I’ve been blogging for just a few months and have gotten lots of questions, from lots of people. I thought it might be a good idea to take some time and answer those questions all in one place. So, here we go…..
So, blogging, can that really be a business? Like for real, you can make money from that? (figured I might as well start there because that’s the biggest question I get)
YES, you can absolutely make money from blogging… and there are a few ways to do that.
- You can make money as an affiliate through ads and links within your blog. For instance, in my blog, if you were to click through a link or an ad to Amazon (wink…hint, hint) and you did some shopping there, I would get a commission. You wouldn’t pay any extra, but I get a little something for housing their ads. That’s actually a big one for new bloggers so that is a great way to support your friends who are new bloggers….wink!
- You can also make money by selling products through your blog. For example, I am a Young Living Distributor so I can make money by selling Essential Oils, etc items through my blog. Or if I wanted to, I could sell online classes or printables, etc. The possibilities are pretty endless.
- You can make money and/or get free products by writing sponsored posts. Basically, that means a company asks you to review their product or somehow incorporate it into a project you are doing on your blog. This generally happens when you have an established following and companies can see that you have a wide audience.
- Another way to make money as a blogger is to write for other blogs and charge for that service. If you are a good writer, there are lots of writing opportunities that evolve from blogging. It’s a great way to prove yourself in the literary community. Some bloggers write and sell ebooks as a way to make an income. Some even go on to publish books.
Is it hard to be a blogger? Does it take a lot of time?
As far as whether or not it’s hard, I can only answer for myself and say …YES, it’s VERY hard! The part that is hardest for me is the technical computer part. I have wanted to do a blog for years and have tried and quit twice because I couldn’t get past the setup. It completely overwhelmed me. This time, I paid someone to do that for me and moved on to the rest. What a friggin’ relief! Even with the set up done for me, there is so much to be learned to run a successful blog. I am still overwhelmed, but with things that my brain can handle.
Since I am sick and spend most of my time at home, I have a lot of time to devote to my blog. So I do spend A LOT of time working on my blog. On an average day, I work on it from the moment I wake up until I go to bed….no breaks. Is that necessary? Honestly, YES! I really want my blog to be useful and to matter to the people who read it. I also want it to be a successful business that contributes to our family income. This is a whole new skill set for me. And I battle brain fog with my illness, so things may take me a bit longer some days. It’s like going back to college, but with no real syllabus or roadmap.
How do you learn to be a blogger? Most people (myself included) who want to start a blog hit the internet looking for information. If you search Google or Pinterest or YouTube for “How to Start a Blog”, you will find TONS of information. I did exactly that and started reading and printing off information and organizing that information and signing up for every free webinar I could find (there are Zillions). As a result, I learned some stuff BUT I had no idea how to apply it all and I was completely overwhelmed……and my blog never got off the ground. I did this with tons of enthusiasm…twice.
Finally, I realized that I had to get REALLY serious if this was ever going to happen. What I needed to do was INVEST in myself and my business. So I figured out what the best courses were for me and I bought them and I took full advantage of every minute. That was a huge turning point for me. I started to meet other bloggers. I had teachers I could ask my questions to. I had a much stronger starting point. I continue to invest in courses as I see them pop up and they appeal to me as being valuable to my business. My degree is in Elementary Education, not Blogging. I have so much to learn!!
Where do you see your blog going? Great question. At this point I am hoping my blog with grow and provide information about coping with chronic illness as well as provide simple ideas for cooking, crafting and decorating. Eventually, I hope to share what I am learning about how to blog with people who want to learn, especially the chronically challenged community since it may give them a good option for a home-based business. I grew up wanting to be a teacher so I guess I just hope to do some of that here in this unexpected way.
Well, I can’t think of any other questions I have been asked, but if you have some please drop them in the comments and I will happily answer them for you. I’m here for you!!