Money Blogging: The Truth
The truth on how to make money blogging can be a touchy topic and many have different ways and methods of how to make money blogging. I am here to share my experience with you. I am not here to show you how to make money because I’m still figuring out myself. When I first wanted to blog I only wanted to do it as a way of expression and stress relief. Then over night, it turned into wanting money. It was easy for me to get caught up in all the wrong reasons and not focus on all the right reason to blog.
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Don’t Buy The HYPE
That is right!! Don’t buy the hype. Pinterest is full of great resources for bloggers. However, beware of those trying to sell you something or give the wrong information out. Not everyone is truthful. Many pins are “get rich quick” schemes. I see it all the time. “How To Make Money From Blogging In 3 Month” ” Look At My Income Report”. All these will get you in a lot of trouble. Not to bust any bubbles, but yes that is how they are getting their money. But here is the ugly truth they didn’t get there.
Not to bust any bubbles, but yes that is how they are getting their money. But here is the ugly truth they didn’t get there overnight. For many, it took years to hone their craft. Not all of them were overnight success stories. So why do they tell you that you can make money that quick? Because they are selling you something. Look I am not mad at the method it is a great method to making money. It is all a part of marketing. But in business, you must have INTEGETY!! You can’t do business with lies and false promises. Your audience is trusting you to be honest.
~Look I’m not out here to chop heads. I’m here to speak the truth. There are bloggers with GREAT INTGRETY. Many I follow and love. They sell things of course, but it is worth every penny. But they will not lie. They are NOT telling you that you will be rich tomorrow. What they offer is stepping stones to get you where you need to be in order to profit.
Word of Advice: Don’t get into blogging if you doing it ONLY for the money!!
Reading bloggers income reports made me feel inadequate in the blogging world. With a hint of jealousy and salt in my wound. I wanted that piece of the pie. So I added and read every single pin I could find about income reports and how to make money from blogging. I was free falling and didn’t know it. I would stay up late and wake up early to turn on my laptop and search. What I wasn’t doing was actually working on my blog. I was just letting it sit there. No writing, no sharing. It was dormant like a bear hibernating. I was so caught up in the mindset of making a quick buck.
Digging My Grave
I believed every great phrase out there and took the bait and the hook was deep. My blog was a hot mess with no logo or brand. I had advertisers before I really even got writing my blog. I know what you thinking. “This chick is off her rockers!!” I was mad crazy. Desperation was in my pearly white eyes. Having a beauty blog I was out buying the latest makeup and hair products. I spent so much money. The sad part is I didn’t do anything with it. Every night before bed I would plan a YouTube video and what I was going to write about. The morning came and I was back on Pinterest looking up how to make money blogging. I lost focus on what mattered and what would make me real money…..MY BLOG!!!
Working It Out
Getting out of desperation mode I needed a break. I was three months in and was not feeling it anymore. The blogging bug was gone. However, I had a year of hosting left and didn’t want it to go to waste. Money is money and I wasn’t about to take it out in tomorrow trash. So, I had a heart to heart with my husband. If anyone could make me snap out of it. He was the one to do it. He is to the point and sometimes it stings the ego. But the TRUTH HURTS BABE!! He looked at me and said, “Why makeup? I said cause I like it. Again he asked, “Why you look good without it and you are not an expert.” Ouch!!!! talk about ripping the bandage off. But, he was right.
Getting On Track
I love makeup, I wear it often. However, I am not an expert in makeup. I was the one watching others do it in hope to mimic the same look. How can I talk about something I had little knowledge about. Now I’m not saying you need to be an expert in your niche….. I take that back YES YOU DO!!! Ok, you don’t need a degree but you need to know something. As you grow your audience they are trusting your opinion and expertise in the matter. You are a teacher!!! Know what you want people to learn.
The Truth Hurts
My husband and his kind words and not so kind words suggested I change my niche. So, I had to go back to the drawing board and find out what I was passionate about. I decided there was only one true passion I had and that passion was one reason I joined the Navy. That was travel. It was right there the whole time. I have seen the world and had many life experiences. BINGO!!!
So here I was recharged and refreshed. I promised myself to never let someone steer me in the wrong direction again. I was not going to look at another bloggers income report and I was not going to buy into the how to make money quick scheme. My main goal was being focused and determined to work solely on my blog. I became more engaged with other bloggers by commenting and sharing their post. No more get rich mentality. Money is always there, but it not my driving force.
Can you make money with blogging? Absolutely!!!! It is possible. You have to be determined and focused. This isn’t a Cinderella story. You can’t go from drab to fab overnight. It takes work and patience. My biggest advice is to be present in your blog. Love it and nature it. It is your baby. When you show it love, so will your audience.
Do I make money now? I have made a whopping $17.00. So no, I have not made $500 in 3 months. Guess what? I am ok with that. I found out that blogging isn’t about the money. That if you have that mentality like I did you are doomed. You will be singing Tom Petty’s “Free Falling”. So, how can you make money blogging? Do it the right way.
- Be patient
- Never give up
- Write what you are passionate about
- Know your niche
- Know your audience
- Focus on your blog: branding, logo, appeal
- Promote: social media is key
- Take breaks
- Stay positive
WE are all in this together, and that there is room at the top for everyone.