Top 10 Blogging Skills You Need to Become A Professional Blogger

Top 10 Blogging Skills You Need to Become A Professional Blogger

There are millions of blogs out there, covering everything from horticultural trends to global security risks.

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But few blogs are professional – that is, designed, run and operated like a business as a way of making money.

A professional blogger knows their audience, knows how to please them, what they’re looking for and knows how to grow their reach – at the same time as establishing relationships that make them money.

Such bloggers are adept at spinning plates and covering multiple responsibilities at once, in order to make a success of their blogs.

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In this guide, we’ll look at the skills you’ll need to take your blog to the next level, producing five-star content, establishing lucrative relationships, and broadening your reach and your appeal over the coming months.

First, we’ll run through the top ten skills you’ll need to develop to become a professional blogger. Following that, we’ll introduce some tools that’ll help you get there.

So here are the skills, roughly in order of importance:

Let’s take a closer look at each of these key skills, discussing why they’re crucial and what you can do to improve them over time. You may find it useful to take note as we go.

1. Content writing skills

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Writing skills

No blog can be successful if the writing upon it is shoddy. People visit blogs to read engaging copy and to be entertained and informed in equal measure.

If you’re barely making sense, you’re unlikely to enthrall many readers.

Most won’t come back to read your next post, many won’t even finish the page they clicked to.

On the other hand, blogs that are well written, witty and personable tend to go down a treat with readers. One excellent post can deliver you hundreds of newsletter sign-ups.

That means the quality of your writing is directly proportional to your reach, your audience size, and the money you’ll make from your blog.

So working on your writing skills is an essential part of your professional blogging repertoire. Later, we’ll highlight a handful of tools that can help you hone this craft.

But in the meantime, here are some quick tips to accelerate the development of your writing skills:

  • Read popular blogs and make notes about the tone, style, word use and layout the writers use
  • Read other material online, gobbling up as many words per day as possible
  • Practice writing every morning or evening so that you become used to pushing out content quickly
  • Take a writing class (available at most good universities and colleges) to improve your skills
  • Use online tutorials and explainer videos to learn a little more about the English language

No one should consider their writing skills completely perfected. Writing is a craft that can improve infinitely – so it’s worth always working on making your wording a little better over time. Practice as often as you can.

2. Programming (HTML and CSS) skills

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Programming skills

Unlike written journals, newspapers and magazines, blogs are part and parcel of the digital infrastructure of the internet.

They could not exist without the internet, and it’s often the most engaging blogs that understand what this means for their presentation and blog aesthetics.

That’s where CSS and HTML come in – coding languages that much of the internet is written in. Now, you don’t need to learn these languages like the back of your hand, as that can take many months and a lot of commitment to learn.

Instead, picking up the basics should be enough to give you a helping hand and a little more flexibility when you’re editing your blog.

After all, the likes of WordPress and Wix make designing a website so much easier. Their templates (which you can click and drag into position at will) are excellent for coding novices.

But knowing how to make small HTML tags and code different heading sizes (like H1, H2 and H3) will make your blog more interactive and more professional. It’ll also help boost your SEO, which will draw in more visitors to your blog.

Meanwhile, for those who blog about aesthetics and who want their readers to enjoy every part of their experience on their blogs, the design is important.

The usual click-and-drag function can make for beautiful websites, but it doesn’t allow for unique personal touches.

Knowing how to code in HTML and CSS can help you distinguish your blog from that of others while sprinkling a little of your personal taste and creativity over every page on your website.

3. Networking skills

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Networking skills

Does this sound like a horribly corporate tip? We don’t mean it to be. Networking doesn’t have to involve standing around awkwardly in suits, sipping a glass of flattening fizz and asking about someone’s latest work project.

In the blogosphere, networking is all about talking – to other bloggers, to avid blog readers, and to other digital thought leaders and influencers.

Forming relationships with other bloggers will give you the opportunity to collaborate on content, learn from their experiences, and share audiences.

