Blogging…..people think when you start blogging that you just write about stuff and boom it is post to the internet. Boy was I wrong about that! There is definitely more to blogging than just making a post. One of the first things I learned when I decided I wanted to blog was that you need a niche. Coming up with ideas for blog post does take time. The way I came up with my niche was I needed to write about topics that I love and I do in my everyday life. Getting my blog noticed is another challenge that is harder than you think. Networking with other bloggers and reading their blogs is smart thing to do before you start blogging. You can see how the layout of their site is and how they write their blog post.
How did I get started blogging? A little over 2 years ago I was involved in a work accident. I had 3 surgeries done due to the accident. I was a custodial supervisor when the accident happened. With time I had being laid up I was looking to get in a different kind of a profession. I wanted a job that I could do from home. Working from home would be a really good fit for my family and I wanted to something that was less stress on my body. I always was interested in blogging, but just did not know where to start. I started researching about blogging and what was involved. I seen that people do actually make a good living blogging. I thought why not let’s give this a try. My wife was very supportive of my idea to give this profession a try. I first did think “this can’t be that hard to do”, but as I stated earlier, it is more involved than I first thought. I did know that I was not going to just start a blog site and post a bunch of stuff and boom money would start coming in. It does take time to get your blog site noticed. As I came up with my niche and what topics I wanted to talk about, I really enjoyed writing blog post. I would love to be able to make blogging my full time job.
I am still learning new things everyday. Not only just ideas, but learning how to get my blog in search engines and getting people interested in what I am writing. I looked to see how do people make a living blogging. One of the things I learned was that there are affiliate programs that companies use to advertise on your blog site. When readers see these ads and click and a purchase with one of these companies you will get paid a commission. I started applying to these affiliate program and was rejected a lot at the beginning. These companies just do not accept anyone, there is criteria that a site has to meet. I started posting more blog post and as I started getting more traffic I reapplied and finally got a few to accept my blog site. I am in my 5th month of blogging and I have not really made any money yet, and yes it very frustrating because I really would love this to my full time job, but I have not given up.
I really do feel like I found something I love to do. I love when I get feedback from other fellow bloggers and when you see insight of how many people visited your site for the day. It makes me feel really good that people are liking what I am writing and are interested. There is still a lot to learn yet and there will be more bumps in the road with blogging. But I am still very motivated and if anyone wants to start blogging, go for it! Yes it is hard and it does take time. Blogging has been very rewarding and a great experience.
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