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Blogging for Money
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A FULL-TIME BLOGGER?
I’m a full time blogger. Essentially, this means that my blog is my business; I work on it full time as with any other job (probably twice as much); and I make an income that allows me to do so.
Is it actually possible to make a full time income from a blog?
Yes, it is possible.
However, first lets consider your definition of a full time income.
HOW MUCH IS A FULL TIME INCOME FROM BLOGGING?
A blogger’s definition of “full time income” is variable. For example:
- As a digital nomad, I live in places such as Thailand and Mexico where the cost of living is low and the quality of life is good. Because I don’t need much money every month ($1000) my full time income could be the equivalent of $12,000 a year net – enough to sustain my lifestyle.
- However, when I’m living in Los Angeles, the cost of living is more expensive so I would have to make a much higher income in order to have the same type of lifestyle I enjoy abroad. Here, my monthly payment for rent and bills alone is what I spend in one entire month on all my expenses in Southeast Asia. If I’m spending $2500 per month in LA this means I would have to make $30,000 a year net to have a full time income.
- Likewise, if I was living in London or New York you could probably double those expenses and consequently double my necessary net
EASY MONEY, RIGHT?
Wrong. There’s a reason why some people make a full-time income when blogging for money. That’s because it is a full-time job.
Most people don’t see what’s on the back end of those articles they read on our blogs. One product review could have taken a full day to create, even weeks. I know I’ve spent weeks creating just one of my packing lists and seven hours non-stop creating another.
If you want to make money online you have to be prepared to work hard and treat your blog as a business. Even if it starts as a hobby, when you are ready to take your blog to the next level you have to change your perspective and be ready to play all the instruments in a one man band.
BLOGGING IS A ONE (WO)MAN CORPORATION
I remember when I was an employee in a corporate office I felt like I wore several “hats” and had to take on the responsibilities of two people.
As a blogger, you not only have to wear all the “hats” in the office but you also have to take on ALL the responsibilities – at least in the beginning.
You are the boss, the manager, and all the employees including but not limited to:
- Press Representative
- Marketing Manager
- Social Media Manager
- Graphic Designer
- Web Developer
- Blog Maintenance
It’s hard enough holding down one of these job titles but all of them?
To be a successful blogger you have to put in time and hard work. You have to learn everything there is to know about the above positions as they pertain to running your blog – your business.
When I started my site I spent the first 3 months working approximately 6 days a week, 20 hours a day, and was on little to no sleep.
No, this was not at all healthy and I suffered the consequences of this blogging addiction later on. But I was in love!
At the time, I didn’t realize that I would one day be blogging for money and that Travel Fashion Girl would evolve into my business. I loved working on my site and I wanted to make something special. However, it was anything but easy:
- I struggled though frustrations learning the technical aspects of blogging – the back end – WordPress.
- I delayed the launch of my site for one year because I couldn’t figure out how to format themes on a self hosted WordPress site.
- I spent endless hours learning social media and techniques to help me grow my blog.
- I wasted days or months avoiding articles because I didn’t want to edit them.
- I hoarded posts just because I didn’t have the right images and didn’t know how to make them pretty without the right computer programs.
- I took amateur photos and felt lost without the help of a professional photographer.
- Even though my background is in marketing, I didn’t think to use my skills on my own blog and failed to create a professional media kit or about me page.
- I wasted too much time confused about Google, Search Engines, and how they truly impacted me.
- I got SEO completely right in the technical sense but so wrong with its purpose.
- It took me days to create one post that now might take me thirty minutes.
Ultimately, I made tasks more difficult than I had to just because I didn’t know any better. One post used to take me a full day to format on WordPress, not counting actually writing it. Now, I can format a post in 30 minutes and sometimes write it in ten.
It took me a year and a half to finally look at my site as a business and efficiently begin blogging for money. I worked through the growing pains as a newbie blogger, learned costly lessons, and wasted so much time and money on rookie mistakes.
I paid my dues and learned so much. Now I’m almost in my fourth year and everything is second nature. If I hadn’t gone through trial and error I wouldn’t have known how to take my blog to the next level.
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