Is blogging a real job?
Yes. Period. But to expand on it in more detail, here’s why blogging is a real job:
Blogging is a real job because it is a legitimate source of income. Blogging is more fulfilling than a traditional job, you develop true relationships, but also you have more flexibility as you are in control of everything.
Why blogging is a real job?
In this part, I’ll expand on what I said in a nutshell above. Here is my explanation of how blogging is a real job…
Firstly, as I already mentioned, blogging is a real legitimate source of income. You can generate income in various ways. The most common way of generating income from blogging is through ad revenue, affiliate marketing, sponsored content, your own digital products, and more.
As you gain traction and an audience grows, so does the potential for earning money through blogging. The amount of money you can make depends on the size and engagement of your following as well as how hard you work to grow your blog.
Secondly, blogging is a real job because it can offer more flexibility than a traditional job. You are the one in control of your own content and schedule, and you can work on the topics that interest you and when it works for you best.
You can work anywhere in the world as long as you have an access to the Internet. You can also take days off if you need to, or travel and still keep blogging without any problems.
This makes blogging an attractive option for those looking to work remotely or on their own terms.
Finally, blogging can be (and usually is) more fulfilling than a traditional job because when you are passionate about the topics you love and cover, you have an audience that is engaged with your content, and the sense of accomplishment can be greater than any salaried job.
Additionally, you can develop true relationships with your readers and make a real impact on their lives.
Blogging is so much more…
Blogging is more than just a side hustle or an opportunity to have a better job. Blogging is better than a traditional job, especially if you are chronically ill, or you have a partner who has a chronic condition.
Imagine being able to work from the comfort of your home. This can be especially beneficial for those living with chronic illnesses, as it eliminates the need for commuting or having to take time off for medical appointments.
You can work from the comfort of your own home, and adjust your workload as needed – and that is something traditional jobs can’t provide.
And if flare-ups of symptoms and pain occur, and you are unable to focus and physical function, you can take a break and rest. You can also work at your own pace, for as long or as short a time as you feel like it.
At the end of the day, blogging is a real job, that can provide better opportunities, more flexibility, and fulfillment than a traditional job. It can be an amazing way to make a living while still having the freedom to take care of yourself do the things you love, and spend your precious time with the people you care for and love.
You can live a beautiful life!
You can start a blog and have a beautiful life, filled with joy, learning experiences, and meaningful relationships.
If blogging can be the job of your dreams, why everyone works their traditional jobs?
The answer is, of course, that blogging is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and consistency to grow your blog into something that can bring a steady income.
Blogging is a fabulous career, but it’s definitely not for everybody, and it’s not nearly as easy as it may seem. It takes a lot of patience, dedication, consistency, and hard work. But if you are willing to put in the effort, blogging can be a great job that can give you financial freedom and so much better quality of life.
So go ahead and take the plunge! Start your blogging journey today!
Wait, thanks for encouraging me, but how? How can I start a blog if I know nothing about it, and you just told me that it requires a lot of effort?
Well, let me tell you how…
8 steps to start a successful blog.
Anyone can start a blog, that part is easy. All it is going to cost you is as little as a cup of coffee worth per month. So yes, starting a blog is not rocket science. To grow it, however, is another story.
- To succeed as a blogger, you will need to learn about keyword research, search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, and much more.
- You will also need to create content on a regular basis, be active on social media, and interact with your audience to build relationships.
- Only then, you can start monetizing your blog, once you have built an engaged audience and understand how to create valuable content.
It may sound so alien to you at the moment, but rest assured, I will guide you through it step by step.
To start a blog that will have a chance of succeeding, you need to accomplish the following steps:
- Choose your niche.
- Pick a domain name.
- Get hosting.
- Install WordPress.
- Design your blog.
- Write valuable content.
- Build backlinks.
- Monetize your blog.
1. Choose your niche.
The first thing you need to do is decide on the topic of your blog.
