You’re not alone. A lot of bloggers aspire to make the kind of income found on this list from Paula Mooney. With all of the excitement generated by posts like Gayla’s “Blogging — From Hobby to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous …” some may think that blogging is a shortcut to riches.
Sure, someone will probably read this and leave me a comment about a blogger who was able to blog their way to fame and fortune within a few days or weeks of starting to blog. That’s wonderful. That’s also the exception.
There are basically three ways that you can earn money from blogging:
- By blogging for someone else who pays (possibly a blog network or a corporate blog).
- By selling advertising on your blog.
- By writing sponsored posts through programs like PayPerPost and ReviewMe.
From what I’ve read, unless you are blogging for someone else, earning money with a blog can take months or possibly even years. It takes time to build up a readership. The more readers that you have, the more likely you are to be able to earn money from your blog.
(In the interest of disclosure, WritingThoughts has accrued some money from ads, but not enough to cash out. I do have some money coming from PayPerPost next month. I’m not making a mint doing this, but I’m having fun. Plus, as my brother says, apparently I have awesome googling skills and I do have patience and persistence.)
Which brings me to another point. Blogging is more than just writing. It takes me less than an hour to write a long post like this one, but I spend at least another hour every day interacting with other bloggers on their blogs and through social media. An excellent overview of social media can be found on Char’s Essential Keystrokes. This post at Influential Marketing Blog lists media tools and sites that are specific to women.
What if you do want to blog for someone else? You may find this list of blogging networks helpful. You may also want to check the blogger job listings at Problogger or the job listings at About Weblogs. Remember that these positions can be very competitive. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get offered the first position that you apply for.
Best of luck to all bloggers, whether they have professional aspirations or just want to have fun.
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