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How To Become a Professional Blogger & Be Your Own Boss

How To Become a Professional Blogger & Be Your Own Boss

It was somewhere in March-April 2009 when I decided to quit my daily job and become a professional blogger. After 5 years (2014) I’m not only happy but I consider it as one of the best decision of my life. Becoming a professional blogger was not something I ever thought of, but somehow circumstances and situations favored 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 will give you complete background of my blogging journey:

This article 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 bloggers and that is : How to become a Professional Blogger and why you should.

Become a Professional Blogger

Question by reader:

One of the ShoutMeLoud reader asked me the following question:

I want to be a full time professional Blogger like you. Can you guide me on how can I 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 will I become a full time blogger?

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 neither simple and nor an easy way to make money. The good part is, blogging is one of the reputable ways to earn money online. Also if you do it rightly and smartly, you can easily earn thousands of dollars like me 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 were 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 many of these bloggers started switching to other aspect of Online marketing.

The decision to become a full-time blogger from a part-time blogger depends upon many factors like your social, financial and career background.  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 also had another job in my hand with Accenture. In March 2009 I left my current job and became another professional blogger from India.

During this period I was earning, 400-500$ from blogging while working for 3-4 hours a day and I was pretty confident that if I will work around 12-16 hours a day, I can increase my online income to 3-4X.  The time when I left my job for blogging, my income sources were Direct ads, Google Adsense, Affiliate Marketing and services. Out of all income source I consider Google Adsense as a recurring income and rest as variable income.

This was my little story but for now people like you who wants to become a professional blogger, it’s time for you to rethink; as with time I have realised that there are many skills set required to become a good and full-time blogger.  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 just writing articles, as you are planning to make it your only source of income.

You need to hone many of your skills like:

  • Writing
  • Search engine optimization
  • Social media marketing
  • Email marketing
  • Management

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 have learning 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 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 are going to extend your blog and blog brand?
  • Are you ready to learn something new ?

You should also read these two posts which will help you a lot in taking your decision :

It took me almost 6 months to decide to become a professional blogger. It was relatively easy for me in 2009, but in 2014 blogging has become giant, and you need to be more equipped to rely on just blogging as your only 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.

Suggested reading:

Tip: Never put all your eggs into one basket and this is very true with Pro-Blogging. If your income source is from 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 up 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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  • Sastonepal

    Yes, become a professional and full time blogger is not easy, but it is not hard also. if we struggle for pure blogging or writing unique contents then we can win the situation. Thank you for your great content regarding to become a full time professional blogger.

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  • Luis Medilo

    Thank you for this very informative article. You are an inspiration to all bloggers out there. I am just starting my new blog and I will never give up until I make a full-time income from it. As of the moment, I’m working as a writer and editor for a US-based company.

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  • Piyush

    Hello Harsh,
    I’m a college student and already started my blog in march 2014. But writing 10 articles/month is pretty tough for me like academics, co-curricular activities, projects etc?

    what should i do? and because of my blog i concentrate less on my studies and I’m scared these days as its my Pre-Final year ! whether i’ll able to crack the job or not.

    Hope i can make some good revenue from my blog, wish me luck :)

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  • Satbir Patial

    Thanks a lot for putting this article. I dropped here from FB. You answered me a lot of questions which were running in my mind and I was curious to know them from a Successful Indian Blogger. I need “Patience” and to continue working on my new blog.

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  • rahul rastogi

    Harsh.. it is an amazing guide for newbies like me who have entered the sweet world of blogging and planning to take their careers to the next level and you are absolutely spot on saying don’t put all your eggs in one basket.. As i have studied a few rich people they also advocate the same thing ” TO BE RICH.. YOU NEED TO DIVERSIFY YOUR INCOME SOURCES”… hats off to you buddy.. cheers

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  • Usama

    alot of dedication and hardwork is required to become a professional blogger. I also want to mention that people are suggesting here that you have to be financially strong or have to quit your job. Please don’t do this, you can be a good blogger without quitting your job.

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  • Suhas

    Hey, I want to become a full time Seo Expert. I have completed my bca, what do I do next?
    Thanks

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  • Mike

    Right now, I am more interested in using my blog towards eventually marketing my programming on the Android. Eventually though, I do want to start earning some money from my blog. It might take me a while to get there since I don’t have anything set aside for it.

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  • Navneet

    I am 13 years old and I have started blogging . This was a great post Harsh . You were 22 when you became a full time blogger . So maybe by the time I will be 18 years old , I can become a professional blogger.

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  • R K GUPTA

    Love to read articles on shoutmeloud as usual. I am also a professional blogger and motivate to read this article on the same. It suits me.

    Thanks

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  • Amrik Virdi

    Hi,
    Grеаt tірѕ Harsh! It’ѕ hаrd tо bесоmе а рrоfеѕѕіоnаl blоggеr іf уоu аrеn’t ѕurе whеrе tо ѕtаrt, but luсkіlу thеrе аrе рlеntу оf оnlіnе rеѕоurсеѕ tо hеlр оnе fіnd thеіr wау.

    Best regards,
    Amrik Virdi

    Reply
  • Amrik Virdi

    This is great inspiration for a newbie to the blogging world. I’m in the process of honing the vision for my blog before I launch it, and this post really sums up everything I need to keep in mind before I take the plunge. Looks like I’ve got lots of hard work ahead of me!

