my answer!
    These stuffs are everywhere and not just in India.

  14. Abdul Ghani says

    Hi harsh,
    This post is awesome! I got the answers to the questions of my parents!Thanks for sharing.Your blog always motivates me to do blogging :)

    Abdul Ghani.

  15. Sanjeet Kashyap says

    Hello there, the article is really nice as it describes the condition of Indian Bloggers perfectly. Whenever people ask me that what do u do whole day on computer, I just shut my mouth up. It is very hard to adopt blogging as a career and convincing people that blogging is not faltu at all.
    Nice article. Keep going!

  16. Rajneesh says


    Very nice post.And i didn’t read blog posts from last 3-4 years.I was also a blogger but i also i did also face issue with the adscene so i left blogging and join the website development.

    And today you open my closed eyes again.I know well blog is best way to reach the people and share the things.If Us people do this and earn lot of then why not us.Thanks sir for a such a nice post.


  17. says

    Its the time to change our poor thought about Blogging. One can do blogging and earn big money in part time also. Se we can Blogging may be the power capsule for any body. Thnx for this Article.

  18. vikas says

    I think big guns in blogging will now have to take the steps and let the new blogger to teach so that they don’t feel isolated, so that they will feel that someone is supporting them.

  19. Piyush Ranjan says

    Hei Sumit.
    In this article you figureout my problems. Its almost one year I started my blogging journey and I lost that complete year without doing anything. I am a B.Tech student and I knows the study pressure as well. In the family section I think the thinking of our parents are a bit different. This is in the sense that they don’t know what is blogging. In india the social environment is not perfect for blogging. We see lots of youngster have a ton of fan in facebook but they dont know anything about blogging. I think if it is posdible to organise blogging workshops in every colleges then it will be benificial for people to understand what blogging actually.

    And I think the motivation factor is missing for blogging in india. Because for every work you need motivation. But in some places people cant find the person to guide him or her in his blogging journey.

  20. satish says

    Nice article bro,Now a days every one one start blogging means they want to become rich no one dont knows its also tough in some angle its better for newbies to get up and learn to do in better way

  21. Sudipto says

    Yes bro….the same situation i have been facing recently. None of my parents understand this. I can relate to every incident that is going on.

  22. Adesanmi Adedotun says

    There is no doubt about that. Most bloggers who have local language outside English do suffer grammatical error many at time, yet the readers find it very difficult to understand the fact that writing and writing skill is not what can be built over-night. Most blogger in Nigeria uses this medium to boost their writing skills and I believe this also goes to other bloggers outside there including Indians. Indian bloggers are the most competitive blogger of the time and yet they are flourishing with huge insight in blogosphere nonetheless, haven’t identify this problem, that was why many Indian bloggers were able to combat and win the battle of what hinders bloggers in Indian. Nice insight!

  23. says

    Yes, no doubt blogging is a great career. But it is yet to recognized as profession Indian. But recently the things has changed a lot. In facts in small cities like Bhubaneswar, people are now aware about blogging and income through blogging. Hope one day blogging will be considered as a main stream job!

  24. Vishwajeet Kumar says

    Thanks for this inspirational article about blogging as a career. But I have find myself lucky from my family as they help me all the time and also inspire or encourage me to move on with my blogging career.

  25. says

    Hi Sumit,
    This one actually called a PILLAR ARTICLE. Not only parents in India almost every people have a cheap idea on blogging or internet marketing. I’m afraid to tell anyone that I’m a blogger? Even when I tell my friends I am blogger they also suggest me to leave it and find a job.
    I do blogging not for money. It’s an amazing feeling when I interact with other bloggers, making friends, share each other ideas.
    Thanks for Share this post Sumit Bro 

  26. Nishant says

    Hi Sumit,

    This is one of the best post on Shoutmeloud. The problem is not only with Bloggers but with parents too. When I say to someone that I am a blogger, they give strange/puzzle look and suggest me to leave it and to join some Job.

    • says

      You will encounter this all the time, and I suggest you to increase awareness by telling the person how blogging works. It will hardly take 5 minutes, but the person will understand the concept throughout the life. More over, he will be in position to explain the concept to others!

      • Nishant says

        Sure Harsh, Actually I already spreading this thought to my friend and some of them are accepting that YES, they can earn through blogging. Hope I will keep my good work in future too.

