Where to start when blogging for a living

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Yesterday I announced I wanted to start blogging for a living. As soon as I published the article I found myself wondering what steps I would need to take to have a realistic look at what I need to successfully accomplish this.

Some could say I asked myself a general question such as where I should start if I want to make a living from online blogging. So many things go through my head when this question is being raised. I thought I would post these main concerns below and approach them as we move forward.

Blog Traffic

For me this is one of the largest concerns when making a living from blogging online. I’ll be the first to admit that blogging without traffic will not bring you money. What happens is traffic eventually converts into sales. This can be from ads linking to third party products, affiliates or Google ads.

Realistically if I want to earn a living from online I have to find a way to increase my traffic by a minimum of 300 percent. Right now from all of my websites I’m averaging 600 USD a month income. The majority of this income is coming from blogengage a social community I own from bloggers.

What I have to do is find out how I can increase my traffic and I think by blogging everyday and meeting new people this could be a positive start. Right now my goal is to increase my online presence and increase the overall traffic being sent to my websites.

Money

Where is my money going to come from. Will I start looking at other options when is comes to generating an online income? I will admit this is the hardest part to making money online. Finding offers that convert into cash has proven difficult for me in the past. Especially when it’s been here on my personal blog.

I have tons of programs to use this is not the issue. My main concern in converting these programs into sales. Making money with blogging is extremely tough. You have to have some sort of product or service to offer your visitors. It’s very rare bloggers create a enough income from search engine traffic and Google ads. My plan is to find new and exciting programs to share with my readers.

Content

I’ve also contemplated how I was going to create all new fresh and original content on my blog. Even more important information that is beneficial to my readers. I’ll safely assume the majority of my readers are going to be bloggers seeing I will be marketing in blog communities.

The majority of my content will be related to my blogging experiences over the past three years and to date. I will share my failures and success over the past three years. I will also blog about making money opportunities that I wish to share with my readers.

Consistency

I have struggled in the past with being consistent on both the blog engage community blog and here on my personal blog. One of my main goals is to provide consistency with my blogging. I plan on writing Monday to Friday here on my blog. By far this will be the most valuable key to my online blogging success. In terms of building relationships this is what brings my readers here and that’s my daily written content.

Debt and Cost of Living

Perhaps this should had been on the top of the list but none the less here it is. The sad reality is my cost of living out weighs my online income substantially. From the cost of living, food, etc to car and OSAP payments I find myself rather living from paycheck to paycheck. There’s no way at this current stage in my life I could ever quite my day job to start blogging for a living.

Feedback and Discussions

Do currently blog for a living? If so how often do you blog on your blog? Do you generate the majority of income from affiliate or is it from google Ads? What’s your thoughts on my current to do list? have I missed some vital ingredients to successful blogging?

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  1. Kharim says:

    Blogging for a living can be great, because you can be in the comfort of your home and earning money.

    The thing is starting out you have to put in a lot of work. Build up lots of traffic to your blog. If you have a job and then start to earn money from your blog, wait until you start to make double or even triple times what your job pays you before you leave that job.

    • bbrian017 says:

      I don’t know if I will ever get to the point where I’m making 2 or three times I make in my career. That would be a lot of money but if I can make it to the point where I’m making the same or a little more I would be very happy.

      If I was blogging full time I don’t know if I would always blog from home. I would like to visit other places like cafes and library’s etc… I think that would be fun.
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  2. I think if one focuses to much on the money we loose site of whats important.
    Not what is important to you, but what is important to your blog. My personal though is that if you want it to success, and ultimately want to make money from it the the focus has to be building the blog rather than making money.

    Yes I know that money and food on the table is a big issue, and that can so eaily take over out thought patterns.

    Here is a thought, A person who wants to be aprofessional athlete and earn a living from it. Does not focus on the prize money and sponsorships first. He focuses on training and becomming professional and good at what he does.

    THen once he has achieved that level of skill and professionalism, then money seems to come naturally.
    Robert Bravery recently posted…A new advertising strategy that will also increase your blog trafficMy Profile

    • bbrian017 says:

      Robert what a superb piece of advice. I would have to agree with you 100%. I’ve been practicing blogging now for almost two years on and off. I know it’s now my time to start pushing forward and moving on to bigger and better things.

