While many would not agree with the fact that you can turn blogging into a career – it’s possible. There sure are times of hesitations, but if you put your heart on it, you can make it work. Sure you’d know Arianna Huffington, Rand Fishkin, Brian Clark, and many other popular bloggers who’ve made blogging as their career through hard work. Equipped with a creative mind to help you write relevant articles, and technology to help you connect to the world, definitely, it’s not impossible.
How do we say so?
Well here’s a few things you can consider as you turn the tables of blogging – and the steps that made bloggers professionals in this field.
1. Start setting up a blog
Of course, before you get your hands on the money – you should first start setting up a blog. It isn’t particularly hard given this easy instruction as written by Amy Lynn Andrews:
1. Think of what blog you’re going to write about. It can be something about you enjoy, something that would leave enough room for your audience to engage in, or something you’re excellent in – something that can set you apart from other bloggers.
2. Determine your preferred platform. It can be WordPress, Wix, Tumblr, Blogger, or Medium. Choose what best fits your preference and of course, what could help you connect to people.
3. Look for a host. Basically, it’s your server, and it’s the same thing that will help people find you in the internet.
4. Think of a domain name. Of course, for your blog to live – it has to have a name. You can register it to Namecheap or GoDaddy like your parents did for you to be a citizen of the nation.
5. Install the WordPress application. It’s better to install it on your laptop or your personal computer for easy access.
6. Design your blog! It’s the last thing you’ll need to do before using it.
2. Write interactive and educational content
For a blog to run, it needs to have content that people will find informative and at the same time interactive. It can be based on your niche or your experience. A few examples may include: teaching your audience to do something like DIY tutorials, or writing motivational articles for them to get through the struggles they encounter in life.
3. Build relationships from the different channels you use in spreading your words
As you write and post blog articles in your website, social media platforms, and other sites, start building relationships. Think about where your potential audience hangs out, and interact with them as they comment on your posts. More so, you can also use Ask.fm to let them ask you questions about your niche or experience, join Facebook Groups, or comment on other blogs – approach them and let them put your information into good use.
4. Establish your branding
First of, how do you want people to see you? On what particular matter would you would want to be known for? Is it fashion, technology, sports, political, or inspirational blogging? All these factors make your branding, and that’s important given the many bloggers out there who’re also aiming for a goal like you – to make money from blogging. Furthermore, that’s what would set you apart.
5. Choose what kind of product or service you’re going to sell to your audience
With all the factors that you have invested in; it’s important to start thinking about how you’re going to turn all these efforts into cash. But to clear things out for you: blogging doesn’t technically generate money. There are things that you need to achieve first, an instance of which is proving your trustworthiness so you can sell products and services. In time, you can sell your service as a guide to using a particular product or promoting a brand. But for most, it all falls down to these streams:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Product Selling (both physical and digital)
- Service Online
Technically, blogging isn’t a one-time money maker. You don’t just post and make money from it. It needs passion, dedication, creativity and of course, time for it to be considered a career – otherwise, it’s just something that you do.
About the Author
Jepoy Tadena - The average boy living inside the digital world who has a passion for programming, writing, travel and photography. A boy who dreams of a perfect world both naturally and digitally. He believes that a setback will always be an opportunity for a comeback.