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Is Blogging a Good Way to Make Money?

Is blogging a good way to make money? It might surprise you, it might even disappoint you, but I don’t recommend it.

A friend is looking to make some money fast. His business is slow and needs to make up the shortfall. He asked about blogging, and I told him that wasn’t the answer. I suggested he get a job instead. Me. A blogging advocate.

OK, here comes the clarification. It depends on how much you need to make and how soon.

  • Can you make a good income from blogging? Yes, it is possible.
  • Can you make good money fast? Highly unlikely.
  • Do most people make a good income from blogging? No, I don’t think so.

I have written more thoughts about this before over at Performancing, so I don’t need rehash the whole thing.

Anyone could make money from blogging but only a percentage of people actually go all the way and succeed. Critical to success is having staying power, not being defeated by minor setbacks, being willing to put yourself out there and put in the hard work. If you stick to it and can do all those things then yes, I am sure anyone can do it.

There are three main ways people make money from blogging, particularly beginners:

  1. Direct – Advertising, such as Adsense and Affiliates
  2. Freelance – such as contracts or working for a blog network
  3. Indirect – Using blog-created fame and credibility for selling products, services and opportunities such as speaking gigs and book deals

The most “instant” for a beginner without any profile at all is the first. In most cases though you will make hardly anything for months.

If you are already in the freelance writing game then the second is an obvious move, although I would caution blogging is not exactly the same as other types of freelance writing. You could get a job with a blog network, but like any job the best pay is given to those with demonstrable knowledge and experience. IE. Beginners don’t get paid very well, if they are accepted at all. You should, if you hunt around the freelance sites, SEO communities, and blog forums, be able to get $5 a post as a beginner, but you will have to work very long hours to pay the bills at that rate.

The third, the approach I personally take as a preference, is not something you can do right away. It takes additional time to build trust, and try to rush it and you spoil the effect. Eventually though if you are successful it is very lucrative.

Ruling out number three (unless you are already respected and famous!), you can get started right away but don’t expect to make much money. In fact, don’t have any expectations until you are doing it months. People who are looking at blogging as a job should not expect to pay their first months bills from blogging income alone.

I love blogging. It pays my bills. But I have been at it a long time. When asked I always recommend the same thing; keep the day job and quit to blog full time when your blogging income is strong and consistent.

So while it is possible to make money at blogging, and some like Mr Chow and Mr Rowse famously make a good living at it, I wouldn’t say it is something I would recommend to everyone. It takes time, it takes practice, and it takes perseverance.

Added: I just posted over at The Blog Herald a highly related article about where to place your time and energy.

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  1. Darn. There goes my bubble…Good article and to the point. I suspect a gazillion or so bloggers will be greatly disappointed to hear the truth.

  2. Darn. There goes my bubble…Good article and to the point. I suspect a gazillion or so bloggers will be greatly disappointed to hear the truth.

  3. I hope you are not dispirited, the good news is it is possible if you work hard, just don’t expect any instant magic :)

  4. I hope you are not dispirited, the good news is it is possible if you work hard, just don’t expect any instant magic :)

  5. I agree completely. If making money is your only goal, blogging is a poor choice. The money you make is terrible compared to the investment in time. Although it’s very enjoyable for many other reasons.

  6. I agree completely. If making money is your only goal, blogging is a poor choice. The money you make is terrible compared to the investment in time. Although it’s very enjoyable for many other reasons.

  7. Hi Chris,

    I agree with what you said. When I started, I had dreams of grandeur too. Blogging isn’t a fast way to make a living.

    But there’s one point you missed. Blogging might be a way to quickly improve your friends business, depending on what it is of course. Creating a blog and creating lots of quality content could be a way of advertising his business and expertise.

  8. Hi Chris,

    I agree with what you said. When I started, I had dreams of grandeur too. Blogging isn’t a fast way to make a living.

    But there’s one point you missed. Blogging might be a way to quickly improve your friends business, depending on what it is of course. Creating a blog and creating lots of quality content could be a way of advertising his business and expertise.

  9. Agree completely. From purely blogging alone most of us plebs would make a nice little income for buying electronic toys or a small holiday each year with. Definitely nothing to retire on.

    Not everyone can be a movie star so I don’t understand some people’s attitude that they can all be like John or Darren, and get disappointed when they don’t.

