Because its one of the most popular questions, and one that most of us have asked at one time or another early in our online careers, I thought it would be good to answer the question of how long does it take to make money blogging.
First, from my personal accounts and what I’ve been directly told by other blogging professionals, most bloggers (generally speaking) don’t make a dime their first year, and many lose money if you take in to account the money they spent on domains and such, and then of course factoring in the months or years they spent “working” on their blog. Taking it even further, many people never do earn a thing and give up frustrated… I call them the Angry Bloggers. On the other end of the spectrum there are those superstars who seemed to grasp things really well and zoomed into success right away in record time.
In the middle of that spectrum we see most people churning away at their keyboards and searching frantically from site to site for any nugget or tidbit which will unveil the secret. These middle roaders are faithful and mostly committed, they just don’t know what they don’t know. I admit that I was one of those. I recall very clearly that first year doing those exact things. But here’s the point of this post… what happened next. OK, I built that point up somewhat and you were expecting me to say that I figured it all out and started making a lot of money, but I didn’t. I essentially gave up and quit. I was on the verge of becoming an Angry Blogger.
I had several websites and blogs I was working, and of course I was writing some content at online sites like Squidoo and Hubpages, and doing some freelance stuff. I had spent countless hundreds of hours writing, doing what I thought was right, but the people didn’t come calling in any significant numbers. Frustrated, I slowly eased away from writing, from checking on my sites; I was burning out. And I know many of you have done or are doing the same things right now. It’s the natural cycle for most bloggers and the result of simply not knowing what we’re doing wrong, or not doing right. Not knowing how to make money with a blog.
I didn’t completely disappear, I kept writing articles from time to time, and an occasional post on my blogs. Then after 8 months or so I happened to read an article at some affiliate blog which discussed this very thing. And like I am now, the author encouraged bloggers to not give up and pointed out the many people earning a great income by blogging. Refueled I began to dig in once again. But this time I had the experiences from my past to build on, and a full tank of gas. It was about that time that I realized I didn’t have the knowledge or skills to make it big on my own, there was simply too much I didn’t know and I could never catch up to the time I had lost.
So my second life as a blogger began as a quest to affiliate with successful people who had made it through to the other side. I soon realized that I had been trying to build a house from the roof down, which of course will never work. You’ll notice that here at Money Blogger we recommend four core blogging tools to everyone. Why, because they are the foundation off of which success can be built. You can make it without them, and many do. But for most of us we need these tools, and frankly they simply make succeeding so much easier, and the time savings is enormous which leads to more blogs built, and more money. Imagine a carpenter who knows how to build houses trying to do it without his tools, and that’s what its like when bloggers go it alone and that is precisely why so many fail or that it takes so long to see a profit.
First among these core tools is the hosting service… I have personally used many web hosts, and still have a couple contracts running on some others, but since I’ve been at Host Gator its clear to me why the top blogs use it, too. And I’m saving money, so the choice is clear. My very first blogs were on free hosts and I laugh about it now. I used a free service at internetseer.com to monitor my websites (you get daily reports), and I would get e-mails all the time that my site was down, or not loading quickly enough… and I wondered why I couldn’t succeed. Don’t put a money blog on a free web host, ever! Host Gator lets you pay monthly if that’s an issue (unlike most other big name hosts) and you can even use PayPal… there is no reason not to spend $3 + dollars a month for professional hosting, none. I moved some of my domains to Host Gator from other hosts even though I had lots of time left on their contracts, because Host Gator is THAT good.
Another core blogging tool is SEOpressor, which as far as I’m concerned is blogging Gold. Look at it like this, over 128,000 blogs use it. There are other alternatives, but this one saves me time (which is really money, right), and it saves me a lot of it. Now I can get blogs and pages ranked in the search engines much faster than before. Then there’s Traffic Travis (grab it free on our Blogging Tools page) which handles everything related to keywords. SEOpressor does a lot of keyword legwork, too, but I like that I can dig deep with Traffic Travis.
Finally, ForeverAffiliate is the go-to blogging strategy that every beginning or struggling blogger should turn to, period. It’s no-nonsense, very detailed and success driven. It’s not just a strategy or blueprint, it’s a blogging champion looking over your shoulder helping you get it right, right now. Andrew Hansen has received accolades for his work in mentoring new bloggers towards success and helping them make money blogging sooner than they ever would have otherwise. Every job, every class and every business has a strategy… for a reason! If you want to become a serious blogger you need one, too, which is where ForeverAffiliate comes in. You can replicate his proven strategy day after day and quit guessing at what works.
With all that said, here’s the bottom line. It takes time to make it as an online writer, a blogger. If you go it alone it can be a painful and long journey. You need to know two things. First, don’t expect the money to flow in quickly, it simply won’t happen. Instead, think of yourself as a farmer who is planting next years crop. The next thing to remember is that if I had known then what I know now about the journey I was on, I would have 100% made the choice to partner up with someone like Andrew who could show me the way, walk me through it. With the effort I put into my blogs, had I done it correctly, I would have made thousands by the time I was quitting. Yes, I’m a fan of the Andrew’s program, but there are others which can help you as well. Just do it, and know that it will be some time before you make money blogging. Maybe months, a year, but certainly not over night. But you will be successful, so never give up.