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  • Rakesh Narang

    It is not possible to create a full-time income online within a few weeks, or even a few months, you have to test yourself in the world of blogging to see whether it has something for you or not. That’s my advice.

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  • Arbaz Khan

    Who says that professional blogging is tough. Its not at all hard to become a professional blogger, but there is a simple catch – you must dedicate yourself completely to become one. Then you won’t face any hurdles between you and your blogging success.

    Though it was an awesome post Harsh. I would love if you write more such posts centered around blogging. Thanks for this great article.

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  • Avi jit

    I personally think that if an employed man wants become a professional blogger then he should start a blog and should operate it side by side. He should also learn all the blogging techniques at that time (may be in the sundays or off times). And once he starts making a descent amount of money he should leave his job.
    Anyways, very nice post for those who want to be a professional blogger.

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  • sudha

    nice points Harsh and thanks for putting my question here.
    I’ll definitely look upon ur points and try to act upon them
    Hope me too get success

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  • Viraj

    Hi Abhishek. I suggest you to get one of your own domain name, preferably a .com or .org one, nevertheless keeping the subject of your blog in mind you can also go for .in domain name. And I also suggest you to transfer your blog to Wordpress platform instead of blogspot because WP looks more professional, easily manageable, lots of useful plugins available and its SEO friendly….

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  • Pankaj Gupta

    Every blogger have to atleast work hard for 1 year then he can enjoy the fruit of blogging.. :) Really Funny and Interesting to do it regularly..

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  • Vivek Krishnan

    I would suggest while in college, develop two to three mini sites which keep giving you revenue. They can work as money pump for remaining life.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      I agree with your Vivek and this will help them to cover some of their bills in future.

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      • NpXp

        Well that is true if the mini sites are making you good money regularly. Which in fact is not what the real picture is like. It may stop producing money at one point of the time..

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  • Hari

    Yes, College time is the best phase to start. I agree on that.
    You get a lot of time.

    And even if someone doesn’t get a job after finishing college, then can always count on this :)

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  • sudharsan @ technoskillonline

    I too trying for fulltime blogger..
    As im newbie for blogging im working morethan 12hours a day making backlink and submitting to social website but i cant reach the minimum traffic of 10k views per month..

    im soooo tired..
    Any one knows any SmaRt WoRk to achieve that target
    If so…Please…. share here :-)
    It will b very helpful for me

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  • Tushar

    taking full time blogging profession is difficult in india….

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    • Viraj

      Tushar “taking full time blogging profession is difficult in india….”

      Its not difficult at all in INDIA in fact on the contrary it’s very easy and much more rewarding in India. Consider that you are earning $500 per month through blogging. Now weather you stay in US or India, there won’t be much difference in your revenue generation through your blog. But if you stay in US you can barely pay your rent with $500, but if you are in India than $500 is equivalent to 25000 INR. You can have a decent living (+ some savings may be) in India with that much money. So in that way its really good to earn some extra money through blogging if you are in India. But one more thing blogging and earning money is not everybody’s cup of tea. It requires hardwork, patience and dedication like any other thing in which you want to succeed.

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  • Prasanta Bora

    Any blogger who wish to be successful, FIRST thing he needs is to be PASSIONATE about the thing which he/she wants to blog. If you want to be a professional blogger, that means you should be very very much PASSIONATE. It is only than your blog would be having quality content with regular updates.

    First identify which are the things you are passionate about and find out how other blogs in that niche is doing. Do not turn PRO till you are assured of a higher income than what you are/would be other-wise earning. I agree with Harsh when he says following:
    “If you want peace of your mind while becoming a professional blogger, I will suggest first start making a fixed recurring income”.

    For me, I loved to guide younger ones in their careers/career exam.

    That was how I started blogging two year back. But although I am earning good, with 250000+ monthly visits, I have still not turned PRO. The reason? I would wait for that day when I am assured of $2K earning RECURRENTLY per month from my blog. May be that would require another 2 years of PASSIONATE blogging!

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  • Dana @ Blogging Update

    You are right that the best time to start a blog is in college. In that time, people have their own time to manage, and have many resources to write.

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  • Atul

    nice points Harsh and thanks for putting my question here.
    I’ll definitely look upon ur points and try to act upon them
    Hope me too get success :-)

    Thanks a lot’
    Atul

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      You welcome Atul. I’m sure the same question will be in the mind of other bloggers as well. Wish you luck with your future venture.
      Regards
      Harsh

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  • Basant Singh

    Blogging needs a lot of passion, creativity & confidence. On the contrary to what people think, initially it’s more difficult to earn online than your regular job. One cannot turn a Pro & expect to become a Amit or Harsh in a year :) Perhaps it needs a lot of patience than anything else. My technology blog is approx. 3 months old with a PageRank of 2 and a daily unique visit of 90. Still, I can’t see any noteworthy mention from monetization.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Basant talking about monetization, it comes eventually with traffic and trust. Blogging is a social networking event IMO, the more you give to public, more traffic and trust you will build with time.

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  • Imran Yousaf

    Professional blogging needs lot of dedication and efforts from you. So for professional blogging, first secure yourself from financial aspects then quit your job. Obviously you need a lot of support from your famil and friends especially. Without help of friends no one can be a scuccessful blogger. Build your community and then watch & see.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks for useful insight Imran and I agree with you. Before jumping into deep sea of professional blogging, one should have financial security or some kind of back up. Professional blogging is a vital decision of any one life and one should look at all the aspect before taking final decision.

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