More than ever blogging has become popular and we’ve heard bloggers give success stories of how they racked in thousands of dollars monthly. What started as a hobby and a platform for people to share their ideas or knowledge has grown into a multi-million dollar industry. This has forced a lot of us to consider blogging. As a matter of fact some people quit their professional jobs to become bloggers. You are probably at a cross road, asking yourself if you should quit your job, or go into blogging part-time. You ask – “Can I really make a living by blogging?”
The simple answer to this question is; yes, you can. The fact that others have made it means that you can make it. Similarly, the fact that there are millions of bloggers who don’t make any money also means you may not make money. So the main question should be how to make money or earn a living as a blogger. However, that is a story for another day. Here are the few things I know about making a living as a blogger.
Making a Living Blogging Requires Hard Work
Someone may have told you that blogging is one of the surest ways to wealth and blogging will rake in passive income. That is a big lie.
The moment you lose your relevant at your work place you will be laid off. Similarly, the moment your blog becomes irrelevant people will stop visiting. Now ask yourself this – “Does Apple stops producing mobile devices because it is successful or has made a lot of money?” Rather, they are always at the forefront of innovation.
So once again, yes, you can make money from blogging but don’t think it will be any easier than your current job. You will need to create content that matters to people, and that isn’t easy.
It requires timeBlogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme. This is what most unsuccessful bloggers failed to realise. Trust me, it takes a miracle to earn $1 within your first 3 months of blogging. So don’t expect to open a blog today and make a thousand bucks at the end of one month. Check the ranks; most successful bloggers who make up to $10,000 a month have been in the scenes for 4 – 5 years.
So here is the deal, of course you can make a living blogging but it takes time to build an audience, a brand, and a good reputation.
There is no formula
There is no formula to making money from blogging (It isn’t maths). It is common for people to release e-books claiming to sell fail-safe formulas on making money by blogging. Do not believe them, there is no single way to make money as a blogger. There are many ways to monetize your blog. Every successful blogger has a unique story to tell, and you should too.
The bottom line however is; post relevant and original contents, be consistent, and you are well on your way to making a living from blogging.
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Most niches sellYou are probably wondering if your area of expertise will fetch you money as a blogger. Yes it will. We all know that one of the hottest industries is the entertainment industry (…people just love the gossips). The truth is that as long as there are people in this world, you will have an audience irrespective of what you write on; the audience may be little, but you will. What makes the difference is the quality of what you are offering.
From tech, to photography, health and fitness, education, woodwork, gossip, and even dairies, you can make a living blogging.
You can be a part-time blogger
Finally, you can be a successful blogger without quitting your job. That is how most bloggers started. Considering the fact that building a brand takes time, you will need something to fall back on. As a recommendation, only quit your job when you have built something worthwhile and reputable. Yes, you can make well above a decent living being a part-time blogger. Here is my personal story:
I was a blogger for about six months during my industrial attachment as a College student several years ago. I was an engineering student but was proficient in graphics design. I prepared contents for my blog during lunch and at night. Hence, my job didn’t suffer and my blog didn’t too.
Although, I have stopped blogging, some of the connections I made then have grown to become business partners.
After considering all these factors, I hope this guides you on your journey to becoming a successful blogger.