To all my ladies wondering if blogging is for them…
I know it may seem like quitting your job and becoming a blogger is the best thing you can do for yourself, but before you decide to give your boss the middle finger there are a few things you should know. This post is going to consist of how to become a blogger in 2019 and what you need to understand before you make a decision.
Blogging Isn’t Hard
You don’t have to make it hard, actually it’s quite simple. If you can write a research paper then you can blog. It’s essentially doing research about something you are interested in and sharing that research (in your own words) with your audience. Blogging can also be about sharing.
Sharing your own personal experiences and using that experience to help others who may have been in similar situations as yourself. I’ve seen many blogs where people go through a specific trauma or life event and want to either create a support for people who have gone through it or want to help people avoid going through it. These are great niches to be a part of because you have an audience who is looking for help and you are there to provide it.
People May Not Understand
Something to really take to heart is that people who aren’t in the same mindset as you may not understand what you are doing. They may question why you are choosing to leave your job to create an online business with blogging and may even think it’s a dumb idea because you have nothing to show for it.
Don’t let that bother you. As entrepreneurs, we know what it takes to build a business from the ground up and we know that it takes work before we can see reward. I find it easier to not tell people what I am doing and when it starts to pay off I can show them what I am doing. We don’t want to feel guilty or wrong for making a decision that is only going to better our futures but some people are about the now, not the later.
Blogging Is Not For Everyone
Blogging is a writing intensive career. You will write every day, sometimes for hours at a time. If you are not fond of writing then this is not for you. I see people advertise to the public about starting an online business and making it known that anyone can do it but truth be told, just like any other profession, if you are not happy doing something than it will make you miserable.
If you are not happy spending hours at a time in front of a computer writing content then you won’t be happy and this won’t last for you. Blogging isn’t just about making money. It’s about sharing experiences or products, helping people, giving advice, and writing a lot. Believe me. I know people who have gotten carpal tunnel because they spend so much time in front of the computer tied to their keyboards.
I love to write, it’s coded in my DNA, I can write a story in my sleep. I also love to help people, share my experience, and engage with people on a daily basis. This, like any other has to be a job that you are cut out to do and unfortunately, it’s not for everyone.
Not Every Niche Will Make You Money
I have written posts about finding your passion and turning it into an online business, but I want to cut it straight. Not every niche will make you money. Yes, you can write about your passions and use affiliate marketing and Google AdSense to make you money but honestly, it probably won’t be enough money to let you quit your day job.
There are certain niches that will make you a lot of money. These are the ones you want to get into. Do your research, write your content, drive traffic to your website and grow your audience. This is how you are going to make money. I highly doubt a blog about selling mulch will make you millions.
Think about some things that you are passionate about, how can you use these topics to create an online business of some sort that will actually make money? Research. If you are passionate about art, there are ways to monetize that. Selling art is one. But you have to do your research.
Find out what’s trending, where the most money is being spent, who is interested in it, what they are looking for, and then go for it. But don’t just start a blog about color pencils because that won’t get you the financial stability you are looking for.
Building A Business Takes Time And Hard Work
Blogging, online business, or building an online business, however you want to look at it, it takes time and hard work. It’s not something that you can do overnight and expect to see success. The minimum amount of time before you can really see something start rolling in is six months.
Those bloggers that say they started a blog and made hundreds instantly are lying. It’s not possible and they’re just selling you a pipe dream. Do not believe any of it. Getting indexed by Google and other search engines, getting ranked, and traffic coming to your blog takes months. You may get lucky and see a sale of two but I highly doubt it will be for a decent amount of money.
Be prepared to work endless hours creating content and building your online business before you see any reward from it. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. If you aren’t willing to put in months of hard work before you see a kick back from it then you won’t last in this business.
Give Yourself Time To Make Money
If you put in the work, create great content for your blog, promote your work on social media and do research, in time you will see payment from it. But like I mentioned before, it takes months of work before this can happen.
Generally, your site has to gain authority before it gets a top spot on the search engines. What this means is because your site is new it hasn’t gained trust. Search engines need to trust your site before they can give you authority. You need to consistently create content on your blog and have it at least be a thousand words each minimum.
You also don’t want to bombard your content with affiliate links because your website will be marked as spam. Take your time. Create meaningful content that can help people and try to keep your links to a minimum. You don’t need to have affiliate links on every post you do, and you should always gauge your content around helping someone with relevant information in your posts.
Promoting Your Business Will Help In Growing It
One thing I learned as I started to create more content on my blog was that I needed to start promoting it. What’s the point in putting in hours of work writing and researching if no one is going to see it?
You need to be confident in your creation. Be proud of what you are accomplishing and promote it on social media websites. This is where your business will start to grow.
Don’t use your own personal social media pages. Create pages that are for your business only and leave it at that. Keep your content relevant to your business and grow your followers that way.
