Working from home and earning a full time living is a dream shared by countless millions of people around the globe. Today, it has never been more achievable than before to become a pro blogger and do just that – work from home and earn a full-time living.
The bad news? Most people will never make it as a full-time blogger from home. Because, when it comes right down to it, many would-be bloggers just aren’t “hungry” enough to make it happen.
The good news? You don’t have to be “most” people. You can be as successful as you choose to be, as long as you follow through consistently.
In this article, we discuss everything you need to know about working from home and making big money as a professional blogger.
What Exactly is a Professional Blogger?
It is someone who creates and maintains a personalized website(s) focused on providing quality content on a particular niche or topic. They can be about virtually any subject, so long as the person is knowledgeable about the topic and/or isn’t afraid to do a ton of research along the way.
Many people ask the question what is the difference between someone who does it professionally as opposed to someone who does it as a hobby. It is a good question, and one with a definite answer; a professional blogger shows up for work everyday, and puts in extra work, even when they don’t feel like it.
Hobby bloggers write about things they enjoy, and only when they feel like doing it. In other words, they blog simply as a means of sharing their passions – not for any real profit.
Anyone can research 100 ways to make money from home blogging. For that matter, just about anyone who wants to be a blogger, and make money at it, can come up with a realistic plan for making it happen as well.
But, it takes a real desire to succeed to become a successful pro blogger.
How to Start Blogging Professionally
Being a professional blogger can pay all of your bills, and then some. Some make millions of dollars, and so can you – but, only if you get started now.
That said, according to successful bloggers like Raelyn Tan, the average beginner blogger (that is successful) makes over $100 a month during their first year of blogging.
Keep in mind that it takes years to see the sort of success that top-tier pro’s like Neil Patel enjoy. It took Neil fifteen years to become a well-known name in the industry.
You, on the other hand, have a major advantage to gain fame and riches much quicker than your predecessors: you are starting your blogging career in the early 2020s, not the late 20th century.
The internet is not the unexplored/unknown mystery it was to potential bloggers 15, 20, or 25 years ago. Today, there is a well-established blogging industry with tools, platforms, services, and other useful resources right at your fingertips.
Even more, many of these tools and resources that are available to help you jumpstart your blogging career are completely free. Like this article and the advice we are sharing with you, help of this sort was not available for would-be bloggers in the 1990s and early 2000s.
To start blogging, and making big money, you don’t need much more than the will to make it happen. But, you need to start now.
What You Need To Start
There isn’t much needed to start blogging:
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer or device that you can type on
- A niche/topic that you are interested in
- The desire to make money from home
- The discipline to follow through
- A willingness to learn a lot of new stuff
Steps for Getting Started as a Pro Blogger
Getting started as a pro blogger is a simple process. But, again, success depends solely on your level of dedication to the job. Because, after all, you are starting a new career – pro blogging is not a hobby, it is a business.
Here are a few steps for getting started with your blogging career (making big money):
1. Choose a niche
The very first step to becoming a professional blogger is choosing a niche. The phrase “niche” simply means topic, or subject.
Your niche can be anything. If you enjoy doing your nails, and make-up, you can be a cosmetics blogger. Or, if you travel for business, or otherwise, and eat from restaurants all over your country, you can be a food blogger.
The fact is, your niche can be about anything that you want it to be. Anything at all.
That said, keep in mind that the more specific a niche you choose, the less competition you have. Further, the less competition you have, the easier and quicker your blogging may start to generate you a full-time income from home.
2. Consider monetization options
Before settling on one particular niche, and starting your blog, first consider your monetization options. This matters immensely in the long run as it will determine your blogging-derived income-level.
Sure, you can start blogging first if you prefer to worry about the money-side of things later. But, at least having a clear idea of how you will turn your blog into a money-making-machine in the future makes the process much smoother when the time comes.
Here are a few monetization methods to consider:
- Affiliate marketing
- Sponsored posts
- Physical products
- Info Products
- Membership fees
Methods for monetizing your blog are limitless, literally. Your own creativeness and level of ingenuity is your only income-cap when it comes to professional blogging. Think outside of the box with your new blog, it could pay off in the millions of dollars in the long run – don’t sell yourself short.
3. Make a business plan
Blogging, professionally, is a business, not a hobby. That means you need to treat it as such from day one. If you plan to make a living from it, you need to “earn” it, just like you would with any other business or career.
The best way to ensure a successful business, of any type, is to create a business plan. Once you have a plan outlined, come back to it regularly, up-date it, and follow through accordingly.
That said, If you need a hand with creating a business plan, a quick Google search will result you numerous templates and guides that will make it a fairly painless process.
4. Create a content strategy
A blog is nothing without its content. In fact, content is going to be the bread and butter of making this profession work. Your blog’s content is what draws in readers, converts readers to customers/subscribers, and just about anything else you are trying to achieve with your blog.
Without a content strategy, each of the blog posts you create on your blog are like shots taken in the dark. A strong content strategy ensures that your blog posts make sense, that your content is easy to navigate, and that you cover all the most crucial keywords in your niche the right way.
Most importantly, content strategy helps you produce content that gives an enormous amount of value to your audience, over and over. And that, is what will let you blog about your niche all the way to the bank.
5. Choose a platform
Once you know what your niche is and have a good idea of how you will make money from your blog in the long-run, it’s time to get down to the hands-on construction of your blog.
The first step in building your blog is selecting which platform to use. If you are new to the world of online writing, using CMS for blogging, you don’t know HTML, or about web hosting, your best bet is to build one on a platform that make it easier to create and manage.
Some of the most popular blogging platforms are:
Keep in mind that no one platform is best for everyone. Don’t take anyone’s advice on this one. Rather, set up a “practice” account on several platforms. Play around with them a bit, and see what system works best for you.
6. Set up a blog
When you decide on the platform which is best for you, then you are ready to set up your real blog. At which point you will already be familiar with the “how-tos” concerning setting up your blog on your chosen platform.
For the most part, platforms for bloggers make it super easy and quick to set up.
That said, after the it is created, take the time to go over each page (home, about, contact, and whatever other pages you have) and double check the basics. That means, spelling, grammar, style, SEO, and more.
The last thing you want to do is rush and end up with a poorly built blog. The platform will do its part to make your blog look as awesome as possible, all you need to do is co-operate and put forth some effort.
7. Start writing
Finally, it is time to start writing. A professional blogger may write anywhere from one post every three to five days to posting daily.
The regularity of your blog posts does matter, which you should have already addressed in your content strategy and/or business plan. You should have a good idea of how often you are going to write before you ever type out your first post and hit the publish button.
There is no right amount of blog posts to make. Only you can determine that number. But, once you start blogging, you need to be consistent.
Not only does writing regularly about your niche let your readers know you are walking the walk, but it also draws Google bots and other search engine trawlers to your site (and in turn, gives you better ranking on Google, Bing, and other search engines).
Is Pro Blogging Right for You?
So, is this profession right for you? Fortunately, only you can be the judge of that verdict.
If you have a strong desire to succeed, an internet connection, a tablet, phone, or even better, a laptop or computer, there is great potential for you to earn a full-time living writing from home as a pro blogger.
Thanks for reading, and good luck at making big money! You can do-it, if you try.