Why It is IMPOSSIBLE to Make Big Money From Your First Blog
As you might understand from my previous post, I hate those make money blogging articles which encourage bloggers to set unrealistic goals for their blog. You know… we bloggers are now sick with that kind of posts.
And I really feel sorry to those who are striving hard to make their first online business successful without bothering the true facts.
When I started my first blog, I don’t have an idea how a blog should run or how it can be used to make money. In fact, I’ve been making some money from my first blog and still it pay my bills but nothing more.
The case is similar for almost everyone who either start out a blog or any website for first time. As far as bloggers concerned, most of them put some content on their blog, test some monetization strategies like Adsense but the result may not be good enough for them in order to make living from it.
So is it really possible to make money blogging? What about the success stories we’ve been hearing around the web?
Untold Truth Behind Success Stories of ‘A-list’ Bloggers
I know that some people come to this blog (Problogger) and see the few posts that I’ve written about how much I earn and see blogging as a get rich quick kind of thing but (they) don’t see the full picture…
-Darren Rowse, Problogger.net
Let’s learn some ‘behind the scene stories’ of some of the most successful bloggers.
1. Darren Rowse, Problogger.net
We all know Darren by his popular blog Problogger.net. It is not just a blog, I would rather call it as blogging Wikipedia.
If you want to know any information, search on Wikipedia and if you don’t find it you can add that content there. Similarly if you are looking for blogging related information search it on Problogger and if you don’t find it there you can add that content via guest posting.
Darren has started blogging since 2002. And before starting his well known Problogger.net he has created about 20 different blogs, experimented with many different income streams and advertising systems. Yes! read it again … 20 different blogs!!
Read Darren’s story here: Becoming a Problogger, a story in many parts
2. Daniel Scocco, DailyBlogTips.com
Today most of the bloggers are fond of big explanatory articles but Daniel is really exceptional in this case. You can see really short tips…daily blogging tips from his blog DailyBlogTips.com
Before starting DailyBlogTips, he has experimented with many different websites and blogs.
3. Yaro Starak, Entrepreneurs-Journey.com
I have been following Yaro Starak since 2009. How am I sure about the year?? Because his email list notify me the subscription date.
If you’ve never visited entrepreneurs-journey.com before I will strongly recommend you to check it out. It is not just a blogging tips blog but he reveal his personal story as an entrepreneur there and I strongly suggest you to download his free ebook Blog Profits Blue Print.
Before starting his journey as a blogger he has set up many websites both informational and service based so obviously has a lot of experience.
Read Yaros’ story here and get seduced :)
4. Neil Patel from QuickSprout.com
Neil Patel is not just a blogger. He blogs on QuickSprout and runs many successful web companies. Nonetheless, he has also failures at first before he actually make money from online business.
Should You Quit Blogging?
I am not encouraging you to quit blogging. But this is just the harsh truth. You can make money from your first blog or business and I am still making money from my first blog. However, admit the fact that there is some learning curve for making a living from blog.
Blogging for living is not just like adding contents and waiting for Google to do rest of the job for you. Marketing has a big part in success here. Creation and marketing: they are the 2 sides of a single coin.
To make it clear, what works and what not, here I reveal some of the myths that beginners believe regarding making money while starting out.
Myth #1: Make money from Adsense
Adsense is obviously one of the easiest ways to monetize your website and blog. Most of the beginners were encouraged by Adsense success stories spreading around the web.
But what they are not realizing is, these stories are heard only from established sites. In other words, you need to create an established site first with high traffic before testing out putting Adsense slots here and there in order to make living from Adsense earnings.
Myth #2: Make money by selling direct ads/display ads
Once you get Adsense approval you might come to know that relying only on Adsense is not a nice deal. You might have noticed on blogging circles that many are selling direct ads on their blog which is more reliable method of monetizing. But still it needed traffic and establishment. As banner ads ( or display ads) gets less CTR comparing to contextual adverts most of the advertisers use this mode of advertising for branding purpose. So most of the advertisers prefer well established sites and sites that have interactive community.
Myth #3: Make money from affiliate marketing
Even if you aren’t interested in the big process of creating, marketing and selling a product you can still make nice amount of money by finding relevant products online and sell it on your blog as an affiliate.
It may seems like an easy make money process but from my experience I can say that selling ads on blog is easier than being an affiliate marketer.
Dot com boom is over. Before purchasing a product, people search for product reviews and deals and only then they move on to purchase.
What most of the beginners believe that if they review a relevant product on their blog, they can start making money from the affiliate links they provide on those articles. But the fact is that affiliate marketing works only for websites having highly targeted traffic.
Other trend is to look not only for reviews but deals also before purchasing. For e.g. Daniel Scocco gives full access to his membership site OnlineProfits.com if someone buy a hostgator hosting using his discount coupon. I am also using same strategy on this blog. I help blogspot bloggers to migrate from Blogger.com to WordPress for free if they purchase a hosting using my discount code.
Myth #4: Make money by selling products
If you have small audience I suggest you to build it up and start capturing emails before creating a product.
In simple, selling is harder and it is a lot of work…
Setting up a POSSIBLE Make Money Goal on 2013
So if you’ve big 2013 plans and goals for your blog like me check if it is realistic. You can also check out Eric. G’s article about his 2013 goals and how he is going to achieve it.
Check where you’ve made mistakes on 2012 and what changes you can make on this year. If your interest has been changed from your current niche, don’t be shy to start another blog again on your favorite niche or to buy a blog like me.
I think that is good enough. Am I discouraging your blogging efforts or what do you think? Let me know your thoughts via comments.