  10. Agree completely. From purely blogging alone most of us plebs would make a nice little income for buying electronic toys or a small holiday each year with. Definitely nothing to retire on.

    Not everyone can be a movie star so I don’t understand some people’s attitude that they can all be like John or Darren, and get disappointed when they don’t.

  11. Ah, and a gazillion or so bloggers will let the truth go in one ear and out the other!

  12. Ah, and a gazillion or so bloggers will let the truth go in one ear and out the other!

  13. As always, a good post. “Perseverance” is probably the most important word in this post. Also, I just wanted to mention that a “good income” depends upon one’s location. There are a lot of places in the world (and with broadband internet) where us$1k a month affords a decent lifestyle (and, in some places, a very good one). Of course, not everyone has the flexibility to become an expat and earning even that amount per month requires a dedication to blogging.

  14. As always, a good post. “Perseverance” is probably the most important word in this post. Also, I just wanted to mention that a “good income” depends upon one’s location. There are a lot of places in the world (and with broadband internet) where us$1k a month affords a decent lifestyle (and, in some places, a very good one). Of course, not everyone has the flexibility to become an expat and earning even that amount per month requires a dedication to blogging.

  15. It’s good to see someone being so realistic about it. Too often, the dreams take precedence over the reality.

  16. I have no doubt that this is great advice, but I have a (probably) stupid question. I know that web 2.0 and UGC is the last next big thing, but when people talk about breaking into making money on the web lately it is almost always about blogging. Am I missing something? Is a non-blog info site really that obsolete?

  17. It’s good to see someone being so realistic about it. Too often, the dreams take precedence over the reality.

  18. I have no doubt that this is great advice, but I have a (probably) stupid question. I know that web 2.0 and UGC is the last next big thing, but when people talk about breaking into making money on the web lately it is almost always about blogging. Am I missing something? Is a non-blog info site really that obsolete?

  19. I absolutely agree and can testify to your assessment of the 3 main ways to generate income from a blog.

    NONE of them happen overnight.

    1. Adsense is probably the first choice of most new bloggers, it is the least likely to generate income for a new blogger, it requires enormous amounts of traffic, and it takes a very long time to accomplish. It amounts to collecting pennies.

    2. Freelance writing is a wide-open spectrum, depending on what jobs you land, who you’re writing for, and what they pay you. Again, the clout or authority required to leverage this is likely to take much longer to build.

    3. Indirect – I make a full-time living from a combination of my own products and professional services. Depending on what business you’re in, and how much one client project generates, it’s quite possible to make a very significant income from ONE reader.

    1 or 2 or 3 new clients a month, say, for a web developer or a consultant can be all you need.

    In this way, blogging becomes a “lead generation” tool.

    I would say that a realistic goal, even going Route #3 — six months to making any noticeable income. One year to being realistically able to consider this is a sole source of income, depending on a lot of factors.

    And that’s IF you’re starting with a clear idea of what you want to accomplish and a serious plan, and the perseverance to find that rhythm and see it through.

    Is it work? Heck, yeah, it is!

    But for a writer, I can’t imagine a better career.

  20. I absolutely agree and can testify to your assessment of the 3 main ways to generate income from a blog.

    NONE of them happen overnight.

    1. Adsense is probably the first choice of most new bloggers, it is the least likely to generate income for a new blogger, it requires enormous amounts of traffic, and it takes a very long time to accomplish. It amounts to collecting pennies.

    2. Freelance writing is a wide-open spectrum, depending on what jobs you land, who you’re writing for, and what they pay you. Again, the clout or authority required to leverage this is likely to take much longer to build.

    3. Indirect – I make a full-time living from a combination of my own products and professional services. Depending on what business you’re in, and how much one client project generates, it’s quite possible to make a very significant income from ONE reader.

    1 or 2 or 3 new clients a month, say, for a web developer or a consultant can be all you need.

    In this way, blogging becomes a “lead generation” tool.

    I would say that a realistic goal, even going Route #3 — six months to making any noticeable income. One year to being realistically able to consider this is a sole source of income, depending on a lot of factors.

    And that’s IF you’re starting with a clear idea of what you want to accomplish and a serious plan, and the perseverance to find that rhythm and see it through.

    Is it work? Heck, yeah, it is!

    But for a writer, I can’t imagine a better career.

