Blogging for a Living; Is It Possible?

May 18, 2009 | | Say something

Blogging for a living is a long but attainable journey

SocialmediajobsBlogging for a living is something most online marketers want to do. But it has its own challenges and the competition is always growing. There are some elite bloggers that are well known on many online forums and social media sites. These guys are really making huge amount of money just by blogging about what they are passionate about.

The main business model of blogging for income is to create an interest among people about a specific subject and gathering as much readers and subscribers as possible. Then, it will be very easy to write something that specific group is passionate about and they will come in huge numbers and interact with the post. The more the articles you published get comments and shares, the more they grow in their power to rank on the search engines.

You can make your blog a pure information/entertainment site that people will read for the enjoyment of it. A blog with a reputation can attract advertisers, just as any newspaper or magazine can. If your blog gains a reputation for being something that a lot of people read, advertisers may well approach you, or you can approach them offering a not-to-be-missed opportunity to get their product advertising space somewhere people are likely to look. This can be enough for an individual to live on, although this is not going to happen instantly.

Alternatively you can use the blog as a way of promoting a more conventional business. Blogs are easily navigable sites that are equally easy to update. So it is not necessary to have any great knowledge of internet technology to keep one running, and to use it as a way of bringing customers through the door. Then all you need to do is have something they are prepared to pay for – and that can be almost literally anything.

Blogging for a Living: The Art of Living Simply and Doing Work You Love

Once, Tammy Strobel and her husband were living a normal middle-class lifestyle: driving two cars, commuting long distances, and living well beyond their means. Now they are living the voluntary downsizing — or smart-sizing — dream.

I'm excited to have Tammy Strobel as my guest this week. Tammy is someone that I admire and have an enormous amount of respect for.

Tammy is a writer, photographer, and teacher. She started blogging in late 2007 to become a better writer and to share her story. Blogging consistently improved Tammy's writing. So much, in fact, that it resulted in a book deal!

Her first print book, You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too, was released in September 2012. She's also self-published two ebooks; Smalltopia: A Practical Guide to Working for Yourself and Go Small & Be Happy: A Little Book of Essays.

All of Tammy's work can be found on her site; Rowdy Kittens.

Before Tammy started her micro-business in 2010, she worked in the investment management industry and in the social service sector as a peer counselor. As an entrepreneur, she currently sustains herself through her writing, photography and teaching.

Do you wonder if it's possible to simplify your life, leave your stressful job, and succeed at launching a meaningful micro-business? In this episode, you'll learn how to embrace simplicity while getting your business idea off the ground.

Tammy will discus:

• How she went from being an unhappy, tired and stressed out employee to becoming a successful writer, blogger, author and program creator.
• Her journey from investment management to social services to thriving entrepreneur.
• How simplicity and downsizing contributed to succeeding as an entrepreneur.
• The benefits of simplifying and making space for the things you really love.
• Why simplicity looks different for everyone.
• How to get your small business idea off the ground.
• The importance of getting your debt and expenses under control.
• Why it makes sense to experiment with your business idea before quitting your job.
• The illusion of having security through your job.
• How technology offers the possibility to do work you love from almost anywhere.
• Why following your passion isn't all you need -- and what you can do to make progress with your business idea.
• The simple formula for making progress with work that's meaningful.
• After six years of being car free, Tammy and her husband are back in the driver's seat and experiencing the beauty that surrounds them. And I do mean beauty! They live right next to Mt. Shasta and Castle Crags State Park in Northern California.

If you're curious about the idea of living with less stuff, less stress and fewer obligations so you can have more time, money and energy to pursue what means most to you, be sure to check out this episode.

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