      Thanks for the great advice and analogy. What a great and informative comment. Thanks again for stopping by.
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  3. A. Tatum Jr says:

    I think you have the understanding so now its all about the plan. Having a great product is key and with the Blogengage RSS you have something going. I think also finding a way to get your name out locally (newspaper/tv) can even further your on-line agenda. Robert made some great points. Its all about the training. If you focus on the goal and not the cash it will all come together.
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    • bbrian017 says:

      Hello Tatum, I agree the RSS Service at blog engage is the key to my success. I have been growing the business and have also been building other websites to add to our RSS Service network. I think if I keep building on the networks and increasing the value of the service business will remain good and stead.

      I have considered advertising locally but I’m not sure how to approach it really. What will my prospects be and how to I actually reach them without wasting too much money. Local advertising is something I have to look into with more detail and care.
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  4. kira permunian says:

    These are complete tips here. At present, I am still working out for some of these aspects in blogging like:

    Blog Traffic – Yes, I have a couple of traffic in my blog and I am glad even if I really don’t work hard for it. I just did a SEO enhancement of my site and then be it.

    Money – Actually, my second reason why I blog is money but till now I just earn a bit of it. I admired those who have earn a LOT! How’d you do it? I am still working with this second to my work as a primary source of income. Anyway I am still on my way, and if I’ll get to have a thorough focus in blogging, then why not.

    Content – I am not updating my content consistently. And I need to do some experimentations and investigations before posting a blog post. Time will come I’ll be really consistent. I think that’s coming up very soon.

    Anyway, thanks Brian! You brighten up my mind!
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    • bbrian017 says:

      Hi Kira, everything you speak about will come in time. Optimizing your website for the search engines was a great idea but you really have to focus on marketing and building more and more content.

      I suggest marketing and promoting using webmaster forums and trying to build a relationship with everyone that visiting your blog. Make sure to reply to their comments and engage with them.

      Money is hard to make when blogging and comes in time. it took me two years to start making the money I make today and I even have a service at blog engage that earns most if it.

      Yesterday Kristi made a comment on my article and I want to refer to it because I think it can make you think a little bit. This is what she said,

      “But if you look at these professional bloggers that are making their living through blogging, they do it through a variety of means, including launching their own products, running multiple sites, affiliate marketing, ads, Adsense, consulting, freelance writing & paid writing gigs, paid speaking at conferences, running membership sites, etc etc.”
      bbrian017 recently posted…7 Tips for Reaching Your GoalsMy Profile

  5. This is why I think teenagers, kids have the best shot at online entrepreneurial ship. They have 0 expenses in most cases, no income needed, no rent, no mortgage, no family to take care of, on their parents insurance. For teenage bloggers to bring in say 500-1000 per month after working hard after school/weekends on their sites is tremendous. For those of us with families, kids (which I don’t think you have yet), mortgages, car payments…etc You require so much more to take the “leap of faith” to start an entrepreneurial adventure. This is why I became a part time blogger, just blogging at night/weekends while kids are sleeping, something that didn’t require me to leave the house. You are right traffic = income if you monetize it, I made about $30 per month in AdSense from dragonblogger.com when it had 200 visits per day, now I make almost $150 per month from AdSense alone with over 1300-1500 visits per day so traffic = money when it comes to sales or passive monetization.

    So I applaud you for wanting to blog full time, but for me and my expenses I would need to make nearly 1/4 of a million per year from my blogging expenses for it to justify quitting my day job. I just don’t see this happening without me inventing or creating some sort of compelling product and you know what, I really am not fond of “selling” or pitching anything, I would rather just earn passive income and promote an occasional product or two that I like. I have never been a good salesman, trying to convince people to part with their hard earned money is just something I never enjoyed doing. But by doing reviews of products with a link to purchase it if they liked the review or if they think it is something they are interested in is not the same as a direct buy this sales push.
    Justin Germino recently posted…The Multiple Benefits of Incorporating Your Product Video ReviewsMy Profile

    • bbrian017 says:

      Hi Justin, you make some valid points here. As an adult it’s a lot harder to move away from a full time career earning money to an idea that may not generate any money at all. Your right teenagers have it made as bloggers. Living at home with mom and dad has it’s benefits and financially can make blogging for a living possible.

      This is why I am currently examining my expenses and income to determine when I can start blogging for a living and leave my career. I’ve already concluded I cannot possibly do this for another three years but in the means time I plan on working on increasing my online income and setting myself up for a successful blogging career.
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  6. Tia says:

    Hi Brian – Interesting as we’re talking about money this month at bizchickblogs.

