Do you have what it takes to become a freelance blogger?

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Blog Engage Blog Forum and Blogging Community, Free Blog Submissions and Blog Traffic, Blog Directory, Article Submissions, Blog TrafficLast 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.

So, if you haven’t yet tapped into this income source, you might want to really consider it and start making plans.

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?

About Linda Hewett

Linda is a writer, blogger and confidence coach.
Her blog is Positive Spin – Helping You Face Life Full On without Fear – And Feel Great About It!

In her blog, Linda looks for the ‘positive spin’ in our daily lives and encourages you to look for the ‘small stuff’ that’s easy to miss, or even dismiss.She believes that confidence comes in many disguises. All you have to do is…look.
You can follow her on Twitter @LindaMHewett

Comments

  1. Hey Kiesha, thanks a lot for sharing your experiences with us. I agree with your words completely, most of us don’t really try to make our abilities work to the fullest.However, some never loose hope and try again and again and then finally succeed like you. Great share!!!

    • Kiesha Easley says:

      Hi there!
      Thanks for stopping by! I’m always happy to share my experiences. You’re on to something when you talking about trying again and again – never give up is my motto :)

  2. Thanks Kiesha. I write an awful lot, but I’m still looking for those *high paying* on-line gigs. Thanks for the pointers.

    • Kiesha Easley says:

      Hi Allan,
      Don’t forget to look to your local counterparts – I’ve learned that there are a lot of people right in our own backyards who are desperately in need of help and willing to pay for it. Try exchanging some cards at a local networking event for business owners.

  3. So this is basically like a guest posting that pays, or whatsoever. You can even find writing projects on freelancing websites and get paid a good deal.

    • Kiesha Easley says:

      Hi Mayur,
      Yes, it’s like that, accept that you’re not a guest, but a paid employee. You could also ghost write for bloggers – that means you give them all rights to the article – they get to add their byline, when they pay you for it.

  4. Hey Kiesha,

    I think this is a great resource! I’ve been trying to look up on some good reads on freelancing. I’ve checked out his website there too. Would definitely consider his book.

  5. Its almost funny to think that in the beginning I pretty much have the same thoughts as you did. Those checks never came and “PayPal” was empty. Fortunately, that is no longer the case today. Point is, you need perseverance and determination to get in going and unfortunately it is not for everyone.

    • Kiesha Easley says:

      Hi DiTesco,
      Yeah, you’re right that it’s not for everyone – in fact, sometimes people look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them what I do. They just can’t seem to grasp the idea of blogging and getting paid for it. I’ve seen bloggers come and go and you’re right – perseverance and determination is key.

  6. I think I have what it takes. I have more than what it takes. But the main problem with me is that I am a college student and a bit unorganized. I am working these days to better organize myself and my time. After this,(hopefully in new year), I will start freelance blogging.

    • Kiesha Easley says:

      Hi Ishan,
      I can totally understand your predicament. Honestly, I’d say continue to focus on your education – once you’re finished you can do what you want and you’ll be more educated and have even more to offer. Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll find your way to get organized – just remember that one person’s method of organization is not the same as another’s. I know people whose desks are a complete unorganized mess, yet they can find everything they need and are quite productive.

  7. Nice and honest article Kiesha. I enjoyed it. And as you said people think it is easy to make money from Adsense, however this is simply not truth.

    As you mentioned there could be many other earning money opportunity out there. Apart from blogging for others, reviewing the products pay off as well. Some people charge really big money for this service.

    • Kiesha Easley says:

      Hi Adam,
      Yes reviewing products is an excellent way. Writing sponsored reviews is a great way to earn some extra money – but I also like the fact that I get to keep the content for my own blog. It’s a win/win situation.

  8. Hei Keisha ,
    Writing can make you money outside blogging too.
    If you write a lot and have great ideas then you can republish your work on some website which pay you money to do so. That way you can sell your super articles, then change them to be somewhat unique and republished them on helium or bukisa to earn some passive income. (may not be soo ethical but it brings money).

    I don’t like to write so although I read that guide it wont help me much. But thank you for sharing your knowledge with others!

  9. I am still trying to find my real way to make money from blogging — whether it become freelancer or others.

  10. Thanks, Kiesha, for an informative and thought provoking article. I started blogging several months back in order to “hone” my writing, a life long passion, with the intent of trying to use it to generate income.

    The problem has been not knowing the next step … especially wanting to avoid the “sounds too good to be true” sites. So your article has given me something to think about – realistically.

    • Kiesha Easley says:

      Hi Peppy,
      Yeah, when I first started blogging those “get rich” offers were so tempting – I’m glad I didn’t fall for any of them. Now that I’ve been blogging for almost two years, I see that majority of those unethical methods just wouldn’t work for me – I’m not a die hard salesman – I value people far too much for that.

  11. Kiesha Easley says:

    Hi Rahul,
    Thanks for stopping by! As usual, I’m always glad to help. If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it works out for you.

  12. Hi Kiesha

    I love writing. However so busy with getting my own blog out there at the moment have only thought briefly about making money writing.

    Once my blog is running smmothly (I’ve just added an Etsy store and product reviews) I will definitely look at this book and the ways to monetize doing something I love. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Great post Kiesha.

    Patricia Perth Australia

  13. Hey Kiesha,

    Freelance writing is definitely an idea worth considering. It seems that there’s a lot of earning potential in it. Unfortunately writing and writing takes (or at least it will take me) tons of time, which I just can’t afford spending. My schedule is pretty tight and at the moment I can’t see it widening. Will try to do my best with blogging for now. Might take your approach for a ride in the future though. Thanks for sharing the idea! :)

  14. In my blog’s niche, adsense is a fix lazy money for me, since i do not to write a lot, and as long as the traffic comes, adsense works well.

    However i am trying with amazon at the moment, and we will see how it works.

    Thanks for sharing Kiesha!

  15. Kiesha, thanks for the review of my ebook. I’m glad people found it interesting.

    If anyone has an other questions about freelance blogging I’m happy to answer them here, or you can reach me via the contact page on my blog.

  16. Interesting post, thank you!

  17. Hi Kiesha! Great post! Thanks! This definitely gives an inspiration to newbie bloggers like me to keep on blogging. At the end of the rainbow there is a pot of gold :-)

  18. For some of us who are fond of writing, your tips are very helpful. I can now determine if I have the right skills and attitude to be a blogger. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us that can help us so much in doing the right thing.

  19. Keisha I wanted to thank you for this wonderful post. I have learned that writing blogs is one of the trendiest array to express ourselves through writing. Yet I’m quite clueless on how to make a good start. You just gave me an idea. Thanks a lot!

  20. Loungewear says:

    Writing can be stressing sometimes, especially when your ides are scattered. i am thankful I was able to bump on your blog while looking for some tips to start writing. Thank you!

  21. Your post had been helpful in giving me an idea about freelancing. I am considering buying that book by Paul Cunningham to learn more about freelance blogging. I think it would be a good past time while earning too. However, I’m quite not particular on how everything works. Hopefully, I’ll be learning more. Thank you Keisha!

  22. Great post. I only seriously started about freelancing this morning – been blogging since July last year. Never actually considered it seriously as a money making avenue though – until this morning when I realised I want to be doing what I love which is writing, rather than moving form one job to another that I am not happy in. I’m going to delve more into the links you provided and your other posts. THANK YOU!

  23. it’s not easy to get success as a freelance blogger, you need to to get a lot of failure before can make your blog living come true.

    Thank you for nice post, Kiesha.

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