Are you thinking about starting a blog because you’ve heard about the money to be made? If so, you need to know these three hard truths about blogging for money.
More and more people are turning to blogging to make a living or support their income. I know this because I happen to be one of them and maybe you are, too.
I started my first blog in 2016 full of hope and excitement after learning about bloggers making up to $10,000 a month from blogging. I was in between jobs and my unemployment checks had run out. I was determined to pursue something that I was passionate about and found out about blogging for money from Pinterest.
I knew I’d found the right career path for myself, but not everyone is cut out for professional blogging. There’s so much I didn’t know, and if I wasn’t determined to make blogging work for me, it could have been an epic fail.
If you’re considering the same path, I think it’s important that someone tells you what you should expect. Before starting, it is important to know whether blogging for a living is the right move for you. It’s surely not the “golden ticket” that so many others make it out to be.
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Making Money With Your Blog Takes Patience
If you’re starting from scratch or transforming a hobby blog into a business, it’s going to take time.
The amount of money you make with your blog is directly relevant to your blog’s traffic. At least for the most part. You’re not going to get thousands of page visits overnight and it’s important to keep this in mind throughout the process.
Successful blogs have a robust catalog of posts, along with a strong social media presence. Building your reputation as an expert takes time. Consistency and patience are vital, especially during the startup phase.
There are ways to speed up your progress including working with a blogging coach.
I offer one-on-one coaching packages that are customized to meet your goals and fit your learning style. If you want to build a successful and profitable blog, but don’t want to waste a lot of time trying to figure things out for yourself, schedule a free consultation call now. During our call, we’ll determine the best course of action to get you the results you’re looking for.
You’ll Need To Be Somewhat Tech-Savvy
Blogging has a steep learning curve, especially if you plan to do everything yourself.
It’s not as simple as writing engaging content and finding your unique voice. You’ll also have to utilize several online resources and tools, so you’ll definitely need to be somewhat tech-savvy.
Here are some of the tasks you can expect to manage as a blogger:
- Managing Your Blog – Designing your website, adding pages and posts, adding and utilizing plugins
- Monetizing Your Blog – Managing your affiliate accounts, adding affiliate links and banners to posts, creating digital products to sell
- Promoting Your Blog – Creating a social media strategy, staying active on different platforms, running paid ads
- Email Marketing – Creating signup forms to collect email addresses, automating emails to nurture your list, managing and tagging subscribers, creating sales funnels
- Photography & Digital Images – Taking your own high-quality photos, finding stock photos, adding text overlay to images, creating blog and social media graphics
Of course you can hire others to handle the majority of those tasks for you so you can focus on just writing blog posts, if you can afford the expense. As a beginner, it’s unlikely that you can. So be prepared to put in a lot of time learning new skills.
You Can’t Do It Alone
Every successful blogger has a network of other bloggers, which is commonly called a “Blogger Tribe”.
Networking with other bloggers is key for growing your blog, so don’t expect to keep to yourself. Building strong relationships with other bloggers can have a huge impact on the overall performance of your blog.
In order to be successful at blogging, you’ll have to get comfortable reaching out to other writers in your field and building those relationships. For introverts, this might be intimidating, but it’s really not as scary as it sounds.
Starting off can be as easy as leaving comments on other bloggers’ posts. You can also link to their content in your own posts, which is always a flattering gesture. Then, send them a quick email letting them know you’ve included a backlink to their blog. Most likely, they’ll even share your post with their audience so it’s a double-win!
Finding other bloggers in your niche to collaborate with is another way to not only build your tribe, but can also increase the traffic to your blog. You’ll work together on a project and each of you will promote it to your audience. That means double exposure for the both of you.
Just stay genuine and be helpful when you’re building your tribe and you’ll do just fine.
Blogging can be a wonderful source of income and a satisfying way to express yourself. Anyone can start and maintain a blog, but there’s a lot to consider if you’re going to be blogging for money.
Make sure you understand the time and effort needed to achieve your desired results with a blog. Before making that commitment, confirm that your idea fits your needs and personality, and stay realistic with your expectations.
Like anything else in life worth having, a successful and profitable blog requires lots of hard work, serious passion and unwavering dedication.
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