Being your own boss, while making a living by doing something you love and are good at, is the dream for many of us. As a writer, you may already have your own blog, somewhere for you to release some mental pressure by getting your thoughts and feelings down whether others are going to read them or not. If you’ve managed to already gather a healthy following, becoming a dedicated and professional blogger might not be that difficult a task. But it’s still not just a pipedream if you’ve got minimal pairs of eyes visiting your site.
Here are some steps you can take towards becoming a full-time, professional blogger.
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SEO And Adapting Your Blog
Whilst it’s important to have your own voice for your blog, sadly it won’t always hit the right notes for search engines and can be overshadowed by the tens of thousands of other blogs that are written every day. Even if your writing is world-class and incredibly poignant, without using the correct keywords or catchy titles, you’re going to be wasting a lot of time and energy. First, find ways to effectively change up your blog-writing style to reach a wider audience. Find online guidance and even do your research into other successful blogs to gather some useful tips. Remember, search engine optimization is key to getting more readers. The better your SEO, the more your blog will appear in searches and get shared.
Once you’re all set with your blog, it’s worth investing some time and money into perfecting your design. Without an eye-catching website, you’re going to be missing out on retaining readers. The better your blog looks, the more people you’re going to attract and keep the attention of. Doing the designing yourself can be fun but it can also be incredibly time-consuming. You’ll eventually have to even figure out basic coding languages to truly make your site the best it can be. Consider hiring a web design agency. They can beautify and streamline your site and if you’re struggling, also tackle the SEO of your blog, making use of their high-quality research and experience in online marketing.
Freelance writing is going to be the ideal way for you to start getting some profits. Begin pitching and approaching anyone you feel comfortable writing for. All businesses have some level of need for good quality written content and you’re the person that can deliver it. Share some of your best or relevant work with these businesses to see what you can offer and concisely explain why they can benefit from your help. If you want to add to your already healthy readership, you may even want to start approaching other blogs and websites to write guest pieces, driving more readers your way.
Eventually, with a bit of luck and hard work, you’ll be able to join some affiliate programs, earning regular income by linking to certain products. You’ll basically be advertising for specific businesses within your own blogs, directing your audience towards those companies. You can even hire expert content writers to supply you with more blog posts to increase your number of affiliate pieces.