Are you trying to leave your boring 9-5 job? Do you want to be able to make your own schedule? You can achieve these goals and more right from the comfort of your computer.
People can earn up to $15,000 a month with their blog income. Of course, most don’t see these kinds of numbers until they’re out of their first year on the job.
As a beginner, you can expect to earn a little over $2,000 or more if you play your cards right.
We can teach you how to start an income-based blog and bring home the dollars. Get your typing fingers ready as we delve into what it takes to be a success on the web.
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Yet)
It can be tempting to quit your 9-5 as soon as you realize that you want to become a full-time blogger. Whatever you do, resist falling into that trap.
Your bills aren’t going to stop until your blog starts making a profit. You still have to pay your rent and make your car payment.
Wait until you’ve saved up enough for your family to survive for at least 12 months.
On another note, you shouldn’t start a blog with the idea of bringing in a profit within a year. You should blog because you love it. The money you earn will just be a happy bonus.
Get Your Blog Off the Ground
The first step of blogging is to create the darn thing. Most people use WordPress for this purpose.
Before you create an account, think about what you want to call your blog. If you don’t know what to name yourself yet, choose a niche. That creates a good jumping-off point for many.
Topics such as gardening, pets, food, finance, technology, and parenting advice are always popular choices.
Now that’s out of the way, choose your host and activate your WordPress account (check out this guide for specific instructions). You can create a free WordPress blog, but it’s not recommended because you won’t be able to have your own domain name that way. That’s the opposite of professionalism.
Once you’ve got you’ve got your website going, browse through WordPress’s many plugins and create your first post.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
The worst thing you can do when learning how to blog full-time is compared yourself to others. While you’re browsing through your competitor’s social media pages and blogs, you could have been hard at work on your own.
There’s nothing wrong with doing a bit of competitor research. It can give you some great ideas that will help you push your blog along.
The problem is when you begin to self-deprecate. It will kill your motivation and send your productivity into the toilet.
Stick to What You Love
It’s time to go into a little more detail about choosing a niche. It’s important to pick a subject that’s going to attract readers, but that shouldn’t be your only deciding factor.
When in doubt, stick to what you love. Don’t be afraid to break your niche down into smaller chunks.
Let’s say, for example, you love to cook. Instead of writing about a wide range of foods, zero in on Italian or desserts. Being specific will allow your blog to maintain some sense of cohesion.
If you want, you can dip into a few different niches. Food and travel mesh quite well together, for instance. You only need to make sure that you’re not jumping around so much that your readers don’t know what your blog is anymore.
Keep Yourself Productive
When you work from home, it can be tough to stay on task. There will be days when everything will seem more interesting than writing.
The best way to keep yourself productive on these days is to work in a closed-off office space. Inform your family that while the door is shut, you aren’t to be bothered.
Keep your office clean. There’s nothing that can drag productivity down quite like a cluttered desk.
The beauty of working from home is that you can stay in your PJs all day, but you shouldn’t. Get yourself in the work mindset by dressing the same way you would if you were going to a physical job site.
A change of scenery can do wonders on days when you’re dragging. Spend the day at your favorite coffee shop, or rent out a room at the library.
Listen to Your Body
When you have constant access to work, any time you spend not making money feels like a waste. The thing is, the human body isn’t designed to go go go 24/7.
When you begin to suffer from burnout, your work quality will diminish. If your blog quality goes down, you could lose readers, which means you lose money.
So, when your brain starts to feel tired, get up and stretch or make yourself something to eat. Take a minute to unplug and take your dog out for a walk.
Remember to take days off throughout the week, and if you want to go on vacation, go for it. That’s the beauty of being the boss. You get to make your schedule.
Bring in Some Sweet Blog Income
You can bring in thousands a month with your blog income if you play your cards right. Choose a popular niche that you’re passionate about, stay productive, and no matter what, don’t give up.
When you’re first starting out, there will be months when you don’t make a lot. That’s why it’s important to have savings to fall back on. It can provide some cushion while you weather the financial storm.
For more tips that will help you become a blogging success, visit the Business section of our blog.