Because This Thing Isn’t Going to Be Handed to You on a Platter
It’s really hard to think of a better at-home job than blogging.
You get to work anywhere in the world. You get to meet a lot of great people. Most importantly you have the opportunity to help people who are looking to improve themselves and their lives.
When people start their blogging journey in the hope of becoming a full-time blogger there are some things that they miss. Just because you see a pro blogger’s income report where they talk about how they made $20,000 in a month doesn’t mean that you can just sit down and make it happen as well.
Some of these bloggers took years to get to where they are at, but that doesn’t mean you need to wait that long.
To become a full-time blogger there are some things that you need to keep in mind.
9 Things You Need to Now to Become a Full-Time Blogger
You might not like this list of things and feel that because you are a unique butterfly you are going to do things your own way.
That’s cool. I wish you luck.
However, if you want to follow the advice of someone that makes over $10,000 a month from blogging across a number of different blogs (slight bragging there) then read on.
Building a successful blog can take time. Some niches take longer than others because they have smaller audiences.
You can’t expect to start a blog and make enough money in the first month to quit your job. There are probably some stories of that happening around, but it’s definitely the exception, not the rule.
There are too many bloggers that quit too early in the game out of frustration. That is one of the problems of reading sites like this one. It can be hard to convey how long it can take to really make enough money to make blogging a full-time thing.
That doesn’t mean you will take a long time, but you should have a realistic outlook when it comes to all of this.
This is also why one of the most important things you can do is get started today.
If you wait 3 months researching and trying to learn then that is 2-3 months that you missed out on trying to build an audience or understanding what your audience is looking for.
2. It’s a Business
When I started my first business from home I didn’t treat it like a business. I would wake up at a different time each day and sit at my desk wearing the same clothes I went to bed in.
You might be thinking that is awesome and those are some of the benefits of being able to work from home, but the problem is it didn’t work for me.
I had to start acting like I was going to work which helped to change my mindset and treat things like a business.
When you approach your blog like a hobby then you treat it like a hobby. You write occasionally, you send out emails from time to time, don’t bother with networking, and hope that money magically appears.
If you want to run a successful blog then you need to treat it like a business. That means:
- Post frequently and consistently. Showing up every day and doing what is needed.
- Sticking to a schedule.
- Always working on building new relationships.
- Investing both your time and money wisely to grow your business.
If you want to blog as a hobby then more power to you, but successful bloggers understand there is a huge difference between blogging for fun and blogging for money.
3. Network, Network, Network
One of the fastest ways to grow your blog is through networking. It’s amazing what can happen when you build relationships with other bloggers in your niche.
I used to be of the mindset that I could do all of this alone. I could generate my own traffic, find my own audience, and in general grow at the speed that I wanted.
Unfortunately, what really happened was that all of the other blogs around me grew faster and saw more success because they helped each other out.
This can be a bit tough for introverts but nobody is saying you need to get on the phone and reach out to people. Building relationships can easily start over email.
Don’t reach out to try and get something first, though. Instead, see how you can help out other bloggers. Nobody likes the friend that only comes around when they need money.
4. Your Income Fluctuates
Are you prepared to have months where you don’t have enough money to cover bills? It’s a possibility with your blog. Having a good month doesn’t guarantee the next month will be just as good.
Sometimes traffic is great from a post going viral and other times you are wondering if your blog is working because nobody is around. As you grow your blog, you will find that you can start to predict the minimum amount of money you can make.
At the beginning of your blog’s life, though, it’s simply a guessing game on how much you will make.
5. Big Traffic Does Not Always Equal Big Money
It’s logical to think that the more traffic you bring in the more money you will make. For the most part this holds true if you handle things the right way.
There are blogs that get 100s of thousands of pageviews and only make $4,000 a month. I know that sounds crazy to say only make $4,000 a month, but the truth of the matter is that if you are getting that much traffic, you should easily be making 5 figures a month. If you’re going to spend your time building a blog to get a ton of traffic then you deserve to be rewarded properly for your efforts.
6. Your List Is Your Money
Most successful bloggers will tell you that the money is in the mailing list. Why? Because people don’t buy things right away. They need to get to know you, understand the value that you provide, and understand why they should buy what you are offering.
An email list allows you to be in constant communication with your audience without worrying about your message not being understood.
When starting a blog your #1 goal is to build your mailing list. Not your Facebook likes or your Twitter followers. Focus on your mailing list.
7. Be Efficient
Did you know that there are only 24 hours in a day? That means you can’t sit around wasting time on things that won’t directly grow your blog or audience.
It’s amazing how many bloggers get stuck in a timewarp where for 3 weeks they spend tweaking a blog theme only to realize that they didn’t spend time doing anything else.
The best bloggers know how to use their time to its max capacity to get the most out of it. Should you be planning the next 3 months of blog posts or should you be refreshing your analytics?
8. You Can Burn Yourself Out
When you come up with an idea for a blog there is always an initial burst of excitement. You want to get started right away so for the first month you write 20 posts. The next month you only write 10. The next month?
You don’t write anything because you’ve burnt yourself out already.
There are a lot of different tasks that you will do to grow your blog:
- Respond to emails
- Respond to comments
- Send out emails
- Write blog posts
- Promote on social media
All of these things take up time and energy. If you try to run through them all too quickly you will burn yourself out to the point where you don’t want to work on any aspect of your blog.
Every person has a threshold for when they just can’t do anymore. Make sure to keep an eye on yours and understand when you need to take a little break so you don’t end up taking a 3-month layoff.
9. You Might Fail
Well, that’s not very encouraging.
You probably didn’t think about this possibility, but it happens. Turning a blog into a full-time job isn’t for everybody. Sure anyone can do it but that doesn’t mean everyone can do it.
Blogging Isn’t for Everyone
While the idea of blogging full-time can be very enticing, it really isn’t for everybody.
There are times where you’re just sitting at your desk working by yourself and wondering how you can interact with others.
There are times where the thought of writing another blog posts drives you to jump out a window.
But these are minor things when you look at the big picture.
It’s much better to control your future and decide what you want to do with it and that’s why I love blogging. It has provided me with the opportunity to live the lifestyle that I’ve always dreamed about and has opened more doors than I could ever imagine.