It was somewhere March-April 2009 when I decided to quit my day-to-day job and become a professional blogger. After 5 years (2014) I’m not only happy but I consider that as one of the best decision of my life. Becoming a professional blogger was not something I ever thought of, but somehow circumstances and situation favoured me enough and I was brave enough to take that big decision. If you want to read my journey to pro-blogging, here are two stories which you should read:
- Harsh Agrawal – My blogging journey so far
- After 1826 days of blogging, all I can say it’s incredible
This is a part of Question Answer series. If you have any question about Blogging/ WordPress / SEO/ Make money online feel free to drop your questions using contact form. Being a professional Blogger is not an easy job and it requires many skills and knowledge to turn your Blogging passion into full time blogging. In this article I would answer the most important question by young Blogger and that is : How to become a Professional Blogger and why you should.
Question by reader:
One of ShoutMeLoud reader asked me question:
I want to be a full time professional Blogger like you and can you guide me on how I can become a professional Blogger. You started as technical Blogger for ShoutMeLoud.com and I have done the same. Can you guide me how to do this and in how many months it will take to become a full time blogger?
- Read: Why People blog?
Become a Professional Blogger: Are you ready?
First of all before you decide to take the path of pro-blogging, you need to know a lot has changed in past few years. Blogging is not a simple job and not easiest way to make money. The good part is, blogging is one of the reputable way to earn money online. Also if you do it right and smartly, you can easily earn thousands of dollars like I make every month. Check Affiliate earning report and Adsense earning report.
Let me first break the myth that Blogging is easy. If you are looking to make a living out of Blogging, you need to treat it like a serious business . You have to answer many questions to yourself before jumping into the amazing world of professional Blogger. As far as I know, there are many Bloggers who jumped into the sea of Professional blogging but later in 2011 (Google Panda updates) and in 2012 (Google Penguin update), killed many blogs and Bloggers are jumping into other aspect of Online marketing.
Now if you are into a part-time job and considering blogging as full-time work, answer to this question is little difficult because its based on your current job and family scenario. I started Blogging as full-time career when I was 22-year-old (Single, no family responsibilities, can take risk in life) and all this scenario helped me. I have covered the complete detail into my Bloggers journey article. Just to let new readers know: When I started blogging, I was working part-time as a software engineer and I also had another job in my hand with Accenture. In March 2009 I left my current job and became another professional blogger from India.
That time I was making almost 400-500$ from blogging while working for 3-4 hours a day and I was sure that if I will work around 12-16 hours a day, I can increase my online income to 3-4X. Though the time when I left my job for blogging, my income sources were Direct ads, Google Adsense, Affiliate Marketing and services. Out of which I will consider Google Adsense as a recurring income and rest as variable income.
This was my little story but now for you who is thinking of becoming a professional Blogger, you need to re-think as with time I realize there are many skill sets require to become a good blogger and is essential for anyone to get into full time Blogging. Professional Blogging is not only about writing content (That’s could be done by any content writer), it’s way more than that. You need to think beyond than just writing articles, as you planning to make it your only source of income.
You need to hone many of your skills like:
- Search engine optimization
- Social media marketing
- Email marketing
To name a few.. Good thing here is; if you are already a blogger, you must have acquired many of these skills. And with little practice, you can acquire all other missing skills by reading and implementing. That’s how I learned and that’s how I’m learning new skills every day.
You need to understand the SEO basics, Photo editing, Grammar, Writing skills, Video creation, social media and web analytics to become a successful pro-blogger and not just another blogger. You should check out this article which list habits of A-list bloggers.
If you want peace of mind while becoming a professional blogger, I would suggest that first start making a fixed recurring income from your blog, and once you are sure that you can survive with your blog income then its the right time time to kick your 9-7 Job and become a professional blogger. Though before taking this huge step, make sure you have created a clear road map and made a business plan for your blog. Along with this, you should also have couple of more earning source to ensure you don’t get trapped in future.
Things to keep in your mind before getting into shoes of a professional blogger:
- What will be your traffic generation source? (Make sure don’t only rely on search engines).
- What will be your income source?
- What and how you going to extend your blog and blog brand?
- Are you ready to learn new thing ?
You should also read these two posts which will help you a lot in taking your decision :
For me it took almost 6 months to decide and become a professional blogger. It was relatively easy for me in 2009, but in 2014 blogging has become a giant, and you need to be more equipped to rely on just blogging as your source of income.
Off topic but I always suggest college people to start with a blog of their own. College time is the best phase of life when you can start a blog. Imagine 10 articles a month and by the end of year you will have 120 articles and by the end of your college you will have an old established blog with almost 360+ articles. This will ensure you that you will have a side income source which will cover your few bills.
Tip: Never put all your eggs into one basket and this is very true with Pro-Blogging. If your income source of just one blog, you need to extend your empire to make sure in future a Google algo change, a server collapse or any kind of blunders may not end your career or keep you out of money for months. Typically, a good blog can start making good income within 4-5 months.
Do let me know if you think I missed any point which one should consider before becoming a professional blogger?
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