I love making money blogging. I love reading comments from readers, giving advice to new bloggers, and running the advertising for my blogs and others. This means that I talk about my job a lot which usually leads to someone asking me to help them set up a blog to earn cash. It doesn’t quite work that way. Here are some things to consider before you start a blog to earn money.
Blogs take a lot of time to start, even more time to maintain, and way more time if you ever want them to be big enough to make money. For example, I spent 4-5 hours a day for two weeks setting up Budgeting in the Fun Stuff and changing all of the little details until I was happy in February 2010. I spend another few hours a month perfecting all of that to this day. I also spend at least 6 hours a week writing my daily posts. Finally, I spend about 4 hours a day answering my own emails and the emails of all of my advertising clients. If you don’t want to put in hours and hours into your blog, then making money blogging isn’t probably for you.
In the beginning, your passion for a subject is all that you will have to keep your blog going. I didn’t get more than 10 readers a day for months. I just kept posting because I really love talking about money. Personal finance is truly fun for me. If it wasn’t, BFS would have died within 3 months. If you have a subject you really love to write about, then a blog may be a perfect fit for you. If the idea of posting regularly on one theme sounds crazy to you, blogging to earn money may not be your cup of tea.
Drive to Succeed
If you have the time and the passion, then the only other thing you will need is the drive to succeed. I didn’t mind the time I was spending on growing my blog and I had the passion, but my drive to succeed led me into making money. That drive kept me going when I was tired. I kept submitting to blog carnivals, making connections, and went out of my way to learn how to gather more readers. I wanted my blog to become just as popular as all of the blogs I loved to read. I wanted that enough that I made sure to keep my posts personal and to answer the comments I receive. I wasn’t and won’t let anything stand in the way of my little community.
By pushing myself to stick with those basics, the money became way easier to obtain. Advertisers started emailing me when they realized I had readers. I also started getting more search engine traffic as I built up my content, which makes me more with Adsense. Ultimately, that drive to succeed helped me quit my day job to do what I love full time.
If you have a blog, what would you suggest to consider before pursuing blogging to earn money? If you are thinking about starting a blog to make some cash, do you have the time, passion, and drive to push you along?