I have realized the amount of things that newbie bloggers don’t take into account when they start a blog in hopes of making $150,000 a year like they’ve seen in the news lately. I know I’ve equally been guilty of these things when I first attempted to start making money with my blog. Little did I know, that it would honestly turn into a full-fledged career for me. Blogging for a career is more than just “writing your thoughts and feelings and sharing them.” Here are some of the top things that need to be considered if you’re going to turn blogging into a career.
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The Time Commitment
When you decide that you want to turn your blog into a career, you are honestly taking on another full-time job. My average blog post takes on average between 1-2 hours if you include the time it takes me to make quality images (which this is still a weak area for me.) That doesn’t include any research that may be involved in writing a particular blog post. Then the marketing avenue of blogging adds to several more hours’ worth of working.
You also have to consider the time involved in finding blogging opportunities. Plus there are usually loads of forms to fill out for sponsoring opportunities. Let’s not forget about the vast amount of emails we have to weed through a day.
On average I spend between 5-8 hours working on my blog at least. Sometimes it’s more and other times is less? However, without proper blogging time management skills, it’s next to impossible to get it all done.
Just like with any other business, you’re going to have to spend money on the tools you need to make it a success. Any blogger who has done this for any length of time, knows the value of owning your own domain names, hosting service, and also the other added tools you’re going to want to use to make your life easier. One thing that many professional bloggers have is quality virtual assistants to help them with the back end things in relation to their blogs.
Companies are not going to want to invest in your blog if you’re not willing to do it yourself. The adage of in order “to make money you have to spend money” is especially true in the blogging world.
Learning New Things Constantly
This one to me is pretty huge. I’ve been in many lines of work throughout my life, but none of them have had twists and turns as much as the blogging world. Marketing is a constantly changing thing, and, as a result, what works today may be obsolete tomorrow. A sharp blogger is going to spend a good bit of time doing research or ensure they are connected with a blogger who stays in the know. Without it, you’re going to be eating a lot of dust while the other bloggers are snatching up the opportunities along the way.
Remember Why You Started Your Blog
Blogging is not a get rich thing! You will work many moons without ever seeing a single penny for your efforts. If you do succeed early on, that’s good news, but it is a rare thing to see that happen. Most bloggers quit within their first three months of blogging once they find out how much work is involved in with little return for their time. Unless you’re into blogging for the love of it, then it’s recommended that you find another avenue of making money online.
What other things would you suggest a person consider before starting a blog in hopes of turning it into a career?