Why Career As A Blogger Is Tough In India?


The rise of blogging and social media in the past couple of years is remarkable. No one ever thought that online media will replace traditional media, and moreover blogging will not be seen as just a 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 favour.

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We are the Indians, best thinkers, hard workers and always eager for success. We face so many problems when it comes to 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???”

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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 why India is not producing so many bloggers and why a career as a blogger is not a piece of cake.

Why a career as a Blogger is not preferable in India?

No awareness

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

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

Study Pressure for students

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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 on 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, classwork, 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 a 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 follows a thumb rule that studies and get a good job. And if you don’t get a good job then find it. I have many friends who are seeking a good job from the 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 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 a 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 a 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, leaves 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 the 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

  • Best CMS for blogging
  • CMS and theme Installation Process
  • Important plug-ins and modules

Writing Skills

  • English Grammar
  • Poor writing
  • Relationship-building content with the audience

No promotion and SEO

Less Knowledge about monetization of the 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 advise 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 doesn’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 bloggers quitting from blogging due to no AdSense 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 a 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 responsibility for your decision.

Well, I don’t mean to discourage you from taking blogging as a career, because blogging is one lucrative job where you are your own boss. Moreover, 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.

Here is a collection of best articles from ShoutMeLoud, which will let you know more about the professional aspect of blogging.

So what do you feel about a 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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56 thoughts on “Why Career As A Blogger Is Tough In India?”

  1. Prabhakar

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

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      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.

  2. Hardeep Asrani

    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 πŸ™‚

  3. Abhishek Raj

    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!

  4. Amrish

    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.

  5. sangeetha menon

    Sumit , nicely compiled post and to the point πŸ™‚ 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.

    1. Rahul Nair

      Beautifully said Sangeeta. Makes a lot more sense when you put it down that way

  6. Ashraf Kamal

    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.

  7. Naeem Malik

    Kind of agree with you but my heart says not to agree with it πŸ™
    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.

  8. Rajiv Sharma

    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.

  9. Amit Tripathi

    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.

  10. Emmanuel

    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.

  11. Abdul Ghani

    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 πŸ™‚

    Abdul Ghani.

  12. Sanjeet Kashyap

    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!

  13. Rajneesh


    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.


  14. Sanjay Choubey

    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.

  15. vikas

    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.

  16. Piyush Ranjan

    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.

  17. satish

    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

  18. Sudipto

    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.

  19. Adesanmi Adedotun

    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!

  20. Arun

    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!

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