When I first started, I wanted to take a shortcut and revamp my personal pages to use for my business. What happened with that was the people who I am friends with in my daily life aren’t exactly interested in what my business is about. I started from scratch and built my business from the ground up. I shared my content and engaged with my followers that were actually interested in what I had to say.
Yes, it takes longer this way, but you will be growing a business and having an audience of people who are interested and in turn they will spend money.
You Need A Support System
Don’t go at it alone. I know I said to keep it to a minimum with disclosing your business to family and friends, but you need a support system. Just not them. You need like-minded people who can help you grow your business and whom you can network with.
This could be getting advice, asking questions, having a fellow blogger in your corner who you can share the experience with, or a friendly platform of people who are on the same journey as you.
That is where I found my best chance. I joined a community called Wealthy Affiliate. Within this community there are over a million members who have a similar goal to mine, to start an online business and become successful.
I know this may seem like competition but truth be told, we all focus on our own business and our own niche. You may meet people who are in the same business as you, but I took this as a way to network and build valuable friendships.
I have a buddy of mine whom I met through the platform and she’s in the same niche as me but our businesses are completely different. We approach topics and writing from different perspectives and our business have their own unique content and look. But, this was a chance to meet someone who is similar to me, who has a similar goal and who I can relate to, ask questions, share expertise, and generate ideas with.
We have a chance to collaborate on each other’s blogs and can network with each other with our businesses. I would have never met her otherwise and so took this as a valuable experience and now have someone who is a big support for me as I am for her.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good support system. These will be the people who will lift you up when you are down and who will encourage you to keep going when you want to quit. These are the people who will help you from start to finish building the business you are worthy of and who can help you stay focused and moving towards a bright future.
Long Hours Will Equal Success
I know it may seem like you want to start a blog and have this grand life where you can lay on the beach and do nothing all day while your content writes itself, but don’t expect that. Not yet anyway.
One day after your hard work and long hours have paid off you can lay on the beach and pay someone to write content for you while you make millions and travel the world, but right now, you have nothing. You have a seed that needs to be planted and watered and nurtured. You need to treat this as if it is your baby. Take care of it, love it, grow it and watch it flourish.
In order for that to happen, you need to work long hours. You will need to continue your full time job, unless you have a hefty savings account, and you will have to work overtime when you get home in order to make your business grow. Once you get yourself to a place where you are making money from your blog, then you can give your boss the finger and moonwalk out of the office.
We all want to have that financial stability and live the lives we want but hard work now means easy life later. Have a vision for your business. Where do you want it to go? What are your goals for your business and your future. These are the things you need to think about. It can’t just be that you want a blog. You need to have a vision and stick to it.
Make small goals for yourself. Like creating 30 blog posts in your first month, creating an Instagram account and gaining 1k followers in 3 months. Things like that. This will take time and effort and you can do it if you are dedicated and have a vision for yourself and your business.
Blogging Is A Legit Business
Contrary to what people may say, blogging is a business. Yes, it is. You work hard, create a service and gain a commission. Therefore, it is a business. The harder you work, the bigger your business will grow. The more money you will make. Don’t let anyone deter you from your dream of having a successful online business.
Research, Research, Research
When you are writing content, always research. Read, see what people are looking for in your niche and write about that. But it’s not that simple. You also need to research relevant keywords so that your content will get indexed and ranked in the search engines.
Before you give advice on a topic, make sure all of your facts are correct. Look for relevant sources and cite them in your content. If you are unsure about something, do your research. We are in the business of helping people so you would never want to give someone false information. That will only hurt your business later on.
Always Proofread Your Work
Try to find a minimum of three sources to check your work. This is the best way to make sure your content is corrected and without grammatical errors and punctuation. A good source for this is Grammarly. I first type my content in Microsoft Word and use the Review, spelling and grammar check. Then I use Grammarly to double check, and when I am ready to create my content in WordPress, I use my site content grammar check which catches anything I may have missed. I double read my content and have my blog friend read it as well. If I miss anything else in the end, she will usually see it and let me know.
Having a good system in place will have your blog professional and ready for the sharing. If people read your content and see misspellings and punctuation errors that are less likely to take you seriously and share your content with friends. You have to take it seriously for them to take it seriously.
Give Yourself Time To Succeed
Last but not least, give yourself time to succeed. Don’t expect any miracles. You have to work hard and give yourself at least a year before you see any real success from your blog. If you are consistent and follow this advice, you will see success. Just not overnight. After six months, you may start to see some sales on your blog, after a year you should see more and after 18 months you should be at a place where you can finally quit your job. But you have to be consistent and work hard, I can’t stress that enough.
Treat blogging like a real business because it is a real business. Nothing less.
Thanks For Reading
I hope you found this information to be helpful in guiding you to create your blog and when you can expect to quit your job. These are all things for you to consider when deciding if blogging and affiliate marketing is a business for you.
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