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Turning Passion into Profitable Blogging

10/30/2016
5 years ago, blogging was just a hobby, an online journal for my musings and travel escapades. But a lot has changed in the past few years. From having a personal blog way back in 2011, I am now managing two promotional websites. This provided me extra income alongside my full time freelance work online. It's been an exciting and challenging journey but it's all worth it. Blogging and freelancing have gifted me what I needed most, a somewhat balanced lifestyle. I get to work from home, spend more time with family and share my creative skills online.

BUT CAN ONE REALLY EARN FROM BLOGGING? 


It’s POSSIBLE to make money from blogging, but it’s important to have realistic expectations. It's NOT EASY and it doesn’t happen overnight. Blogging is NOT a get-rich-quick kind of work. Making a decent income from blogging takes a lot of TIME, PASSION, and HARDWORK. Truth is, I haven't earned anything from my own blog until after approximately 3 years.

When I started blogging, I didn't intend to make money from it. Blogging was just an outlet for my ideas. My sole focus was on my freelance projects on Upwork (formerly oDesk). I was already happy juggling 4-5 contracts on oDesk. But life is unpredictable most of the time. One thing I learned from freelancing is to never be complacent. There is no such thing as STABILITY online, in your regular office job, or in LIFE. Clients, companies come and go. Contracts end, and sometimes, clients fail to pay. So never depend on a single source of income. I once experienced drought in freelancing and it's definitely not pretty. From having long term contracts that ended abruptly to receiving 30+ declined job proposals online, it was a very trying phase for me. But I didn't stop. I used my downtime to learn new skills. These include Graphic Design, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Google Adsense/Adwords, a bit of Web Development, and Stocks Trading. I've used my time to upgrade my skills. I may not have come out as an expert but I've learned fundamental skills that helped me upped my game in the freelancing and blogging world. I continued applying online, created new websites and started monetizing them. And before I knew it, I was already back on track. New contracts have started and I've generated profitable websites on the side.

So where am I heading you at?

To let you know that it is very important to have an ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF INCOME. And how does one actually do that? Easy, INVEST IN YOURSELF. Update your skills and learn new ones. Read, research and take skill-building courses. Don't just wait for companies to pick you, create your own platform and put yourself out there. There are so many ways to create an alternative source of income. Fortunately, BLOGGING worked for me.

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Here's my approximate web income (from Google Adsense alone) since I've started to really work on monetizing my websites.



Today, I am sharing my 4-STEP GUIDE TO BUILDING A PROFITABLE BLOG. I am not a marketing guru but I do KNOW how to CREATE, LAUNCH, DRIVE TRAFFIC, and MONETIZE A BLOG. If you're seriously planning to start a blog, read on.

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO BUILDING A PROFITABLE BLOG


Click the photo and link below to read more about each step.

STEP 1: FIND YOUR BLOG NICHE


PASSION & MARKET: 2 Important Things to Consider in Finding Your Blog Niche

STEP 2: CHOOSE A BLOGGING PLATFORM


BLOGGER vs WORDPRESS: Choosing the Best Blogging Platform

STEP 3: MARKET & GENERATE TRAFFIC 



STEP 4: MONETIZE YOUR BLOG


5 BEST WAYS TO MONETIZE YOUR BLOG

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