Not only is blogging fun, it is also a wonderful way of sharing your thoughts with the world. And it is a fast way at that. As added bonuses, you get to be your own editor, web designer (if you like), social media manager and so much more. The problem is, after you’ve been blogging for a while, you eventually find yourself wanting to make money from your efforts. Maybe you even started your blog(s) to make money from it in the first place. However making money from blogs can be difficult, and it often takes a lot of time to see those dollars coming in.
You need to apply SEO, optimize your design, network with other bloggers, increase your traffic and authority….The list goes on. A blogger’s (daily) tasks are endless, and it takes a lot of time to find the right monetizing method. As you engage in promoting and networking activities, as well as measuring your efforts, you realize that writing is just a small portion of it. For a writer who just wants to write away, keeping a blog just might seem more trouble than it is worth.
So if you just want to write, rather than to try to find ways to make money with your blog (and trying to keep up with the tasks that come with it), you can also choose to write blog posts for other people. This is where Paul Cunningham’s How to Become A Successful Freelance Blogger e-book comes in.
In this e-book, Paul talks about every aspect of blogging for others, including:
– how you decide this is the right path for you,
– what qualities you need to make it as a freelance blogger,
– how you can set goals & manage your time,
– how to decide on your price/post,
– how to develop a portfolio to help you land gigs,
– tips on managing your income,
– places to look for blogging jobs,
– ways to find jobs that are not advertised,
– what to include in contracts,
– managing your relationship with editors,
– writing your very first post
Simply put, How to Become a Successful Freelance Blogger takes your hand from the first moment you decide you want to build a career as a freelance blogger and takes you step by step.
The book consists of 45 pages, ending with a list of useful web resources. While I am not going to say it is the only book you need, it is a pretty comprehensive book that covers the needs of both beginners, and those who feel like they could use some direction and tips while managing their careers.
Paul blogs on bloggingteacher.com, where he gives a lot of useful tips on every aspect of blogging. The site also comes with a page that allows you to submit your idea and post if you want to try guest-posting (a concept Paul also covers in How to Become a Successful Freelance Blogger.
The book is priced at $24. Yes, I have it, and yes – I used affiliate links.