This is a recent question. Blogging for profit can certainly feel that it is a joke. You don’t have many visitors or maybe you do have a load visiting your blog but they don’t click on your adverts or clock on your links and so on.
It is easy to lose hope and think that either it doesn’t work or that it won’t work for you – no matter what you try. I’ve been through that a number of times – where you just get that feeling of why bother with it at all.
It can be difficult to not only get frustrated and disheartened but also cynical and angry. These emotions only help to make you feel sorry for yourself. Feeling this way doesn’t help.
It doesn’t help that you’ve got all these IM Gurus promising overnight success and how easy it all is – almost just push a few buttons and you’ll be on easy street.
With others you see the end result not what went before – the work and disappointments that went before.
Blogging for profit is no different to any other business model
You need to find people who are interested in what you are offering. You need to put in the work to be successful.
As well as being able to provide quality content you need to understand about marketing and business.
You need to providing something people want and anything you are providing is relevant and the people you are attracting are looking for more than just being entertained and anything you are offering is relevant too.
Blogging for profit is a joke if you don’t do it “right”. And by that I don’t mean there is only one way but that you treat it as a business and are prepared to persevere through the tough times.
By treating it as business you need to have a blogging model that can actually make money. It needs to be able to be effectively monetized. That can be using advertising (adsense), selling your own product, recommending other peoples products ( affiliate marketing) offering services and so on.
Also you need to put the work in and follow a plan and execute it.
You can come up with your own plan or follow a system someone is already using. There are plenty of systems and ideas out there. But they all require time and effort to implement successfully and your first attempt at any of them is not necessarily going to be a success.
There are people who blog and make a very good income from their blogging – the most obvious is Pat Flynn who releases a monthly income report showing his results of blogging about internet marketing mainly and related business (he does make some smaller income from his niche blogs).
This does sort of take you down a path that the only way to make money online is to blog about making money online. But that’s not true as there are examples of people making a profit from niches that don’t have anything to do with making money online.
Not that I’m a shining example by any means but I’m now able to make money online each month – it’s not a full time income yet but it is moving in the right direction.
There are plenty of examples but the 2 that I am the most familiar with are Erica Stone and Lesley Stevens (Pajama Affiliates) – they both earn a very good full time income from blogging and affiliate marketing.
It is possible and you have to continue to hope that you can do it too if you are going to change your situation.
Blogging for profit isn’t a joke
It involves working hard, perseverance and commitment as well as the blog being able to be monetized in some way. You can find your way by yourself or follow someone else’s method.
If you go it alone you need to do all the testing, trying things out, making mistakes, course correcting and learning by trial and error. It can work but it does take time and can be very frustrating.
For me I’ve had my success following a method set out by someone else. The method that saw me finally start to see an income was Erica Stone’s Extreme Review. It’s one of my top recommendations for someone wanting to start blogging and affiliate marketing.