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Blogging for Bucks: Making a Profit from Your Online Musings

Today many people turn blogging into a money-making pursuit, earning cash in their pajamas by simply writing about favorite topics. Blogging isn’t a job for which someone must be hired, but instead a vocation anyone can get into if they possess the desire and know-how.

Paths to Profitability

It may seem hard to believe that someone could make a living by writing and posting his or her innermost thoughts on the Internet. However, there are numerous ways to turn a blog into a profitable enterprise. A blogger could sell ad space on the pages of his blog, making money directly off the site itself. Once the blog gains popularity and a steady audience, another option would be to use one’s own reputation to obtain paid guest writing opportunities on other blogs. And of course, if the blog is written by a business owner, spreading the word about a company online via blog posts is a great way to find new customers or rekindle interest from existing ones, resulting in greater profits for the business as a whole.

Getting Started

The first step to creating a fiscally successful blog is to write consistently insightful, clever posts with a solid focus and logical structure.  An individual considering the possibility of earning a living as a blogger should consider obtaining education and credentials to support a career in writing. An IT degree also could prove helpful, given that blogging is at its heart a technological pursuit. Possessing such qualifications can lend authority to a blog, potentially helping to increase readership and ultimately influencing the blogger’s financial bottom line.

Is Blogging a Professional Option for Recent College Grads?

College graduates have traditionally followed the post-graduation path of looking for a position with a company in their field of choice, sitting through interviews at numerous businesses until finally landing a gig and, along with it, the opportunity to get dressed up in a suit every day and put in eight hours of labor. Blogging, on the other hand, can be a viable career option without having to jump through such hoops.

Getting started in the world of blogging is decidedly easier than getting a job in other fields. To become a blogger one needs only to set up a blog on one of the many blog hosting sites that litter the Internet. Alternately, bloggers who also possess a keen understanding of information technology can set up their own Web pages and allow these pages to serve as home to their blogs. After setting up a page, the blogger simply has to populate it with contents and gather an audience. With some effort and writing skill, as well as an ability to connect with an audience, profits are likely to follow.

Challenges

Although blogging can prove lucrative, it isn’t a pay-by-the-hour job. When bloggers initially begin their pursuit, they’ll likely have to deal with an extended period of time during which they aren’t bringing in any money. Financial hardship is a true consideration during this beginning period. A blogger may have to consider a part-time job—or even a full-time one—to supplement his writing activities, at least at first.

Also, bloggers often complain that they feel as if they are writing into a void, sharing their thoughts while no one is listening. Eventually, though, as the blog’s audience grows, this feeling will hopefully be replaced by a sense of support from a community of readers.

Blogging is no longer an uncommon occupation. The Internet is filled with blogs on topics varying from floral arrangement to sailboat maintenance. Because the desires of Internet searchers vary so much, blog content can also vary in topic substantially. This means that a would-be blogger can create a blog about any topic he feels he knows well, helping to make his dreams of raking in cash without ever leaving home a reality.

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4 Ways to Save Money on Your New Blog

Blogging is free, right? So why would you need to find ways to save money on a blog?

Sure, there are “free” blogging platforms out there like Blogger or even the WordPress.com version of WordPress. The truth is that most bloggers will tell you that no matter where you start, you’ll most likely end up on the self-hosted version of WordPress (AKA WordPress.org).

Let’s presume that you’ve decided the WordPress.org version of WordPress is the way to go. We’ll leave the pros and cons of this debate for another day but you’ll usually end up wanting to move from Blogger or WordPress.com to WordPress.org. So with that said, there are expenses to consider when you have a WordPress.org blog even though the actual WordPress software is free. Read More

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Use Jetpack To Soar Like A Blogging Hero

Jetpack for WordPressA year and a couple of months after it was released to non-WordPress.com users, Jetpack is still packing some heat, especially with a few new features not included in the initial release. While most of Jetpack’s features can be also be acquired by installing other WordPress plugins, there’s a certain level of efficiency and convenience involved in getting all of them in one simple installation.

You can install Jetpack just like you would any other WordPress plugin; just download the package and install, that’s it. You will need to connect it to a WordPress.com account to activate the features, so make sure you already have a WordPress.com account before strapping on your Jetpack.

If you’re still not using this plugin on your self-hosted WordPress blog, here are some of the features and benefits you’re missing out on:

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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (June 4-8)

Blogging Pro Job BoardWhat’s keeping everyone busy these days? Are you getting work done with the NBA Playoffs in full swing?

