Having a good successful blog that earns you money passively is definitely very enticing. Because who doesn’t like earning money while you sleep, right? Such a way of earning money is something most people have always been dreaming of.
Short answer: Yes, blogging can be a good career option. But that doesn’t mean you should submit your resignation letter to your boss right tomorrow, especially if you don’t have much money saved. Hear me out first.
While you definitely could have a really good career with blogging, it’s going to take time to build, and it’s not just going to take weeks. It’s going to take a good number of months or even more than a year. A successful blog isn’t something that you could just build in a few weeks.
So, what should I do instead?
Let’s be completely honest here. You’re not guaranteed to earn money on your blog. Just likely the typical brick and mortar businesses that you pass through every day on your way to work, no business(and that includes blogs), are guaranteed to succeed.
Though it’s mostly their fault why their blogs never gained traction, if you’re wanting to start a blog in the hopes of leaving your grueling office cubicle job, It’s heavily recommended to NOT leave your job immediately. Instead, continue working on your job from 9-5, and work on your blog at night.
“But, I wouldn’t have time to watch Netflix!”
Don’t worry. You’re still going to have the time to watch your favorite Netflix series, as you don’t need to spend the whole night working on your blog anyway. While spending more time definitely helps in growing your blog significantly faster, an hour or two a night might suffice. Depending on how knowledgeable you are on the topic and how focused you are, an hour or two might be enough time for you to create one great blog post. But if you really are very determined and you want to have your blog ready faster— go ahead, work on your blog from 9 pm to 1 am.
If you actually take things seriously, one blog post per day, multiplied by 30 days a month, is already 30 blog posts a month. Writing 30 great posts a month is a good goal in my opinion, especially if you’re someone like me who doesn’t go out at night because I don’t have any friends! In just 3 months, you’re only going to be a few posts off 100 posts. That’s a pretty great achievement if you ask me.
Some quick takeaways
- Your blog, especially your first one, isn’t going to be guaranteed to succeed. But as more time you spend on building your blog, you get better at it. Increasing the chances of you succeeding.
- Don’t leave your job just yet if you don’t have money saved up. It can take 6 to 12 months before seeing results. Creating a successful blog is a long-term goal.
- Focus on quality. Don’t just blindly churn out blog posts solely just to increase your blog’s post count.
- Do keyword research. There are great free keyword research tools out there like Google’s Keyword Planner. Make sure that people are actually searching for the topic you’re writing. Writing articles that people simply don’t search for is like starting a business in the middle of nowhere.
- Set goals. We all have our own schedules and responsibilities. If you already have a family, probably 1 or 2 hours a day might be fine depending on what you do at home. If you barely have any responsibilities though, spend as much time as you can! Just don’t forget to reward yourself after. Maybe watch a movie or a TV series episode.
- Write about what you’re genuinely interested in. Based on my experience, every single blog that I built that is built around topics I’m genuinely interested in all succeeded. While I’m not saying that it’s going to be the same for everyone, writing about something you’re genuinely interested in definitely helps remove the “work” aspect of blogging as you’re more likely to be happy writing about stuff you like.