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:
- Harsh Agrawal – My blogging journey so far
- After 1826 days of blogging, all I can say it’s incredible
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.
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?
- 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 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:
- 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 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.
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?