  21. I couldn’t agree more Chris. The truth hurts sometimes.

    I had a blog post awhile back where I stated that, “the odds of opening a successful restaurant are not good. In fact, 1 out of 5 restaurants fail within the first 6 months of operation and 9 out of 10 are gone after 2 years.”

    I don’t know the stats of success/failure rates for blogs, but I would guess it’s not good. I would never start blogging with the intent of making money. Money is nice but it’s just not a good motivator for blogging.

  22. I couldn’t agree more Chris. The truth hurts sometimes.

    I had a blog post awhile back where I stated that, “the odds of opening a successful restaurant are not good. In fact, 1 out of 5 restaurants fail within the first 6 months of operation and 9 out of 10 are gone after 2 years.”

    I don’t know the stats of success/failure rates for blogs, but I would guess it’s not good. I would never start blogging with the intent of making money. Money is nice but it’s just not a good motivator for blogging.

  23. Blogging is definitely not a quick fix. In fact, most “get rich quick” scenarios don’t pan out very well.

    I do agree with one of the commenters who said that blogging could help your friend’s business. It’s starting from scratch that is hard.

    But I wouldn’t probably be quite as discouraging as you are Chris. There are people doing well after a year. The first year seems to be the hardest.

    Blogging should be seen as a BUSINESS. Not just throwing up posts and hoping people come. You have to network, advertise, market, etc. The act of blogging itself is not profitable but becoming an entrepreneur could be if approached in the right manner.

  24. Blogging is definitely not a quick fix. In fact, most “get rich quick” scenarios don’t pan out very well.

    I do agree with one of the commenters who said that blogging could help your friend’s business. It’s starting from scratch that is hard.

    But I wouldn’t probably be quite as discouraging as you are Chris. There are people doing well after a year. The first year seems to be the hardest.

    Blogging should be seen as a BUSINESS. Not just throwing up posts and hoping people come. You have to network, advertise, market, etc. The act of blogging itself is not profitable but becoming an entrepreneur could be if approached in the right manner.

  25. Yeah I agree with you Chris. In general, advertising revenues take a long time to build up. But I have seen some exceptions in this field too. Matt Coddington managed to build up NBB in around 4/5 months to a machine which raked in >$1000 per month. That’s not bad income and whilst it’s not as good as minimum wage – it shows that with super-duper perseverance and effort, building up revenue sources quickly can be done. Posting a lot and with great quality is a skill that you will have to master in order to do this though.

    Great post buddy and it’s good to hear your thoughts.

  26. Yeah I agree with you Chris. In general, advertising revenues take a long time to build up. But I have seen some exceptions in this field too. Matt Coddington managed to build up NBB in around 4/5 months to a machine which raked in >$1000 per month. That’s not bad income and whilst it’s not as good as minimum wage – it shows that with super-duper perseverance and effort, building up revenue sources quickly can be done. Posting a lot and with great quality is a skill that you will have to master in order to do this though.

    Great post buddy and it’s good to hear your thoughts.

  27. Ah Chris, you just crushed the dreams of thousands of bloggers. I think too many people get into blogging thinking it is a good way to make money quickly. Blogging is like anything else, it takes a lot of hard work and patience. At the end, success rate for making money with a blog is probably lower than someone making money by starting their own business. There are too many blogs/blogggers out there with thousands joining in every day. Looking at blogging from marketing perspective, it is an over saturated market.

    I think one of the main areas anyone can benefit of blogging is increasing brand awareness around another service they offer.

  28. Ah Chris, you just crushed the dreams of thousands of bloggers. I think too many people get into blogging thinking it is a good way to make money quickly. Blogging is like anything else, it takes a lot of hard work and patience. At the end, success rate for making money with a blog is probably lower than someone making money by starting their own business. There are too many blogs/blogggers out there with thousands joining in every day. Looking at blogging from marketing perspective, it is an over saturated market.

    I think one of the main areas anyone can benefit of blogging is increasing brand awareness around another service they offer.

  29. Having been trying this following losing my previous full-time position, I can testify to what Chris is saying here. Of course, I can’t say that I’m doing all the right things. I’m probably not. My blog’s appearance is shabby, my posts are fairly eclectic and appeal to a very particular audience (I’m guessing), and I’m not doing all the “get out there” type of stuff.

