Despite what many internet marketers will tell you, blogging is not a quick way to make money. There are tons of people on the Internet trying to sell their e-book that has all of their “secrets” to online success. Of course, the big headlines of “Make Money On Autopilot” cause many rookies to start up an online blog, work on it for about two hours, and expect to make bank… It’s just not that easy.
In 2010, I started my first technology blog using Blogger’s free platform. I knew that I wasn’t going to be an instant success and I knew that it was going to take some work. It took me about four months to get 1,000 page views and it took me over six months to even make a dime from that blog. Even still, I kept blogging and my success started after continuously blogging for eighteen months or so. When I say success started, I really mean started. It took me that many months to build up enough authority in Google searches to start getting viewers, start getting comments like once a month, and start making about $0.75 per month from advertising. Granted, it was my first blog and I had no idea what I was doing, but it still took forever.
In 2012, I moved my Blogger-hosted blog over to WordPress and then sold it on Flippa a couple of months later. By that time, I had over 750 posts about various technology subjects, a very small following, and about 10,000 page views per month. My website sold for $800 and although it seems like a lot of money for a website, that was for my content, domain name, and entire blog. I spent at least an hour every day working on writing new posts, which would amount to over 700 hours in work, give or take some hours that I spent customizing the design, moving it to WordPress, etc.
At this point in time, I have built up $35 in advertising commissions from Google Adsense, about $4 for allowing a guest post or two, $25 for a blogroll link, $100 for featuring an article for a company, and then $800 for selling everything off. Added all together, that’s less than $1,000 for over two years’ worth of work.
After I sold my original blog on Flippa, I realized how much I missed blogging. I took $200 from my Flippa profits to invest in starting a new blog about internet marketing, blogging, and web design. No, starting a blog doesn’t have to cost near this amount of money, but I wanted a premium domain name this time. It took me about two weeks to find a suitable domain name at a reasonable price and I jumped on it… I found OmegaWeb.com, which was registered in 1995, and managed to get it for $150.
Ever since I purchased Omega Web a few months back, I still haven’t made much money. I am making about $5 a month from AdSense revenue and that’s about it. My goal is to work hard and try to get my AdSense (and other advertising networks) revenue up to $30, $50, or $100 per month. I’m not trying to scare new bloggers away by writing this post, but I want to make sure that you’re willing to take on such a large task. Having a successful blog starts by writing great content, but requires so much more work than that. You have to write your articles, read a blogging website (such as this one) to learn how to make more money and better blogging techniques, comment on other blogs, sign up for forums in your niche, research to learn more about your topic, and keep up with your website maintenance… It’s a lot of work, but if you can get a small following and start making at least $20 a month from ads, it will eventually pay off.
If you think you are up to the task, I would suggest starting your blog using WordPress. You can start a blog for as little as $10 by signing up for web hosting, buying a domain name, and using a free WordPress theme. All you have to do is keep writing great content and stay persistent… The success will come.
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