If you want to quit your day job and start making a living through a blog of your own, I have four simple steps for you.
- Have 3 months of income saved up.
- Have a good story on what made you want to quit.
- Have a blog set up (duh).
- Lastly, and this part is important, tell somebody you’re going to try blogging for a living, for God’s sake.
I say that last part to tell someday you’re going to quit your job to blog for a living is important for a few reasons. Firstly, you kind of want to take advantage of excitement bias – meaning if you succeed at blogging the people you tell ahead of time will assume you succeeded because you quit your job and feel a part of it all, making them more willing to help you out down the road. You can also take advantage of failure bias, if you fail at blogging people will assume it’s because you quit your job, and will help you get back on your feet more readily knowing you were honest with them when you took a risk.
But that second scenario is not a scenario you have to worry about, because you’re going to succeed.
Lastly when you tell folks you’re going to do it, you have more conviction because others are expecting it. You basically put yourself on the clock for a decision you know is worth doing, and are more likely to follow through. This is real and definitely a good motivator.
But let’s break down those first 3 reasons a bit more, shall we?
Have 3 months of income saved up.
When I quit my government job to blog for a living, I was broke. Not just when I quit, but generally, at every moment I had that job. I was living on a $34,000 salary in Manhattan, walking to work, eating $1 dumplings on the way home (that part I do miss). That said, I was able to save up by being crafty. I saved a security deposit here and there, learned how to make a few bucks in wordpress taking a General Assembly course, and saved my last few paychecks like they were my last. When I quit the job, I know I’d have about $3000/mo for the next 3 months. This was money in my pocket regardless of what happened. In NYC, it’s very little (think $36,000/yr) but it helped knowing I had a few days worth of breathing room.
When you quit your job, you need to have some guarantee that you’ll be able to put bread on the table for the next 3 months. This gives you a bit of relaxation which is necessary to keep your thoughts in order and do your best work. The pressure helps too. But if you’re in debt the moment you pack up your desk, and need to find work, how are you going to write amazing blog posts and make your online business happen?
It doesn’t need to be 3 months, just enough money that you can relax, and know you’re giving yourself enough time to make this new venture work.
Have a good story on what made you want to quit
A good story on why you quit will fuel you to work hard every day with that chip on your should to prove to your old boss that he or she was wrong about you.
But it will also inspire readers to join into your email club, community or whatever camp you’re trying to build. You’re being bold, don’t hide it, share it.
In my case there was 1 very distinct meeting in which my boss told me that my work (as a web content manager) which was on top of my already solid job as an analyst was equivalent to about 33% of a new job. So I asked him if I could have a 33% raise. Which would have been a lot! 🙂
He told me to GTFO of his office.
And I did, and I never said in that moldy chair again.
I planned every day from that day on how I would quit.
And when I told HR I would quit, they said “oh that’s nice, maybe you should talk to someone about career planning, so you can figure out where else we can set you up in the organization”. And it felt great saying “no thanks”.
However you quit, do it with style, and make it a story you aren’t ashamed of sharing on your blog.
Have a blog setup (duh)
Now this last part is a bit of a no brainer.
But I don’t mean just any blogger or WordPress.com blog.
You cannot and I stress cannot be taken anything other than seriously when people look at your blog after you make this move. If people look at your blog the day you quit your job and see a mumble jumble photo collage mess with pictures of your lunch and quotes from your dog, they will laugh at your or worse, think you may have gone crazy.
What you need, is to make a WordPress website and put up a great landing page with your goals, mission statement and a few Hi-Res images showing what you plan to give people. I show beginners how you can make a website in 6 minutes quick and easy, so you have no excuse to be missing this key branding and online marketing component.
Plus, with any number of YouTube tutorials on how to make a WordPress website or blog, you can learn all you need to get a professional website running, with a few tips on how to actually write the darn stuff, if the teacher is nice at all 🙂
Knowing that you have a professional WordPress site live will actually give you a lot of confidence as you tell those real people that you’re quitting your job. You know you have a platform that can actually be monetized, a sweet blog just like the pros, and don’t have to say much else than “I’ve got a nice blog up and running that will be my focus in this new life”. Check it out.
