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Blogging for Big Bucks

Being a professional freelance writer/blogger is the best job in the world; at least from where I sit (which is wherever I want by the way.) But before you can start blogging for the big bucks, you need to know what you are up against. Remember, there are over 70 million blogs online. And guess what? I would venture to guess that a very small number of them allow their owners to make a decent living. With that being said, there is no reason that you cannot turn your blog into a money making machine.

For beginning bloggers, the first thing that you need to know is that content is king. I know that saying is a bit “played out,” but it is true. If you do not update your blog on a regular basis it is not going to reach its fullest potential. Remember, people visit your blog for what you have to say. If they read a few good posts and then find that you slacked off for two weeks, they are going to forget about you. Even if you only have the chance to shoot off a couple hundred words, it is better than nothing.

In addition to blogging on a regular basis, you also want to make sure that your posts are of high quality. There is an ever growing debate between bloggers over what is better, “quantity or quality.” My personal take is that you need both. Maybe I am a bit off base with this, but if you offer both you will have a much better chance of succeeding. And that is what you want, right?

So at this point you know that you need to write often, and that your entries should be of the highest quality possible. The next step is to not get frustrated. I have had some blogs begin making money within a few days, whereas others have taken a year or longer. There is no way of saying how things will work out, so exercise a high degree of patience. In other words, concentrate on making posts and let the traffic and money follow in suit. Trust me; it will come sooner or later if you continue to write.

You may also want to consider whether or not you want to attempt to monetize your blog from day one. Some people feel that waiting for traffic is best, while others prefer to get their income streams in place right away. Personally, I like to wait just a bit to see what direction my blog is moving. This will then allow you to put the proper income streams in the right place.

For instance, if you have a blog with more Google Adsense ads than posts, your readers are going to think that you are after nothing more than money. I am sure some bloggers will disagree, but in my experience content comes first, then traffic, then monetization.

The majority of people start blogs to make money, but then give up within a few weeks when nothing happens. Do not become one of these people! You do have what it takes if you put your mind to it, stay patient, and continue posting.

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