Your life sucks.
You work at a job you don’t even like. You collaborate with people whom you don’t care for. You’re doing this simply for the paycheck.
You’ve always wanted to turn blogging into a career, following the many things you’ve read about it. You want to do something that fulfills you as a person and gives your life meaning. You want to write about your passion and monetize it.
However, you find yourself stuck in the same situation for years. Still pissed off at your job, still longing for something better.
There is no point in spending most of your time being miserable.
You should always ways to make your life better, even if it means quitting your job.
I know what you’re thinking:
“I don’t know what to do!”
“There’s nothing out there for me!”
If you keep thinking this way, then you’ll be stuck with the same job before your retirement.
Therefore, you need to make a move now. Change your life forever by quitting your full-time job and become a freelance blogger.
In her quote about moving on, Vivian Greene says, “[l]ife is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
If you can’t afford to quit your job right now, then you can still develop your freelancing career on the side until you get it up and running. Below are steps that you should take to establishing your blogging career.
Determine your blogging niche
At this point, you have nothing but an idea on how you want your blog to look and feel like. You also are drooling all over your earning potential from your blog.
Before you get to this stage in your career, however, you need to research for the blogging niche that you want to focus on. The success of your blog rests on the topic you will choose to write about.
Not all niches are made equal – some are easy to build on while others aren’t. There are factors that you need to consider when choosing your niches such as competition, keyword difficulty (for SEO), promotions strategy, and others. There are factors beyond your control, which is why you need to focus on controlling the variables that you can to make the most out of your blog.
A rule of thumb that you should follow is to choose a niche that you love despite how competitive it is. Your passion for the topic will unconsciously help you provide value to your target audience. By producing stellar content that resonates with your readers, you can expect to build a loyal and rabid blog audience.
For more tips on how to find the niche to start your blogging career on the right track, read this post.
Set up your blog ASAP
Much has been said about the platforms that you should use for your blog. In particular, lots of people consider WordPress to the blog of choice and with good reason. Due to its versatility and customization options, over 76 million websites and blog run using this platform.
Bloggingpro has a post that details the exact process of setting your blog from scratch with WordPress, which will only take you a couple of minutes to do.
However, the most important thing you need to consider when choosing your platform is whether or not you find it easy to use. You don’t have to use WordPress if you don’t feel comfortable using it. In fact, it’s not the user-friendliest CMS to use. There are other platforms like Squarescape, Wix, and others that make creating your blog a breeze.
Figure out how you want to earn
There are multiple ways to monetize your blog.
Do you want to earn commission by selling affiliate products from popular e-commerce sites on your blog?
Do you want to promote businesses related to your niche using banner ads?
Do you want to rely on ad networks such as Google Adsense and Media.net to make money?
Each approach calls for a specific way to maximize your earning potential as well. For example, affiliate marketing requires you to create highly-targeted content to your audience to increase your conversion rate.
However, to make money from your blog, one thing is sure: you need to learn how to attract traffic. By getting more blog visitors, you can earn more, plain and simple. Make sure you develop a sustainable way of driving more blog traffic so you can scale your profit over time.
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Create killer content
Content is the bedrock of blogging. You need to learn how to create content that resonates with your audience.
All elements of your blog posts, from writing to the use of images, must work in harmony to properly communicate your message. It also helps that you have a great deal of knowledge about your niche so you can supply the right information to your readers.
All these factors come together in the creation of Skyscraper content. Not only do you create high-quality content but you also promote it in the right channels, so the bulk of your audience reads it. After all, part of the effective content is the ability to market it correctly so more people can see.
Moreover, you must publish content on a regular and predictable basis. Writing great content is the easy part. Things get real once you realize that you need to earn out great content every single day. Consistent blogger is key to building and retaining a readership. You want to give them a steady diet of valuable information about your niche, so they keep coming back for more.
Set a timetable
At this point, you’re probably itching to quit your job so you can dive into blogging for good. However, you need to be realistic for you so you can know what’s right for you.
On paper, blogging sounds like a very profitable and doable job. You sit around all day in the comforts of your home, writing posts and making green while sipping your coffee.
However, it’s never always that simple. There are factors that you need to consider when you become a freelancer such as financial security, potential seclusion, and other risks. Some people are more comfortable with a guaranteed work than an unstable one such as blogging.
Therefore, since you’re still employed, take this time to figure out everything. Setting a timetable on how you want to see yourself in the foreseeable future allows you to measure your progress. It gives you the answer whether you can blog for a living or not.
How do you see yourself in a month’s time? How about three months of blogging steadily? These are questions you should be asking yourself before starting a blogging career. Also, you’ll have to allot more to blogging so you can perform the work needed to succeed in this field. You need to compromise time that doesn’t contribute anything to your end goal so you can make the most out of this opportunity.
Blogging about something you love is meaningful, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy, especially not if you also have a full-time job. However, it is a necessary step to figure out what you have to do and how to do it.
If you’re burned out from work, then you can just quit work and start doing all of the above. However, some can’t afford losing work immediately. This reason is why most would prefer to take things slowly but surely so they can be sure to earn from blogger after leaving their full-time job.
Ultimately, you should take reins of your life. Don’t let the norms dictate the kind of life you want to live. If a full-time job isn’t for you after years of toiling meaningless hours, then you should consider freelancing blogging as an option and follow the process above.