Do you think you have what it takes to be a professional blogger? Some say no and do, some say yes and don’t. A lot of people seem to believe that to make a career out blogging you must be a professional writer with an extensive vocabulary. Believe it or not, it can be easier than you may think to work as a blogger. It’s something that can be done full time, part time, or just in your spare time. Although the time worked can be different, the effort put forth must be the same. You must still work hard and put your all into the articles that you write, because the return is always directly related to what is invested. Poor work will yield poor results. Even good work at times can yield less than desirable results.
Where To Start
This is a pretty general question with many many answers. It all depends on you. The first question you should be asking yourself is “What will my blog be about?” Finding your niche is usually the first step in deciding to blog. I wrote an article on What Is A Good Niche not too long ago that you may want to read.
Moving on, after deciding what you want to blog about, you must then look at what you’re willing to spend. If you want a completely free blog that is fine, as most people don’t want to spend any money on something they aren’t sure is going to be successful. The downside to this is that usually blogs with the most authority are on top level domains, and these cost money. Not necessarily a lot of money, but money none the less. For example, you can get a .com domain for 5.99 currently from GoDaddy. You can combine this with a free service like Blogger and just map the domain. You can also buy hosting. This is usually a bit more expensive, but if you decide to buy hosting the domain is usually free, although sometimes only for the first year. I can go on and on about options, but I’d rather not. Check out our Webmaster Deals for current deals and promotions that we have to share.
Making Money With Your Blog
When you think career, you think money. Most of us do anyhow. Blogs can generate money in numerous ways to list a few:
- Advertising Networks
- Affiliate Marketing
- Direct Ad Sales
It is up to you to decide which of these or other methods is best for your niche. Donations are usually hard to get unless you have a reader base that solidly believes in your cause.
You can read the article, How Much Money Do Blogs Make for an idea of how much can be made through simple advertising.
The most successful blogs usually make most of their money through affiliate marketing. Some people however just don’t want to promote other’s products, or just aren’t good at promoting, so affiliate marketing just isn’t for them.
Direct ad selling is when you charge a specific price for a specific amount of time that an ad is placed on your blog. This means guaranteed money and that you don’t have to worry about who’s going to click your ads everyday. This usually requires a more established website.
So When Can I Quit My Day Job?
Chances are, if you’re just starting out, no time soon. The typical blog usually takes a few months to possibly over a year to begin to show remotely decent revenue. Even then it usually isn’t enough to pay any bills. The typical blogger has multiple blogs that have been worked on and tweaked to perfection over time. Sorry for all of the self promotion, but I also advise you read 5 Facts About Making Money Online to get an idea on how making money online usually turns out.