How to Make a Living Blogging

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For many people, sitting at a desk from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. isn’t what they want to do the rest of their lives. Some have turned to blogging on the Internet as a way to divert their attention. And they dream that someday, they’ll make a good enough living blogging, that they can kiss their day jobs goodbye. If that’s your dream, here are some hints that may turn it into reality.

  • Stay current. Read everything you can about the latest technologies. Subscribe to magazines like Business 2.0, eWeek, Communications Week and others that contain the latest happenings in the technology world. Subscribe to as many other blogs as you can. Some of them use techniques that will help you do a better job.

  • Increase your blog’s traffic. There are currently over 55 million blogs on the Internet. Your future success hinges on your ability to break through that clutter so that more people see what you have written. Keep track of those who visit your website by subscribing free to Google Analytics.

  • Write only about those things for which you have a passion. With the millions of blogs available today, people have learned to see through those who are writing simply to grow their visitors’ list. And do remember, there’ll be times when you have nothing to write. That’s only natural. Take that time to be away from your computer and engage in other activities until you’re ready to write again.

  • Use your blogging income to upgrade your equipment. For instance, you do not have to be limited to sitting in front of your desktop computer to write. By having a light-as-a-feather laptop computer with a wireless remote to the Internet, you can blog anywhere around the house. Also, it is smart to back-up your work in the event of something catastrophic happening to your computer. There are inexpensive ways to make sure that you will never lose access to your files.

  • Consider Podcaster. When you Podcast, you deliver audio content to iPods and other portable players to be listen to at the user's convenience. Since podcasts are typically saved in MP3 format, they can be listened to on nearly any computer as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Construct your blog to be “sticky”. Most blogs, in fact most websites, send people away to look for more. You need to create an environment where visitors will want to stay around for more of what you have to offer.

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