    But in general, I can’t imagine how someone could expect to make a living wage from blogging in anything less than 6 months (of course, considering what one’s idea of a “living wage” is).

  30. Having been trying this following losing my previous full-time position, I can testify to what Chris is saying here. Of course, I can’t say that I’m doing all the right things. I’m probably not. My blog’s appearance is shabby, my posts are fairly eclectic and appeal to a very particular audience (I’m guessing), and I’m not doing all the “get out there” type of stuff.

    But in general, I can’t imagine how someone could expect to make a living wage from blogging in anything less than 6 months (of course, considering what one’s idea of a “living wage” is).

  31. Straight to the point Chris, thanks.

  32. Straight to the point Chris, thanks.

  33. If I got into blogging to make money, I woulda quite a long time ago. I barely make a dime from both my blogs. But I keep at it because I love doing it and I love seeing my readership grow and the interaction I have with my readers, other bloggers, etc.

    Maybe one day I’ll make some money off it. But until then, it’s definitely a money-losing venture for me (I gotta pay hosting bills, etc).

  34. If I got into blogging to make money, I woulda quite a long time ago. I barely make a dime from both my blogs. But I keep at it because I love doing it and I love seeing my readership grow and the interaction I have with my readers, other bloggers, etc.

    Maybe one day I’ll make some money off it. But until then, it’s definitely a money-losing venture for me (I gotta pay hosting bills, etc).

  35. Hi, I’m reading via the Bumpzee No Nofollow | I Follow | DoFollow Community RSS feed. :)

    I agree as well – especially if you go the freelance route. While there are a few jobs that will give you a guaranteed income, a lot of what I have seen so far is arrangements where they pay you a percentage (generally 40%) of the advertising revenue your site generates. I know that in one person’s case (though I don’t know how much they were promoting themselves), over the course of 4 months, they made a grand total of $5.

    I think that if you’re in blogging to make some cash – either primarily or on the side, you definitely need to diversify your revenue streams.

  36. Hi, I’m reading via the Bumpzee No Nofollow | I Follow | DoFollow Community RSS feed. :)

    I agree as well – especially if you go the freelance route. While there are a few jobs that will give you a guaranteed income, a lot of what I have seen so far is arrangements where they pay you a percentage (generally 40%) of the advertising revenue your site generates. I know that in one person’s case (though I don’t know how much they were promoting themselves), over the course of 4 months, they made a grand total of $5.

    I think that if you’re in blogging to make some cash – either primarily or on the side, you definitely need to diversify your revenue streams.

  37. You’ve hit the nail on the head that trying to make money with a blog is not an easy thing to do. I’ve been making a few bucks with my two blogs but certainly nowhere near enough to consider it an income.

    I think I can finally cover my cable/modem bill each month but that is about it, lol.

    The approach that I am taking is to keep the full-time job and work my tail off on the blogs. If I am able to build them up to a point where they can replace my income then I would leave the full-time job. While I’d love to take the plunge and devote all of my time to the blogs, I cannot do that with a family to support. That might mean I never make it but I will certainly never stop trying!

  38. You’ve hit the nail on the head that trying to make money with a blog is not an easy thing to do. I’ve been making a few bucks with my two blogs but certainly nowhere near enough to consider it an income.

    I think I can finally cover my cable/modem bill each month but that is about it, lol.

    The approach that I am taking is to keep the full-time job and work my tail off on the blogs. If I am able to build them up to a point where they can replace my income then I would leave the full-time job. While I’d love to take the plunge and devote all of my time to the blogs, I cannot do that with a family to support. That might mean I never make it but I will certainly never stop trying!

  39. I think it was a solid year before my advertising revenue exceeded a $100 payment! I am making some good ‘part-time’ cash but still not enough to make a living.

    Definitely not recommended!

  40. I think it was a solid year before my advertising revenue exceeded a $100 payment! I am making some good ‘part-time’ cash but still not enough to make a living.

    Definitely not recommended!

  41. @John – Yeah you can get a lot out of blogging outside of income, such as meeting new people, new opportunities, etc. Eventually the money can come, but it is not easy and not immediate

    @Stropp – Yes he would do well to blog but he was looking for immediate income

    @mooiness – It looks so easy, rephrase a popular “make money online” post or two, some paid reviews and bam! Unfortunately reality is not quite as appealing :)

    @Jen – Aah, yeah I think you are right :)

    @Jeff – Agreed, my in-laws are at a point where $1k would cover all their bills, and I am sure there are some who would make that amount work even better. Just getting to $1k a month though is a hard slog unless you have a budget for advertising.

