Thirty five thousand dollars in less than three months sounds impressive, but the truth is that it took me a long, long time to get to this point.
There are many ways to make money through blogging, and despite what those who advertise blogging as “passive income” it’s quite the opposite: the more energy, time, and passion you invest, the more you earn.
Here’s a little breakdown of what it too get to earning $35K in less than three months, and what I learned in my seven years of full-time blogging
You need to outwork 99.9% of bloggers.
Each week, I write tens of thousands of words. Not just blog posts, essays, or tutorials, but replies to e-mails and comments, copy for my products and e-courses, product descriptions, written feedbacks to my clients…
I work anywhere between twelve to fourteen hours a day. And I am not counting the small bits of time when I reply to a comment, or go and read and interesting blog post, and leave a comment.
It’s tough. It’s rough. I often feel like giving up. I often tell myself that it’s not worth it. Sometimes I cry.
If you want to earn a lot, you’ve got to sacrifice a lot.
This goes for money, for fame, for glory, for love.
There’s a price you have to pay for everything, and I think that the number of thing you should be aware of is this: earning money from a blog is going to require effort.
How much effort?
Depends on how much you want to earn.
It’s going to be months before you start earning money.
- You write the first fifty or so posts trying to figure out your niche.
- You write the next fifty posts trying to figure out who you are, your purpose, and what makes you different.
- You write the next hundred posts trying to add value, to connect with your readers.
Focusing on making money when you’re just starting out can even destroy your chances of success as a blogger.
I always tell people I’ve spent eight years writing before I made my first $1.03 before taxes.
If you can be okay with making no money in the beginning, and focus on delivering quality content and building relationships, you will find out that opportunities to make money tend to present themselves to you.
Now, let’s break down my first years as a blogger, and what I did to monetize.
I am one of those lucky bastards that started earning money from their blog quite fast. Six months until I started earning around $100/day from donations and book sales.
But contrary to what you might be inclined to believe, this was far from being a good thing.
Well, let’s look at what I did to monetize:
- Selling advertising
- More donations.
- Selling e-books once in a while
Simply put, I did not offer something that people would want to buy. Which is one of the most important aspects to consider if you want to earn money early on.
2018, April. I wrote a few blog posts about blogging on my main blog because I did not know what to write about.
They became quite popular. Then I figured that I should start a different blog, and then sell one-on-one mentorships.
Also, I wrote an e-book, a few tutorials, and wrote a few hundred blog posts. Things started picking up.
I mainly relied on one-on-one coaching, and just recently decided to also produce courses and sell them.
So, what happened this year?
People became more interested in working with me. I sold a lot of advertising options on my main blog. I am coaching someone who is writing a book.
This is why I say it takes time, because it does. You don’t become an authority in your niche right away. Also, people don’t trust you right away.
It takes time.
Let this be your mantra if you’re serious about blogging.
It takes time.
What I learned about making money from blogging.
Here’s what I figured out about making money from blogging.
1. Do not think about money.
You can’t make any substantial amount of money from blogging until you have put some time into developing your blog.
An excellent mindset to have is to blog with no goal of monetizing for at least the first six months.
Start by doing it for free because that’s how you figure out if you truly love blogging or not.
2. Don’t try too hard.
You know, that feeling of chasing money, and it feels as if money is running away from you? Yeah… kind of like that.
Most bloggers overdo it. I did too. They try to hard to get more readers, to get more comments, to sell their products, to put out a ton of content.
As they say, your network is your net worth.
Especially when you’re starting out.
Figure out who your ideal reader is, and go after them:
- Go on social media
- Write on Quora, Medium, or LinkedIn
- Comment on popular blogs in your niche
But do it genuinely. For the fun of it. To make friends. Because you enjoy this online environment. Write the kind of lengthy and brilliant comments that make someone want to click on your blog to read more of your stuff.
But don’t forget to…
Spend an awful lot of time building your portfolio.
So much of my time during my first years of blogging was spend promoting my blog, while I had nothing to sell. Heck, I wrote 200 word essay on philosophy. Sometimes I put a quote and two sentences.
If you spend most of your time networking, you don’t have time to figure out if the niche you’ve chosen is right for you, you don’t have time to develop your writing voice.
There is no substitute for doing the work. No shortcut. Trust me.
If I could go back in time and do one thing differently, it would be to create a portfolio I could be proud of.
And, believe me, I get it. We focus on everything but punching those damn keys because actually doing the work is the most difficult part. But doing what is difficult is what made me $35,000 in less than 90 days.
Here’s how you make money from your blog:
A lot of folks don’t know how to go about monetizing their blogs, and so they never even try.
In fact, it’s quite simple, and there are but a few and quite obvious methods:
The most obvious one, but one that I advise my clients not to consider as a long term source of revenue.
You can either put some ads by partnering with WordAds, or you can sell advertising directly to your readers, which is the better option of the two.
Of course, if you become popular enough, businesses in your niche will come to you for advertising.
Why does this work?
Because some of your readers don’t just want to read your content, they want you to hold them accountable, to explain to them on a one-on-one capacity (and in a different environment).
If you are interested in selling one-on-one coaching, here’s how I do things:
- I am paid upfront via my e-store
- I offer my clients an initial written feedback, so we both know what we need to work on
- Depending on the length and type of the coaching program they’ve selected, we schedule one-on-one chats via Skype or Instant Messaging
- Assignments and tasks are the norm here, because, well, coaching is all about holding someone accountable.
Selling an online course
I launched a free online course last week and it’s been doing fantastic. Lots and lots of folks enrolled, and the feedback has been nothing but wonderful.
This is an area I am just starting to explore, and you should too. The market for online courses is growing at an exponential rate, and it’s in the tens of billions of dollars per year right now.
Selling a book
You need to play the long game.
And, yes, almost every blog can be turned into a book somehow.
Things to keep in mind though:
- It’s not enough to copy-paste a bunch of blog posts. You need to go deeper.
- You need to acquire a few skills, so you can make a book cover, format the book
- You need TIME
But the effort is worth it.
A book is intellectual property. It’s an asset. It keeps earning you money. You do the work once, and then you earn for as long as you sell it.
Also, let’s not forget this about blogging for money:
There’s a certain skill that takes you from earning $1000 per month, which is decent, to earning ten times as much.
Focus on the reader.
Focus on the reader. Always.
Offer your best content for free. Aim to do more for them than just about anyone else.
After all, you do not make money because you publish stuff on the web. It’s the readers who pay you. And readers are actual human beings, not just a bunch of credit cards.
Now all that is left is to ask yourself whether you would like to do the same — because you can.
If this guy from Romania whose first language has almost nothing to do with English can make $35,000 in less than 90 days, then you can too.