Love Writing? Here are 5 ways to become start a blog and earn money

Love Writing? Here are 5 ways to become start a blog and earn money

  • Bharat Sharma
  • 03/04/2017

What if your words could get you money?

What if you could transform your casual blogging skills to a professional journey that pays you for documenting your thoughts?

What if you could become a full time blogger and earn money while following your passion in life?

For questions that are different, the answer is same – YES, it is possible!

In the times and trends we live in, professional blogging has become a full time profession for writers and journalists who want to present their worldview through words and earn a livelihood while doing so. If you are reading this, chances are, you know someone who is following their dream path of starting a blog and making money out of it.

If you share the same dream, read our 5 tips to create a plan and become a full time blogger –

1) Find Your Niche

So you plan to write professionally and make a living out of it, right? The next (read: first) step is to understand what will be your niche or your topic(s) of choice. Whether you want to write about travel, lifestyle, health, home or food it is all upto you.

As your blog, you can write about anything and everything that interests you but the key is to find something that excites you, motivates you and improves you as a writer as well as a person. It is better to have one subject which you are really passionate about than many subjects which are not related to your inner calling. Think of it as something you are good at, so that people who read your blog will find it helpful and look forward to reading it.

2) Start Writing

So you have your topic or blog ideas all figured out and cannot wait to start putting words on your blog, right? The immediate question which pops up in your head is – where should I write? Thankfully, there are numerous blogging platforms such as WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Medium and many more.

When it comes to choosing the right platform for your words and voice, it comes to finding the one which is most easy to set up and start (as a beginner) and allows you to add more features and functionality as you tread further on your professional blogging journey. You will also have the option to choose between a free or paid service, which eventually comes down to your personal finances and capabilities as a blogger.

3) Learn the Tricks of the Trade

Content is king – if you want to make money from your blog, it is important to write quality content that sells and garners views. Apart from improving yourself as a writer, you must familiarize yourself with digital concepts such as – SEO, Keywords, Page Views, Site Visitors, Social Media, Email Marketing, AdSense, Analytics amongst others.

In order to become a full time blogger and earn money, it is imperative to learn these concepts and skills to achieve your target and always stay on top of the trends. After all, a good craftsman must learn the rules of the game first before improvising them to create his own niche in the market.

4) Do Your Research

Ever wondered what separates amateurs from professional bloggers? The answer is – research. Ask any professional blogger and they will be happy to share their toil and turmoil over reading other articles, books, journals, statistics and basically everything to understand what sells and what doesn’t. In your case, there too is no shortcut to writing things that people will enjoy reading and sharing.

If you want to establish a personal professional blog, start by observing and studying about what makes the content click, how successful bloggers started their journey and how to develop a unique and individual writing style that separates you from the rest. Even if you have to imitate certain aspects from others, go for it – the rule of the thumb is to take a feather from the cap of people who have done it successfully before you!

5) Find Ways to Monetize

Obviously, the most critical step is to monetize your blog and earn a living out of it. Once you clear through the above steps, the next big thing is to network with other bloggers. From making blogger friends and joining blogging communities to sharing your content with other writers, networking is the key to build your blog and make great connections. You can also write paid blogs for brands in exchange for money as a guest writer or a sponsored reviewer.

Additionally, you can earn money by placing or promoting a product in your blog and influencing your readers to buy it. Lastly, once your blog has regular visitors and users, you can also run advertisements on your blog on the sidebar, below the blog post or anywhere where users are likely to click on it.

Bonus Tip – The key to monetizing your professional blog is to increase views and ensure more readers are tuning in to keep with your words. While there’s no magic wand which can accomplish these goals overnight, there are proven strategies which in the long run, can bring traffic to your blog and improve (read: increase) your income.

Some of these tips are – actively updating content on your blog, sharing your posts through social media platforms, allowing guest bloggers to post on your blog, joining communities that promote your content for free and so on.

All in all, professional blogging must be taken seriously and not as an alternative means of passing time and earning money. It is all about putting your time, thoughts and efforts in the same direction and with a solid plan to ensure you achieve your blogging goals.

Remember – it takes time. There is no formula for success but perseverance and discipline to do what you love and do more of it. Think of it as starting up a business, you will not see overnight results or sales, but if you keep at it, the fruits of your labour will be definitely worth all of it.

So, take the plunge and begin your own professional blogging journey, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to have fun!


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