Defining a Professional Blogger

There are two things that quickly come to mind when we say the word professional. One is that a person is engaged in a particular job from which he earns and has reasonable expertise. The other connotation of professional pertains to decorum, attitude, and behavioral, as in “he handled that problem professionally”. So it is within these two contexts that we will try to define what a professional blogger is.

 

 

Professional Blogger with Regards to Experience and Expertise

1. A professional blogger is equipped with the knowledge of writing or combining words, information, and media forms into cohesive articles or posts that people appreciate reading.

2. A professional blogger is backed up by learning and experience that can only come from actual blogging and exposure to its intricacies.

3. A professional blogger knows how to use social media in relation to his writing and blogging.

4. A professional blogger has an established audience base that shows in the blog traffic and number of engagement.

5. A professional blogger is considered an authority in blogging and is regularly invited to give talks, act as resource person, and commands respect of the general public.

6. A professional blogger blogs regularly or as often as required by his chosen niche and submits his blogs to relevant blog directories.

7. A professional blogger earns from blogging or his blogs, either through paid salary or advertisements and endorsements.

Professional Blogger with Regards to Attitude and Decorum

1. A professional blogger observes proper ethics in writing even when using the most critical voice. Claims must be backed by research and first hand information.

2. A professional blogger does not use his blogs as platform for airing purely personal gripes and unfair accusations to anyone.

3. A professional blogger does not engage in illegal, spammy, and unethical promotion of his blogs.

4. A professional blogger  loves what he does and is not solely influenced by earning opportunities.

5. A professional blogger gives time and effort to provide relevant and quality content.

6. A professional blogger honors commitments.

7. A professional blogger observes writing deadlines.

 

It is hard to define a professional blogger in one phrase or sentence. Defining one is a combination of the above qualities. So are you a professional blogger?

 

 


Must-Use Free Blogging Tools

People blog for varied reasons. Some do it for personal gain such as to share their views as well as tidbits of their life with the world. The others do it to earn extra income through the ads posted on their sites. Businesses, on the other hand, do it as part of their marketing strategy to promote their products and services and attract more clients.

What the reasons, those who manage blogs today must make sure to use certain tools to enhance their blogging experience. Many of them are free, compatible with most platforms and have different uses such as for writing, publishing and managing content.

Blogging-Tools

Plugins

Plugins make blogs more interactive and they don’t take up so much space in your computer. A great plugin to use is the Google XML Sitemaps which improves the chances of your blog pages to be crawled and indexed by the number search engine Google. Read more »


3 Ways to Make More Money From Your Blog

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So you’ve been maintaining your website for awhile now, you get a steady stream of views every week, and you want to start making money from it.

Keeping a blog requires more work than many people credit; really, you deserve to make some money for your hard work. Here are some ways that you can bring in more readers, generate money from those page views, and increase the amount of income you make this way, all from home.

Here’s three ways to start making more money from your blog. Read more »

How to Be a Thought Leader Through Blogs

An individual or firm whose authority in a specific field is recognized and whose expertise is much sought after is said to be a thought leader. In this age where blogs are a dime a dozen, there is a need to rise above the rest and be ahead in thinking. Bloggers do not need an entirely unique niche but they need to be an authority in the niche they choose to be in.

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Relevant Thoughts

Even with the origins of blogging leaning towards the more personal aspects of a blogger’s life, there is no mistaking that relevance in content has always been a major moving factor in blogs. The earlier blog entries may be compared to entries usually found in personal diaries of sorts. They were more or less chronologically-ordered entries with the latest entry being the most visible.

In time, the reading audience expected more from blogs. Most started to become more discerning as more and more blogs sought for the attention of readers. Today, those that get the greatest attention are blogs that have been optimized for searches but readers usually do not stop at the first blog presented to them. Many will continue their search to find the most relevant information for their needs.

Having a Stand and Making It Known

Thought leaders are people who have a stand in specific issues related to the issues they consider most relevant to them personally or their writing. They have a stand and are not afraid to  make it known to the public. Thought leaders who blog make known what they think and have the power to sway perceptions. views, and opinions with their proposition.

These people have the reputation of authority that can match their leadership in the online world. They have gained a considerable audience that continues to grow as they speak. They talk and the others will have to listen.

