Are you torn between blogging and app development?
If you want to make a career in either of them, please read this article.
In this article, I will compare the important aspects of both blogging and app development.
And by the end of this article, you will become confident to choose the best one which suits you.
So read on.
Technically, there aren’t many similarities between blogging and app development.
So, this article will be more focused on helping you to choose the right career option between blogging and app development rather than comparing them on a technical basis.
Android is the most used mobile operating system worldwide, so in this article I will compare blogging with Android app development.
Blogging and app development require different skill sets.
For blogging, the most important skills are content writing and search engine optimization (SEO).
Also, you need to learn keyword research, graphic designing and understand your content management system (CMS) like WordPress and know how to set up a blog.
Although knowing web development helps, it is not mandatory, thanks to the amazing plugins and themes of WordPress.
You should get hold of various software like Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Bing Webmaster Tools, etc.
Even if you don’t know all these things, you should be willing to learn them in your blogging journey.
The major skill required for app development is coding.
Yes, it is possible to build apps without coding knowledge with the help of platforms like Kodular, Thunkable, BuildFire, etc.
But knowing coding allows you to execute your app concept more clearly, make your app very unique and differentiate your app from the competition.
You need to learn one of the following programming languages for developing Android apps-
- Java. If you are just starting out, you should first learn Java, then you should proceed to learn Android Studio. As Java is one of the old programming languages, there are abundant resources for learning Java.
- Kotlin. Kotlin is a modern programming language which first appeared on 22 July 2011. Majority (over 60%) of the professional Android developers use Kotlin because this language helps to write apps faster with less code. Also, this language is recommended by Google for developing Android apps.
- The last method is by learning Dart and Flutter. After learning Dart programming language you can develop your Android app in Flutter software. Flutter allows you to develop applications for many operating systems like Android, iOS and Google Fuchsia by using a single codebase.
Apart from making an app, its marketing also plays an important role in its success.
So, you should also possess app marketing knowledge like App Store Optimization (ASO), influencer marketing, running Google ads, Facebook ads, etc. for your app.
Even if you don’t know all these things, you should be interested in learning them.
Learning the skills required for app development requires more time than that of blogging.
If you already know coding then, you will save a lot of money while making an app.
But if you don’t know coding, then you should hire an app developer.
The cost of developing an app also varies depending on the complexity of the app.
Apart from this, you should also register for a Google Play Developer account by paying an one-time registration fee of $25 USD.
Then, if you don’t know about ASO, you should also hire an ASO specialist.
Additionally, you should also invest in app marketing.
App marketing cost increases even more if your app couldn’t be promoted with ASO.
For starting a blog, there are only two major investments and they are, purchasing a domain and a web hosting.
Shared web hosting plans are affordable and they cost you around $70- $100 per year.
Some web hosting companies also provide free domain name when you purchase their respective hosting plans.
But unlike the one-time registration fee of Google Play Developer account for apps, you need to periodically renew the domain and web hosting of your blog.
Barriers to entry-
The barriers to entry into app development is higher than that of blogging.
To develop a decent app, you must possess coding knowledge, otherwise you should hire an app developer and good app developers don’t come cheap.
In case of starting a blog, you don’t require any coding knowledge and starting a blog is very easy, so you can start a blog on your own which means there is no need to hire anybody.
Also, the essentials for starting a blog like domain name and web hosting are affordable.
Time required for setting up-
Developing an Android app is more time consuming than setting up a WordPress blog.
Usually, it takes around two months to develop a simple Android app whereas setting up a blog can be done in a day or two.
Time frame for results-
Usually, an Android app yields results much faster than a blog.
After six months you can expect decent results from your app but you have to wait for around six to eight months to see even a small traction of your blog.
And it takes in between a year and half to two years to see decent results from your blog.
Ways to earn money-
There are many similar ways to earn money from blogs and apps.
In both of them, you can earn by displaying advertisements (Google AdSense for blogs and Google AdMob for Android apps), selling info products like ebooks, sponsorships, affiliate marketing, setting up paywall for blogs or you can make your app paid or freemium apps, etc.
Unlike blogs, apps allow you to sell in app purchases.
In the long term, blogs provide you with more stable income than apps.
Both these fields are competitive.
But blogging is comparatively more competitive than app development.
The main reason for this is that blogging is relatively an older field than app development.
The first blog was created in 1994 by Justin Hall whereas the Google Play (then known as Android Market) was launched on 22 October 2008 which means blogs arrived 14 years prior to the Android apps.
Also, the barriers to entry into blogging is lower than that with app development which means more people start a blog than develop an app.
Concept vs niche-
A concept(s) is needed to develop an application.
To make a successful application, you need to have an unique concept which has the potential to attract and engage people.
Before proceeding to developing an app with your concept, you should validate that concept because this will save you both time and money.
But in case of starting a blog, a niche is essential.
To become a successful blogger, you should select a niche based on your passion and competition.
You should be skilled at identifying a niche in which a good number of people are interested in and in which no decent blog posts are present.
Or even if you choose a somewhat competitive niche, you should be able to find the cracks (gaps) which you could answer well with your blog posts.
Cracks or gaps in a niche refers to those topics on which blog posts aren’t written or even if some blog posts are present, their quality is not up to the mark.
Both blogging and app development are lucrative career options.
You should select either of them based on your skills, interests and strengths.
Choosing to blog will be great if you love writing, learning SEO and are patient to wait for results for a year or two.
Also, it is very affordable and has the least barriers to entry.
You can choose app development if you know coding or are interested to learn it or have funds to hire a coder.
Another good thing is that apps yield results faster usually in less than a year.
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