In the early 2000’s blogging became the “thing” for making money from home. Let’s be honest, who didn’t think they could be a successful blogger? Pick a topic you enjoy, sit at home, write about it and wait for the money to roll in. In reality, the money doesn’t really roll in and other times it barely trickles. Blogging isn’t an instant money maker; it takes a lot of work, a lot of dedication, a lot of patience, you know, like a real job. Yes, there’s a slight chance that the right person could come across your blog and think you’re an amazing writer and the rest is just like a scene from a movie, but just like Hollywood, being discovered and overnight success is not all that common. All reality out in the open, you can make a living as blogger.
Getting Started Can Be a Long Process
Starting may be a process you need to revisit and revise a couple of times. Be patient, it may take awhile. Once you’ve decided what you would like to write about and feature in your blog, check out other sites. How will yours stand out from others? Let’s say you want to start a food blog. There are millions of food blogs on the internet, probably as many blogs as published cookbooks. Are you going to browse every blog to see if yours is similar? That would be way too much work and valuable time wasted. Consider these tips when getting started:
- Professional Looking: Casual looking blogs can be informative, but a professional looking blog is more likely to get traffic. Pick a theme, be consistent, don’t make your blog hard to follow. Take advantage of the services that WordPress can offer to bloggers.
- Write Something Worth the Read: Just like the pilot of a tv sitcom, your first post may be your only chance to get a following. Write valuable content, something that will interest your readers each time. Be consistent, they will come to expect a certain quality and content.
- Consider Ads: We hate ads like the next person, but ads can pay (not always a lot, but some to keep you motivated). Look into more common advertising options like Google AdSense.
- Network: Networking is a huge deal for promoting your blog, getting exposure, and ultimately making money. Remember, it will take a lot of work and a lot of hits and misses, but think of blogging as kind of a sales position; you have to sell your blog and convince people it’s worth the read. Additionally, you may want to consider guest blogging for fellow bloggers. It may not make any money, but it can be a great networking opportunity.
There is no magic formula or steps on how to ensure an income from blogging. It depends on what you have to offer as a blogger and whether or not you are truly dedicated to your craft (many bloggers work overtime to keep their blog going). You may have to ask for money, as in charging people to view your blog and gain knowledge from your expertise. This is a viable option once you’ve gained a substantial following. Blogging can be a risk, but it can also be one of the best career moves of your lifetime.