Conclusion: Put the rush on your life, because no one else will
Once you have the above 4 component in place, you are officially ready to quit your job and blog for a living. You can do it.
But the timeframe part is all on you.
Look at it this way – the world doesn’t want you to quit. Much as people inspire and jabber on in promotional videos about how everything and one is on your side, they’re not, and it helps to understand that we’re all basically screwed if we don’t take the action we believe in. The world wants you to stay in your place and not be disrupted, because so many others like your employers and other bloggers who do have the job you could do are making out great right now. So what will you do?
The world wants you to stay in your place and not be disrupted, because so many others like your employers and other bloggers who do have the job you could do are making out great right now. So what will you do?” – @gregnarayan
When you think about it that light, you realize you really do have to do something about your situation, and do it now.
Enjoy your new life as a full-time blogger, let me know any questions in the comments below and we’ll hope that 3 months becomes 4 years (man I’m getting old).
Do You See Yourself as a Struggling Blogger?
Yeah. Good luck succeeding if you see yourself as a struggling blogger. You cannot outrun your self-image. You cannot outmaneuver your energy. How you see yourself is how the world sees you. If you emit a struggling blogger vibe then people will see you as a struggling blogger and choose to stay away.
In essence, you wave a big red flag that tells people to avoid you because nobody wants to get advice from a struggling blogger. What does a struggling blogger know how to do? Struggle. Why would bloggers want to learn how to struggle? We want to learn how to succeed. We follow successful bloggers. But in the same regard, do not brag about yourself all day long as the most successful bloggers put their attention on their readers most of the time and allow their community to spread their successful word for them. People who brag about themselves all day long just do not believe in themselves. This is low self-esteem at play.
Bizarre bloggers carry some weird idea that bragging about their struggles makes them proud, or attractive, or someone to follow, for other people who struggle. This is a stupid idea. Guess what happens? You and hundreds of other struggling bloggers all get together and complain, whine and moan about your struggles as you struggle forever because nobody is teaching each other How To Succeed. Does that sound like a fun blogging career? I do not think so. I sometimes see these groups on Twitter and Facebook. Struggling bloggers crying in each other’s beer. Who cares? I have compassion for struggling bloggers but I have enough respect for them that I see them in an empowered light. The problem is they are a little bit lost. As a matter of fact, it is because I have compassion for these bloggers that I see them in an empowered, not struggling, light.
Ultimately, nobody cares that you struggle because people want to win. Nobody cares that you struggle because people want to succeed. People will simply exit your blog and follow a winning, successful blogger to learn how to succeed and how to live your dreams. Sure you can share some of your struggle but don’t build your entire freaking brand on being a struggling, broke blogger or you will get to be a struggling, broke blogger for your entire career because where your attention and energy goes, grows. You create your blogging struggles and you create your blogging success depending on where you put your attention and energy. A hundred percent of the time you are the source of your blogging struggles and you are the source of your blogging success. What would you rather do? Struggle or succeed? Any sane human being would rather succeed and live their dreams and live a fun, freeing life over struggling.
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Lose the struggling image. Adopt a new, fun, freeing, successful image. Focus on abundance. Count your blessings. Release the starving artist image and you will also release fellow struggling bloggers who only hold you back, in your comfort zone. These are not true friends. These are fear filled folks who say they mean well but only hold you back because they are not teaching you how to succeed, but how to struggle like them. Let them go. Allow them to find their own way. Your job is to be an empowered, abundant, grateful, generous servant who creates and connects their way to the top of your blogging niche. Why? You get to help other struggling bloggers in increasing numbers leave their struggles behind so they can live their dreams.
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The Blogger’s Guide to Launching an eBook
eBook marketing is a powerful way to build your personal brand, optin list and even some income (if you do your job right!)
Therefore many bloggers write eBooks in an effort to come up with alternative and self-serving blog monetization method.
However writing an eBook is only first part of the task, arguably the easiest one.
What happens next?
It is time to start preparing your ebook launch… yay! Is there anything more exciting or nerve wracking? The excitement of what could be on the horizon for you. Will the book sell well? Will people like it? Could this be the beginning of something incredible for you?
All of these questions are probably filling your head, and you have every reason to be giddy by the prospect.
