Want to Become a Blogger? Read this Job Description Before Starting!
So you want to become a blogger? Sounds great, right?
If you’re new to blogging, you may not realize all of the tasks that are involved to grow your readership and keep your existing readers engaged. Between juggling multiple social media accounts and keeping a full calendar of upcoming posts, managing a blog can be a rather large time commitment.
Here’s a job description that lists your responsibilities, benefits, and schedule!
Duties and Responsibilities
- Build and manage the website to increase readership and develop an engaged audience
- Understand the basics of web development to update and make changes to the website as needed.
- Regularly update website content at least once every two weeks in cohesion with SEO strategy.
- Must be a proficient writer and editor ensuring quality content.
- Analyze website analytics including page views, bounce rate, time on page, and many other metrics.
- Manage SEO strategy including keyword analysis, on-page optimization, and off-page optimization.
- Send as many outreach emails as possible to gain exposure to other audiences and build backlinks to your site.
- Be a master at social media marketing to drive traffic to your website.
- Own all CRM initiatives including email marketing and promotions to keep an engaged audience and enhance relationships with readers.
- Understand basic graphic design elements to create any and all graphics including social media graphics, blog post headers, and any eBooks or eGuides.
- Own relationships with ad networks and affiliate marketers geared to maximize revenues for the website.
- Knowledge of SEM and digital advertising to increase awareness and drive targeted traffic to the website.
Job Type: Full-Time. This position requires your time from Monday to Sunday.
Education & Experience
- Your base salary will be $0 annually for the first year with the potential of making a few $1,000 in years 2-5.
- Health insurance is unavailable at this time.
- Dental, Vision, and Disability insurance are not offered.
- There are no 401k offerings.
- You will be allotted 0 days of paid time off
Now that you’ve reviewed the job responsibilities and meet the education and experience requirements, let’s go over a few interview questions to help you get a more in-depth understanding of the position.
Are you okay with working without getting paid?
This position is more of a volunteer job with the responsibilities of a full-time position to start. After a year or so, there’s a chance you could make some money. But the amount is probably much less than you would make at your current job. Most bloggers will give up before reaching this point.
What is your experience in building relationships?
While blogging is typically thought of as an anti-social job, you’ll quickly learn that it is much more social than you thought. To become a successful blogger, you’ll need to work with fellow bloggers to gain exposure for your brand and content.
Do you consider yourself a creative individual?
Creativity is key when creating content. That doesn’t mean you have to be an artist by any means, but it could be helpful. Those capable of creating truly unique content will have an easier path on their blogging journey.
Creativity can come in a few forms when associated with blogging:
- Strategizing content topics and ideas
- Creating graphics or images that grab attention
- Finding unique ways to develop relationships with fellow bloggers (the aforementioned outreach emails are about 0.01% effective!)
- Exploring new mediums to share your content
Don’t Give Up: There’s Still Hope!
Despite the challenges of becoming a blogger, it’s not all terrible. Most people will get great joy from blogging.
Here are some reasons you might want to continue your journey.
Everyone Has Different Goals
There are plenty of bloggers who have no intention of ever turning their blog into a business. For these people, blogging will most likely come in a more relaxed setting as opposed to looking to turn their blog into an income-generating machine.
Before you decide to start a blog, you should have a good idea of what your goals are. Is it an outlet for your thoughts? Or are you trying to monetize your efforts as soon as possible?
Writing Becomes Easier Over Time
As you become a more proficient writer, you will be capable of publishing your pieces at a much quicker pace.
Because most bloggers are not seasoned writers, it’s common to struggle at the beginning. (Don’t read my first few posts… please :))
Blogging Should Be an Outlet
While some of the larger blogs are more focused and tend to avoid personal and political thoughts and opinions, starting a blog will give you an outlet to express your opinions in writing which can come with many benefits.
Jonathan, from JoneyTalks.com says “I am a strong believer in talking about money in a healthy way” and this is what it’s all about!
Blogging Can Become Extremely Profitable
As I mentioned earlier, the first few years of your blog will be difficult. But those who are capable of pushing past these struggles can be welcomed with a profitable business. Some blogs can make well over 7 figures!
Forming Personal Connections is Awesome
Making friends with other bloggers in your niche is essential to your success. These people will become your allies and can help you to grow your audience and will most likely relate to any struggles you may have.
Advice for New Bloggers
Have you recently started a blog and are struggling to gain exposure?
Here are some tips from some of my fellow bloggers I’ve met along the way!
“The way I see it, it’s a virtuous circle where everyone benefits:
1. You create content that informs, educates, or entertains your readers…
2. They enjoy it enough to comment or share…
3. In return, you reply with a thoughtful comment or by sharing their content…
4. Your reader gets to know you better (and vice versa)…
5. Your relationship and trust in each other grows…
6. The whole cycle repeats, and before you know it, you have a new online friend.
This is what keeps blogging so rewarding for me—the relationship with my readers. When the going gets tough, or I feel like it’s all too much, the connections are what keep me going. My advice to new bloggers is to work on growing those relationships. That’s the real reward of blogging!”
Is Blogging Passive Income??
Unless you’ve had a large blog that’s capable of sustaining itself, you’ll realize that blogging is NOT passive income. Between managing the blog, creating content, promoting your content on social media, and much more, blogging can easily become a full-time job.
Blogging can bring just about every emotion to your life at some point during your journey. It can bring stress, anxiety, relief, happiness, and a sense of community all within a few weeks or less.
There’s no doubt that it requires tremendous amounts of dedication and discipline to turn your blog into a profitable business but it can be well worth it.
Okay fellow bloggers, let’s hear your thoughts? Was I right with the job description? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll update!