This is a guest post by Amy on how to make money online as a full-time blogger.
How to Quit Your Job and Become a Full-Time Blogger
The Internet gives you an opportunity to quit your day job and start a new career working online.
Although many jobs are available online, however blogging is still one of the best online jobs to get started.
I have been a blogger for last five years now. Initially, I started blogging as a part-time gig. But soon I realized its full potential and transitioned to full-time blogging.
Now I’m making a decent amount of money consistently month after money and year after year.
However, it wasn’t that easy because before quitting my day job I had to juggle between two totally different lines of work.
Here is how you can do the same.
Before You Quit Your Day Job
Before you quit your day job, you need to ponder over following things.
Blogging isn’t a Jackpot
You are not going to become rich overnight. It requires a lot of patience before you earn even a single dollar.
As a matter of fact, every 9 out of 10 blogger fails. I am not telling this to discourage you but to inform you about the reality.
Even if you give your best, it is going to take at least six months before you start generating any money. Till then you have to put food on the table.
So don’t quit your day job right away.
Initial Investment Required: Time and Money
Starting a new venture always need some amount of investment. Usually, two main things to invest are time and money.
Although blogging is not like a traditional business where you need the huge investment capital, still you need some money to get started.
Apart from the money you also need a substantial amount of free time to get going.
Whether you want to become a full-time blogger or part-time you need at least 4 to 5 hours a day to learn all the tricks of the trade.
Juggling Between Your Job and Blogging
Initially, you have to work extra hours. After you are through with your day job you have to give undivided attention to blogging.
Blogging is a vast subject, and in recent years it has changed a lot. Now the competition is so tough that Google Search Engine will not even recognize your blog for at least first two months.
You need to learn myriads of new concepts each day in order to stay ahead of the competition. These concepts are very technical in nature, and some of you will find it really hard to comprehend them.
How Much Money You Want to Make?
Defining a target is very important. You must have a threshold income in your mind that after achieving this much, I’m finally ready to quit my 9 to 5 day job.
It can be $250/month or $1000/month!
There is no limit how much you can make with blogging. If you want to go all the way up and make over $100,000 a year, then quit your day job once you start earning $500 – $1000 per month.
Focus on blogging only!
Failure: Make it Into Your Consideration
No one wants to fail. But you have to be realistic here. Failing is not very uncommon in this line of work.
If you find blogging is not your cup of tea, then you can keep on continuing your 9 to 5 job.
Ask Two Questions to Yourself Before You Start
Once you have made up your mind that blogging is the only way forward, you need to ask two simple questions.
Why You Want to Blog?
Usually, there are two kinds of bloggers.
Bloggers who fall in the first category are those who want to blog because they are passionate about something.
For example, if they love cooking, then they will start a blog dedicated to cooking. Or if they are mad about their iPhone, then they write about iPhone and similarly with other smartphones.
Similarly, you need to discover your passion and then start blogging.
Second types of bloggers are the ones who blog about random topics. They don’t have a passion for anything. They are a jack of all trades. Usually, these kinds of bloggers don’t make enough money.
Hence discover a cause for blogging.
What Niche You Want to Blog In?
Identifying a niche is very important. If you want to beat your competitors, then you got to be objective with your blog.
If your blog is about music, then you should write about the exact genre like classical, Jazz, blues, hip-hop, rock n roll, punk, etc. You can’t run a blog on just music because it is too generic, you have to be specific.
This will help you to carve out a niche and build an army of followers who are going to read your blog regularly.
The Road Ahead
We are just getting started now. Still, there is a long road ahead.
Starting Your First Blog
You can set up your blog (including WordPress as CMS) in just an hour. It won’t take more than an hour and $100 to go online.
You really don’t have to be tech savvy to get your website up and running.
Generating Traffic: Content and SEO
More traffic means more money. It is that simple.
But generating quality traffic consistently is not an easy task. There are two aspects to it.
The first one is content, where you create quality content incorporating rich media like images and videos that your readers will love to read.
The second one is SEO (Search Engine Optimization). It is a bit technical because you compete with other bloggers in the same niche.
In order to draw huge traffic on your blog, you always have to rank on the first page of Google search result. SEO will help you in achieving that.
With SEO you can outrank other bloggers in the same niche easily.
Target At Least $300 After 5-6 Months
Once your blog starts getting some traffic, you need to monetize it with Google Adsense program.
Google Adsense will allow you to place their ads on your blog. Whenever a visitor clicks on the ad, you get paid. You earn $.1 – $2 for each click on your website.
According to my experience after 5-6 months you will be able to generate $300-$500 per month depending on the effort you put in.
Once you cross the $500 mark, you can think of quitting your day job. If you can earn $500/month then with some more effort, you can definitely reach $3000 – $4000 mark.
So quit your day job only when you start generating a regular revenue stream from blogging.