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 you became full time blogger?
Read: Why People blog?
Become a Professional Blogger:
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 business with great personal touch. You have to answer many questions to yourself before jumping into the small crowd 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 set require and is essential for anyone to get into full time Blogging. Professional Blogging is not only about writing content (That’s a job of content writer), it’s way more than that. You need to give something to blogsphere like well researched and detailed insight (More like editorial content), something which OM Malik and Michael arrington has done on Gigaom and Techcrunch respectively.
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.
If you want peace of mind while becoming a professional blogger, I would suggest that first start making a fixed recurring income, 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 another professional blogger. Though before taking this huge step, make sure you have created a clear road map and done your mind-mapping for your future plans and online earning. This will ensure you having a better life as a professional blogger.
Things to keep in your mind before getting into shoes of a professional blogger:
- What will be your traffic generation source?
- What will be your income source?
- What and how you going to extend your blog and blog brand?
- What’s your target with Blogging ? (Money, Fame or just because it’s another coolest job)
- Am I ready to learn new thing which will help me in long term Blogging.
- Do you have enough SEO skills to rank on first page of Google or can you drive enough traffic to your pages?
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.
Off topic but I always suggest college people to start with a blog of their own. College time is the best phase when you are very creative and can 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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