It’s all well and good saying you’re going to write a blog and monetize it somehow, but that’s easier said than done, unfortunately. The idea of simply conjuring up a website and writing about what you like is a good one, but you need to be able to have more about you than that. If it was that easy, then everyone would leave their job and head towards a home-based writing career.
You see lots of different people online that have made a real killing out of the blogging world. You see on social media about people who have earned big bucks from writing on their own website. How do they make it happen? How can something so seemingly simple pull huge numbers? Well, these guys and girls work darn hard. They also get every aspect completely on point. There is no luck involved. Want to know what you should be doing in order to make this kind of thing into a success? Well, read on:
Create A Perfect Plan
As this kind of thing is basically the same as a business (albeit a much smaller one), you’ll need to have a real structure behind it. You might get away with a looser and more fluid approach for a little while, but you’ll need that solid spine in order to continue this in the long term. Those at the top don’t just wake up one day and decide to write a post about a topic they enjoy – no, sir. They create content that they’ve thought about for weeks (and maybe even months). Every single aspect of their blogging life is prepared. Before they even think about creating something and publishing it, they’ve weighed it all up.
Make The Website Easy On The Eyes
When you create a website for this blog to live in, you’ll want everything to be in order. Of course, there’s no such thing as perfect as everyone sees things differently, but you can make it very easy on the eyes of most. Think about it from the outside looking in: if you entered a website in search of great written content, would you like you to be bombarded with lots of different texts, images, and ads? Of course not. Don’t overwhelm. Sometimes too simple is too bland, but a lot of the time, simplicity wins. Remember to keep the color scheme sensible, too – you’ll want it to match your overall brand and image.
Promote Yourself Extensively
In order to get eyes on your work, you need to market yourself. People aren’t just going to gravitate towards what you’re doing; you need to go out and get them. Sure, a few of your pieces might be picked up by a large account, and things could snowballs from then on, but the chances aren’t likely.
You could pay for slots on other websites or in magazines, but that might be costly, and the operation your running will probably not be launched with lots of capital at hand. Social media will probably be the right way to go in this instance. You’ll find that most bloggers use Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and some of the other big platforms to get their name out. You could also use YouTube to get more eyes onto your name and your blog.
Keep Everything Safe And Sound
You’re going to be operating on your computer and online, so you’re going to need to be protected from any kind of Online Privacy violations and cyberattacks. We’re a super-advanced species working with even more advanced technologies, so there’s bound to be some ne’er-do-wells lurking around the web. Make sure you’ve got a fresh and updated security program on your computer so that you can prevent or track any negative happenings.
Look Around For New Opportunities Regularly
Much like the marketing side, you’re going to need to find people to work with/for. Sure, after a while, you’ll start to build up a reputation, but, to begin with, you’ll need to do some dirty work. It’s not the most difficult thing in the world, fortunately, but it can be quite tedious. Thanks to the power of the internet, we can literally find all kinds of important individuals and their professional contact details. Getting in touch with them is pretty straightforward.
Just Work Hard At It
This is probably the most important point: work hard. You’ll obviously have to do all of the above and work smart, but putting in the hard yards is what will separate you from those around you. If you really want it and put hours into it, then you’ll get what you want in the end. Slacking off might feel good at the time, but will eventually get you nowhere.