Should You Start Blog or YouTube? Blogging vs. YouTube in 2021

Do you want to start your career in Blogging or YouTube? But not sure which one to start? 

Then here in this article, you will see the difference between blogging and YouTube. I have compared these two platforms in different parameters. 

After this article, I can assure you that you don’t have any confusion and can decide which one is best.

So let’s start the journey, Blogging vs. YouTube.

Difference Between Blogging & YouTube

1. Skills required:

I truly believe in this quote 

“Legends are not born; they are made.”

So, if you don’t have any skill that is required for blogging or YouTube, then don’t worry. Work on that skill, and develop it. 

If you want to be successful in YouTube or blogging, you need specific skill sets. 

In blogging, you need to have excellent writing skills to convey your message to the reader. Whereas for YouTube, you should have excellent verbal communication skills to create engaging videos.

If you are like me, who handles everything single-handedly, you have to develop other skills.

Like for YouTube, you have to know video editing. For video editing, I use Wondershare Filmora. It is easy and user-friendly to use for beginners as well as advanced users also. You can learn it quickly. 

For blogging, you have to know website designing a little bit. I use WordPress to develop a website. It is extremely easy, and you don’t have to do any coding if you are using WordPress. And the amazing thing about WordPress is, it is free. 

2. For what you are passionate about:

These two fields require two different types of content, so you have first to ask yourself.

“Am I good at writing, or can I create high-quality videos.”

If you are not passionate about what you are working on, you will feel bored and procrastinate. And after some time, you may quiet.

So be passionate about your work, and creating high-quality content is the key to success in blogging or YouTube. 

How can you find your passion?

It is not very hard to find. Rather I would say it is very simple to find “For what you are passionate about.”

Steps to be followed:

  • Select a niche and some related keywords.
  • Write only three articles of 1000 to 1500 words to the associated keywords.
  • Create only three high-quality videos to the associated keywords.
  • Then ask yourself, “In which content creation type am I enjoying the most.”

Follow these steps, and you will indeed find your passion. 

3. Starting investment:

You can treat blogging or YouTube as your business, and business requires investment. 

Investment in blogging: If you are starting a blog, you have to purchase a domain name and a hosting server to create a WordPress website. 

You can also start a blog on blogger.com, but you don’t have complete control over it. Certain limitations are there.

If you want to work as professionals, then a WordPress blog is highly recommended. So, believe in yourself and go for the WordPress website.

Investment in YouTube: To create professional videos, you need a high-quality camera, a tripod, a good mic, a lighting system (or studio), an excellent video editing software. So, the initial cost is high in the case of YouTube. If you have a phone with a good quality camera, then you can ignore buying a camera at starting. 

But wait, you can also make videos without a camera if you have a low budget at starting. You can create slideshow videos that contain images, or you can use whiteboard animation software like VideoScribe. In that way, you can minimize your investment on YouTube at starting.

4. Monetization options:

There are tons of monetization options available for both YouTube and blog. You need to know the possible ways to monetize the blog or YouTube channel.

Many people know about Google AdSense to monetize YouTube and blogs. Honestly speaking, you need very high traffic to earn decent money from Google AdSense. And it is not in your control, and your account may suspend (no warnings) if you make any mistake. 

But I am here to tell you the real story about monetization options.

Affiliate marketing (for blog and YouTube both): I like affiliate marketing the most. In affiliate marketing, you recommend your audience to use a product, or software, or any service. You put a link of that, and if anyone purchases it through your link, you get some commissions.

This is a win-win situation for the seller because they get sales, for your audience (who don’t know the best product), and for you (because you get a commission. You are helping your audience and also the seller. That is why I like affiliate marketing the most.

Selling your product (for blog and YouTube both): You can sell your products through your blog or YouTube channel. The concept is almost similar to affiliate marketing, but here you’re the seller who sells his product.

Sponsored content (for blog and YouTube both): If your audience is high, different brands will reach out to you and ask for a promotion. You can promote their brand and, in return, ask for money. 

But remember, while promoting something to your audience, make sure the product quality is good. If you are promoting just for money, then you will lose your audience. 

These are some popular methods to monetize your blog and YouTube channel. 

5. Audience requirements:

In most of the niches, some audience prefers videos and some audience who prefer reading. But it may happen that in your niche, the audience likes video content more than reading or vice versa.

Many people will say that you should know your audience’s behavior before starting a blog or YouTube channel. 

But from my point of view, when you are just starting, you are at the learning phase, and it is incredibly complicated to understand your audience’s behavior.

So, for that, just start something. Become a fast action taker. And after some time you will have better knowledge about your audience.

It would be best if you create video content (for YouTube) as well as written content (for blog). It has amazing benefits if you have a YouTube channel and also a blog.

  • You get traffic from both platforms. 
  • Earnings will be diversified. 

But start with one type of content (either blog or YouTube) and after few months start another also. 

6. Time to succeed:

Both the platforms need time to succeed, and you have to be patient for few months or one year. 

Because when you are just starting, your website is new with zero authority and trust in the eyes of Google. You have to build trust by posting high-quality content on your blog. A similar thing goes for YouTube also. 

So, when you are a beginner, you just need to focus on posting high-quality, helpful content and don’t see the traffic to your blog or YouTube channel. Slowly you will see some results if you are consistent. 

I am stressing this point each time “High-quality content.” If your content is not helpful for your user, then you can not get success. The quality of the content must be excellent, easy to understand, and valuable for your audience.

7. Flexibility and freedom:

If you are in blogging, then you will feel ultimate freedom. Because the website is yours, and you can make any changes to your website. You can also edit your old blog post. 

But in the case of YouTube, the freedom is low because you are using YouTube’s platform to upload the videos. And once the video is made, you can not change the video, but you have to upload a new video. 

#Example: Let suppose you have written a blog post Top 10 Best Washing Machine in 2021. Now after two or three years you can edit the blog post and change some of the old washing machines from the list and replace by some newly introduced washing machine in the blog post. You don’t need to publish a new article. 

But in a YouTube video, you can not edit the video. So you have to make a new video. 

8. Future perspective:

“Video content is the future of the world.”

This statement is somewhat true but wait, that does not mean written content has no future.

Both blogging and YouTube have a great future because, in 4 to 5 years, YouTube’s growth rate is crazy, but it does not hamper the blogging industry. 

Moreover, when it comes to the conversion rate of sales. Blogging performs significantly as compared to YouTube because the blog readers are active content consumers and serious people. 

Whereas people can consume videos passively mean, for example, your videos can be consumed while eating food or doing any other activity.

So, you don’t need to worry about those who say, “blogging has no future.” Rather both platforms have an excellent future. 

Final Words:

You have seen the difference between YouTube and Blogging. 

I have tried to cover all the crucial aspects that you should know before starting YouTube and Blogging.

I hope that you liked this article on YouTube vs. Blogging. One thing I ask from you is that you please share this article and help me. 

Thanks for spending time with us. 

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