A few years back, blogging was considered a hobby. It was just about writing on a topic in spare time. But it is not the case now, more professionals are getting into the blogging these days. There are many successful bloggers doing great in their blogging career. In this post, I will talk about “Blogging As Career (Fulltime) In 2020“ – scope, career options, and other benefits.
If you are reading this post, I am sure you have the basic idea about blogging. In general, blogging is writing about a particular topic. Blogging can be taken in two ways – a hobby and a fulltime career (or a business).
Blogging As Career?
Yes, Blogging is a great career option. Being a professional blogger is like being your own boss. You own your business, get more freedom to do whatever you want, more time to spend with your family and much more. The best thing, you can work from anywhere, you just need a laptop and internet connection.
Blogging gives you the freedom to start your own business in almost no (very less) investment. When it comes to the earnings, the sky is the only limit. There are many ways, you can make money from your blog. I personally know many full-time (Pro) Bloggers making a six-figure income from their blog.
Is It Too Late To Start Blogging?
Yes But No.
Early starters always have some advantage. By the time you are thinking about starting a blog, their blog is already successful and earning in six-figures. You can not go back and start your business in the past. But you can take the inspiration and start as soon as possible. It’s never too late to start something.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
I like this inspiring quote. It’s about taking the action. It’s not about regretting the past or just thinking … thinking … planning … planning.
In my opinion, this is the best time to start a blogging career. You can easily get all the resources you need to start your blog and making it successful. We have got the easy internet access, best blogging platforms and all other things needed.
Has Blogging Reached Its Saturation?
Really? Never believe someone saying that blogging has reached its saturation. It’s one of the most common blogging myths, I always hear.
Blogging is all about writing on different topics and solving the problems. It’s a never-ending process. New things, new technologies, new strategies, and new problems will keep coming, bloggers will keep writing about those new and upcoming topics. As things are changing rapidly, content needs to be re-written.
No single blogger can cover all the topics. There is definitely a scope even if there is very high competition in your niche. It’s just about finding the topic which is not yet covered or even if covered, the content is outdated. Thus blogging will never die, of course, it will evolve over the time but will be there in one or the other form.
Scope In Blogging
There’s a lot of scope in blogging career. Even experienced professionals from different fields are getting into blogging. I am seeing people quitting their corporate job and choosing, blogging as a career. I personally know many successful bloggers living the life of their choice without compromising with their lifestyle.
Blogging as a career gives you freedom in your life. You can live a boss-free life, you can work as you want, you can spend the time as you wish and you can live a lifestyle you dream. Also, you get plenty of opportunities to travel all around the world.
It seems like a dream, right? Yes, but you can achieve all these things in your blogging career. But, you have to take blogging seriously as a full-time job. You have to treat blogging as a serious business. And, like any other business, it also requires full dedication and some investment in terms of time as well as money.
Other Benefits of Blogging
The scope in blogging is not just limited to making money and living a boss-free life. There are many other side benefits of blogging as well. Even if you do not take blogging as a full-time career, It will help you in the following ways.
#1 Builds Online Identity & Trust
It will help you build your identity in the online world. People will know you, by your blog, by your writings, by your work. There are many bloggers in the world got famous with their blogs. I have never met with them but still, I know them.
This will help you build trust in whatever you do in your career. If you go for a job or work as a freelancer or even if you give suggestions to your friends or colleagues, your online identity and the trust you build will always help you.
#2 Improves Writing Skill
Blogging is all about writing on different topics, the more you write, the more you can improve in your writing skills. Even if you are not into written content blogging, such as podcasters and video bloggers, it will still improve your writing skills as you still have to write the descriptions of the videos or podcast.
It’s not just limited to the writing skills. For video bloggers and podcasters, it also improves the communication skill. So whatever your blogging type is, it will benefit you in improving your knowledge and skills.
#3 Get Job Offers
This is the content marketing era. Businesses that recognize the benefits of content marketing always looking for employees who can create compelling content. So if you are blogging in a business related niche, it will help you get the job as well. Personally speaking, I get so many emails from many companies looking for digital marketing profile and that’s because of my blog.
#4 You Can Become An Author
If you want to become a published author, blogging will help in this as well. Many top bloggers who have interesting insights and exceptional writing skills are recognized by publishing companies and frequently offered book deals.
Also, you can write your own books and publish your self (initially you can start with an e-book). And if you want to get noticed by a publisher, do some research and find out the publishers that publish books related to your niche. You can check other bloggers in your niche if they have written any book for a publisher and approach them.
#5 Builds Your Authority
Blogging will establish you as an authority in your niche. People will treat you as an expert in your field. You will get invited to speak at the related industry events. If you are blogging into a business-related niche, companies may hire you as a consultant. Being an authority, your opinions and views will always be respected.
These are just some benefits of blogging, there are many more. If I start counting all the benefits, I need to write a dedicated post for that. For now, I think these benefits are enough to choose, blogging as a career.
Things To Know Before Choosing Blogging As Career (Very Important)
By now, I am sure you have understood that blogging is a great career option. It can give you everything you professionally dream. So, If you are one of those who is willing to make blogging as a profession, then continue with the post.
I’ll explain all the things you must know before choosing, blogging as a career. These tips will help you become a successful blogger.
#1 Blogging Is About Passion
Blogging is not just about money making. I have seen many bloggers getting failed just because they choose the wrong niche. Blogging is not a twenty-twenty game, it’s a long process. Unless you have passion in your niche, you can’t blog for a long time.
