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5 Ways to Go Pro With Your Blog

Public Speaking ImageIf you are blogging and are enjoying it, the idea of going pro is likely appealing to you. After all, who wouldn’t want to earn their living doing something they love, especially when it can be done almost anywhere a wifi connection can be found?

But the truth is that turning a blog, even a popular one, into a full-time income is tough. Competition is stiff, the landscape is uncertain and even if you can find a path to success, it’s uncertain if it will still be available tomorrow. It’s no wonder that there are entire communities dedicated to exactly this problem.

Fortunately though, there are many different paths that you can take to monetize your blog and, eventually, turn it into at least part of your full-time job.

But while there are too many to count or mention in one article, especially when many approaches are really combinations of other schemes, there are some methods that have been used more often, and with greater success, than others.

With that in mind, here are five of the more popular ways of going pro with a blog, including who they’re right for and what the perils of that approach might be. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: How to Choose the Rights Business Model for Your Blog

Business Fail ImageIf you work on your blog long enough and hard enough, at some point you’re probably going to want to earn at least some revenue from it. After all, though most bloggers get started out of fun or love, revenue is not only a powerful motivator but it also frees a blogger up to invest more time and energy into their site.

Contrary to what many believe, earning money from your blog does not mean “selling out” nor does it mean you’re no longer blogging out of love or passion. Most understand the need/desire to earn revenue from your site and, if the business model is respectable to both your content and your visitors, many will actually find your site to be more professional and more respectable.

However, finding the right business model is both tricky and vital. A bad approach will not only fail you to earn any money, but can effectively kill your site by turning visitors away and destroying your reputation.

So how do you choose the business model that’s right for you? It’s not a simple question to answer, but one that every blogger has to address. Read More

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