    This is a great primer for people who want to do it for a living. I have chosen not to, but it provides a great outlet for me. I do other things for a living but admire those who are successful at making blogging their primary source of income. It is NOT easy to do.

    Cheers,
    Tia
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  7. Chase Mann says:

    Excellent article to get one in the right frame of mind when starting a new blog as an income source. I’m actually in the process right now with a friend which will promote our individual blogs and also double as a vehicle to sell our individual services to the coffee industry.

    It really helps a lot to focus on a subject that you are passionate about too, because then the long hours don’t seem so long anymore.

    I think another good point is to see what pages/articles are the most popular on your blog via analytics and then create a product that can encompass those ideas and be of enough value to your audience that you can sell them an affordable product.

  8. Kristi says:

    I think that, depending on what you want to do, traffic is not as important as authority. I have done a lot more promotion of content I have done on other sites that haven’t resulted in my own site getting traffic.

    But at the same time, getting my name out there in this industry has resulted in getting a lot of financially rewarding opportunities.

    In reality, the reason I don’t get as much traffic is because I’m not writing every day. I did a SEO analysis of some of my top “competitors” in blogging, and the major difference between the ones that were getting a ton of traffic and mine was the posting frequency. So I bet once you get that under control, the traffic will come with it!
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    • bbrian017 says:

      Interesting points Kristi. I do plan on writing Monday to Friday so maybe if I’m lucky some of my recent visitors will start visiting me on a daily basis.

      Your right authority does help the success rate but what’s in a name really? I think over time things will work out. Hard work and commitment can go a long way and perhaps even build on my own personal authority.

      So interesting to know frequency was a determining factor to traffic. It seems people enjoy reading and writing lol.
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  9. Paul Salmon says:

    Money is one of those necessary evils that we all need to have to survive. The amount of money we need to survive with out blog is dependent on our situation.

    For example, as Justin mentioned, teenagers don’t need to make a lot a month to make a living online. I’m on the other end of the scale with a wife and family. At times, it seems my expenses are through the roof.

    As with any venture, it is important to set out goals, and create a budget to determine where you are, and where you would like to be. For me, if I made enough blogging I wouldn’t quit my job until I am 100% sure that I can support my current lifestyle. Perhaps my wife won’t have to work….perhaps.
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    • bbrian017 says:

      I agree Paul and the article I wrote yesterday actually touched base on the reality of expenses and how to over come your debt to blog for a living. Right now I’m in debt payment mode so I can start blogging as a career without a heavy debt load. I’ve already come to the conclusion that it will take two to three years for me to be able to blog for a living.

      It’s going to be a long road but I’m excited to see where it brings me.
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  10. element321 says:

    I do not blog for a living, I am way to busy with work, school and freelance stuff to blog for money. However, I do plan on moving from blogging for a hobby into a part-time job.

    I am currently blogging at least 3 times a week and Sundays for a link list when I have enough articles to do a list. I eventually plan to have regular posts and set a schedule for them once I can take my blogging to the next level.
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  11. Hesham says:

    Hey Brian, I think anyone can actually make living from blogging, although blogging itself is not going to make you money but let’s say internet marketing to be more clear about that!

    Yes, I do my living now from internet marketing through blogging, and I can say after working hard for one year I could make 100% from my income from the internet!

    Affiliate product is about 50% of my income, and the rest is from my Thesis Skins design website, I am actually doing good with that and I discovered that the best way is to sale your own product or services!

    I think you are on the right path since you started the feed service on BlogEngage as I consider that products and service are the best way to make stable income for people like us, so good luck with that!
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    • bbrian017 says:

      Hi Hesham, your right hard work can make you a living. That’s so amazing that your affiliate sales are up to 50% I really wish you would join affiliate lights and help me promote the blog engage RSS Service I know it has success potential especially when it’s pushed by a popular blogger such as yourself.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts it’s greatly appreciated. Hope to see you joining affiliate lights.

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  12. Ching Ya says:

    Hi Brian, I only found out about your decision to go full time blogging recently. Due to some health issue I had been away from PC for quite sometimes and only able to get back online at a limited time of a day. :-) Sorry for my delay but I read about your previous post ‘I want to blog for a living’ too, I know exactly how you feel especially there are too many concerns lying ahead. I have read all the comments on your previous post and this, all commenters had given valuable advices so guess I’ll just share with you my personal story.

