As a fresh graduate, you may find a lot of things that can help you begin and boost your career but do you accept as true that blogging can effectively boost your career?
Yes, it’s damn true because blogs are websites full of informative and supportive content that not only shows your areas of expertise but also reveals that what are the things you are interested in and how you can make things easier not only for readers but for the organization or company as well that you will join.
Due to the huge competition for entry-level jobs in almost every industry or market, it is vital for you to be obvious to a potential employer or company in any best possible way you can and starting a blog could be a great way to do so.
Ways Blogging Can Help Your Career
You can start a blog to cover any specific topic or industry you want such as finance, lifestyle, marketing, fashion and so on even without spending a lot of bucks as you can start WordPress blog free of cost. However, below are few ways how blogging can effectively boost your career if done properly and in a great way.
Shows your expertise in any industry or niche
You will definitely gain credibility in a specific industry or niche by writing a blog with quality and informative content that not only helps readers in getting things right but also shows your expertise in the industry.
For instance, if you are seeking a job for position of SEO expert in a well-reputed SEO agency, you can start a blog in your spare time to demonstrate your vast knowledge in the field of your experience. Chances are higher you will find an agency that has SEO clients and you are interested in a position with that company to work with.
In the whole process, your blog will provide an opportunity to secure a dream job even without having a strong work history or experience.
Bring job opportunities
Having a personal blog loaded with all essential details about you like qualification, interests, and professional accomplishments will not only attract readers around the blog but will also bring job opportunities on your way to boost your career.
As a blog owner or author which is providing quality content to its readers, there will be no need to craft an appealing resume or CV via resume builder but you may need to add ‘Hire Me’ page on the blog to grab the attention of companies relevant to your niche.
However, you can also mention blogging on your professional looking resume as a side job or hobby to make it more alluring. But you should always keep in mind that don’t take your blog like a gag but treat it like a side job that will definitely boost your career.
Building a Professional Brand through Your Blog
When someone searches for your personal name or business online, what are they going to find? Hopefully, they will come across your website or blog at the top of the search results. The more someone knows about you and your brand, the more likely they are to trust you and what you have to offer.
The same can be said about having a great first impression and making sure that you look as professional as possible. Anyone can start a website or blog in just a few minutes of time, but it’s the work involved afterward that can make your expertise and site stand out from the crowd. This includes everything from content creation, branding, SEO, site design, WordPress themes and plugins, and also creating a logo or identity for yourself.
In addition to the overall blog design of your site, you should also consider creating a brand identity and professional logo. Not only will this help your blog stand out from the crowd, it will also allow you to start investing some time and effort into building your brand offline as well. A perfect example of this would be if you wanted to create business cards for your blog, and having a colorful brand logo that makes your card pop. You can see several examples of top business cards and how to create one of your own at HelloPrint.co.uk.
Improve your writing skills
Excellent writing skills are required in almost all types of jobs in these days as effective communication not only help you improve productivity but also shows your professionalism. And practice is something vital that improves your writing that can be done via blogging.
Running and managing a well-written blog provides you a variety of writing styles that you can add to your resume or online portfolio in order to create an appealing impression on potential employer or company.
There are actually plenty of free and low-cost writing courses on Udemy that are currently being used by thousands of students to improve their blog writing and grammar skills. Best of all, not only are these courses low cost and easily accessible, they also come with lifetime access and updates.
Build valuable relationships
Blogging sounds like a great networking tool in this digital world because you can build valuable relationships with your fellow bloggers from the same niche or industry that can help you boost career when needed. In simple words, blogging is the best way to meet with like-minded people in your industry to strengthen your business relations.
You should always stay in touch with them so would love to assist you in career whenever need. For example, if you have strong relations with fellow bloggers who are also expert in the field of SEO or social media marketing etc, they will always lend you a helping hand to maximize your marketing campaign’s ROI by providing shrewd suggestions and recommendations in your hard times.
Since blogging can effectively boost your career, it will certainly take a lot of time and hard work to get success because it is not the game to be successful overnight.
4 Ways to Respond to Blogging Critics
We all have ’em.