Meanwhile, chatting to your followers and readers on a regular basis will give you a better feel for who they are and what they like.

These connections will make you a more confident blogger, and they’ll help you build up a network of loyal followers who feel that you’re listening to them as well as speaking to them. This will build more loyalty to your blog amongst your audience.

Looking further afield, you can also try to partner up with influencers across the internet.

What if there’s an Instagram influencer, a TikTok user, or a YouTube vlogger who is completely attuned to your way of thinking and who loves the same things you love?

You should get in touch with them and see if there’s scope to share portions of your audience, promote one another’s content, and even work together on multimedia projects.

4. Follow-up skills

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Follow-up skills

There’s nothing more demoralizing than responding intelligently to a blog post, only for that comment to be ignored forever more.

You commented to start a discussion or a conversation – or at least to praise the writing style or the ideas you’ve just read. Being ignored is likely to leave you questioning whether you want to return to that blog at all.

So it is with your readers. Try to keep a close eye on their comments or posts and aim to reply within 24 hours at all times.

Even a reply that states: “sorry, I’m super rushed today but I’ll get back to you tomorrow” will mean the world to your audience. If you run social media pages, be aware that you may have to follow up with messages on there, too.

If you can schedule a little time every day just for replying to comments, posts, emails and messages, that’ll help you retain a larger audience and seem like a more engaged and personable blogger – excellent traits if you’re looking to go professional.

For some bloggers, keeping up with all the comments is tedious – something they’d rather not do.

If you’re against keeping your comments section open, always provide a way to get in touch with you personally – like over email or Instagram DMs – so that you don’t seem distant and aloof to your avid followers.

You’re more likely to reply to messages on your personal communicative media than you are to comments buried in your old articles.

5. Photo editing skills

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Photo editing skills

When readers are presented with dozens of paragraphs of text, it’s often the accompanying photos that’ll persuade them to sit down and actually read the post.

If those photos are bright, exciting and intriguing, inspiring curiosity in your readers, then you’ll be well on your way to keeping your engagement rates shooting through the roof.

That means learning how to edit photos to make them pop with flavor and intrigue. Make sure photos are high quality and correctly labeled so they can be found via Google Image search too.

You might find the likes of Adobe Photoshop useful tools to help you edit photos like a pro. You could also simply read guides online or follow editing tutorials to get your photos to a professional level of quality that your readers will trust.

Never overuse photoshop – it is easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole and over-edit your images.

Use editing software to highlight areas you want to draw attention to, sort out color balancing or remove unwanted items/people from the image. It is easy to spot over-editing and once found out your audience will trust you less.

Of course, the best way to make sure your photos are engaging and beautiful is to do your best to make them first-class when you press the shutter button.

Getting better at photography means you’ll spend less time editing your photos and more time focusing on your other blogging responsibilities.

A quick extra word on photos: as well as helping to engage readers, they’re also regarded as a good addition to your pages by Google’s algorithm, which is what determines where your blog appears on Google’s search results pages.

6. Social networking skills

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For some people, social media is everything; for others, it’s something they try their best to avoid.

Whichever side of the argument you’re on, it’s undeniable that social networking is a crucial element of the blogosphere and it’s something that you cannot afford to neglect – even if you’re not especially fond of using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You’ll know from experience, from your friends and relatives, that many people consume all of their media via their social networking sites.

They’re so-called “gatekeepers”, sharing content with the world and enabling that content to be shared on between friends and acquaintances. Being on social media can therefore boost your blog traffic by a lot.

Social media is also where you’ll pick up on trends, current affairs, and the general pulse of public discourse.

Being on-trend with your articles, citing the things that everyone seems to be talking about, can help you generate thousands more views and a lot more attention and respect.

So, keeping track of social media is an important facet of your blogging approach, dictating the types of articles you’ll write, the topics you’ll cover, and the opinion you’ll express.

