Laid Off? You Can Start Blogging for a New Career

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Were you laid off? Maybe not yet, but with the look of things, you'd thought you may be fired? Are you worried that the current recession or the coming one may lead the company, paying your bills, to lay a few of their workers off?

Whatever the situation you find yourself, that's not the end of life. In fact, you're not the only one in the mess.

The Guardian recently reported that Capital Economists had estimated America’s unemployment rate has surged to at least 15% by April 2020, wiping out twice as many jobs as were created over the last decade.

This was one of the expected aftermaths of Covid-19.

On the global scene, the same paper reported that the disruption to the world’s economies caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to wipe out 6.7% of working hours globally in the second quarter of the year 2020 – the equivalent of 195 million jobs worldwide, according to the UN’s labor body.

That was in direct accord with Euronews' report that An estimated 25 million people will lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus, according to UN agency the International Labour Organisation.

The paper stated that, despite all schemes launched by governments to stop companies firing employees, many have still cut jobs and withheld pay.

If this has hit you or you think you may be a victim any time sooner, you should consider, right now, what can be done before it's late.

And of course, there are several opportunities waiting for you out there if you know the right places to look. Taking up a new job retains similar future possibilities. Then, why don't you consider blogging as a full-time career now that you still have some money in the bank to support yourself while you're setting things up?

Blogging Can Be Full-Time or Part-Time

The purpose of this post is more to encourage you to move all arms and legs into blogging. However, if you can combine chasing a new job with blogging, you may be shown the reality in time.

I was once in your shoes. I was laid off a job before I got another. While working at the new job, I knew that what happened before could still reoccur here. Then, I gradually worked my ways into blogging. I later started my own business which was facing several ups and downs.

And with foresight, I'd known there would be an inevitable recession. As a result, I had been blogging for some years now. I didn't stop or sell my offline business (at least not yet). Yet, I'm sure if anything should happen, I have enough to live by with my empire of blogs.

You can replicate the same success if you can open and read the history book of a man and apply the knowledge therein.

Katie Colihan shared a related experience of being laid off. The event that led her into freelance writing (which is more like blogging).

In fact, Monroe Steele of Fashion Steele NYC, moved completely into blogging after being laid off. This was an experience she couldn't help but share with the world.

Blogging and Income Sustainability

One fear any potential blogger will face is the possibility of making enough from the hard work. You might have heard people condemning blogging for money.

Some of them have points. The truth is that blogging is like every other business. I couldn't say it enough in my post, "How Much Can You Make Blogging Part-Time or Full-Time?".

If you can make it in any other business, you should be able to make it in blogging. In fact, if you're laid off because you're lazy or incompetent, you're likely to fail here too.

One of the reasons I prefer blogging, in the long run, was because I knew I might not be paid better if someone eventually employs me to blog for him. If he can make $700 or more and pay me $350 monthly from my work. Why don't I just start the work and earn the whole money for myself?

The earning potential is, of course, more than that. I knew that because I've attained about $2500 monthly income after four years.

For real, the beginning was odd. You may not earn your first $100 dollars in the first 12 months. You may have to wait 2 years before you receive checks every month. But the waiting is worth it.

Requirements to Start Blogging

If you've made up your mind and ready to give it what you have, below is a true picture of what to expect in the adventure.

1. Be Mindful of Pre-Blogging Takes

You don't jump into blogging just like that. In fact, very many that jump in, jump out in no time. Why? They don't put certain things first.

I got you covered in my post, "Before You Start Blogging: 5 Things First". There, I set you straight for what must be put in place before a career in blogging. Taking these seriously might be the most important decision of this profession.

In brief,
  • be determined to succeed,
  • have a monetary backing for the waiting time,
  • determine your niche,
  • learn a few basic things about blogging and
  • have a few posts handy

2. Pick a Niche

As for the niche, you must be careful to avoid the same traps many that failed fell into. Some of them approach blogging with several topics on the same blog. They didn't pick just a topic and cover that extensively. They're jerks of all trades. I condemned multi-niche blogging in my post, "Single-Niche vs Multi-Niche Blogging: Which is Better and Profitable?". There, you will see the reality of failure if you're not specific with your blogging focus.

In the same vein, don't start blogging with the micro-niche approach. Nothing is wrong with that type of blog. Yet, it's better to start an authority blog - a niche you can start and keep getting better at. While running this kind of blog, you'll learn a lot that will come handy if you later decide to go micro-niche.

Luckily, while working with your former employer, there were tones of experiences you've acquired that you can now share with the world without violating employer-employer agreements. This can be the best niche for you.

