Can Anyone Make Money Blogging?
Q. This question is from Katie K. and she asked, “Can anyone really make money blogging?”
I say a resounding YES. But of course, it would be a little foolhardy to say that without qualification.
But the qualifications I give are probably not the ones that you expect.
The fact is, no matter your age, gender, race, ethnic or religious background, financial status, level of education, or any of the other demographics that seem to limit people–they DO NOT apply to blogging. So, you get a big YES from me when it comes to the potential for blogging success.
It’s all about your motivation. There is money to be made out there for those who pursue it.
How to Win
If there is anything that separates the winners from the losers when it comes to blogging is the whole question of mental attitude.
I love that quote by Henry Ford, the man who revolutionized the automobile industry back in the day.
He said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
So, the question is not whether or not you have the brain to be a blogger. You do. The question is how is your brain wired?
Do you make excuses or cast blame all the time? Do you become emotionally paralyzed and refuse to take action? If so, you’re probably not going to succeed at blogging.
In my experience, people with attitude issues –either a sense of entitlement or inferiority—don’t succeed at much in life.
Do you think you can make money blogging? Well, then you’re right!
Let’s look at a couple ideas that might keep you from achieving your blogging ambitions
Yes, Blogging Takes Effort
Many people think that blogging is like going to Las Vegas and putting money into a slot machine. They think that the minimal effort of dropping a coin into a slot will result in a huge immediate jackpot. Sorry, that’s not the case with blogging.
You can make a great deal of money as a blogger, but it takes time to build an audience and to reap the benefits of your positive attitude and high level of motivation. It’s true, some people succeed in months, but for most people blogging riches build over time and so persistence is mandatory.
On a daily basis, you probably don’t need as much time as you might think. If you are a curious, motivated person, and know the value of planning, then you can compress your blogging business into 10 to 15 hours per week. That’s divided been writing blog posts and promoting your blog.
By the way, planning is so important to your blogging success I have created a blog post planner to help people compress time and succeed as bloggers, and the link to it is below.
Invest in Yourself
You need to invest some money in your blog. But we’re talking hundreds, not thousands of dollars. The fact remains that it takes money to make money.
Where do you get seed money? You borrow it, get an investor and pay him or her ongoing dividends from profits, or you get a job and save it. Saving money is the best, in my opinion.
There is no blog fairy. If people could make money out of thin air, with zero investment, everyone would be doing it, right?
Don’t Make this Major Error
Far too many people try to make money blogging by starting a blog on one of those free sites like Blogger.com. That is a major error. Whoever controls the free blogging site controls you and they specifically want to limit how much money you can make.
Some say, “At least a free blog is a way to start.”
I say, “No, it’s the place that good hopes and dreams go to die.”
Stay away from Blogger.com, WordPress.com or any other free blogging platforms. I mean, use them if you are a hobby blogger, but run from them if you want to make money.
By the way, there are two flavors of WordPress. WordPress.com is the free site. Avoid it. WordPress.org is where you get the code to create your own independent money-making site.
If you want to maintain control, and make as much money as possible, you need to set up your own independent blogging platform. You rent space on a blog hosting service and you install a platform like WordPress on it.
Something Completely Wild
Here’s the most shocking thing. You don’t need need to be a skilled writer when you start. You learn as you go. All writers learn to write…by writing. The ability to write is not primarily a gift. It’s a craft that you learn by doing.
I have been mentoring writers for over three decades, and I believe that any properly motivated person can become an expert writer.
That’s especially true in the blogging world because blogs are nonfiction, not fiction. That means you use research and your own experiences to create posts. Anyone can do that.
By the way, Plan Step 4 at BloggingSuccessPlan.com is all about how to write an effective blog post. Follow the steps and you can learn to do it.
So that’s it Katie K and all the others of you who are asking the question, “Can I really make money blogging.”
The answer is, “Yes you can.”
You need to follow the right steps:
- Have the right mindset, a positive, tenacious attitude
- You must have a marketable idea for your blog
- You need to promote your blog like crazy
No, financial success is never guaranteed in any endeavor. But blogging is a rather level playing field. Pick a money-making topic like I discuss in Plan Step 2, and you can cash in by being a blogger.
There’s probably no better blueprint to follow than the one at BloggingSuccessPlan.com.