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How to Turn Blogging Into a Career: Part 1 - Getting Started





If you take a look on the internet, it seems that there are blogs covering every topic, hobby and interest imaginable. There are blogs that focus on fashion, beauty, motherhood, career, university life and even fat acceptance blogs. Everyone seems to be blogging about something...and the best part? It’s all interesting!

Maybe you have a blog or maybe you’ve just thrown around the idea a little bit. Either way, one important thing to know is that there is much more to blogging than just sharing your opinion (although that is certainly a fun aspect of it). Blogging can be a way to make money or even start a career.

So how do you turn blogging into a career? You’ll first have to understand that there is an investment to be made. I’ll show you how to start your own blog for under $500.

First, you’ll have to actually create your blog. So if you don’t have a blog just yet, throw around a few ideas. Figure out what is important to you and what you want to share with the world. Remember your blog is your platform, and you want to choose something you’re passionate about or interested in. If you are into eco-fashion, then why not have a blog focused on the eco-fashion market? Are you an extreme foodie? Then start trying to find all the hidden gems in your town and blog about them!

Second, you’ll need a blog name. The rule of thumb here is that it should somewhat describe what your blog is about. Other than that...be as creative or self explanatory as you like.

Third, I’d recommend that you look into setting up your own blog -- as an independent blogger you have to brand yourself. The only way to brand yourself is to be independent of another brand. You are your brand, and to turn your writing into a career you have to market yourself to others. You want to be unique and stand out. No one ever made any money by blending in.
So what does this mean for you? You’ll need to get a domain name and start paying a monthly hosting fee. Hosting websites such as Bizzy Mama Hosting and Shoppe Pro start at just $9.59 per month.

If you know how to use Photoshop and have dabbled in HTML at all, then you can design your own blog for free! However, if like me, your skills are limited to creating signatures and memes, you’ll have to figure out if you want to use a premade template. You can find premade templates by doing a Google search using the search terms “free Blogger designs” or “free Wordpress designs.”

Your other option is to hire a blog designer. If you choose to go that route, the designer will customize a layout to your preferences. You can find affordable packages on the Blog Designer Network. Packages can range from $90 to thousands of dollars. I would recommend finding a quality designer that works within your budget!

Interesting in pursuing your blogging career? Check back next week to learn more! In Part 2, we’ll discuss how to monetize your blog.

By: Danielle Mair | Image: Source

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8 comments :

  1. I want to start a blog, and I know what I want to talk about, but what if I want a FREE blog? Where can I find that?
    Love this blog by the way! SUCH an inspiration for us college girls! :)

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  2. It really depends what you want! I'd reccomend Blogger and Wordpress to any aspiring Blogger!

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  3. How I turned my blog into a career. Before we get going today, I would love it if y'all would take a quick trip over to this post.

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  4. To me,it’s more likely that we have things we like and things we like. Thanks for this informative post.

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  5. This is a great blog for me. I learned something about yourself.

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  6. Great tips to make a career out of blogging. It really is possible. I am doing it part time since almost two years, although the earnings vary and I am trying to be consistent at it. But it is great! Many people will find this article very helpful. I shared it with many friends of mine. Thanks. :)

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