Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Business | Posted on 22-05-2015
Originally the word ‘blog’ stood for web log and referred to an online journal or diary. Now blogs number in the millions and disseminate information on a variety of topics. Individuals use blogs to share their opinions, and companies use blogs to advertise their products. It is possible to make money online through blogging, but before you try to make it a career, you should be aware of what is involved and the possible pitfalls.
Ways to Earn Money Through Blogging
One of the quickest ways to earn money through blogging is to be a content provider for others. Individuals or companies start blogs and then hire people to write them. For this work, bloggers usually paid piece by piece for each post. Similarly, some sites pay guest bloggers for usable posts. However, to earn significant income, you need to set up your own blog or blogs and generate ad revenue through programs like Google Adsense, the Amazon Affiliate Program, ContextWeb and AdClickMedia. Once you get proficient, you can supplement the income from your own blogs by offering blogging design or blogging consultancy services.
One aspect of blogging for a living that you should keep in mind from the start is that you must be self-motivated. You are your own boss, and you need to discipline yourself to put in the hours to make it work. In the beginning, there is a learning curve during which you must study and implement the rudiments of setting up your blog or blogs. Afterwards, you need to continue to devote time to creating content and maintaining your websites.
Advantages of Blogging as a Full-Time Career
One of the greatest advantages of blogging as a career is that you are your own boss. You are not subject to an office hierarchy. You work at home. You can dress as you like and keep your own hours. If you enjoy writing, you are doing work that appeals to you. Additionally, it is possible to make a significant amount of money through hard work and a bit of good luck.
Disadvantages of Blogging as a Full-Time Career
The disadvantages of blogging full time are much the same as those of other freelance occupations. Though some make a lot of money blogging, most people do not. For many people, blogging involves long hours of work for very little pay. You do not have the stability of a regular salary, and your income can vary greatly from month to month. Because you are self-employed, you receive no benefits, so you won’t be getting any health insurance or sick leave. You need to set aside money to make your own tax and social security payments. Due to the unstable nature of the Internet, you might lose your host server at any time and have to start again from scratch to rebuild a website it took you years to nurture. Freelancing is also a lonely job, as you have no direct interaction with colleagues.
Despite the drawbacks, plenty of people are attracted to the idea of blogging as a career. Because of the uncertainties surrounding the profession though, consider keeping at least a part-time job as you start out. Build your blog methodically, step by step, and give it time to generate income. As you proceed, you will have the opportunity to assess whether full-time blogging is really right for you.
Terry Buford writes on web development, blogging, online marketing, banner advertising, the internet and other related topics; to learn more about web development view the resources from coolblueweb.