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Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Professional Blogger?

January 9, 2007 by  

Yaro Starak of Entrepreneur’s Journey blog has posted an interesting article about what it takes to be a professional blogger.

He takes Darren Rowse as an example and “blamed” him for causing so many people trying to make money from blogging.

I came to know Darren and his blog at ProBlogger.net from a Slashdot article posted in July 05. The article talked about how he earned between $10,000 and $20,000 per month. No doubt this figure may well have increased today.

I realised this earlier on that ProBlogger.Net is not Darren’s biggest money maker. As Yaro put it:

Many people assume that it’s Problogger.net where Darren makes big bucks from because it is the first blog they find with his name on it. Worst still, some bloggers walk away thinking that writing about professional blogging is the key to becoming a professional blogger, resulting in all kinds of little “mini-Problogger” sites sprouting up, either constantly linking to Darren’s posts, or providing weak content because they don’t have the experience – they are not professional bloggers and don’t earn like Darren earns – you have to walk the walk before you can talk the talk.

There are a handful of blogs that produce great content on professional blogging, but none do it like Probloggers does it. Darren owns that niche.

If you take a look at Darren’s post – How Much Do I Earn from Blogging? – you will see that it’s in fact because he operates 20 blogs (that could be an old figure now) that he earns so much and I’m pretty sure if you did some analysis of Darren’s network, a small number of sites bring in the majority of his income (another example of the 80/20 rule). Those sites are very likely his heaviest trafficked sites, relying extensively on search traffic since search engine visitors are more likely to click ads, unlike Problogger.net readers who know very well what an AdSense or Chitika ad looks like.

While I’ve known about blogging before that article was published, I’ve never really tried to pursue the world of blogging seriously.

Anyway, the article inspired me to join the bandwagon and I started blogging in October 2005. What you don’t know is that I lost RM20,000 in one of my Internet endeavors in December 2005, but that’s a story for another day :)

I chose not to dwell in that experience, lesson learned and I moved on to do something else. Blogging was a perfect platform for me to expand my horizon.

If I ask myself do I have what it takes to become a pro blogger?

Well I am not a pro blogger and at the moment I do not intend to become one. I have my other priorities that I’ve been involved with earlier.

But that doesn’t mean I do not plan to become a successful blogger. Perhaps, blogging is a part time “job” if I can call that. But who knows what the future holds.

I admit, making extra income from blogging is fun although obviously I don’t make as much as Darren. But, like it or not, it’s one of the factors that motivate bloggers to continue blogging.

I value the experience I gain from blogging and the chance to help others to make money online. I hope I’ve made a small different in anyway.

What about you? Do you have what it takes to be a professional blogger?

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Comment by ZeMMs
2007-01-09 13:41:50

One question.. can bloggers who writes about personal stuffs become probloggers? or does only those in certain niches only are able to become probloggers?

I know I blog for fun and as a hobby.. but to get something out of it is even more exciting :)

 
Comment by pinolobu
2007-01-09 17:43:15

You lost RM20,000? Was it one of those HYIP schemes? Just last night a VIP sent me an SMS asking me to join in his scheme.

 
Comment by Gaman
2007-01-10 23:49:49

ZeMMs: I doubt it. You need a cult followers who have enough interest about your personal stuff. I guess that would possible if you are some kind of celebrity.

You will do better if you write about what others want to read, instead of what you want them to read. Focusing on a particular niche should help.

pinolobu: It’s a long story, yea something like that.

 
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