Or, if new to blogging, critics will pay you a visit eventually. Being seen online means being criticized sometimes. Part of your successful blogging tax.
Fools waste precious time and energy engaging critics in some way, shape or form. Avoid doing this. Paying, loyal, loving fans deserve your energy. Go to where you are loved.
Follow these 4 tips to respond to blogging critics effectively.
1: Ignore Critics Completely
If I come across a nasty 1 star review of my eBooks, I ignore the barb completely because miserable, angry, unhappy people cannot think clearly and tell the truth. Why trust a raging, mindless, idiotic bull? Ignore these people. Buy my critics eBook too to begin spotting these fools.
2: Listen for a Shred of Stinging Truth
OK guys; following this step feels uncomfortable but you need take the step to become a successful blogger. Listen closely to critic feedback. How does it feel to you? Upsetting? Embarrassing? Does a critic anger you or annoy you? Do you want to debate or debunk those morons? If any negative emotion feels triggered by receiving criticism you believe some or all of their critical feedback. I did tell you; this step/tip feels unpleasant. But how could you ever sell a bunch of eBooks and help people and make money if you genuinely do NOT believe in the value of your eBooks? How can you become a pro blogger if you believe you will always be amateur hour?
Critics trigger false beliefs you need face, feel and release to reach the next stage of your blogging growth. I never had powerful break throughs until a critic tossed some nasty barb my way, triggering some fear I needed to release to gain enough clarity and confidence to reach the next stage of my growth.
3: Psyche Homework
Critics see you as a mirror. What criticism seems doled out to you, on to you, is a critic speaking of themselves. We are connected; all of us. Critics never seem to see this and choose to speak of self via their criticism of you. Do your mindset homework. See how criticism serves as a projection of individual onto you? Relax. Prep yourself for future criticism. Consider writing blog posts discussing problems critics see in self if this topic applies to your blogging niche. Turn criticism into help and profits, too.
4: Never Gang Up
Ganging up on critics with your friends only shows your weakness. Critics fear. Critics are in pain. Imagine taking time to rile the troops and kick a wounded dog? This is what it’s like to get your tribe rounded up to gang up on and belittle critics. Plus, try getting featured on world famous blogs by building a bully image these days. I dare you.
Relax. Critics have issues. Ignore these folks outright. Leave them be, and you will be happier, healthier and wealthier, too. Never waste your time fighting critics; especially with friends. Do something uplifting and enriching with your time, energy and efforts.
Help people. Do not try to hurt, hurt people. Give your attention and energy to love, generosity, abundance and service to experience the greatest blogging success.
How to Self-Publish eBooks for Increased Blogging Profits
Have you bought my blogging eBook?
Well; this is one of my 100 plus eBooks:
I thought 10 eBooks in 4 months was cooking in 2014, as a newbie author. Boy, was I off. I eventually went on a blitz including publishing 1 eBook daily for 3 months in a row during one of my trips to Bali, in 2015. Anyway, I want to help you self-publish eBooks to boost your blogging profits because every blogger loves registering sweet profits, right?
Follow these tips.
1: Solve Common Problems
Solve common problems in your blogging niche. Earn profits by solving problems through eBooks people need solving. If they need the solution they buy the solution. Does it get any simpler?
2: Keep It Short and Sweet
Gone are days of 50,000 word eBooks being the norm or a bit more normal. Kindle short reads and other short, sweet numbers seem resonant with our ever-increasing microwave culture. Note how folks love watching videos and getting the latest updates via phone. People enjoy getting what they want quickly so if you solve a pressing problem fast people buy the eBook-solution.
I span 6000 to 15000 words per eBook; find your sweet spot.
3: Be Prolific
I think too many bloggers eat into their eBook profits due to holding back. Do not be stingy. Self-publish freely to increase your exposure and to better increase your blogging profits. I shipped 100 plus eBooks and promote a fair chunk daily. Being prolific helps me to help more readers; smart way for boosting your profits.
4: Help People for Free….A Lot
Do you see how many guest posts I publish daily? Quite a few, folks. I publish guesties to help you and to increase both my presence and eBook sales. Profits flow to leveraging bloggers. If self-published authors guest post heaps, all the better for increasing your blogging and eBook sales. Keep helping people via blog posts, videos and podcasts too. Do not be shy. Increase your skills, exposure and eBook profits by generously helping people for free through content creation.
