You’ve started a blog, but where is it going? Are you one of those who want to become a full-time blogger allowing the income from your blog to sustain you? If so, what are you doing to achieve it?
After spending quite a bit of time wandering around the blog-o-sphere, I realized that I want my blog to sustain me financially. The question is how do I go about achieving it? I can sit around and read all about the folks with successful blogs and wish mine were one of them, or I can read about successful bloggers emulate their positive attributes and learn from their mistakes. As one of the more popular TV evangelist says, “What I need is a backbone and not a wishbone.” Wishing won’t make it happen, focused consistent action will.
A successful blog is not created over night
Having a successful full-time career as a blogger takes time. According to a post from Darren Rowse over at Problogger.com, the average age of the top 100 blogs is 33.8 months old (this was an older post, so the numbers might have changed since then, but check out his post to further prove the point). He’s been blogging since 2002, and started the very successful Problogger in 2004 (purportedly making a six-figure income from his blog). Jeremy Schoemaker, owner Shoemoney.com has been blogging for about a two and a half years (according to this March, 2007 post) and is earning $10,000 monthly.
These blogs are not the norm as many bloggers become quickly discouraged and give up blogging. However, Darren Rowse and Jeremy Schoemaker and others of their caliber soon realized that with consistent targeted effort and quality content, the sky is the limit. For the average Joe earning $20,000 $30,000, $40,000 or $50,000 annually from a blog is definitely as a step in the right direction. Six-figure income is nirvana.
Successful bloggers are prolific
The one trait I noticed that successful bloggers had in common was that they are prolific. They post more than one post a week. Initially, some ambitions bloggers posted as many as 3 to 5 posts in a day. One case, Al. Carlton of Coolest Gadgets posted as many as 10 to 15 posts in a day (nope, that’s not a typo, 10-15 in a day). A rather respectable task, but quite obviously doable if the vision or the dream is big enough. It all comes down to how bad you want it.
There’s enough out there for everyone
I’m a firm believer that everyone can get a piece of the internet pie. You just have to put in the work, be consistent, write quality content and be patient. There are plenty of articles and posts on the internet on how to become a successful blogger, but none of it works if you don’t work it.
I don’t know about you, but after reading about the many successful bloggers on the internet, I decided that I wanted to be one of them. Why not join me. There’s plenty of room for all of us.