The 1 Hot New Profession for 2011 | earn six figures as a professional blogger this year professional: in this update to this article in he wall Street Journal, Mark Penn adds:
Paid bloggers fit just about every definition of a micro-trend: Their ranks have grown dramatically over the years, blogging is an important social and cultural movement that people care passionately about, and the number of people doing it for at least some income is approaching 1% of American adults.
The best studies we can find say we are a nation of over 20 million bloggers, with 1.7 million profiting from the work, and 452,000 of those using blogging as their primary source of income. That’s almost 2 million Americans getting paid by the word, the post, or the click — whether on their site or one owned by someone else . And that’s nearly half a million of whom it can be said, as Bob Dylan did of Hurricane Carter: “It’s my work he’d say, I do it for pay.”
Forget about huge, sweeping mega- forces. The biggest trends today are micro: small, under-the-radar patterns of behavior which take on real power when propelled by modern communications and an increasingly independent-minded population. In the U.S., one percent of the nation, or three million people, can create new markets for a business, spark a social movement, or produce political change. This column is about identifying these important new niches, and acting on that knowledge.
Comparing Job Numbers in America
Lawyers 555,770 Bloggers 452,000 Computer Programmers 394,710 CEOs 299,160 Firefighters 289,710
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Demographically, bloggers are extremely well educated: three out of every four are college graduates. Most are white males reporting above-average incomes. One out of three young people reports blogging, but bloggers who do it for a living successfully are 2% of bloggers overall. It takes about 100,000 unique visitors a month to generate an income of $75,000 a year. Bloggers can get $75 to $200 for a good post, and some even serve as “spokesbloggers” — paid by advertisers to blog about products. As a job with zero commuting, blogging could be one of the most environmentally friendly jobs around — but it can also be quite profitable. For sites at the top, the returns can be substantial. At some point the value of the Huffington Post will no doubt pass the value of the Washington Post.”
“The barriers to entry couldn’t be lower. Most bloggers for hire pay $80 to get started, do it for about 35 months, and make a few hundred dollars. But a subgroup of these bloggers are the true professionals who work at corporations, serve as highly paid blogging consultants or write for sites with substantial traffic.”
It is time for you to wake up people!
I have been earning my living this way for nearly ten years! Now it is your turn: either to promote an existing banking or real estate business: or just go into business from scratch right now as our exclusive editor and professional blogger for your city-statte.uplog.org, with your own town, your own media, and everything we offer here:
There are many ways to make a living blogging about what you love