That Look You Get When You Say You’re a Full-Time Blogger!
When I first started my blog about 4 years ago, the last thing I expected was that within 12 months of setting it up, I’d have been blogging full-time. I had no experience of blogging whatsoever, I wasn’t a writer by trade and I certainly had no idea of how to setup a website! Within a few months of setting up the blog, however, I quickly realised that there was some good money to be made from blogging! Gradually, my blog started to make money and within a year I’d turned my blog into a full-time endeavor.
One of the most interesting things I’ve encountered since I started blogging full-time is the reaction I get from other people when I tell them what I do for a living. To be fair, the reactions vary from a confused or intrigued look – which is usually followed by the question ‘So, how does that work exactly?’ – to a look of mistrust as people wonder whether you’re ‘really’ a full-time blogger or whether you’re just taking them for a ride.
How it All Began
When I started my blog, I did it because I’d been working in the mortgage industry – just before the financial crash of 2008 – and had seen how many people were getting ripped off by dodgy mortgage brokers who were just in it to make a quick buck! I quickly left the industry as I really couldn’t do that to people myself. Instead, I wanted to help these people find the best deal possible on their mortgage and other financial products, so I purchased a domain name and hosting package with 1&1 Internet and started a Personal Finance blog.
Unexpectedly, the Money Came Rolling In
Not long after starting my blog, I noticed that there was some serious money to be made from blogging. Not only could you make money but you could also do it on your own terms, without ripping anybody off! So, I started looking into and making the most of the various sponsorship and affiliate opportunities available with companies like Skimlinks, Affiliate Window and others. Within 12 months, I was earning enough to make blogging a full-time gig. Yes, I’m that guy who makes money in his PJ’s – I almost feel embarrassed to say that! These days I’m focusing much more on trying to build my affiliate income by utilising social media tools such as Tailwind, I’ll let you know how that goes.
Could you do it too?
So, I’ll put it to you this way. If I, a guy with zero experience of blogging, writing or anything else web-related can make a success of blogging purely out of a passion to make a difference and help people out, then I’m pretty sure that you could do it too, whatever your area of expertise. If you feel you have something to give then all you need is a domain name, web hosting and a desire to succeed and you will be on your way. My one bit of advice would be to keep your integrity by only recommending products that you’d be happy to use yourself, this way you’ll know that you are doing the right thing by people, even if you do make a little less money along the way.