    I quit my day job in 2009 to pursue my freelance career – the best decision I had ever made because it’s my goal to work from home. I’m lucky to have a supportive husband who’s willing to back me up no matter what. So although I earned much less when I first started, but we’re willing to wait, strive through, believing that good days will come eventually. But since I had more time which then I was able to make connections, did more blog setups and writing job, I was able to improve and surviving till today (a lot of time relying on prayers too! :) Now I was able to earn as much as my previous salary and feeling grateful about my decision back then. Yes, I did not rely on blogging alone either, as you can see I provide other services too. Just like what Kristi said, sometimes it’s good to capitalize your knowledge and what you have and make something happen. :-)

    If you are the main bread provider in the family, ‘Debt and Cost of Living’ is no doubt something to consider too. There may be an income range to reach but it’ll be good to discuss with your partner/family so to see if there’s something to work out financially while you’re planning for ‘fulltime’. At least prepare enough savings for at least 6 months before your big decision.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
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    • bbrian017 says:

      Hello Ching ya I have missed you as you have been very busy the last year working online. I remember when we first meet and a friendship was built immediately.

      I did not know you worked from home and had an online career. I thought you blogged for the hobby this is news to me. I appreciate all your positive feedback and suggestions. I know as I move forward the advice from my readers will be most important and I will listen.

      I have gotten a lot of positive feedback over the last 3 days and really look forward to what is ahead. I am also happy to hear you are feeling better. I didn’t even know this was an issue. I say a prayer for you to get well 100%
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  13. DiTesco says:

    Hi Brian. You are right about one thing and that is consistency. Blogging is an important vehicle to gain credibility and trust and with traffic all the better. I understand what you mean when you say you need more traffic, but sometimes it is not only that that will generate you more income. In my case, I found that consistency in everything I do is important. However, there are certain things that work well for one and unfortunately not for the other. You just have to find the right mix.

    For example, you will imagine that my top AdSense performer would be my main blog. Well, surprise, it isn’t and I have three other specific niches that drive less traffic but converts better on AdSense. On my main blog, I perform better selling ad spaces and sponsored reviews. Give or take, that represents about 30% of my income online.

    My other sources are affiliate marketing, and consulting services. I can’t say that I make my income fully online but if all goes well, soon that will be.

    Just a suggestion. Why don’t you sign up for BuySellAds. They are the best ad brokers I am currently working with and BE for example has the ingredients to sell some ads for at least $80 – $100 a spot. Take it for a test drive and if it does not work, move on. That’s how things work sometimes, until you find the “sweet spot” that works for you.
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    • bbrian017 says:

      Hi DiTesco, buyselads in my opinion is a waste of money for blog engage because I don’t have to look for ad buyers they e-mail me all the time and I don’t lose 25% of the cut. I think they are over priced and some competition for them would do good.

      I have used their service in the past and it worked so I guess that’s why they get to charge such a large cut into the profits. Regarding the sponsored review I was considering doing some of those and it seems to be working for many people.

      Thanks so much for the suggestions and positive feedback my friend!
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      • DiTesco says:

        Hi Brian. I agree with your opinion about BSA. They do get a big cut but I guess that is a price to pay for not having to worry about a lot of things :) Unfortunately, they still do not have a “real” competitor as I knwo of some that have the potential, but not quite there yet. They just have too many advertisers and that makes a difference.

        As for the reviews, it is really good. The key is the price you set ;-)
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  14. Aswani says:

    Hi Brian, I know it isn’t easy for anyone but still I must congratulate you for what you have achieved till date. As I have told you earlier also, Blogging is just a hobby for me and so, if I making any money or not, doesn’t really matter to me. I have a full time job here to support my living and other requirements. I have never ever thought of taking up this blogging as a full time profession as I know I really have to work hard to get the desired results and honestly, it isn’t really about the hard work, it is more about my belief where I think I should keep blogging as a part time hobby and try my best to make it more profitable, and really…I’ve been able to do so in recent times. I really do not see any problem here with my 9 to 5 job. Infact, it gives me inner satisfaction and more respect from those whom I have known from long.

    Anyways, there is nothing wrong with your – to do list. I find it very useful. Keep up the excellent work. I wish you all the best. Cheers !

  15. faissal alhaithami says:

    i love this article and it’s really helpful for me as a new blogger!
    wow so blog engage is your website! as you mentioned blog engage may i ask you if I want to submit the same feed for 10 times in business membership ^,^ can i ..?? and thanks for sharing you awesome information..

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