  27. Pallab Kayal says

    I feel most Indian bloggers gone through and newbies will may be ready for it but apart from that India isn’t aware of the word “Blogging” still.Every lie true but still so may blogs evolved during this.So we are not giving up and you.Its a great post bro.

  28. Nitin Srivastava says

    Hi Sumit,
    Great article, I totally agree the “blogging” condition in India and it’s really tough to create the blogging environment. “Blogging as Career, Society will Kill You”.
    Hope your article and our hard work may change India…. :)

  29. says

    Hello Sumit,

    i do not agree with this article because i do not think here is any problem regarding blogging if you can manage a blog and earn well via blogging then here is not any problem regarding blogging.

    Blogging is increasing rapidly day by day in India but each and every person should do something along with blogging because it can harm your life if your blog is not getting popular.

    you also said about knowledge. i think all peoples learn when they start, if you will not jump into sea then you cannot estimate the speed of wave.

    Kapil Heera

  30. says

    Its not easy being a blogger in India as most people don’t know what it is. Some people think that you are making a killing and they want to learn from you. Some think its easy and all you have to do is sit on the computer whole day.

  31. Sushain says

    Really the career as a blogger in India is tough and all the points that will explain it are explained by you above and all the points are realities and the most faced problems being faced by any blogger who wants to make it’s career in the field of blogging.

  32. says

    When people ask what do I do all day sitting on my computer, I just say I run content publication services online. Anything more technical and I loose an hour or so explaining what blogging really is.
    Indeed it’s hard to be a blogger in India. There are a lot of genuinely awesome bloggers around and we people don’t yet have the professionalism and community feeling shown by bloggers outside. We all are trying to wage a lone man war and that’s one of the biggest mistakes of us Indian Bloggers.
    A nice article. Keep more like them coming!

  33. Abinash Mohanty says

    Well said Sumit! In India, People think blogging is THE way to earn money from home, and they quit within 6 months by putting adsense without original content. They need to understand that Blogging is just like a product that you need to Define its goals before selling them.

    It also happened with me when I joined Quikr (online classifieds) as a design lead. People always ask the same question “What is this all about?” And “What do you over there?”. Because they have no idea about online classifieds after all.

    In india, it’s very difficult to make someone understand about new ideas that can change their lives, right!

    Like you said, it’s true that most of the parents insist their children to do masters, phd, doc or else a software engineers to earn big bucks in US or UK being employed. They will never insist their children to go for entrepreneurship or writer.

    The point is “playing being safe” without taking risks.

    The reason why I started my blog in 2011 was to help upcoming young designers to learn what industry wants and for clients who thinks design is doing something in Photoshop (just like all you need a computer to blog, lol). Managing everything at the same time without quitting my current job is not an easy job eespecially when you come up with an idea, make tons of drafts, editing to publishing. Though I take a month to publish an article, but I make sure they are usable by others and not reparative content like writing my own diary after all.

    However, I would like to add few points as per my observation including social media to blogging platforms.

    1. Most of them don’t read the entire post via Facebook Post (even though the post was well written). What they do by clicking on the little like icon or leave a comment saying “What are you doing these days?”
    2. The most intelligent people in India are capable of doing almost anything, but they lack when it comes to Engagements, Sharing to discussion via Open Forums. I felt this while using Google+ network and guess what! Only 10% of Indian users interact, comments or even read the post as compare to the 90% of Non-Indian Users who Engage for big time.
    3. The problem of looking after Shortcuts to win a game. For instance, people think by spending 1 hour (while watching Cricket Matches or before going to bed) they can setup a pro blogging site, which should be listed on Google search engine as #1 rank, common guys!
    4. The literacy level and Knowledge to share: You will find % of users/friends in Facebook having no knowledge about what is Social Media and what is Networking. They can only upload photos and like others because they don’t know how to write comments. Knowledge Sharing is not happening because one is getting jealous of another. If they know how to solve a problem they will never write about it or tell you either. For instance, you will find most of the helpful blog ideas or DIY from non-indian blogs when you type in google search unlike ShoutMeLoud and Labnol.

    In fact, there are more scenarios out there as you know it’s India.

