Oh, where to begin. It’s my second day at Type-A Parent Conference and I’ve already learned so much.
Because it’s so much handier, I’m taking most of my pictures here with my iPhone’s Instagram. They are not always the best pictures, but they convey perfectly the whirlwind experience of this blogging conference.
After two hours of sleep, I took a taxi to the airport on Friday, flew to Charlotte, NY, and got to the hotel just in time to hear the keynote speech by Chris Garrett, called “Blogging from Zero to Full-Time Business.”
Chris is the man behind the wildly informative ChrisG.com. If you want to learn more about how to make your online business stand out and successful, take a look at his site.
Here are 21 tip from Chris on how to make your blog a full-time business:
- he really struggled to make a living for his family with blogging at first
- he made many mistakes along the way but something always kept him going and paying the mortgage
- because his income isn’t linked to geography, he was able to move to Canada
- he loves the freedom, independence blogging allows him
- have a plan B, keep your other job at first
- there usually is someone out there who is willing to pay for your particular skills, for what you have to offer
- 3 possible streams of income: manage, teach, or consult
- he offers three levels: entry level, advising, and coaching
- content is everything!
- when you have repeat customers, you know you are onto something
- it’s a mistake to put all your eggs in one basket, like only using Google ads for your site
- build an email list!
- discover what problems people need solved and offer the solution
- focus on your audience and write for them, make them happy, make the blog about them
- be entertaining, youthful, consistent, and approachable
- never apologize for your writing
- tell readers what is in it for them to subscribe to your blog
- offer something useful and free
- people are willing to pay for what you know
- educate > inspire > motivate > always give them the next step/solution to their problem
- make your blog your portfolio, get testimonials
Explain these 4 things to your readers with your site and your posts:
- Who are you?
- What do you have for me
- How is it going to help me?
- Why should I care
and then ask them to take action.
It was encouraging to hear that making mistakes doesn’t mean you need to stop blogging — just keep plugging along. It’s not easy to make a living as a blogger, but it can be done.
Chris Garrett is an inspiring example of someone who created a successful career, on his terms, with what he knows and loves.
I’m aspiring to do the same :)