Blogging is fun but when you’re trying to make a career out of it or just a passive income .. it’s hard! As much as this generation is obsessed with social media, technology or the internet period, you’d think it’d be easy to make money from blogging but it’s not!
You could write something and think it’s so interesting that it would drive tons of traffic to your blog.. you finally hit “publish” and after 24 hours of posting it, you’re a little disappointed because you didn’t get the outcome or results you were expecting! Because of that, sometimes we start doubting ourselves or our own creativity but in reality, it’s not always the fact that your writing is boring or sucks. It’s just the simple fact that it’s not as easy as you think to get people to click onto your links and engage in your posts! Blogging is hard and I’m gonna tell you why!
Support is hard to come by! The people that you expect to be supportive of you and your blog will truly surprise you! I remember when I had my first blog. It was like pulling teeth trying to get the support of my family and friends! It was so frustrating but I didn’t let that stop me. I kept blogging and after a few months, I noticed that I had so much genuine support from over a thousand people all over this world that were initially strangers vs. everyone I knew locally! Had I gotten discouraged in the beginning when I felt like no one believed in me around here, I would’ve never saw the beauty of how my writing could encourage other people all over this world!
A good amount of traffic on a daily basis is hard to come by as well. Again, you would think that as much as people are on the internet these days, especially social media.. that it wouldn’t be hard at all to get people to click on the link to your website or blog posts! Like people are seriously so nosy these days that on social media, they’ll check your profile and post updates religiously but ooohh not in the world of BLOGGING! When it’s a blog post that you’re trying to draw some attention to, you have to really do something with it to catch their attention for that one little split second that they see it in before they decide to just scroll on by! Catchy Titles have A LOT to do with that! Pinterest is the main source of traffic for my blog but on days when my Pinterest is slow, I find it harder to promote on other social media sites because like I said .. it’s just hard to lure people in!
When I first started monetizing my blog, I had high hopes for making lots of money through Ad Networking with companies like Google AdSense for example .. after doing some exploring just kinda seeing which Ad Networks worked best for me and my niche, I found some where I could make a little money and some others where I could potentially make good money (it really just depends on the amount of traffic you generate on a daily basis) but overall, I came to the conclusion that if you’re looking to make a good income from blogging, you can’t just depend on working for the Ad Networking Companies, unless you’re gonna generate an insane amount of traffic to see the big bucks, otherwise.. you will be disappointed!
Affiliate Marketing is a really GOOD way to make some money with your blog! Seriously! There are a lot of phenomenal companies out there like Amazon, Ebay, Esty, Lulu’s, ShareASale and Hobby Lobby that have great affiliate programs where you can advertise their products on your site and if a reader clicks the link you’ve shared and makes a purchase, you get a commission from it! The commission from those sales add up and before you know it … you are literally making bank!
But here’s the catch .. You’ve gotta be a good salesman! Not only do you have to get people to buy the products but you’ve gotta get them to buy it through your affiliate link otherwise, it doesn’t count! In all honesty, one of the companies I’m currently working with is Amazon. I’ve been working with them for almost a month now and I’ve only sold two items! Yikes!! It’s not as easy to sell as I thought it’d be but it’s most certainly not impossible!
This is actually an easy strategy! If you’re a creative person you could make your own products and make direct sales and earn money quicker. Whether you make personalized items or write books you could make a killing off it but you gotta be good at whatever it is you’re trying to sell!
So blogging can be really challenging when it’s more than a hobby. However, it’s not impossible to make a career, fulltime job or passive income out of it! It just takes hard work, true dedication and real money making strategies! One thing is sure.. if blogging doesn’t teach you anything else, it will definitely you patience!! So hang in there! keep writing, inspiring people, perfecting your craft and exploring what works best for YOU when it comes to monetizing!! Sending lots love and positive vibes your way!!