Last Friday, I posted a few blogging job board links for those who are serious about earning a living as a blogger.
There are infinite opportunities out there, but the reality, is that only a few bloggers actually make the money they were hoping to. Many have high hopes when they start out, but quickly lose steam when month after month, their PayPal accounts continue to remain empty.
The reason they don’t earn what they want to is not because they’re not a good blogger; not even because they don’t write well or aren’t networking enough – it’s because they haven’t recognized their full earning potential.
When I first started blogging, I thought that within a few months, I’d be cashing a huge Google Adsense check – I’m LOLing at my naivete! While I’ve cashed checks since then, they were nothing to quit my day job over. I also thought that affiliate commissions would put me in a new tax bracket – they didn’t.
The thing that actually made the difference, that actually brought in the kind of income that pays bills, was when I started freelance writing for other blogs and websites.
I got the idea when I realized how difficult is was to keep up with the demands of writing content every day. I figured that I couldn’t be the only blogger with that problem.
So I decided to tell people about my services and before I knew it, I couldn’t keep up with requests. So much so, that I had to raise my prices to make up for the requests I had to miss out on in order to maintain quality. I didn’t realize until then, just how many people actually hate writing. Finally… the English degree was paying off.
That’s when I realized the full potential of what my blog could help me do. Rather than worry about how many pennies I could earn from clicks in a day, I started focusing on how I could use my blog to showcase my writing ability and to show how blogging and building a web presence can strengthen a business.
Back when I started doing this, there weren’t any helpful guides to follow, but now there’s How to Become a Successful Freelance Blogger by Paul Cunningham. It’s the Blogging Teacher‘s latest ebook. If you want to ensure you have what it takes to become a freelance blogger, you might want to check it out.
He offers practical tips that anyone can follow to get started. He even offers financial tips that I wish I had followed when I first started, as well as where to look for new gigs, and how to handle clients professionally. He also shows you how you can make up for lack of expertise when writing on a particular topic with research.
It’s a great road map to follow as you place yourself in a position to start making the money you thought you would when you first started blogging.
Of course, it’s not for everyone – but for those of you who really want to see how far this blogging thing can really take you, it might be worth the try.
So what efforts have you taken to take blogging to a professional level? Are you letting what your friends and family members think about blogging keep you from devoting some real thought and action to the matter? Do you think you have what it takes to be a freelance blogger?