    @Michael – I think very often those who sell the dream have a vested interest in misleading people ;)

    @David – Non-blog sites are not obsolete :)

    @Slade – Great comment and I agree wholeheartedly. My income is 100% dependent on blogging but it took me a long while to get to this point and I have to keep it up every day to maintain it.

    @mark – The good thing about blogs is when they fail they rarely incur lots of debts and they don’t usually put employees out of their jobs :)

    @Nathania – A year though is too long for a lot of folks who think they can quit their jobs right now and make it rich. They see income reports and say “I want some of that, looks easy money”. It’s anything but in actual fact but blogging is still seen as an easy path to *cough* “making money online”.

    @Adnan – That is excellent performance for a few months. All credit where it is due, that is very good going. How many could repeat that? Few I would guess.

    @Khalid – Yup, blogging is a fantastic networking and profile building tool, and that can build opportunities you never dreamed of. It’s about creating value and providing real solutions FIRST.

    @Mark – Exactly, even when you do everything right it takes months to earn more than a few hundred dollars because it can take that long just to get indexed, generate traffic, build subscribers, find appropriate ad tactics and aff deals …

    @m – Glad you liked it :)

    @Brad V – Keep at it if you enjoy it, after a while you will be able to pay your hosting and maybe buy some toys, but put the reader first and you will be rewarded

    @Sephyroth – Yes, and that is something I advise also. My specialty is indirect monetization but my advice is to work all three routes to protect your income and make it so you don’t have to work 18 hour days.

    @derek – It’s the best approach, when your blogging income stabilises and you have several months pay in the bank then you can look to go full time. It is remarkable how motivating it is when you do leave your job – no safety net!

    @Douglas – Yeah I have only one live blog right now that uses direct monetization (dslrblog) and it took around 8 months to beat $100/mo and that was when adsense was easier to earn at (seems to have slowed lately). On there I use a mix and am still tweaking but I could never live on the income. I use it to buy camera gear :)

  42. @John – Yeah you can get a lot out of blogging outside of income, such as meeting new people, new opportunities, etc. Eventually the money can come, but it is not easy and not immediate

    @Stropp – Yes he would do well to blog but he was looking for immediate income

    @mooiness – It looks so easy, rephrase a popular “make money online” post or two, some paid reviews and bam! Unfortunately reality is not quite as appealing :)

    @Jen – Aah, yeah I think you are right :)

    @Jeff – Agreed, my in-laws are at a point where $1k would cover all their bills, and I am sure there are some who would make that amount work even better. Just getting to $1k a month though is a hard slog unless you have a budget for advertising.

    @Michael – I think very often those who sell the dream have a vested interest in misleading people ;)

    @David – Non-blog sites are not obsolete :)

    @Slade – Great comment and I agree wholeheartedly. My income is 100% dependent on blogging but it took me a long while to get to this point and I have to keep it up every day to maintain it.

    @mark – The good thing about blogs is when they fail they rarely incur lots of debts and they don’t usually put employees out of their jobs :)

    @Nathania – A year though is too long for a lot of folks who think they can quit their jobs right now and make it rich. They see income reports and say “I want some of that, looks easy money”. It’s anything but in actual fact but blogging is still seen as an easy path to *cough* “making money online”.

    @Adnan – That is excellent performance for a few months. All credit where it is due, that is very good going. How many could repeat that? Few I would guess.

    @Khalid – Yup, blogging is a fantastic networking and profile building tool, and that can build opportunities you never dreamed of. It’s about creating value and providing real solutions FIRST.

    @Mark – Exactly, even when you do everything right it takes months to earn more than a few hundred dollars because it can take that long just to get indexed, generate traffic, build subscribers, find appropriate ad tactics and aff deals …

    @m – Glad you liked it :)

    @Brad V – Keep at it if you enjoy it, after a while you will be able to pay your hosting and maybe buy some toys, but put the reader first and you will be rewarded

    @Sephyroth – Yes, and that is something I advise also. My specialty is indirect monetization but my advice is to work all three routes to protect your income and make it so you don’t have to work 18 hour days.

