If you’re good at something, never do it for free. Sure, that’s a Joker line from The Dark Knight, but don’t let the homicidal nature of the speaker detract from the reason of the message. How many of your favorite musicians or artists work — or worked — entirely for free? Not many, I assume (and it seems a safe assumption).
It’s true that people often pursue their passions simply because they’re driven to, and that they sometimes want to keep money out of the equation because they fear that it’ll sully their enthusiasm. But it doesn’t have to. You can look to get something in return for your efforts without radically changing how you view your favorite hobby.
It’s okay. You can admit it. You’ve recently been asking yourself if you can make a living blogging. I know because most bloggers fantasize about the freedom that comes with making a living from blogging.
Sadly, many bloggers don’t make a cent from their blogs. And with an estimated 152 million blogs worldwide, there is no shortage of guides and tutorials about how to make a living blogging.
But here’s what makes this one different:
Success leaves clues.
Les Brown, acclaimed motivational speaker, put it this way, “Whatever area you are interested in, find people who have mastered it, and follow their example because success leaves clues.”
So we reached out to successful online entrepreneurs who’ve been there, done that and have the t-shirt. We connected with 12 successful pro bloggers who run some of the top money making blogs in the world. We asked them to tell us their #1 blueprint for making a living from blogging. Some of them answered the question, Can you really make money blogging? Others mentioned the blog niches that make money and the types of blogs that make money.
They all spoke from the heart, and we were amazed by what they said. It was refreshing, compelling, practical and down to earth. Although accomplished pro bloggers ourselves, we learnt a lot from them. And we decided to share their insight and wisdom with you in this blog post.
Be honest. You’re excited. You’d love to know how to monetize a website. But you’re also skeptical.
Not whether websites can be monetized, I mean the evidence is all around you. No, you’re skeptical about whether you can monetize a website. And I don’t mean a few hundred dollars a month. I mean thousands of dollars. Maybe tens of thousands.
Well, I used to be the same.
Sure, I could see that websites could be profitable, but mine? That was a different story. Finally, I got fed up watching people around me making money. So I researched and read. A lot. But nothing changed.
Once I put my skepticism on hold, however, and tried some simple methods to make money with a website, everything changed.
I get it! When you’re just starting out as a blogger, monetizing a blog can be challenging. No, scratch that. As a new blogger, it is a lot of hard work to monetize your blog. And it can be very overwhelming.
Where do you start? There are so many products, services and companies to promote, so many applications to make, so many forms to complete, and so many passwords to remember. And how do you keep a tab of them?
And can I be honest? Those income reports of bloggers who (against all the odds) somehow manage to make thousands of dollars in their first month blogging doesn’t help. Right ?