Why not take a look at these interesting jobs from this week’s Job Board listings? Good luck!

Research and Write Posts for Link Bait Articles

Do you like researching and writing? Do you know how to get links back to your writing? Go for this project and write from the comforts of home.
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Why Anonymity and Blogging Don’t Mix

There are as many reasons for starting a blog as there are potential bloggers. Regardless of your goal for your blog (i.e. earning money, gaining recognition, or simply providing your audience with information about a particular topic), unless your blog happens to be a straight affiliate or click-through site, you’ll need a personality behind your blog: yours!

Anonymity can be deadly for a blog. Here are several reasons why: Read More

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How to Be an Authentic Blogger

Blogging is an intimate writing medium. That’s what distinguishes it from many other types of writing. Whether your blog offers a slice-of-life look at the day-to-day happenings in your personal world or discusses your company’s products, policies, and promotions, blogging is an up-close-and-personal way to do it. As a highly interactive medium (and we hope your blog does allow comments), blogging is, in a very real sense, a two-way conversation between you and your readers. And while you may do most of the talking via your (hopefully copious) blog posts, engaging with those who are interested enough to visit and read your musings day after day can help make you more authentic—and more successful—as a blogger.

But, let’s start from the beginning. Here are a few ways you can become a more authentic blogger and connect with your audience in a way that helps you grow a loyal and dedicated readership: Read More

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5 Killer Tips to Make Your WordPress Blogs SEO Friendly

It’s really hard to get readers on your blog keeping in mind the fact that there are millions of blog on internets already. If you believe on facts, WordPress 3.0 version was downloading 65 million times by August 2011. So you can analyse the kind of completion you will need to face to get your blog on first page of Google and other search engines for its targeted terms. So how you go about doing SEO for your blog and how you will make sure you will be able to get lots of targeted traffic on your blog in today’s web world which is too competitive.

There are some measures you can actually take to make your WordPress blogs more SEO friendly and as a result will be able to compete with the top guns in your niche. So here is the ultimate list of 5 killer tips that will help you make your blog a perfect paradise for search engines: Read More

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WPJobBoard Makes Job Posting On WordPress Sites Simple And Effective

WPJobBoard Page

I am all about value added services, It is my personal belief that your websites visitors are more likely to revisit your content if you provide them with all the tools they need to succeed. For that reason a strong job board is essential if you run a tech reporting, freelance writing or related website in which your readers likely want to stay up-to-date with openings in their field.

For more than a year BloggingPro.com has been utilizing a paid WordPress Job Board Software platform known as WPJobBoard and we could not be any happier.

For just $99 the WordPress plugin allows us to save unlimited job postings, unlimited job applications and unlimited resumes, all on our own trusty server which means no reliance on outside systems.

One of the best parts about WPJobBoard is the simple fact that it scales for your template, that means as you change the look and feel of your website you can easily continue the WPJobBoard integration process. For example take a look at our output on http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/ and you will see a template that matches the websites design (the $99 package comes with one free job board theme valued at $79): Read More

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10 Must Have Plugins for a Beginner WordPress Blogger

First of all, let me take you to the brief history of WordPress. WordPress is the leading blogging platform which is based on PHP and MYSQL and was first released in 2003. These days’ more than 20% websites are using WordPress as their CMS and WordPress 3.0 version has already been downloaded more than 65 million time. WordPress has lots of ready to use solutions in the form of plugins, themes, tools and tutorials etc. which makes it the ultimate choice for professional and beginner bloggers.

By now you are finished with installing WordPress as the blogging platform on your blog and want to convert your first simple WordPress blog into professional blog which is SEO Optimized and User Friendly. Today I’m going to share the list of 10 WordPress Plugins that you should install on Your WordPress blog straight away if you are installing plugins on your blog for the first time: Read More

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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (May 28-June 1)

Blogging Pro Job BoardIt’s the first day of a new month, and it’s a Friday. I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel really good!

Here are the highlights from this week’s Job Board, and here’s to an awesome month and weekend ahead!

Finance (Savings, Money, Banking for Savings) Blogger

This one’s for our friends based in London in the UK. SEOoptimise Limited is looking for bloggers who are well-versed in financial topics. Go for this very interesting opportunity!
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