How to Earn a Full-Time Income from Blogging

Read Rob Cubbon’s Success Story. You can share your success story with us by applying for guest blogging.

“Oh no – not this again!” We’ve all read countless articles about how you can earn your fortune just by writing a few blog articles and we all know that it’s not true… well, not exactly…

It would be great if we could all start a blog, post a few affiliate links and run ads so that we can immediately retire to the Seychelles to sit and watch the money coming in. Making money this way requires discipline, determination and hard work.

But, while you’re creating your audience, writing great content and building your list there’s a great way to make money from your blog. Offer your services!

Everyone is an expert

Whatever it is that you do, blog about it. Whatever it is that you want to do, blog about it. You could be a designer, writer, editor, developer, or maybe you have a job where your talent isn’t being fully exploited. The basic act of blogging in your niche will bring interest to you. And the people that are searching Google for what you do may be interested in hiring you.

Everyday of my life I am thankful that I started a self-hosted WordPress.org blog in 2006. I couldn’t even begin to explain how bad my professional life was at the time! I was on a string of poorly paid freelance operator roles – sleepwalking from one nondescript office block to another, getting paid hourly to do whatever I was told to do.

When I started blogging, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had hardly learned how to make text bold on a blog when I wrote, what I thought, were quite good articles about Adobe InDesign (a piece of software used in publishing). Nobody was reading these articles… well, a handful of people a day.

But one day, just weeks after starting my blog, I got a call from someone at Accenture asking me to create a PDF for them. I didn’t know it at the time but Accenture was a global consulting and outsourcing company that employed over 200,000 people worldwide. This was late 2006, I still work for them today and they have paid me $10,000’s in fees in the last few years. This all came about through one blog post about InDesign because I didn’t know what else to write about!

Beginner’s luck

OK, maybe that was a fluke? A one-off? Well, not being a complete idiot, I decided to continue blogging, posting one article every week, writing about what I do.

I have since been paid by over 200 clients worldwide for web design, print design, SEO and internet marketing services. Some of these companies are very small and only require a little task completing. However, Accenture hasn’t been my only big client. I’ve also worked for MasterCard and Boosey & Hawkes (music publishers).

From Cubical to Company Director

And it hasn’t been the lowly operational work that I was used to, it was high-end design and marketing tasks that have really stretched me. There have been times that I’ve thought some of the work was beyond me. But whenever that happens it’s important not to give up and try your hardest because you will only get well-paying work by pushing yourself. If you have your own website, people will naturally think you are capable and will therefore offer you higher-quality and better-paying work.

How have I been able to learn all the skills necessary to do all this? Blogging teaches you to adapt. I’d never really done much website design before 2006 but I found I was able to get much more web work than print work through the blog so I concentrated on that. Blogging doesn’t only earn you a full-time income, it also shows you where the money is as the visitor statistics and feedback gives you an idea of what’s popular and what’s needed.

If you would like to find out more about how to do this yourself please download my free eBook on How to Market Yourself Online where I explain everything.

Thank you for reading my story. 🙂

  • I think it’s virtually ever bloggers dream that then can just blog and earn enough of an income to do that and that alone. It all takes a lot of hard work to earn enough to live on, but we do try 😉

  • Exactly, Karen, and while we’re waiting for a regular and high enough income to come in on auto-pilot we can earn money from selling our services.

  • Thanks for your encouraging, Karen. I did doubt whether it’s the right way for me to live on. I blogged for a month and get a little. I should read your article earier that save me lot of time.

  • Keep at it Sunny. A month isn’t a long time in blogging. Just keep writing one good post every week and after 6 months you will begin to see results 🙂

  • good post mate, its not that easy to earn full time income because it takes patience and hard work!

    • Thank you, my friend. It’s not easy, true. But if you keep at it consistently, the results will come 😉

  • Excellent post Rob. Blogging is what I love to do. Love the note of following your passion and starting blogging in which you are expert; so many advise it, so few do it. Glad I read your post! Thanks.

    • Thank you, John, it is about following your passion, that’s for sure!

  • I noticed a trend of bloggers simply blogging to blog without a true plan of creating a business with direction of how they’ll make money. I think offering service, like you mention is a great way to make more money while getting even more ideas to write about because you;ll be gaining more experience in your field as well. Congrats on your story.

    Cheers,
    Ryan

    • Hello Ryan, I guess it was a no-brainer as I’d been a freelance graphic designer for a few years so I targeted the keywords “freelance graphic designer” and I almost immediately started getting work. I’m sure lots of people can benefit from their blogs this way. And you’re right, the more you work; the more ideas for blog posts you get. Win win! 🙂

  • Hi Rob. It’s a very nice sharing here. But for me, personally, I don’t think I can get full time income from blogging yet or rely on it solely yet.

    • It takes time, Andrew, it took me two and a half years to be able to give up working for other people. I was lucky as I was freelance so I was able to work two or three days a week and concentrate on my own work on my “days off”. Keep it at, Andrew, and your hard work will eventually pay off.

  • You have worked very hard and believed in what you were doing. But today most new bloggers think that blogging is just all about copy pasting article and get paid by adsense and after 1 or 3 months they move out from this work . I started blogging in 2008 and got my first adsense payment after 8 months but yes I was sure that one day I will come up with something good. Today I am making enough of money and satisfied from this work.

    • That’s so true, Atulperx, some people think it’s going to be easy. But I don’t think anyone who’s been blogging seriously over a period of time actually regrets it. If you’ve been doing it over 2 years, as you and I have, something good will come from it. Good to hear about your success 🙂

  • Blogging can open lot of doors, you just gotta keep blogging till that happens. I also started my first blog back in 2006 but I got into Internet Marketing and all this just 1 year ago

    • Same here, Cristian! 🙂 You’re right, it “opens doors”. It’s not all about affiliate links and advertising. Thanks!

  • as a full time blogger myself i get the independence of doing things my way which is not possible on a job . whatever small i earn , im satisfied with my job

    Sourish

    • I quite agree, Sourish, I love working for myself as opposed to working in an office for a company. Thank you.

  • Excellent inspirational post Rob, I just want to say that i also tried hard and started about a year ago while maintaining my wordpress blog. And Gautam (the owner of this blog) helped me greatly to shift my blog from blogger to wordpress. That time i never knew that i can sell my article marketing services to the world. But now i am selling it successfully. Not as successfully as i dream of but i know i can achieve that in near future. Thanks again and work hard…

    • I think it’s always better to have a WordPress.org self-hosted blog as you have the freedom to do what you want with it and it’s easier to make it look more professional. Congratulations on your success! It gives you the motivation to keep going and keep improving! All the best, Prav. Rob

  • This story is really an inspirational quote, and bears an autobiographical touch. Not just that, it also motivates us to stick to our plan and work, in order to gain benefit from it, rather than retiring just when the tree was about to bear fruits.

    • Thanks, Josh, I’m glad you liked my story. I completely agree with you, bloggers should stick at it and success will come.

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