But social media is also just that: social. It’s even more chatty and conversational than the comments section in your blog, seeing as people are on it more often, and they can send messages instantly.

Being great at chatting to people via direct messaging (or in comments on posts) is an important skill you should bring into your professional blogging repertoire.

7. Marketing skills

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Marketing skills

Let’s say you have the most incredible blog – with brilliant, original articles and high-quality, well edited photographs. That’s still no guarantee that anyone will actually read your articles.

In fact, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to find your article at all – even if they’re looking for content like yours.

The reason for this is that your blog is competing with literally billions of different websites for the attention of web users.

Many of these websites use some form of marketing in order to boost their chances of being seen. That boost, of course, is at your expense, especially if you aren’t running any marketing on your blog or your posts.

To start marketing your blog, consider one or more of the following strategies to get your posts the attention they deserve:

  • Use paid advertisements on Google (Bing) or Facebook (Instagram) to target demographics interested in your posts.
  • Learn how to ace your site’s SEO, which will make it more visible on Google (Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo).
  • Partner with other bloggers or influencers in order to share audiences and cross-promote posts.
  • Use social media as a marketing tool, sharing every post as well as your thoughts with the world.
  • Organize competitions or surveys to engage a larger audience and to get people excited.

8. The art of selling

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Selling skills

Some novice bloggers believe they’re writing on the internet to share their views and to start a conversation.

But if you’re a professional blogger, it’s worth recognizing that your job is a little more fundamental: you’re trying to sell something to your readers.

That’s not always to be taken entirely literally. Of course, if you’re working on an affiliate marketing program or you’re being paid to promote products on your blog, you are literally going to be asking your readers to consider purchasing certain products. Other blogs are selling a lifestyle, an idea, or a view on the world.

To sell, you need to be persuasive. You need to be genuine, given that most web users can sniff insincerity, spam messages or promotional content with ease.

Most importantly of all, you need to be a good salesperson – knowing when to trigger emotions in your audience that might make them more likely to agree with you or purchase products via your blog.

Getting the balance right is often the challenge that bloggers find hardest.

If you remain ambivalent towards what you’re selling, readers might simply fail to notice the motivation behind your blog, ignoring the very aspect that could make you money.

On the flip side, being overly eager to sell and promote can leave your audience feeling taken for granted, even insulted.

Strike a balance, be open, but also put your persuasive skills to the test in every piece of content that you create.

9. Understanding your audience

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Understanding your audience

Your audience is a complex beast. Many of the users in it will be completely anonymous to you: for all you know, they could be a 65 year-old Hawaiian or a 16 year-old schoolboy from Scotland.

Some will read without commenting, while others will always leave comments on their favorite posts.

Many will be “ghost readers”, which means that they’ll show up as a reader on your backend traffic metrics, but you’ll not know a single thing about them.

There is some scope for you to use backend analytics to understand a little more about your audience – or at least those who haven’t hidden their identity.

You can geolocate plenty of them, though the high use of VPNs means that this isn’t entirely accurate. You can also see what else your followers tend to read by looking at the other pages and blogs they follow.

Paid-for services can also help you dig deeper into the kinds of people you’re attracting to your website.

This will give you an impression of the likes, needs, desires, and quirks of your audience.

You shouldn’t let the dog lead the owner, writing directly with your audience in mind; however, knowing what makes them laugh or cry can help you engage your audience consistently with your blog posts.

Knowing an audience is also about respecting them. You don’t want to offer a point of view, a perspective, or an opinion that’ll only make them angry, rejecting what you have to say entirely. Nor do you want to pander to their every need.

Treat your audience as a conversational partner: you want to express yourself, but you’re also sensitive to the etiquette of social intercourse and the times during which you should bite your tongue and listen.

10. Negotiation skills

Top 10 Blogging Skills - Negotiation skills

Back to business and the tricky world of negotiation specifically. This is something that many bloggers start out very poor at – leaping at the opportunity to make a little money from their blog without considering if they’re being exploited for their large audience size.

