My blog pals all seem to have similar goals this New Year’s – to slow down, take on less work, and to have more free time. Letting go of work when so many bloggers are out there looking for more new gigs may seem counter-productive to the success of your career. However, having fewer jobs doesn’t have to mean less success or even less income.
Look for better opportunities. You don’t have to take that lower paying gig. This can be the year you reach for the stars. Believe me there ARE higher paying blogging gigs out there you just need to know where to look and be seriously on the ball when an opportunity comes your way.
Need more ideas that can free up time in the long run?
Improve what you’ve got. Letting go of gigs can give you that much more time to increase the monetary success of your other blogs. There are a couple of ways you can achieve this. One way obviously, is to ask for a raise. Not likely to happen in some situations (like networks) but plausible in others. Use stats to your advantage. If visitors, ad clicks, and/or page views are increasing then whoever you work for is making more money. You deserve a slice.
If you’re dealing in network blogs where page views are your bread and butter then letting go of a couple of gigs most certainly will help you to increase page views at your other blogs because you’ll have more time to spend with them. “BUT, then I’m just transferring my time, not really letting go of work,” is what you may be thinking. Not true. At first you may be working just as hard but if you spend a little time each month luring new visitors, writing better link-worthy posts, and commenting at other blogs visitors will roll in and some will stay.
Examples of improving what you’ve got in action: I have one blog that is currently worth over $500 a month – if I put my all into it. I don’t put my all into it and I make less than $200. I recently let some jobs go so now I will have time to give it my all and pop my income will increase. This works well for both blogs where you get paid per post and for bloggers paid by page views.
I have another blog that does much better if I post 3-4 times a day. Since I let some jobs go I’ve been able to do that (some of the time) and my page views have skyrocketed.
Work with someone. If you co-blog yes, your income is split. However, with two of you that’s more posts, more networking, and more hits overall.
Take a non-blog job. For example, I can make $700 + for a magazine article or $1000 + for one business proposal. So for less than 15 hours of my time, per month, I could have half my bills paid and be able to focus the remaining time on my blogs. This is not for every blogger. Right now I’m only interested in online work but honestly it would be a smart move for me because it would free up some of my time. Blogging does traditionally pay less so if you need to, you can make a bulk of money elsewhere and use your remaining time to blog.
Can you suggest other tips that will allow you to be a successful blogger this year and still have more free-time?