Are you a Professional Blogger or Just a Mediocre who keeps Dreaming
October 14th, 2017 | by Ravi Chahar || 4 Comments |
Every time I read something, I always wonder as if what’s the definition of a blogger? People always ask “are you a professional blogger“.
The question may seem very simple but it’s not. Nowadays, everyone is claiming to be a professional blogger.
If you ask any college student, you will get only one answer “I have a blog and I teach people”. I was so amazed when someone updated a status on LinkedIn about being a life coach at the age of 21.
I mean what has happened to the people? In the past few years, the definition of a blogger has changed a lot.
Let me ask you, are you a professional blogger or just mediocre? It may be hard for you to think about this concept but it really means a lot.
You should clarify your current standard to scale in this blogosphere.
Do you have the answers to these questions
This is the first question comes to my mind when I someone says he/she is a blogger. In this professional world, everyone is writing but only a few have the quality to grow.
It’s always good to see that everyone is trying to achieve the success but in this blogosphere, you can’t rely only on the emotions.
People will raise the questions and you should be ready to show what you got.
- Can you resonate with your readers
- Do you always check the visitors’ count
- Do you write for money
- Can you make your readers stay
- Have you made your first million
To be honest, people think that they will be the millionaire in a few months after starting a blog.
Well, let me shed some light and wake you up from your dreams. The blogging is a long process and it takes years to build a better blog.
The first thing is if you can write something your readers like. Being a professional blogger doesn’t just mean to write for money, it’s about your passion, your goals, your blog audience.
In the past few years, I have come across many people and it turned out that not everyone knows what their readers want.
This is the biggest blogging mistakes anyone can make.
And another question comes out “are you blogging for money or following your passion?”. The answers to such questions will decide if you’re mediocre or a professional.
Do you just write or use the power of social media
You should know the 80/20 rule if you want to succeed in this blogging world. Writing and leaving your blog post can’t make you a professional blogger.
You have to understand that promotion is more important than just writing. There are billions of blogs running on this web and no one is going to land automatically to your blog.
The social media platforms are the dynamic source to grow.
If you want to scale your online business, you have to understand Facebook marketing, Twitter rules, LinkedIn power.
I get more than 100000 views on my LinkedIn posts and that’s the reason the traffic to BloggingLove always increases.
- How many Twitter followers do you have
- What about Facebook fans
- Have you even started using LinkedIn
- Are you using all the platforms
The biggest mistake people make is to be everywhere. I mean please don’t try to be a Superman.
Just choose any two platforms and work hard to build your personal brand. You can influence your followers with your social presence.
What would you answer if someone asks you “are you a professional blogger“?
Think about it and apply what I have mentioned.
Are you a money freak or having a quality providing rule
I don’t think I have to mention that “content is king” and everyone is chasing a way to craft something his/her readers can appreciate.
In the past few years, you may have seen many bloggers who have grown to be successful.
But have you ever thought what’s the one common thing among them? Well, that’s the rule to provide the quality at any cost.
Monetizing is good but don’t do it to an extent no one can bear.
Finding the lucrative ideas is always required but not at the cost of the quality of your content. Compromising over your blog’s value isn’t a good idea.
There are also some confessions of a professional blogger you would like to read.
Are you a professional blogger? Do you provide the quality? Do you take care of your readers? What about your passion?
Making money is required and you should but it shouldn’t affect what you have built in all those years.
If you have something to say, we would like to hear it.
Hi Ravi, I don’t think it’s all based on money alone. I think it is more about providing information to many people who come back for more. When people know who you are I think then you can consider yourself a professional blogger.
Many people also think you must do it full time to be a professional blogger. I don’t think so as I watch Ileane Smith and she has another full time job. Folks like her amaze me 🙂
It takes time to build an income stream from blogging, it doesn’t happen overnight. If someone does a post about making money quick through blogging I don’t even read it anymore. Too gimmicky for me.
Great topic Ravi. I hope you have a nice weekend!
Every individual has a different perspective and we can’t force anyone. You and I think that it should be all about providing the right information and teaching others.
Maybe someone else doesn’t think like this. Yes, there are many pro bloggers who are doing it for the part-time but invested many years.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I do believe the key here is consistency. As long as we blog good content and have people that come to read our blogs…..leave awesome comments and spread it on social media, we are doing OK.
I like to follow the 90/10 rule so giving good content is my main objective. However, I do have a marketing funnel in place whereby I do “nudge” folks to read. Then ten percent of the time, I will give a clear CTA for a product and/or service of my own or a good affiliate I have purchased.
So blogging for money is there, but in my head it is blogging for people to get some good information to use themselves.
As for ‘Professional Blogging” – that takes time and consistency. Once you are “known” to a good amount of people and they follow you, you do become an influencer. I really don’t like the term “professional blogger” because anyone can self profess that they are.
That’s my two cents 🙂
Like Lisa and Donna, I do believe it all comes down to providing great value to your readers. That’s why I think it’s important to choose a niche that you’re passionate about.
It will be a long road uphill if you’re in a niche that you don’t know anything about. Sure you can learn about it, but the truth is if you’re not really interested in the niche, you won’t really enjoy what you’re doing.
When you’re in a niche that you love and are passionate about, people will know. They will eventually start following and sharing your blog because the content you write actually helps.
As more and more people get to know you and share your content it gets a little easier. If you’ve monetized your blog, then the money will come.
It does take a lot of time and it takes a lot of work. I agree, most people believe they can earn big money in their first year of blogging. While some people have done it, it’s not the norm.
As long as you’re consistent, I do believe that one can see success with their blog.
Thanks for sharing this with us, I have no doubt that it will help people realize what it takes to grow a blog.
Have a great day 🙂