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Nov 10 2010

The Life of a Full Time Blogger and Site Owner

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial

Who is that guy?

So it’s time for me to share the life of a full time blogger and site owner.  The reason I say site owner is because most people that do rants and warnings about being a full time blogger don’t really know the half of it.  They work full time for a site but don’t in fact own the site.    Owning a site is an entirely different ballgame.

Can it be done?  Of course.  Is it for everyone?  Not even close.  I began doing this full time (working for myself)  about 3 years ago and it’s been one hell of a ride.  I still feel like I have a very very long way to go but at this point I think I have a sense of what I’m doing.

I’ll do my best to give  all of you a glimpse of what I do on a daily basis and this may help.  This is also assuming most of you have a basic knowledge of how to operate a website….

6:00 AM – Wake up, check statistics on sites which means analyzing Google Analytics, WordPress Stats, etc etc.  Check and respond to all emails.  Look at stats from ad networks to see how much money was made and see if there are any discrepancies like rare earnings drops or rises.   IM other people that are awake.

7:00AM-12:00PM – I take zero breaks and blast out as much content as I can.  I usually write around 15 posts a day for the sites that I own.  At this time I’m also marketing all my material.  You see if you own a site traffic doesn’t just come to you.  You have to go and get it which means emailing tons of sites, building relationships, trading traffic, and about 1000 other things that you’re gonna have to learn on your own.  I try to get in 30 minutes to eat (but it’s usually at my desk).   But again, these 5 hours are crucial for me blasting out content.

12:00PM-3:00PM – Social Networking and more content.   If you’re a full time blogger and site owner than you’re gonna have to get into the social networking game which means learning about sites like Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon.  Those are just three sites and they take months to fully understand and take advantage of.   There are at least 200 more that you can mess with if you wanted.  This is a new game entirely which entails building a whole new batch of relationships.

3:00PM-4:00PM – I go to the gym.  If you don’t take breaks from a grueling schedule of whipping out a ton of posts every day then you might drive yourself off a cliff.  I can’t tell you how many times I sit at this computer writing and staring at a screen for hours without eating and it’s just not good for the body.

4:00PM-6:00PM – More content and other “crap.”  By crap I mean stuff like phone calls that you don’t really anticipate.  Your site may have issues which means emailing support at a host.  You might go over strategies with other writers of other sites.  You might have brainstorming sessions.  You just never know what crap comes up that can really mess with your day.

6:00PM – 7:00PM – Get ahead.  If I can get ahead at all it’s during this time and it will hopefully salvage a weekend.  I try to write posts just in case I need to be somewhere on a certain day.   One thing I never, EVER do is break the schedule of blog posts.

Weekends – I usually work around 6-8 hrs on weekends.

Now, this is a very general schedule.  One that only was able to be formed after 3 years of learning this stuff.   To all you folks out there who don’t get this?  Here are some things you need to have a knowledge of before part time becomes full time (assuming you want to own a site and work for yourself)

1.  Knowledge of WordPress
2. Site monetization – making money with ads, how to place ads on your site (which means knowing your WordPress theme and editor).
3. Basic knowledge of FTP and file transferring
4. A knowledge of ad networks and how they operate
5. Learning basic SEO, link building
6. Networking – building relationships with bigger and better sites
7. How to drive traffic to other sites
8. Writing “marketable” content
9. How to sell ad space on your site
10. Understanding of servers, hosts, management companies so that you’re site stays up as much as possible
11. How to grow traffic – bottom line here? Learn and try EVERY single way possible.

These are simply 11 points of reference all of which have about another gazillion sub points. To really write a “life of a blogger” would be an entire book but this is a decent start for those who might be interested in it.

Oh yes and let’s account for stints of 2-3 days where your sites go down and you think your entire life is over.  Those are fun!  These types of things happen every few months and are NOT cool.

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3 responses so far

  • it guy

    Good info! Thanks!

  • Versatile

    Great post man!

    I really want to do something like this. I know a lot of about what you mentioned, just have to get it up and running. You should create a product on how to become a full time blogger, it would make a killing. You have all the evidence to back it up, it would sale by it’s itself. Unlike these other IM marketeers that sale crap!

  • http://www.boobieblog.com Niklas

    Pretty accurate to my own schedule!

    Just a note, if your host gives you trouble every other month or so then you need to switch hosts. Its a pain but a good and solid host is golden!



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