How To Become A Professional Blogger – An Introduction
Today weblogs have transformed completely from what they were a decade back. Thousand of new blogs sprout everyday on diversity topics of which, some are created by hobbyists, some are company blogs to promote their businesses and some are professional blogs dedicated to a particular niche, made solely for the purpose of making money out of it. Professional blogging is an art as well as science. Many aspiring bloggers who want to take it as a profession, struggle to make their presence felt in the blogosphere in the beginning. If we closely follow the top bloggers, we will find some common exercises inherent in them, which helps them in becoming an influencing blogger. Let us see what is taking to become a professional blogger. Before you start your blogging ventures, you must ask a few basic questions to yourself.
- Am I a writer?
- Can I devote enough time for blogging?
- Am I Web Savvy?
- Do I have enough funds to pay my ISP and hosting bills till my blog start giving me returns?
- On which topic (niche) should I blog?
Content creation: Can I do it?
It is one of the most important quality of a good blogger. Ability to write useful content that attracts the readers makes you different from your peers, and your authority over your niche is established firmly. Writing a killer post is no mean task. You must have already read this famous phrase, "Content is the King". No matter how stunning your blog looks, unless you do not have the writing skills, you are not going to succeed in pulling readers to your blog.
Time Management : How much can I blog per day?
If you can not devote at least 3-4 hours per day to your blog, its better to not do it at all. Your readers and the web crawlers need fresh content from your blog at fairly consistent pace, and only then you can expect some inflow of targeted visitors to your blog.
Web Savvy: Do I have technical bent of mind?
If you are not web savvy, then you are a dead duck in blogoshpere. For taking your blog one step ahead of your competitors blog, you have to equip yourself with all the technical knowledge to grow and popularize your blog, like SEO, a bit of basic HTML and PHP programming, web hosting fundamentals and many more. If you have that zeal to dig the net and filter and absorb that technical knowledge, you will find it easier to get your blog ranked higher in your niche.
Funds: Can I keep a blog (for some months) from my pocket?
Starting a professional blog on sub-domain address with free hosting service is not a wise option. If you are serious about making money from your blog, get a top level .com domain with paid hosting service which will give you complete control of your blog.
Niche: What can I blog endlessly?
Always choose a topic in which you are personally interested and are passionate about it. It will give you a reason to blog consistently without losing the interest. But before you chose your blog niche, some research needed to be done. If your chosen topic has low search volume in major search engines and does not have a good advertiser base in major PPC programs, then no matter how expert you are in your niche, you will not be able to make decent money from it.
Making money from blog takes hard work and time. There is no shortcut. If you decide to go for it, do it with passion and work on it endlessly for at least one or two years and the returns will be extremely promising. Good Luck …