    Thanks for the article, I love such quality articles that encourage others to think about blogging before then can actually act.


  34. Noufal Binu says

    Sumit, I’m not sure about How much tough in blogging career, I believe which one have a Good writing skill in Transverse subject? If Their can easily success in blogging. Don’t care about your family for choosing a right career, any cause we have not freedom? just do with part time and after success our blogging carrier? if we can take full time profession. but we must have confidence in blogging. Thanks.

  35. Rahul Nair says

    Honestly speaking Sumit, these are common challenges/hardships that any person who looks at going against conventional policies face. My personal opinion about this is because of how familial lives operate in India; you know with more stress been given on society and a majority of decisions made by the parents even if their child is at the age of 30.

    My humble suggestion is to persevere and make a concious decison on what you love to do. It’s a small life, and you honestly wouldn’t want to live with the regret of “Oh how I wished I had atleast tried” Charles of CharlesNGO explained this beautifully: You can’t let fear hold you back. Why? Because the reward is greater than the risk. “You can always get another job. You can always bounce back.”

    Also people who Blog aren’t just Bloggers, they say Blogging because that’s what it’s generically referred to; I would like to refer to their role as: Making The Masses Aware and Helping Them Make Informed Decisions

  36. says

    Hi Sumit,
    I can relate most some of the points on the post with my own life experiences. That is the reason why inspite of having around 5+ of work experience in digital media , having an engineering background and lots of craze for blogging , I am still doing job and Blogging is like hobby for me.

    Still I am trying and hope many of my fellow Indian bloggers are in this phase or passed this phase. Lots of awareness is required for Blogging in India.

  37. says

    Hey Sumit, thanks for such a wonderful article. Well i agree on some of the points you mentioned here but actually blogging becomes difficult when you only consider it as a money making machine but once you see the other side of it you realize that there is much more to do rather than just making money.
    People become confused when they don’t succeed because they only work for making money and it really takes time to make dollars out of it. So in my suggestion there must be first guide line for newbies that blogging takes time to generate money and once they realize this they will consider blogging much easier.

    • Amudhakumar says

      What Aashray Anand mentioned is correct. There are bloggers who are doing it as a passion. Only when they expect money, the blogger is getting dejected. Thank you for sharing this information. If any one thinks blogging is a big nut to crack, they must understand that these challenges are normal for any blogger.

  38. says

    Hi Sumit,

    I am from Sri Lanka and exactly the same situation is here too, my point is if you are choosing blogging then patience is the name of the game.

  39. says

    I think we are master in one field where our interest we can write better there. We try to write something different from our theme and lack of knowledge about that theme so its difficult to writes different blogs on different topics.

  40. koti says

    You are absolutely correct. I finished my b.tech in 2013. But still i have no job. At last i decided to take blogging as my career. All of my friends are said, no don’t spoil ur life. But i want to continue blogging. what u said is Almost 99% is happened in my life. You are correct. Thanks 4 the post.

  41. says

    Thanks a lot for your precious comments :) We all have to change this poor thinking about blogging and bloggers :) keep blogging…
    All the very Best :)

  42. says

    Hi Sumit,

    I think you summed it up so well in this post – very apt, and something most Indian’s go through and would be able to relate to.

    I know the surprised and puzzled looks on the face of people when you tell them you are a blogger or earn through your site, or work online, and the endless explaining that follows thereafter!! Yes, awareness is what is lacking, though blogging is slowly catching up, yet, it’s tough to make money online through blogging for newbies, which results in them giving up very soon.

    Peer pressure is another problem, and as you rightly mentioned, very few parents would really support their teens to take up blogging as a career as the old school of thought prevails and they want them to become doctors or engineers.

    I wish things would change and become better, and perhaps it can happen if a few known bloggers start training new ones to make a real living from blogging, so that they can prove their worth. Easier said than done, and though they are always there to help, I find very few really coming up to help others – selflessly :)

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)

    • Raj Malhotra says

      Madam, I really love your comments and work… You are Like a Mother of Blogging For me :) have a great and long life mam..

  43. bhim chauhan says

    Hi sumit, this is one of the best article in shoutmeloud which mentioned all the truth behind the persons who wants to become a blogger..
    As a blogger I also faced few of them. But its all fine.. Just keep on writing..