Inexperience always leads to this kind of relationship, so you should always be careful, in your first months of operation, not to sign any long-term contracts or to enter into relationships that you cannot back out of.

Beware exclusive deals, as they prevent you from partnering with more companies to make more money from your blog.

Whether you’re looking to share followers with an influencer, to collaborate with another blogger, or to nail down an affiliate marketing partner who’ll pay you a commission on each customer you deliver to them, negotiation will help you get what you want and deserve.

The more you enter into negotiations, the more you’ll get used to standing up for yourself.

But if you need a helping hand in your first weeks as a professional blogger, look to mentors in your life for advice, use YouTube tutorials, or read books about assertiveness in business.

Skills roundup

So, those are the top ten skills we reckon you’ll need to work on if you want to become a successful professional blogger.

Work on them continuously, over the coming months and alongside your regular posts, in order to rise to a level at which you can make some serious money from your blogging output and the size of your audience.

Remember that these skills work best together.

Great posts need great writing and well-edited photos (videos). To have those posts seen, you need to focus on outreach, marketing and SEO.

To monetize your blog and your audience, you’ll need to network, become a better salesperson, and negotiate your heart out. Being an expert in any one of these disciplines is less valuable than being an all-rounder in all of them.

With the skills nicely rounded up for you, we’ll move on to the services (tools) that you can use to make your life as a professional blogger than bit easier.

High quality web hosting

Websites need to be hosted in order to appear online.

This essentially means that a company needs to save the technical details of your website on a hard drive, which is then kept safe so that your website is kept constantly online.

If that data is compromised or its connection to the world wide web is broken, your website will go offline. As such, patterning with a high-quality host is all about finding reliable, trustworthy firms.

Hosts come in many shapes and sizes, but professional bloggers need to find supportive and experienced web hosts to ensure that they never experience downtime – which can lead to a loss of revenue and traffic.

Here, we’ve gathered up a handful of the best hosts out there on the market today for you to consider when you’re setting up your blog.

Bluehost

Bluehost - High quality web hosting

A one-stop shop for all your hosting needs, Bluehost is very well regarded in the hosting world.

For a competitive monthly price, you’ll benefit from 24/7 support and a free SSL Certificate, which is an essential security measure to protect your website.

Millions of websites trust Bluehost for their hosting and have given the firm 5-star reviews. With a focus on up-time and support, Bluehost customers rarely have anything to complain about.

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HostGator

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Next up is HostGator – the hosting firm that’s been around the block for a while, gaining more and more experience in helping bloggers and business owners in the digital space as go.

HostGator are perhaps best known for offering seamless scalability, which is important for professional bloggers who are aiming to significantly increase their reach, traffic, and page numbers over time.

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SiteGround

SiteGround - High quality web hosting

Another popular hosting firm, SiteGround are focused on speed above all else.

Put simply, they’re looking to have your website loaded and ready to read faster than other hosts – and they’re achieving this with their own approach to lean hosting technology.

If you’re looking to host many pictures, videos, animations and GIFs on your blog, SiteGround might be your best bet to see them load as quickly as possible for your readers.

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GreenGeeks

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Your audience is almost certainly eco-friendly.

You might be too. That’s why we’ve included GreenGeeks in this list – the hosting platform that promises eco-friendly hosting to all of their clients and customers.

If you’re keen to keep your blog net-zero – something that any environmental blogger will want to achieve – then you can’t go wrong with a partnership with GreenGeeks.

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Cloudways

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Finally, there’s the comforting collective that call themselves Cloudways. While other hosting partners concentrate on speed or scalability, Cloudways instead look to provide the best-possible level of support for their customers.

Naturally available 24/7, the Cloudways support team is there to help with every and any stage of your blog development journey.

If you’re confused and frustrated as you make your blog, they’ll be at hand to help you solve issues and feel more comfortable in the blog’s back end.

