Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Is it possible : Really Make a Living by Blogging?

I received an email last night regarding how to  make money online.  A single mother was looking for easy money online alongwith her day job to raise her two kids. It was becoming too much for her spending time at her job and looking for extra money.

My answer :

Dear XX,

  If you have patience enough for  next six months to publish quality content for your blog on a subject you are passionate about then the answer is YES. It is possible to make a living—a very good one, even—by blogging only two to three hours per day.

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There are two main approaches to professional blogging: You could be a freelance or employed blogger for an established company or site , or you can start your own blog from scratch.

Working with an established blog is much easier then you come to know the nitty gritty part of blogging basics then when you have gained enough experience then you can write your own blog and make money online.

Setting up own blog and making money from it is little different. There's no real career path or trajectory to base expectations on. Some people have made hundreds of thousands of dollars writing their blog (or sold their blogs for millions), while others have yet to make a cent from theirs.

It's not as easy to carve out your space on the web and make a name for yourself as a blogger today, as it was back when blogging was brand new. And it takes a lot of time to build your audience to the point where it's successful. So it's definitely not something you can get rich quickly with, though many people do work on their blogs full time.

Salaries for bloggers vary widely. This report from Glassdoor shows ranges from $19K to $79K a year for the title "blogger," while other sources say the 14% of bloggers who earn a salary make, on average, $24K a year (or $33K for corporate bloggers). Likewise, freelance bloggers can make anything from under $10 a post to $100 or more for a relatively short post.

As for running your own blog, a survey of 1,000 bloggers by Blogging.com in 2012 found that 17% are able to sustain their lifestyle or support their family with their blogs, while 81% never make even $100 from blogging. The other 2% spend less than 2 hours a day blogging but make more than $150K (Tim Ferriss types).

How much you could make would depend on several factors, including how often you blog, the quality of your content, how competitive your topic is, and how effective you are at building an audience and generating traffic. Plus a generous sprinkling of luck.
Make easy money online

A blog itself isn't really a business—it's more of a platform for other income streams. Your content alone won't likely make you money. Instead, you'll have to get advertisers, sell services like consulting or speaking, use affiliate marketing to get a percentage of sales from links people click on your blog, or maybe offer products like ebooks or premium content to actually generate income. ProBlogger has an excellent post about these different ways you can make money.
Success Won't Come Quickly or Easily

Don't let this discourage you, but just know it could take months, if not years, to start making a living with your blog. Heed this advice from blogger Amy Lynn Andrews and Angela of the Coupon Project:

I always tell folks that I worked for 8 months on my blog before receiving a single check! You have to make sure you are committed and passionate about what you're blogging about. Focus first on quality content and bringing in traffic. And if you NEED the money…like NOW? Don't start a blog. Get a day job.

I'd say give yourself at least 6 months before you start pulling in an income. And even then, it'll most likely be coffee money.

The other reality is you'll probably have to product a ton of content to generate meaningful income—and that's a significant time investment. Writing at least one post a day is best, but that one post could take hours of research, writing, and editing, depending on the content. It's hard work.

If you are regular and passionate about making money online then you can always do that.

With blogging only sky is the limit!