“Blogging for money”

I saw an interesting post in a forum earlier today asking if blogging to make money online was even worth trying and some of the replies were very interesting from a few different perspectives.

In my view some of the replies were bad advice for going broke fast at worse and a dumb opinion based on nothing at best.

Either way these opinions were crap!

The problem is some of those opinions out there could seriously harm people if they followed them, just as we often see anywhere online there is simply way to much misinformation and loose opinions that count for shit in reality!

So is it worth blogging to “make money online”?

My issue with that is you rarely see the real underlying question that matters to most people and the one they would really ask, that is…

“Can you blog for consistent money?”

The answer is yes as it is being done, BUT the difference is they don’t “blog to make money online”, they blog as a part of their overall business…something all bloggers who wish to generate an income from it should bear in mind, including me at times.

But if you are going to blog, do it anyway, forget about the making money for now.

This one thing I have been asked a few times is “how do you write so much that is needed for a blog?”

My short answer is who said “you have to write so much?”

If you really want to blog you will have to write but there is nothing saying how much or what style it has to be etc, the best advice if you really want to write is to…write, then write some more but also read more, get your kids into the reading habit while you are at it as it is so important anyway.

Reading becomes interwined with writing anyway, so in that sense read the blogs on the topics, themes you feel you would blog about.

The truth is if you don’t write any content you will never make money online blogging.

But it’s not the blogging itself that makes the money it is the marketing of the blog, getting the eyeballs onto the content you write that really matters.

The 80/20 rule applies here IMO, which way round is up to you.

Puting in 20% of good effort on writing the blog content is better than doing none, add 80% promotion and marketing and you will get that ball rolling quick.

Put 80% effort into the content creating and 20% into the promotion and marketing and you will get the ball rolling slower, though maybe it will be better long term.

It depends on you, your plan, you efforts and the time you can put in, the topic you choose, so many factors no-one can say it’s worth it or not other than you.

One very good reason to take advice on forums etc with a pinch of salt.

Those who share bad advice I noticed don’t even have blogs!

Let alone blogging to make money online!

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3 Responses to “Blogging for money”

  1. twinpete says:

    been a bit of courselately rob but i intend to get back to blogging shortly if i make money i do if i dont damn all the best oh and i do read always have but agree with you it is a fast dieing habt maybe nintendo d/s with ther book card may help to reintroduce it the kids are all hooked on games because of the kit so maybe the books will take off as well

  2. twinpete says:

    agree with all ron and will het back to my blogs the new nintendo d/s may encourage more reading of books by the youngsters lets hope so they are missing so much classic books are now on the nintendo card

  3. Rob says:

    Hello Pete.

    I agree with you there Pete, ebooks will grow a huge way I think for the masses and sooner than later with mainstream media already advertising the readers as you know with the nibtendo DS, also the others like the sony, kindle, etc will also become more known and then popular.

    Hopefully they will make the format like the pdf’s we already know and use online, a standard cross platform format would be great just for sheer ease of use and readibilty.

    It is a good shift but real books will always be the real “want” for most of us older generation.

    Nothng like a good book. :o)
    Real books will increase in value over time no doubt.

    When we have people like Stephen King creating horror ebooks it’s time for everyone to start reading them and wanting them in ebook format. :o)

    Doing this is doing two great things, using less paper so cutting down in a “green” way and creating a broader market share for the whole market which means more opportunity for the striving authors to have a shot at being a success.

    With the lower “hurdles” to now overcome, by way of cheaper easier methods to create your “novel” (or other) and get it “out there” in the hope you attract fans, it is very possible to see people “having a go” and taking that chance.

    It opens millions of opportunities for millions of people to create.

    The market will decide who are the winners.

    I read somewhere interesting that you really only need say “1000 true fans” to be a success.

    Maybe that poem book, childrens storybook, the family recipe book, local area history book etc you (anyone reading) may have thought of creating might just attract that 1000 true fans.

    1000 true fans who will buy whatever your create.
    Then spread the word about what you create.

    The cost of creating that product was minimal, delivery was instant and effortless, the gratification of the fans is immediate and tangible. ;o)

    So…whatcha gonna write? :o)

    Thanks for the comments Pete.

    And the food for thought!

    Rob

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