    @derek – It’s the best approach, when your blogging income stabilises and you have several months pay in the bank then you can look to go full time. It is remarkable how motivating it is when you do leave your job – no safety net!

    @Douglas – Yeah I have only one live blog right now that uses direct monetization (dslrblog) and it took around 8 months to beat $100/mo and that was when adsense was easier to earn at (seems to have slowed lately). On there I use a mix and am still tweaking but I could never live on the income. I use it to buy camera gear :)

  43. The only issue is that blogging is sometimes on a site that you can’t sell. Like this one for example if you were to ever suddenly get sick of it or give up.

  44. The only issue is that blogging is sometimes on a site that you can’t sell. Like this one for example if you were to ever suddenly get sick of it or give up.

  45. Actually, I think that the reason there seems to be some kind of consensus that you cannot make too much money “directly” from blogging is because of the experience of millions (potentially) of bloggers who do not make anything. But, the majority of those bloggers are in for a quick buck — that is the problem. So, the “quick buck” problem highlighted in your article is the big one Chris.

    I would like to think that anyone who blogged about a topic of their passion for a year would start seeing some results in year two. Or am I deluding myself?

  46. Actually, I think that the reason there seems to be some kind of consensus that you cannot make too much money “directly” from blogging is because of the experience of millions (potentially) of bloggers who do not make anything. But, the majority of those bloggers are in for a quick buck — that is the problem. So, the “quick buck” problem highlighted in your article is the big one Chris.

    I would like to think that anyone who blogged about a topic of their passion for a year would start seeing some results in year two. Or am I deluding myself?

  47. Yeah I agree blogging unless your Dave from Pro Blogger will not make you money, it may help pay the bills or pay for the hosting etc but I doubt it will make you a rich person..

  48. Yeah I agree blogging unless your Dave from Pro Blogger will not make you money, it may help pay the bills or pay for the hosting etc but I doubt it will make you a rich person..

  49. Business blogging is just like any other business project. You have to invest a lot of time, effort and mind and work really very hard. Chances of success are the same as in other professions. Apart from ensuring good quality for your content, you have to focus on getting the right amount of publicity and reaching the targetted audience as well.

  50. Business blogging is just like any other business project. You have to invest a lot of time, effort and mind and work really very hard. Chances of success are the same as in other professions. Apart from ensuring good quality for your content, you have to focus on getting the right amount of publicity and reaching the targetted audience as well.

  51. @Glen – Yes I don’t think this would sell even if I ever wanted to, it’s too “me” :)

    @Ajeet – Yes, after a year or so, but many people are not looking for something long term, they read earnings announcements and look forward to seeing it fall into their lap right away :)

    @Jermayn – Darren I think you mean :)

    @Balendu – Agreed, it is a business not a money-faucet :)

  52. @Glen – Yes I don’t think this would sell even if I ever wanted to, it’s too “me” :)

    @Ajeet – Yes, after a year or so, but many people are not looking for something long term, they read earnings announcements and look forward to seeing it fall into their lap right away :)

    @Jermayn – Darren I think you mean :)

    @Balendu – Agreed, it is a business not a money-faucet :)

  53. Great post. People who don’t blog just can’t get the fact that it’s a labor of love and difficult to make money unless you are in very specific niches.

  54. Great post. People who don’t blog just can’t get the fact that it’s a labor of love and difficult to make money unless you are in very specific niches.

  55. After i created my blog and i read more professional bloggers saying about blogging for money. and then i feel that it was good idea to generate income from it such as Google Adsense, Text-ads-link and so on. When i put adsense and text-ads-link i earned very little money from it. I think that visitors rarely click on adsense even though they visited the site.

  56. After i created my blog and i read more professional bloggers saying about blogging for money. and then i feel that it was good idea to generate income from it such as Google Adsense, Text-ads-link and so on. When i put adsense and text-ads-link i earned very little money from it. I think that visitors rarely click on adsense even though they visited the site.

  57. Thank you so much for this practical and realistic insight into blogging for money. I have been freelance writing for clients for a few years as I try to develop my own career as an author. Recently I’ve expanded into blogging both because my usual wells have been dry of late and the potential in blogging seems incredible. I wasn’t sure, though, what the reality was about blogging until I read your article. Now I see that, since I fall into all 3 of your categories and I have the staying power coming from writing being my one and only career already, I feel empowered to get on course and stay on it. Thanks again.

