Blogging offers the convenience of working from home, choosing your own hours, and writing about nearly anything you like. But not everyone gets paid a lot to do the work, unfortunately. [Read more…]
There are two types of blogger, those who are passionate about a given subject and feel the need for a blog as an outlet for that passion and those who like to make money. Sure, the two can and often do cross over but you can categorically place the vast majority of online bloggers into these two key publisher groups. With this article we’ll be talking about the specifics of what you need to do from the initial setup of your blog to turning it into a revenue-generating monster. It is not an easy task as let’s be honest, if it was, everyone would be doing it – but it is possible as many bloggers worldwide have proved. First things first…
When it comes to freelance writing, there’s more than a few options out there. You can focus your efforts on journalistic or article-based writing, such as writing news stories, listicles, or factoid pieces. You can enter the slightly less fun (but often more profitable) world of SEO blogging and copywriting. Or you could try your luck at an often overlooked option: content writing for websites.
Content writing can be just as fun and profitable as blogging and article writing, but is better suited to those of us with a more technical mindset. How does content writing differ from blogging? First, let’s define it. [Read more…]
Tax season is still three months away, but it’s good to start preparing now. After all, 2016 has been an incredible year for bloggers. There are more of us doing this professionally than ever before. With all the newcomers, it’s always good to remind them that the income you make from blogging or writing online is still taxable. Furthermore, if you aren’t careful–Uncle Sam can give you a nasty surprise at the end of the year.
So, how should we file taxes as bloggers? Here are a few quick and dirty tips for bloggers filing taxes.
Squirrel Away A Small Percentage Every Time You Get Paid
A fairly obvious little trick that we hope you’re already doing, setting aside a small percentage of each check you collect and depositing that money into a savings account is the easiest way to make sure you’re covered come tax season. Even ten to fifteen percent is more than enough, especially when compounding interest is added. [Read more…]
Photographers aimlessly trying their hand on blogging to drive more clients to their services is like attempting to take a picture of the green plains during a snowstorm.
In order to become a blogging success, regardless of your profession or field of interest, you will need to establish strong foundations on where your blog will stand on. Whether it’s determining your content strategy or building relationships with your target audience who you can later turn into customers, it is important to approach blogging like you could a scenery or your subject before taking a photo of it.
If your intention for setting up a blog is to gain more clients for your photography services used for product listing or a variety of use-cases, then you need to understand the importance of establishing yourself as a photography expertise. Once you have your target audience eating by the palm of your hand, you can
Below are tips on how you can accomplish this.
Why do you blog? Why did you start a blog in the first place?
You might have been an early adapter, with the idea of starting a blog purely for your own pleasure, but have reached the point where you want to make some money out of it. Or maybe you started a blog with monetization in mind from the get go.
Whichever the case may be, one critical element in creating a successful, profitable blog is to have a significant amount of traffic coming to your site every day. Not only that, you want the traffic to constantly grow from month to month.
With the proliferation of blogs today, it may not be that easy to garner as much traffic as you want; and unless you take certain steps to attract visitors – new and recurring – you probably won’t reach your goals.
One way to increase blog traffic is to create an events calendar. [Read more…]
While there are no shortage of bloggers all over the world, there is only a small percent who succeed in doing so. Even if you do observe the best blogging practices and have generated a substantial amount of blog traffic, it does not follow that you will achieve success by earning a living as a professional blogger.
The real measure of success as a blogger is what you do with the traffic you have generated. Visitors per se won’t rake in cash for you, which is why you need to devise a way that will allow you to monetize your visitors. One way of doing this is by setting up contextual ads on your blog.
You’ve always wanted to live the internet lifestyle and build a steady stream of online income. Every successful blogger you’ve read recommends creating your own products and focusing on building an online business instead of just being a freelancer.
But unfortunately, the law makers in the European Union have just made digital product selling much more difficult. If you are selling digital products from your website and have customers from the EU then you need to be aware of the tax rule changes in the EU and how they will impact you. [Read more…]
Starting a blog is an easy thing to do, but mastering the activity is a whole different story. For WordPress alone, tens of thousands of new blogs are created every day. But how many of these blogs will actually succeed?
Naturally, success is relative, but let’s take a look at one aspect: revenue.
While blogging shouldn’t be all about making money, for those who rely largely on blogging for a living, blog revenue is critical. Beyond, that, however, the lifestyle and habits of bloggers can highly influence their success. You might consider yourself a successful blogger, but if you are not mindful, you might find yourself in financial trouble at some point. You might even find yourself seeking the services of a bankruptcy attorney if you throw (financial) caution to the wind.
So why don’t we take a look at some financial habits of successful bloggers and make sure you stay on the right track? [Read more…]
Be careful who you follow and what advice you take to heart and execute. There’s a lot of fluff being touted around the web as good solid advice that often leave naive and unsuspecting bloggers with a handful of disappointments in the long-term. Due to the fact that there’s good and bad in everything, more bad than good, and it can be quite difficult sifting through what is valid and proven and the hyped up duds. However, I say, follow the tried and tested road, pay attention to the habits of the successful ones and emulate humility.
You’ll often discover that the more hype that surrounds something the faster it falls. And with the many internet marketing tactics and hypes in existence it’s really difficult to tell who and what are genuine. The hypes simply do not last. That’s my reason for shining the spotlight on a few bloggers who have fought their way from the bottom to the top and achieved and continue to maintain great success online. Study their stories and their journeys and you will find the gems and inspiration you need to seriously crush it as a blogger. [Read more…]