If you want to become a successful blogger, choose the topic you are passionate about, money will automatically follow you. And I am sure you better know, what the passion is? A passionate blogger is always hungry for new information related to his area of interest. If you are the one, blogging would be the right profession for you.
#2 Blogging Demands Writing Skills
Blogging requires writing skills. You may have good knowledge about your niche, but that’s not enough to become a successful blogger. I have seen people really great in their niche but not that good in expressing themselves especially in writing.
Writing skill is also required even if you are a video blogger. As you have to write compelling headings and descriptions to attract more viewers. Verbal communication skill is also required in case if you are video blogging.
These are the limitations you need to overcome if you want to make a career in blogging. The mantra here is practicing … practicing and more practicing. If you are willing to do that, you can opt for blogging as career.
#3 Make Habit of Reading
As our body needs food, our brain needs information. The more you read, the more information you will have. Someone very correctly said that “if you are not a good reader, you can not become a good writer“.
To become a successful blogger, it’s very important for you to start reading, just make it a habit. You can read blogs related to your niche or you can subscribe to magazines that are related to your niche. You will get all the new updates and trends related to your domain. Which will help you cope up with the changes and eventually you will become a better writer. start it today itself.
#4 Learn Marketing
You will need marketing skill to promote your blog so that your blog can get more traffic. So if you choose a blogging profession, it’s very important for you to start learning marketing. I am not saying you to join a B-School for a full-fledged marketing course. You can start with a basic digital marketing course, especially SEO, search engine marketing and social media marketing.
For a blogger, just a basic of these things are enough. Once you start practicing, you will learn more and eventually, you will get enough knowledge to implement that in your blog. So, start learning digital marketing today itself.
#5 No Overnight Success
Blogging is not meant for overnight success. It just takes 5-10 minutes to set up the blog and then a couple of hours to write a blog post. But that doesn’t mean that you have become a successful blogger (it’s same for any other business).
Blogging requires patient, passion and dedication. So when you take blogging as a career you have to be patient. When you start a new blog, in the first few months you may not get the traffic at all, as your blog is new. It usually takes 6-12 months (minimum) for a blog to start getting organic traffic.
So if you are someone who is patient enough and can handle pressure and failures in a cool manner. Then you can take blogging as a career. And if you are someone, who wants to get overnight success, then I guess blogging is not your cup of tea.
#6 Blogging Requires Discipline
Discipline is very important in life to become successful in any field. Whatever you do in your life, you have to be disciplined. Generally, it’s a human tendency that when we start something new, we are highly motivated. But after a couple of months, especially when you are working yourself and you do not have a boss, you become lazy.
So, if you are planning to take blogging as a career, you have to be very disciplined. Make a blogging schedule and stick to that. And if you are someone not comfortable working from home, take an office and work from there, it will force you to be disciplined. As a blogger, you should work at least 5-6 hours a day. When you take blogging as a profession, treat it as a full-time job.
#7 Consistency Is The Key
Consistency is the key to become a successful blogger. I suggest you to, sign up with a couple of successful bloggers, you will see that they always publish their blog posts on the same day every week. You will get an idea that what kind of blogging schedule they follow. The key takeaway here is the schedule.
When you get into blogging, make a publishing schedule for your self and be consistent with that. Consistent blogging will help your readers when to expect a new post on your blog. Initially your blog may not get a huge readership, still be consistent. Believe me, in the long run, this will improve your blog readership.
#8 Target More Income Streams
As a professional blogger, always target more income streams. Be open to more and more advertising option on your blog. There are many ways you can make money from your blog. You can choose as many as possible that best suits your blog niche.
Never depend on a single income. Make the investment to create a second source.Warren Buffett
Do not put all the eggs in a single basket, always try to diversify your income and open several streams for income generation. If anything bad happens, you should have other unconventional sources of income. You can start with other things like freelancing, consulting or writing books etc. I would advise you to work on your other skills so that you can create more income source.
#9 Adapt To The Change
Blogging is not the same as it was a few years back, it won’t be the same after a few years as well. Things do change in life, as we know “nothing is permanent”. There will be a lot of changes in your domain, in the technology and many other things.
I have seen in the past, the bloggers or even the businesses which failed to adopt the changes got hit badly. You have to keep an eye on anything big happening in your domain or in terms of technology that is related to your business. Your ability to adopt the changes will matter a most in your blogging career.
#10 No Shortcut
Remember, there’s no shortcut to success in any field. To become successful, it requires a lot of dedication and hard work (smart work in case of blogging). A shortcut can give you some results for short term, but it won’t stay longer. So, if you are passionate about your blogging career, choose to work hard rather than looking for shortcuts.
As a professional blogger, you should stay away from article spinning (copy, paste), spam link building etc. All these things come under black-hat tricks. You will get caught by search engine algorithms one or the other day and everything will go away. Also, never accept a sponsored guest post or promote any product or services that do not provide value to your readers.
Trust me, the future of blogging is really bright. It is not going to die, at least in the next 25-30 years. With the increase in smartphone and internet usage all around the world, the consumption of content is increased. Sadly there are tons of niches where there is not enough content on the web.
Blogging is definitely a lucrative career option today and will be in the future as well. You can choose, blogging as a career in 2020. Even after this post, if you are not sure about your career in blogging, just drop your queries in the comment section below. I will try my best to answer all your queries related to blogging career.