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SEO Tools

Let’s move on now to SEO tools – the kinds of platforms that’ll help you increase your visibility and your reach.

Some SEO tools are designed to actually help you improve your SEO across the board, while others are there to help you monitor your performance, ensuring that you’re kept abreast of every promotion you experience on Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs).

SEO is incredibly important for blogs. You’ll know that if you ever ran a blog in the past.

Search the exact wording of a recent article’s title, and you’ll struggle to find it even on page 8 of Google’s search results.

That’s likely because your website isn’t ranked or is ranked so low as to be invisible on ordinary web searches.

Given the importance of SEO to your blogging career, we’ve picked out a variety of tools that should help you get to work on boosting your SERP performance.

Here are our four favorite tools – relevant and useful for any aspiring professional blogger with an eye on making money out of their own personal platform.

AMZ Watcher

SEO Tool - AMZ Watcher

AMZ stands for Amazon for this company, which watches any Amazon links that you have on your entire website to check whether any of them are broken.

Why is this an issue? Well, there are three ways in which professional bloggers lose money from broken links.

The first is if you’re linking to your own products on Amazon. Obviously, broken links here mean that fewer people access your products – and you make fewer sales.

The second is similar: if you’re doing some affiliate marketing on your blog, broken Amazon links to your partners’ products will also fail to make you any money.

Perhaps most importantly of all, broken links mean you’re ranked lower by Google’s algorithm, negatively affecting your SEO. Cleaning these up with AMZ Watcher is a great way to boost your SEO as well as your income.

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SerpStat

SEO Tool - SerpStat

Remember how we mentioned SERPs earlier?

Search engine results pages are where your SEO efforts will shine through, and it’s on SerpStat that you’ll be able to check those efforts on a regular basis.

SerpStat may have started as a mere SEO monitoring platform, but it’s since grown in size and stature to offer a variety of SEO services to blogs, small businesses and other e-commerce websites.

The team there are brilliant at explaining their products and services to a layman, if you’re curious about how they could help you expand your blog’s reach.

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SemRush

SEO Tool - SemRush

Similar to SerpStat, SemRush is all about giving you an entire platform from which you can plot your SEO ascendency.

You’ll not have to leave the platform to plan around keywords, or to think about technical aspects of your blog that you could improve in order to climb slowly up Google’s SERPs.

With over 50 tools and features ready for you to take advantage of, this one-stop shop of SEO advice and guidance can really help a newcomer to SEO feel comfortable dabbling in this space. It’s also user-friendly and intuitive, which is again brilliant for beginners.


SurferSEO

SEO Tool - SurferSEO

Go a little further and hire your own outsourced experts in the world of SEO, by partnering up with the team over at SurferSEO.

These professionals are at hand to help you execute any type of SEO marketing plan, and they’ve worked regularly with bloggers who have aspirations to become professional and make money from their blogs.

SurferSEO is also an impressive technology company in its own right, having built an AI system that helps to monitor SEO data and plot the best strategy for each blog, website or e-commerce store.

That sets it apart from other SEO tools, saving you time and giving you access to rich analytics that could help you grow your audience dramatically.

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AI writing tools

There’s an awful lot of writing to be done if you’re composing your very own blog.

Most professional bloggers feel that a post a day is about the right amount to keep people engaged and coming back for more – even though that means writing excellent content each day for a number of hours.

As such, any helping hand you can find to get that copy written faster can be a lifesaver for professional bloggers with plenty on their plates.

It’s not cheating: it’s streamlining. Actually, with most of these tools, you should see them not as automated workers but as support rails for when you’re working at high speed, and you’re liable to make mistakes.

Here are some of the best solutions out there that could have you speeding up your article production line, producing more incredible content for your readers.

Jasper

AI Writing Tool - Jasper

With your first 10,000 words delivered for free by an advanced AI program, this is the perfect solutions to test out before choosing whether you’d like to purchase a subscription.

Incredibly powerful AI, trained on millions of words (GPT-n language model), is at your disposal courtesy of Jasper`s platform.

