Can i really make a living by blogging?
In a previous blog, we discussed some of the best ways to earn money from your blog. In this post, however, we are going to talk about what it really means to be a blogger and what to expect from blogging. Is it realistic to expect to quit your day job and make a living just by blogging? How much money can i really make? Here we will answer these questions and we will also take a closer look at what it means to be a full-time blogger.
The short answer is, of course, you can, it is absolutely possible to make a living from blogging and many people are already doing just that. All it really takes is to pick a subject you are passionate about and you enjoy talking. Combine that with some decent writing skills and that’s all you need to start a blog. But unfortunately, from all the millions of bloggers out there only a small percentage makes enough to support themselves. It turns out that is not that simple to create a successful blog that will pay the bills and allow you to quit your “normal” job. Building and monetizing your blog takes time and a lot of work. The online world is a very competitive place and it’s not that easy to make a name for yourself.
Today you have to earn your place on the web and it takes time to build your audience. You have to create a lot of content in order to get a lot of traffic and yes that means a lot of work for no money at least in the beginning. Writing and publishing regularly is just some of the work you will have to do, you shouldn’t forget you still have to do your research before that to make sure your content is up to date and useful to your readers and of course researching for keywords. Lack of patience and persistence is one of the reasons people give up too soon and they fail to realize that some of the most successful blogs today were started years ago. Blogging is certainly not a fast way to earn money and it will take you months to start making a regular income.
How long will it take?
Success won’t happen overnight but you shouldn’t let this discourage you. There is no such thing as fast and easy money in the online world. It will take you months before you see any real money. In order to make money from your blog, you should really treat it like a business. Many bloggers believe that if they create a ton of content the readers will show up eventually and their traffic will increase. Although creating a lot of useful content is necessary is not that easy. It requires a lot of work and a significant time investment (writing, editing, researching). But it is also equally important to promote your blog, build a social media presence and engage with your readers.
So if you want to make money from blogging you should give yourself at least 5 months of hard work before you start seeing any results. Now, 5 months of hard work means that you ideally publish a post a day or at least 3 posts every week. In these first 5 months, you have to create a strong platform, build sincere and genuine relationships with your readers and create a blog that people can trust.
And even then it will not be a significant amount of money. If you want to make money from blogging now you could work as a freelancer. You could offer your skills as a blogger and work on other people’s projects or get a job online with an established company. It’s faster to make money as a freelancer and as time gets by you will be able to create a client list. If you create your own blog make sure you will stay committed and focus on creating quality content. If you start a blog today and expect to make a full-time income in a couple of months unfortunately that is not a realistic target. It takes a lot of time but if you keep working on it, you will earn money from it. You have to remember your blog is your business, so if you just spend a few hours a week on it, you will probably only make a decent part-time income. In the end, the more time you spend on it the more money you will earn.
How much can i earn?
Bloggers can make anything from $10 per month up to $10000 or even more per month. So you can definitely make a full-time income from blogging although many bloggers struggle for months or years before they can earn a good salary. It varies widely and many bloggers don’t earn enough to make a living out of this. The amount of money you can make though depends on several factors like how often you blog, your niche, the quality of your content if your blog is recognized and linked by authority and well-known blogs, your networking skills and much more.
The secret to making money from your blog is to create many streams of income. By that, i mean all the different ways you can use to make money from your blog like affiliate marketing, ads, e-books, e-courses etc. You just have to find a combination of income streams that works for you and don’t be afraid to try new things and be creative. Every blogger has it’s own combination of income streams and they always experiment with new ways.
The best way to earn from your blog is to let it grow organically, enjoy the process of writing and creating content and advertise products and services that are relevant to your niche. Make sure that whatever ways you use to monetize your blog suit you and your readers will find them helpful. Today most bloggers make money by selling their own products (digital products), affiliate marketing and sponsored posts. You will not make any money from blogging directly, a blog it’s not an online business. Your blog is a platform to develop income streams in order to earn a revenue.
So the answer is yes, you can earn a living from blogging and start a new career online. You can make a lot more money from blogging and enjoy a better quality of life. But it’s not for everyone and you should always remember that your blog is your business. Work hard and have realistic expectations about it. When starting your blog focus first on creating content, building an audience, engaging with your readers and then how to earn an income.
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I really hope that this article will help you and perhaps answer a few questions. You can leave me a comment below and tell me what your thoughts are on making money from blogging. Also if you found this post interesting consider sharing it.
I’ve always loved to write, and I think blogging is a natural “go to” for me for retirement. Creating an income stream from it would be the icing on the cake! Wealthy Affiliate looks like it is THE place to go if you are serious about any kind of internet business. I have found no other close to it on the internet and the support is beyond awesome! Thanks for the info!
Thank you, Grant for your comment. Whatever online business or blog you want to start you have to learn first about Internet Marketing and how to use it. Wealthy Affiliate is the best place to learn about how to monetize your site.
Yes, I so agree with you on Instant success! Seems quite a few still believe in the one nite wonder sites so full of hype and fakes hope. Wealthy Affiliate, thank goodness is not one of them. Learning is number one to blogging. You do need to understand how to set your content up and where and how to find the monetizing sites. Thanks for your information. See you on the WA community!
Hi, Nikos. I know what you mean about being patient and working hard. There is no get rich quick scheme out there that actually works, so anyone that tells you there is is lying. But if you have patience and work hard, eventually you will see success. Great post1
Thank you Andy for your comment. There are no easy money, you can only see results if you work hard. An online business is no different from an offline business.
Anyone can make money from blogging, but the thing to know is that making the money does not come over night, you will have to put in the work and the time. This kind of business takes time to grow but as long as you are willing to put in the hours it is possible to make a full time living as a blogger.
That is very true Norman. You have to be patient, work hard and never give up.
Neither Rome was built in a day, nor so does blogging. It takes time and patient and hard work. If someone says you can make a lot of money by just copy and paste the product, it is definitely a scam. Be aware.
There are so many scams today on the Internet that promise you fast and easy money. You have to work to succeed online like with everything else.