The headline of this post is not that of mine. Not one of my inspirational blog post ideas. The exact question “when would I start making money from blogging” comes up during a phone conversation I had with one blog visitor.
After ending the conversation. I sat down for a while and started thinking.
- It seems this person doesn’t know or understand what he is stepping into?
- Has he done due diligent findings on what blogging for money is all about?
- Does it seem he is just after the money factor?
- Does he have the passion to start a blog?
- Should I just render the service he wanted, collect my money and leave him hanging?
- Should I enlighten him more on the real truth about making money blogging?
Yes, I choose to go for the last option.
But I didn’t want to let him alone into the real truth about making money blogging. So I thought of sharing with every one of my community who might be in the same boat with my misery friend.
8 Realistic Truth about Making Money From Blogging.
1. Blogging is very very hard.
Don’t be deceived by the snake oil smart marketers sales gimmick – real truth about making money blogging. In fact, blogging is one of the most tedious jobs I ever come across.
There are more than enough to handle every single day of your blogging career. From social media engagement to blog post promotions, to researching for more facts and knowledge, blog maintenance, writing, editing, networking, and video recording, etc.
There is too much to bear here.
The chances of starting a blog today and seeing it grow into a money-making thing on the odd are 10 – 90 at least for every beginner I know of. Yes, you can start a blog today and in three months grow it to a thriving online business but, these are exceptional cases and not the rule.
In my opinion, only veteran bloggers can achieve that or if you have enough money to throw at anything that will make your blog a profitable one in such a short period.
And even at that, you may end up burning more than you get.
2. Blogging is time-consuming.
We all have equal 24 hours a day, how you spent yours is up to you.
You must understand this; blogging is a very time-consuming task. More than you can handle are waiting every single day. The more productive time you have to manage your blog, the better.
If you’re still holding a regular day job, manage how you spent your free time on your blog effectively. The little time left, don’t go about wasting it on unproductive social media discussions.
Prioritize your objectives from most important to the least; know what has a direct positive impact on your primary goal.
Thinking you can build a profitable blog business by working 2 hours a week on your blog is an insane idea that based on my experience, won’t result in building a blog worth reading.
On average, I spent nothing less than 100 hours working to better and improve the quality of my online businesses every single week. And sometimes it may even take more or less than that; depending on how free I am and the workflow.
3. No earnings guarantee.
Yes, as harsh as that may sound to your eardrum. But believe it now or you fall into the trap of snake oil online marketers.
Just like any other business you can think of, there is never a 100% guarantee that when you do this, do that, the money will start rolling in. No, don’t be deceived, there are lots of things – seen and unforeseen – involved before a single cent can be made from your blogging activities.
For instance, you might read how some bloggers made six-figure income from selling “just” an eBook, right?
Yes, that’s true.
Selling of information product is one of the most lucrative business in the world at the moment, but before you can successfully make any significant income from the sales of information product…the foundation must have already been in a place like – authority, credibility, established audience, responsive email subscribers, expertise in your field, etc.
All the above factors take time to build. But once you achieve them, making a six-figure income from selling of information products becomes easier.
4. You have to commit to learning.
Learning in blogging is an ongoing process – a non-stop one – you must be committed to learning regularly if you must build that blog of your dream.
There is nothing like a short cut to success here, it is either you pay the sacrifice required to achieve success or you go home broke.
5. Forget the money.
Especially as a beginner blogger, I would advise you to take off your mind from the money factor. Focus on building a blog worth reading, helping people achieve their dream in any positive way you can.
Every successful business I know of out there is built on the sole principle of helping people achieve their goals. If you can help others to solve their problem, only then can the money flow easily even more than you can imagine.
Money shouldn’t be the primary reason for starting a blog – Yes, I agree that on top of the most important factors that motivate people to do something better is MONEY, but that should be your secondary motive of starting a blog and not your main priority.
6. Be Patient.
Rome was never built in a day, so also no successful profitable blogging career can be built in a day, months and even in some cases, a year. This is why I said above that you must be committed to a long term approach.
One step at a time, take things in a gradual process and don’t be in a hurry that you won’t even complete a task before jumping on to another one. Doing things randomly may result in doing nothing.
Focus, be patient and be organized.
7. Don’t Go Quit Your Day Job.
This is one of the best advice I would give you in the whole of this article and I want you to adhere to it carefully.
Making $500 this month on your blog business and not making it the next or making less than that is not an ideal situation to go about quitting your day job.
See that you have a system in place strategically designed to make you money every single month and from the best of your knowledge, this system is doing well for you as expected before slapping your boss in the face.
Internet business is one of the craziest business. It is very easy and reality to go from $100 to $100,000 a month. Also, it is realistic to fall like a snowball from $100,000 per month to $100 the next month.
Nothing guarantee that you must make a certain amount of money no MATTER what you do. Everything has to be based on the result you’re getting. If the result is as expected, fine and if not, try another strategy.
8. Blogging is a Long-Term Effort.
It is not that you can’t build a blog that brings in full-time income in a shorter period, but a large percentage of most successful blogs out there that I know of takes at least 24 months on average to see any significant income rise in their blogging career. And this is not even enough for them to go crazy quitting their previous income stream.
My first year as a blogger was 100% for learning. The next was and still for learning and along with it, implementing most things I had to learn in the previous year.
Don’t get it wrong, I folded hands doing nothing in the first year but learning. No, as I learn so also I practice most things I have discovered on other blogs but is far from to say that I had any significant result going.
Like I said earlier, while an occasional seasoned blogger could have a fast rise to success. These are exceptional cases and not to be taken as a rule. It takes time to build a community around a blog. It takes time to find suitable and working monetization method, steady traffic is another thing. All these should be taken into consideration when getting started with blogging.
What’s your experience with making money from blogging?
I’ll like to hear from you, so my misery friend could learn from you too.