  58. Thank you so much for this practical and realistic insight into blogging for money. I have been freelance writing for clients for a few years as I try to develop my own career as an author. Recently I’ve expanded into blogging both because my usual wells have been dry of late and the potential in blogging seems incredible. I wasn’t sure, though, what the reality was about blogging until I read your article. Now I see that, since I fall into all 3 of your categories and I have the staying power coming from writing being my one and only career already, I feel empowered to get on course and stay on it. Thanks again.

  59. This is a great post. I wrote my impressions about it over at my site. Basically, I think there are two types of people:

    1. Those that just want to supplement their career income as much as possible with blogging as a “hobby” and;
    2. Those that go all the way and fund their lifestyle from internet cash flow.

    Both are very different and require a separate commitment, and I would suggest skill level.

    You have a great site here. Thanks,

    The Internet Cash Flow Guy

  60. This is a great post. I wrote my impressions about it over at my site. Basically, I think there are two types of people:

    1. Those that just want to supplement their career income as much as possible with blogging as a “hobby” and;
    2. Those that go all the way and fund their lifestyle from internet cash flow.

    Both are very different and require a separate commitment, and I would suggest skill level.

    You have a great site here. Thanks,

    The Internet Cash Flow Guy

  61. @G. A. – Agreed, in fact specific niches that you REALLY work

    @VuthaSurf – It can be very hard to get people to click ads without changing your whole approach to emphasise them, which damages your long term readership … Adsense has a lot of downsides

    @Sage – Great stuff, stick at it and produce valuable content then it will come, just don’t try to rush it

    @The Internet – Yes the commitment level increases as your income needs go up

  62. @G. A. – Agreed, in fact specific niches that you REALLY work

    @VuthaSurf – It can be very hard to get people to click ads without changing your whole approach to emphasise them, which damages your long term readership … Adsense has a lot of downsides

    @Sage – Great stuff, stick at it and produce valuable content then it will come, just don’t try to rush it

    @The Internet – Yes the commitment level increases as your income needs go up

  63. After just a few months of Adsense, I’m getting close to the cash out point. I consider it my “restaurant” money– the hubby and I will be able to go out for a few dinners using the income from my blog.

  64. After just a few months of Adsense, I’m getting close to the cash out point. I consider it my “restaurant” money– the hubby and I will be able to go out for a few dinners using the income from my blog.

  65. I wish I read this before I started dreaming about blogging for a living.
    This post is more truthful than a lot of other blogs that only tells you the money to be earned without telling about the small number that do succeed.

  66. I wish I read this before I started dreaming about blogging for a living.
    This post is more truthful than a lot of other blogs that only tells you the money to be earned without telling about the small number that do succeed.

  67. Hi Chris, I’m currently trying to build up my blogging income but am finding it very hard work, I’ve been posting/link building for around 2 months now and my recipe blog traffic is virtually unchanged. Anyway, good advice, I think I’m going to try and stick at it for a while longer and see what happens.
    Thanks
    Bill.

  68. Hi Chris, I’m currently trying to build up my blogging income but am finding it very hard work, I’ve been posting/link building for around 2 months now and my recipe blog traffic is virtually unchanged. Anyway, good advice, I think I’m going to try and stick at it for a while longer and see what happens.
    Thanks
    Bill.

  69. LA Head Shot Photography says:

    I’M GLAD I READ THIS ARTICLE! I’M INTERESTED IN BLOGGING, BUT WOULD HAVE CONSIDERED THE 1st TRY A FAILURE IF I HAD NOT READ THIS. IT MAKES SINCE THOUGH, GOING INTO ANY BUSINESS IS USUALLY ROUGH FOR THE FIRST YEAR,AND SOMETIMES TWO. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE, TODD

  70. LA Head Shot Photography says:

    I’M GLAD I READ THIS ARTICLE! I’M INTERESTED IN BLOGGING, BUT WOULD HAVE CONSIDERED THE 1st TRY A FAILURE IF I HAD NOT READ THIS. IT MAKES SINCE THOUGH, GOING INTO ANY BUSINESS IS USUALLY ROUGH FOR THE FIRST YEAR,AND SOMETIMES TWO. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE, TODD