How is Thought Leadership Attained Through Blogs

Bloggers can come out as thought leaders by having a clear purpose for their sites. When the purpose is clear, the directions to take for the blogger becomes clear as well. Depending on the purpose set out by the blog, certain factors will come into play including the expertise and extent of knowledge of the writer about a specific topic, actual experience about the topic, and the market being targeted by the writer and the blog.

It is impossible to become a leader without any potential followers. Bloggers will have to make their audience believe them. From that belief, comes loyalty and consistent following and from that following comes leadership.

 

 

How Low Will You Go for a Writing Job?

Professional writers face a certain dilemma when determining how low they can go when it comes to payment for their writing jobs. It is ideal if they can command the price they think. they’re worth. The problem is the writer’s own perception will not always jive with the prevailing rate in the market and even in the offer he or she receives. For writers who can afford to choose the work they accept, it is very easy to reject jobs that pay much less than they expect. For writers however who rely on their writing jobs to put food on the table, choosing may not be a luxury available to them.

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A Writer’s Worth

How does a writer determine his or her own worth in relation to a writing task? The common measuring standards will be based on experience, ability,and sometimes educational background. The more a writer has of these three measures, the higher the chance that a writer will be designated a higher worth.

Writing is a dignified profession which deserves respect. In spite of efforts not to directly relate respect with pay, connecting the two is inevitable. Isn’t that the reason why most companies or hiring individuals will not mind paying higher rates for the services of reputable and popular writers while cringing on reasonable rates asked for by  unknown but equally good writers? Like it or not, the perception and reputation of  the writer is seen as part of the package when employers or companies determine what they think is the right pay.

The Present Scenario

Limiting the discussion to writers who are not yet in the position to command their price, participation in the bidding process is quite common. Looking into sites that publish available online jobs and accept bids in behalf of people and companies that post job tasks, it would be easy to spot how low some writers are willing to go to get the job. Payment of $1 per 200-word article can hardly be considered industry standard and it is not even the lowest. Still, many writers bid on it, get the job, submit, and go on to the next writing job.

Does this mean they consider themselves worth less than those who would not even consider the same job for the same rate? Not necessarily as it may just be an indication of a greater financial need. Professional writers have pride in their work but sometimes not even knowing what they are really worth will not stop them from accepting payment lower than what writers of their capability should be getting. Essentially, the acceptable writing pay is a matter of principle and economics. Each writer decides what is acceptable to him or her.

About the Author:

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information to offer to her readers. She currently maintains four personal blogs.

Building a Writing Portfolio

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Writers need to build their own portfolio to present themselves in the best light to possible employers or clients.  No matter how much freedom the writers allow themselves with freelance writing, they must never sacrifice professionalism.  Not in their attitude, not in their presentation, and certainly not in their work.

Writer’s Portfolio

A writer’s portfolio or a writing portfolio is a collection of a writer’s best works for the purpose of showing to potential clients, employers, and schools under specific writing programs.  It is intended to showcase a writer’s capability, range, skill, or expertise.  It can help the viewers assess if the writer is the right candidate for the project, job, or program.

It is the most suitable way of presenting a writer’s credentials since a mere list of educational programs or job experiences may not be able to provide a clear evidence of writing style.  To many clients and employers, writing style is a major consideration because it has to jive with the image they seek to project.  Technical proficiency in the chosen language can also be determined through the provided portfolio.

How to Assemble a Writer’s Portfolio

Writers need to write in a wide range of topics, styles, and platforms to build an impressive portfolio.  However, it would be best to write in a language where the writer is comfortable with and has mastery of technicalities.  The same goes with the choice of topics since lack of knowledge can easily show if the writer is not capable enough.

That said, this should not prevent writers from venturing into unknown territory to expand their writing opportunities.  Utmost care however should be taken in tackling new writing grounds. Having a blog is a good way to gain more writing experience.

Blogging

Published writing through blogging is one of the most important avenues given to writers today. Whereas before one has to pass the often strict standards of traditional publishers of magazines, books, and other printed materiasl, blogging has made possible instantaneous publishing.  This has also made it possible to have instantaneous feedback as well from family, friends, or even online readers who just happen to find the blog.

Writers need to be very careful with the quality of work they produce in their blogs.  Each and every article included in it will comprise a writer’s online portfolio, whether they like it or not. It is important therefore not to relax with the apparent freedom in blog publishing and concentrate on writing quality content at all times.

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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