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What are Your Blogging Goals?

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.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Alexander Mark May 15, 2011, 8:18 pm

    I am following all your links about blogging from your latest post (as of this date) and I’m fascinated with the evolution of your thoughts. In response to one of my queries, you wrote that you use Wordpress, but in these earlier posts (circa 2007 – 2008) you recommend Blogger or a blogging service for ad revenue. Am I right that things have changed and that Wordpress has become a more viable tool for you?

    I have dabbled in web design (familiar with html and css), and actually redesigned a Wordpress site and it was a bear, but doable with widgets. I did some major (to me) recoding of the CSS code, and it was a real chore to get it to work. Is it much easier using a paid-for template as you do, and just using widgets instead of coding?

    One more question. Can you just use a widget to place ads on a Wordpress site?

    I am really enjoying reading through these posts either way!

    • Felicia May 16, 2011, 5:57 am

      Hi Alexander,

      Most of my blogs are on WordPress but I still have a few Blogger blogs. They both have their pros and cons. I still recommend Blogger for newbies who are getting their feet wet. It’s a great free way to learn the blogging ropes. WordPress, however, is more robust and is my recommended option for more experienced bloggers. Forgive my memory, but I can’t remember recommending a blogging service for ad revenue. Not saying that I didn’t recommend one, but at my age some things slip my memory. 🙂

      I often fart around with the HTML and CSS on WordPress templates. It’s my nature to look under the hood. Sometimes I screw things up royally and other times it works out well. I purchase most of my WordPress templates because after experimenting around, the ones I purchased come the closest to providing the features I’m looking for. Even with the purchased templates, I play around under the hood.

      As far as placing ads, I use a plugin called SmartAds. It allows me to place ads in the beginning and end of my posts. I can also place customized ads in the middle of the post. I use it on almost all of my blogs.

  • alexander mark May 16, 2011, 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the in depth response again.

    I may have misread, I’ve been pretty sick lately, so I probably dozed off for a split second (this may sound like an insult, but I should have been in bed and your posts are so darn interesting).

    I’ll definitely have to bite the bullet and buy a Wordpress account and template (I have free ones but you can’t do much with those). It sounds like the main thing is to keep plugging away – you are willing to make mistakes and move on.

    I’ll set up just one for now and let you know how it goes 🙂 And thanks for the link to the SmartAds – that is one of those essentials I wanted to know about.

    • Felicia May 17, 2011, 7:14 am

      Alexander, another plugin that I’ve found useful is called Widget Logic. I don’t use it here on NJFM, but I use it to display certain ads on certain pages with my other blogs. For example, if I write an article about bicycle seats and I’d like to display an Amazon ad for bicycle seats in the blog column adjacent to the post, Widget Logic allows me to display the Amazon ad for just that post or any other bicycle related post.

      If the next post is about carpet cleaning, I can then display related carpet cleaning items in the column instead of the bike items. You can use it for any widget you place in your WordPress Columns.

      BTW, hope you’re feeling better.

      • alexander mark May 17, 2011, 3:38 pm

        That’s exactly what I need. I want to have more control over my ads. On Hubpages, when I write a piece about the Bible, psychic ads pop up next to the article, or even russian brides! It would be great to tailor the ads. I can block “competitor ads,” on Adsense, but it’s always a running-behind process. The Widget Logic sounds like the perfect solution.

        I think I am getting better slowly, thank you 🙂

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