Start Blog, Make Money Is This Field Of Dreams?
Start blog, make money. This is what I call the Field of Dreams strategy to starting a blog. This is not the movies! If you build it they might not come. Back in the day, this might have been the case…well sort of, you still had to do your research and work it. So now you might be asking, does blogging make you money? First a bit of history….
Single Simple Keywords
Years ago you could create a blog and rank for simple keywords, not even necessarily keyword phrases, but rather single words, and end up on the first page of the Google SERPs.
Keyword Phrases, Long Tail Phrases, LSI
Then it started to get a bit harder as the search engines starting playing around with their algorithms, but you could still rank through SEO using keyword phrases and then long tail keywords became a thing. Then long tail phrases became harder to organically rank for and LSI (latent semantic indexing) came on the seen I think it was in the 80’s.
Welcome To Web 2.0
It continually got harder and harder to rank your site with organic traffic using the best SEO practices. Then as time went on people discovered that you could write articles and put them on article directories and point those readers to your site in turn increasing your traffic. Lots of people published crap articles using article spinners to take advantage of this method and eventually the search engines became wise to this and pretty much made it ineffective. During this same time Web 2.0 sites started to develop. These were sites like hubpages, blogger, squidoo (hubpages acquired them in 2014),and weebly all were used to create links to your main blog which in theory is supposed to boost your ranking and therefore indirectly your traffic.
Link Wheels and Link Networks
The web 2.0 strategy to increase page rank for your site and increase traffic led to the link wheel method. This strategy essentially linked a bunch of web 2.0 sites together through an account you created on that site, and was supposed to send the “link juice” through to your main site which usually was your main blog. This could become quite intricate and complicated with the linking of several link wheels creating a link wheel network.
Automated software was created to assist people in creating many, many accounts on the 2.0 sites and to link them all together. Since this was all automated a lot of really bad content was created and put out on the web.
Fast Forward To Today
The point of the history lesson above is that as the internet is available to more and more people worldwide it is not as easy as it once was to just slap up a blog and start earning money. The competition is much stiffer. Oh and that brings me to another point.
Blogging in and of itself does not earn you money. It is how you monetize or in other words how you use your blogging platform to earn you money. Writing blog posts can generate traffic to your site over time. You can use this traffic to earn you money through recommending products in which you earn a commission (affiliate marketing), selling advertising space on your site and a bunch of other ways too.
I know that this makes it seem really hard to make money through a blog but if you think about it logically the opportunity is huge! According to statistics: There are 3.2 billion people Internet users (3,200,000,000). As of June 2018, 55.1% of the world’s population has internet access. If only a tiny fraction of that traffic ended up visiting your blog just think about how you could utilize that traffic to make some income. Just 1% of that traffic would be 3,200,000 people. You don’t need anything near that amount of traffic to make a good income.
Some of the top bloggers who have been established for quite some time are making a substantial income.
- Pete Cashmore (founder of Mashable) makes between $560,000 and $800,000 per month.
- Perez Hilton (blogs about the entertainment industry) makes between $200,000 and $400,000 per month.
- Timothy Sykes (blogs about investment and finance) makes between $150,000 and $180,000 per month.
Most of us don’t really need to make that kind of money. But just think about it for a minute though. If you could tap into just a little of the total internet traffic and make just a fraction of what the top bloggers make, what could you do with even an extra $2000 per month? How about $10,000/month?
Most people would have their lives changed significantly if they made over $100,000 year. This kind of income is not only achievable but there are a lot of people making this level of income from their blogs.
That being said, it does not happen overnight and can take years depending on how you go about it. There are many ways and strategies you can use to create and establish a long term sustainable blogging career. This is also something you can do on the side while you are still gainfully employed. It may take a shift in your thinking to make a living from blogging and a lot of hard work too, especially in the early stages while you are building out your site. But most things in life that are worth while take a bit of effort.
The interesting thing about blogging is that it may take a bit to start gaining momentum but once it does it is like a snowball effect and it will take you less time to maintain the site, heck you can even outsource the work once you are making the amount of income that you need for your monthly income. It really is up to you how successful you want your blog to be and in turn how much money is enough for you personally.
How To Eat An Elephant
Most people will get frustrated and give up before that momentum really starts to build. We are all a bit too impatient. I take the eating an elephant approach to the ways I make money online. If you don’t know what that is, it is a saying that says to eat an elephant you do it one bite at a time. You can accomplish any large task by taking this approach.
Just break down your goals into manageable smaller tasks and work on those tasks consistently until the larger goal is accomplished. Creating a successful blog takes time and effort and many little tasks will accumulate until you have a successful project…your blog.
Wondering Where To Go And What To Do Now?
If you are ready to commit to trying to build a successful blogging income and would like some help/hand holding to set you off in the right direction. Then there are a lot of online programs and courses that can teach you what to do. Personally I have bought a lot of courses over the years having to do with a bunch of different ways to make money online. But when it comes to creating your own site and making money from blogging I currently only recommend one site.
You can create a membership for free (yup no cost) with no time limit on the free sign up. What I mean by that is that the free membership is not a limited time trial, you can stay at the free level for as long as you like. Or if you see the value in all of the bells and the whistles the paid version has to offer you can upgrade to a premium membership.
If you are even remotely interested in earning money from the internet I would suggest signing up and at least checking it out. Take your time make a plan and then commit to building out your future.