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Blogging as a JOB

Blogging as a JOB

I’ve been blogging for just a few months and have gotten lots of questions, from lots of people.  I thought it might be a good idea to take some time and answer those questions all in one place.  So, here we go…..

 

So, blogging, can that really be a business?  Like for real, you can make money from that?  (figured I might as well start there because that’s the biggest question I get)

YES, you can absolutely make money from blogging… and there are a few ways to do that.

  • You can make money as an affiliate through ads and links within your blog.  For instance, in my blog, if you were to click through a link or an ad to Amazon (wink…hint, hint) and you did some shopping there, I would get a commission.  You wouldn’t pay any extra, but I get a little something for housing their ads.  That’s actually a big one for new bloggers so that is a great way to support your friends who are new bloggers….wink!
  • You can also make money by selling products through your blog.  For example, I am a Young Living Distributor so I can make money by selling Essential Oils, etc items through my blog.  Or if I wanted to, I could sell online classes or printables, etc.  The possibilities are pretty endless.
  • You can make money and/or get free products by writing sponsored posts.  Basically, that means a company asks you to review their product or somehow incorporate it into a project you are doing on your blog.  This generally happens when you have an established following and companies can see that you have a wide audience.
  • Another way to make money as a blogger is to write for other blogs and charge for that service.  If you are a good writer, there are lots of writing opportunities that evolve from blogging.  It’s a great way to prove yourself in the literary community. Some bloggers write and sell ebooks as a way to make an income.  Some even go on to publish books.Becoming a blogger

 

 

 

Is it hard to be a blogger?  Does it take a lot of time?

As far as whether or not it’s hard, I can only answer for myself and say …YES, it’s VERY hard!  The part that is hardest for me is the technical computer part.  I have wanted to do a blog for years and have tried and quit twice because I couldn’t get past the setup.  It completely overwhelmed me.  This time, I paid someone to do that for me and moved on to the rest.  What a friggin’ relief!  Even with the set up done for me, there is so much to be learned to run a successful blog. I am still overwhelmed, but with things that my brain can handle.

Since I am sick and spend most of my time at home, I have a lot of time to devote to my blog.  So I do spend A LOT of time working on my blog.  On an average day, I work on it from the moment I wake up until I go to bed….no breaks.  Is that necessary?  Honestly, YES!  I really want my blog to be useful and to matter to the people who read it.  I also want it to be a successful business that contributes to our family income.  This is a whole new skill set for me.  And I battle brain fog with my illness, so things may take me a bit longer some days.   It’s like going back to college, but with no real syllabus or roadmap.

How do you learn to be a blogger?  Most people (myself included) who want to start a blog hit the internet looking for information.  If you search Google or Pinterest or YouTube for “How to Start a Blog”, you will find TONS of information.  I did exactly that and started reading and printing off information and organizing that information and signing up for every free webinar I could find (there are Zillions).  As a result, I learned some stuff BUT I had no idea how to apply it all and I was completely overwhelmed……and my blog never got off the ground.  I did this with tons of enthusiasm…twice.

Finally, I realized that I had to get REALLY serious if this was ever going to happen.  What I needed to do was INVEST in myself and my business.  So I figured out what the best courses were for me and I bought them and I took full advantage of every minute.  That was a huge turning point for me.  I started to meet other bloggers.  I had teachers I could ask my questions to.  I had a much stronger starting point.  I continue to invest in courses as I see them pop up and they appeal to me as being valuable to my business.  My degree is in Elementary Education, not Blogging.  I have so much to learn!!

Where do you see your blog going?   Great question.  At this point I am hoping my blog with grow and provide information about coping with chronic illness as well as provide simple ideas for cooking, crafting and decorating.  Eventually, I hope to share what I am learning about how to blog with people who want to learn, especially the chronically challenged community since it may give them a good option for a home-based business.  I grew up wanting to be a teacher so I guess I just hope to do some of that here in this unexpected way.

Well, I can’t think of any other questions I have been asked, but if you have some please drop them in the comments and I will happily answer them for you.  I’m here for you!!

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Simon in San Diego
    April 17, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Phenomenal post! Excellent delivery and chock full of content, as always!

    • Reply
      LeeAnn
      April 17, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks so much Simon. You deserve a big treat for all of those lovely compliments. 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura Willging
    April 20, 2018 at 2:30 am

    How would a newbie blogger find a legitimate entity or qualified person to help them initiate set up with the technical aspect of starting a blog. And, do they charge a one time set up fee or do they routinely take commission? I think I’d be stuck where you got stuck with the tech part. Thanks. Laura

    • Reply
      LeeAnn
      April 20, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Well, what I did was buy a blog “package” off of Etsy. That included working together on the design and then she set up everything you see here basically, plus a bunch of other little things. And as part of the package, she helped me with any tech issues I had for 3 months. I now pay someone a small fee to do little tech things if I can’t figure it out. There is tons of information on Pinterest and wonderful FB groups for support. I will be more than happy to help you in any way I can!!!!!

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