My daily commute, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, isn’t all that difficult. All I have to do is get myself out of bed, freshen up, and sit down at my desk to be at work. From there, the bulk of my day is made up of writing about various subjects which are close to my heart, liaising with affiliates now and then, and generally having a great time while I earn! Despite what you may think, your dream of getting paid to blog isn’t outside of your reach. Here are a few helpful pointers for making money as a blogger.
Find a Topic You’re Passionate About
This may sound obvious, but far too many people get into blogging, and end up writing day in, day out about a subject that they really don’t care that much about. Sure, you might be able to make a living doing this. However, if you stick with it you’ll be cheating yourself out of a job that you actually look forward to doing! When you’re looking to start a blog, don’t just choose a subject because you think it’s going to be profitable. Choose something that you have a genuine passion for. This will make it so much easier to knuckle down and write as much as you’ll need to in order to turn a healthy profit.
Network with Other, More Established Bloggers
As you can imagine, there are a lot of perks to shedding your day job and going full-time as a blogger. That easy commute I mentioned in my intro, and the sheer freedom that comes with not having a boss to answer to, makes for one of the most liberating experiences anyone can have! Having said that, the life of a blogger can be a little isolating at times. You can get around this by reaching out to some other bloggers, with a view to sharing content, cross-promoting and so on. One great way to connect with more established bloggers, make some money, and get your name out there all at the same time, is to pitch some guest posts to more widely-read blogs. You can get paid to blog articles from Guest Post Tracker and various other platforms. The blogs will get some quick content, and you’ll get money and exposure. Just make sure you’re not neglecting your own projects for guest posts though!
Learn Photography and Social Media
If you’re interested in being a truly independent blogger, it’s a good idea to learn something about photography and social media. Blogging has become increasingly visual over the past decade or so, mainly due to the feverish development of smartphone cameras and image-based social networks like Flickr and Instagram. Furthermore, social media platforms, whatever name they go by, have become one of the most powerful tools available for driving traffic to any website, whether it’s a blog, e-commerce store, or anything else. You don’t have to be world-class, but it’s certainly worth learning something about the modern standards of photography, basic editing, and good social media practice.