Bare in mind that you cannot simply choose to write about what you have a passion for, and what you feel most comfortable talking about because passion will take you only so far. Passion doesn’t bring money. I am passionate about many things, including ancient civilizations, medieval battles, and castles, but it doesn’t mean I am going to make money from it.
Sure, I could write 100 blog posts and put ads all over them, but that will not bring me a real life-changing income. Sure, it will help me earn some savings, but it’s not going to be enough to pay bills and have a decent livelihood.
When choosing a niche, think of more broad terms. You are going to have a few categories which you will narrow down later on when you begin to notice what topics appeal more to your audience.
This is when picking your domain name plays a big role. Let’s talk about it…
2. Pick a domain name.
Once you’ve chosen your niche, it’s time to pick the perfect domain name for your blog. This will be the main URL people will type into their web browsers when they want to visit your site. Think of my domain name – www.przemobania.com
What do you see?
My name, right? Right! This is very important. Not only because your name is unique and most likely this domain name is free to use, but also because when you use your own name as your domain name, it becomes your personal brand nobody can hack!
By using your name, you allow your blog to pivot in any direction, anytime you want throughout your entire blogging journey.
Imagine having a domain name that narrows you to a small niche such as www.fishinghooks.com, you can only write about fishing hooks. What if you run out of ideas, or worse – you have a small amount of audience?
You are stuck, my friend.
On the other hand, when choosing your own name as a domain name, you can pivot your blog in any direction, you are not tied up to a particular niche, you can change it. You should always aim to write what your target audience is looking for.
3. Get hosting.
Now that you have chosen a domain name, it’s time to find a hosting provider that fits your needs. This is the service that will host your blog and make it available on the web.
This part is easy.
You can start a blog without spending any money with free sites like Blogger, but in order to make money from it, you need to treat your blog like a business and that means paying as little as $2.75 – a cup of coffee worth a month.
You can use different platforms such as BlueHost or HostGator. Both of them offer great plans for a pretty low price, however, Bluehost is slightly pricier than HostGator. Bluehost shared plans go all the way up to $12.95/mo while HostGator goes only as low as $5.25/mo, making it a cheaper option overall.
Besides, I run multiple blogs with HostGator, and I have never complained. They have fantastic 24/7 chat support (similar to Facebook Messenger) through which HostGator’s team will solve any technical issue for you, no matter how small.
They are really friendly, extremely patient, and always helpful. With the lowest price of all hosting companies out there, HostGator is the best choice!
4. Install WordPress.
WordPress is a blogging platform that makes creating content for your website easy and simple. Most hosting providers offer one-click installations, so you can be up and running in no time!
There is not much to say about WordPress apart from it being the best and most used platform to create websites. It is free, it has thousands of themes and plugins to choose from, and you can customize it as much as you want.
Once you are done with the installation, you can start adding content to your website right away. You can also add plugins and themes to give your blog a unique look and feel.
Finally, you can start blogging!
Before you do, you need to design your blog. Blogging is a real job but it requires designing pages that are vital to your blog’s correct function. Let’s discuss how to design your blog…
5. Design your blog.
After installing WordPress, it’s time to design the look of your blog. You can use themes or templates to give it a unique style and make sure it stands out from the crowd.
The look is important, but don’t obsess about it! From the design point of view, you shouldn’t worry about the look of it for the first few months.
There are two reasons for it:
- Before you get people to visit your blog at all, it is going to take you at least 6 months, but it usually takes longer – 8 months to a year to see real readers. Don’t get excited if you see a few visits, these will be mostly Google bots testing your website.
- As well as many bloggers, I got caught in an endless process of redesigning my blog because I wasn’t happy. I wasted four months of my time doing that, instead of writing content. You see, the design doesn’t bring people to your blog, the content does it!
Now, you need to create a few important pages before you start writing blog posts.
Once you have all the essential pages, you set up your Blog page and can start writing blog posts.
6. Write valuable content.
Now comes the most important part of any successful blog – writing quality content that engages readers and helps them solve their problems or answer their questions. Focus on topics related to your niche and use keywords to help your content get discovered by search engines.
