Sunday, February 08, 2009

7 Tips For Blogging Your Way Out Of Your Full-Time Job

  1. Write in batches. Learn to jot down ideas for blog posts whenever you may have them throughout your day. Then, in a structured time in the evening or over the weekend, sit down and write all of them.
  2. Good is good enough. Realize that your content needs to be related to your market, interesting and useful. It does not, though, need to be a novel. You don’t need to solve every problem of your readers in one post! Learn not to write long-winded posts and you can write more in one sitting.
  3. Start Your List Immediately. If you don’t have a mailing list yet, start it NOW. Start collecting subscribers. This will be an extremely important component to eventually being able to quit your full-time job.
  4. Consume Social Media in Batches, too. Social media sites can suck huge amounts of time. They are important elements to your marketing, yes, but don’t over-do it. I would recommend using Twitter throughout the day from work (perhaps via mobile phone or something). In the evening and on weekends, you segment a certain block of time for social media and commenting on other blogs. When that time is up, you stop and turn off ALL social media. Then is the time to start writing. Turn off the information overload and concentrate.
  5. Connect Your Social Media Profiles. Centralization saves time. I recommend using Twitter, then piping your tweets into your blog and Facebook automatically. Use Twitterfeed to pipe your posts into Twitter. Since so many sites now interface with Twitter, you can use that as your hub and post to most of your social profiles simultaneously from Twitter. Saves time.
  6. Get Busy Writing Reports and Information Products. It’ll take some dedicated work to write blog posts while also working on a product to sell, but don’t delay. The true power of problogging lies in creating and selling your own products. The quicker you get that off the ground, the quicker you will be able to quit your job and enjoy the fruits of an internet business.
  7. Think Continuity. I will talk more on this later, but membership sites are huge right now. Any blog can be turned into a membership site. With good content (which as a blogger you should be used to creating) and a little marketing, you can grow your site into a residual, monthly income stream that will eventually replace your full-time job.

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