Blogging could be a fantastic career. It could potentially afford you the opportunity to travel around the world from Internet cafe to Internet cafe posting your latest insights on the niche you have chosen. I can’t think of a better lifestyle than that. With low start up costs, the ability to work wherever and whenever you want and a chance at fame and fortune; it is no wonder so many people are interested in the next online gold rush. We all want to be rich and famous. We all wish we were movie stars, rock stars or business tycoons. If only wishing were enough. Unfortunately, being an “overnight success” often takes years or even a lifetime of sacrifice and hard work.
Can you have a career as a blogger? Absolutely! Anything is possible in this world. New rock stars, celebrities and millionaires emerge constantly. The only problem is that they are a extremely small proportion of the population. However, that doesn’t stop so many people chasing the get rich quick schemes on the Internet. We all know that if it is too good to be true, then it probably is, yet there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of suckers out there in the world.
Blogging has very low barriers to entry. Anyone can start a blog with little money, almost instantly. And that is precisely why so many people will never be successful at it. If everyone is writing their own blog about every topic imaginable, then it is much more difficult to stand out from the masses and make a name and buck for yourself. Possible, YES! Likely, no. I want to make clear that I am not cynical about business opportunities. I truly believe that anyone can accomplish almost anything they set out to do, provided they are willing to work hard enough.
I am not a blogging expert, but I know one thing for sure. All the truly successful people in this world are workaholics. They bust their asses to keep improving and developing their craft. If you are willing to put in 60 plus hour weeks for as long as it takes, then I believe you can stand out above the mass of humanity who choose to put in the bare minimum of effort in most areas of their lives.
Having a blog and mastering online tools is extremely important, so by all means pump out regular, quality content on your own blogs and other social media. Just don’t expect to get rich working four hour work weeks. Success is hard work, and I am also convinced that being a successful blogger requires paying your dues.
I don’t have much to teach you about blogging, so here are some sources that I have been learning from.
Yaro Starak has a popular training training program called BlogMastermind, but his free articles are also a great resource.
This is one of the most comprehensive make money online and marketing sites and it is all free.
Darren Rowse is one of the giants of the blogging industry.
John is the infamous $30,000+ a month blogger. He is all about the cash. His site has far too many ads for my liking but he knows how to bring in the money. He has good articles and is the first to try many new technologies and marketing techniques.
Please leave your favorite sites in the comments.