You need to focus on writing two kinds of blog posts – informational and transactional. The first, informational blog posts provide readers with helpful advice related to your niche, while the other, transactional posts are focused more on selling products and services.
You need to write for both – SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and for your readers. This means researching topics, finding the best keywords to use, and writing interesting content that’s easy to read.
If you can stick to a regular publishing schedule, it’ll help your blog rank higher in search results and keep your readers engaged.
The more you write the better because, as you remember, for a single blog post to start ranking in search engines, it is going to take an average of 8 months. So, the sooner you write the better, plus, the more you write the better.
Remember though, don’t write fluff for the sake of writing a lot. You need to produce helpful blog posts that solve your reader’s problems.
You may think that writing a lot and fast is impossible, but I disagree. I used to write slowly, as slow as 1 blog post a week. But then I discovered Jasper – the best writing tool based on AI that helped me lift my writing skills, and now I write one, sometimes two blog posts daily. That’s, on average, 45 blog posts a month!
Remember, your name is your brand, which means that you can pivot your blog in the direction where your readers are, meaning, pay attention to your most visited blog posts, and write more articles in that particular category.
7. Build backlinks.
Once you have written at least 50 to 60 blog posts in your first two or three months since starting, it’s time to start promoting your blog. But not the way you think…
Most bloggers fail not seeing any results. They fail because they expect quick results and quick money. They share their content on social media and engage with other bloggers in communities, but they fail to treat it like a real business.
They seek instant gratification, likes, and approval from others. They fail because they waste their time on social media instead of the growth of their blogs. Social media likes are short-lived. You need to focus on building real friendships – just like a real business does.
Yes, you should use SEO best practices to help your blog gain more visibility in the search engines because they will bring you natural, organic, constant traffic, which, unlike social media, you don’t have to endlessly promote.
Don’t waste your time on social media. Build backlinks!
Adam Enfroy puts it very well: “backlinks are the currency of the Internet”. The more backlinks you have, the better your blog will rank in the search results. Backlinks are like votes of confidence in your blog.
Backlinks from other websites to your blog are like a stamp of approval. Search engines will use backlinks to measure your blog’s credibility and trustworthiness, which can help you rank higher in the search results.
To build backlinks, reach out to other bloggers and influencers in your niche. Ask them if they wouldn’t mind, including a link to your blog in their content or on social media.
You can also guest post for other blogs in your niche and include a link to your blog in the author bio.
Blogging can definitely be a real job – you just have to treat it like one. Writing quality content, building relationships with other bloggers and influencers in your niche, and building backlinks can all help you grow your blog and make money from it later on.
Don’t expect overnight success, monetization comes last!
8. Monetize it.
Congratulations, you’re now ready for the last step – monetizing your blog.
You can start by adding ads to your informational blog posts, and then move on to adding affiliate links to your transactional blog posts.
Affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, or online services are great for monetizing your blog. When you reach a certain amount of monthly page views and followers, you can start charging for sponsored posts or other services.
But you can also make a lot of money creating your own digital products such as printables and eBooks. Both are zero to low-cost investments and have the potential to give you a great return on your investment.
As you can see, blogging is a real job. It just requires a lot of effort from you to make it successful. But if you’re willing to put in the work and stay consistent, it can be much better than a traditional job and give you the freedom to do what you love.
When done right, blogging can definitely be a better job than a traditional 9-5. You can work from anywhere, have more flexibility and freedom over your time, and most importantly, you can make a living doing something you love.
But like any real job, blogging requires hard work and dedication. You must be consistent with your content creation, follow SEO best practices, build relationships with your readers and other bloggers in your niche, and focus on building backlinks.
Finally, you can monetize your blog once you’ve reached a certain level of success. So if you’re ready to take blogging seriously, treat it like a real job and watch the rewards come in.
So, why not give it a try? You never know where it might take you!
Przemo Bania is a blogger and writer who helps people get out of their traditional jobs to start a blogging career. Przemo also runs a health blog advocating for endometriosis and fibromyalgia…