The concept of earning money by blogging has been covered by the gurus, on their blogs, in their own ways,and sharing their experiences. This has confused some new bloggers about which source to give more credibility and which opinion is more reliable. Blogging, unlike some years back, drags new addictions towards itself because of the myths circling around about it. If you are already in the blogging field, you already would have went through the times and realized what I am going to tell you today. If you’re new to blogging, this information will open your mind and help you understand all that you have read so far about it.
1. This is the END of Blogging
The reader’s love for current, quality content is the best way to have a long life blogging. I have seen famous bloggers tweet during their bad times that blogging is unreliable and can bring one to zero anytime. I agree that changes on the internet are very quick and not very predictable, but blogs don’t seem to be going away anywhere. A practical example of this is those blogs that at times seemed to be going down forever, yet are amongst the top now.
2. It’s Impossible To Earn a Living Blogging
Many bloggers give up very early if they don’t reach the goal they set for themselves when they started. It’s obvious that those who started blogging many years ago have learned a thing or two to reach the level they’re at. This made some people say that it’s impossible to earn a decent living as a blogger.
If you want to earn big, you need to put in consistent effort but have patience all the way along. It really takes some time to build a blog and take it to a level where you can make a living doing it. You need to put a lot of effort in during the first days to boost your realistic expectations, but always remember that if you continue putting in the effort just like you put in the first days, your blog will probably be successul. Your blog is just like an investment, you have to put in your time and money, so look at it like that and you will see the chance of success rising.
3. It’s Easy Making Money Blogging
I remember when I jumped into blogging, everybody believed blogging was easy money. I know, I know, I just told you that it’s not impossible to earn money blogging. What I am trying to focus on here is not the opposite but just that it’s not ‘easy’ to earn money blogging. It has never been a good to assume that a few days after starting a own blog, you’ll be rolling in the cash and living happily ever after. It is in fact just a myth. The universal truth that applies here is that you can never get something without putting in hard work. Same can be said about your blog it will need a lot of work and time. There are indeed a lot of stories of successful bloggers around but if you ask them, they will tell you the same.
4. Readers Don’t Like Monetization
I came to hear it from someone since readers come to your blog to browse the free content, so they won’t be interested in any of your monetization attempts. Well, indeed it’s true that they are only interested in the free content, but blogging is all about developing a relationship with your readers. Once you have earned their trust and you continue updating your blog with great content, you can monetize your blog any way you want. But keep in mind that your monetization doesn’t affect the free content’s visibility. The monetization approach can be either Adsense, affiliate marketing or even membership areas.
5. Huge Traffic = Successful Blog
Including me, there are some bloggers that get discouraged due to the low amount of traffic on their blogs. Huge traffic does help you to earn more in the case of Adsense and selling ads, but I still have seen many bloggers who don’t have an awesome amount of traffic and still they earn a good living. Lots of traffic will help you in the short-term, but you have to connect with your readers, get to know the challenges they are facing and how they expect you to help. You might be having a very low amount of traffic, but if that traffic is organic then you are going to be more successful than the one who got huge amount of traffic instantly that wasn’t organic.
Let’s face the truth that blogging is a business and you have to promote what your audience is in need for.
6. Post On Your Blog Every Day
This is not a very huge discussion but an important point circling around in newbie’s minds. Even I used to think that if I don’t post every day, at the same time on my blog, I might lose my readers. Well, if your blog is a news blog and you have a bunch of writers then you might need to post every other minute to stay current. But if you are a lone writer for your blog, there is no need to be as consistent but 3 to 4 posts per week are enough keeping in mind that daily posts may actually be of lower quality compared to your 3 or 4 posts for the whole week. You should always work on the quality first and then quantity. I have seen blogs that post every 3 days and still have very loyal readers who are waiting for more ‘quality’ posts to get published.
7. Your Blog is Dead If You Are Not A Great Writer
Having faced this bitter truth myself and my writing, I have still earned the trust of some loyal readers. You might not have a good background in writing but if you are always writing, like anything else, if you keep at it, you will improve eventually.
On the other hand, it’s true if you are a great writer, you can lead the pack. But if you think you are not good enough, you can always hire someone to edit your posts or maybe ask your friends to help you out.
I’d love to hear from you about your experiences, and get your thoughts and feedback on this idea. After all, if you’re reading this, your feedback is king!