And before anything, consider looking into the following:

Hey, don't jump the above-linked posts, read them before coming back to continue to read the rest of this post. They contain important pieces of information that will save you from making mistakes that failed some or forced others to start all over.

3. Blogging Hardware and Platforms

As a blogger, a computer and internet connection is what it takes to start your journey into millions. There are a few blogging platforms you can use to start with. You have Blogger, Wordpress, Medium, Wix, etc as free blogging websites.

It all takes you about 5 minutes to set up a live blog on blogger or any other platforms.

I'll love to add that you should have a paper organizer handy. Topics, sometimes, come by inspirations. And if you don't jot things down immediately, you might forget what has been given to you. If you prefer using a phone for this, I love using my notepad for that as well.

4. Research into Your Niche

Blogging doesn't have to be based on your passion or interest. You can blog entirely on something you don't have knowledge of as detailed in my post, "How To Write Content For Niches You Don't Know About".

And if you consider your areas of interest or passion, you still need to do some researches each time you want to start writing. This will help you to know what others have written about the topics and how you can write better.

It will also let you know what people are genuinely looking for using the tools in the post, "2 Best and FREE Keywords Tools of All Time - No Further Searching". In fact, experience has shown that it doesn't matter what you have to share, what matters is what people want.

5. Start Writing and Publishing

As soon as you start pushing your content, you're a possible millionaire. As earlier said, there is success waiting for you if you take a few things into account while posting and keep posting. These include:
  1. Writing Evergreen and Quality Content: Don't join the league of publishers that write for trending topics. Except you're for news and gist, go for evergreen titles. People will need them for several years. See 8 Techniques to Write Unique, Quality, and Evergreen Content.
  2. Writing Strictly for People, not Search Engines: If you approach blogging with only SEO in mind, you'll lose to it. Even search engines prefer writing for people first. Search engine optimization is important, but trust me, not as important as people. See How to Write Posts for Humans in 2020 To Win Google.
  3. Improving Users' Experience: Another emphasis on people. The better their experience, the higher your chance for success. You can do without SEO, but you can't do without users. See 12 Content Must-Have to Improving Users' Experience and Conversions.
  4. Building Links: This can be the second-best ranking factor. You need to work around your link building activities. However, you must be legitimate about it. In fact, if you find it difficult building links, leave it. With time, you will acquire lots of free backlinks if your content is worth it.
  5. Marketing Your Content: As for the promotion of content, you don't necessarily spend all your savings to get your content to the world. Organic traffic is more important. And if you want to add some flavor you can consider guest posting, forum contributions, creating social media accounts, and share your posts thereon. If you have the budget, Google, Facebook, and Twitter Ads can give the ROI. Read: 4 Most Effective Ways to Promote Websites: Forget the Junks!

6. Make Money from Available Platforms

It may be obvious that the reason behind every blogging adventure is money. But, those that make money here, truly, pretend as if money doesn't matter at the beginning. They focus on the best performance because they know money will fall in place at the right time.

When the time to monetize your efforts come, (I recommend at least six months of hardwork first), consider any or a combination of two or more of the following:
  1. Google Adsense or any Possible Ad Networks: This is what most publishers make money through, from the start. You can apply for Google Adsense and add your codes. Read: Should I Use Adsense Link Ads in My Posts? Of all the ad networks, Adsense seems to be the easiest to join if you know how to go about it
  2. Affiliate Marketing e.g Amazon or any high paying company: Even though some affiliate networks are cutting commissions lately, newcomers will still find their spaces. And since this can just be taken as a secondary source of income, you may still consider this with Adsense. See How To Start, Run, and Manage Affiliate Business.
  3. Ad Spaces Sales: With time, you should have enough traffic that will encourage related companies to place ads with you if you sell spaces.
  4. Sponsored Posts: You can also allow other bloggers from the related niches, especially starters who are seeking populaeity and recognition, to publish on your blog at prices of your choice. You must have been an authority in your niche before opportunities like these will be showing up. And authority equals traffic too.
  5. Selling Your Own Course or Service: As your blog grows, consider creating a course or service that you can sell directly to your audience. It may be some quality ebooks, online classes, and so on. This may be your best take as your niche grows more competitive.

Conclusion

This post must have taken you by hand and shown you the true, but quick, picture of starting and running a blog. You need to be prepared for the work ahead. That's what it takes.

Being laid off maybe your call to action for blogging. I don't deny that it could be difficult from the start, but I waited like many others and here we are today.

You can replicate the same success - nothing has changed.

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