The focus of this post is to explore a yes answer or a no answer to the probability of making money blogging. The better question is how long does it take to make money. A lot of information is on the web about money -making ideas on the Internet. Blogging.com said 81% of the bloggers never make $100. So the take away point is, do not leave your job just yet. It took 3 hours of research to find that answer. Hopefully, it’s enlightening and helps plan the path taken into blogging.
Also, in research some successful bloggers say it takes about eight months to see the first dollar. That seems like a real answer because it will take eight months to build traffic to the website. Although making money blogging is not as quick as popping popcorn, it is rewarding.
These are concrete answers to help the new blogger measure the success of the site. The positive message is it takes time to earn in blogging. No short cuts work 100% of the time. With that being said, stop worrying if the site has not made money after six months.
Measure other details on the blog. For example, is traffic growing? How long are visitors staying on the page? How often is quality content being added to the site? Is the site organized and uncluttered? Is the site growing in quality content? Is the page rank changing? Is Google still a friend to the site? Big accomplishments are listed in this paragraph. In six months, notice how many blogs disappear for one reason or another. That point is raised here because I’ve watched the Internet change in the last several years. Being transparent, I’ve also been in that cycle. This is a long-term goal, not a swift sprint. When researching new information there is the same big writers giving most of the information. The new website just has to stay around and write fresh, quality content. Know that it may take a year or two to establish an audience. So, don’t give up o the business. Consider all the new tactics that are learned in two years. Posts can be created about what the newcomer has learned.
Connect and connect to potential new traffic and grow that email list. Building a targeted customer list takes approximately 8 months or more. Some big bloggers say assume that each email subscriber is worth $1 monthly in revenue. Prove or disprove that idea. It is a short- term achievable goal to build a list of subscribers. Developing an audience is a daily task and as much time should be spent on this task as the time spent writing good content.
Gather ideas and decide what makes the most money on the blog when it’s time to monetize. Advertizing is probably out as an income source unless there are 1,000’s of visitors. Maybe a post goes viral. Then advertising would be a good idea. Possibly, the new blogger has a skill that can be promoted as a service. Presenting information well may be a service. Organizing is a skill that can save lots of money. Just having someone to bounce ideas off of is a valuable tool. Think about the idea of providing a service each day. That would generate money to pay for monthly email.
Write your own content for the posts. I know this is one of those debatable points. However, the writer ill not get a feel for what the audience wants to read when this task is delegated. Control the style and voice of the blog. As a new blogger, that’s your brand.
As mentioned in the previous post, develop a relationship with the reader. If a ghostwriter is writing the posts, the relationship is developed with a writer who is not invested in the site. Learn what great content is while growing that email list. Sell a course on building relationships and growing a targeted list when the blog becomes successful.
When the website is past the initial dry season of traffic, consider a product that costs more than fifty dollars to sell. Only two people on the email list need to buy and the first one hundred dollars is earned. Somehow, ten to twenty emails a day from different companies asking for $9.95 just doesn’t seem impressive. That strategy gets many companies unfollowed. Instead of ten products that don’t work, research and select one that does give some value. Either approach will work. Promote a less expensive product. But the $50 product will add up to $100 quicker.
Use social platforms to meet potential visitors and subscribers. Don’t overdo Facebook and Twitter, but have a presence. Social media is here to stay. Embrace this platform. Yes, social media is fast paced and noisy but a lot of people hang out there daily. Go where the people are looking for something new to read. Facebook is moving beyond pictures of babies and food.
Experiment with various topics. Measure the ones that send more traffic. Stay focused on building an audience and developing an email list. Don’t waste a couple of hours pouring over analytics. It will confuse and depress you. Stay focused on the things that are within your control. What’s the source of inspiration for writing the post? Feed what makes the writer excited about publishing. That will prevent lapsed weeks where the blog goes unpublished. Walk, run or just move around and get away from the computer for a while.
Develop a network that is visited frequently for inspiration. Listen to podcasts, music, youTube and whatever medium feeds the ideas for posts. Prevent information overload by setting aside time to just think about all the information.
Remember, making money from a blog is not an easy overnight accomplishment. Train for an endurance marathon and not a sprint. Toss over the idea of diversifying into some other areas while the blog is growing. Maybe, keep the full time job, work some social events, walk some dogs for a pet service, sell pictures, network with businesses that have a need for bloggers like real estate companies and small janitorial services. Some people say they make money doing surveys with Inbox. Years ago, I tried it. I never saw a penny. Writing has almost become a lost art. If the skill is there for writing a 1,000 word article weekly, use it in other ways until the blog grows. This will maintain a positive focus.
In closing, Money is made with a blog selling services or products. The new blogger has neither of those. In preparing foe a year’s wait to monetize, diversify and develop some other ways to make money while the blog grows.
Leave a comment. Let readers know how you make money with your blog. No links, please. I don’t think Google likes that anymore. Thank you. I visit all blogs that I meet here in the comments because I’m always looking for information.