5: Show Off 5 Star Reviews
I recently began showing off my 5 star reviews for my eBooks, via my blog and social media. People sometimes buy based on word of mouth marketing. Observe the review below in response to the eBook above.
Seeing positive reviews makes it easier for a reader to buy your eBooks and pad your profits. Show off 5 star reviews. Go to where you get love to get more love and to increase your eBook profits.
6: Keep It Simple
Short and sweet eBooks sell.
Simple eBooks sell even more frequently.
I always simplified my eBooks as much as humanly possible to both reach maximum readers and to increase my eBook profits. Why do people buy solution-eBooks? Authors who offer simple, easy to follow reads find few issues selling a nice volume of eBooks. Keep eBooks simple. Imagine yourself writing for a small child. Be clear and simple. Resonate with readers. Sell more eBooks.
7: Persist in Promotion
I did not begin selling eBooks until I promoted the heck out of these reads. Often this involved mentioning 1 eBook per every blog post and guest post I published for months at a time. Such is the effort of a self-promoter who drives increasing eBook profits.
Tap into this prospering blogging income stream.
Being writing and selling helpful eBooks today.
How Did You Pick Your Blogging Niche?
Did you pick your blogging niche mainly to make money? Or do you blog mainly to follow your passion? Be straight with yourself. Being honest makes the difference between happiness and misery, and, the difference between success and failure.
10 years ago I chose my blogging niche mainly to make money. I had little interest enjoying the ride and helping people. I did have a wee bit fun, freeing driver, but that intent shifted fairly quickly. I figured it’d be easy to make money blogging because top pros showed it’d be easy. Pros I followed back then, at least.
But I quickly learned being a pro blogger was no joke.
I picked the wrong niche because profits mainly drove me. Big mistake.
In my eBook: How to Pick the Right Blogging Niche
I explain how to pick the proper niche for you. Most bloggers struggle because they do not pick a niche for themselves and for their enjoyment; these folks chase money, so the niche is for money, not self. Money never arrives fast because money arrives after you practice writing, improve your skills and build your network. Why do you keep blogging if you make no money and money is your prime driver? You don’t keep blogging. Or you fail terribly, until you blog your passion versus mainly blogging for profits.
Choose Passion Over Profits
Choose your blogging passion for your driver; make the work, the reward. Profits feel like extra, which needs to be the case because you will not make money for a while. Remember; you need to practice for a long time to develop the skills, content and connections to command money for your premium offerings. Nobody makes money right away because no new blogger has a complete blogging skill set. Perhaps you have industry knowledge but you have no clue how to create content and build connections. Practice, time and trust factor deeply into the blog monetizing equation.
Pick your niche based on what you love doing. Do you dislike covering your current niche? Trash the blog. Do yourself a favor. Avoid the nightmare of spending years struggling, doing something you do not enjoy doing. You may as well work a job. Quit blogging, get a 9-5 job offline and at least get a steady paycheck and some comfort, if you are going to be miserable.
How Did You Pick Your Niche?
Most bloggers lie to themselves on niche selection because most bloggers claim to follow their passion on some level but in the next breath, these bloggers struggle for years. Guess what? If you struggle for a long time, you are chasing profits, not following your passion. Passionate bloggers put in the time, practice writing, build meaningful connections and publish helpful content. Check all those marks for 6-12 hours daily and you will begin making some solid coin over years.
Do you genuinely love your niche? If not, trash it. Start quickly and intelligently from an abundant, generous, powerful energy. Blogging From Paradise took off fairly quickly because I trashed on old blog and my old niche and followed my passion. Nothing held me back. Nothing pulled me back. Nothing held me down like an anchor.
Trashing a losing venture and blogging money obsession beats holding onto a losing venture and wasting your blogging time for years. Nobody succeeds from a happy, abundant energy trying to squeeze cash out of a blog because you cannot get big bucks unless you render big time service. Bloggers who follow their fun and make profits feel like bonuses are the exact folks who render the greatest service online.
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