Your blogging career

Sharing your thoughts on the internet has become more and more popular. Many people do this as a hobby because they enjoy writing, others want to build their brand through blogging and some people find it relaxing after a busy day at work.

A lot of big companies are investing in the power of social media paying bloggers to promote their brand. According to The Muse, this opens up a lot of opportunities for full-time or part-time bloggers to get paid for their efforts.

Here is a few tips to help you turn your hobby into a career:

  1. Focus on what you are good at: If you blog about something that you are passionate about, chances are that you will do it well, do a lot of research about it and come across as an expert in that field. This will give you credibility and increase your followers.
  2. Use the feedback from your readers/followers to improve your blog: People will tell you what they want to know more about. Do more of what works!
  3. Get noticed by the right people: Your first step will be to get a lot of followers and ensure that people talk about you. Target the right audiences and get into the conversation with the right hashtags and by sharing relevant blog posts on existing groups that are also passionate about your area of blogging. If you feel you can contribute to a specific brand, start talking about them and tag them on social media.
  4. Blog regularly: Don’t be one of those bloggers that disappear for a while every now and again, people will forget you. They should be looking forward to your regular posts 3-5 times a week.
  5. Participate in conversations with other bloggers: you could engage on their platforms, attend blogging events and seminars or join a blogging community.
  6. Keep your eyes open for a blogging position being advertised and then apply.
  7. Create attractive advertising space on your blog once you have a lot of followers.
  8. Enjoy what you do and put as much effort into your regular posts as you would into your sponsored posts. Read about these exercises to warm up your brain before you write.

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