A couple of years ago I stumbled across a forum for teen bloggers.
The surprising thing was that they were talking statistics, web analysis and monetization methods like seasoned pros and some of them were making a lot more than pocket change.
If you’re a teen blogging planning to turn pro, I applaud you and wish you nothing but success.
But please read the following guidelines.
It’s a scary world out there sometimes.
If you’re a teen blogger chances are you’ve been working and playing online for quite some time so you’ve already heard all the warnings about not revealing personal information.
It’s even more important if you’re going to be a professional blogger.
Successful blogs are often targeted by hackers and scammers who know what to do with personal information.
You’re also going to have more traffic than you ever dreamed possible and it only takes one unscrupulous visitor to steal your identity.
2. Your Reputation
More and more employers are checking your online reputation when you apply for a job.
They do a Google search, they visit your blog, they check your Facebook and Twitter conversations, and turn over every online rock looking for dirt.
Be very careful what you say on your blog because it stays online forever.
3. Legal Issues
If you’re blogging for money then that means you’re going to have online competitors.
Do you understand what plagiarism is?
Do you understand copyright laws and the various levels of licensing?
Even if you’re not making money you’re still subject to these laws.
4. Blogging Addiction
I’ve heard of several teen bloggers who make more money than their parents but you still need to focus on your education and personal development.
It’s just as easy to get addicted to blogging as it is to gaming or hanging out on Facebook.
Set specific time limits for blogging and don’t neglect the other areas of your life.
5. Ad Network Requirements
Most ad networks require that you be at least 18 years old to promote their products.
Of course, you could lie about your age but you run the risk of being found out.
If that happens you may be banned for life which would really hurt your blogging career.
The other option is to have an adult sign up for you, but then you run into possible tax issues.
If you’re dead set on joining a network, discuss it with your guardian and/or a network account manager to find out all your options.
I’ll be the first to admit that blogging is just plain fun, but if you want to build it into a successful, long-term business then it’s going to take a long-term commitment.
If you’re ready to make that leap then blogging is certainly a good place to start.
But if you’re only committed as long as it’s fun, then don’t plan on making money.
Every fun, profitable business also involves a lot of mundane tasks that you can’t just set aside because they’re boring.
Just ask all those teens who are already pro bloggers.