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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[Blogging Mindset] The Snowball Effect

There are two different ways to approach blogging.

One is to sprint. Your enthusiasm fuels your inspiration. You punch the damn keys. You write, write, write, publishing one post after another. You interact with other bloggers, you try to take advantage of any guest posting opportunity, blogging award, or challenge.

But then you run out of steam. You cannot maintain momentum. You are tired. You give up.

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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 #1 Thing You Need to Succeed As a Blogger

With a headline like that, you’re probably wondering what is this most important, phenomenally crucial, aspect you need to make it as a blogger.

If you’re like most people, you probably think it’s:

Nope, it’s neither one of these.

The number one, the most important ingredient, the determining factor of your success as a blogger is this:

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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.

Read. Learn. Watch. Listen.

Hey guys,

After two years of The Art of Blogging, after a few hundred blog posts, two different e-books, and several e-courses, you can now absorb blogging knowledge by listening to The Art of Blogging Podcast.

Today’s topic? Sharing 90 super easy tips that are going to help you on your journey to becoming a true artist of blogging. Part one cover forty five of these tips, ranging from content creation, networking, mindset, and the best way to think of yourself as a blogger.

Right now you can listen to our podcast on Spotify and Anchor, but it will be soon made available everywhere where podcasts are available, including YouTube.

Read

Obviusly, this is a reference to the 465 blog posts that are available here on this blog or on our Medium publication.

Also, it’s a reference to The Art of Blogging E-book, which I do recommend you read. Yeah. No seriously. Lots of cool stuff there.

Watch

You can watch videos on blogging by yours truly by clicking this link here.

That’s where you will also be able to listen to our podcast.

So, yeah, do subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Learn

This is a big one.

You can find some cool blogging courses on our Learn Platform by clicking this link here.

Including one of the most complete works on how to become a true blogstar that you can find anywhere:


So, yeah, after two years, now you can watch, read, listen, and learn all about becoming an artist of blogging.

Thank you for the opportunity to share all this content with you, be sure to subscribe, follow, like, tell all your friends (and enemies), and let me know what you think.

Cheers,

Cristian