Welcome to ProBlogger.net – a Blog that helps bloggers to add income streams to their blogs.
My name is Darren Rowse and I’m a full time Blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs like Digital Photography School.
I’m also an author and speaker… but more of that shortly.
From Hobby to Profession
Back in 2002 I stumbled upon an article about ‘Blogging’. I didn’t know it at the time but that moment changed my life. I know that statements like that belong on those cheesy ‘buy my $1000 training program’ sites (don’t worry I’m not selling anything more than a book) but it is actually true.
Within 24 hours of reading the article I had started my own Blog – a personal blog where I’ve explored issues of Pop Culture, Spirituality and Blogging ever since. I’ve learned so much from the experience of that blog that I’ve since started many other blogs.
As my blogs have grown in popularity and have begun to generate income Blogging has grown from a hobby (some would say an obsession), to a part time job through to a fully fledged business in recent times. I have slowly built my blogging into an income source that has enabled me to dedicate more and more time to the medium to the point where I am currently a full time blogger – a ProBlogger.
If you want to read an extended version of my story I’ve written it at Becoming a ProBlogger. You might also like to visit my ProBlogger in the Press page or if you have a few minutes check out this keynote I gave at the World Domination Summit in which I share some of my story.
This site is dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.
I started ProBlogger in September 2004 mainly because I wanted to keep a record of what I was learning about blogging for money and because I wanted to connect with other bloggers making money from their blogs. Since then I’ve added well over 7000 articles, tips, tutorials and case studies to my archives here.
Since then I’ve also launched ProBlogger.com – a private community of bloggers who come together to collaborate, learn and grow their blogs in a walled forum area.
If you would like more information on ProBlogger please get in touch through my contact page.
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Get ProBlogger… in a Book
In 2008 I was approached by the publisher Wiley who asked me to write a book version of this blog. I joined with fellow blogger Chris Garrett and together we authored ProBlogger the Book. In short – it’s a condensed, updated and logically ordered version of this blog – specifically written for new bloggers (or those wanting to start blogging). Since 2008 the book has been updated twice – it’s now in it’s 3rd edition with all the latest information we could put together.
In 2009 I also released 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook (and since updated it in 2012). A resource for bloggers who want to kick start their blogs with a month long series of exercises. We’ve also since released the Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers and ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging and a few other eBooks and resources.
Lastly – if you’re in Australia you might also like to check out the ProBlogger training events that we hold for Aussie bloggers. We’ve been holding them for several years and they’re a great opportunity to get together with hundreds of other Aussie bloggers to learn and network. Check out details of our next ProBlogger training event here.
I also speak both around Australia and the world – more information on my speaking can be found here.