Become a Professional Blogger
A blog, which combines the words “web” and “log,” is a public online forum in which one or more bloggers (writers) maintains a regular schedule of writings designed to bring visitors to the blog. It’s possible to make a living as a professional blogger by attracting enough visitors to the and generating income, typically through visitors’ clicking on advertisements. The key to becoming a blogger on a professional level is the ability to write and entertain, as well as maintain as many blogs as you can manage.
1. Write down several ideas for topics that you feel might attract visitors. There’s no right or wrong subject to cover on a blog, but certain topics are more popular than others. This can vary all the time, so it is important to be aware of the blogs that seem most successful. A blog that gets no visitors will not generate any income. Select a subject you’ll enjoy writing about regularly. Just talking about yourself day after day is not likely to make your blog professional, unless you can put an entertaining spin on your presentation. Sports, music, earn money from home and health are examples of subjects you can cover.
2. Sign up for a blog account. There are a lot of blog hosting websites to choose from (see Resources). These services offer built-in tools to let you compose your blog, upload images and subscribe to RSS feeds. The RSS feeds are necessary because these are like news feeds. They notify people of your new blog posts and can bring in visitors.
3. Sign up for a “pay-per-click” account by visiting a site such as Google Adsense (see Resources). This is the primary source of income for bloggers. The service places random ads on your blog as closely related to your blog’s subject matter as possible. These systems are easy to set up and generate income for you each time your visitors click on the ads (particularly if a purchase results from a click that originates from your blog). The pay-per-click service calculates your generated income and sends you money your blog has earned.
4. Write your blog. Blogs are typically entries in reverse chronological order, with previous months’ posts archived for visitors to read if they desire. Your blog should include news and commentary related to the subject of your blog. Personal views are welcome. Inject your personality into your posts to develop a following. Give visitors a reason to come to your blog for the information rather than a similar blog.
5. Respond to posts your visitors leave on your blog. A good blog is interactive. You won’t be able to respond to every post, but engage as many of the posters on your blog as you can. The more interaction you generate, the more active your blog will be.