Just key in some important details about the article you’d like to write to see how the AI stitches together something engaging, unique and impressive – all without you lifting a finger.

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CopyAI

AI Writing Tool - CopyAI

As the company claims, you can “create marketing copy in seconds” with this AI solution.

Similar to Jasper, CopyAI allows you to select a tone of voice and the details of a product, and you leave the rest to the algorithms behind the scenes.

Out will pop a fully readable and engaging section of text, which you can quickly copy and paste into an article you’re struggling to find the energy to finish yourself.

Another powerful, impressive tool, CopyAI is already used by some of the world’s biggest brands, saving them hundreds of hours in writer’s fees.

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INK Editor

AI Writing Tool - INK Editor

Next up is INK Editor – the all-in-one editing solution that takes some of the stress out of the editing process when you’re trying to whittle an article down to size or make it that bit more impressive for your followers.

The platform’s AI can write for you or, or if you’re keen to keep your own style and tone of voice in your articles, you can simply ask it to take a look through your prose for you, finding errors and suggesting improvements as it does so.

It’s almost instantaneous, which means that you’ll be able to have a second opinion on your piece minutes before you’re scheduled to publish it.

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Grammarly

AI Writing Tool - Grammarly

Unless you’ve been living quite firmly beneath a rock for the past couple of years, you’ll almost certainly be aware of Grammarly.

This platform has gone from strength to strength in recent years, helping not only those who tend to make spelling mistakes regularly, but those who sometimes get a little tied up in grammar.

The beauty of Grammarly comes in its simplicity – it accompanies you everywhere, from your email service through to the notes you make in preparation for an article.

Overall, this leaves you confident and supported in what is often a lonely task of writing and editing your articles.

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Before we finish with the tools, it’s important to touch upon search tools. It’s these that’ll help you locate the topics that are currently on trend, the questions web users are asking the most, and the most pressing issues that are adjacent to your niche.

By giving you inspiration for your next blog post – in terms of creativity, accessibility and relevance to your audience – the following two tools are perfect for those looking to turnover several articles a week, all of which perform very well on Google and in terms of traffic and engagement.

Let’s take a closer look at them.

Answerthepublic

Search tools - Answerthepublic

An incredible resource for those who are struggling to find the right topics to draw in the big traffic volumes.

This is a website that’s incredibly easy to use. You’ll just select your region, type in a topic, and see what people on the internet right now are asking about it.

Remember that the internet is often seen as a place where answers can be found.

People turn to Google when they see something they don’t understand, or when they have a question about the task that they’re doing online.

As such, searching for guides, questions and a sense of genuine curiosity will often unearth smart ways to angle your pieces. In any case, you’ll also find popular topics that should draw in a little extra traffic to each of your posts.


Keywordtooldominator

Search tools - Keywordtooldominator

Another platform with similar features, you’ll turn to Keywordtooldominator if you’re also searching for keyword frequency on platforms such as YouTube and Amazon.

Bloggers tend to forget that people also make millions of searches on these two platforms too – and that they might be able to find a niche here that’ll make them more money and increase their visibility.

As with AnswerThePublic, this is a platform built to place you on the cutting edge of the public spirit.

You’ll know precisely what kinds of keywords you should be using to boost your SEO in your articles, and which titles might perform best too.

In learning these important elements to help build your SEO, you’ll begin to learn exactly what makes viral blog content – and which kinds of posts you should probably retire.

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FAQ

That’s a lot to take in, so we thought we’d also boil down plenty of the advice contained in this article into five of the most asked questions about becoming a professional blogger.

Guess what – you can find these via the search tools listed above.

With reference to the big wide world of Google and the search queries that its search engine reveals, we’ve plucked out five of the most pressing questions web users are asking about becoming a professional blogger.

Read through our answers to get an idea of what life as a professional blogger might entail.

Do I have to be a writer to be a blogger?