But don’t let that giddiness stop you from taking advantage of the moment. There is a lot to consider when preparing for a book to launch. You can improve your visibility, which is turn will improve sales and hype, weeks before your book hits shelves (or ebook databases).
Here are some tips for your pre-launch, which are just as important as the launch itself.
Be prepared for disappointment
It is sad but true: first time authors are rarely given a leg up. Sure, you hear about these writers who publish a novel and explode onto the scene. But they were writing well before that point and already had a foot in the door. Their publishers, whom they had gained before hand, took care of a lot of the work in the PR category.
Besides, the landscape of publishing has changed a lot, thanks to the Internet. If you are publishing digitally, don’t expect a sudden rush of fame and recognition. That has to be worked diligently towards.
Set realistic goals
This goes along with the above tip. When you are preparing to launch, you should have a clear set of goals in mind.
What do you want to accomplish? What are you hoping for, in terms of readership? Profits? Eventual payoff in the long term?
Keep your goals manageable and small (especially if this is your first ebook), and then build on those successes later.
This will keep you from getting discouraged and will motivate you to keep moving forward.
After all, the Internet has given everyone an ability to become a published author, so it is not easy to stand out. It will take a lot of time, work and possibly investments.
Create a powerful landing page
This is crucial. Everything else you do to market your eBook needs to start and end here. You need an ultimate resource talking about you, your book and which problems it solves.
The page needs to be compelling enough for your future readers to optin to receive a free chapter (or to buy/download the book right away).
It is a good idea to get the page ranked in Google for it to become a traffic sources of its own. For that, you will need to identify keywords and optimize its copy.
Use Text Optimizer to build your landing page copy. Text Optimizer is the semantic analysis and search intent optimization tool helping you write content that matches Google (or Bing) users’ expectations. It’s also a great way to optimize your content for it to rank higher in Google:
Get hype started early
The earlier buzz begins to build for your book, the better. Whether you are a blogger launching an ebook, or an author publishing a novel, you want people talking about it.
A couple of months is a good starting point, but a couple of weeks can make a lot of difference, as well. Use social media platforms.
- Share with Facebook followers little excerpts.
- Brand a hashtag. Hold a tweetchat.
- Have giveaways so a few people can get free, advanced copies of the book.
- Share a free chapter.
- Set up an email newsletter to build a community of your loyal readers
- Ask for people to share your updates, and remind them regularly about the coming book.
Get your readers excited.
Remember that gaining readers is more important than profits
This is especially true for first time writers. If your book is good, it will sell. But in the beginning, it is a lot more important to get your work out there and build an audience first.
For example, 1000vultures was a Reddit user who began a long term story on the subreddit NoSleep. He gained a large following and buzz continued to build about his story.
One day, he announced that he would be selling a more complete version in novel format on Amazon, under the name Dan Auberbach. His novel, Penpal, has become quite popular and exists in a physical format.
But he gained his readers before he ever made a profit. That is why so many Amazon ebook writers will allow their works to be lended out as part of the Prime library, or sell for $0.99
Focus on building community and your optin list (while keeping GDPR regulations in mind) rather than getting rich overnight.
Take advantage of connections
Do you know some other bloggers or social media influencers? Start cashing in those favors, because they are going to be important to getting the word out about your work.
Ask bloggers to read and review the book ahead of its release. Offer to write blog posts and include information about the book in your byline. Ask pages to promote it on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
Do something quirky
When Random House was promoting the book Zone One by Colson Whitehead, they began to post Twitter updates featuring the hashtag #RHZombies that had to do with the undead.
This quirky little bit of promotion was popular, and led to thousands of favorites and retweets.
Likewise, don’t try to get published. You can start selling your ebook without ever publishing it. There’s no need to follow a traditional route. You can come up with your own!
Think outside the box, and you will be more memorable, and successful.
Have you ever tried to write an (e)book? Do you have you got a tip or two for an ebook pre-launch? Let us know in the comments!
What Bloggers Can Learn from Advanced Dish Washing Machines
Blogging can be compared to a lot of different things, such as writers, authors, newspapers, and even media outlets. However, have you ever considered blogging quite similar to that of a dishwashing machine?
If not, you aren’t alone.
