The Honest Truth About What It Takes to Earn a Living Blogging

From time to time, I write a post about making money blogging. It’s not often, because I think that all the other aspects of blogging matter a lot more.

Making money blogging is about consistently producing quality content.

Making money blogging is about networking and building an audience.

Making money blogging is about adding value to other people’s lives.

Making money blogging is as simple as asking yourself, “Would I pay to read a blog like mine?”

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The Most Underrated Blogging Technique Ever

Today I realized that it’s become a task of epic proportions to read all the content I wrote about blogging. All the steps, the habits, the guides, the shortcuts and growth hacks.

I’m not saying it can’t be done, I’m just saying it would take a lot of time.

And then there’s the billion other articles from all the other bloggers who share blogging advice, tips and tricks.

This, in itself, is not a bad thing, but it can be if you use it as a clever way to procrastinate.

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The System I Use to Write Over 100 Blog Posts Every Month

Most bloggers struggle with getting their writing done for one surprising reason: they approach writing as the act of creating something out of nothing. It’s the main reason you want to bash your head against the keyboard.

In fact, writing the damn thing should be the easiest part of content creation.

Once I realized that you can’t create something out of nothing, I could wake up at 5 AM, have a sip of coffee, and sit down to punch those damn keys until my hands hurt.

No more time wasted staring stupidly into the abyss of a blank document, no more cursing that blinking cursor thing.

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The Biggest Mistake a Beginner Blogger Can Make

Up until a couple months ago I used to coach a lot of bloggers via Skype. Or some other video conferencing app. It doesn’t matter.

The vast majority of them were, obviously, beginners. People who had started a blog a few weeks prior to deciding that I was their best bet at online fame. And during our first chat, there was something that I’d notice in the way they spoke: they were afraid.

And it was this strange mutation of fear; they were afraid that no one would ever read their stuff, afraid that they were never going to be as good as their favorite bloggers.

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Would You Pay to Read a Blog Like Yours?

There’s so much information easily available for free right now that most aspiring bloggers struggle to attract enough readers.

The issue? They are writing mediocre content that does not inspire, motivate, or add value.

How to fix this issue? Simple. Write the type of content that others would pay to read, the type of content that provides actionable steps towards solving certain issues, or the type of content that is so engaging as to make one rush for the subscribe button.

In other words, you must be so good they can’t ignore you.

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If You’re Struggling With Your Blog, This is Your Wake-Up Call

Stop lying. To yourself. To others. In the comments section of your blog. On other people’s blogs. In your about page. Stop lying.

“I don’t care if people read my stuff or not.”

“I blog for me, myself, and I.”

Lies.

If that were true, you’d be writing in a notepad. Or several. Hiding them away under your bed or in a closet. But you’re on the world wide web for a reason, and that reason is to be read.

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You Could Use a Hack to Get More Readers, But…

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Eight years ago, when I first started blogging, there was no limit on how many blogs you could follow on WordPress.com during a twenty-four hour period. Or how many blog posts you could like.

To be honest with you, I had a lot of fun with this for a while, but then I figured that it was not worth the effort.

Why?

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The Rat Race: When You Blog About The Same Things Over and Over Again

A couple thousand years ago there was this king. He was quite nasty and deceitful. He was also a bit arrogant. What you’d call a smart ass.

Well, at one point, the gods had enough of it, and they punished him by being forced to roll a boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time it neared the top. He had to do this, over and over again, for ever and ever.

His name was Sisyphus, and we now “honor” his name by using it to describe the backbreaking, neverending work that we often do but never seem to complete.

And, sometimes, it seems that blogging is just like that.

After all, you will someday run out of things to write about. You will feel trapped by the creative limitations of a certain niche or topic, or by the inner voice that tells that you are just writing about the same things, over and over again, for the same people.

So, what do you do when that happens? Do you give up? Do you start blogging about other topics?

Let’s find out, shall we?

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[Podcast Episode] Progress Is Sometimes An Invisible Process

New podcast episode is live.

Just had an insight earlier today.

We often measure our success in growing an audience by the number of followers we have, how many readers we’ve gained, how many views we’ve had.

The truth is, there’s a different kind of progress that usually takes places behind the scenes, a kind of progress that is impossible to measure.

You can also find and listen to the podcast by clicking this link here.