“If you love writing or making music or blogging or any sort of performing art, then do it. Do it with everything you’ve got. Just don’t plan on using it as a shortcut to making a living.” – Seth Godin
Let’s be honest. No matter what country you choose, moving and living abroad is tough. The clash of cultures, a new language that might not necessarily sound like music to your ears, the stress when trying to communicate – that’s only half of the problem. The other half is making a living. That means finding an affordable apartment and a well-paid job. Without it, you won’t survive.
Right. But, in the era of advanced technology, we have such possibilities of finding work and earning a living that our grandparents could only dream of. For us, it’s already a reality: earning money blogging.
You can do it from an office. You can do it at home. You can even blog from a foreign country. It’s possible, doable, and a lot of people are already earning their living like this. It seems like a perfect and an easy job. Since others succeed, you can as well.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. However, before making a decision about becoming a blogger and moving to a foreign country, you need to consider a number of problems that come with starting this career.
Blogging is not as simple, easy, and profitable as you think.
Being a Beginner Blogger in a Foreign Country: The Struggles.
Is blogging an art? Yes, it is, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be taught and mastered. In fact, many bloggers can tell you that in order to become a blogger you need to have two main skills: creativity and strong writing.
Now, creativity can be improved and writing can be taught as well as perfected. That means, no matter what job you were doing throughout your life, you can be a successful blogger. However, that requires a lot of time, effort, and constant learning.
Here are four main problems all beginner bloggers who move to a foreign country have to deal with:
1. Writing a Blog Post.
People who have never written a blog post think that it’s such an easy task. You sit down, turn on your laptop, open a Word file, and start writing. In reality, writing a blog post is more complex than that.
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If you want to write a compelling post, you need to learn to generate ideas and write attention-grabbing titles, creative introductions, and content that will be interesting, educative, as well as instructive for your readers. Now, if you don’t manage to learn how to write perfect posts or are unwilling to improve your skills, then no one will publish your content. Thus, you won’t earn any money.
2. Searching for Guest Post Opportunities.
Another problem beginner bloggers struggle with is searching for guest blogging opportunities. Whether you decide to work for a company or build your own blog, you’ll have to start generating traffic to your website. That means you’ll need to learn to search for guest post opportunities, write pitches, and manage to publish content on other blogs.
I’ve been a blogger for a couple of years now and I can tell you it’s an everyday struggle. Problems range from people ignoring your messages to editors who accept your pitch and then refuse to publish your post. It can be frustrating.
3. No Publications = No Money.
During the first few months, you’ll be learning how to blog. That means you won’t be publishing anything for a time. As a result, you won’t be making money. Most beginner bloggers who consider moving abroad need to have enough saved money so as to survive at least half a year or consider finding a second job.
Now, if you don’t speak the language of the target country, a great idea is to become a teacher of your native language abroad. Though it’s a challenging job, it can be life saving if you can’t make your living blogging.
4. Language Barrier.
If you work as a blogger in an office in a foreign country, you need to embrace the fact that most of your colleagues won’t speak your language. That means you have to start studying the language of the target country. Otherwise, you might not be able to communicate with your boss or make new friendships.
Here’s my advice: If you have such a possibility, start studying the language of the country you want to move to before moving there. Also, don’t think that learning a foreign language while abroad is easier. That’s a myth.
As you can see, there are many struggles every beginner blogger needs to overcome in order to be successful. So, consider everything and don’t make rushed decisions. Also, always have a backup plan, because, in the beginning, you might not be able to make any money blogging.
If you are ready to improve your writing skills and face the difficulties that come with blogging abroad, then you have a chance of becoming a successful blogger. Now, let’s take a look at how you can earn money blogging.
How to Earn Money Blogging Abroad
There are three ways you can earn money blogging while living in a foreign country:
- Start Your Own Blog and Monetize it.
A great way to make money blogging is to have your own blog and monetize it. No need to remind you, your first blog should be about something you know best, right? However, that takes a lot of time and work. Most of it goes into writing and publishing content on your blog as well as other blogs in order to increase traffic, authority of your site, and climb the SERPs. Once you build your blog a bit, you can monetizing it. For example, you can try affiliate marketing or selling eBooks. There are many possibilities.
- Get Employed in Your Native Country and Work Remotely.
If you don’t have your own blog and don’t want to create one, you can search for employment in your home country. Nowadays, many companies seek bloggers as well as freelance writers who would be willing to work remotely. Now, there are two advantages of such an employment:
- You’re a remote worker and, thus, can work from abroad.
- You’re earning in another currency (as a result, you might be earning a lot more than you would in the target country).
- Get Employed as a Blogger in a Foreign Country.
If you can find employment as a blogger in your home country, there is a huge chance you can also work as a blogger for a company abroad. The difference is that when you’re employed by a company abroad, you’re earning in a local currency. Depending on a firm and your salary, you might not make ends meet solely from blogging. Also, speaking a local language might be a must for getting the job. So, keep that in mind when choosing this blogging opportunity.
Wrapping it Up
Working as a blogger in a foreign country isn’t easy, but if you’re willing to master your skills and are ambitious, you can succeed. So, make smart decisions, keep on improving your skills, and never give up!
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