Just like a dishwashing machine, there are many different components to having a sucessful website, blog, and content on your site. All of which are also influenced by how well your writing is, and the type of audience you are attracting. But there are also many little tools, components, features, and levels of expertise factored in along the way.
With all of these little elements in mind and working all together, blogging can also be quite similar to the way advanced appliances and dish washing machines work and improve our lives on a daily basis.
How Blogging is a Lot Like a Dishwasher
Sure, it might seem funny at first to compare something like a home appliance that does cleaning, to the extremely vast and complex world of blogging — however, when it comes to creating content and coming up with new ideas on how to get more creative with content than ever before… this is just a perfect example!
To bring this concept and mentallity altogether, let’s take a look at the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher, which is quickly making headlines and gaining attention for it’s ease of use and advanced technhology.
Below you will find a listing of each of it’s features, and then how one could apply such a feature or setting into that of a blog as well.
A little fresh air equals a lot more dry.
The Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher claims AutoAir™ automatically opens the door at the end of the drying cycle to let moisture escape and fresh air circulate for better drying results.* (*Compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.)
— A fresh breath of air can do a lot for a dish washing machine when it comes to cleanliness and drying. However, the same definitely applies to that of a website, blog, or content creation as well. It’s never easy to come up with new content all the time for your sites, so every once in a while, be sure to take a fresh breath of air and see what type of new content or topics you might want to start writing about.
There’s room for up to 16 place settings. Plus, 5 wash cycles including five-level wash, 5 options like Extra Dry, and a concealed heating element.
— Much like a website or blog, there is always room for additional content, plugins, settings and theme. Just like a dishwasher, you don’t want to load it up so it’s jam packed and hard to clean everything thats inside. So with this in mind, think about how you can better organize the content on your site and the tools that allow it to run at it’s best performance, while also eliminating the junk.
Flexible 3rd rack
Accommodate the odd one out. Adding the 3rd rack with its adjustable tines can create the right fit for deep, tall, or uniquely-shaped items.
Load and unload smoothly. It’s easy to adjust and move the racks, even while they’re full of dishes.
Fit it all, every time. With 3 different height levels and up to 9 possible rack positions, you can customize each load for your needs.
— Just like how a dishwashing machine has additional rack for better storage and management, the web hosting associated with your site likely can do the same. However, it’s not always about getting as much space as possible, but instead knowing how to best optimize the space and resources you are working with. After all, you don’t want to throw all of your utensil (site articles) on the top rack and have them fall out of place. You would instead use the utensil rack to make sure they are all in one place and maximizing the performance of cleaning throughout your washing. In blogging terms, this can also be associated as having one powerful web hosting solution that is optimized for WordPress, so it’s running at peak peformance at all times.
Protect your floors. This 4-part leak prevention system uses sensors to detect and stop leaks, and can even turn on by itself.
— One of the worst things that can happen with a dishwasher, is to have it leak water all over your kitchen. With an Aquastop in place, this can help stop leaks before they start. The best way to compare such a feature to a blog, would be to have an anti-virus and hack security solution in place. This can often be done by adding a security WordPress plugin, or going with a higher end hosting solution that offers 24/7 backup and advanced security of their own.
44-dBA noise level rating
Wash dishes in peace. Bosch dishwashers are so quiet, you have to check the exterior Infolight® to know they’re on.
— Dishwashing machines come in all different shapes and sizes. No matter how big it is, you are going to want to make sure it’s night and quiet. When a dishwasher is made by Bosch, they are made by a name and brand that is known for excellence and superior products. The same type of mindset needs to be applied when choosing a web hosting or monetization platform for your blog as well. Go with a hosting solution that is reliable and has a well-branded name. And when it comes to choosing a propert monetization method for your site, go with one that has a proven track record and success as well.
How Bloggers and Like Top of the Line Dishwashing Machines
Yes, the idea that bloggers are like dishwashing machines might have seemed a little silly at the beginning, but after reading through the article, you might have a bit more of a clear picture on why it’s true.
Bloggers and dish washing machines will each continue to develop over time, while also learning how to adapt to the changing enviornments around them and impriving over time.
So the next time you see your dishwashing machine… you might just think about blogging as well!
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