The answer here is an emphatic no. Most people are not confident writers. Writing is a skill we can all pull off, but fewer people can bash out a 1,000-word article at speed.

Fewer still can find the right things to say to charm an audience, all while bearing in mind their SEO goals and other facets of running a blog.

Happily, as we’ve mentioned earlier, there are helping hands that’ll make a fantastic writer out of anyone.

AI tools can help you write and edit, while tools like Grammarly are there to mop up any mistake you make in the cut and thrust of your writing sessions.

You don’t need to be a professional writer to be a professional blogger – period.

How much money to bloggers make?

It varies. You’ll begin your blog without a partnership to earn you money, and without an audience that’ll be significant enough to set up those partnerships.

So, anyone in the first weeks and months of their blog start up aren’t likely to be making any money – and might even be operating at a small loss, given they’ll have to pay for hosting and other web services.

However, there are professional bloggers who started from exactly the same position yet are now earning upwards of $1,000,000 per month.

They’ve carefully built an audience and established as many revenue streams as possible in order to generate cash from their popularity.

So, bloggers sometimes earn less than nothing, but they’re sometimes banking over $1 million per year.

What makes money on blogs?

This is a good question, considering that many blogs aren’t exactly upfront about how the authors earn money.

There are dozens of ways in which professional bloggers tend to monetize their output.

Below we’ll list just a handful of them to give you an idea:

  • Affiliate links, which pay you whenever one of your readers buys a product mentioned in your blog.
  • Advertisements, which might be shown in banners of pop-ups across blogs.
  • Subscriptions to exclusive content, which can generate high monthly revenues .
  • Partnerships with other brands, which you’ll promote by using your influence .
  • Guest blogs, taking cash from guest bloggers in exchange for their posts.

There are plenty of other ways in which bloggers are making money. To learn more about these, check out our article How Blogging Makes Money.

Can I run a blog while having another job?

Absolutely! It’s not easy to balance two things at once, but if you’re organized and you have the time to devote to your blog in the evenings and on weekends, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t work full-time while building up your blog based on the advice in this article.

Once your blog is earning you enough cash to quit your job, you’ll be able to focus much more of your energy on the day-to-day running of your web assets.

That’s something professional bloggers find incredibly satisfying – being a self-made internet entrepreneur who no longer needs to support their efforts with another job.

Which is the most important blogging skill?

That’s a difficult one to answer. We’d split that question into two in order to provide you with what you need: what’s most important when you’re setting out, and what’s most important when it comes to earning money?

The answer to the first is simple: learning to create compelling content that generate high volumes of traffic.

You need to work on your writing, your photo editing and your web design to make your posts as exciting as possible. Use search tools to make sure your articles are as exciting as possible.

The answer to the second question is to work on your networking skills. There are thousands of opportunities to generate income from a popular blog online, and you’ll only need to seize a handful of them, through smart networking, to start monetizing your site.

Summary

The wonderful thing about setting up a blog is that you can start the process right away.

You can approach a host, use a website editing platform, and start thinking about your very first posts. It’s democratic, and it’s an opportunity to earn online that literally anyone can seize.

This article’s about what you should work on to give you the best chance of making mega-bucks via your online blog.

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We’ve provided a run-down of the ten top skills you’ll want to acquire, as well as a detailed run-through of the tools that’ll make your life easier when you’re blogging.

We finished with some FAQs, which should get you excited about just what you might expect from hard work on your blog over a period of months.

Being a professional blogger is within your grasp.

All you’ll need to do is think about which skills you might be lacking and what you ought to work on in order to make your blog a huge success – something that enables you to quit your job and focus fully on the further development of your popular, engaging and insightful blog.

Once you know what you need to work on, and actually do so, you can start making a proper go of it.

Hold yourself accountable for this for the most success.


Author Bio

Rafael W.

Head of the content. Rafael is an entrepreneur, investor, software developer, SEO specialist, natural problem solver and startup enthusiast.

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